DIVE SITES IN RASDHOO

Rasdhoo is a small atoll from Maldives with some of the best dive sites of the country. Manta point, Madivaru reef and corner and the channels are known as some of the best dive sites from Maldives.

The small size of the atoll give us the possiblitie of doing single tank trip coming back to the island in between dives to rest or doing multiple tank trip. Due to the short distances all the boat trips enjoyable and nice while we ride in between virgin islands and families of dolphins!

¿WHAT IS AN ATOLL?

An atoll is a ring made out of sandy islands surrounded by a coral reef formed from the sinking of a vulcanic island.

DIVE SITES

MADIVARU CORNER

For the Bezz family, the words ’Madivaru Corner’ always make us smile because it’s our favourite dive site, and the one that we are so happy to be able to share with our divers.

The dive begins on a shallow reef at 5m, full of life and colour with beautiful coral and tropical fish. As we descend to 18m carried along by the current, we encounter schools of eagle rays, batfish, maybe some turtles, napoleon wrasse, giant stingrays, swirling schools of tuna and barracuda.

We follow the horseshoe-shaped plateau along at 18m, watching the multitudes of sharks as they stream past in the current, big grey reef sharks, sliver tips, black tips. On the sandy plateau we can see nurse sharks and white tip reef sharks sleeping on the sand.

Because we love this site and our divers request it the most often of all our sites, we have visited it many times and have learned how to dive it with minimal disturbance to the sharks, who can be shy around divers.

It’s possible to see other unusual visitors on this reef, such as guitar sharks, thresher sharks and leopard sharks. Every dive here is incredible and, like us, once you have seen it, you will want to dive it again and again.

– Maximum depth; 30 metres
– Minimum certification level: Open Water
– Suitable for snorkelers; Yes
– Dive duration: 40 min
– Time to dive site: 10 min

MANTA POINT

Without doubt, one of the greatest motivations of divers from all over the world in visiting the Maldives is to dive with mantas. Here, we can see whole families of these giant rays passing within metres of us, up to 12 at a time, sweeping low overhead to take advantage of the services of the tiny cleaner fish who live on the coral pinnacle where we wait.

You never forget your first time breathing underwater and likewise, you will never forget the first time a giant manta glides slowly past and looks you right in the eye.

This dive is usually a static experience – we kneel quietly on the sand at 12m, sheltering from strong currents in the lee of the pinnacle, which reaches up 6m from the surface. While we wait for the mantas to appear, we can enjoy the garden eels peeking out from the sand around us, and explore the pinnacle to find the resident lobsters and sweetlips sheltering there.

– Maximum depth; 12 metres
– Minimum certification level: Open Water
– Suitable for snorkelers; Yes
– Dive duration: 50 min
– Likelihood of mantas: 90%
– Time to dive site: 35 min

RASDHOO CHANNEL

Make sure you stretch your neck well before you start this dive because there’s something spectacular to see in every direction.

We dive on the edge of the reef at 25 metres, where the sandy bottom of the atoll gives way to the blue depths of the ocean. Here in the channel between the islands, we can see giant marbled rays resting on the sand, turtles cruising between the corals, napoleon wrasses having a snack. The channels are, without a doubt, where you find the most spectacular life when conditions are right. We try to time the dives so that we get the current that gives the best visibility while ensuring that we can safely complete the dive. This dive is the one that is most requested after Manta Point and Madivaru Corner.

– Maximum depth; 30 metres
– Minimum certification level: Advanced
– Suitable for snorkelers; No
– Dive duration: 40 min
– Time to dive site: 10 min

MADIVARU REEF

This beautiful wall. which connects to the famous Madivaru Corner, is another of our most popular dive sites since much of the same life that we find in the channels can be seen here.

This is a drift dive so we will float with the current, either starting or finishing at Madivaru corner. The dive begins at the top of the reef, at 5m, and while the wall drops away over 60m below, we stay at shallower depths, enjoying the colours of the coral and tropical fish, finding lobsters and moray eels in their holes, clownfish amongst the anemones and giant groupers hiding in the shadows. Below us or alongside, we can see reef sharks, eagle rays, schools of batfish and tuna, the ubiquitous triggerfish, and the always inquisitive unicornfish playing in our bubbles.

– Maximum depth; 30 metres
– Minimum certification level: Open Water
– Suitable for snorkelers; Yes
– Dive duration: 45 min
– Time to dive site: 10 min

HOLHI FARU

At the mouth of the channel between Rasdhoo and Kuramathi, we find unusual coral formations which the strong currents have shaped into the reef. There are walls vanishing down to depths of over 60m interrupted by shallow lagoons with sandy bottoms, where we can find resting guitar sharks, leopard sharks and other welcome surprises.

Sheltering beneath great table corals, we can find schools of oriental sweetlips, shy groupers and colourful anthias. As this channel connects to the main Ari Atoll, we never know what rare pelagic visitors we will encounter.

– Maximum depth; 30 metres
– Minimum certification level: Open Water
– Suitable for snorkelers; No
– Dive duration: 40 min
– Time to dive site: 10 min

NORTH CHANNEL

This channel is to the north of the island and it isn’t very deep, so less experienced divers can also enjoy it. As the rising tide causes the sea to flow out of the atoll, we begin the dive in the inner part around the small pinnacles where the fish cleaning stations can be found and we are then carried along with the current to the outer regions along with mantas, turtles, napoleons, eagle rays and reef sharks.

– Maximum depth; 20 metres
– Minimum certification level: Open Water
– Suitable for snorkelers; Yes
– Dive duration: 50 min
– Time to dive site: 30 min

FAR WEST REEF

As you know, an atoll consists of a shallow inner area, and a steep wall dropping off to the depths around the exterior.

This dive is along the outer reef wall where we can find a series of small caverns which contain huge groupers, nurse sharks, giant stingrays and many smaller creatures that like to hide in the shadows. As always, there are impressive coral formations, in this case the standout examples are the beautiful, delicate gorgonian sea fans.

This is an easy dive drifting along with the current and it’s the perfect first dive with us, to get a feeling for the conditions and the life. There is plenty to see, both shallow and deep, so the site is ideal for divers of all abilities.

– Maximum depth; 30 metres
– Minimum certification level: Open Water
– Suitable for snorkelers; Yes
– Dive duration: 50 min
– Time to dive site: 40 min

HAMMERHEAD POINT

One of the premier experiences you can have in your life as a diver is to see the majestic, elusive hammerhead shark. When they are young, they live in groups and follow the warm currents towards the reef, where they know they can encounter shoals of fish to eat.

For this dive, we descend into the blue a small distance away from Madivaru reef just on sunrise. We stay at 25 metres with no visual references, so good buoyancy control is vital.

Little is known about the hammerheads and their habits, so while we time the dive to have the best opportunity of seeing them, an encounter is by no means certain. In the case that we don’t see them, the dive is still a beautiful experience as we are surrounded by sparkling plankton, and we never know when we will be surprised by a chance encounter with dolphins or a school of eagle rays.

– Maximum depth; 30 metres
– Minimum certification level: Advanced
– Suitable for snorkelers; No
– Dive duration: 35 min
– Likelihood of hammerheads: 50%
– Time to dive site: 10 min