Diving in Addu Atoll 

 

addu 250ADDU ATOLL IS THE MOST SOUTHERN ATOLL IN THE MALDIVES AND OFFERS UNIQUE, WONDERFUL DIVING, 12 MONTHS A YEAR MANTA RAYS AND OFFERING THE BRITISH LOYALTY "A SECOND WORLDWAR WRECK", 140 METER TALL ON 30 METERS DEPTH.


The Addu Atoll is the southernmost atoll in the Maldives. Scuba diving the Addu Atoll is a truly unforgettable experience that stands out from the rest in the Maldives. Whether you’re a beginner or a very experienced scuba diver, the Maldives are just one part of the world that offers a large number of diverse dive sites that cater to every individual scuba diver’s needs and desires for underwater adventure and beauty.

Both less-advanced and advanced divers will find something for them in Addu Atoll, with weak and strong currents and dive sites specifically rated for beginner divers, such as Marc's dream a shallow dive that brings you into close contact with stingrays. For the more advanced diver, there's the awe-inspiring British Loyalty Wreck, an almost 6000 tonne oil tanker sitting at just over 30 meters and offering the largest wreck to dive across the Maldives. Another massive highlights are the Channels "Maa Kandu & Kuda Kandu - encounters different kind of sharks, eagle rays, dogtooth tunas and with luck some manta rays.


DIVING IN ADDU ATOLL QUICK FACTS

 

Depth
North West channels depths: 35m to 40m+
South East channels depths: 25m to 60m+
Outside reefs depths: 5m to 60m+
Inside reefs depths: 5m 30m +
Thila Depths: 12m to 3om+

Topography
Channels, Long Reefs, Wreck, Overhangs, Walls, Drop-offs

Coral life
Hard Corals, Soft Corals, Sea Fans

Sponges
Note: Geo global warming plus negative interference of human impact coral bleaching & coral predation have taken a devastating effect. However there are some soft coral dive sites and very good hard coral dive sites, maybe the best in Maldives.


MEGA FAUNA

Rays
Oceanic Manta
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Sting Ray

Oceanic Sharks
Tigershark
Hammerhead Shark
Great Hammerhead Shark
Bull Shark
Whaleshark
Treshurshark
Silky Shark

Reef Shark
Blacktip Shark
Whitetip Shark
Silvertip Shark
Gray Shark

Turtles
Green Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle

Sea Mammal
Bottle Nose Dolphin 
Spinner Dolphin
Pilot Whale

 

MACRO
Nudibranch, Crab, Shrimp, Lobster, Octopus, Ghost Pipe Fish, Frog Fish, Stone Fish, Scorpion Fish, Leaf Fish ,Eel ,Blenny Fish, Flounders,  Many more.


Top 6 Dive Sites

  1. Addu Manta Point
  2. Maa Kandu Channel
  3. Kuda Kandu Channel
  4. Maa Kandu Thila
  5. Bodu Hoholha
  6. Meedhoo Coral Garden

WHAT TO SEE:

+   big chance
o   chance
x   small chance

 

    J F M A M J J A S O N D
  Reef Manta + + + + + + + + + + + +
  Oceanic Manta x o o o x x x x x x x
  Eagle Ray + + + + + + + + + + + +
  Sting Ray + + + + + + + + + + + +
  Whaleshark x x x x x x x x x x x x
  Tigershark o o o o o o o o o o o o
  Hammerhead o o o o o o o o o o o o
  Threshershark x x x x x x x x x x x x
  Bull Shark x x x x x x x x x x x x
  Silkey Shark x x x x x x x x x x x x
  Reef Sharks + + + + + + + + + + + +
  Green Turtle + + + + + + + + + + + +



HOW TO GET THERE

- Domestic flights from Male to Gan, with Maldivian Aero
- Inernational flight from Colombo to Gan, with Sri Lankan Airlines

 

WHERE TO STAY / DIVE

Diver Guesthouse(s)

- Aquaventure Manta Lodge (Maradhoo)
- Lodger Guesthouse (Maradhoo)

Local Dive Center(s)

- Aquaventure (Maradhoo)

Liveaboards(s).

- Eco Pro Divers (East Monsoon)

 

[2020 Quickfacts by: Marc Kouwenberg]

Aquaventure
PADI 5 Star Dive Center

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Manta Lodge
Divers Guesthouse

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Eco Pro Divers
Liveaboard

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