Laamu Atoll / Maldives

Grey reef shark
      Laamu Atoll is one of the most southern atolls of the Maldives, situated 247km/153mi from Male. Only five largest southern islands among a great variety are inhabited. This archipelago is one of the less inhabited in the Maldives. Due to its remoteness and absence of large settlements, the nature and coral reefs of Laamu Atoll are incredibly rich. Dive sites at the inner part of atoll are very popular because of a great variety of fish living in the small reefs inside the lagoon. One of the most interesting places inside the lagoon is Maamendhoo Giri.
       Drift diving in the channels at the outer side of the atoll attracts divers as well. Fushi Kandu is the longest channel of the atoll (about 250m/820ft). Drift diving in Munnafushi Kandu channel can also bring a lot of impressions. Diving starts in the open sea at the ocean side, then divers with a help of strong currents can move inside the lagoon.
Location: 247km/153mi to the south of Male
What to see: hammerhead, silver- and whitetip sharks, tunny fish, barracudas, caranxes, butterflyfish, clownfish, anthiases, eagle rays, jackfish, groupers, napoleon fish, turtles, colony of table corals and soft corals.
Depth: 5-30m/16-98ft
Currents: 1-3 knots
Visibility: 20-30m/66-98ft
Season for diving: All year long, although the best time is from May to November.
The average temperature is 27-30C/80-86F


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