Scuba diving in Manta Point

Access
From Shore, From Boat
Diver level
Novice
Depth
Average: 16.4 ft
Maximum: 82 ft
Current
non
Visibility
Average: 32.8 ft
Maximum: 82 ft

The Manta Point dive site in the Maldives, located in close proximity to the Thoddoo Harbor on the northeast side of the island, features an opportunity to swim with numerous manta rays. The best time to see these magnificent marine creatures is the early morning hours, between 7 and 8 am, when they normally gather in this place. The reason why these beautiful creatures have chosen such early hours is unknown, but divers need to be ready for an early wake up.

When to go

The Manta Point site is open for diving all year round, because the warm water temperature stays almost constant at 26-29C/79-84F, providing comfortable conditions for diving throughout the year. However, the best time is from December to May, when there is no heavy rain and the seas are calmer.

What to see

Besides the main stars of this dive site, the magnificent manta rays, divers will have a chance to see moray eels, Napoleon wrasses, stingrays, and some other marine creatures.


Reachable from

Thoddoo

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    There is a real offer for real divers – for those who wish to get a sight of underwater world of Maldives. Maldives is the world diving destination #1. Maldives has everything to prove it: clear warm water all year around, perfect visibility (20-40 m), and fantastic marine life. Corals, sponges, nudibranchs, fish, stingrays, dolphins, mantas, sharks can be found there. Diving in Maldives has some cool features. Most famous one is currents. Sometimes mild, sometimes strong, but always enjoyable. Jump in, adjust your buoyancy, and... just relax. Move with the waters along the reef walls (faru in Dhivehi), enjoy spectacular views of sea inhabitants, breath in, breath out. Napoleon wrasse, parrot fish, trigger fish, angel fish, snappers, groupers, sweetlips will be your companions in the journey. Mantas and reef sharks patrolling their areas or arriving to cleaning stations are often seen too. In Thoddoo, there are some nice walls up to 30-40 meters deep. Diving in channels (kandu in Dhivehi) between atolls and islands in Maldives sometimes can be challenging due to strong currents and visibility but always awesome because of greater chance to encounter sharks and mantas and better coral life. Madivaru channel near Rasdhoo island is the place to see hammerhead sharks. North channel (north to Veligandu resort) is where you can see mantas almost every day. There are some underwater rocks growing almost up to the surface called 'thilas'. These formations are like stop signs for the currents, providing food for corals and sponges - favorite food of bigger fish, turtles and sharks. Best thilas are located near Ukulhas island (Maaya Thila, Maa thila).
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    Daily diving plus one night dive. This product is for certified divers only. Thoddoo is one the most famous diving destination in the Maldives. The beauty of this island is combined with a number of great dive sites reachable in 15-60 min of boat ride.
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    This product is for certified divers only. There are over 40 dive sites close by (all within a one hour boat ride) and offer a huge variety of corals, fish life and of course, the chance for big fish encounters. Stunning coral formations, incredible colors and a huge variety of fish life have made the Ari Atoll one of the top diving destinations around the world. Add into the mix regular Manta Ray and Whaleshark sightings, and its clear to understand why people keep coming back for more. Dive sites such as Kuda Rah Thila, Broken Rock, Manta Point and Maamigili Beru are all within easy reach of Dhigurah. From January till end of March visits to Manta Dive Sites are made several times a week. In April, May and then again September through to November there is a good chance of seeing whalesharks in the area.

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