There are numerous key dive sites on the reef surrounding the island. in the distant past Fuvahmulah itself was an atoll with a channel on the southern side.
Over hundreds of years, the channel gave way to vegetation and the water lost its salinity.
There are no submerged pinnacles which Maldivians refer to as “Thila” or “Giri”, but instead the island towers up from the great depths of the Indian Ocean much like a vertical cliff that supports a diverse ecosystem including healthy, colorful hard corals that completely cover the top reef and the drop offs to the very limits of recreational diving.
The rare encounters with majestic mega fauna of the oceans are made possible by this factor, that gives the island it’s isolation as well as the uniqueness.
1. Tiger Shark dive
5. Ebithe faro
7. Kalho akirigando
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13. Gehmiskiy fanno
14. Bahthi dhoro
15. Havihtha fanno
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This site is located just at the entrance of the island Harbor. The top reef is 6 meters deep and it slopes down to 30 meters and beyond on the drop off.
Since the construction of the Harbor in 2004, the fishermen have discarded the fish waste in the surrounding waters. Due to this there is a healthy population of curious Tiger Sharks that come up to feed.
At peak activity there are up to 5 to 10 individual sharks. Aside from the massive Tiger Sharks, the area is active with groups of Silver Tip reef sharks, massive Giant Trevallies, Rainbow Runners, Snappers and a multitude of different species.
Divers will have a detailed safety briefing regarding shark behavior, group conduct and emergency procedures prior to the dive. The encounter with the sharks are very close, making this a dive for those who seek adventure and excitement.
One of the grandest attractions for divers coming to Fuvahmulah, also a Protected Marine Area.
This is the submerged reef that stretch outward from the southern tip of the island. Top of the reef ranges from 10 to 15 meters and slopes off into the big blue.
The area is home to the most diverse range of pelagic species an observer can have on a single dive.
There are countless varieties of predatory fish such as Great Barracudas, Dogtooth and Skipjack Tunas, Giant Trevallies. Many species of Groupers and Snappers can be found easily throughout this exciting drift dive. It is very common to find Grey Reef, Silver Tip and White Tip Reef Sharks. Divers frequently observe Thresher and Tiger Sharks. Oceanic Mantas are also observed throughout the year.
There is always a good probability to find something that makes the dive very special. Mola Molas, Hammerhead Sharks, Whale Sharks, Oceanic White Tip Sharks and Humpback Whales have been observed by divers here.The dive is a drift dive and depending on the current a vast area of the reef can be explored in a single dive. This dive site is for Advanced Divers.
Located on the North Eastern corner of the island. The top reef starts at 6 meters and slopes down to 30 meters plus. The hard corals are abundant with numerous species of colorful reef fish accompanying them. Varieties of Trigger fish, Wrasses, Surgeon fish and Parrot fish can easily be spotted at a single glance. Hawksbill Turtles can also be found easily throughout the dive. White tip reef sharks and Scorpion fish can be spotted around big coral blocks. When the conditions are right, Thresher Sharks, Oceanic Mantas and Whale Sharks could be observed here by divers. Diving in this corner of the island will bring opportunities to have rare encounters.
Used as a landing beach before the construction of the harbor. This reef is decorated with many species of hard corals that start from the top reef at 12 meters and slopes down into the deep ocean. Colorful reef fish happily swim along to the flow of the ocean currents that bring rich nutrients vital to a healthy reef. Diving here, it is always recommended to check the blue water, as there can be many surprises throughout a single dive.
This is the North Western reef of the island. The coral life here is thriving, inviting masses of reef fish that call home to this beautiful reef. Some coral blocks at 20 to 30 meters are congregation sites for many species of Snappers, Groupers, Trevallies and Reef sharks. Throughout a dive, many pelagic species can be spotted easily when the current conditions are right.
his reef is located on the North side of the island. The iconic island reef is full of countless varieties of vibrant reef fish that graze on the rich coral life. Multitudes of schooling fish such as Fusiliers, Mackerel Scad and Rainbow runners frequently appear from the blue. Huge specimens of Milkfish can be observed here. When the conditions are right, opportunities to encounter rare species become possible. Oceanic mantas, Thresher sharks and whale sharks have been observed here by divers.
One of the landing beaches used by the islanders before the construction of the harbor. The top reef starts at 5 to 7 meters and slopes off into the ocean. The coral life is healthy and harbors many colorful reef fish. The blue waters are always patrolled by predatory fish such as Trevallies, Snappers, Groupers and Barracudas. Scattered coral formations between 18 to 30 meters provide ideal cleaning stations for larger species such as Mantas and Thresher sharks.
Just a little to the North from the Island Harbor, this beautiful stretch of reef has Sea Fans starting from the 20 meter mark all the way down to the limits of recreational diving. The reef has many coral blocks and cervices where soft corals can thrive. Colorful reef fish and hard corals occupy the top reef all the down to 20 meters. There is always a good chance to find Mantas, Tiger sharks or something special throughout this dive.