Diving & Snorkelling
Extraordinary channel house reef, which is generally considered to be one of the most beautiful in the entire Ari Atoll. Around Vilamendhoo you will find outstanding colourful hard and soft coral, the famous Manta Ray cleaning station "Madivaru Mantapoint" (high season from December till mid-April).

Whaleshark season officially runs from around July till mid-November, wherase they can often be seen all year round. These gentle giants can be spotted right on the doorstep, at the "Vilamendhoo Tila" dive site.

Furthermore you will find caves, canyons, drop offs, bizarre reef formations and of course a vast number of big fish around this area such as eagle rays, stingrays, whitetip reef sharks and napoleaon wrasses. The best chance to see whale sharks around this area is from July till November each year, while Manta sighting are most common from December till mid-April.

The protective coral reefs surrounding each island contain over 1.000 species of tropical fish, innumerable varieties of shells and countless shapes and sizes of corals. The profusion of psychedelic colours, the abundance and variety of marine life, visibility often exceeding 50 metres and warm temperatures throughout the year, make diving in the Maldives a delight. Both of the mentioned resorts have excellent house reefs, and snorkellers can experience the same pleasures from the surface.

Although strict local regulation of fishing and commercial exploitation has kept the marine environment in a near-pristine state, in 1998 the reefs began feeling the effects of El Nin›. Thankfully a lot of the Maldives coral reefs emerged unscathed and it appears the process has not harmed any other marine life. Marine biologists believe this phenomena to be cyclical and are watching the growth of the new coral with avid interest. In short, the reefs are still absolutely stunning, even though they may have temporarily lost some of their splendour.

Dive Centres
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Vilamendhoo Island Resort

Time: GMT +5 hours
Language: Dhivehi
Currency: Maldivian Rufiyaa
Weather: Male

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