RASDHOO DIVE SITES
To be able to dive with hammerheads in one of the world’s top spots, after journeying less than 10 minutes by boat is a rare treat.
If you don´t mind early morning starts, you will be able to enjoy one of the best underwater experiences, diving with hammerheads as the sun comes up. This is truly a dive you will never forget!
We drop down to 30 meters and, hovering there, we wait until the hammerheads arrive,
Until gradually they materialise from the depth! This is a dive you’d be crazy to miss!!
This impressive channel is one of the atoll’s doors to the Indian ocean. It is a 500 metre wide gap between the islands of Rasdhoo and Kuramathi.
An atoll is formed when a volcano sinks, so the depths vary massively, from 20 metres inside the atoll to 150 metres on the outside.
The strong currents we find in the channel mean this dive is only suitable for Advanced divers, but it is these same currents which carry the food which attracts the schools of sharks, eagle.
There is a high probability of spotting mantas at this dive site.
Manta block is a big coral boulder in the North of the Atoll, more precisely, on the inner side of the North channel. It´s a cleaning station, where the mantas and many other marine species go each day to get their parasites cleaned off.
The best season to spot mantas is between November and April, just when the Bezz team will be there! 🙂 The cleaning station is located between 11 and 13 meters, so it is an ideal dive for any level of certification.
Due to its proximity to the channel, we usually find current here, but seeing mantas playing around with our bubbles makes this one of the most rewarding dives!
This fantastic wall is located in the southern part of the island just 200 meters from our dive center, so you could say that it is our ‘house reef’.
At one end of the wall are two huge coral pinnacles with sand corridors in between them. Due to the current flowing between these pinnacles it is very common to find napoleon wrasses and turtles feeding, mantas in season, and white-tipped sharks and rays resting on the bottom.
On the walls of the pinnacles, if you have a good eye, you will find beautiful mantis-shrimp, astonishing blue ribbon eels and lovely lobsters.
The outer part of the pinnacles boast huge schools of trevally and tuna joining forces to hunt for their lunch, as well as gray reef sharks, white tip sharks and families of eagle rays and, if you are super lucky, maybe even the amazing diamond ray.
Holhi Faru is very close to Rasdhoo and we can usually find current here, so we just jump into the water to enjoy huge schools of barracudas, many kind of shark, and napoleon wrasses. This is a dive suitable for all certification levels as the top of the reef is quite shallow and there is an abundance of marine life.
The irregular formations making up the reef provide a shelter where nurse and leopard sharks can rest peacefully.
Since the reef is home to many schools of small fish, you can see exciting underwater scenes where sharks and tunas swim in circles, preparing to attack their prey!
Madivaru is another top dive site!
Incredible both for the formation of the reef and the spectacular marine life it holds, this horseshoe shaped reef is close to Madivaru Island.
We reach the top of the reef at around 16-20 meters and slightly deeper we will find the ledges and overhangs where you can find turtles and sharks resting.
Here you can encounter big schools of eagle and mobula rays, barracudas, grey and white tip sharks, turtles, even mantas in the right season.
If you are really lucky, you may even see a guitar shark or some hammerheads hanging around.
Even on days of poor visibility you will find this to be an amazing dive.
In the outer northeast of the atoll, about 15 minutes travel by boat, we find another channel.
This site is shallower than the Rasdhoo Channel dive so even Open Water divers who have excellent buoyancy skills can enjoy this dive.
There are several cleaning stations within the channel, so we have the chance to see mantas at various depths.
As with any channel in the Maldives, you won’t believe your eyes when you see the stunning array of life surrounding you; sharks, turtles, napoleon wrasses, tuna – almost any fish you can imagine!
This reef is located in the outer northeast of the Rasdhoo atoll. It is a dive suitable for all types of diver as the reef begins at a depth of 5 meters and drops down until it reaches the sand at a depth of 40 metres.
On days with light current, you can enjoy the reef by simply letting yourself drift through the water column, barely ever needing to kick!
The site is usually quiet, so it is perfect for underwater photographers. They can enjoy a slow, relaxing dive looking for majestic ghostpipefish and leaf fish.
Even non-photographers will enjoy hunting for the many different types of moray eel, including white faced eels and honeycomb morays, that can be found resting among the rocks, solitary or in family groups.
Veligandu North also hosts Napoleon wrasses, white-tipped sharks, turtles and even mantas and mobula rays in season!
After a short boat ride to the northwest exterior reef of the atoll, we find this unusual dive site.
There is a large reef with overhangs and swim-throughs where you can find nurse sharks, big stingrays, white tip sharks, turtles and plenty of beautiful, colourful fish.
Even though most of the caves are deep, there are some that even open water certified divers will be able to visit and enjoy.
The caves is a dive site with a difference!
In dhivehi boduga means ‘big block’, and as its name suggests, this site is a huge block of coral that goes from 3 meters down to the sand at 25 meters, where you can find leopard sharks and large rays resting.
During the descent you will be impressed by the sheer numbers of fish that live among the corals, moving all at once creating an impressive tapestry of colour. Amongst the variety some special favourite are groupers, snappers of all colors, sardines and colourful fusilier fish.
Sometimes families of eagle rays can be found playing in the currents around the pinnacle.
Because it is a wall, this dive can be enjoyed by Open Water certified divers. We can dive to a maximum of 18 metres and hang there, admiring the jaw-dropping spectacle provided by the marine life!