Baa Atoll in Maldives is blessed with various diving sites in thilas, channel and coral reef. The tranquil atmosphere, warm crystal clear water, rich coral gardens and colorful reef fishes make the atoll one of the diving choices in Maldives.
Maaddoo Giri, Dhonfan thila, Horubadhoo thila and Baiypolhi Mas are some of the diving sites with flourishing aquatic life. Among all these sites, Baiypolhi Mas is a most exciting and challenging dive spot with several batfish. Here you can spot sharks through out the year.
The famous Hanifaru Bay, which is known locally as Vandhumaafaru Adi is though to be one the few places in the world where whale sharks congregate in to mate, although recent research suggests otherwise with the vast majority of the whale sharks seen there being young males. The bay is however regularly sees some of the largest gatherings of Manta rays worldwide with up to one hundred individuals in the small inlet when the tide pushes plankton into the bay.
With tropical verdure flora and secluded atmosphere, the deserted place has made a mark in the diving industry with world-class diving sites. The reefs of Baa atoll are perfect for undertaking both snorkeling and diving. Baa Atoll is visited by mantas and sharks in large number especially during the months of May, June and July.
Baa Atoll is one of administrative divisions in Maldives. It consists of three separate natural atolls, namely southern Maalhosmadulu Atoll (which is 42 km long and 32 km wide and consists of 9 inhabited islands), the Fasdūtherē Atoll (wedged in between the two Maalhosmadulu Atolls and separated from north Maalhosmasdulu Atoll by Hani Kandu or Moresby Channel) and the smaller natural atoll known as Goifulhafehendhu Atoll (Horsburgh Atoll in the Admiralty charts).
Situated on the west of the Maldives atoll chain, it consists of 75 islands, of which 13 are inhabited. The remaining 57 islands are uninhabited, in addition to five islands being developed as resorts.
Thulhaadhoo Island is traditionally well-known for its lacquerwork handicrafts.