Wreck Diving in the Maldives
Wreck Diving in the Maldives is a popular pastime. There are quite a few wrecks sunk in the beautiful Indian Ocean, some not accessible, but others are there for divers to enjoy. The wreck acts as a reef, which encourages marine life. Wreck diving in the Maldives, as anywhere, can be hazardous and you must always take care. The wreck can be fragile and parts can break with out you noticing. You should never enter a shipwreck unless you have had the appropriate training.
Maldives Victory Wreck, Hulhule House Reef
Probably the most popular for wreck diving in the Maldives. It is 110m in length. The ship’s main deck is at a depth of 12 metres, here you’ll be greeted by turtles, large groupers and tuna. The Maldives Victory Wreck is classified as an advanced dive, due to strong currents and the sharp objects surrounding the site.
The British Loyalty Wreck, Addu Atoll
This is another very popular site for wreck diving in the Maldives. It is 140 metres in length and is the biggest wreck in the Maldives. It was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in the Second World War. With the upper portion at depth of 17 metres, it is good for beginners, due to it being vertical. More experienced divers can go deeper and even swim through the torpedo hole in the hull.
The Shipyard, Lhaviyani Atoll, Nr Kuredu
Here there are two wrecks on one site. Skipjack 1 and 2 have been lying in this channel since the early eighties and are now encrusted with colourful hard and soft corals. Thousands of glassfish and some well camouflaged scorpion fish can also be seen here. Sometimes you can spot stingrays sleeping under the wreck. This wreck site is suitable for intermediate divers.
Fesdhoo Wreck, Southwest of Fesdhoo Island, Ari Atoll
This is one of the most famous spots for wreck diving in the Maldives and it is also a protected dive site area. A 30 metre long fishing trawler, it was sunk to form an artificial reef. it is now become fully colonised with glassfish, anthias, butterflyfish and lionfish. The surface of the wreck is encrusted with sponges and hard and soft corals, tubastrea and feather-stars. It is also a great place to spot nudibranchs, that come to eat the sponges.
Kudhima Wreck, Machafushi reef, South Ari Atoll
This was an old tuna boat that was deliberately sunk in 1988. About 30 metres in length, it has been covered with red and purple sponges, fat white tunicates and bulbous clumps of hard red and yellow coral.
The Halaveli, North Ari Atoll
Although only a cargo vessel, it is 40 metres long and can be found languishing in 25 metres of water near Halaveli Resort Island. It is covered in colourful coral. There is an enclave of marble stingrays that swim around the wreck. There are so many this site is often called Stingray City.
Kuda Giri, South Male Atoll
Here an artificial reef known as Kuda Giri has grown around a small fishing trawler that was scuttled over decade ago. Lying west of Dhigufinolhu at a depth of 31 metres. Here is a great place for intermediate divers to try a first night dive. The wreck is covered by stony staghorn and table corals, as well as colourful sponges. Large schools of glass fish and bat fish have made this wreck their home. You can expect to see turtles, napoleon wrasse, jack fish, trigger fish, shrimp, lobsters, frog fish, blue fin trevally, fusiliers and leaf fish amongst others.
The Liffey and Utheemu 1 and 2, Dhaalu Atoll
The Liffey was once famously part of the British Empire’s Flying Squadron, that undertook the last circumnavigation of the world conducted by warships under sail.35 metres in length. it ran aground while on a voyage from Mauritius to Calcutta. The second wreck in this area is Utheemu, which sank in 1960. Both of the wrecks have been preserved due to Dhaalu Atoll’s remoteness. both wrecks are contained within a natural paradise. You can spot turtles, Napoleon wrasse, Manta Rays as well as reef sharks which are seen around the coral pinnacles that rise up from the ocean floor. Giant clams can also be seen in some shallow areas clamped onto the wrecks. This is a great place to spot macro objects and with little current is an great place for the beginner.
Kudaa Maa, South Ari Atoll
Kudhi Maa was a Japanese freighter approximately 52 metres in length. It was deliberately sunk in 1999. The wreck is decked in aquatic life from bow to stern. It is very attractive to shoals of horse-eyed jacks and snappers. You may even see some lobsters. This wreck is relatively sheltered so it is ideal as an intermediate dive spot and is also a known area for whale sharks.
Hembadhoo Wreck, North Male Atoll
This wreck is a fairly easy dive. The wreck starts at approximately 18 metres down to 22 metres. The current is not strong and the visibility is good. You can see huge groupers, sweetlips and a high abundance of colourful reef life as the wreck is near to the reef of the small island Hembadhoo.
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