North Malé Atoll

 Kikki Reef

Located 20 minutes sailing from Male’ Harbor, to the west past Vilingilli; this is a dive site for 
every diver, beginner
 or advanced. At a depth of about 9 meters there is a large overhang with 
good coral cover, occupied by a lot of small 
fish. On the east side of the overhang at 27 meters
there is a cave with a swim-through. Turtles, eagle rays and napoleon wrasses are also frequently
seen at this dive site.

Old Shark point

This site is located to the west of Male’, about 30 minutes by boat. On the southeast corner of 
the reef there are 
large broken rocks that obstruct the current and attract a lot of marine life.
At the corner, at a depth of about 13 meters, there is a small canyon with lots of soft coral, 
sponges and small fish. 
Lobsters are also often seen hiding here.
A dive to this dive site is best with an ocean current flowing east to west. Large pelagic fish can be
here as well as sharks and eagle rays. Explore the broken rocks and swim-throughs and flow
with the current along the reef to the west, past big trees of black coral and sea fans. There are
often times nurse 
sharks to be found here, resting under shallow overhangs.

Lion's Head

Located south of Thila Fushi reefpast Old Shark Point, Lion's Head is about 45 minutes sailing 
from Male'. 
The reef top is at about 3 meters and drops down to 45 meters. An overhang
shaped like a lion'shead earned this site its name. There is a large cave with lots of soft coral
and numerous smallfish. A good macro site for the keen diver... 
Just keep an eye out for false stone fish and leaf fish. The current will determine the direction
of travel but either direction makes for an interesting dive. There is an interesting wall with 
caverns and holes to explore but don't forget to look out into the blue for the big tunas cruising


Kuda Haa

Kuda Haa is a thila west of Male’ and north of Giraavaru, about 60 minutes sailing. This small 
thila looks like camel 
humps. The larger of the two humps is about 30 meters in diameter with 
steep slopes, with the top at about 8 meters. 

To the north, connected by a ridge lies the second hump. This has its top at about 15 meters
The thila provides protection to many species of reef fish: snappers, fusiliers, groupers and lion
fish. Jack fish and bat fish are also common. On the top of the reef there are many anemones
with their resident clown fish. This site is a Protected Marine Area.

Feydhoo Finolhu house reef

Located north of Male 20 minutes by boat. This island is used by the education ministry. The 
reef is a straight wall down to about 35 meters with lots of crevices and holes and some swim-
throughs as well. The wall is completely covered with soft corals and sponges as well as 
abundant small creatures. In the holes you can find the small silver fish used as bait by the 
fisherman as well as turtles resting. Eagle raysare common as are schools of bat fish and 
flutemouths. The dive is an easy one for novice and advanced divers alike and is an ideal site
for macro photography.


Galhu Falhu

This site is located north of Male’, about 20 minutes sailing. It is a circular reef inside the Atoll.
Its sheltered position makes it ideal in poor weather and rough sea conditions. The site has 
some nice coralformations and a large variety of fish life. Marvelously camouflaged scorpion 
fish are commonly seen aswell as octopus and colorful shrimps. The bottom is at about 25 meters.

Banana reef

Located inside the atoll, north of Male’, past the airport and west of Farukolhu Fushi. The reef is
shaped like a banana: hence its name. This is a spectacular dive for beginners and advanced 
divers alike. If the current is slight all divers can enjoy this beautiful reef with lots of soft coral,
small canyons and over-hangs. At the north east corner you can swim around some large 
boulders separate from the reef which 
are fully grown with brilliantly colored soft corals.
There are big schools of fusiliers, oriental sweet lips and snappers.
The middle of the reef has a huge overhang created by the currents. From here to the west the 
reef is a 
vertical wall and is home to many red tooth trigger fish. The whole site is a fabulous 
dive. The southern 
site is a wall with some small caves and again many red tooth trigger fish.
The top of the reef is shallow 
so it is ideal for snorkelers. However if there is an incoming 
current through the channel only experienceddivers should dive the site as the strong currents
produce a washing machine effect that can make 
buoyancy control difficult.

This site is a protected marine area.


Back Faru

Located north east of Farukolhu Fushi (previously known as Club Med) on the outside reef,
1 hrs sailing from Male. The site is an easy dive and also good for snorkelers. The reef top is 
very shallow and slopes 
gradually into the ocean. Large coral blocks are scattered around on 
the reef and we often find nurse 
sharks resting beneath. Large tuna and other ocean going fish 
are commonly seen passing in the blue. 
Keep the reef on your left shoulder and swim back to the channel entrance. With an incoming 
white tip reef sharks can be seen patrolling here, we have also encountered blue 
marlin swimming, as 
well as barracuda and rays. Float in to the channel and explore the 
overhangs and small caves. 
About 150 meters into the channel there is an interesting area with
big parts broken off the reef with a lot of smaller fish and soft coral.


Furana South

Located on the south eastern corner of the reef about 1 hrs sail from Male. A dive for all divers. 
It is bestdived with an ingoing current when we begin the dive on the outside and float in to the
channel with the
 reef on our right shoulder, slowly following the bottom into the channel to 
about 25 meters. If the 
current is not too strong you can stay there and see the white tip reef 
sharks cruising around. The 
bottom has some sandy patches where you can see sting rays. 
The red tooth trigger fish are in 
abundance as are the fusilier fish. Swim back to the reef and 
follow the reef on the right shoulder, about
 300 meters into the channel there is a cave with a 
swim through. If the current is strong be aware of the "washing machine" effect that can drag 
you down.

Furana Thila

Located 300 meters north of Furana (Full Moon resort), 45 minutes from Male'. This is a long 
thin thila with the reef top at 10 meters. Its eastern point faces the ocean and slopes down. 
With an ingoingcurrent you can spot a lot of pelagic fish in the narrow channel. The top of the
thila gets the brunt of the ocean waves meaning coral life is not as abundant but there are 
some big boulders scattered on the top that provide protection and here there are many fish to 
be seen. On the eastern part of the thila when the current is not too strong you can find green
turtles resting or eating.  During manta season the boulders are the place to wait and see them
circling around. Currents at this dive site can be strong, 
making it more suitable for experienced



Manta point

Located south east of Lankan Finolhu (Paradise Resort) it is 1 hours sailing from Male. In the 
south westmonsoon when the plankton blooms there are many mantas found on this reef, 
where they feed and get
 cleaned by the smaller fish at the ‘cleaning stations’.
To make sure you have the best experience, remain neutrally buoyant, stay in one place and let the 
mantas come to you. The depth is about 15 meters allowing plenty of bottom time. The mantas 
circle around in clear view of all the divers. A unique and exciting dive for novice and 
experienced divers.



Maagiri Caves 

Located on the north side of Maagiri reef about 50 minutes sailing from Male'; this reef sits 
inside the channel between Chicken Island and Lankan Finolhu. The best part is the north 
eastern side where thereis a large overhang and some caves with a very colorful reef. The fish 
are concentrated here and you cansee the tawny nurse shark and stingrays. When there is an 
incoming current large schools of fish can be seen in the channel.
On the south west side of the 
reef is a shallow area that is ideal for beginners. The lagoon slopes from 2 meters depth down 
to about 11 meters. There are large patches of sand dotted with coral blocks providing a safe, 
easy dive with plenty to see. Often the Nobiless manta can be seen feeding in small schools on
the sand.

Paradise rock

In the centre of the channel to the south west of Lankan Finolhu 1hr sail from Male’. This is an 
advanced dive. The top of the reef is at 9 meters and the best point is on the eastern side of the
reef facing the ocean current. Here a large section of the reef about 100meters long has broken
away, depositing a series of large boulders at about 45 meters deep. Where the corals have 
fallen away, a long series of caverns and overhangs remain. The whole area is constantly 
washed with ocean currents and the overhangs are packed with colorful soft corals and 
sponges. The rocks are overgrown with sea fans and black coral and are full of fish life. Schools
of snappers, fusiliers and sweet lips can be seen



Okobe Thila

Inside the Bodhu Kalhi kandu east of Bandos. About 1 hr sailing from Male'.
This is a dive for 
experienceddivers due to the frequent strong currents. The dive site consists of two thila that 
lie off the main reef. There is a permanent mooring line attached to one of the thila along which
you can make your descent and ascent. Due to the small size of the thila, part of this dive will 
be spent swimming against the current.
 The thilas are covered with a stunning array of colorful
soft corals, sea fans and acropora. Large schools of banner fish, fusiliers and triggerfish 
surround you as you make your way around the thilas. On the topof the reef are many 
anemones with their clown fish as well as a large number of colorful feather stars. 
Sharks, barracuda and Napoleon wrasse are frequently spotted. Manta rays may be seen here during
thesouthwest monsoon


Sunlite Thila

Located North of Male on the Line Thulhaagiri Himmafushi, near Aanugandu Faru, 1 hr sailing 
from Male. It was at this site that the world record dive was successfully conducted on 25th 
February 2006.
It is a long reef running north-south. Between the reef and the thila it is quite shallow with a
sandy bottom starting at about 6 meters sloping southwards to 25 meters. If you look around 
you can spot stone fish and scorpion fish. On the east side the reef drops down to about 30
meters.The reef top starts at 3 meters and is grown with branching and table corals,
surrounded by numerous fish. Blue tangs are commonly seen here. At the south part in between the
thila and the reef at about 18 meters are some free standing coral blocks where mantas can be seen
in season.
This dive site is good for beginners because of the sandy bottom where you can complete your 
diving skills and practice your buoyancy.

MV Maldive Victory 

The wreck of the MV Maldives Victory lies 10 minutes from Male’, south west of the airport. This
ship ran aground on Friday the 13th February 1981. It sank the next day and it sits up straight
on the bottom parallel to the reef. There is a descent line from the mast to the surface where 
the dive boats moor. 
The mast top is at 12 meters and the hull sits on a sandy bottom at 35 
When there is not much current this is an excellent introduction to wreck diving. The 
wreck is easy to 
dive and you can swim around the deck and explore one of the 3 cargo holds. 
You can still find lot of the 
cargo aboard; sacs of cement, paper, bottles, etc.
The hull has attracted many fish and a lot of coral and sponges are growing on it. For the more
divers the wreck is great to go into and explore the different decks, be neutrally buoyant
and move 
slowly and you will have a thrilling experience. Visit the captain’s cabin and swim up
to the bridge and exit on to the fly bridge. From the top of the bridge you will find a line back to
the mast you started from. 
Be sure you do your safety stop on the way up.

 South Malé Atoll