Within a short distance is one of the Maldives' best shark sites, as well as the 1988 wreck of the Hembadhu, the Rasafari Protected Marine Area, and some excellent turtle and manta ray viewing.
A big thila located in Hiti kandu (channel) south from Reethi Rah. Top reef is at 10 metres and on the thila’s south side are some bays in the reef with sandy bottoms between 15 to 30 metres.On Bodu hiti thila the coral life is beautiful, especially along the west sides and tips on the coral ridges. The rich life of light blue and yellow soft coral is best with ingoing current (from west). Along the reef slopes are big schools of fusilier, snapper and red-tooth trigger, some tuna, grouper, sweetlips and napoleons. On the sand bottom are white-tip reef sharks. The overhangs and coral rocks are hosting a multitude of smaller reef fish like swarms of sweepers and cardinal fish. Sting ray, nurse and gray reef shark are also visitors to this reef. Manta rays are seen here between December and April when it is one of the best manta points in the Maldives. Turtles are frequent on the reef top all year round.
Kuda faru is located north from One&Only Reethi Rah and is one of the highlights of northwest. It is a finger of reef extending into the channel a little bit from the outside corner of Makunudu kandu.The reef is like a thila. The top is at 13 metres, slightly oval in the shape and about 50 metres long. It is separated from the main reef by a sand saddle at 15 metres. The thila extends into Makunudu kandu for some distance on the southern side. West side has a more drop off side than east and is also the best big fish watching. There is an overhang with soft corals at 25 metres depth to the southwest of the thila.
This is one of our best dive sites for sharks. Thanks to the often hard current the corals are recovering fast. Lumps of hard corals (mostly acropora) are popping up everywhere. The soft coral growth is as best at and from the overhang along the southern slope of the thila. One can dive the thila independently from which side the current comes but preferably with current from west due to in average better visibility. With strong current divers can hang on to dead coral and look over the sand valley where as many as 20 reef sharks, both white-tip and gray can be seen at one time. On west side mating white-tips have often been observed. The reef is also a host to a rich fish life, morays, snappers, groupers, triggers, napoleons, scorpion fish and more. Gropes of eagle rays are common from November to May. Turtles are usually seen.
A small thila located in Madivaru kandu (channel) south from One&Only Reethi Rah is our best shark point. The top of the reef is at 17 metres and slopes from there gently down to more then 30 metres. On the thila’s southeast side is a big overhang but due to the grate depth one can only visit the upper part of it. Two smaller but shallower overhangs can be seen on northeast side. The thila has some coral rocks on top with a stunning fish life. The sharks are always on the thila’s current side.
Voshimas thila is our latest dive site. It was found 1998. It has a really healthy coral life much thanks to its depth and that it often is exposed by strong current. There are several big solid rocks of Porites coral, branching Acropora, Tubastrea, black and different sorts of soft corals. Especially the overhangs are hosting a big amount of different invertebrate animals. The fish life can sometimes reach breath taking proportions. All kind of reef fish are represented. There are several different sort of pelagic fish like jack, tuna and barracuda. They are hunting the many fusiliers and red-tooth trigger which are swarming in the current in front of the thila. There is also where the sharks find their preys. White-tip reef sharks are always in present, grays are mostly seen but also more unusual sharks like black-tip, silver-tip and nurse have been seen. Turtles, eagle rays and sting rays are often seen.
Daily: 8.30am to 7.00pm
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