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Maldives' Southern Atolls

Diving at Laamu Atoll

Cruising Laamu Atoll, also known as Haddhunmati Atoll, is an adventure of discovery. The beauty of the Maldive Islands is magnified in the outer atoll rim reefs due to their secluded location and undisturbed nature. Only 9 sites have been officially located yet there remain many opportunities for more pristine spots to be found along the 48 km coastline.

Diving with schools of jacks in the Maldive Islands

With no resorts on the atoll, you are likely to be the only scuba divers for miles around. Many local dive guides consider this atoll to be the best in the Maldives for large schools of fish. The central lagoon is 73m deep in some places with incredible marine biomass.

Drift diving the numerous deep passages is the real drawcard at Laamu. Adding to the adrenaline rush, many sharks and rays can be seen hunting smaller reef fish in the strong currents. Smaller reefs in the lagoons are great spots to see abundant parrotfish.

Fushi Kandu is one of the most popular channel dives. Although relatively shallow, it stretches for 250m and whitetip reef sharks are frequent visitors. So too are schools of jacks, as they surge in among tuna and eagle rays.

Parrotfish dart in among the large table corals at Maamendhoo Giri, along with turtles munching on the coral, while butterflyfish swim nonchalantly past. This spot makes a stunning night dive, before a night transfer to the next southern atoll on your dive itinerary.

An exciting drift dive can be had at Munnafushi Kandu. Begin on the open ocean side of this channel and make your way across the channel to encounter rays flying effortlessly on the current and sharks competing for likely prey with the large tuna.

With so much of the reef unexplored, new dive sites of interest are bound to reveal themselves, and possibly even during your Maldive Islands diving cruise you will have a chance to undertake some exploratory dives.

Laamu Atoll Reef Basics: Channels and drift diving
Depth: 5 - 30m
Visibility: 20 - 30m
Currents: Moderate to strong
Surface conditions: Calm but can be choppy
Water temperature: 27 - 30°C
Experience level: Beginner to advanced
Number of dive sites: 11
Diving season:All year round, with the best diving being from May to November
Distance: 247 km from Male
Access: Maldives liveaboard

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