South Malé Atoll
Located in the southern channel of Emboodhu Finolhu about 1hr 10 minutes sailing from Male’.
Emboodhu Express is named for its famous currents which can be up to 5 knots that attract large pelagics such as sharks and rays. The whole channel is a marine protected area. The southern corner is the shark point. This dive is ideal for advanced divers as the sharks are more likely encountered at greater depths.
The dive starts outside the channel: go down to about 15 meters and follow the reef on the right shoulder until you reach the corner then descend to the channel bottom. If the current is running in there is no need to go to far into the channel: stay at about 30 meters and wait; the sharks will come closer and closer. White tip reef shark and grey reef shark are the most common.
An occasional hammerhead might cruise by as well as eagle rays, sting rays, napoleon, groupers and barracudas.
Watch you dive time and air consumption.
Return to the reef and drift into the channel with the reef on the right shoulder. The reef has crevices and small overhangs; among the coral blocks you can find lobsters and the oriental
sweet lips. About 200 meters into the channel at 12 meters depth there is a hole in the reef where you can swim through into a large over hang filled with black coral. This is the ideal place
to finish your dive and do a safety stop protected from the current.
Located at the Northern reef of Male south Atoll to the east. 35 minutes sailing from Male’. This dive is a dive for novice as well as experienced divers. The reef is a vertical wall which starts at 3
meters and falls down to about 35 meters. The name Cathedral comes from the huge overhang that extends in to the reef like a celestial dome, densely grown with sponges and soft corals.
Within the overhang in the reef are two smaller niches where large lion fish and moray eels live, large tiger cowry shells are often seen here as well. The walls at shallower depths have many small crevices full with life. Keep looking to the deep as well as large fish swim by. This is a very colorful dive with lots of marine life.
Located in the middle of the northern reef of Male South Atoll. 35 minutes sailing of Male’. This is a magnificent dive with imposing topography, fish life and corals. A large boulder, the size of
an apartment block stands apart from the reef forming a canyon about 100 meters long, 13 meters deep and about 15 meters wide. Many different species of fish can be seen here, notably
large schools of sweet lips and red snappers, napoleon wrasse, thousand of anthias and huge groupers hiding among the rocks. The corals on the outer side of the canyon are magnificent.
Further along from the canyon the reef becomes a vertical wall with lobsters, eels and shrimp amid the colorful coral coverage. White tip reef sharks are often seen cruising in the current.
Vaadoo Coral Garden
This reef is located west of Vaadoo, about 60 minutes from Male’. This is a good dive for novices.
The best place to begin the dive is in the atoll opposite the water bungalows where the reef is
protected from thewave actions. The corals here are beautiful. The reef slopes to a sandy
bottom at a maximum of 30 meters. Fish life is abundant with many varieties; colorful basslets
and damsels surround the corals with schools of trigger fish and banner fish hovering above.
Swimming to the North the reef slowly changes more to a wall. Closer to the Vaadoo channel
the current might change, it is time to go to the top of the reef and finish the dive.
Located on the northern reef in the Vaadoo Channel about 60 minutes sailing from Male’. The
reef top isat 3 meters and falls away into the deep. Start the dive at the eastern point of the
island and follow the current. The corals are abundant, as is the fish life. The reef is pock
marked with small and large caves where you may find stingrays and turtles resting on the sandy
bottom. Large schools of the red tooth trigger fish and anthias are seen here.
If the current is from West to East follow the reef to the corner where the lagoon bottom meets
the deepof the Vaadoo channel. The bottom is sand and at 30 meters drops in to the deep. The
plateau forms a barrier for the current and the water wells upward, bringing colder water from
the deep. Large fish can be seen cruising around here as well as sharks.
On the north side of Vaadoo Resort about 50 minutes from Male’. Here the reef drops off into the depths of Vaadoo Channel. This dive is best with a current from east to west. A very large overhang starts at 15meters and drops to about 30 meters. Inside the overhang are different plateaus, which are grown overwith whip coral. The ceiling is fully covered with blue and yellow soft corals. Schools of sweet lips and snappers shelter within the overhang. Turtles are common
on this site. Keep the reef on the left and youwill find another overhang at about 8 meters.
Out on the reef top with a slight current you will be surrounded by fusilier fish.