This protected marine park is situated in a channel and subject to strong currents, The deep wall reef boasts many overhangs sheltering a wide variety of fish, ranging from small basslets, red tooth triggers and fusiliers to the larger pelagic species such as tunas, napoleon wrasses, sharks and turtles. Look for nudibranchs on the underside of the overhangs, magnificent sponges and hard and soft corals covering the reef.
A protected marine sanctuary shaped like a two-humped camel's back rising from a depth of 30 metres100 feet, this beautiful reef is covered in sponges and corals. Look for schools of blue striped snapper, basslets, fusiliers, butterflyfish, sharks, moray eels, cleaner shrimp and the rare scorpion and leaf fish.
Sandwiched between two outer atoll islands, strong currents are a permanent feature, providing nutrients for both corals and fish. This protected reef enjoys overhangs, caves and crevices rising from 30 metres/100 feet. Most of the reef is completely covered in yellow, blue and orange soft hanging corals, as well as stunning sea fans. The current attracts an astonishing variety of small reef fish and large pelagic species such as gray reef sharks, eagle rays, tunas and barracudas.
Situated in the middle of the Tamburudhu channel, this drift dive wall rises from a depth of 90 metres/300 feet. Look for gray reef, silvertip and white-tip sharks circling the deeper waters, as well as eagle rays, tuna, and barracuda.
Located in the Bodu Kalki channel, this site features a large reef with imposing pillars towering 36 metres/120 feet. The pillars are covered in blue, yellow, red and orange soft corals and large gorgonian fans. The overhangs of the main reef house a wide array of coral species, colorful sponges and reef fish. Look for tuna, barracuda, trevally, basslets, surgeonfish, butterflyfish, fusiliers, napoleon wrasses, and turtles.
This marine reserve features a small thila (pinnacle) comprised of three large rock formations covered with coral species. Descending divers will find themselves surrounded by hundreds of fish.
On an outer reef of the North Male Atoll, this wall slopes down from to 23 metres/75 feet, levels out, and then drops again to almost 90 metres/300 feet. Look for gray reef, silvertip and white-tip reef sharks, eagle rays, giant barracuda, tuna, and napoleon wrasses, as well as schools of fusiliers, blue-striped snappers and surgeonfish.
This formation of two small reefs attracts giant manta rays between March and October when the winds from the south carry a large amount of plankton to this area. Between the reefs, a sandy bottom boasts small coral formations housing a cleaning station of cleaner wrasses. Kneel on the sand to watch majestic mantas circling above you waiting for their turn to be cleaned.
On the eastern side of the banana-shaped reef, rocks have broken away to create a habitat for a wide variety of schooling reef fish and large pelagic visitors. Look for blue striped snapper, different species of moray eels, corals, and fish.
This 90-metre/300-foot cargo vessel sank in February 1981. On the ship's main deck at 11 metres/35 feet, look for large groupers, tunas, trevally, schools of fusiliers, turtles, and corals. Advanced divers can explore the ship's former accommodation quarters and bridge.