The Maldives Islands are a paradise for Scuba Diving holidaymakers and a mecca for marine biologists. A majority of the Maldives islands resorts have diving schools and offer you the service of professional diving instructors. There are numerous diving sites throughout the country. Some are ranked among the best in the world. The Ministry of Tourism and your resort itself would be able to give you detailed information on location (including maps), life forms, information on safety and environmental protection and special information on unique sites such as shipwrecks to make your Scuba Diving Holiday in Maldives a memorable one.
Popular Maldives Scuba Diving Sites
Listed below are some of the best scuba diving sites in the Maldives
Wreck of the Maldives Victory (Ship Wreck)
In the early morning hours of 13 February 1981, a Friday, this 35,000-ton freighter ran at full speed onto the southern tip of the island of Hulule - the airport island near the Capital. Panic spread through the island when it became known that the long-awaited foodstuffs and building materials were lying on the bottom of the ocean.
Shaped like a banana, this reef stretches from North-East to South over a length of some three hundred meters. Nearby resort islands include Fullmoon Island, Club Med and Kurumba. Ever since scuba divers began to dive in this part of the North-Male' Atoll, twenty years ago, Banana Reef has remained an ideal spot. A favourable feature is that since the fish show absolutely no fear of photographers on this reef, one can take excellent shots. However, together with the strong current and the fragile reef it makes anchoring your boat not always an easy task. You are requested to be careful not to damage the fragile reef when anchoring your boat.
As the name suggests, encountering and observing sharks at this point is a frequent and regular happening. They swim to and from at the end of the channel where the currents are strongest. Friendly Gray reef sharks and whitetip reef sharks are those most likely to approach the divers.
Barracuda Giri lies in the North Male' Atoll, North - Northeast of Bandos Island Resort and South -Southeast of Thulhagiri Island. Barracuda Giri boasts some truly spectacular dives. Life forms include large schools of black spotted sweetlips, schools of large batfish, black coral, barracuda etc.
Manta Point, which lies in the northern section of the channel leading out of the Ari Atoll, is - as the name suggests - an ideal place for close encounters with Mantas Rays. From December until the middle of April, the Mantas are regulars at this site, the topography and the location of the site making it an ideal habitat for all species of fish that live on plankton.