Scuba Dive Ari Atoll Sites
Also known as Madivaru Corner
This site is in fact located in Rasdhoo Atoll, a short hop north east of Ari Atoll, and is often dived by liveaboards travelling between South Male and Ari Atoll. However it is certainly more than a stop-gap dive site and is in fact often considered to be the highlight of many Maldives liveaboard trips.
You will probably find yourself kitting up for this dive in the early morning but it is one that will certainly clear the sleep from your eyes. The reason is in the name, since it is often referred to as Hammerhead Point. Scalloped weaving heads often appear in the morning on the channel's outside corner just offshore from the island of Madivaru, and the schools can be very impressive in size.
The reef features a ridge that rises up to about 10 metres below which you can explore a number of overhangs and caverns between a depth of 25 and 30 metres. Keep an eye out for sightings of dog-toothed tuna, dolphinfish, schools of black snapper, and even an occasional sailfish.
There may be 1 or 2 sections on this dive where you have to work a little against the current but the rewards can be great. After witnessing the parade of hammerhead sharks as well as other meaty pelagic fish, not to mention the smaller activity on the reef wall, you will return the boat full of excitement and looking forward to the excited breakfast chatter.
Hammerhead Point Reef Basics: Wall dive
Depth: 10 - 35m
Visibility: 15 - 25m
Currents: Can be strong
Surface conditions: Can be choppy
Water temperature: 27 - 30°C
Experience level: Intermediate to advanced
Number of dive sites: 2
Diving season: All year round
Distance: Just off Madivaru, Rasdhoo Atoll
Access: Maldivian liveaboard
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