Best time to visit
Manta cleaning station, schooling grey reef sharks, black and white tip reef sharks, eagle rays, turtles, schooling fish
Located in the southern Maldives, the Laamu Atoll is home to some of the best dive sites in the archipelago and one of Reefscape Travel’s top recommendations when it comes to scuba diving in the Maldives. With only one luxury resort and the occasional luxury liveaboard passing through, divers will rarely see another diver and will have the run of over 40 dive sites. Conditions are excellent for both beginners and advanced divers, with sheltered inner coral reefs with good visibility to exciting channel dives in current and in turn, the big stuff. Diving holidays in the Laamu Atoll are hard to beat.
Six Senses Laamu house reef and water villas
Turtle and diver
Picnic Island, Laamu Atoll
Six Senses Laamu surf break
Whip coral shrimp
Reef manta ray
Six Senses Laamu Beach
Family snorkelling at Six Senses Laamu
The Laamu Atoll is one of the only atolls in the Maldives with a year-round manta cleaning station known as Hithadhoo Corner or Manta Point. The Manta Trust are set-up close by on Six Senses Laamu, conducting research and surveys to both conserve and understand these gentle giants. The Manta Trust team carry out daily research dives to photograph, ID and record the manta rays, with 136 individuals having been identified in the atoll to date. They also welcome the opportunity to educate visitors and get them involved in the science.
Places to stay in Laamu Atoll
Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Laamu is the only dive resort in the Laamu Atoll, so divers are all but guaranteed to have the dive sites to themselves. Being in the deep south of the Maldives, the reefs are mostly untouched and overflowing with marine life.