Addu atoll has excellent turquoise lagoons, superb coral reefs, profuse aquatic life and palm fringed sun-kissed beaches. If you're chasing your dream to be in a paradise and encountering breathing life beneath the deep blue sea, visit Addu atoll.
The atoll has many resorts and dive schools taking tourists on diving safaris. These dive schools also offer rental equipments. PADI certified courses are offered to tourists to learn in and out of scuba diving.
Addu Atoll has a circular shape that forms a brilliant lagoon offering around 25 dive spots. Most of the dive sites are located at the outer reef.
Kuda Kandu Corner, Kuda Hohola and Umarus Plave are some of the exotic dive sites. Gan Inside is perfect for novices to learn diving as there is no water current and the place is perfectly safe for diving.
Demon Point is suitable for advanced divers to try drift diving. Spot mantas in large quantity at demon point. Sight napoleon wrasse, gray reef sharks and white tip reef sharks during drift diving in Makunda and Muduka. Enjoy wall dives in Kuda Hohola.
British Loyalty wreck dive will add a new dimension to your Seenu atoll diving. British Royalty, a 140m long ship sank in 1944, lying at 34 meters deep houses varied colorful aquatic life. Gulda Lamago, with brilliant overhangs and caves is a home to green turtles, lobsters, eagle rays, manta rays and sharks.
Seenu Atoll (The Slavery) or Addu Atoll, 478 km south of Male, marks the southern end of the Maldive archipelago, and its capital Hithadhoo is second populous city after Male.
Addu Atoll is 21 km long and it is fringed by broad barrier reefs with large islands on its eastern and western sides. Its lagoon has no islands and is relatively open with few shoals in its centre, but having mazes of coral patches close to the NW and NE corners of its encircling reefs in 7 to 10 fathoms (13 to 18 m) of water. The general depths vary from 20 to 25 fathoms (37 to 46 m), with mud and sand at the bottom.
Although there are not many islands in this atoll, many of them are large compared to the average size of islands in the Maldives. With a total number of 23 isles, Addu atoll has only 6 inhabited isles, most of them located in the western reef. These are Hithadhoo, Maradhoo, Feydhoo, Gan. All these islands are connected with each other through a road or causeway. Meedhoo, and Hulhudhoo share a large island in the east.
The distance from Addu Atoll to the closest island in the Chagos Archipelago (Yeye Island, Peros Banhos Atoll) is about 520 km, with nothing but deep ocean in between them.