Scuba diving in HP Reef

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From Boat
Diver level
Average: 18 m
Maximum: 33 m
Strong ( > 2 knots)
Average: 10 m
Maximum: 30 m

HP Reef is a stunning dive site. It is also called Rainbow Reef, due to the variety of colors. The reef leads to a channel with multiple rock formations, blocks, boulders, ledges, rifts, and a cave. Strong currents provide food for schools of fish hanging around in a swim-through that leads to the top of a cave and is frequently called “the chimney”. All of the underwater structures are rich in various corals and other underwater plants, divers can examine.

When to go

Malé Harbour, Maldives has a tropical monsoon climate. There are two distinct seasons: dry and wet. The dry season is from October to April, with an average air temperature of 30-33C/86-92F, which is the best time to visit. The wet season is characterized by heavy rainfall and cooler air temperatures, and lasts from May to September, with an average temperature of 25-28C/77-83F. The water temperature varies from 25-33C/77-92F.

What to see

At HP Reef, soft corals coexist with gorgonians and sea fans on the top of the reef. Divers can spot jacks, trevallies, rainbow runners, barracudas, tuna, and manta rays. Gray reef sharks are also seen occasionally.

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