Feb 17, 2021
THANKS TO THE GEOGRAPHICAL NATURE OF THE MALDIVES, as well as its one-island-one-resort concept, this archipelago nation is one of the safest places for travelers to visit right now. Strict testing, hygiene and safety protocols are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Once on their island resort, guests can focus on finding their bliss while discovering some of the incredible marine life that inhabits these biodiverse waters. For those who love to dive, here are some of the best spots.
The Shipwreck in Lhaviyani Atoll
So named because of the wreckage of two ships that sank below the waves 40 years ago, this attraction is home to a multitude of butterfly fish, Napoleon wrasse, yellow sweepers, moray eels, nurse sharks and grey reef sharks. One of the coral-encrusted wrecks is 30 meters below the surface, while the other sits upright, meaning even novice divers can enjoy the sights.
North Malé Atoll
Long considered one of the most popular dive sites in the Maldives, this stunning space is home to the Maldives Victory Wreck, which sank to a depth of 35 meters in 1981. Keep an eye out for batfish, fusiliers and groupers as you swim along the rusted hull. Meanwhile, the aptly named Manta Point is justly renowned for the abundance of manta rays that swarm around the feeding site from May to October.
From the British Loyalty Wreck, the remnants of a British vessel torpedoed during World War II, to Shark Point, a favored feeding spot for grey reef sharks, to Turtle Point, where green sea turtles and hawksbill sea turtles swim, this dazzling atoll has much to offer. Since this area was not impacted by the coral bleaching event of 1998, it boasts some of the healthiest reefs in the country.
Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve
Encompassing an area of more than 139,000 hectares, this biosphere reserve is home to more than 250 species of corals, as well as over 1,200 reef species. While certain Core Areas are strictly protected, sustainable diving is allowed in places like Hanifaru Bay, which is home to one of the largest gatherings of manta rays on the planet.