Hammerhead Point, Rasdhoo Atoll
The coral-filled channels, current-swept walls and busy cleaning
stations around the North Ari Atoll offer excellent all-round
diving. Gentle dives inside the critter-filled lagoons can be
enjoyed by all, while more experienced divers can venture out to
the deeper walls in search of hammerheads and reef sharks.
While there are no guarantees, an early morning dive at
Hammerhead Point on the nearby Rasdhoo Atoll provides the perfect
test for your buoyancy skills as you head into the blue in search
of schooling hammerheads...
The Victory Wreck, Hulhule Island
The MV Victory wreck is an 80-metre-long cargo ship that sank in
1981. Today, the wreck lies beneath the flight path of the
Maldives' international airport off the main island of Malé. Lying
upright, 37 metres below the surface, the wreck is adorned with
colourful corals and provides shelter for myriad marine life,
making a great first dive of the day.The dive's maximum depth and
potential for current mean it's classified among the more advanced
diving in the Maldives, but the channel's nutrient-rich currents
have ensured the wreck's superstructure is covered in life.
The Plateau, Fuvahmulah Atoll
Luxury liveaboards offer the perfect way for experienced divers
to enjoy the Maldives' deep south diving. Despite boasting the best
places in the archipelago for consistent shark encounters, these
undeveloped atolls have managed to stay off the beaten path,
wherein lies the charm. These more remote sites see fewer divers
than the central and northern atolls and offer access to some of
the best advanced diving in the Maldives.
The southernly Laamu Atoll offers superb oceanic manta ray
diving, but the jewel in the southern Maldives diving crown hides
in the Fuvahmulah Atoll. The cruise south towards Fuvahmulah sees
you cross the Equator just before you reach your destination, The
Plateau dive sites, where the sharks will already be waiting. The
Plateau is visited by scalloped hammerheads, tigers and threshers,
while silvertips, whale sharks, grey reefs, white-tipped reef
sharks are also regularly spotted.
Diving the deep south can be an adrenaline-inducing affair, yet
it also has plenty to offer the less experienced diver. If you're
looking to immerse yourself in the best advanced diving in the
Maldives, though, it could be just what the doctor ordered...