Best time to visit
Manta cleaning stations, grey reef sharks, black and white tip reef sharks, eagle rays, turtles, schooling fish
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.
Grey reef shark
Reef manta ray
Grey reef shark and baitfish
Shipyard wreck, Lhaviyani atoll
Frogfish and diver
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.