THE SOUTH MALE ATOLL IS DOTTED WITH LUSH EMERALD ISLES IN CRYSTAL CLEAR OCEANS. IT FEATURES A GREAT NUMBER OF DIVE SITES WITH CAVES, WRECKS AND WICKED DRIFTS
Dive Point Guraidhoo combines experience, passion and fun surrounded by a fantastic underwater scenery boosting with an amazing marine life, while not compromising on any safety standards. The Maldives has some of the best coral reefs in the world, but the abundance of marine life across the country makes the islands the world's best scuba diving destination.
WHAT TO SEE
You will spot moray eels, lion fish, squirrel fish ad soft coral here with schooling trevallies and patrolling sharks. Seasonal Pelagics are mantas, sharks, turtles and the frequent whale sharks. Featuring wild drifts in deep channels, wrecks and caves, the South Male Atoll is home to large pelagics and interesting environs. On the eastern side, there are six channels that feed all sorts of marine life into the atoll’s dive sites. Cocoa Thila, often cited as one of the best dive sites in the Maldives, is a large pinnacle on the eastern edge of the atoll. The currents bring in all manner of marine life. Sightings in the area include schools of fusiliers, sweetlips, red snapper, trevally, eagle rays, white sharks and grey sharks. Vadhoo Caves, on the northern side of the atoll, is home to a series of caves in which to escape the powerful current. As you gaze out into the blue, you might glimpse reef sharks, eagle rays or tuna frollicking in the current. While these may be two of the best dive sites in the area, there are plenty more to explore like Kandooma Caves, Cocoa Corner, Kandooma Thila, Guraidhoo Corner and Medhufaru. Expect to find something for everyone although most of the sites cater to intermediate and advanced divers.
Most of the marine life in the South Male Atoll is of the larger variety due to the strong currents that favor the area. It is here that divers spot eagle rays, turtles, grey sharks, reef sharks, mantas, whalesharks, schools of fusiliers, barracuda, trevally and even hammerhead sharks (from May to November). Of course, smaller marine life also exists, especially in the interior of the atoll. To the delight of divers, anemones, shrimp, lionfish, squirrelfish, soldierfish, unicorn fish, morays and batfish are commonly spotted. Wherever you dive, the wild ride known as the South Male Atoll is sure to give you at least one “wow” moment.
The diving center is located directly on Guraidhoo´s harbor with short distances to the daily boat trips and a 2 minutes walk from Medhufaru Inn Guesthouse Surf & Dive. Our base is brand new and over an area of 180 square meters is enough space to sit down comfortably before and after the dives have a coffee or tea together. Please don`t forget your logbook, brevet and a valid diving licence. You can put your own equipment in the box you receive at the check-in. This is stored in the equipment room, which will be locked overnight. The dive center is organized by our longtime team with Hassan, Jerry, and Hameed they are with us since the last 10 years and they are from Guraidhoo so they know this area better as anybody else. We speak Dhivehi, German, English and Italian.
According to our slogan "Dive with Friends" a friendly, unconstrained atmosphere and relaxed dives with a motivated and competent team is waiting for you. On request, we also organize full-day tours to more remote spectacular dive sites. For example to Felidhoo Atoll to Alimatha or South Ari to see the Whale sharks. The dive sites of the South Male Atoll are, for beginners to advanced as drift divers, fantastically beautiful. We always choose the best possible place, depending on the current and experience of our divers. Whether Meedhu Faru, Kandooma Thila or Guraidhoo Corner, turtles, great Napoleons, many sharks, dolphins or mantas - there is everything to see here. Every dive always has something special here. In 10 minutes we are in the most spectacular channels of the Maldives. Our Manta Point is directly in front of our Dive Center about 10 minutes by boat.
Dive Point offers all current SSI courses for beginners and advanced divers who would like to educate themselves further up to regularly ITC courses. Introductory dives are also possible any time. You are examined very well; our experienced diving instructors accompany you on all your dives. Should you still have no diving certification, you have the possibility to prepare already yourself comfortably at home very well. Use the free on-line training of the diving association SSI and save with it precious holiday time. Simply click on the button and register yourself for online training.
We have 100 12 l Tanks with INT and DIN connections as well as enough 15l bottles. As well as 20, 5l bottles for the small ones and 30 10l bottles for the bigger ones. We also have 30 complete rental equipment and rental cameras from Olympus.
Dive Point provides rental equipment from jackets (not integrated leads) to regulators, Suunto diving computers and 3 mm shorties. Fins, masks and snorkels are also available when required. NITROX is available for certified divers or you join a NITROX-specialty course with us. We fill your tanks with regularly checked and inspected BAUER and NITROX compressors.
Diving in the South Male Atoll is possible throughout the year, although sea conditions are usually best during the northeast monsoon from late December to May. The southwest monsoon from June to November brings a greater chance of rain and less calm seas. However, rainfall here occurs less frequently than in the southern atolls of the Maldives. The water temperature in the South Male Atoll ranges from 26 to 29 ° C. Visibility is from 15-30 m all year round, depending on which side of the atoll you are dive in this or that season. Mantas, whale sharks, turtles, reef sharks and hammerhead sharks live in the Maldives all year round; Manta rays congregate in large flocks during the southwest monsoon, from August to November is the best time to see them. For other pelagics, sightings depends on nonseasonal factors: whale sharks are more often found during strong tides, while hammerhead sharks rise from the depths in shallow waters at sunrise.
Medhufaru Inn Guesthouse Surf & Dive are looking forward to welcome you!