The best dive sites in the Maldives

Where every divers should go at least once


Maldives and diving

The Maldives has to offer some of the best diving sites in the world. It houses some of the best scuba diving holidays around, with hundreds and hundreds of tranquil, exciting and also unique dive sites which are all over the beautiful island. The Maldives boast an amazing array of stunning marine life, such as:

  • Sharks
  • Manta rays
  • Coral formations
  • Exotic fish

A swarm of big eye trevally

With all this sea life and more to offer, it is not surprising that many of the best and most scenic dive sites in the world can be found in the Maldives.

Here is a list of a few of the must see dive spots in the Maldives Islands.

Bathalaa Maagaa Kan Thila

This is defiantly one of the top dive sites in the Maldives. It is located about 40 minutes from Maayafushi. This particular diving site is famous for its mass of reef fish, such as:

  • Sharks
  • Eagle rays
  • Mantas
  • Vibrant hard and as well as soft coral formations

The common five-fingered nudibranch from Maldives

Banana Reef

The dive site of Gaathugiri is slso known as Banana Reef. It is called this because of the shape of the island. It is one of the dive sites that was first discovered in the Maldives. It is situated inside Kuda Kalhi, and it also is one of the most northern of the two reefs. This spot is so special because there are many caves situated here. These are a very popular stop off for divers in the Maldives. These caves house many spices of exotic fish, with some of them becoming quite tame due to frequent feeding.

Dhigali Haa

The Dhigali Haa is a very popular Maldives diving site for enthusiasts. This is becasue is has such as massive varied balance of marine life and also coral formations. You will find all sorts of marine life at this site including:

  • Blue-fin jacks
  • Fusilier
  • Blue-striped and humpback snapper
  • Barracudas
  • Eagle rays
  • Lion fish
  • Angelfish

This site is a relatively small dive site and is visited mainly for divers who want to mingle with sharks.