Dive Center Mandhoo


Dive sites


Mandhu Corner

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Situated

10 minutes South-West of Mandhoo Island

Flora & Fauna

A large school of snappers and sweetlips usually surround this dive spot. In the cracks of the overhang and coral blocks you can find lobsters and morays waiting to greet you. In the blue water you can see tunas passing by, as well as jack fish. Napoleons and white tip reef sharks are seen from time to time here. On the reef top towards the end of your dive, keep your eyes out for turtles and if the season is right you can have luck with mantas and mobula rays!

Difficulty

Drift dive! For divers that like current.

How to dive

Outer reef of the island Mandhoo. Depends on current reef on left side or right-side A quick descent is necessary and safety stops are done in blue water drifting away from the reef. On the south side is a very long overhang at 20-24m with a lot of cracks and niches to explore. In front of the main reef there are two big blocks covered with gorgonian sea fans and other colorful soft corals

Bulha Lhohi Corner

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Situated

15 minutes South of Mandhoo Island

Flora & Fauna

The many overhangs found at Bula Lhohi Corner provide shelter to large groupers and sweetlips. There are also sometimes baby white tip reef sharks and lobsters hanging out in the cracks. Meanwhile, if you look to the blue you will find tunas and jackfish cruising by. For the macro-lovers we do sometimes find unusual nudibranchs, shrimps, flatworms and octopus on this dive site too.

Difficulty

Suitable for all divers.

How to dive

Drift dive. Depends on current reef on left side or right side. The reef is covered with different kinds of colorful corals. Beautiful gorgonians, luminous net and spiral corals can be found all around. Several overhangs can be found at 10-24 meters depth. The reef top sits perfectly shallow for nice scenery during the safety stop.

Bulha Lhohi Thila

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Situated

15 minutes North of Mandhoo Island

Flora & Fauna

Glassfish live in the overhangs together with large groupers taking shelter. Big schools of fusiliers and snappers you can see all around this reef. Grey reef sharks are sometimes seen cruising by too. Plenty of moray eels, scorpion fish and smaller reef-dwellers such as the Maldivian sponge snail can be found on Bula Lhohi Thila.

Difficulty

Suitable for all divers

How to dive

Shallow reef top. On this large reef you can see a variety of different corals and anemones. Plenty of overhangs draped with soft corals vary in depth from 8m to 25m. The shallow reef top is ideal for a comfortable safety stop

Bulha Lhohi Cave

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Situated

15 minutes North of Mandhoo close to Bulha Lhohi Island.

Flora & Fauna

The overhangs are the perfect hideaway locations for moray eels, stingrays, groupers and sweetlips. Napoleon wrasse, batfish, eagle rays, tunas and snappers are common sightings in the blue water outside the caves.

Difficulty

This dive site can be demanding if the current is strong.

How to dive

Top reef starting average depth of 8 meter and the reef drops steeply to 30 meters. on deeper part of the reef there is Colorful overhangs for intermediate to advanced divers. to the south of this dive site there are a number of large overhangs ranging from 12 to 24 meters depth. These overhangs are overgrown with several species of very colorful fan corals and sponges. The reef below drops steeply to 30m while the reef top has coral blocks at an average depth of around 8m.

Miyaru Thila

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Situated

15 minutes North- East of Mandhoo island

Flora & Fauna

Frequently grey and white reef sharks pass by. However, even without the sharks, bat fish and fusiliers’ school the reef with tunas and trevallies passing by in the blue. The overhangs are nice hideaways for glassfish, groupers and lobsters. In between the luminous coral sponges there can be flat worms and nudibranchs found. Some time you may found frog fish here too. Truly something for everybody!

Difficulty

This dive site suitable for all level divers.

How to dive

The main route for dives here is along the north and west side of the thila where colorful overhangs are plentiful, situated on different depth levels for all divers. A great variety of corals and huge gorgonian sea fans can be seen and the shallow reef top is also beautiful

Thundufushi Thila

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Situated

60 minutes North- of Mandhoo island near Thundufushi island

Flora & Fauna

In the blue water big Napoleon wrasse, tunas and trevallies are a common sight. Stingrays like to doze on the sandy bottom and sometimes leopard sharks are also sleeping on the bottom. During season there is a good chance to see manta rays on the top of the reef, usually on the west side at depths of 12-15m.

Difficulty

This dive site suitable for all level divers.

How to dive

Very big thila, it never fails to impress divers with the variety of multi-colored soft corals adorning the reef. It is spectacular! There are many overgrown overhangs at depths ranging from 10 to 28m. A stunning reef top has an average depth of 10m.

Miyaru Gaa Thila

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Situated

35 minutes North- East of Mandhoo island

Flora & Fauna

The topography of this dive site makes it special and the fish life is no less varied. White tip reef sharks like to circle the reef and stingrays are often seen lying in the sand. The overhangs are great hideaways for big groupers. Up on the reef top you can find sweet lips, plenty of scorpion fish, stone fish and friendly turtles can be observed. With some luck, this dive site is where we find unusual flatworms between the sponges.

Difficulty

This dive site suitable for all level divers.

How to dive

Very large reef top at 5m has beautiful coral blocks and then there is a plateau to the south at 14m depth which is connected to a deeper part. It looks rather like a horse saddle! A few little overhangs are situated mainly on the southwest side of the reef which slopes down to 20-30m on the sand.

Miyaru Kuda Thila

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Situated

60 minutes North- East of Mandhoo island

Flora & Fauna

The main attraction of this thila are the sharks! On the current side, grey reef and white tip sharks, as well as other pelagic fish (tuna, jackfish) swim amongst schools of neon fusiliers. As well as scorpion fish, the even more toxic and ugly stone fish can be found on the top of the reef! Mantis shrimps scurry around in the rubble, as well as octopus and other invertebrates. There is something for every diver on this dive site.

Difficulty

This dive site suitable for all level divers.

How to dive

It is a small thila sloping down from just 8m to a sandy bottom at 30+ meters. wait a for some time on current side for the sharks. the east and west sides have some interesting, small overhangs at around 20m, filled with gorgonians and whip corals. On the shallow rocky reef top, smaller reef dwellers can be found hiding on the coral blocks such as scorpion fish.

Maaya Thila - Full Day Trip With 2 or 3 Dives

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Situated

120 minutes North of Mandhoo close to the Island Maayafushi.

Flora & Fauna

Surely you must have heard about the richness of the underwater life at this famous Thila. The reef top is at 7 metres and all around drops down to about 40 metres. There are large overhangs with big black coral bushes where you can search for the Long Nose Hawk Fish and if you’re lucky you might even find a Ghost pipefish. If we have the right current you can find yourself in the middle of a big school of Fusiliers, Batfish, Big eye Soldier fish and of course some Gary and White tip Reef sharks. But also, you can go and search for the yellow Leaf fish, and find most times two to three Octopi playing around on the top reef. Always have one eye in the blue and you might see the big giant Barracuda, or the little “one fin” Eagle ray.

Difficulty

A dive for all levels.

How to dive

East- or west Current, we will drop you on either side. It is small enough to get one time around, so therefore you will have to swim against the current on one side. If you start on the southeast side and the current is not so strong try to stay up current, a little away from the reef and just wait and see what comes along. Follow the reef to your left side until a saddle crosses over to a very nice pinnacle. The top is about 18 metres and very rich with life, so try to swim around the deeper part and circle it up to the shallower part. Back at the main Thila you will reach a big overhang. Follow along the wall until you reach the overhang, which looks like a nose. Normally it is now time to explore the top reef, or to go out in the blue and watch for bigger creatures once more.

 If you plan to go reef on your right shoulder, you will find by the Nose-Overhang a block at about 22meters. Big Black coral bushes surrounded by many blue striped Snappers and a school of batfish make the effort to go there well worth it. Back at the main Thila you follow the wall where you will pass by a few more overhangs until you will see the saddle that brings you to the pinnacle on the left side. But watch your no decompression time you might not have enough time left to explore it. Don’t worry just explore the top reef and you will be amazed how much you can find there.                                                                                                                     

Maaya Thila - Full Day Trip With 2 or 3 Dives (2)

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Situated

90 minutes North-Easr of Mandhoo close to the Island Mushimasminginli.

Flora & Fauna

The fish life on this Thila is just amazing. A family of Napoleon will welcome you as soon as you’re descending through the big School of Fusiliers and blue striped snappers which are circled by giant Travellys and tunas. Pause a while and observe how the Travellys and the Tunas are gathering the fusiliers together until the right moment has come where they shoot in to this big ball of fish and try to catch one. An amazing spectacle to watch. In greater depths or if the current is stronger also shallow you can see Gray- White-and sometimes even the Oceanic White tip Sharks. On the top reef or hidden in an overhang you can also find one of the 4 turtles who live around this reef. Moray eels, scorpion fish, lionfish and all their other reef friends make this reef very spectacular.

Difficulty

Strong current makes it sometimes difficult. But with a quick descent this dive is suitable for everybody. So, give it a try.

How to dive

With a west- or east current you will start your dive mostly on the south side of the Thila. Depending on the strength of the current, you can try to stay in the blue water just a few meters away from the Thila and enjoy all the fusiliers around you. You can either follow the reef on your right or left shoulder. It is a small Thila so you will probably, depending on how strong the current is, make your way once around it. If you dive the north-west first, (right shoulder) you will pass some nice, big overhangs which sometimes you can find a sleeping turtle inside. On the last overhang you should come up to about 15 meters where the open plateau starts. Hereby it is sometimes difficult to swim against the current, but well worth it, as you will reach a small canyon. In front you can find 3 red anemones. As you go through the canyon have a look under the overhang. This is a famous place for big groupers. In strong current, go to the edge of the top reef, and if you’re lucky there are some big fish in the blue water. If you decide to dive the other side (left shoulder) first, you will reach a sloping terrace where on the corner is a nice overhang with a big school of blue striped snappers. As you go around you will reach the canyon from the other side, but you must stay at no deeper than 18 meters otherwise you will miss it. After the canyon cross over the open plateau and dive in to the overhangs until you come back to the terrace. You will end up your dive by zigzagging over the top reef.                                                                                                                                     

Orimas Thila - Full Day Trip With 2 or 3 Dives

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Situated

100 minutes North-East of Mandhoo close to the Island Magaa.

Flora & Fauna

One of the prettiest Reefs around this area. You will feel like you’re swimming in a big aquarium. Very nice coral formations, Sea fan, Gorgonians, Soft coral trees, Table corals and big black coral bushes are all along the Reef. Long, big overhangs give good shelter if we have current. On this dive spot you have everything. Lots of small inhabitants, schools of snappers, fusiliers, groups of sweet lips, yellow trumpet fish and of course you can also find some white tip reef sharks.

Difficulty

This dive site can be demanding if the current is strong.

How to dive

With an east current, depending on how strong it is, we will drop you either in the blue, away from the Thila, so you have enough time to make your descent and reach the edge with no problem. With a little current we can start straight at the Thila. The reef should be on your left shoulder. There is a finger that stretches out into the channel. For experienced divers you can explore the deeper part and you might be lucky and find a Guitar shark. But bear in mind you have to swim back against the current to the main reef. Back at the Thila you will pass a saddle like area with lots of sea grass. Stop there and search for Ghost pipe fish. Carry on and you will reach the Aquarium like area. Lots and Lots of colours, all different kinds of corals and many species you can find here. Pass the canyon which stretches up to 5m depth and cross another open area until you will finally reach the big overhangs. The sunrays will be shining through the small gaps, very nice for photo or videoing. If after the overhangs you still have enough no decompression time and air left, you can follow the top reef which is at 14m. Schools of blue striped snappers and White tip reef sharks are balancing in the current.  Take some time also to explore the shallow part of the top reef as it is really nice and colourful.

With a west current, you will start the dive on the finger at 14meters. Go along with the reef on your right shoulder. Explore first the two big overhangs until you get to the area with the canyon. Carry on and try to find the Grass ghost pipefish in the saddle. You can now go back around the nice coral block where there are many anemones and up the canyon so you can finish your dive on the top reef

Manta Garden

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Situated

70 minutes East of Mandhoo Island

Flora & Fauna

Manta, manta, manta! Guess what we come to this dive site to see?
Mantas are of course the main attraction to Manta Garden dive site. They can be found at any depth, cruising up and down the reef or getting cleaned at one of the blocks near the edge of the plateau. Other pelagic sightings that are possible include white tip sharks, tuna or jackfish, especially if there is some current present. During the shallow part of the dive, towards the end, look around for turtles. They are quite often feeding or resting on the reef top.

Difficulty

Nitrox and experienced divers

How to dive

Usually the dive begins on the plateau, starting at around 12 meters depth on the north-west side of the reef. Here there are several big coral blocks to explore at different depths. One coral block in particular at around 15m, on the edge of the plateau, is important as a manta cleaning station. Corals are noticeably healthy here, with gorgonian sea fans and big boulder corals up to shallow depths

Vilamendhoo Thila

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Situated

65 Minutes East of Mandhoo Island Near Vilamendhoo

Flora & Fauna

Huge variety of corals and fish. Schools of snappers, fusiliers and bat fish surround divers on this dive site. The location of Vilamendhoo Thila, outside the Atoll, means there is a good chance to see sharks, napoleon wrasse, eagle rays, and other 'deep water' fish such as tunas and jack fish.

Difficulty

Nitrox and experienced divers

How to dive

There is usually current so a quick descent is necessary. This is an oval reef with several overhangs on the west side ranging between 15 and 30m depth. Several plateaus form the reef slopes at different depth levels all the way down to 28m. The reef top at 9m has some nice coral blocks and is covered in beautiful corals. Beware of depth limit, air consumption and decompression limit!

Kudhi Maa Wreck

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Situated

50 minutes South-East of Mandhoo Island

Flora & Fauna

The wreck itself is covered with a variety of different corals, sponges and shells making it the perfect artificial reef to reef-dwellers and colorful aquatic life. Plenty of friendly batfish are typically found inside the wreck and swimming around it. The niches and cracks around the wreck are sometimes found to provide dark shelters for stingrays and nurse sharks. Shallower on deck you can find lion fish and beautiful macro life such as nudibranchs.

Difficulty

Suitable for all divers (Wreck Dive)

How to dive

The wreck is situated at 25m, at the foot of the house reef on Machchafushi Island.   It was purposefully sunk by SUB AQUA Dive Center on 14th March 1999.
The 1200-ton cargo ship is 52m long and was built in Japan in 1968. Big entrances in the cargo areas were specially prepared before the ship's sinking for divers to safely explore. The cabin in the lower deck cannot be penetrated by divers because of the narrow passageways and difficulty to retreat back out of the corridors. Disturbed sediment would cause poor visibility if penetrated and this is another reason that divers are not allowed to enter this part of the ship. A torch light is recommended to get the most out of this fantastic Maldives wreck dive

Kuda Rah Thila

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Situated

65 minutes South-East of Mandhoo Island

Flora & Fauna

The famous Kuda Rah Thila is split into a big main reef and two separate smaller blocks at the north side. On the west side of the main reef is an amazing arch-way that invites you to dive through! To the East, there is a large picturesque overhang at 24m.
The entire reef is covered with stunning soft corals with imposing gorgonians in sections.
Here, you can watch jack fish and tunas hunting the smaller reef fish such as fusiliers and snappers. Keeping an eye in the blue is worth it for the chance to see napoleons, barracudas, eagle rays and sharks. Honeycomb morays have been found here with cleaner wrasse giving them a tickle. This is also one of the few dive sites in Maldives where the yellow trumpet fish is sighted.

Difficulty

Nitrox and experienced divers

How to dive

Popular dive site of South Ari-Atoll. The top of the reef is quite deep, ranging from 14-16m so it is important that divers are aware of their no-decompression limits and air consumption. Due to the location of this Thila, there can be currents and it is important to descend rapidly to make sure you do not miss the dive site! The safety stop is then done in blue water as drift off the Thila at the end of the dive

Whale Shark Excursion - Full Day Trip With 2 or 3 Dives

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Situated

75 minutes South & South East of Mandhoo Island

Flora & Fauna

Whale sharks are often sighted at depth levels of 10-15m, and also on the top of the reef so this does not have to be a deep dive. Whale sharks cannot be guaranteed - this is the ocean after all! These dive sites have other big fish as well and make for very nice relaxing dives. You may see reef sharks, mantas, eagle rays or napoleon wrasse. Small reef-dwellers and more common reef fish are of course on the dive sites in this area too!

Difficulty

Beginner and Advanced diver.

How to dive

Outside reef of Dhigurah, Ari Beach, Dhidhdhoo, Mamigili, Holiday Island, Sun Island and Fenfushi are situated at the southern outer reef of the South Ari Atoll. These are the places with the most chance to see whale shark on Maldives.The long-extended reefs are comfortable for even beginner divers because you can drift along the dive site in the direction of the current. The reef tops are shallow at just 5-10m depth.                                                         

Madivaru

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Situated

15 minutes North of Mandhoo Island

Flora & Fauna

Eagle ray, napoleon, tunas and jackfish swim by frequently. As it's a channel dive at the outer reef anything can be seen from Whale shark to nudibranchs’! In season (typically November to April), mantas visit the cleaning station regularly and hang out on the top of the reef at around 10m. There are always many kinds of fish to be seen and in the cracks along the reef you will find many small inhabitants, such as lobsters and shrimps.

Difficulty

Suitable for all divers.

How to dive

This long reef is situated at the outer reef in the West channel. The reef top at 10m slopes steeply to 30m on the sand. Many overhangs and niches are seen along the reef. The reef is covered with hard corals and also a few anemones. Manta cleaning station      

Rangali South

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Situated

30 minutes South of Mandhoo Island

Flora & Fauna

Huge variety of fish. The cracks and overhangs of the reef are the perfect hideaway for stingrays, morays and lobsters. If you don't find leopard shark then you have a good chance of white tip reef sharks sleeping on the sandy bottom of the bay. Being close to Rangali Outer reef it is always a good idea to keep one eye in the blue. Encounters with big jackfish, tuna and eagle rays are not uncommon.

Difficulty

Suitable for all divers.

How to dive

This is a long reef and for the most part is a vertical drop from around 2 meters depth to 30 meters. There are several interesting cracks and niches along the reef for you to explore with your torch-light, and the overhangs are dramatic formations often busy with whip corals. Closer to the outer corner of the reef there is a shallow sandy bay where we often look out for leopard sharks on the sand. They are not always there but some times.
The safety stop can be done drifting along the reef top and enjoying the scenery

Mirihi Thila

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Situated

25 minutes South-East of Mandhoo island Near Mirihi Island

Flora & Fauna

This dive site is popular for schools of curious bat fish and surgeon fish which approach divers to take a closer look! Frequently white tip reef sharks circle around and nurse sharks like to hide in the overhangs or high in the darkness under the shelter of coral blocks. Octopus, scorpion fish, cowries, cleaner and mantis shrimps are very common on Mirihi Thila.

Difficulty

This dive site suitable for all level divers.

How to dive

Mirihi Thila really has a great variety of fish life for all divers to enjoy. The small round reef slopes from 9 to 30m. At depths of 12-18m there are several small overhangs. The reef top then has many coral blocks covered with different corals, sponges and feather stars.

Broken Rock

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Situated

35 minutes South-East of Mandhoo close to Angaga Island.

Flora & Fauna

Due to the currents at Broken Rock, this dive site cannot be dived regularly but you can expect to see plenty of life if we are able to schedule a dive here. Hunting tunas, white tip reef sharks and napoleon wrasse are common sightings. Groupers and oriental sweetlips like to shelter in the darkness of the overhangs. Smaller reef dwellers can also be found including scorpion fish, moray eels and the more typical colorful reef fish of Maldives.

Difficulty

This dive site can be demanding if the current is strong.

How to dive

Canyon dive for experienced divers.12-30m depth range.
There can be strong current on this dive site making a quick descent necessary with a safety stop in blue open water. Special care needs to be taken to monitor your no-decompression time limit and air consumption. Broken Rock is a deep canyon that splits the reef into 2 parts. This canyon is adorned with tremendous gorgonian sea fans, sponges and other corals. To the north is a large overhang at 24 meters depth. The reef itself is overgrown with colorful hard and soft corals.

Bodu Thila (2)

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Situated

25 minutes South- of Mandhoo island front of Rangal Island

Flora & Fauna

At around 18m depth, just south of the sandy bay, divers usually encounter a big school of blue-lined snappers. Whitetip sharks often rest on the sandy bottom in and around the bay too. On the side where there is current, big schools of fusiliers make a colorful display against the back-drop of blue water, and if you are lucky, eagle rays and big tunas do pass by here at times. Shallower towards the end of your dive, nurse sharks and lobsters can be hiding under the blocks on the reef top.

Difficulty

This dive site suitable for all level divers.

How to dive

Bodu Thila is a very big and shallow thila,
Recommended dive the north-west side, where the reef formation is more interesting. There is a big sandy bay around the middle of the thila. the reef slopes down gently to a sandy bottom at 30m in this area, but is much steeper on the north and south corners.

Coconut Thila

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Situated

25 minutes South- East of Mandhoo island

Flora & Fauna

Typical reef fish such as surgeon fish, trigger fish, parrot fish and angel fish inhabit this reef. You can see white tip reef sharks and tunas passing by in the blue some times. The real gems come for the macro-lovers with nudibranchs, scorpion fishes, cowries and other small creatures to be found. It is quite common to find whole poison fish family, stone fish and scorpion fish on the top of this reef.

Difficulty

This dive site can be demanding if the current is strong.

How to dive

Its very small thila. quick descent is usually necessary when there is current.
This small reef is covered in beautiful corals. Overhangs are at different depth levels around the reef that slopes down steeply to 30m. The reef top is then split into a number of plateaus that range between 9 and 12m depth. Several coral types and sponges adorn the top of the reef.

Alanaasi Thila

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Situated

20 minutes South- East of Mandhoo island

Flora & Fauna

Schools of fusiliers and trigger fish like to swim around divers on this dive site. White tip reef sharks, big tunas and trevallies patrol the whole Thila. For smaller marine life there are sometimes octopus and sting rays to be found on Pineapple Thila as well as small shrimps, shells and snails.

Difficulty

Strong current makes it sometimes difficult. But with a quick descent this dive is suitable for everybody. So, give it a try.

How to dive

Alanaasi Thila has a few overhangs and an awesome collection of corals. On the north side there is a crack from 10-18m that is full of interesting corals and small marine life. The top of the reef is special as it is covered with hard corals while deeper on the sand there are huge gorgonian sea fans set against the blue

Vaki Thin Thila

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Situated

15 minutes East of Mandhoo island

Flora & Fauna

Schools of blue lined snappers tend to gather on the reef top of Vaki thin Thila, while fusiliers and jackfish swim in a colorful formation close to the reef itself. The ever-curious bat fish often follow divers throughout the dive. Anemone fish, moray eels and scorpion fish can be found all around the reef. For those liking critters and small marine life, explore the reef for tiny squat and cleaner shrimps that live in the feather stars, anemones and among the corals on the reef.

Difficulty

This dive site suitable for all level divers.

How to dive

Vaki thin thila dive site has one main thila where you can happily spend the whole dive very impressive. There is a smaller, deeper formation on the south-west side which can be visited if the current allows it. To the west side you will find a tremendous field of gorgonian sea fans dropping away to the depths below. The reef top meanwhile is home to several coral blocks rising up to just 5 meters depth making this dive site the perfect setting for a nice end to your dive, or your safety stop.

Barabaru Thila

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Situated

10 minutes South of Mandhoo Island

Flora & Fauna

The big draw to this dive site, aside from the beautiful scenery, is the pelagic activity. Lots of it! Tunas, jack fish, sharks and rays of many varieties. On the most eastern thila we usually find a large school of blue-lined snappers. Meanwhile, check the overhangs for lobsters, moray eels and other creatures.

Difficulty

Nitrox and experienced divers.

How to dive

When strong current quick descent required.  Best dive will be with an east current and because of the average depth, Advanced Open Water and Nitrox certifications are highly recommended and safety stop in the blue water. This dive site can be dived as 4 small thalis connected by sandy bridges. A favorite dive sites more experienced diving guests, the reef formation is very interesting with small canyons and deep overhangs adorned with stunning soft corals.