Diving in Maldives with Sharks
Maldives has recorded over 26 species of Sharks, some which are rare in other parts of the world. Maldives has a healthy marine life filled with reef fishes and it is a natural feeding ground for sharks. Some years back Maldives has banned Sharks fishing and it has shown a significant improvement on population of shark species in Maldives.
Dive in the Maldives are mostly drift dives from boats as most are channel and passages between atolls. In Maldives there are dozens of dive sites which are discovered and known for providing world class diving .
Most commonly encountered sharks in Maldives are black tip , white tip and grey reef sharks. It is easy to find them around corners of the deep wall or thila in moderate current under guidance of a knowledgeable dive guide in Maldives who knows the current flow in ocean and reef . Other sharks species as Hammerheads can be seen at very specific time at certain special points and even though it is not very common to witness large number of schools of hammerheads in Maldives there has been reports from liveaboards, witnessing preying on schools of eagle rays in southern atolls.
Deep South Maldives is the new highlight as it is known for pelagic. Scuba diving to deep south of Maldives has been limited in past as it is very remote area. Now the availability of dive tours with Maldives liveaboards can take you to dive sites which are unlike any other site for Shark diving.
Foahmullah one island atoll is well known for some rare Sharks species in Maldives, Tiger Sharks, Thresher sharks and it is possible even to witness oceanic manta .
As Maldives has so many dive points we have outlined most remarkable dive sites to witness the Sharks of Maldives.
Maldives is so remote all these location are far apart from each other. The best way to scuba dive in Maldives is in Liveaboards. Liveaboards will have tours from 7 nights to 14 nights range . Deep south diving can be done in a 14 nights and it will be able to cover a good number of excellent dive sites all across the Maldives known for the big pelagic happenings.
If you do not think Liveaboard diving is your choice of dive holiday in Maldives , there is land base diving available and so many beautiful guest houses with reasonable pricing for diving. One can choose location depending on what type of diving and expectation you have on your Maldives scuba diving vacation.
THE Eleven Best Shark Dive Points MALDIVES.
1- Rasdoo Madivaru Corner ( North Ari Atoll) A reef ridge run on a channel. A negative entry, descend hold on reel top n drift off on free water for decompression n safety stop. Encounters gray reef sharks. Famous for Hammer head sharks. Black tips n white tip sharks n Eagle Rays.
2- Himmiya Channel or Finger Point. Located ( North Male Atoll ) A stretch out reef from a main reef. A slow entry n gradually move to the required point n stop at reef top drift off for decompression n safety stop. Encounters Grey reef sharks. White tip n black tip sharks n schooling Eagle Rays.
3- Maaga Kan Thila ( Mid East Ari Atoll) a slow entry from a shallow reef wall moves descending deeper towards the channel n finally ascent on the reef to shallower depth. Encounters Grey reef sharks. White tips n black tip sharks leopard sharks lying at the sandy bottom.
4- Guraidoo Corner ( South Male Atoll) A tributary atoll pass , entry on a skilled basis at a reef corner. Descend moves to cross the narrow pass on a depth of 25 by 30 mtrs n reach the next corner by bottom time, ascents on shellower part of the reef to decompress n safety stop. Encounters Grey reef sharks, black and white tip sharks n patrolling dogtooth tunas. Schooling Eagle Rays.
5- Miyaru Kandu ( Mid East Vaavu Atoll) a narrow atoll pass. Two types of entry can be done. A generous wall entry as well a very professional negative entry to achieve more bottom time. Stop at mid of the pass or keep moving to get the next corner for a pleasant ascent for decompression n safety stop. Or well experience divers take maximum bottom time at the shark gallery n take off on free water decompression n safety stop. Encounters schooling grey reef sharks white n black tips n cruising huge Nepoleon wrasse n schooling eagle Rays.
6-Van Huravalhi Kandu (Mulaku Atoll- Meemu) located North East of the atoll. A very narrow pass with a very soft entry on the wall n gradually moves to cross the pass r counting the happenings. Families of Grey Reef sharks n white tips shark n napoleons wrasses n snappers n occasionally bull sharks.
7- Maabaidhoo Kandu ( Hadhunmathee Atoll- Laamu) located Mid East of the atoll. Atoll tributary pass with strong currents. A professional negative entry stopping at the reef corner on a depth of 25 by 30 mtrs n drift off completing bottom time. Free water decompression n safety stop. Encounters Grey reef n silky sharks. Huge dogtooth tunas n schools of travelly Jacks.
8- Villingili Kandu ( North Huvadhoo Atoll- Gaafu Alifu) Atoll tributary pass with strong ocean currents. General entry on the reef wall n descent toward the pass. Clutch the reef on a depth of 25 by 30 n take off on limited bottom time. Fly on free water decompression n safety stop over 15 mtrs of coral garden. Encounters Silky shark,grey reef sharks. White tips. Dogtooth tunas schools of tunas n Silver Jacks.
9- Maarehaa Kandu ( Huvadhoo Atoll-Mid Gaafu Alifu). Atoll tributary narrow pass with ocean currents. Taking a negative entry at the pass entry. Descent to get hold of a ridge in the mid of pass n leave free water to ascent. Encounters with Silky Sharks. Grey reef n dogtooth tunas n mass amount of fish life.
10-Foammulah Muli (Foammulah Atoll-Gnaviyani) one island atoll a wide n lengthy reef forming shape of a tongue located on the open ocean. Encounters Silky sharks. Tiger sharks. Thrasher Sharks n schooling yellow fin tunas as well Whale Sharks n Oceanic Mantas.
11- Fushi Faru Thila( Faadhippolhu Atoll- Lhaviyani) a plateau form reef on a wide atoll pass. Encounters gray reef sharks. White tips n black tips sharks. Sting rays n eagle Rays n turtle n schooling snappers.