Dive Sites

Dive & Sail at Kanifushi

For a culturally rich experience, explore the daily lifestyle of Maldivians, by visiting the local inhabited islands OR make your day absolutely adventurous & exotic by swimming with the Mantas OR book a challenging Big Game fishing adventure OR perhaps try doing a Scuba dive for the first time! Your wish is our command!

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The Dive Center

The resort’s PADI licensed Dive Centre is run by a multilingual team of professionals. The full allure of Kanifushi exists both under and upon its waters - the sea and air are alive with adventure and the key to appreciating these elements of nature lies in the expansive diving & Water Sports centre by DIVE & SAIL.

There are several popular dive sites within close proximity including The Shipyard, Anemone Thila, Fushivaru Thila and Alihaa Giri. There are also a number of uncharted areas that the Dive Team are continuously exploring the Water Sports centre includes a variety of motorized and non-motorized activities for guests to choose from! 

Dive Map Menu

Dive Sites

3 Rocks

Distance from the Resort: 15-20 min

Description: This reef is an elongated ridge with many different small coral gardens and blocks. The blocks present a various biodiversity, some of them
widely covered in soft corals. Hard corals like Acropora, Pocillopora and big Porites give shelter to sweetlips, squirrelfish and big morey eels, and are often surrounded by incredible swarms of glassfish of more than one species. Being close to vast sandy areas, the site gives good chance to see very big stingrays and fantail rays buried in the sand or sliding over the bottom looking for preys.

During the right season, when the plancton reaches high concentrations in the area, this is a good site for Mantas. So in this case always keep an eye above you while diving over the blocks! 

Level: Very easy and quite shallow dive good for everybody.

Naifaru Outreef

Distance from the Resort: 40 min

Description:
The reef is a big wall sloping down to more than 30 m, rich in hard corals and good for small things lovers, like divers with a camera. Beside table corals, branching Acropora and massive porites, many soft corals gorgonia-like or tree-like stud the wall, providing colors and perfect subjects for macro pictures! If you spend a bit of time looking between the corals, you will find very tiny gobies or dwellers inside their nests, while swarms of Anthias and Maldivian fusiliers will surround you. Heading to the corner of the barrier, the reef forms some wide terraces, so that you can explore different depths according to your taste. As the island hosts a small Center for turtles rescue, you can hardly miss at least a Green turtle swimming by.

Level: 
A quite easy dive for everybody, not too much affected by current or waves.

Babis Corner

Distance from the Resort: 30 min

Description: An amazing variety of coral - and fishlife will impress you on this beautiful channel dive. On the edge of the channel you will find a large number of different shaped terraces that are beautifully grown with sponges and softcorals. Easy to spot nudibranches and moray eels. On the deeper terraces you also find anemones with the very rare found porcelane crabs. But also this terrraces are the right place to rest for the amazing vartiety of pelagics, that pass by this channel. Eagle Rays and grey reef sharks are often found cruising around at about 25 m. Large stingrtays swimm also by, or rest on the terraces. Big shools of snappers and fussiliers hang around the corner. The outreef wall is a nice drop-off covered in very healthy hardcorals. 

Level: Depending on the strength of the current it needs a little experience to reach the deeper terraces where the most fishlife is around. Beginners can just drift with the current along the wall. Also a shallow dive profile is easily possible.

Kani Caves

Distance from the Resort: 10 min 

Description: The wall of this outreef is covered in healthy hardcorals. While descending we reach the fantastic big cave. Opening like a cathedral underwater, the roof of the cave starts at about 21 m, while the bottom reaches 28 m. The walls are covered in blue soft corals and gorgonias. Big groupers, napoleons and turtles rest in the cage. The light shining down at the edge of the cave gives you an spectacular view. Take a torch and explore the corners and the magical life inside the cave. You find little shrimps and sometimes nudibranches. Outside the cave big tunas and jack fish hunt the swarm of fusiliers, red tooth triggerfish and snappers, but also sharks and eagle rays are often seen. The shallower reef parts offer also some smaller overhangs to explore. 

Level: Because of the depth, the huge cave is just for advanced divers, but the reef offers multiple options to be a fantastic dive for everybody.

Kani Corner

Distance from the Resort: : 15 min

Description: The west side of this long reef formation is the outer reef off the atoll, and the north is located in the channel. The reef top is shallow with only 5 to 8 m and has many big coral blocks with fascinating fish life. The west corner slopes down to greater than 30 and will impress you with nice overhangs and terraces. Big tunas pass by and napoleon and sharks cruise around. On the nose of the corner there are often hundreds of black snappers around you. Barracudas and big napoleons are common. Triggerfish, snappers and fussiliers swarm around. The north side forms a steep slope and is home for many small things hiding in the corals in depths between 10 and 15 m. There you will meet up with a lot of colourfull reef fish, turtles, stingrays, moray eels, lobster and creatures like shrimps and crabs, and for good observers, big scorpionfish camouflageing between the corals. 

Level: Depending on the strength of the current it needs a little experience to stay directly on the corner where the most fishlife is around. Beginners can just drift with the current along the wall. Also a shallow dive profile possible.

Maafilaafushi Corner

Distance from the Resort: 40 min

Description: This long reef formation is the outer reef off the atoll astern from Kanifushi . The top reef is shallow with only 5 to 8 m and has some coral blocks with fascinating fish life. The corner slopes down and have some terraces in different depth beginning by 18 m and go down to more than 30m. Tunas barracudas and sharks cruise around. But also eagle rays, Sting rays and turtles are not rare to spot. This dive site is best with an outgoing current. 

Level: Depending on the strength of the current it needs a little experience to stay directly on the corner where the most fishlife is around. Beginners can just drift with the current along the wall. Also a shallow dive profile possible.

Kani Medu Kandu

Distance from the Resort: 15 min

Description: In this divesite is quite easy to spot Honeycomb Morey eels bulging from the holes in the wall at medium depths.
If you look at the blue, you will be able to see tunas and batfish passing by, and you have good chance of running into a solitary Napoleon. Approaching the sandy area at the corner of the reef, we can expect to see very large stingrays buried in the sand, eagle rays swimming slowly,and, near the edge of the channel, some rare Oceanic Triggerfish. With the right current a very good place to spot some grey reef sharks! 

Level: The dive is suitable for everybody

Medu Faru

Distance from The Resort: 20 min 

Description: What makes this dive unique is the high chance of meeting some large Nurse sharks resting under big blocks of corals on the reeftop! Some uncommon spotted hawkfish inhabit the hard corals on the top of the reef, as well as trumpetfish and anthias. Also, this is one of the rare places in which we find the nice Palettesurgeonfish (to give an idea, the forgetful Dory of Finding Nemo!), that you can see in small but very active schools over the corals blocks just few meteres below the surface. Stamp corals and some big soft corals characterize the wall after the first meters, and swarms of small redtooth triggerfish hovering or hiding in the holes.
Very often we find 3 - 4 very big napoleon wrasses in the wall. At about 20 m we find beautiful overhangs and small caves along the whole reefside, inhabited by a huge solitary marble grouper.

Level: The dive is affordable for everybody, we just need to be aware about the intensity of the current. Excellent for beginners who prefer to stay shallow.

Hani Kandu

Distance from The Resort: 25 min

Description: On this divesite you find a lot of Overhangs and little Caves, beautifully alive with Gorgonias, black Corals and lightblue Softcorals. The Reef slopes from a top of about 5m down to the sandy bottom at about 35 m. The channel edge opens at 14 m with a big sandy plateau full of Garden Eels. Often you find big feathertail stingrays resting in the sand. Directly under the channel edge is a beautiful overhang protected from the current. 
Experienced divers can cross the channel under the edge and enjoy two fantastic caves with swimmthroughs at about 22 meters north and south of the channel. Perfect dive for the big things like Napoleon, Eaglerays, Tunas and sharks. Schools of Barracudas and Batfish are common. Turtles rest in the overhangs and big shools of Reeffish surround you during your dive. 

Level: This reef has something for everybody, from beginner to experienced. Be aware that crossing the channel implies facing quite important current. 

Veyvah Kandu

Distance from the Resort: 30 min

Description: The reef is a big vertical wall from 7-8 m down to more than 30 m, with several overhangs and small caves between 21 and 27 m where sweetlips and some big squirrelfish rest or hide, and at the edge of the caves it is easy to spot nudibranches. During your dive take a look inside the many holes on the wall as you will find shrimps and blennies hiding inside, beside many morey eels of different sizes and species. What is unique on this divesite is the very big number of anemones and their clownfish partners just before reaching the corner of the faru, between 16 and 10 m.
The area is made even more colorful by the numerous anthias hovering in the current. Also, large schools of fusiliers, yellow snappers and oriental sweetlips, and
big jacks hunting make a lot of exciting action. 

Level: The dive is suitable for every level, since a deep plan is advisable at least for part of it, but a shallow profile is also definitely enjoyable and easier.

Felivaru Kandu

Distance from the Resort: 60 min

Description: The reef is rich in stamp corals and hard corals building up big formations at any depth. Over the reeftop you will find a busy life of reef fish such as any kind of wrasses, rabbitfish and butterflyfish, as well as trumpetfish and needlefish. Going deeper, the wall is inhabited by more than one species of dartfish, which you can spot hovering at the entance of their nest; leopard moreys, triggerfish, and small shy tobys. Also, schools of large batfish and solitary fast swimming tunas are usually seen. The wall have some nice caves where the quantity of glassfish is impressive. Look for fan corals, and you will maybe discover some nudibranches walking nearby. 
This reef also hosts anemonefish of both species found in the Maldives. Garden eels can be seen where the wall slopes into the sand, below the 25 m depth. Of course as a channel, the site is good to spot sharks, eagle rays, tuna sand barracudas passing in the blue. 

Level: This fascinating dive is suitable for all divers, as long as you respect your limits.

Shipyard

Distance from the Resort: 60 min

Description: The dive site at Felivaru has two Japanese shipwrecks that were sunk by their owner in 1980. They are situated in the west side of the Lhaviyani Atoll, inside the channel that separates Felivaru from Gaaverifaru. This diving spot is easy to find as a bowsprit from one of the wrecks protrudes five meters above the surface. Both wrecks rest about 30 meters down on the seabed and are similarly separated 30 meters apart. The wreck that protrudes has its stern on the seabed and the starboard leaning against the wall of the pass whilst the other is lying vertically on the seabed.
The shipwrecks at Felivaru are completely covered with coral and alcyonarians and reduced diving has preserved the site well. A common way to reach the dive site is by safari boat. Once reached, it will be possible to see huge amounts of glassfish, coral groupers as well as schools of angelfish and batfish. Nurse sharks, reef sharks and morays also make the visit from time to time. 

Level: The dive requires a degree of practice as it is very often affected by really strong current, and we need to struggle a little bit against it to stay over the ship. However, beginners can surely join it, given that they are pretty confident in the current.

Dhidhoo Corner

Distance from the Resort: 35 min

Description: Very interesting corner with a very rich topreef. A huge amount large Rocks full of wholes and places to hide for a large variety of reeffish. You find a lot of morays, lobsters and shrimps in the blocks. Also we find nearly everytime big nursesharks resting under the rocks. An amazing experience because they let you come very close. Also a good place to spot mantas on several cleaner stations on the topreef. The wall is sloping down to 30 m with a large variety of sponges and hardcorals. Some beatifull blocks around 25 m are fully covered in softcorals and glasfishes. Spot nudibranches and shrimps in the several small overhangs.
The fishlife on the corner can be very rich with a medium to strong current. Outside in the blue you have a very good chance to spot eagle rays and tunas. 

Level: Capable dive for every Level. Beginners enjoy the topreef, while experienced divers explore also the deeper parts of the slope.

Kani West

Distance from the Resort: 15 min

Description: The dive site is really facing the open ocean, out of the atoll and you will feel that. Chance to spot the typical pelagic life: tunas, barracudas, eagle rays and some reef sharks, and in the season, mantas swimming by in the blue. Gently sloping down to 30-32 m, the wall offers the best profile at medium depth from 14 to 18-20 m: it presents many weirdly shaped blocks of corals protruding out and behind which is very usual to spot morey eels, lionfish, lobsters, and very often green turtles resting under the larger ones.
We will see several beautiful anemones inhabited by clownfish of both species found in this atoll (Maldives and Clark's clownfish). A school of really huge Giant sweetlips ordinarly dwells along this reef, as well as some uncommon Checkboard snappers, not found anywhere else in the area. 

Level: Be ready to expect medium current, however necessary to give us more chances to see big stuff swimming outside the reef! A part from that, it is an easy and relaxing dive along the wall, that anybody, from beginners to very expert divers, can enjoy at full blast!

Stein Caves

Distance from the Resort: 50 min

Description: The reef, a steep wall reaching more than 30 m depth, presents many caves of all shapes and sizes, and nice swimthrough, which you can explore one by one to find as many species of marine life as you wish. The wall is encrusted with sponges of all colors, in turn covered by bunches of soft corals of all sizes, tunicates, crinoids and colorful algae. Also hard corals present a wide variety of shapes and colors, many with visible tiny polyps beautifully open in the current. Schools of fusiliers, anthias, big surgeonfish, wrasses and butterflyfish dominate the barrier, while you will spot large stingrays and pufferfish resting inside the caves. Also look there for turtles, napoleons and stonefish! Facing the outside of the atoll, this dive offers good chance to see pelagic life passing by: reef sharks, eagle rays, barracudas, tunas. 

Level: The dive is affordable by everybody. Beginners can enjoy the upper part of the wall, while more expert divers will explore the depths.

Veyvah Outreef

Distance from the Resort: 30 min

Description: The reef, a steep wall reaching more than 30 m depth, presents many caves in the area beetween 18 and 30 m, and nice swimthroughs which you can explore one by one. Some of them reach immense sizes in length and heigth.
Inside this caves you find yourself in another world. Take a torch and explore the deep areas. Often we found sleeping napoleons in the caves. The wall is encrusted with sponges of all colors, in turn covered by bunches of soft corals of all sizes, tunicates, crinoids and colorful algae.
Also hard corals present a wide variety of shapes and colors. Schools of fusiliers, anthias, big surgeonfish, wrasses and butterflyfish are found around this wall. Facing the outside of the atoll, this dive offers good chance to see pelagic life passing by: reef sharks, eagle rays, barracudas, tunas. 

Level: The dive is affordable by everybody. Beginners can enjoy the upper part of the wall, while more experienced divers, especially with nitrox will have many time to enjoy the deep caves.

Madivaru Corner

Distance from the Resort: 45 min

Description: This long reef formation is the outer reef off the atoll. The reef top is shallow with only 5 to 8 m and has some big coral blocks with fascinating fish life. The corner slopes down, at 20 m a small terrace starts thats go down to greater than 30. Big tunas pass by, barracudas and sharks cruise around. On the nose of the corner there are often great numbers of black snappers around you. Red tooth triggerfish and fusiliers swarm around. The south side forms a steep slope and is home for many small things hiding in the corals in depths between 10 and 15 m. There you will meet up with a lot of colourful reef fish, turtles, stingrays, moray eels, lobster and creatures like shrimps and crabs. 

Level: Capable dive for every Level. Beginners enjoy the shallo part, while experienced divers explore also the deeper parts of the slope.

Olhu Giri

Distance from the Resort: 35 min

Description: The north side of this giri is a slope down to a sandy bottom on 25m. We have a lot of small overhangs with good chance to see sleeping nurse sharks or lobsters. sometimes they are hiding behing millions of glass fishes so it`s difficult to spot them. A lot of moray eels are under the rocks there let themselve clean from the cleanershrimp. The topreef is full of blocks with plenty mass of fish life. 

Level: Very easy and good for everybody.

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