Diving in South Male Atoll
This site is found on the north side of Guraidhoo Kandu, and when the current is flowing into the atoll it is really at its best. After to deflate here you will find yourself descending to begin the dive around a ledge at 30 metres, over which there is a sheer drop into the inky blue nothingness.
Your guide will lead you around a corner so you are moving from the outside wall into the channel where the sights really begin. First you will notice that the channel walls are host to beautiful and intricate gorgonians, and whip corals reaching their long thin fingers out into the channel.
Even more colourful and dramatic is the large outcrop of rock which is blanketed in a multi-coloured carpet of soft corals. Circling around this backdrop you will see oriental sweetlips, bannerfish and butterflyfish. On the channel floor there is a sandy bottom where blue-spotted rays and ribbon eels are among the easier residents to spot. Back on the corner, as you work your way around, there is a dramatic drop-off which has a lot of overhangs and crevices in which you are likely to spot unicornfish and emperor angelfish.
Medhu Faru Reef Basics: Wall and drift dive
Depth: 5 - 35m
Visibility: 10 - 25m
Currents: Can be strong
Surface conditions: Can be choppy
Water temperature: 27 - 30°C
Experience level: Intermediate to advanced
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving season: All year round
Distance: Just off the south coast of Guraidhoo, 32 km south of Male Town
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