With the diverse marine life around its reefs, thilas (submerged islands), overhangs and swim throughs, Baa Atoll deserves its UNESCO status.
Located to the east, and part of the atoll’s protected reef, is the Horubadhoo Thila at a depth of 39-52 feet (12-16 meters). The thila is covered in different hard and soft corals, lots of macro life and large pelagic. On either side of the thila are large rocks where schooling black jacks hunt fusiliers.
To the south-east of the atoll is Nelivaru Haa. Star shaped canyons are found in the middle and overhangs, which are covered in hard and soft corals, are found on the reef’s walls. This entire reef becomes a cleaning station during manta season, and while they hover to be cleaned, you’ll be able to observe them closely.
May-November sees manta rays using the thila as a cleaning station. Shoals of glassy fish also swim around the coral. Depending on the light and density of the shoal, it can be a spectacular sight.
The atolls tropical climate has daytime temperatures averaging 84° F (29° C), and its water temperatures are 75° F (24° C) and above. From December to March, drier weather arrives.
Male Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is well served by direct charter flights from Western Europe, but direct scheduled flights are rarer – it may require a lay-over in the Middle East first.
The transfer to Baa Atoll will take 40 minutes by seaplane.