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Scuba Diving in Male, the Maldives

Water temperature:

24°C (75°F) in February and July to 27°C (81°F) in April, May and September


5mm shortie


15 - 40 metres (50 - 130 feet)

Type of diving:

Reef and drift diving, very few wrecks

Marine life:

Hammerheads, grey reef sharks, white tip reef sharks, eagle rays, manta rays, turtles, frogfish, triggerfish, surgeonfish, jacks, trevallies, snappers, napoleon wrasse, barracudas... the list is almost endless!

When to go:

June to October and December to March

How to get there:

The airport on the Maldives is located on Male, transfers from here are usually by Seaplane

From the UK - Monarch Airlines fly to the Maldives from Gatwick

Local Terms


Lagoon encircled by a reef sometimes with one or more islands inside


Large reef partially exposed at low tide


Island with few or no coconut trees


Big island usually on the outside reefs of the island


Reef where waves break


Small patch of coral a couple of metres below the surface


Clearing in lagoon


Sea inside Atoll

Kandu Olhi:


Maa Kandu:

Sea outside Atoll


Coral reef a few metres below the surface


Deep area inside lagoon

The diving in Male is characterised by caves and reefs with steep drop offs. North Male has strong and unpredictable currents. To predict what is ahead of you in the water, keep an eye on the direction of bubbles and fish behaviour for signs of crosscurrents and whirlpools. A negative entry will be required to get you past the surface currents, before re-grouping in mid-water and descending to the reef. It is also important to get on correct side of reef, otherwise a exhilarating dive planned in ripping currents with drop-offs way below you into the blue may turn into shallow, reef garden dive.

From Male airport you may need a boat transfer. It takes fifteen minutes to reach Full Moon in the southeast and tiny Baros in the southwest. Laguna Beach on the north side of South Male atoll is a fifteen-minute boat transfer from Male and a distance of eleven kilometres away. Kandooma is on the eastern side of South Male, forty minutes by speedboat from the airport.

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