South Maldives - Addu Atoll

ระดับการดำน้ำ The Maldives are a photographer’s dream, so take the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course. The PADI Drift Diver course will prepare you for the drift dives through the channels. Enriched air nitrox is available, so the PADI Enriched Air Diver course is a good idea.
ความลึก Depths inside the atoll average around 35 meters, but it reaches a maximum of 75 meters in the middle.
ทัศนวิสัยใต้น้ำ clear
กระแสน้ำ Currents are generally not as strong as in the other tourist atolls so the channels can be dived at most times.
จุดดำน้ำ

British Loyalty Shipwreck

The 5583-tonne oil tanker, British Loyalty was built in 1928 by Palmers Co. Ltd., Newcastle. The ship was torpedoed twice by enemy submarines during the war. The first time was by a Japanese midget submarine in Diego Suarez harbor, Madagascar on May 30th, 1942. It was damaged and taken to Addu Atoll in 1943 to be used as a storage hulk. She was torpedoed again in Addu Atoll on March 9th, 1944. The German U-183 submarine had ingeniously fired through a gap in the submarine nets blocking Gan Kandu. The ship was damaged but not sunk and remained there for the rest of the war. The Loyalty was finally scuttled on January 5th, 1946, before the British withdrew from Gan.

According to Mr. Mohammed Ibraheem Loutfi, who was a Maldivian liaison officer during the war, the ship was towed by tug to its present location and finally sunk by the guns of a British warship. Mr. Husain Didi from Hithadhoo, who was a 15-year-old boy at the time the ship was scuttled, said:

“There were many shots fired into the starboard side, and oil floated into the harbor killing some dolphins and fish. The oil continued to come ashore for about 10 years.”

The wreck lies 30 minutes by dhoni from Equator Village-Gan between the island of Maradhoo and Hithadhoo. It is lying on the starboard side, and the bottom is at around 33 meters. The port side is at 16 meters and the bow points almost directly north. The total length of the wreck is 140 meters, and its beam is 20 meters. Coral growth is excellent with large clumps of hard coral all over and a good covering of soft coral. At several places on the railing, big balls of coral look like natural fenders.

The propeller is at 28 meters and originally had four blades made of brass every two meters. Now the topmost blade is missing, but the remaining three are covered in big bushy black coral trees. In front of the engine room, about 60 meters from the stern are two large holes, one on the deck and the other on the keel. These are so big, divers can easily swim through from one side to the other. The holes were most likely caused when the torpedo exploded or when the vessel was sunk. Visibility averages around 20 meters. Schools of blue-fin jack and a large turtle swim around the deck, while on the upper side many smaller fish have found a home among the coral.

ฤดูท่องเที่ยว Addu Atoll is tropical, humid and very hot year-round, with an abundance of sunshine and temperatures around 24-33°C/75-91°F. The diving is equally good all year, however monsoons bring quite a lot of rain between April and October and especially June to August.
สิ่งที่น่าสนใจ Divers who expect an abundance of reef fish may be disappointed with Addu Atoll. But those who want to see wrecks, large manta rays, sharks, turtles, and generally big fish all year round, will be delighted with the diving.

ข้อมูลทั่วไป

Addu Atoll, also known as Seenu Atoll, is the southernmost atoll of the Maldives, featuring stunning, world-class dive sites.The islands are shielded from the tempests and high waves of the Indian Ocean by boundary reefs. Coconut palms, the national tree, grow all over the islands.There are tiny lakes, wetlands, and damp taro fields in the islands that are one of a kind and the gorgeous barrier reef topography shields this slice of paradise from the storms and high waves of the Indian OceanWhite terns, known as the "dhondheeni" by Adduans, gives the Atoll a uniqueness as these can only be found in Addu Atoll.

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แนะนำเดินทางด้วย Bangkok Air
DMK-MLE     PG711      0920-1155
MLE-DMK     PG712      1245-1920

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BKK-MLE     FD177      0935-1150
MLE-BKK     FD178      1235-1900