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About Vaavu Atoll
Vaavu (or Felidhoo) Atoll is comprised of 19 beautiful isles and the natural atolls of Felidhoo Atoll and the Vattaru Reef. It is the smallest among atolls in the Maldives. The pristine, warm waters here are teeming with fish and larger marine life, providing good diving for both beginners and advanced divers. Divers here can discover channels, submerged pinnacles, walls and overhangs. One of the popular features of this diving area is the deep channels known as Kandus that bring in fast-flowing currents full of nutrients. Throughout the year it is possible to find here numerous sharks in the heavy currents and many thrilling shark dive sites. As well as plenty of grey reef and white tip reef sharks, there can be seen hammerhead sharks. Vaavu Atoll boasts Fotteyo Falhu - the largest unbroken barrier reef in the Maldives. The reef is 50 km/31mi long and the easternmost point of the Maldives archipelago. In addition, Vaavu is an ideal place for manta sightings and they can be found here in great numbers from May to July. Whale sharks are common here at certain times of year, particularly on the east side of the atoll.
When to go to Vaavu Atoll
Vaavu Atoll is a year round destination. Diving here is available throughout the year with the best conditions from January to May. The average air temperature is around 30C/86F. The water temperature ranges from 27C to 30C/80-86F year round. The visibility is around 20-30m/65-98ft. Depth is from 5 to 35m/16-114ft. Currents are from moderate to strong, depending on the place.