The Most Popular Dive Sites
Embudu (Emboodhoo) Kandu
With either an outgoing or ingoing current, ranging from small to strong, Guraidhoo Corner promises a wide range of fish life. The outside reef has many reef fish including schools of Bannerfish, groupers, fusiliers, rainbow runners, tuna, trevally congregate, napoleons and grey reef sharks. Inside the channel there are a series of caves and overhangs with fans, sponges and soft corals.
Losfushi Kandu & Medhu Faru
Medhu Faru is one of the most scenic drift dives in the area. This dive site is located on the north side of Guraidhoo Kandu, and when the current is directed to the atoll, the place really looks at its best. With the current ranging from small to very strong, a number of overhangs allow for shelter when the current is strong. Wavering seafans are springing out from the ledge and the site offers an abundance of soft corals as well as the opportunity to view sharks, barracudas and napoleons in the open ocean while near the corner trevally
Diving in the South Male Atoll is possible throughout the year, although sea conditions are usually best during the northeast monsoon from late December to May. The southwest monsoon is from June to November and brings with it a greater chance of rain and a less calm seas. However, rainfall here occurs less frequently than in the southern atolls of the Maldives. The water temperature in the South Male Atoll ranges from 26 to 29 ° C. Visibility is from 15-30 m all year round, depending on which side of the atoll you are dive in this or that season.
Mantas, whale sharks, turtles, reef sharks and hammerhead sharks live in the Maldives all year round; Manta rays congregate in large flocks during the southwest monsoon. From August to November is the best time to see manta rays. As for other pelagics, collisions depend on non-seasonal factors: whale sharks are more often found during strong tides, while hammerhead sharks rise from the depths in shallow water at sunrise.
Confirmed liveaboards run from November to May. If you wish to arrive outside these months, then it may be more difficult to find a departure date that will satisfy you.
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Aquatic life is the best here, you will for sure experience Manta Rays, Sharks and Turtles. Whale sharks are very common here, and are spotted often.
At least six channels provide ways for strong nutrient-rich currents to enter the South Male Atoll, and this phenomenon attracts large schools of fish, reef sharks, and many other big pelagics. In fact, the South Male Atoll is often regarded as the main habitat of the reef sharks of the Central Atolls. On the other hand, hard coral cover remains better on North Malé, although diving trips in the South Male Atoll will still give you images of abundant colorful soft corals on many sites.
The South Male Atoll is full of marine life, which includes such species as sweetlips, pipefish, jacks, sharks, eagles, tuna, barracudas, giant trevally, mantas (at season), napoleons, turtles, as well as beautiful gorgonians, colorful sponges, corals and sea fans.
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South Malé Atoll diving in the Maldives is famous for it's pelagic dives and it's Kandus. The South Malé Atoll or South Kaafu Atoll is one of the central atolls in the Maldives, and is separated from the North Male Atoll by a deep Vaadhoo Candu channel. The oval shape, South Malé is 36 km long and 19 km wide. There are 30 islands of which there are 3 local islands. The capital of the atoll is Maafushi. South Male is popular among divers due to the good conditions and many world-class dive sites. Diving and safaris are good for all levels of experience. Candus or channels are an important feature of dives in South Male. On the eastern wall of the reef there are 6 channels. Diving in the South Male Atoll can spot pelagic life, many soft corals and caves, as well as one very good wreck. Eagle Rays, Mobula Rays, Tunas and Grey Reef Sharks are common sighting in the atoll's waters. The South Male Atoll is also a popular diving site for liveaboards from Malé Harbor.
Velana International Airport (MLE) is well served by flights from Europe and Asia, although the first option may require a stop in the Middle East. If flying from Asia, expect a stopping in Sri Lanka or in India before continuing the flight to Male.
To get from Malé to other islands in the South Male Atoll, you can take a speedboat transfer or local ferries.
You can go house reef snorkelling right from the beach, but diving around Kandus, Thila and Wrecks will require you to take a step aboard of dhoni boat to explore the most exciting of all dive sites. The best way to get acquainted with the underwater world of the Maldives region, and to visit all the best places for snorkeling in the Maldives at once is also a liveaboard. Unlike its northern neighbor, South Male has fewer resorts. Nevertheless, diving played an equally important role in this development and the popular area is usually included in the routes of the Maldives dive safari. The competition for space on boats is strong enough, especially in the high season, so we advise you to book dive in advance, at least not less than 6 months before the trip.
Budget travellers can find affordable accommodation and cheap diving excursions on the islands of Maafushi and Guraidhoo - a good option for divers who want a break from terrestrial living before or after their dive safari. Local diving centers combine experience, passion and fun surrounded by a fantastic underwater scenery boosting with an amazing marine life, while not compromising on any PADI safety standards.