Felidhоо atoll (Vaavu atoll) / Maldives

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      Felidhоо atoll (Vaavu atoll) is located to the south of South Male atoll. There is the longest reef in the Maldives at the south-eastern part of this atoll that stretches for 55km/34mi. The archipelago consists of 5 inhabited and 10 uninhabited islands, 2 of which are resorts. The boats provide only several dives at this atoll, although each of them becomes an unforgettable event in the lives of divers. It is also possible to have a picnic on one of the uninhabited islands. Due to low population this place is rather interesting for safari yachts. There are several thilas and a large amount of deep channels (26 channels at the east of the reef).
     There are five popular dive sites at this atoll. Felidhoo caves, located at the northern end of the atoll, have multiple caves on the outer wall of the reef at 25-40m/82-131 depth. Medhu kandu has amazing corals and plenty of reef fish. Hulhidhoo kandu channel is located between two deserted islands in the central part of atoll. The outer side of the reef resembles rice terraces. Fotteyo is situated at the end of the atoll’s western part and considered one of the best dive sites in the Maldives. It has a large cave at 30m/98ft depth. Rakeedhoo kandu channel is the most southern part of the atoll, where divers can admire a variety of marine life.
Location: 75km/46mi to the south of Male
What to see: nurse sharks, reef sharks, tunas, stingrays, jackfish, barracudas, hammerheads, caranxes, napoleon fish, turtles, various corals.
Depth: 5-40m/16-131ft
Currents: > 2 knots
Visibility: 20-30m/65-98ft
Season for diving: All year long, but the best conditions are from December to May.
The average temperature is 26-29C/78-84F


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