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North Male Atoll Liveaboard Diving

Liveaboard Diving in North Male Atoll

What To Expect On A North Male Atoll Liveaboard

Liveaboard diving to North Male Atoll, Maldives, offers a slightly quieter, better-preserved reef ecosystem than some of its southern counterparts. Dive cruises in the area are treated to a good representation of the Maldives' best underwater scenes - the sharks, mantas, and corals that first established the country as a SCUBA mecca. In North Male's capital city, Thulusdhoo, there's a burgeoning surfing community for those who want to ride the waves. Though North Male is accustomed to tourists, there are still local fishing villages and slow-paced island lifestyles to be found. A number of our Maldives liveaboards offer itineraries throughout the Maldives, which may include North Male Atoll.

North Male Atoll Underwater

From your North Male liveaboard's dive dhoni, you should expect to take the plunge into a wide variety of reef ecosystems; North Male's underwater topography includes drop-offs, caves, coral gardens, and even some artificial reefs that have bloomed on shipwrecks in its shipping channel. In North Male, several reefs showcase pristine hard coral coverage, and mantas and sharks can be reliably seen in large numbers.

Dive Sites Of North Male Atoll

Below is a selection of some dive sites your liveaboard may visit during the cruise itinerary. Girifushi Thila (Rainbow Reef) is recognized as one of the top sites for Maldives dive tours. It is an all-around beautiful dive, with swaying carpets of vibrant soft corals complementing the high-intensity fish activity surrounding the pinnacle. The shallowest point of Girifushi Thila is down at 12 meters, and the current is strong, given the thilaís location away from the shore of Himmafushi Island. There are plenty of cracks and overhangs to explore in the contour of the Thila, some of which provide a welcome refuge from the current; try to find one to rest in as you watch the blue water for reef sharks, eagle rays, tuna, and schools of jacks.

Victory Wreck, a 100-meter-long Singaporean cargo ship that sank in 1981 while carrying tourist goods to the Maldives. Seeing an entire shipwreck in good visibility at recreational diving depths is a special treat. Thirty years of colonization by sea creatures have made the Victory a vibrant artificial reef, with corals growing over its bow and various big fish and macro-critters calling it home. When you dive there, look for ghost pipefish, large groupers, nudibranchs, and puffers, among many others. The current can be strong, so hold the descent/ascent line tightly at the beginning and end of your dive. North Male Atoll dive cruises will almost definitely visit this dive site.

Manta Point - In the world of Maldives liveaboard diving, this site is a must-do for any North Male itinerary. Its name speaks for itself- when you visit, you likely see more mantas than you can remember, waiting in a line above a shallow coral reef where cleaner wrasses offer parasite-removal services. If you can remember to look away from the mantas, you may find reef sharks, eels, and critters on the slope below you. Napoleon wrasse even passes by, and turtles also frequent the area.

Banana Reef is one of the best-loved and first-discovered North Male Atoll dive sites, and thickets of pristine branching corals are only part of its appeal. Along the curve of this banana-shaped reef, giant groupers and morays can be found amongst soft corals and large sea fans. Farther along, your dive guide will usually take you to explore some memorable caverns and overhangs. Toward the site's eastern end, a huge school of bannerfish hangs in the current, which is best viewed from a distance; it is referred to as the Washing Machine for a reason.

Top Tips For Divers

In the Maldives, a new Green Tax of 6 USD per person per night applies to every tourist in the country. The official language is Maldivian, also called Dhivehi.

Gear to bring includes your own mask, booties, fins, and dive computer. These are personalized pieces of equipment that we donít recommend renting. An ill-fitting mask or fins can make diving virtually impossible, and a dive computer is your most important safety equipment.

Getting To North Male Atoll

Like anywhere in the Maldives, North Male Atoll is best dived by liveaboard, so your dive dhoni can hop between dive sites with the least hassle, and your cruise can sail from North Male to other destinations. The length of liveaboard itineraries in North Male Atoll usually ranges from 7 to 10 nights, with a budget of over 200 to 350 euros per night. North Male Atoll liveaboards often commit to a northern or southern loop to fit in a bit more of Ari and Baa (to the north) or Vaavu and Meemu (to the south).

Male is the main Maldives liveaboard departure location for North Male liveaboards, accessible by direct flights from Dubai, Singapore, and Colombo. Longer international flights from Europe, America, China, India, and Australia often connect through the regional airports mentioned above.

Diving North Male Atoll is possible all year round, but the northeast monsoon from December to May allows the calmest surface conditions and the least rain. The water temperature usually stays between 26 and 29ºC, and visibility between 15 and 30 meters.


North Male Atoll Diving Reviews

  • Rating 9.2 out of 10
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Rating 9.2 out of 10
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Derek N
  • Flag of United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Good nice reefs and corals abundant marine life

Diving North Male Atoll in January on the Emperor Serenity
  • Rating 9.2 out of 10
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Kee Wee T
  • Flag of SingaporeSingapore

more sharks than you can imagine and a true reflection of pristine health of the reef.

Diving North Male Atoll in December on the Princess Sara
  • Rating 8.0 out of 10
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Harri W
  • Flag of FinlandFinland

Nice manta cleaning stations

Diving North Male Atoll in December on the EcoPro Mariana
  • Rating 9.6 out of 10
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Ryan R
  • Flag of United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Very good, with particular fondness for the Phase 1 dive at Hulhumale where there was a tiger shark

Diving North Male Atoll in December on the Princess Sara

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