Raa Atoll - Dive Sites
Also known as North Maalhosmadulu, Raa Atoll in the Maldives has several channels and thilas with a spectacular spectrum of colourful marine life. Expect exceptionally good dive sites where soft coral gardens are characteristic of this area.
Once a large thila broke apart into many big blocks, the dive site is 80m long and 60m wide and a diving highlight. There are many dive options, hence the name Labyrinth. The reef top starts at 15m, the northern side is shallower and hits the sandy bottom at 24m, while the southern side slopes down to about 28m. Soft corals cover the blocks and there is an enormous fish richness.
Ahra Bodu Thila
With a diameter of about 100m starting at about 10m, the walls descend to a depth of 30m with overhangs between 20m and 30m. Here you can find nurse sharks, eagle rays Napoleons, turtles and an abundance of fish life.
Beriyan Bodu Thila
The reef top is at 5m and scattered with large and small blocks. The northern side is 23m deep, the southern side about 30m. Spread along the reef are overhangs, some large enough to dive in. Get ready to see nurse sharks and turtles, plenty of fish, Jacks, barracudas, moray eels and tunas.
The reef top lies at about 15m and is covered with corals. The thila slopes down into the sandy bottom at 22-28m and can be easily circumnavigated on one dive. Due to the exposed position you can see pelagic hunters like tunas, sharks and jacks. Along the reef swim eagle rays, turtles, Napoleons and moray eels.
The thila is 300m long and 90m wide with the reef top at 14m sloping down to 30m. The overhangs are full of corals and gorgonias. When the current is stronger, you can find pelagics such as sharks, tunas and jacks hunting fusiliers and other reef fish. Along the wall are sweetlips, glassfish, groupers and eels.
This outside reef of the western Raa Atoll are cleaning stations for mantas. The top is at 5m and drops down to a plateau at 12-15m where we find the cleaning stations. Along the wall that surrounds the plateau are coral blocks with plenty of reef fish, eels, shrimps and scorpionfish.