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Diving in Kuramathi Island
When to go to Kuramathi Island
The tropical climate, undisturbed sea, and the reef surrounding the island of Kuramathi makes it perfect for diving all year round. The highest air temperature reaches 31C/88F and the water temperature ranges from 26-29C/79-84F throughout the year. The weather is determined mostly by the monsoons. There is the dry northeast monsoon from December to April and the southwest monsoon from May to November, when there is more rain. What to see Here divers can spot sharks, morays, manta rays, eagle rays, parrot fish and many other beautiful creatures.
Scuba diving in Kuramathi Island
Kuramathi is one of five coral islands in the comparatively small Rasdhoo Atoll, northeast of Ari Atoll. Located 56km/35mi west from the Malé International Airport, Kuramathi can be reached by seaplane in just 20 minutes, or by speedboat in 90 minutes. Kuramathi Island is around 1.8km/1.1mi long and features lush vegetation, long sandy beaches, and a colorful house reef. The guest villas of the Kuramathi Island Resort are scattered amongst the natural gardens of the island, located just few steps away from the beach, or set on stilts just over the water. The main tourist activities on the island include swimming, water sports, excursions, snorkeling, and diving. There are more than 20 exciting dive locations around the island. These dive sites can be reached in 5 to 45 minutes by boat, and the type of dive sites varies (walls, channels, reefs, and thilas), but their common features are abundant marine life, colorful corals, clear water, and encounters with large fish. Some of the amazing dive sites in close proximity to Kuramathi Island are Hammerhead Point, where hammerhead sharks can be seen all year round, Hafsa Thila, a volcano-shaped pinnacle where divers are almost guaranteed to spot several reef sharks, and Maaya Thila, a dive site in North Ari Atoll that features an inspiring profusion of marine life.