North Male Atoll is a popular destination for diving and snorkeling. Being easily accessible from Male International Airport offers good diversity of hotels and dive resorts. Maldives`s waters have colorful corals and plenty of sealife.
My dives in North Male region:
One of the most popular dive sites in the region is Kuda Faru also known as Finger Point or Shark Point. The top of the corals starts at 13 meters / 42 feets and drops to 30 meters /100 feets. When the incoming current is strong there is a very good chance to see reef sharks and big groups of eagle rays and barracudas. Because of the strong current this is considered an advanced dive so one must be certified accordingly.
During my dive there was a low outcoming current so there was only one whitetip reef shark and a round ribbontail ray resting on the sandy bottom. The coral is nice and big schools of fishes can be seen.
Kuda Thila is an easy dive with very low current that can be enjoyed by every diver. A very good coral reef at depths of over 10 meters / 33 feets with hard and soft coral. The sealife is rich and I encountered big schools of surgeonfish, one reef octopus and a few stonefishes. Himmiya Faru is also another easy and similar divesite.
Akiri Outside has rich corals with great colours at depths of over 10 meters / 33 feets. I encountered many corals shrimps and a lot of morays that are ready to snap your finger if placed near them. During my dive I also encountered a turtle and a juvenile nurse shark sleeping under a big coral.
Check the conditions for Shark Point to make sure you have the best dive. Having a strong incoming current is recommended for large numbers of sharks.DIVETIP
Check my Maldives diving experience in the following clip:
What you`ll see:
Nurse Shark, Blacktip Reef Shark, Whitetip Reef Shark, Eagle Ray, Manta Ray, Stingray, Turtles, Giant Moray, Maldives Clownfish, Picasso Triggerfish, Orange-lined Triggerfish, Titan Triggerfish, Angelfish, Parrotfish, Longnose Butterflyfish, Meyer`s Butterflyfish, Blackwedge Butterflyfish, White Collar Butterflyfish, Humphead Bannerfish, Unicornfish, Shrimp, Squid, Octopus, Stonefish.
Read more about diving in the Maldives in this article.
Maldives is also a great destination for snorkeling. Read the dedicated article.