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Rasdhoo Diving Holidays

About Rasdhoo

Rasdhoo is one of the most popular destinations among divers. The island is located in North Ari Atoll 56 kilometers west from Male. Rasdhoo is a rather small island, it’s about 500 m in length and approximately 600 m in width. The population of Rasdhoo today is around 1500 people.

They said, some of the dive points are among the best in the Maldives. For certified divers, 17 spots are available.

Package Included

– Deluxe room
– Full board meal plan (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
– 6 night and 7 days
– 2-3 dives per day (including 1 night dive) with full equipment, total 10 dives
– Free snaks after each dive
– Round trip transfer by scheduled speedboat Male-Rasdhoo-Male
– All taxes are included
– Free Airport assistance
Total (for 1 diver): $US 1,055
Total (for 2 divers sharing one room): $US 1,750

 

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Dive Sites

Rasdhoo Beyru

Napoleon, white-tip reef sharks and grey reef sharks can be seen here regularly. Sometimes sting rays resting on the sandy bottom between 25 to 30 meters deep between the wall and thilas. If you are lucky eagle rays, and on very lucky days mantas !! This is also a great dive spot for macro fans because so many small creatures can be found here!

Rasdhoo Channel

Another great dive site for the experienced divers with Deep Dive Training or Advanced level because of the negative entry and the depth! All thilas are already well-colonised on the atoll drop-off edge at the depth between 20 to 25 meters between Kuramathi and Rasdhoo island. On the sandy bottom between the thilas, look for sting rays or white-tip reef sharks. While crossing the channel, almost anything is possible like grey reef sharks, eagle rays, napoleon, dog-tooth tunas, and many more.

Holhi Faru

Outside of Kuramathi, we find 3 bays along the main reef of the island. Each bay is surrounded with coral blocks at different depths between 16 – 25 meters where moray eels and lobsters are not rare.  Very often you can see sting rays resting underneath coral blocks. On the sandy bottom, you can find white-tip reef sharks, in the shallow part of the bays black-tip reef sharks.

Three Palms

A very nice wall with a reef top starting in shallow water and which can be dived at any depth. Along the dive, we encounter three big coral blocks in three different area between 16 – 23 meters, just like « Three Palms ». Anything is possible here, like white-tip reef sharks, sting rays and even more! Eagle rays also like to drift in the current along this wall. Looking down, beautiful sea fans can be seen.

Bodu Gaa

Bodu Gaa means Big Stone in Dhivehi. This Bodu Gaa can be seen on the reef top just a few inches below the surface and is fully covered by multi-colored fish. On the wall between 25-28 meters are two sandy areas where it is not rare to meet white-tip reef sharks or stingrays relaxing for the day. Around 25 – 26 meters, a couple of nice coral blocks are well-located on this sandy bottom. These blocks are full of kashmir-snappers, oriental sweet-lips, glass fishes even sting rays are possible underneath any of the coral blocks.

Caves

The furtherest dive site in the Rasdhoo Atoll which takes about 20 minutes to get to from Rasdhoo. This beautful wall is part of our atoll barrier reef which is connected along the very end of the Kuramathi Sandbank on the South West side. Very nice reef formation with lots of overhangs between 17 to 30 meters.

Miyaru Faru

Another wall dive from the atoll barrier reef, but an easy dive site on the outside of the North of the Atoll. The reef slowly goes down between 3 to 10 meters then a steep wall follows. On the bottom 30 to 40 meters, we often see white-tip reef sharks relaxing. On the reef itself you can see moray eels, lionfish and for expert eyes even scorpionfish.

Beyru Kandu

A very nice and easy place to dive for beginners, the reef is a steep wall and goes down to approximately 30 meters. A few coral blocks are to be seen on the reef top where lobsters have their « home sweet home ». Along the wall, small holes with nudibranches, shrimps and more.  During your dive look to the blue or reef top often because, if you are lucky, it is possible to see eagle rays or manta rays and even white-tip reef sharks.

Madi Gaa

Inside the North Channel, in the manta season (from November to April) there is a good chance of seeing mantas on this dive. A big coral block in 14 metres, with top at 10 metres is an attraction for many species of fish. Best is to sit next to the block when mantas are around and watch them circle.

Veligandu North

This dive site offers a top reef separated by a sandy plateau between 5 to 9 meters’ depth, below is a very nice steep wall dropping to around 25 to 30 meters continuing to the atoll drop-off. Lots of macro stuff possible here. If you look carefully, you may find ghost pipefish and even leaf fish inside the overhangs or at the edge of the overhangs. If Madivaru is the capital of the sharks then Veligandu Noth will be the Capital of the moray eels.

Madivaru Reef

This wall located on the outside reef near the Island of Madivaru is perfect for a nice and easy drift dive. Also a very good opportunity for beginners to experience dives with medium to strong current. Along the reef, corals are growing nicely and many species of fish can be spotted.

Madivaru Corner

A highlight in the Rasdhoo Atoll for many reasons. This reef is located just in front of the island Madivaru and has some superb overhangs between 26 to 30 meters before a breathtaking drop-off. The real beauty of the dive will be when the current runs along the reef on the right shoulder and into the Atoll. Because with this current you don’t have to swim much because most of the time on your dive you just hold onto some dead coral on the drop-off around 18 meters where the breathtaking show begins. Everybody can find here almost anything they are looking for, from macro to big pelagic species like grey reef sharks, white-tip reef sharks, eagle rays, napoleon wrasse, shoals of barracuda, jack fish and even giant travellis and dog-tooth tunas chasing baitfish etc.

Hammerhead Shark Point

Another highlight, an early morning dive to meet the famous Scalloped Hammerhead shark which can only be seen in a few places in the Maldives.A blue water dive with no reference. In otherwords, no reef or bottom where the blue plankton let you think you are flying among the stars. Even without sharks an unforgettable experience. Only for experienced divers with Deep Dive Training or Advanced level, of course good buoyancy control required!

Reef Explorer

A 30 meter fishing boat that sank in the Rasdhoo channel that lies on its side on a sandy bottom, surrounded by garden eels and shrimp in a depth of 12-16 metres. Some big groupers have been spotted here, and a few mantas occasionally patrol the area. Good buoyancy control is need to avoid kicking up sediment which ruins visibility, and take care to avoid many metal structures protruding from the wreck and in the sand. Some nice coral blocks around.

 

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Omadhoo Diving Holidays

About Omadhoo

Omadhoo is located in South Ari Atoll and that is about 70 kilometers far from the capital Male. About 800 people live on Omadhoo but this shouldn’t bother you at all like on many other islands in Maldives it’s not busy here. Not so long ago the island has started to develop.

With feeding manta rays, graceful whale sharks and schooling hammerheads, the Ari Atoll is a pelagic dream. Most of the dive sites here are not protected walls or coral reefs. Rather, the region favors thilas (pinnacles) and kandus (channels) perfect for drift diving.  There are in total 19 dive spots near Omadhoo.

Package Included

– Deluxe room
– Full board meal plan (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
– 6 night and 7 days
– 2-3 dives per day (including 1 night dive) with full equipment, total 10 dives
– Free snacks after each dive
– Round trip transfer by scheduled speedboat Male-Omadhoo-Male
– All taxes are included
– Free Airport assistance
Total (for 1 diver): $US 1,010
Total (for 2 divers sharing one room): $US 1,680

 

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Dive Sites

Omadhoo Thila

One of our most northerly dive sites lies in the Omadhoo channel, two thilas meet, to give it the nickname of the “Big Valley”. In the area between the thilas large coral blocks form an interesting landscape. With numerous overhangs along the reef there are many colourful hard and soft corals, as well as the infamous long-nose hawkfish hiding in the black corals. Looking out into the blue, divers can often see napoleon wrasse, barracuda, eagle rays and white tip reef sharks. Large schools of bannerfish, snappers and fusiliers are found swarming above the reef top.

Orimas Thila

Dozens of sharks, rays, schools of barracuda and jacks help make Orimas Thila a fantastic big fish dive. Acting as a nursery and cleaning station for grey reef sharks, this underwater mound will often attract these fish in large numbers that take advantage of the ocean currents and warm waters. Other species of sharks such as leopard and guitar sharks are also commonly seen on the thila, where eagle rays and sting rays also are frequently found. With the site doubling as a nursery, many of the sharks seen are juveniles protected by a small number of often very large females. Orimas is a big hit with rebreather divers who find the sharks come VERY close when the bubbles stop flowing.

Maamigili Beru

Maamigili Beru is an outer reef on the southern tip of the Ari Atoll and can be dived regardless of the current conditions. The top reef starts at 7 metres and is dominated by hard coral formations. Expect to see many different types of moray eels, lion fish and nudibranches. Eagle rays and mobula mantas are also common here. During the right time of the year, whale sharks can also be seen cruising along the reef.

Maamigili Kandu

The Maamigili channel leads onto the largest outreef in the Ari Atoll, which is home to big schools of fish, napoleons, big green turtles and white tip reef sharks. But Maamigili gained its reputation as being one of the best dive sites in the Maldives due to the frequent whale shark encounters (depending on the season). The whole outreef has recently been made into a Marine Protected Area in order to help preserve and protect the current whale shark population which is resident to Maldivian waters.

Dhidhoo Beru Faru

Dhidhoo Beru Faru is a sloping outer reef at the southern tip of the Ari Atoll which can be dived with any current. The reef starts at seven metres and is dominated by hard coral growth. Many moray eels, lion fish and nudibranches can be found along the reef while in the blue water eagle rays and mobula mantas are often spotted. The highlight at this dive site has to be the whale shark encounters which are common during the right season.

Dhigurah Retere

Dhigurah Etere is located on the house reef of the island of Dhigurah where the reef drops down from 5 to 25 metres. The dive spot is full of little inlets, caves and overhangs with some swim-throughs. Morays, lion fish and stingrays can often be found and in the summer months we occasionally see Mantas here. Dhigurah Etere is also a great night dive site!

Dhigurah Beru

The Dhigurah Beru reef starts at between five to eight metres and slopes down to a terrace at 30-35 metres. Schooling fusiliers, turtles and eagle rays can all be seen passing in the blue water, while moray eels and leaf fish can be found on the reef itself. From the beginning of September until the end of November there is a good chance of encountering whale sharks at this spot.

Dhigurah Beru Thila

Dhigurah Beru Thila lies across a channel, close to the edge of the atoll. The side of the thila that faces the channel edge has beautiful overhangs and terraces, whereas the opposite side slopes into a sandy area at 20 meters. Although the reef is dominated by hard corals, soft corals can also be found. Being close to the edge of the atoll, this reef is home to big schools of fish, big napoleon wrasse, white tip reef sharks, stingrays and the occasional grey reef shark.

Dhigurah Etere Thila

Dhigura Etere Thila is a medium sized reef with overhangs that are covered in soft corals and gorgonian fan corals at either end. The occasional nurse shark can be found in the overhangs along with numerous lobsters. Turtles, scorpion fish and baby eagle rays have made this dive site their home, along with the sleepy looking white tip reef sharks on the sandy bottom at 22 metres.

Thinefushi Beru Thila

Thinefushi Beru Thila dive site is a large reef stretching across a channel close to the edge of the atoll. The long reef that starts at 10 metres is interrupted by two bridges that reach down to 18 metres where schools of fish congregate around the large coral blocks. Due to its location closer to the channel entrance you can expect to see some of the larger pelagic fish.

Thinefushi Etere Thila

Thinefushi Etere Thila is a medium sized reef with big overhangs at either end of the formation. The top reef starts at eight metres giving way to overhangs starting at 20 metres. Beautiful corals formations fill these overhangs, with gorgonian fan corals, whip corals and daisy corals all growing in huge numbers. A sandy alley separates four blocks from the main reef, and these blocks are abundantly overgrown with soft corals. Octopus, turtles, oriental sweetlips, schools of snappers, scorpion fish and white tip reef sharks can also be found on this beautiful dive site.

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Dhangethi Diving Holidays

About Dhangethi

Small (it’s only 925 х 350 meters) but vivid and diverse Dhangethi is situated rather close to Male. To be more precise it’s only 87 km far from Maldives capital. The island is the capital of Alif Daal Attol with the population of about 1000 people.

There are over 30 dive sites close by, all within a one hour boat ride, and 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.

Package Included

– Deluxe room
– Full board meal plan (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
– 6 night and 7 days
– 2-3 dives per day (including 1 night dive) with full equipment, total 10 dives
– Free snacks after each dive
– Round trip transfer by scheduled speedboat Male-Dhangethi-Male
– All taxes are included
– Free Airport assistance
Total (for 1 diver): $US 1,280
Total (for 2 divers sharing one room): $US 2,110

 

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Dive Sites

Hukuru Elhi Faru

Manta Point (Hukuru Elhi Faru) is a recent addition to the protected marine areas of the Maldives, and from Jan until Apr it is famous for it’s manta cleaner stations. The mantas come up from the deeper parts of the ocean where they feed and use the shallower waters of Hukuru Elhi Faru to free themselves of unwanted parasites.

Maamigili Beru

Maamigili Beru is an outer reef on the southern tip of the Ari Atoll and can be dived regardless of the current conditions. The top reef starts at 7 m. and is dominated by hard coral formations. Expect to see many different types of moray eels, lion fish and nudibranches. Eagle rays and mobula mantas are also common here. During the right time of the year, whale sharks can also be seen cruising along the reef.

Dhigurah Beru

The Dhigurah Beru reef starts at between 5 to 8 m and slopes down to a terrace at 30-35 metres. Schooling fusiliers, turtles and eagle rays can all be seen passing in the blue water, while moray eels and leaf fish can be found on the reef itself. From the beginning of Sep until the end of Nov there is a good chance of encountering whale sharks at this spot.

Dhigurah Beru Thilla

Dhigurah Beru Thila lies across a channel, close to the edge of the atoll. The side of the thila that faces the channel edge has beautiful overhangs and terraces, whereas the opposite side slopes into a sandy area at 20 meters. Although the reef is dominated by hard corals, soft corals can also be found. Being close to the edge of the atoll, this reef is home to big schools of fish, big napoleon wrasse, white tip reef sharks, stingrays and the occasional grey reef shark.

Dhigurah Etere Thila

Dhigura Etere Thila is a medium sized reef with overhangs that are covered in soft corals and gorgonian fan corals at either end. The occasional nurse shark can be found in the overhangs along with numerous lobsters. Turtles, scorpion fish and baby eagle rays have made this dive site their home, along with the sleepy looking white tip reef sharks on the sandy bottom at 22 m.

Thinefushi Beru Thila

Thinefushi Beru Thila dive site is a large reef stretching across a channel close to the edge of the atoll. The long reef that starts at 10 m is interrupted by two bridges that reach down to 18 m where schools of fish congregate around the large coral blocks. Due to its location closer to the channel entrance you can expect to see some of the larger pelagic fish.

Kuda Rah Thila

One of the most famous dive sites in the South Ari Atoll, Kudah Rah Thila is a stunning small reef covered in soft corals in all colours of the spectrum. Kudah Rah Thila has two large overhangs located on the eastern side of the thila, which are packed full with yellow daisy corals on the ceilings and huge gorgonian fan corals along the bottom. One end of Kudah Rah features a small archway which is plastered in soft coral. The reef itself is surrounded by large schools of blue striped snappers, and boasts regular visits from turtles and napoleons as well as the occasional white tip or grey reef shark. Kudah Rah Thila is, and has been one of the South Ari Atoll’s top dive spots since the atoll opened its doors to divers.

Meddu Thila

Meddu Thila is a large reef located close to the channel edge which is packed full of beautiful hard and soft corals. The reef starts at 12 m and is layered with table corals. Hidden amongst these table corals you can find nudibranches, moray eels and porcupine puffer fish. While swimming along the reef, keep your eye out for white tip reef sharks and stingrays sleeping on the sandy areas. Eagle rays, turtles, tuna and large schools of fusiliers can also be seen.

Vakarufalhu Beru Thila

Vakarufalhi Beru Thila is a large dive site located close to the channel edge with a fantastic 100 metre long wall covered in soft corals. The thila also offers a stunning top reef, with an endless variety of undamaged hard corals. Frequent visitors to the dive site include white tip reef sharks, napoleons, stingrays, eagle rays, turtles, tuna and large school of both fusiliers and bat fish. An incredible dive site right on Vakarufalhi’s doorstep.

Rheeti Thila

Rheeti Thila is a small circular reef, split into four pieces by up to 3 m wide canyons, making it one of the most interesting formations in the South Ari Atoll. The top reef starts at 12 metres and is encircled by a sandy bottom at 30 m. Interesting overhangs between 18 and 26 m, beautiful fan and whip corals, different kind of anemones, fusiliers being hunted by jack fish, big barracudas, scorpion fish, nudibranches, schools of oriental sweet lips and white tip reef sharks make for an action packed dive. ‘Rheeti Thila’ which means ‘Beautiful Thila’ in the local language certainly lives up to its name.

Kuda Thila

Kuda Thila is a medium sized reef close to the channel edge. The dive spot starts at 12 metres and slopes away at the sides. Big groupers and many schools of fish can be found here. As this reef lies close to the channel edge look out for big pelagic fish. Grey reef sharks are a common sight here.

Kudhimaa Wreck

Kudhimaa Wreck is a medium sized steel wreck lying very close to the Machafushi house reef. The wreck was purposely sunk in 1998 to provide divers visiting the South Ari Atoll with a wreck. The wreck itself has easy access to the cargo holds on both sides. On and around the shipwreck you can find a school of bat fish, some puffer fish, box fish and the customary large lion fish. Needless to say, the wreck is bursting with macro subjects for budding photographers and film makers. One interesting feature of the wreck is the competition for space that has sprung up on the surface itself. Algae, sponges, sea squirts and corals are all fighting for that valuable piece of metal to start their growth from.

Ranveli Thila

Ranveli Thila is a long reef full with beautiful pyramid corals. The dive spot consists of two Thilas – a smaller round one that starts at about 10 metres and a larger Thila that reaches up to five metres. The sandy saddle that separates the two is home to stingrays, sleeping white tip reef sharks and sand eels. Keep your eye out for some of the most spectacular species of nudibranch and flatworms that can be found here, making this a great site for photography.

Kalu Giri

Kalu Giri is a small and protected dive site with a top reef lying 6 m below the surface. A small stingray has made one of the caves his home and long nose hawk fish hide in the black coral that is growing around the reef. Mantis shrimp, lots of scorpion fish and different species of moray eels can be found on the top reef.

Noo Giri

Noo Giri is a very shallow reef starting at just 3 m. As the reef slopes down, overhangs can be found right the way down to the sandy bottom at 30 metres. Noo Giri is covered in disc anemones and black coral trees. Smaller crevices on the reef are often cleaner stations covered in glass fish. Look for cleaner wrasse and different kind of cleaner shrimp behind the glass fish. Moray eels, nudibranches, scorpion fish and big lion fish can be found in the overhangs, fusiliers and banner fish surround the reef.

Seventh Heaven

Seventh Heaven reef is situated across a channel and is completely covered in soft corals of every colour imaginable. Beautiful overhangs between 22 and 30 metres are overgrown with soft corals. Look for turtles, white tip reef sharks, stingrays, torpedo rays, moray eels, scorpion fish, nudibranches and much more.