North Malé Atoll / Maldives

Resort© Moosa Hassan
       Male Atoll is a starting point of all safari tours both to the north and east. It consists of 50 islands, 8 of which are inhabited and 27 – resorts. It is possible to find 20 reef channels at the eastern part of the atoll and 16 at the western. Drift dives can be combined with plain dives to explore coral towers and cleansing stations. There are several amazing dive spots used for check-dives and some dives on the last day of safari diving.
     The northern part of North Male has many interesting dive sites. Erlangen wreck is a German steamer that sunk in Gaafaru region in 1894 at 15-50m/49-164ft depth. Helengeli thila is a reef at 12-15m/39-49ft depth with a plenty of sea life and corals. Miyaru faru channel and reef corner have plenty of pelagic fish. Okobe thila is a marvelous dive site which three shallows form a fancy landscape. Nassimo thila is an oval shallow with a peak at 10-15m/32-49ft depth. Lankan beyru is a manta cleaning station at the outer side of Paradise Island. Banana reef is a traditional place for check dives. Maldive Victory wreck, a cargo vessel sunken in 1981 in the channel between Hulhumalé and Malé at 35m/115ft depth, can become a grand finale of the whole safari tour.
Location: the northern part of the Maldives
What to see: wreck, coral garden, cleansing station, tunny fish, scorpionfish, lionfish, napoleon fish, barracudas, caranxes, snappers, morays, mantas, eagle rays, whitetip and nurse sharks, large groupers.
Depth: 5-50m/16-164ft
Currents: 1-3 knots
Visibility: 10-30m/32-98ft
Season for diving: All year long, but the most suitable period is from December to May.
The average temperature is 26-29C/78-84F


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