Northern Region

Relish in peace and serenity whilst enjoying spectacular underwater scenery

A quieter and more unique Maldives experience, the Northern Region is home to a vast array of coral reefs and fish life. With dive sites boasting up to 30 manta rays you will be in awe of this beauty.

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The rich underwater world of the Northern Maldives brings divers beautiful encounters with the usual pelagic as well as whale sharks and mantas. This part of the Maldives has a “Manta Ray Diving” season which runs from June to November and can almost give you a 100% guarantee of a manta ray magic flight over the Fonimagoodhoo reefs.

One of the charms of diving Northern Maldives is that quite often you will be the only dive group on a particular dive site. Just imagine yourself and a few fellow divers exploring the Lhaviyani, Baa and Raa Atolls, priceless!

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Friday, 20 December 2013

Diane Powell – Sting Ray and Bandos Island in the Maldives

Trip to Maldives.

Diane Powell – Sting Ray and Bandos Island in the Maldives

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £2350

Adaaran Select And Prestige Water Villas

Maldives, Northern Region

Adaaran Select Maldives is surrounded by powder soft beaches, sublime turquoise lagoons, a house reef and a range of dive sites with schools of coral fish, graceful stingrays and sleek sharks.

  • Located on Raa Atoll
  • Magnificent house reef
  • Beautiful island resort
  • Relaxing spa
  • 214 beach villas
  • Dive Point Maldives on-site

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £2295

Kuredu Island Resort

Maldives, Northern Region

The Kuredu Island Resort is a large, lively, fun and cosmopolitan resort located in Lhaviyani Atoll offering excitement in all areas with the beautiful blue sea rich in abundant exotic marine life.

  • Located on Lhaviyani Atoll
  • 383 bungalows and villas
  • Vibrant cosmopolitan resort
  • Choice of 7 restaurants
  • Pro Divers on-site
  • Reef sharks, turtles & mantas

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £1450

Reethi Beach Resort

Maldives, Northern Region

The Reethi Beach resort is elegant and luxurious in style with a beautiful east and west side house reef offering mesmerizing marine life such as dolphins, turtles, rays and an abundant fish life.

  • Located on Baa Atoll
  • PADI 5* dive centre on-site
  • Private dining on the beach
  • 5 bars & 5 restaurants
  • House reef easily accessible
  • Spa & wellness retreat

Spa by Thalgo


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

Award winning Spa at a Luxury Maldives Resort.

Kuredu Golf Club


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

Kuredu Golf Club boasts a full size driving range with the option of a shaded area and also hitting from the grass. A large putting green is also available to perfect the short game. The golf course is a 6-hole Par 3 course with the average length of a hole being 55 yards.

Sunset Trip


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

Enjoy the beauty of a magical sunset and relish a refreshing drink on a deserted island.

Destination Fact File

Relish in peace and serenity whilst enjoying spectacular underwater scenery

The Northern Region of the Maldives contains multiple different atolls and islands, all of which are much quieter than others such as Ari and Male atoll. However, they definitely do not lack in pristine white sandy beaches and stunning azure blue waters. With some spectacular diving to top it all off you will never want to leave this little piece of heaven! The variety of atolls in this Northern Region include Lhaviyani, Raa, Baa and Haa Alif Atolls, in which you can do some of the best diving possible in the Maldives.

Reethi Beach Resort on Baa Atoll will give all of its guest access to many dive sites where you can also see the majestic flight of the manta ray as well as some beautiful corals.

Famous for its out of this world pinnacles, Raa Atoll is home to some remarkable coral reefs and schooling fish life. Stay at Adaaran Select Meedhupparu Resort and experience these dive sites first hand.

If it is the beauty of coral reefs that you are looking for then Lhaviyani Atoll is the most superb for this as well as some shark infested channels and other pelagic fish such as rays, tune and jack fish staying at Kuredo Island Resort will make any divers Maldives holiday an unforgettable one.

Far north you will find peace and serenity in every dive. With very few, if any other divers around, you will have fabulous dive sites all to yourselves.

Northern Region Atolls Top Dive Sites:


Kuredo Express is one of the most famous dive sites in the Lhaviyani Atoll. Express gets its name from the strong currents that can flow here. The Sandy channel leads to a corner where there are terraces of different depths, perfect for action encounters with grey reef sharks, eagle rays, large tuna, napoleons, stingrays and barracuda.

Bathalaa on the northern side of Vinaneiy Faru in the Raa Atoll is a brilliant site with the dive starting in the sandy area of Vinaneiyfaruhuraa and slowly slopping down to a cliff at 18 metres where it vertically drops to 25 metres. Along this beautiful wall you will find patches of pink and black coral making unique colour scenery.

Maadhoo Wreck is located on the south side of Dapparhu Island in the Haa Alifu Atoll. This beautiful 80 metres long wreck immediately presents you with 4 chimneys rising out of the water and it is easily accessible at a depth of 5 to 18 metres. As you descend to the deepest point of the dive, you'll see leopard sharks hiding from the moderate current beneath the stern.

Destination Details

Internal Flights & Luggage The Maldives Northern Region is accessed by resort seaplanes or speedboats. These journeys are limited to the international airline standard luggage allowance of 20kg check in plus 7kg hand luggage.
Transfer Information Transferring from the international airport in Male can take as little as 35 minutes by sea plane but some of the far north resorts of Haa Alif Atoll can take up to 1 ½ hours by seaplane and speedboat, it’s always best to ask our teams expert advice.
Dive Season Between June and November the Northern Atolls see manta rays in vast schooling numbers, however the best time of year for general diving and weather is between January and May. The year round sunny skies mean that even with these changes the temperature generally average at a comfortable 30°C to 32°C with the water temperatures at 26°C to 29°C. 30 metre visibility is the average in high season.