Diving in South Male Atoll

 Diving in South Male Atoll

 

southmale 250QUIETER THAN ITS SISTER TO THE NORTH, THE SOUTH MALE ATOLL IS DOTTED WITH LUSH EMERALD ISLES IN CRYSTAL CLEAR OCEANS. IT FEATURES A PLETHORA OF DIVE SITES WITH CAVES, WRECKS AND WICKED DRIFTS.

Featuring wild drifts in deep channels, wrecks and caves, the South Male Atoll is home to large pelagics and interesting environs. On the eastern side, there are six channels that feed all sorts of marine life into the atoll’s dive sites. While reef life isn’t as complete here as in nearby Ari or North Male, divers still flock to the area for its challenging elements and sizeable fish.

Cocoa Thila, often cited as one of the best dive sites in the Maldives, is a large pinnacle on the eastern edge of the atoll. Here divers can shelter themselves in the overhangs and ravines in order to escape the strong currents. It is these currents that bring in all manner of marine life. Sightings in the area include schools of fusiliers, sweetlips, red snapper, trevally, eagle rays, white sharks and grey sharks. [PADI TRAVEL]

 

DIVING IN SOUTH MALE ATOLL QUICK FACTS

 

Depth.
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Thilas depths:  ................

Topography
Channels, ................

Coral life
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Sponges
Note: Geo global warming plus negative interference of human impact coral bleaching & coral predation have taken a devastating effect. However, there are some ................

MEGA FAUNA

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

Oceanic Sharks:
Tigershark
Hammerhead Shark (North Ari Atoll)
Great Hammerhead Shark (North Ari Atoll)
Bull Shark
Whaleshark
Threshershark
Silky Shark

Reef Sharks:
Blacktip Shark
Whitetip Shark
Silvertip Shark
Gray Shark

Turtles:
Green Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Olive Ridley

Sea Mammals:
Bottle Nose Dolphin 
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.


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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                        
  Eagle Ray                        
  Sting Ray                        
  Whaleshark                        
  Tigershark                        
  Hammerhead                        
  Threshershark                        
  Silkey Shark                        
  Bull Shark                        
  Reef Sharks                        
  Green Turtle                        



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WHERE TO STAY / DIVE:

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