Explore the depths of the ocean. Boasting one of the best house reefs in the country, Ihuru is the perfect place for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Hulhangu Kandu is located at the corner of an outer reef adjoining a channel. Since the reef is not in one line, the current keeps changing. The reef slopes from 7-10 meters to more than 50 meters.
Begin your dive at the edge of the reef into the deep blue of the ocean till the current takes you to the front of the reef. Watch a large school of gray reef, silver tip and white tip sharks circling the deep waters. As you look up towards the surface, spot eagle rays swimming alongside tunas and barracudas.
Nassimo Thila is one of the best sites for soft corals and marine life in the North Malé Atoll. The oval shaped reef begins at 10-15 meters with several large pinnacles of soft corals and reaches a depth of 18-25 meters. The rocks are exposed to the full force of the current, resulting in a spectacular display of soft corals on the rock faces and overhangs.
On the north of the reef between 15-22 meters are beautiful overhangs of yellow and blue soft corals. At the southern end, the overhangs are filled with soft corals and sea fans of various sizes. You can spot napoleons, large tunas, sharks, bigeye trevallies, black snappers, and nurse sharks. You need to be an advanced diver since the strong current presents a challenge for diving.
The Small Things
Dhon Bibi Haa is a circular reef located in the inner atoll approximately 30 minutes from Angsana Ihuru. The reef starts from 3-4 meters and extends to 60-70 meters in diameter. It has a depth of 25-30 meters.
The most fascinating part of the reef is the top and coral blocks where you can watch frogfish, stonefish and lionfish. You may also spot ribbon eels. As the reef is protected from strong currents, it is an ideal dive site for different skill levels of diving.
Protected Marine Environment
Kuda Haa is a protected marine sanctuary that resembles a two-humped camel. The reef slopes from 6 to 35 meters below the sea and is covered in sponges and corals. Watch schools of blue-striped snapper. Basslet, fusilier and butterfly fish glide in front of you, while sharks hover in the shallow areas. You may even be lucky to spot moray eels, cleaner shrimp, and the rare scorpion and leaf fish.
Lankan Manta Point, a world-renowned site for manta rays, is located off the reef of Lankan Finolhu. You can spot these majestic creatures from a depth of 8 to 22 meters on the southeast corner of the reef around large rocks during the southwest monsoon. The reef begins at 8 meters and slopes gradually to 30 meters.
During the southwest monsoon, when plankton thrives, manta rays converge at rocks that serve as ‘cleaning stations’ for cleaner wrasses to shed old skin and parasites. Thereafter, the manta rays swim up and down the reef as they feed on zooplankton in shallow water. The manta rays remain at the ‘cleaning station’ and circle around divers.