DIVING IN VAAVU ATOLL
The diving in Vaavu is popular for its channels, but the strong currents aren’t always suitable for beginners.
Located to the south of the Vattaru Reef is an easy dive. It’s protected from strong currents and begins in the channel. You'll drift along the reef’s edge with butterflyfish and oriental sweet lips that have a leopard-skin pattern on their fins. Whitetip reef sharks, Napoleon wrasses and eagle rays will be about. Advanced divers can explore the overhangs between 82-98 feet (25-30 meters).
A dive on the inner reef explores four thilas (submerged islands) which drop off to 65 feet (20 meters). Large schools of lunar fusiliers flash as they swim amongst the well-formed corals; reef sharks and turtles can also be seen. During the wet season you might also find mantas.
Located in the north-east of the atoll is the Miyaru Kandu. Due to the currents this dive may be challenging for beginners, and only advanced divers can explore the caves at the corner of the channel (72 feet (22 meters)). You’ll find wire corals and groupers in these caves. However, this dive’s main attraction is the chance of a rare encounter with a hammerhead shark at the channel’s edge.
Vaavu is the perfect location to master the technique of diving in strong currents.
Welcome to Fulidhoo Island, the most Northern island of Vaavu Atoll, Maldives. Fulidhoo is a small inhabited island that located about 32 miles from Male' City. The island has a small population of about 490 locals of which 40 -50% lives on the island. The rest are the working population that work around the resorts and boats that operate in Vaavu Atoll.
The island attracts tourists for their stop over's or local excursions providing the real Maldivian experience. The locally known "Langiri" a traditional dance with drums and thaara are some attractions offered during tourist visits.
Famous for the abundance of fish life, Vaavu Atoll is considered as 1 of 2 atolls that provides the best conditions for fish life to spawn and multiply in huge numbers. The naturally formed atoll creates a safe haven for many types for reef fish to grow and mature with abundance of bait fish that is available throughout the year.
Fishing in Vaavu has become one of main tourist attractions, especially for those seeking the thrill with big catches like GT's (Giant Travelley) that give you a real fight.
Reef fishing is considered as the main occupation for much of the locals living in Vaavu Atoll.
Travelling from Capital City Male', it roughly takes about 1 hour by Speedboat or 3 hours by Local Dhoni.