Diving in Baa Atoll

 

baa 250BAA ATOLL’S MARINE DIVERSITY WAS AWARDED UNESCO RESERVE STATUS IN 2011. ITS SCUBA IS SUITED TO BEGINNERS AND ADVANCED DIVERS; EXPECT OVERHANGS, COLORFUL REEFS, MANTA RAYS AND WHALE SHARKS.

With the diverse marine life around its reefs, thilas (submerged islands), overhangs and swim throughs, Baa Atoll deserves its UNESCO status. [PADI TRAVEL]

Baa Atoll stands out for the particular morphology of the bottom, characterized in the southern area of ​​the atoll by a vast plateau from which imposing pinnacles rise from the depth of 35 meters, with top that appear between 5 and 25 meters .

This peculiarity makes Baa Atoll suitable for all types of divers, from beginners to the most experienced.

The currents can be intense in the period between December and April with oceanic East current that make the water crystal clear and rich of pelagic fish and sightings of eagle rays shoals and grey reef sharks are common.

During the South West monsoon (May - November) Baa Atoll is enriched with plankton on the East side, giving life to the "Golden Triangle of Manta Rays" between Hanifaru, Dharavandhoo and Anga Faru and the numerous cleaning stations are populated by dozens and dozens of manta rays.

Do not miss the unique encounter with manta rays gathering up to hundreds in Hanifaru Bay, the UNESCO Marine Protected Area.

 

DIVING IN BAA ATOLL QUICK FACTS

 

Depth
East side channel depths: 10M to 60+
West side channel depths: 5m to 60+
Outside reefs depths: 10m to 60m+
Inside reefs depths: 5m to 30m+
Thila top: 5m to 25m

Topography
Long reef, Shallow and Deep Pinnacles, Overhangs, Walls

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 soft coral gardens and walls on the deep plateau between Dharavandhoo and Dhonfanu Islands.

 

MEGA FAUNA

Rays
Oceanic Manta
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Sting Ray
Devil Ray
Guitar Ray

Oceanic Sharks 
Great Hammerhead Shark
Whaleshark
Silky Shark

Reef Sharks
Sand Tiger Shark
Blacktip Shark
Whitetip Shark
Silvertip Shark
Gray Shark

Turtles
Green Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle

Sea Mammals 
Bottle Nose Dolphin
Pilot Whale
Spinner Dolphi

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. Dhonfanu Thila
  2. Kihaddufaru Thila
  3. Dhigali Haa
  4. Dharavandhoo Thila
  5. Kuda Gaa
  6. Nelivaru Thila

WHAT TO SEE:

+   big chance
o   chance
x   small chance

 

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



HOW TO GET THERE

- Maldivian Air, FlyMe, Manta Air every day from 06.30 am to 11.30 pm every 2 hours; ticket for round trip 185 $

WHERE TO STAY / DIVE

Diver Guesthouse(s)

- Kihaa Beach (Dharavandhoo)
- LVIS Blancura (Dharavandhoo)

Local Dive Center(s)

- Dharavandhoo Divers (Dharavandhoo)

Dive Resort(s).

Reethi Beach Resort

Liveaboards(s).

Oceanic Manta Sail Catamaran (Dharavandhoo Sail)

 

[Quickfacts by:Jessica Ogliar Badessi]

Dharavandhoo Divers
PADI 5 Star Dive Center

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