Scuba diving in Kudarah Thila
Declared a “Protected Marine Area”, Kudarah Thila is a great site, which enjoys many incoming currents. The pinnacle features 4 coral heads that enjoy soft and hard coral growth of all colours. When the current is not too strong, divers can swim around the entire perimeter of the pinnacle which is around 100m/328ft in diameter, but if there is current present, then divers will likely spend more time on the lee-side. Isolated outcrops of rock can be found on the west side, large, long cave at 20m/65ft on the most eastern side, a small canyon with many smaller fish on the north face. On the deeper more gentle slopes on the northern side, it is breathtaking to see large aggregations of seafans, all swaying as one when the currents are flowing. The site is recommended for advanced divers if the current is medium to strong, but can be perfect for open water divers when the current is mild. It will also be difficult to get to Kuda Rah out of season, because there won’t be liveaboards going there.
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When to go
Diving in Maldives is available all year round, though surface conditions are better from December to May, and there are also opportunities to see large marine creatures during this time. As from June to November it can be very rainy. Water temperatures are around 26 to 29C/78-84F.
What to see
Here enormous numbers of blue-lined snappers, sweetlips, batfish, moray eels, groupers, soldierfish, nudibranchs, etc can be seen. Also there is a great variety of marine life in a swim-through at the south-east corner, which includes trumpet fish, snapper, gobies, pufferfish, black coral bushes. A bit further away from the reef, divers can see gray reef sharks, napoleon fish, rainbow runner, blue-fin jack, tuna.