Laamu Atoll - Dive Sites
Also known as Fish Soup.
Incoming current, the dive is typically started in the blue water with a quick descent drifting onto the reef. Depending upon the strength of the current will depend upon the freedom to move along the reef wall exploring the corals and finding the best spot to hook in to watch the marine life: white tip reef sharks, eagle rays, barracudas, snappers, tunas and more.
Outgoing current and during the SW monsoon season, the dive is started on the outside of the reef close to the corner of the channel and then divers progress along the reef wall sheltering from the strong outgoing current until the same coral area is reached. Here it's possible to encounter mantas amongst the snappers, tunas, eagle rays and other marine life. If they are not active here, then shallowing out onto the fringe of the drop off around 15m is a more active manta cleaning station. Divers can hook in and enjoy reef mantas cruising overhead.
Also known as Maabaidhoo Kandu.
The dive is very similar to Fushi Kandu although marginally deeper. The drop off happens around 18m and following the reef wall deeper there are a few large overhangs in which you may encounter some snappers taking shelter from the stronger currents. On occasion blotched fantail stingrays and schooling Napoleon wrasse can be encountered here. There are also white tip and grey reef sharks, barracudas, eagle rays, moray eels, snappers, tunas and more.
Just inside the atoll close to Fushi Kandu we have a medium sized deep haa/thila, which starts at 20m. The coral life is average, however the marine life, especially on the southern edge, is in abundance; blue striped snappers, bannerfish and surgeonfish surround the divers. The edge of the thila curls under itself and then drops to +40m. It is possible to complete the whole thila in one dive although NDLs usually dictate this dive and therefore it is highly recommended to use nitrox for this location.
Bokaifushi house reef
Khalhadho house reef
Eagle Ray City
These 4 dive sites are similar to each other as they are along the same stretch of the atoll. All have a very gentle current, if one is encountered, and all have a gentle sandy plateau starting around 4-5m before increasing the angle coming down to depths between 15-20m before plateauing out again. Along this slope divers encounter some very beautiful coral blocks and pinnacles usually covered with small glassfish hiding a snapper of surgeonfish inside. Moray eels, turtles, angelfish, butterfly fish are in abundance as well as along the larger stretches of coral formations on the slope. Before passing over the sand patches divers can pause to see the garden eels as well as stingrays: cow tail, whiptail and porcupine are common sightings. Divers may also be fortunate enough to encounter passing eagle rays and during the SW monsoon there is a chance of reef mantas. Due to the location close to the very shallow island channels, as well as to the stingrays, visibility can sometimes be 15m.