Aside from snorkelling with mantas in Hanifaru Bay, our Northern Maldives Dive Itinerary has much to offer in terms of the variety of sites we can visit and the marine life found there. Below are just a few of the highlights
Miyaru Thila lying in the heart of Noonu Atoll. is where grey reef sharks gather to feed in large numbers, battling amongst themselves for their prey. Eagle rays, huge tuna and schools of snapper are amongst the other common sightings. Guitar sharks and leopard sharks have been seen here also.
Dhigala Haa in Baa Atoll is a superb thila, easily circumnavigated in one dive is a favourite for shark sightings and where we typically see at least 6 grey reef sharks at one time. Once heavily fished it is now a protected marine sanctuary and the fish life is prolific and varied with blue fin jacks, fusilier, blue striped and humpback snapper, batfish and schools of barracuda.
Kandooma Thila is one of the most exciting dives in South Male Atoll and boasts great scenery as well as prolific fish life. Schools of big-eye trevally, dog toothed tuna, barracuda, black snapper, blue fin jack, eagle rays and sharks can all be seen.
Kudarah Thila in South Ari Atoll is a tiny reef which provides and exhilarating dive with plenty of shark encounters. The wall is adorned with large sea fans where rainbow runners, great barracuda, blue fin jacks and tuna can all bes seen alongside Napoleon wrasse, grey reef and white tip reef sharks.
The Maldives has two very distinct seasons. The “dry season” runs from January through to March, also known as the Northeast Monsoon. The “wet season” is from mid-May until November, and known as the Southwest Monsoon. Throughout the year the climate remains almost constant with average temperatures of 30°C (86 °F), giving sunny days and light winds in the evenings. Thunderstorms can occur during the southwest monsoon and you will experience cloudy days – however the rain can be a relief from the high temperatures.
Water temperatures are broadly similar throughout the region; and rarely vary beyond 27-30°C (81- 86 °F). Most guests find that a 3mm shorty and possibly a rash vest is suitable. However, for guests who feel the cold easily, especially with repeated diving, then we recommend to bring your own 5mm. In short bring what you feel most comfortable in.