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When to go to Mathiveri

The most pleasurable time for diving in the waters of the island of Mathiveri is from December to May, when the sea is calmest. The clearest weather on the island is January through March, May, August, and September. The sea water temperature stays within a narrow range throughout the year, 26-29C/79-84F. The average annual air temperature on Mathiveri is around 30C/86F in the daytime, but can fall dramatically to 5C/41F at night. What to see The dive sites that can be reached by the boats sailing from Mathiveri have views of outstanding magnificent reef formations, a multitude of shark points, and the true stars of the ocean: reef sharks, leopard sharks, and hammerheads. A couple of manta cleaning stations are also available at these dive sites. A variety of colorful reef fish, moray eels, barracudas, and tuna frequent guests in these waters. Turtles and dolphins can also be seen in this area.

Scuba diving in Mathiveri

Mathiveri is a small, inhabited island located in the northwestern part of Ari Atoll. It has a population of a little over 800 people, and ordinary community infrastructure including a school, a medical service, a police station, and a mosque. The closest airport is in Male, that is connected by ferry to Mathiveri. The island has cozy streets with mostly one-story buildings, the houses of the locals, whose walls are painted in various shades of pastel colors, sometimes with elements of street art as well. In contrast to the larger resort islands, the atmosphere on Mathiveri is free from intense commercialism, which is why it's known as one of the quietest destinations in the Maldives. Still, it is not possible to completely get away from civilization, because Wi-Fi is available throughout of the entire island. Some of the most common activities for visitors on the island are unbathing on the pristine white-sand beaches, swimming in the turquoise water of the lagoon, watching beautiful sunsets, and water sports activities such as wakeboarding, waterskiing, and sailing. However, for many years, the main attractions on Mathiveri have been diving and snorkeling. The island has multiple diving spots ideal for beginners that are located within the island's lagoon. Its waters hide beautiful coral gardens at a depth of 3-18m/10-59ft. Many of the dive sites in the waters off Mathiveri are suitable for novice divers. Most popular dive sites Mathiveri is also known to be the starting point of the boat ride to over 30 dive sites located on the western side of North Ari Atoll, one of which is the world-famous Maaya Thila, the shark point with an exceptionally beautiful coral reef. Another famous shark dive, Gangehi Kandu, can be reached in just 20 minutes by boat, and has outstanding corals and often mantas. Rasdhoo Madivaru is a site with outstanding visibility that is known for hammerhead sharks, and can also easily be reached from the island. Interesting caves and beautiful vibrant overhangs of soft corals welcome divers at local dive sites such as Blue Caves.