South Male Atoll

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  • South Male Atoll
Access
From Boat
Diver Level
Novice
Depth
Average: 16.4 ft
Maximum: 131.2 ft
Current
Can be very strong
Visibility
Average: 32.8 ft
Maximum: 98.4 ft

South Male Atoll or South Kaafu Atoll is one of the atolls in Maldives that is separated from North Malé Atoll by a deep channel (Vaadhu Kandu). Oblong in shape, it contains 22 islands, all except for 5 are situated in its eastern fringes. South Male is popular among divers due to good conditions and a variety of dive sites. Diving and Liveaboards here is good for all levels of experience. Kandus, or channels, are a major feature of South Male diving. On the eastern reef wall there are 6 channels. Divers at South Male Atoll can discover big pelagic fish, plenty of soft corals and caves as well as one very good wreck. Among popular dive sites of the area are Vaadhoo Caves, located to the north side of Vaadhoo reef houses soft corals, squirrelfish, tuna and soldier fish; Kandooma Thila is an ideal place for diving when the flow of the water current is inward, possible to see here triggerfish, groupers, tuna and hammerhead sharks. Cocoa Corner dive site is a large, deep water pinnacle on the outer edges of the atoll with grey reef sharks, eagle rays and large schools of fusiliers. Guraidhoo Kandu South is a large underwater region with a variety of channels, reef plateaus, walls and drop-offs. Kuda Giri Wreck, Medhu Faru, Embudhoo Kandu are also among the most popular dive sites of the South Male Atoll.

When to go

South Male Atoll is a year round destination. Scuba diving in South Male is possible throughout the year, though surface conditions are generally best during the Northeast Monsoon season from late December to May. The Southwest Monsoon runs from June to November and brings with it a greater chance of rain and less calmer seas. Water temperatures at South Male Atoll around 26 to 29C/78 to 84F. Visibility is 15-30m/49-98ft all year round, depending on which side of the atoll you dive in which season.

What to see

South Male Atoll is full of marine life, it includes species like sweetlips, trumpetfish, snapper, sharks, eagle rays, tuna, barracudas, giant trevallies, as well as beautiful gorgonians, colorful sponges, corals, and sea fans.


Specials

  • Vilamendhoo Euro-Divers Maldives (Vilamendhoo)

    5 Dives Package

    5 Dives - included tank, tank filling, weight, weight belt Diving on the best spots around Vilamendhoo Island Resort. Every certified diver can book this package. Dives can be used over the holiday period. Morning- afternoon or night dives are available and can be chosen freely (according to your experience- inexperienced divers - divers with 40 dives or less will be guided. Experienced divers can conduct the dive with their dive buddy on their own or choose a guide - according to the divers preferences and experience. Nitrox 32 is free of charge for Nitrox certified divers. The package can also be used for Specialty dive training - a training fee, certifications fees and course material would be payable locally. A great variety of special dive excursions such as full days, early morning dives, sun set dives and house reef dives, can also be used within this purchased package depending on the certification and experience of the diver.
  • Vilamendhoo Euro-Divers Maldives (Vilamendhoo)

    10 Dives Package

    10 Dives - included tank, tank filling, weight, weight belt Diving to the best dive spots around Vilamendhoo Island Resort. Dives can be used over the entire holiday period. Every certified diver can book this package. Unused dives are non refundable. Morning- afternoon or night dives are available and can be chosen freely (inexperienced divers - divers with 40 dives or less will be guided.) Experienced divers can conduct the dive with their dive buddy on their own or choose a guide - according to the divers preferences and experience. Nitrox 32 is free of charge for Nitrox certified divers. The package can also be used for Specialty dive training - a training fee per dive, certifications fees, course material and boat trips are payable locally. A great variety of special dive excursions such as full days, early morning dives, sun set dives and house reef dives, can also be used within this purchased package depending on the certification and experience of the diver.
  • Dhangethi Ariston Dive Center

    12 Dives Package

    Daily diving. This product is for certified divers only
  • Dhangethi Ariston Dive Center

    10 Dives + 6N/7D (Deluxe Double Room / Deluxe Twin Room)

    Diving plus Deluxe double room / Deluxe twin room accommodations in Ariston Dhangethi INN for 6 nights. The price is for two persons. You can't book a single entry of this product. If you travel alone or with non-diver, for more information please contact us via "Live Chat" or drop us a line. Overlooking the magnificent Indian Ocean, the 13 rooms Ariston Dhangethi Inn, Maldives, present guests with a chance to experience a holiday with all the modern luxuries. The rooms boast some of the finest facilities among guest houses in Maldives. Contemporary, air-conditioned guestrooms with dark slatted wood and tiled floors are perfect for unwinding or conducting a relaxing holiday that is sure to leave a lasting impression. Surf the web with wireless Internet connections, sip chilled drinks from a fully stocked mini-bar or gaze through floor-to-ceiling windows upon the great ocean and the island.
  • Dhigurah Island Divers

    10 Dives Diving Package

    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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