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13 species of shark, pristine coral, eagle rays, turtles, schooling fish
Located in the deep south of the Maldives, the southernmost atoll bar one, the Huvadhoo atoll is one of the Maldives best kept scuba diving secrets. With only a handful of resorts across one of the largest atolls, diving holidays to the Huvadhoo atoll are spectacular offering some of the best dive sites in the Maldives. The isolation of the atoll means that it is far less visited than atolls closer to Male: it is bursting with marine life and coral bleaching is much less prevalent. Many of the reefs are in pristine condition and an incredible biodiversity of marine life can be seen including up to 13 species of shark.
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From any resort or liveaboard, there are at least 30 dive sites to choose from with ideal conditions for beginners to experts alike making the Huvadhoo Atoll the perfect spot for a luxury diving holiday. Many of the best dive sites are located within the atoll and are therefore well protected with minimal current so alongside excellent house reefs, it is an excellent spot to learn to dive.
Most dive sites offer the opportunity to experience stunning reef structures overflowing with marine life including usual suspects such as schools of snapper, spiralling bigeye trevally, jackfish, triggerfish, yellow boxfish, oriental sweetlips, tuna, turtles, sting rays, colourful gorgonians and sponges to name just a few. Vibrant coral gardens, swim-throughs, over-hangs, caves, thilas, walls, drop-offs and exciting channels await. For experienced divers, the channels are where it's at, with a higher chance of seeing sharks. Species include whitetip, blacktip, schooling grey reef, leopard, nurse sharks and some rarer sightings include tiger, whale shark, silky and hammerheads. It is also the only known location in the Maldives where spinner sharks have been seen – a rare species for its acrobatic leaps out of the water as part of its feeding strategy.