Is Rasdhoo The Best Place To Scuba Dive In Maldives

Is Rasdhoo The Best Place To Scuba Dive In Maldives

Rasdhoo is known for its breathtakingly beautiful scenery, a large variety of big fish, affordable travel and accommodation, and a lot more! Most importantly, it is a prominent place for scuba divers and diving enthusiasts all over the world.

Here's Why

Rasdhoo has more than 15 dive sites, vibrant marine life, spectacular reefs, shallow lagoons, and something for everybody. If you are a first-time scuba diver or an experienced scuba diver, we have adventure lined up for you. There are a large number of dive stays in Rasdhoo like Palm Residency.

Dive Sites In Rasdhoo: 

There are more than 15 dive sites in Rasdhoo. Let us take you through the most famous ones!

1.Madivaru Corner

Madivaru corner is the underwater heaven for divers, naturalists, underwater photographers, and anybody who loves nature in its most pristine form.

Madivaru out reef is magical, as you can see moray eels, beautiful nudibranchs, and even scorpionfish. 

If you are a certified diver and want to solo dive, Madivaru out reef is just the treat you are waiting for. You can explore astonishing caves and stunning overhangs. 

While passing through the overhangs, if you look up, you will see soldier fishes flaunting their beautiful silver pick, yellow scaled fish near the ceilings. 

Suitable For: 

All experiences

Depth:

5m top reef, dropping away to 30m and beyond, maximum dive depth 30m

Expect to See:

  • Caves and overhangs 
  • Moray eels 
  • Nudibranches 
  • Scorpionfish 
  • Soldierfish 
  • Tuna and Eagle rays

2.Madivaru Kandu 

This a beautiful dive site with deep overhangs at 30 meters. While crossing this dive site from one corner to another, you will be able to see stingrays, eagle rays, and if you look closely, you will be able to see grey reef shark swimming along the channel edge. As you move towards the corners, you have a great chance to see a school of snappers and brightly colored triggerfish. 

Suitable For:

Intermediate level

Depth:

5m at the corners, dropping away to 30m and beyond, maximum dive depth 30m

Expect to See:

  • Eagle rays  
  • Stingrays
  • Sharks
  • Snappers
  • Triggerfish

3.Madivaru Thila  

If you've wanted to see corals or cluster of corals forming reefs underwater, then you will fall head over heels for this dive site. Madivaru Thila has walls with overhangs and sloping areas filled with colorful corals. Glassfish fill the overhangs, and they need to be gently swept aside to see fish being cleaned and moray eels hiding behind them. You can find a city of blue stripe snappers and humpback snappers along the slopes. 

Suitable For:

All experiences

Depth:

4m top reef, dropping down to 25m

Expect to See:

  • Table corals
  • Shrimps 
  • Nudibranches
  • Nurse sharks
  • Glassfish
  • Moral Eels
  • Blue-stripe snappers
  • Humpback snappers
  • Stonefish 
  • Scorpionfish

4.Rasdhoo Channel

Rasdhoo channel is located between Kuramathi and the neighboring local island of Rasdhoo. It is considered the best place for diving, as it has excellent dive conditions. It has medium current pushing mostly across and slightly in, which results in the easy passage drifting from one thila to the next. Thila's are coral blocks mounted on the 30 meters sandy bottom of the channel's outer edge before it drops into the open ocean and a depth of almost 200 meters. The top side of this large thila is found between 22 and 27 meters, so it is a deep dive and a great dive on nitrox.

Suitable For:

All experiences

Depth:

4m top reef, dropping down to 25m

Expect to See:

  • Grey reef sharks 
  • White tips 
  • Stingrays
  • Napoleons 
  • Turtles
  • Eagle rays
  • Lots of big groupers
  • Large snappers

5.Rasdhoo Beyru 

Rasdhoo Beyru is a channel is a beautiful wall on the south side of Rasdhoo island with three small thilas which are located on the drop-off edge a bit further away from the island wall. Thilas top starts from 18 to 20 meters which is suitable for beginners to experienced divers but the current can be medium to firm. 

Suitable For:

All experiences

Depth:

18m to 20 meters 

Expect to See:

  • Napoleon
  • Whitetip reef sharks
  • Grey reef sharks 

6.Miyaru Faru

Miyaru Faru is located outside of the North Atoll. The reef goes below 3 to 10 meters, and a steep wall follows. Divers follow the slope until they reach a plateau of 30 meters. Sometimes when the current is fast, divers hook onto this section and observe critters passing by. 

The crossing takes around 15 minutes, and finally, divers will reach the Miyaru Faru Thila, usually surrounded by schools of jackfish and bannerfish. Here, divers can shallow up and end their dive while exploring the pinnacle's top reef. This dive is only suitable for advanced divers who enjoy the adrenaline of diving in current.

Suitable For:

Advanced Divers 

Depth:

5 meters to 30 meters

Expect to See:

  • Grey reef sharks, 
  • School of eagle rays 
  • Mobula rays
  • Giant tunas 
  • Trevallies
  • Jackfish
  • Bannerfish 

7.Bodu Gaa

Bodu Gaa is a typical long outer reef with a gentle slope going down to 30 meters that extends to the open ocean. Some nice cracks and overhangs at about 20 to 25 meters are the attractive spots of this dive site. A variety of fishes, like fusiliers, sweetlips, moray eels, jackfish, snappers, tunas, and sharks make the reef alive. Turtles and napoleons are also a common encounter. Always keep an eye into the blue, you never know what may pass by!

Suitable For:

Advanced Divers 

Depth:

20 to 25 meters

Expect to See:

  • Fusiliers
  • Sweetlips
  • Moray eels 
  • Jackfish
  • Snappers
  • Tunas 
  • Sharks 
  • Turtles 
  • Napoleons 

8.Hammerhead Shark Point 

The islands considered a paradise on earth offer travelers many activities and facilities. If you are interested in diving, make sure you seek out the Maldivian Islands' very own Hammerhead Shark Point. This point is among the most jaw-dropping and adrenaline-pumping diving locations in the islands. Travelers to this point can enjoy an underwater city full of hammerhead sharks living amongst their natural habitat. These unusually shaped creatures with their hammer-like heads occupy the Hammerhead Shark 

Suitable For:

Advanced Divers 

Depth:

200 meters

Expect to See:

  • Whale shark
  • Zebra shark
  • Tiger shark
  • Silky shark
  • Tawny nurse shark
  • Silvertip shark
  • Grey reef shark
  • Bignose shark
  • Blue shark
  • Kitefin shark
  • Thresher shark 
  • Oceanic whitetip shark.

9.Kuramathi Queen (Wreck Dive)

Kuramathi Queen wreck is located close to the island of kuramati.The wreck is a 40m/131ft-long freighter that was sunk in 1987. Over the years, this has developed into an artificial reef providing shelter for many different fish species. 

Suitable For:

Any experience

Depth:

40 meters

Expect to See:

  • Wreck 
  • Divers can spot numerous rays.
  • Barracudas
  • Other big fish

10. Palm dive site 

The Three Palm dive site is located at the southern side of Rasdhoo Atoll, Maldives, only 10 minutes away from the island of Kuramathi. The dive site features a beautiful wall that can be dived at various depths, so this dive site is suitable for divers with different levels of experience. The wall is overgrown with colorful soft and hard corals, where careful divers and keen photographers can spot some interesting types of nudibranchs. When they descend slowly along the wall at a depth of around 15-25m/49-82ft divers will see three impressive coral blocks that resemble huge palm trees, hence the name of this dive site.

Suitable For:

Any experience

Depth:

15-35 meters

Expect to See:

  • beautiful soft and hard corals 
  • Colorful nudibranchs
  • Cruising stingrays 
  • Whitetip reef sharks 
  • Hawksbill turtles
  • Barracudas




 


Posted 4 months ago