Destination Fact File
With areas virtually untouched by humans the diving of Southern Maldives is just spectacular
Until recently you could only explore the wonders of South Maldives from liveaboards, such as MY Sheena. Now there are some fabulous resorts dotted around the area, which utilize the fantastic dive sites. This means that similar to North Maldives the Southern Region atolls are much quieter than many others. With some dive sites having never been explored before and manta ray sightings on almost every dive you are sure to have an unforgettable experience. There are many different atolls within this southern region, the main ones of which are Addu, Faafu, Dhaalu and Meemu atolls.
The diving around these southern atolls is absolutely sublime. With the fact that many areas are relatively unexplored this means that the reefs are untouched and every coral is in pristine condition. Whale sharks and manta rays are around all year in many of these areas and when you can see such a variety of pelagic fish so frequently you will never want to leave these stunning waters.
One of the most famous of all of the southern region dive sites is Mantas and More located in the region of Meemu Atoll, this dive site definitely lives up to its name and you can access this dive site by staying at the Medhufushi Island Resort which are you can access from Male in about 45 minutes by seaplane. You can see an abundance of mantas all flying together in the blue as well as numerous eagle rays, tuna and grey and white tip reef sharks.
The British loyalty wreck, which has been voted as the biggest and best wreck in the Maldives on several different occasions, by divers and magazines, is an amazing dive from Equator Village , on Addu Atoll, which is an 1 ½ hour transfer by seaplane from Male. You can view the spectacular scenery of the land on your way and with the coral growth upon this wreck in vast abundance you will want to get here as soon as possible. With vibrant hard and soft corals you may also see a large variety of reef fish and turtles on your exploration. With the currents around Addu Atoll not being as strong as in many other areas this area is great for novice divers looking for that amazing diving experience.
Around Faafu Atoll in the channels the marine life is abundant with large manta rays, eagle rays, barracudas, napoleon wrasse, white-tip and grey reef sharks and whale sharks which can be seen during certain months of the year. It is a very popular atoll with divers and snorkelers alike who wish to explore the serene underwater landscape. Only 35 minutes by sea plane Filitheyo Island Resort is easily accessible from Male.
Dhaalu is the sister atoll of Faafu, being separated by a very popular channel they share many of the same dive sites. These are fast becoming top dive sites within the diving community in the Maldives due to the amazing coral reefs and abundance of pelagic fish. With manta rays being year round residents of these waters, the only change in their sightings is that they move around the area with the seasons. You can access these stunning dive sights from Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort
Taking part in a night dive will definitely give every diver the chance to see a huge variety of marine life in a completely new light. With reef sharks on the hunt at dusk and parrot fish asleep in their own bubbles, the stunning vision of all of the corals at night will make this experience unforgettable. You may also want to enjoy a freshly made cocktail or a glass of champagne whilst watching the sunsets that the Maldives are renowned for.