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Best Diving Destinations in Huvadhoo Atoll


About Huvadhoo Atoll

Huvadhoo Atoll is the second largest Atoll in Maldives located on the chief sea path nearby southern India. During the long period of time it served as a trading point or a stop-by place for mariners. Administratively Huvadhoo is divided into two regions: Northern Huvadhoo Atoll and Southern Huvadhoo Atoll. There are not so many places for sightseeing. The most popular are Buddhist remains, scattered around both of the regions. Thousands of tourists choose this tropical destination with another aim – to relax in top-class resorts, sun-bath on palm-fringed beaches and dive in pristine ocean waters. Divers choose this place to admire the vast coral reefs, which strike with colors and the diversity of marine species. Diving around Huvadhoo Atoll is characterized by exploring the abundance of dramatic walls, outcrops, tunnels and channels. The peculiarity of the most of local dive sites is inconspicuous caves and caverns, which hide in the variety of drop-offs. Untouched rocky formations shelter many tiny underwater species, which are a godsend for macro photographers. Diving in the area is a complete pleasure, as depth range is from 7m/22ft till 30m/98ft. There are dive sites suitable for divers of all levels. Most of them are accessible by boat. Divers can enjoy their diving in such dive sites as Nilandhoo Kandu, Hafsa Thila, Vadhoo Thila, Kaaddhedhoo Kandu and Mofzaa Thila. All of them impress with the amount of rock-formations and dense corals covering the reef.

When to go to Huvadhoo Atoll

The best period for diving in Huvadhoo Atoll is from January to May, as the rainy season runs from May to November. Average air temperatures are of 28-30C/82-86F and average water temperatures are of 26-29C/79-84F. Visibility is rather good – up to 20m/65ft. Currents are moderate, but in some places may reach up to 2 knots. What to see Local waters are teeming with marine life. Scuba-diving in the area is presented by admiring large pelagic fish, which leisurely roam around their rocky homes. Manta rays, grey reef sharks, leopard sharks, eagle rays, wrasse, tuna, stingray, parrotfish, surgeonfish and turtles inhabit Huvadhoo Atoll dive sites.