Best Maldives Spot to Dive with Sharks
Fuvahmulah is a city in Maldives famous for its white-sand beaches and diving spots. But what few people don’t know is that this serene place offers more than the usual adventures. It sits in the middle of the ocean, offering limitless underwater experiences.
If you’re looking for a memorable adrenaline-filled tropical getaway, here’s what you should know about one of Maldive’s biggest pelagic nurseries:
Why you should come to Fuvahmulah?
Home to thousands of pelagic creatures, the waters of Fuvahmulah is a favorite diving spot for many locals and tourists. Its unique location makes it a great way to escape the bustling metro, opening unique experiences in the middle of the ocean.
There’s no wonder why diving in Fuvahmulah is a famous attraction in Maldives. Tourists can enjoy the thrill of swimming with up to 7 types of rare sharks in one dive. Only the willing can enjoy an unbelievable paradise like this.
Like other famous islands along the equator such as Galapagos and Cocoa, this island has become an amazing sanctuary for rare sea creatures. With proper management, people can enjoy this beauty in the most liberating way.
What types of sharks can you find at Fuvahmulah?
The quality of the diving experience here is steady throughout the seasonal changes. Just like the rest of the Maldivian atolls, amazing coral gardens await for every curious tourist here.
All year-round, sharks can be seen in the waters of Fuvahmulah.
Here are some of the types you might encounter during your dive:
Diving with tiger sharks is possible every day. No matter how the currents go, what season it is, and what time of the day, these sharks are there to impress divers. Experienced dive guides are there to make sure that everything goes well. So, no worries about the sharks because they won’t bite like their namesake.
Another underwater treasure of the island is Thresher Shark. Usually, these sharks use deep cleaning stations but at the right time, they come to clean stations at 12-14m. Many divers love them since they’re also as calm as other sharks near the Fuvahmulah.
Black Oceanic Manta
Unlike other atolls in Maldives, there are no grey mantas in Fuvahmulah. Instead, the Black Oceanic Mantas visit its waters. 80% of the encounters in Maldives happen here. Throughout the year, there’s a possibility of an encounter with these sharks as they’re cleaning on the reef. For those who badly want to see them, note that they come to Fuvahmulah from March to April for mating.
Whale Sharks visit the waters of Fuvahmulah from March to May. Giant and juvenile whale sharks are there to amaze divers.
Schools of Scalloped Hammerheads also make Fuvahmulah a great diving destination. They come depending on the current conditions. With the right currents, they will be there to spice up any diver’s swim. The most probable time they’re visible is from November to April. The advanced diving level is required to swim with them.
Many unique encounters have been sparking the interest of many curious divers in Maldives. Aside from the mentioned types of sharks above, there are occasional sightings of Longimanus, Humpback whales, Pilot whales, and Mola-Mola too.
Lots of people want to experience this kind of dive trip Maldives offers to exercise their specialty in diving. Beginners might find it challenging to swim in local conditions. So for those who are planning to come here for a dive with the sharks, you better ready your fins because there’s a whole new world waiting for you down there.
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