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Ihavandhippolhu Atoll

As this area is unchartered, your dive operator will be able to provide details of any known dive sites. However, a characteristic of the northern atolls is the wider and shallower channels. This reduces currents and makes the scuba suited to beginners as well as advanced divers. Beginners, however, won’t be able to dive unchartered sites until the currents are known.You can expect a great variety of soft and hard corals on the walls and overhangs. The reefs can be covered in table coral, and macro life is plentiful.Mantas can be found during the right season. You’ll also see reef sharks, turtles, Napoleon wrasses and other pelagic on the reefs and in the channels.This atoll’s topography includes caves, swim throughs and pinnacles (thilas).Expect snappers, groupers, tuna, moray eels, lionfish, nudibranchs, sponges and crustaceans.It will be left for you to charter the dive sites that you explore.

Ihavandhippolhu Atoll Sea Life

Manta sightings can be common during the dry season that runs from November to March. The atoll has several cleaning stations, so you’ll be able to swim close and observe their graceful movements.You’ll see groupers, bluestripe snappers, tuna, stingrays and moray eels striking at prey from their hideaway.The anemone corals are brightly colored, and you’ll never get tired of seeing a clown fish peering out of the coral’s tentacles.Pelagic are common in the channels and around the reefs. You’ll find lots of turtles and reef sharks can always be found patrolling.Your dive logs will be unique.

How To Get There

Male Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is well served by direct charter flights from Western Europe, but direct scheduled flights are rarer – it may require a lay-over in the Middle East first. A transfer Haa Alif, the nearest atoll, will take 75 minutes by seaplane.

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