The atoll’s central lagoon is 40 miles (65km) across at its widest point and up to 279 feet (85 meters) deep. The substantial outer reef forms a natural barrier to the ocean’s currents and offers diverse topography like caves, steep drop-offs and pristine reefs.
There are numerous dive sites located on the inner and outer reefs. Expect vibrant yellow box fish and schools of bigeye trevally spiraling like liquid in a blender. In the depths of the channels, both blacktip and whitetip reef sharks stalk their prey. It’s as though their fins have been dipped in paint. Advanced divers can enjoy the stronger currents as you drift dive through the channels.
On the south-west of the atoll, hammerheads, tiger and leopard sharks can be found, but they’re not as common as they are further south.
It’s possible to see whale sharks in May and June when the currents change direction and plankton levels increase.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
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.
If you’re staying on the Huvadhoo Atoll, then you will transfer by domestic flight (one hour) to either Kooddoo in the north or Kaadhedhoo in the south. It depends on where you’re staying.