Best time to visit
December-April *June-September for Hanifaru Bay
Manta rays, lemon sharks, balck tip reef sharks, reef octopus, eagle rays, guitar fish, abundant fish life
Diving holidays in Baa Atoll offer some of the best luxury experiences imaginable, with a glut of ultra luxury resorts found in the atoll. Although coral health is quite hit and miss in this northern atoll, due to historic bleaching events, the abundance of marine life means that diving in Baa atoll is still excellent. Marine megafauna flock to this atoll in particular during the summer months where visibility is reduced but the mantas and whale sharks are ever-present. Baa Atoll has achieved UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status, making it very popular for snorkellers and divers, with the world-famous Hanifaru Bay allowing a unique experience to snorkel with hundreds of manta rays congregating and forming feeding chains – an incredible sight to behold!
whip goby, soneva fushi
lion fish, soneva fushi
manta rays, soneva fushi
cabbage coral, soneva fushi
anemone, soneva fushi
bubble tip anemone, soneva fushi
yellow soft coral, milaidhoo house reef
manta rays 'cyclone feeding'
pufferfish, milaidhoo house reef
While Hanifaru Bay steals the show in this atoll, the best dive sites of Baa Atoll should not be overlooked, including Milaidhoo Caves for amazing topography and soft corals, Dharavandhoo Thila which is an impressive pinnacle reef and Dhigali Giri for shallower dives in a great location sheltered from the current. Marine life highlights include manta rays, whale sharks, eagle rays, black tip reef sharks, octopus, giant frogfish, huge schools of snappers, fusiliers and oriental sweetlips, and plenty of turtles.
Places to stay in Baa Atoll
Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
One of the largest (in size, not rooms) and most beautiful islands in the Maldives. A large sand spit appears at low tide which leads you to the sand bank in a 45-minute stroll, or grab a paddleboard to explore the turquoise shallows around it teeming with string rays and turtles.