As with most of the Maldives – the variety of marine life in the Lhaviyani Atoll will keep you busy. On the outer reefs you can expect to see many different types of trigger fish, surgeon fish, fusilier and butterfly fish during your dive. Having a closer look to the reef will expose different species of moray eels hiding in little holes and if you are lucky you might even spot the most colourful peacock mantis shrimp on the hunt.
More experienced divers can head to Madivaru Kandu. As you drift from one corner of the channel to the other, look out for eagle rays passing above you like jets performing in an aerial display. Whitetip reef sharks may follow the channel’s edge, and schools of snappers and brightly colored triggerfish can be seen at the channel’s corners.
Tropical, hot and humid with loads of sunshine and temperatures around 24-33°C/75-91°F year-round. The diving is good all year long .
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Male's Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is well served by direct charter flights from Western Europe, but direct scheduled flights are rarer – it may require a layover in the Middle East. Transfer to the Lhaviyani Atoll takes 40 minutes by seaplane.