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Diving in Vilamendhoo

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When to go to Vilamendhoo

Diving is possible all year round with water temperatures of 28-30C/82-86F. The average air temperature varies from 27-31C/81-88F. The water visibility ranges from 10-30m/33-98ft. What to see There is a diverse variety of underwater life, including blotched fantails, porcupinefish, mangrove fish, whipfish, torpedo fish, and eagle rays. June through October is the season to dive with mantas at Manta Point. The waters around the island are well-known for sightings of whale sharks.

Scuba diving in Vilamendhoo

Vilamendhoo is a small, oval-shaped island that is located south of Ari Atoll. It lies between two channels and it is just 900m/2953ft long and 250m/820ft wide. There is an excellent house reef that is home to juvenile sharks and rays. The reef is beautifully formed with several shallow caves and overhangs. Due to the island’s location, gentle currents sweep down either side of the island attracting many pelagic species in toward the reef. Around the island there are some superb dive sites that can be easily accessed by boat. At nearby Mamigili, the first whale shark National Park, whitetip, gray, silvertip, nurse, guitar, and zebra sharks can be seen. The nearest dive sites are Coral Garden (depth of 2-30m/7-98ft), Vilamendhoo Caves (depth of 10-30m/33-98ft), and Vilingili Corner (depth of 3-30m/10-98ft). Other popular sites worth visiting include Broken Rock, Dhigurah Thila, and Kudarah Thila.