Diving in the southern atolls is rewarding with several Protected Marine Areas, ship wrecks, and caves that are inhabited by schools of fish and colourful coral. Unlike in the northern regions, tourism is still in its early stage here and the dive sites are secluded and remote and waiting to be explored.
WHY WE LOVE DIVING THE SOUTHERN ATOLLS
One of best destinations for whale sharks! Just look at these photos!
Schooling Manta? Who doesn't want that expereince?
Crazy current - don't forget your reef hook!
SOUTHERN ATOLL GALLERY
Diving the Maldives Southern Atolls
From Male, a same day flight to Khoodhoo, the furthest South you can go, puts you on board your liveaboard for a week. Sun-rises and sun-sets are just breath-taking, and so is the diving! Big currents bring in the big animals, and the shark encounters are extreme! Expect to see Hammerhead, lemon, leopard, white and black tipped sharks and in big numbers too! Tigers are also often seen, and the whale-sharks feeding at night off the stern deck are incredible - get ready to dive at midnight!!
There are over 50 dive sites close by, all within a one hour boat ride, and more just a bit further away – they offer a huge variety of corals, fish life and, of course, the chance for big fish encounters. Stunning coral formations, incredible colours and a huge variety of fish life have made the Ari Atoll one of the top diving destinations around the world. Add into the mix regular Manta Ray and whale shark sightings, and it’s clear to understand why people keep coming back for more.
Winter average of 24°C / 75°F
Summer average of 33°C / 91°F
Rainy season June to August
Flights from LONDON
Seaplane from MALE
GMT + 5 hours
Big currents, big animals. Expect adrenaline-filled dives, and sharks-galore! And night dives with whale sharks - as spectacular as it gets!
27° to 30°C / 80 to 86°F average
20m + / 70ft +