North Male Atoll Maldives

Back Faru - Maldives

Back Faru is located just 1 hour from Male city at Farukolhufshi outer reef. The dive site is protected from the strong winds during the monsoon season, and not affected by strong currents. The reef starts shallow and is gently sloping. In combination with good visibility makes it an ideal check dive to start your liveaboard trip. This easy dive doesn't mean that there is anything exciting to see. On the reef, you might spot turtles grazing around or schools of surgeon fish that clean rocks from their algae. In the blue, you might spot eagle rays, Tuna and white tip reef sharks. The deeper part of the dive site has some caves and overhangs that are a great place for nurse sharks to take a rest.

Back Faru Summary
Type: Drift Dive, Sloping Bottom
Visibility: 10 - 30 meters
Depth: 5 - 30 meters
Current: Mild - Strong
Difficulty: Beginner

Banana Reef - Maldives

Banana Reef was one of the first dive sites discovered in the Maldives. Because of the location near the airport and the short distance from several resorts in North and South Male. The curved shape of the long reef gave Banana Reef its name. The first thing you notice when you start the dive is the quality of coral coverage on this dive site. Large areas covered in Acropara corals that are in a healthy condition. In the North Eastern part of the reef, you will find some caves, overhangs and caverns that are between 10 and 25 meters. This area has colourful soft corals big Gorgonian sea fans where marine life as at it's best. Groupers and angelfish swim around the reef and when you look closer in the holes and cracks you probably find lobsters as well as Moray eels. Part of this dive site also has the name "washing machine" because of the currents that can appear and move you in all directions. This dive sites has a lot to offer and stays one of the most popular dives in the Maldives.

Banana Reef Summary
Type: Drift Dive, Sloping Bottom
Visibility: 10 - 30 Meters
Depth: 5 - 30 Meters
Current: Mild - Strong
Difficulty: Advance

Girifushi Thila - Maldives

Girifushi Thila is one of the highest rated dive sites in the Maldives. With a constant current that brings lots of fish life and an array of colours makes it a great combination. The Thila starts at 12 meters and has many overhangs, crevices and large boulders. Here you see the colourful soft corals in pink, blue and orange together with gorgonian sea fans and black corals. Another highlight of this dive site is the chimney that starts from 25 meters and ends at about 12 meters. Marine life that you can see here are snappers and jacks as well as boxfish, 3-spot angelfish, lionfish and yellow-mouth moray eels. Larger fish also are regulars here so, with luck, you can expect to see eagle rays, barracuda, tuna and grey reef sharks.

Girifushi Thila Summary
Type: Pinnacle
Visibility: 10 - 30 Meters
Depth: 12- 30 Meters
Current: Mild - Strong
Difficulty: Advance

Lions Head - Maldives

Lions Head is at the South tip of North Male. Named due to a coral outcrop that resembles the head of a lion. The top of the reef starts at about 3 meters where the wall drops down to a maximum of 40 meters. The wall is full of life and covered in gorgonian sea fans, anemone and sponges. On the wall you find numerous nudibranchs, false stonefish and when your lucky leaf fish. Do not only stare at the reef with plenty of action in the blue as reef sharks; eagle rays Napoleon wrasse and turtles.

Lions Head Summary
Type: Drift Dive, Wall
Visibility: 10 - 30 Meters
Depth: 3 - 40 Meters
Current: Mild - Strong
Difficulty: Beginner

Victory Wreck - Maldives

Maldives Victory Wreck sunk in 1981 when it ran aground carrying goods for the islands in the Maldives. This 100-meter long wreck has it's last resting place at a depth of 25 meters. When it sank everybody got off on time but the goods were mostly lost. The dive starts at the descent line that is attached to the main deck at 12 meters. After the descent, you follow the deck to 25 meters hiding from the current. Where you encounter groupers and turtles hiding under the deck. Going to the bow you will see some beautiful corals that slowly take over the wreck year by year. Following the hull back to the Stern, you can look for nudibranchs and pipefish crawling around. When back at the line make sure you have plenty of air left because of strong currents that might appear while on the safety stop. Marine life that can here are nudibranchs, pipefish, lionfish, hawkfish, groupers and turtles only to name a view.

Maldives Victory Wreck Summary
Type: Wreck dive
Visibility: 10 - 30 Meters
Depth: 12 - 35 Meters
Current: Mild - Strong
Difficulty: Advance

Manta Point - Maldives

Manta Point located Southeast of North Male. As the name says already, this is an excellent place to see Manta rays. The reef starts at 12 meters and slowly slopes to a maximum depth of 40 meters. The best place to encounter mantas is the shallow part of the reef where the cleaning wrasses are. From there you can position yourself to get a good look how they get cleaned. Most of the time there are several encounters and can see them appear from the blue waiting for their turn. Apart from the Manta, there is more to this dive site than that. Following the reef, you will see plenty of other marine life like barracuda's, white tip reef sharks and schools of jacks. Most of the time overlooked because of the Manta Ray.

Manta Point Summary
Type: Drift Dive, Sloping Bottom
Visibility: 10 - 30 Meters
Depth: 12 - 40 Meters
Current: Mild - Strong
Difficulty: Advance

Miyaru Faru - Maldives

Miyaru Faru located at the Eastern side of North Male. It gets its name for the shark encounters that it has. Miyaru means shark in Dhivehi. This wall dive has plenty to offer apart from grey reef sharks. The strong currents also bring other big pelagic fish here. Quiet often you see eagle rays and manta rays. If you are lucky to be at the right place at the right time, you can even see a hammerhead. When looking at the wall itself you find lionfish and moray eels hiding in overhangs and cracks.

Miyaru Faru Summary
Type: Wall Dive
Visibility: 10 - 30 Meters
Depth: 5 - 30 Meters
Current: Mild - Strong
Difficulty: Advance

Maldives Liveaboard Diving

Diving on a Maldives liveaboard starts most of the time with a check out dive in North Male. From here you can go and dive the central atolls or Northern Maldives

The North Male Atoll dive sites are mostly known for drop offs, caves, channels, Strong currents and big Fish. Because of this, there is an excellent chance to see reef sharks and Manta rays on several dives.

The shipping channel at this part of the Maldives gave us a couple of wrecks to dive on throughout the years. The marine life is slowly settling in on the wrecks what makes it more exciting year by year. Maldives or typically not famous for its stunning corals like some parts of the world, but North Male Atoll probably has one of the best places to see beautiful soft corals that can compete with other dive destinations. A good example is Girifushi Thila covered in colourful soft corals. There is also plenty fish hanging around the pinnacle hanging in the current.

Maldives or typically not famous for its stunning corals like some parts of the world, but North Male Atoll probably has one of the best places to see beautiful soft corals that can compete with other dive destinations. A good example is Girifushi Thila covered in colourful soft corals and plenty fish hanging around the pinnacle in the current.
Find the right spot to hide from the current and you might see some bigger action swimming around.

About North Male

North Male is together with South Male part of the Male Atolls. The Capital is part of the North Male Atoll and most liveaboards departure from here. Many of the islands or now used by resorts what makes it the busiest tourist area of the Maldives.
North Male is the starting point for many liveaboards. From here they spread out to the other Atolls in the Maldives.
Look what trips fits best for you because of the many possibilities.

How To Get There

Getting to North Male Atoll is by international flight to the capital of the Maldives Male. From here the liveaboards depart and do the first dive(s) of the trip. After that, you follow the itinerary and in most cases finish your cruise in Male again.

Summary North Male Atoll

Best time to go: November – April
Getting there: By liveaboard from Male
Experience level: Intermediate – Advance
Visibility: 20 – 40 Meters
Currents: Moderate – Very Strong
Water temperature: 26 -29 c

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