What kind of Scuba Diver will you be in the Maldives?

March 4th, 2013

The attraction to the Maldives reefs, spread out over the atolls of the Indian Ocean, is something divers have in common. The views above ground are stunning and a peek below the water surface reveals a lively, colorful underworld.  However, all dive spots and all divers are not the same.

Some dive spots have treasures at deep depths, some have marine life that just has to be captured on film and others are protected sites that deserve a bit more care and respect.  Then there are divers that are more excited by these different spots – some seek out adventure, some are out to take photos, others are out to explore and others are eco-oriented.  Which type or types do you fall into?  Here are some great spots for your interests:

 

Adventure Seeker

If you’re a diver who’s thrilled by the deepest depths and fastest currents, the Maldives has some locations that will provide the buzz of exhilaration you’re looking for.

Where to dive for adventure:

Known as one of the top dives for excitements, Kudarah Thila is situated in South Ari Atoll about 1km south of Kudarah. The depths start around 14 meters from the top of the reef and drops to 20-25 meters.  Dive initiating techniques are used to best descend to the thila.

Also in South Ari Atoll the Broken rock canyon is in the Dhigurah Channel.  Among other great sights there are great soft corals to see for divers who brave the depths and currents with a dive torch and surface balloon.

Finally, if it’s depth that drives you, head to Maalhos Thila where the temptations are coral heads located mostly below 25 meters.

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Photographer

Many divers like to snap photos of their dives and even holiday makers often have underwater cameras.  When taking photos becomes more than a leisure activity and when the main goal becomes capturing sightings and having “trophies” of the dive, this is when it becomes something more.  The Maldives is full of sites with great photos ops but here are a few great ones:

The site known as Fotteyo Kandu is considered a top world dive site as a result of its abundant marine life and also provides an opportunity for hammerhead sightings on early morning dives.

Capturing color that pops from the mono-color blue sea is a great effect in photos.  HP Reef has multicolored soft coral and tons of flashy invertebrates to light up your camera, not to mention Eagle Rays and schooling Silver Jacks.

Photographers are often looking to capture the big subjects like whale sharks and mantas.  The aptly named Madivaru (madi means ‘ray’ in Maldivian language) is known for mantas and especially the cleaning station during the north east monsoon.

 

Explorer

Those who seek to find something new and really investigate their surroundings are those who like to explore.   Backed with some knowledge of Maldives marine species before departure, these divers can get the most out of their dives by learning a bit of what they might see. These spots have nooks and crannies to be investigated:

The wall, overhangs and caves of North Male’s Banana Reef is open to discover though divers are warned about a washing machine phenomenon which has swirling down currents during the north east monsoon. Experienced divers who make the diver are just advised ride it out close to the reef.

For deep exploration, Filitheyo Thila has caves and dolphin corner but also has some deep caves below the 30-meter point.

One for taking time to explore is Kikki reef in Gulhifalhu (also known as Hans Hass Place) where there are tons of different features so explorers will be kept entertained.

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Shark at Filitheyo Dive Site. Photo: warrenski, Flikr

 

Environmentalist

For those who have an inclination to consider the environmental side of things, the Maldives is a great location to consider current issues and solutions at play.  These sites have a protected status from the result of current and past activity:

Previously seen as a highly productive shark fishing area, Fish Head (Mushi Mas Mingili Thila) is now a top dive location and protected from shark fishing since 1995.

The 2km stretch of Makunudhoo Kandu, located in Kuda Faru is lined with dive sites. Protected status has been given to the northern side and it’s a real highlight in the region.

Eco-oriented divers will know how to be careful around the reefs and Orimas Thila is one place to make sure of this.  A protected marine area, it’s a small reef where divers often spend time examining the marine life around it.

 

So no matter what tickles your fancy and gets you excited about diving, the Maldives has dive spots to satisfy all inclinations.  Comment about what kind(s) of diver you are and take a look at the liveaboard packages available to go live the dream, diving in the Maldives.

 

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