Dive in South Ari Atoll

    Angaga Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    This is a rounded and small thila 1,5km south west of Angaagau island. Starts at 10m and drops slowly to 30m. There is a big cave on the north part with a very good life. The thila is about 80m long, so is easy to circle it in one dive to find the groupers and grey reef sharks, swimming usually in…

    Madivaru (Manta point) South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    This marine protected reef on the south of Rangali Kandu starts from 2-3 meters and drops to 10 meters gradually. After 10 meters most of the reef drops vertically down to 25-30 meters.During the nort east monsoon there are very good chances to find mantas here, feeding on the plankton rich water…

    Kudarah Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    1Km south of Kudarah island there is this marine protected area, considered one of the most exciting dives in South Ari. With incoming current from the Dhigurashu Kandu, the funnel effect created and the splitted current by the many thilas, makes this spot the end of all the fishes, and organic…
    Anemone and Clown Fish

    Ali Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Broken Rock South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Rangali South South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Rangali south is on the south of Rangali island, but at the north of Rangali Kandu. Is a long driftdive with some big caves along the wall and sandy bottom. Lots of morays and big groupers. Eagle rays and electric eels can be spotted.

    Dhigura Arches South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    There are many different ways of enjoying the Dhiugrashu Kandu. Besides the amazing thilas of Broken rock or Dhangethi Thila, there is this 300m drift dive along the south part of the channel, where the top reef is at 5m dropping off to 25.The name comes because the reef forms arches with the…

    Machchafushi Wreck South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    House Reef Machchafushi

    Ari Beache Beru South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Ariyadhoo Corner South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Long reef 30m deep at the western side of Ariyadhoo island

    Bodufinolhu Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Dhiffushi Beru South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Outside of Dhiffushi Island

    Kudadhoo Corner South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Also known as Kudadhoo Etheru Faru this is a wall dive in the channel between Kudadhoo and Ariyadhoo. The reef starts at 3m and it drops off to more than 40m on the southern side, and to 30 in the north. There is a small canyon that starts on the reef top and goes down to 15. Inside there are nice…

    Maamigili Beru South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Whale Shark

    Maamigili Faru South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Also Maamigili Corner is the western corner of the kandu with the name of the island. Is not a very good dive close to the kandu as the construction of the new airport is very noisy and there is a lot of boat traffic. However, on the most western side of the dive, on top of the reef between 5 and…

    Machchafushi Housereef South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Stage Reef South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Thinfushi Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Thinfushi Ethere Thila is one of the other scattered thilas around Dhigurashu Kandu. Lies between 8 and 25m with very nice caves and seafans. Is claimed that the seafans here are the best of Ari, normally inside the caves. The thila is 100m long and the best diving is between 15 to 20m, where the…

    Vilamendhoo Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Outside of Vilamendhoo, on the outer part of the atoll there is this narrow thila that goes from 25 to 5m. The west si a drop off while the other points step down slower. Many huge seafans can be found. On the north part there is a very big rock with a cave at 25m. Mantas can be seen here maybe.

    Dhigurah Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Dhigurashu Kandu is the top south-east kandu of south ari. In the middle of the kandu there are several dive sites, such as Dhangethi thila, broken rock or Thinfushi Ethere thila. Dhigurah Thila is the southern dive site of the channel and also the biggest thila. It has a long and narrow shape of…

    Broken Rock South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    In the Dhigurashu kandu, between dhangethi thila and thinfushi ethere thila there is this peculiar and must-see thila. Is the most eastern one of the kandu and sometimes hitted by very strong currents. Is a normal 80m thila with the top at 14 to 16m. But the most interesting part is that across the…

    Dhangethi Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    The northern thila of the Dhigurashu Kandu is this thila. The formation is curious, as is based in several pinnacles raising from 25 to 16-12m, creating small walls and mini dropoffs. The currents can be really strong and weird in the maze of thilas. A compass is usefull and a safety balloon, as the…

    Pineapple Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Small thila 100m north of Hurasdhoo. Easy dive with not much interest, but convenient because is close and some day trippers use it with picnics and snorkelling

    Bulhaa Lhohi Caves South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    South west of Bulhaa Lhohi there is a reef in very good state with lots of hard coral and perfect for snorkelling. There are many caves between 10 and 20m, with the main one at 16m with a very big windown and a swim through. Bulhaa Lhohi is uninhabited, and may boats use it and the dive site for…

    Panettone South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    On the north side of Kalhahandhi Huraa there is this excellent reef with italian name. Many trevally can be found here (The name of thi island, Kalhahandhi, means Trevally), but also white tips, grey reef sharks, and barracuda can be found in the many overhangs starting at 20m.Between 10 and 20m…

    Thundufushi Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Great and big thila of 1km diameter, but with the best diving on the north part. It lies in the mniddle of Kalhahandhi Kandu, at the north of Panettone. It drops very steep in steps to more than 30m. In the shallow parts are small caves with squirrelfish and some seafans. Inside the channel is…

    Dega Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Also known as Gondodi Thila, 2km north of Eboodhoo lies this Thila, from 6 to more than 40m. Is a very interesting formation, with a wall of seafans on the outside of the main peak, and some pinncacles on the western side. There is a tunner to swimthrough cutting the reef at 16m where yellow…

    Emas Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    In the Himendhoo Dhekunu Kandu there is this very big thila, of about 1km long, goint from 10m to more than 30. During north-east monsoon is a good manta gathering point. Out of this season it can be a very nice drift dive with great outcrops and nice reef fishes. On the more southern part, the…

    Moofushi Faru South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Probably the place with the most beautiful sea fans in Ari Atoll. It's a reef around 2 km long, with caves and overhangs breathing with life. Here you can admire the sea fans, whip corals, and it's marine life, like sting rays, manta rays, napoleon wrasse andsharks.

    Hangngnaameedhoo Thila South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Hangngnaameedhoo Thila is 150 m long with high concentration of marinespecies, deppending on the currents. Nice reef on top of the Thila.

    Hukuruelhi Faru South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Hukuruelhi Faru is an amazing manta cleaning station. The dive site iseasily access by boat in 10 minutes from Rangali and 35 minutes fromMirihi, and there you can see mantas queuing to be cleaned.

    Kalhuhadhihuraa Faru South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Kalhuhadhihuraa Faru features caves and overhangs with affluent corals,invertebrates like octopus, sponges and colorful reef fishes.

    Coral Hills South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    Located on the west side of the Ari Atoll here you can find two Manta clenaing stations. When diving on Coral Hills, you will jump on a chain of Giris (underwater mountain which reaches the surface) and drift along corals in an average depth of 10 meters. It is already possible to see the first…

    Camel Rock South Ari Atoll, Maldives

    This is more a feeding ground than a cleaning station, and I was not so often lucky over there. On the very north of this lagoon there are three giris, but two of them are visible from far, which is also the reason for the name. Inside the lagoon there is a big pool and a smaller closer to the main…