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Diving in the Maldives

Ari Atoll is the second westernmost atoll of the Maldives, only after Maamakunudhoo Atoll. It is oblong in shape, 89 km in length by only 31 km in breadth. It contains some 50 islands.

Considering the close distance to the capital Male, spectacular dive sites and great marine life sightseeing – South Ari Atoll is the most popular region for diving in the Maldives and is renowned also worldwide.

Ari Atoll is the second westernmost atoll of the Maldives, only after Maamakunudhoo Atoll. It is oblong in shape, 89 km in length by only 31 km in breadth. It contains some 50 islands.

Considering the close distance to the capital Male, spectacular dive sites and great marine life sightseeing – South Ari Atoll is the most popular region for diving in the Maldives and is renowned also worldwide.

OCEAN FIRST

Maintaining a healthy reef ecosystem is vital for the Maldives, recent events related to climate change and widespread coral reef bleaching are even more damaging for a place such as the Maldives. Our dive center has established a rehabilitation programs for growing artificial coral reefs and recolonizing the existing ones. We pride ourselves in:

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Holding Ocean Clean-up sessions

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Monitoring and protecting our local reefs

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keeping clean beaches

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Marine life preservation

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keeping all of our equipment enviromentally friendly

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Scuba Diving

South Ari Atoll

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Explore Ari Atoll

Ari Atoll is renowned for its pelagic life – whale sharks and manta rays. Most people who have never been to the Maldives would assume that you can find whale sharks in almost any region which is very far from the truth – there are very few places where whale sharks can be found consistently. One of them is the southernmost outside reef of Ari Atoll commonly visited by livaboards and daily diving trips from nearby resorts. Sun Island Resort & SPA is the closest resort to the most popular whale shark point in the Maldives arranging snorkeling as well as diving trips to visit the place whale sharks call their home. Whale sharks can grow up to 18 meters in length and feed on plankton, they are completely harmless to us – peacefully cruising along the stretch of outside reef with their giant mouths open gobbling up all the tiny organisms that happen to be on their way.

Explore Ari Atoll

Ari Atoll is renowned for its pelagic life – whale sharks and manta rays. Most people who have never been to the Maldives would assume that you can find whale sharks in almost any region which is very far from the truth – there are very few places where whale sharks can be found consistently. One of them is the southernmost outside reef of Ari Atoll commonly visited by livaboards and daily diving trips from nearby resorts. Sun Island Resort & SPA is the closest resort to the most popular whale shark point in the Maldives arranging snorkeling as well as diving trips to visit the place whale sharks call their home. Whale sharks can grow up to 18 meters in length and feed on plankton, they are completely harmless to us – peacefully cruising along the stretch of outside reef with their giant mouths open gobbling up all the tiny organisms that happen to be on their way.

Maldives - Diving
Maldives - Diving

diveOceanus – Sun Island

Diveoceanus dive center is one of the largest in the Maldives with multiple boats and almost 100 full equipment sets for rental. 2 tank dive trips are arranged every morning and additional 1 tank dive in the afternoon. 3 boat night dives are arranged per week, housereef night dives can be arranged on request at in any day. Housereef is easily accessible at any time and is a great place for fun dives, beginner courses or just a swim around if you would like to go for snorkeling. Nitrox is available free of charge for certification holders – perfect for staying within the no decompression limits during the 60 minute dive time we offer. Full range of PADI scuba diving courses are available starting from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster.

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Dive Sites

Whale Shark point

The very long (500m) outside reef of Maamigili Island is sometimes prone to strong currents so drift diving is always possible. From the top of the reef (2-5 m) to the sandy bottom (30 m), the descent is quite steep, except at the corner leading into the atoll, this area is more gradual with many overhangs adorned with soft coral. This reef is always home to many large fish, Tunas, Barracudas, Snappers, Groupers, Napoleon Wrasse and many more which make that this area is very interesting. Along this reef you can also see Sharks resting on the sandy bottom or cruising around, as well as Sting Rays, Eagle Rays and, if good fortune smiles on you, Whale Sharks and Mantas (in season).

Difficulty level: ALL DIVERS

Maldives - Whale shark
Maldives - Whale shark

Whale Shark point

The very long (500m) outside reef of Maamigili Island is sometimes prone to strong currents so drift diving is always possible. From the top of the reef (2-5 m) to the sandy bottom (30 m), the descent is quite steep, except at the corner leading into the atoll, this area is more gradual with many overhangs adorned with soft coral. This reef is always home to many large fish, Tunas, Barracudas, Snappers, Groupers, Napoleon Wrasse and many more which make that this area is very interesting. Along this reef you can also see Sharks resting on the sandy bottom or cruising around, as well as Sting Rays, Eagle Rays and, if good fortune smiles on you, Whale Sharks and Mantas (in season).

Difficulty level: ALL DIVERS

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Manta Point

This long reef (800 m) is the gathering point for many large Manta Rays which come to feed on the plankton rich waters between December and April. The Mantas range from 2-5 meters and are quite used to divers, many make close passes within inches of divers. This reef top starts from 2-8 meters and down gradually to 10 meters. After 10 meters most of the reef drops vertically down to 25-30 m. Some overhangs of all sizes line the north side. Out of manta season, this is still a very attractive site with a high concentration and range of marine life. Along the reef top you can always find Morays, Scorpion fish, Octopus and large Napoleon Wrasse, Triggerfish sometime seem to obstruct the view of the surface due to the high number present on this reef. Along with Mantas other pelagic species can be found, such as White-tip Shark and Sting rays, these stay near the sandy bottom at the base of the reef. On this dive, pay attention to the water off the reef, look into the blue, here you can also see Mantas flying past, along with large Tuna patrolling the reef water. Mantas are usually a bit stronger. If you do not see Mantas , this is still a very nice place to visit . If you see them , it is an unforgettable experience as long as you stay calm and still. Please do not touch or chase the Mantas.

Difficulty level: Intermediate

Kuda Rah Thila

This is one of the most famous dive-sites in the south Ari-Atoll. A beautiful reef covered with Soft corals of all different colors. The east side has two large overhangs at about 22 meters, filled with Fan coral. The west side has a large broken rock, and a swim through coral ring. Yellow-striped snappers more often cover the topside of the Thila. At the end of the dive, during your safety stop some Batfish will guide you.

Difficulty level: Experienced

Maldives - Coral reef
Maldives - Coral reef

Kuda Rah Thila

This is one of the most famous dive-sites in the south Ari-Atoll. A beautiful reef covered with Soft corals of all different colors. The east side has two large overhangs at about 22 meters, filled with Fan coral. The west side has a large broken rock, and a swim through coral ring. Yellow-striped snappers more often cover the topside of the Thila. At the end of the dive, during your safety stop some Batfish will guide you.

Difficulty level: Experienced

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Five Rocks

This small Thila is famous for its pelagic residents, White tip and Grey reef sharks are almost always present. The large variety of the marine life makes up for the lack of coral life on this reef. The overhangs on the north and south sides also make very interesting viewing. Patrols of Barracuda, Octopus and the hard to spot Stonefish and Scorpion fish are always here to be found.

Difficulty level: ALL DIVERS

Angaga Thila

This small Thila is famous for its pelagic residents, White tip and Grey reef sharks are almost always present. The large variety of the marine life makes up for the lack of coral life on this reef. The overhangs on the north and south sides also make very interesting viewing. Patrols of Barracuda, Octopus and the hard to spot Stonefish and Scorpion fish are always here to be found.

Difficulty level: ALL DIVERS

Maldives - Diving
Maldives - Diving

Angaga Thila

This small Thila is famous for its pelagic residents, White tip and Grey reef sharks are almost always present. The large variety of the marine life makes up for the lack of coral life on this reef. The overhangs on the north and south sides also make very interesting viewing. Patrols of Barracuda, Octopus and the hard to spot Stonefish and Scorpion fish are always here to be found.

Difficulty level: ALL DIVERS

Top choice

Scuba diving

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Full Range Of Padi Courses

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Easy access to housereef

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50+ dive sites

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60 minutes dive time

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Free Nitrox

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Multiple dive boats

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3 weekly night dives

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Multilingual instructors

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Well maintained equipment

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Closest resort to most popular
whale shark point in the Maldives

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Sun Island Resort & Spa is located on Nalaguraidhoo Island in the South Ari Atoll, 107 kilometers south of the Malé International Airport. It is the biggest resort in Maldives and its scale comes with unmatchable array of facilities along with very high value for costs.

Villa Hotels & Resorts,
Villa Building,
Ibrahim Hassandidi Magu,
P.O Box 2073,
Male, Maldives