Due to the popularity of this atoll the dive sites are well explored. You’ll get the best advice during your visit.The Aquarium is a sheltered dive on the reefs off Huravalhi Island, and suitable for all levels. A steep drop-off follows a reef that descends to 82 feet (25 meters). Wonderful schools of bluestripe snappers with cyan stripes down their yellow bodies swarm around the coral, while the algae provides food for hawksbill turtles. Guitar sharks can also be seen on the sandy bottom. They use the coral as a cleaning station.In the north-east of the atoll is the Shipyard where Skipjack 1 and 2, both now covered with colorful hard and soft corals, have laid since the 1980s. Skipjack 1 sits upright and its bow is visible above the water’s surface. At 45 feet (15 meters) the winch arm creates a magnificent silhouette as the sun shines through it. Skipjack 2 lays on its side at 92 feet (28 meters). Expect butterfly fish, damsels, small blennies, and glassy fish (its bone structure is visible through its translucent body). Advanced divers may spot a stingray sleeping under the wrecks.More experienced divers can head to Madivaru Kandu – a channel dive to the south of the wrecks. As you drift from one corner of the channel to the other, look out for eagle rays passing above you like jets performing in an aerial display. Whitetip reef sharks may follow the channel’s edge, and schools of snappers and brightly colored triggerfish can be seen at the channel’s corners. At 90 feet (30 meters) some deep overhangs can also be found.With over fifty known dive sites – you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Lhaviyani Atoll Sea Life
Amongst the caves and overhangs you’ll see different species of moray eel, nudibranchs, scorpionfish, and orange, nocturnal soldier fish with big, black eyes. They can be seen swimming upside down in the dark overhangs.The soft corals are colorful, and some of the hard corals look like a French horn’s bell. Expect reef sharks, turtles and rays, but the wet season is more favorable for manta sightings.As with most of the Maldives – the variety of marine life in Lhaviyani will keep you busy. Add a shipwreck to your experience, and you might need a spare pencil to complete your dive logs.
How To Get There
Male’s Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is well served by direct charter flights from Western Europe, but direct scheduled flights are rarer – it may require a layover in the Middle East. Transfer to the Lhaviyani Atoll takes 40 minutes by seaplane.