DIVING IN RASDHOO ATOLL
Rasdhoo Atoll is located northeast of Ari Atoll or some call it “North Ari” especially for divers who seek larger species. The dive sites around the island are Hammerhead Point also known as Madivaru Corner.
Scuba diving at Rasdhoo Atoll brings divers close to some of the best sites the Maldives has to offer. The small atoll of Rasdhoo consists of 4 islands and 3 sandbanks and lies off of the northeastern corner of Ari Atoll, about 33 nautical miles west north-west of Male. The close proximity to North Ari atoll makes it easily accessible to some of the Maldives most legendary dive sites such as Fish Head, but far away enough from the bustle of Male to bring tranquility and undisturbed marine life. Two ship wrecks serve as scuba diving attractions in Rasdhoo Atoll and they are popular with photographers all.
Rasdhoo Atoll is a comparatively small atoll and almost always dive on the outside reef which means we have deep water (+-160m) and this attracts many pelagic species. We have different types of dive sites which vary between channels, walls, reefs and thilas. We even have three wrecks (40m, 34m and 7m long) in the atoll, the first of which we dive regularly. Drift diving with the current along the outside wall of the atoll is usually easy while channel dives can have more current and are more challenging.
The fish life here in Rasdhoo Atoll is diverse and abundant. here in Rasdhoo Atoll, there are many locations / spots and channel for diving. We have the hammerhead points and Madivaru channel for diving. We will bring you to the great spots where you can find dolphins, schools of hammerhead sharks, Eagle rays, Sting rays, large Manta Rays (our manta season is really Nov- April), Turtles (green and Hawksbill), Barracuda, Tuna, Napoleons, School of Trevally, Grouper, Morays, Leaf fish, Frog fish, Ghost pipe fish, Ribbon eels, Parrot Fish, Surgeon Fish, Trigger Fish, and much more. Occasionally we can see the elusive whale shark in Rasdhoo Atoll or North Ari Atoll.
Your enjoyment and safety are our priorities. For this reason, we try to keep groups small, and ideally, divers of similar ability will be grouped together. Our local Divemasters have many years’ experience guiding in these locations and they read the conditions to offer you the best dives possible at the time. We will work with you to prepare an itinerary that will give you the best chance to see the marine life that you are hoping for.