There's no shortage of locations to dive in the Maldives. Here are some of the popular diving areas you should check out:
North Malé Atoll
This is one of the earliest most famous scuba diving sites in the Maldives. The area has a gorgeous topography with impressive rock faces, drop-offs and overhangs, and a number of caves. One of the most well-known dive sites is Banana Reef, or Gaathugiri. This atoll has a rich variety of marine life with sharks, manta rays, and various smaller fishes. If you're staying at Club Med Kani or Finolhu Villas, the North Malé Atoll is just a short boat ride west of the resorts.
The Northern Atolls are a group of atolls which include the Raa, Noonu, Baa, and Lhaviyani. The famous Hanifaru Bay, where large numbers of whale sharks and manta rays come to is located in Baa Atoll. The Northern Atolls are quite far from the more popular central atolls, but they are definitely worth a visit.
South Malé Atoll
The South Malé Atoll has a lot of fish, sharks, and rays, thanks to the abundance of channels that promote plankton growth. Although the coral reefs here are not the best, it is home to the famous Kuda Giri wreck; a wrecked cargo ship at the base of the 30 metre tall Kuda Giri. This spot is suitable for divers of all levels, and the wreck is beautiful to behold especially at night.
If you're a seasoned diver or even a beginner, the Maldives is definitely a place you should visit. There are many scuba diving agencies in the Maldives that provide tours and classes to all divers. In fact, at Club Med Kani, we can arrange diving trips and lessons for you right on our island resort. Just let us know in advance as diving tours in the archipelago can get booked up fast during the high season. Happy diving!