Vaavu Atoll

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  • Vaavu Atoll
Access
From Boat
Diver Level
Novice
Depth
Average: not available
Maximum: not available
Current
Moderate to strong
Visibility
Average: not available
Maximum: not available

Vaavu Atoll, also known as Felidhu Atoll, is located south of South Malé Atoll, and consists of 24 islands, 19 of which are inhabited. It contains two natural atolls, Vaavu Atoll and the Vattaru Reef. In contrast to the most of the Maldivian atolls, Vaavu Atoll is more isolated and less-developed in terms of tourist infrastructure, but at the same time is known to be one of the best sites with great snorkeling and diving. Another particularity that makes this atoll different from others is that instead of thilas (pinnacles), Vaavu Atoll mainly consists of kandus (channels) that are well-suited for diving. One of the most famous dive sites in Vaavu Atoll is Fotteyo Kandu, a channel with many caves and large overhangs, which is often referred to as one of the world's top dive sites. Another must-see diving spot here is Fushi Kandu, which has magnificent colorful coral blocks and many reef sharks in its waters. Miyaru Kandu, which is also a site for shark visits, consists of caves and fields of black and bizarre whip wire corals. In contrast to many other dive sites, night diving at Alimathaa Kandu (another site in Vaavu Atoll), is full of interesting and easy-to-spot fauna.

When to go

The perfect time to visit Vaavu Atoll is from December to May, during the northeast monsoon. Between these months the ocean is calm and clear, and the best conditions exist for boat diving. The northeast monsoon is also the time for spotting sharks, pelagic fish, and manta rays. The average air temperature is around 30C/86F. The ocean temperature stays fairly constant throughout the year at about 26-29C/79-84F.

What to see

The waters of Vaavu Atoll are some of the richest in marine life in the Maldives. Colorful reef fish, Napoleon wrasses, tuna, giant trevallies, Tahitian stingrays, black-blotched stingrays, reef sharks, turtles, grouper, moray eels, and of course, manta rays are some of the most commonly seen species in this zone.


Specials

  • Thinadhoo Blue Horizon

    5 Dives Package

    Daily diving. This product is for certified divers only
  • Thinadhoo Blue Horizon

    10 Dives Package

    Daily diving. This product is for certified divers only
  • Thinadhoo Blue Horizon

    15 Dives Package

    Daily diving. This product is for certified divers only

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