Baa Atoll / Maldives

Baa Atoll
     Baa Atoll (South Maalhosmadulu) is separated from North Malé atoll by a deep and wide channel. It takes 5-6 hours to cross the channel on the safari yacht. The atoll’s size is 42×32km/26×19mi. There are 10 inhabited and 41 uninhabited islands, 6 of which are resorts.
      Wide channels, large reefs at the east and north parts, numerous 7-10m/22-33ft deep thilas and a popular reserve Hanifaru Bay attract divers to this atoll.
The most popular dive sites are Bathalaa – the north corner of atoll, where drift dive is usually used; Miriandhoo – a small, although deep thila for experienced divers; Dharavandhoo – a thila at the eastern part of atoll that is connected with the island by a narrow isthmus and is remarkable for its caves, overhanging corals, narrow passages and breaks; Hanifaru Bay – a small bay at the south-east of atoll where snorkeling is used by divers in August-September in order to explore a great variety of marine dwellers.
Location: the northern part of the Maldives
What to see: pink, black and other soft corals, turtles, eagle rays, large groupers, bright sponges, starfish, sea cucumbers, mantas and whale sharks attracted by plankton.
Depth: 8-40m/26-131ft
Currents: 1-2 knots
Visibility: 15-30m/49-98ft
Season for diving: All year long, but water is the calmest from December to May.
The average temperature is 26-29C/78-84F


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