Diving in Addu Atoll is superb, with stunning visibility and average depths of 30-35 meters. It's also very diverse too. If you love pelagic, you'll enjoy the year-round diving with sharks, turtles and mantas.
Addu Atoll is the most southern atoll of the Maldives, which is located south of the equator and used to be a British Royal Air Force base. Here are some possible sites you may visit: The Manta Cleaning Station in Maa Kandu is located inside the northern channel at a depth of 17-20 meters.
The British Loyalty is 134 meters long and sits at a depth of 33 meters, lying on its port side. From the surface, when visibility is good, it is possible to see the starboard-side railings 15 meters below.
You can dive in Addu atoll all year with Manta Rays usually making an appearance during the east and west monsoon. Another massive highlight is Shark Point, which features the 'Shark Hotel' - see close to 20 grey reef sharks idling around on the sandy bottom.
The weather conditions are calmer from Jan till April. For the more advanced diver, there's the awe-inspiring British Loyalty Wreck, an almost 6000 tonne oil tanker sitting at just over 30 meters and offering the largest wreck to dive across the Maldives.
Most visitors will fly into Malé and then transfer to Gan International Airport via Maldivian Airways, which runs regular daily flights into Gan. The journey will take you around 60 minutes. Direct flights to Gan International Airport come via Colombo Airport in Sri Lanka.