Grey reef sharks in the Lhaviyani Atoll
Shipyard wreck in the Lhaviyani Atoll
Oriental sweetlips in the Lhaviyani Atoll

Luxury Diving Holidays in the Lhaviyani Atoll

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    Best time to visit


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    Marine Highlights

    Manta cleaning stations, grey reef sharks, black and white tip reef sharks, eagle rays, turtles, schooling fish

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Located in the northern Maldives, the Lhaviyani Atoll is home to a sprinkling of luxury resorts and some of the best dive centres in the country. A diving holiday to the Lhaviyani Atoll is diverse, with a range of dive sites for beginners and experts alike, abundant marine life and very few divers to boot. With around 50 dive sites to choose from, divers will be spoilt for choice with access to channel dives, wrecks, thilas, manta cleaning stations and caves. Most luxury resorts in the atoll have excellent house reefs with ideal conditions to learn to dive so the Lhaviyani Atoll really does tick all the boxes for a luxury scuba diving holiday. 

A coral garden and diver in the Lhaviyani Atoll

Coral garden

A grey reef shark in the Lhaviyani Atoll

Grey reef shark

An anemone fish in the Lhaviyani Atoll

Anemone fish

A reef manta ray in the Lhaviyani Atoll

Reef manta ray

A warty frogfish in the Lhaviyani Atoll

Warty frogfish

A grey reef shark in the Lhaviyani Atoll

Grey reef shark and baitfish

Shipyard wreck in the Lhaviyani Atoll

Shipyard wreck, Lhaviyani atoll

Bluestripe snapper and divers in the Lhaviyani Atoll

bluestripe snapper

A diver and frogfish in the Lhaviyani Atoll

Frogfish and diver

A nurse shark in the Lhaviyani Atoll

Nurse shark

In Depth 

Snorkellers and scuba divers visiting the Lhaviyani Atoll can expect to see all of the reef dwellers that are typical of the Maldives. These include moray eels, oriental sweetlips, green turtles resting in overhangs, large schools of blue-stripe snapper enveloping the reef, fusiliers flitting backwards and forwards, sting rays, reef sharks and all manner of macro life amongst beautiful coral gardens. Colourful soft corals are plentiful and healthy, particularly when found lining the ceilings of over-hangs and caves.  

The Lhaviyani Atoll is also frequented by reef manta rays with 378 individuals having been identified with a number of cleaning stations where divers can observe these majestic giants. This is a big draw for those coming on a diving holiday to the Lhaviyani Atoll. Fushivaru Thila is one such site, where mantas come in to be cleaned mainly in November and December with wingspans of up to six metres. Schools of snapper, oriental sweetlips and collared butterflyfish are also seen, as well as giant trevally and barracuda predating on the smaller reef fish. 

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