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When to go to Thoddoo

Although the best time to dive at Thoddoo Island is January to May, it is possible to dive here all year round. Even if it rains, the water is always warm (the annual water temperature is 27-28C/81-82F). Even if the sea is choppy on one side of the island, it will be surprisingly calm on the other side, so divers can always choose from a variety of dive sites if the weather changes. What to see When diving at Thoddoo Island, divers will see beautiful soft and hard corals, colourful nudibranchs, shoals of reef fish, including glassfish, angelfish, parrotfish, surgeonfish, and triggerfish, as well as moray eels and octopi. At most dive sites around the island, divers will also have good chances to see big pelagic species, including stingrays, eagle rays, manta rays, barracudas, tuna, sea turtles, and a variety of sharks.

Scuba diving in Thoddoo

Thoddoo Island is an oval-shaped island, approximately 1km/0.6mi long, located 67km/42mi from Malé, the capital of the Maldives, northeast of North Ari Atoll. The closest airport is in Male, that is connected by ferry to Thoddoo. Thoddoo is one of a very few islands in the Maldives that have been inhabited since ancient times, and now the island’s population is 1,460. Thoddoo is the largest producer of fruit (especially watermelon) and vegetables in the Maldives. There are a lot of agricultural farms on the island, and fruit tasting tours are a popular tourist activity, along with swimming, snorkeling, fishing, diving, and various water sports. Thoddoo is surrounded by amazing white beaches and blue lagoons, and there are several coral reefs nearby. Some of the reefs, which are popular with snorkelers, are a short swim from the island, while other reefs can be reached by a short boat ride. The most popular dive sites around the island are Thoddoo West, Vacation House Corner (both sites feature extended coral gardens and beautiful steep walls), Turtle Beach (opportunities to swim with green turtles), and Manta Point (a gathering place for manta rays).