Manta rays in Hanifaru Bay
An aerial view of Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
Pink anemone and fish in Baa Atoll

Luxury Diving Holidays in the Baa Atoll

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    Best time to visit

    December-April *June-September for Hanifaru Bay

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    Marine Highlights

    Manta rays, lemon sharks, balck tip reef sharks, reef octopus, eagle rays, guitar fish, abundant fish life

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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!  

A whip goby in Baa Atoll

whip goby, soneva fushi

Lionfish in the Baa Atoll

lion fish, soneva fushi

Manta rays in the Baa Atoll

manta rays, soneva fushi

Cabbage coral in the Baa Atoll

cabbage coral, soneva fushi

An anemone in the Baa Atoll

anemone, soneva fushi

Bubble anemone in the Baa Atoll

bubble tip anemone, soneva fushi

A seafan on Milaidhoo house reef

Seafan, milaidhoo

Yellow soft coral on the Milaidhoo house reef

yellow soft coral, milaidhoo house reef

Manta rays cyclone feeding in the Baa Atoll

manta rays 'cyclone feeding'

Milaidhoo House Reef Puffer Fish

pufferfish, milaidhoo house reef

In Depth 

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. 

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