Best time to visit
Whale sharks, turtles, schooling reef sharks, stingrays, abundant fish life, healthy corals
Located around 200km south of Male, the Maldives’ capital island, Thaa Atoll feels a world away from the busier central atolls. Accessed by an exciting 60-minute seaplane journey, those venturing down to Thaa will find just one hotel in the entire atoll, meaning that guests have the best dive sites all to themselves. Diving holidays in Thaa Atoll will allow divers to glimpse what the Maldives used to look like 20 years ago, before the worst of the bleaching hit the country. Whilst coral health isn’t pristine everywhere in the atoll, these reefs have been far less impacted by El Niño than in the northern atolls, and channel dives will reward divers with big fish action, carpets of anemones, and a range of healthy hard and soft corals.
Octopus on Maalifushi house reef
Como maalifushi from the seaplane
turtle in the shallows
school of eagle rays
reef manta ray
como maalfushi beach
COMO Maalifushi, Thaa Atoll’s only resort, has a great dive centre with some of the most comfortable dive boats anywhere in the Maldives. We highly recommend channel dives for more experienced divers, where enormous stingrays, squadrons of eagle rays and schooling grey and black tip reef sharks can be encountered. The coral health is impressive for the Maldives with many reefs at the best dive sites showing almost no signs of bleaching; beautiful hard and soft corals top deep sea pinnacles and enormous Napolean wrasses come in close to peek at divers.