Komandoo Island and Prodivers | Dive The Maldives | Scuba Travel

Komandoo Island and Prodivers | Dive The Maldives - Indian Ocean

  • Adult only resort for only 130
  • 65 villas across 3 grades
  • Falhu buffet plus optional a l carte and snack bar
  • A fresco sunset and beach bars
  • Spa, watersports, fishing, island cruises, fitness centre
  • Pro Divers on site for boat and house reef diving
  • Sheltered lagoon and house reef
  • Free wifi in rooms

About Komandoo Island & Pro Divers

Komandoo is an exclusive and tranquil hideaway in the Maldives that proves ever popular with our customers looking to get away from the Male atolls area. Nestled away in the northern tip of Lhaviyani atoll (approx 40mins seaplane ride), Komandoo specialises in secluded luxury. Mix superb Maldives diving with 5 star service in an intimate resort, then make Komandoo your Maldives resort of choice. The resort has been built in the typical Maldivian style ands thanks to a major refit in 2012, this alluring Maldivian resort is idyllic location with all the creature comforts you could want.This is the place to head to for absolute relaxation and is only a quick sea plane transfer from Male.
There are 3 types of villa on the island, which cater to every taste - beach villas, jacuzzi beach villas and the stunning jacuzzi water villas. The jacuzzi beach villas are a little larger than the standard beach villas and the cooling waters of the lagoon are only a few steps from your door as well as being surrounded by your own private garden. The jacuzzi water villas are the ultimate in isolated luxury and as you quite literally relax over the Indian ocean. No matter which villa grade you pick, they are all elegantly finished with spacious rooms that open onto a large terrace with loungers with air con and private bathrooms. Sunrise and sun set are simply spectacular in this corner of the world so enjoy from the comfort of your own doorstep.
Your relaxation is paramount at Komandoo! Lie back by the infinity pool or grab a refreshing drink from the pool bar. Or enjoy the view of the Indian Ocean from the on site spa. In every detail, this tiny island resort satisfies. You can be as active as you want here. Pick from diving, canoeing, catamaran sailing, badminton, volleyball or wind surfing. The fitness centre has been fully renovated with all the latest fitness equipment. With Pro Divers on site, dives can be arranged for almost any time of the day so the dive programme suits your timetable. Komandoo is overwhelmingly perfect. It is somewhere you will not want to leave.

Jacuzzi water villas

77sm - Enjoy a nice bath in your own Jacuzzi whilst gazing out over horizon where the azure waters meet sapphire-coloured skies. Jacuzzi Water Villa facilities include: Private jacuzzi with ocean views, free wifi , four poster bed, air con, ceiling fan, mini bar, safe, telephone, sun lounger, beach towels, kimonos, flat screen TV, DVD player, bluetooth soundbar, espresso machine

Jacuzzi beach villa

75sm - The proximity to the beach make it the ideal romantic Maldives honeymoon resort. Lie in the shaded area of your wooden veranda. Enjoy the spacious bathroom with an outdoor patio and Jacuzzi to experience the true relaxation of the Maldives. Facilities include: private jacuzzi, stunning ocean views, free wifi, outdoor patio, four poster bed, air con & fan, mini bar, safe, telephone, sun lounger, beach towels, kimonos, flat screen TV,CD player, tea & coffee making facility

Beach villas

62sm - The Komandoo Beach Villas are spacious wooden retreats discreetly placed along the shore. Each villa has a wooden veranda where you can enjoy the sound of the ocean and a spectacular view. The tranquil, partly open-air bathroom features a feeling of serenity with a garden and walk in shower.

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All rooms feature tropical decor, a king size, four poster bed, wood floors, porch with furniture, air-conditioning, overhead ceiling fan, stocked Mini Bar and wine refrigerators, complimentary tea/coffee facilities, IDD telephone, color cable TV, CD player, iPod docking station, high speed broadband, free Internet connection, personal safe, bathroom with double sinks, rain shower, bath accessories, hair dryer, nightly turndown service, chaise lounges at the beach and pool and beach towels. Electricity is 220VAC, 50HZ.

We would be happy to put together a tailormade booking for you, please fill in your details below and one of our diving holiday experts will be in touch with you to discuss your plans.

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Covid Information for Komandoo Island & Pro Divers

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY KOMANDOO ISLAND

Last Updated: 16th September 2020

Continuing to move forward and adapt to the new normal, we are please to introduce the SAFE HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE IN PARADISE

ACCREDITED INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS: We are proud to be Hazard Analysis, and Critical Control Point System (HACCP) certified and work in collaboration with Ecolab/Greenpath Maldives and Ian Greaves International (IGI UK) to protect our guests and employees.
TRAINING We are continuously developing the team through our internal and external programs, with focused training and familiarisation of each team member with health & safety and national guidelines.
LOCAL REQUIREMENTS AND LEGISLATIONS: This Safe Holiday Experience initiative will be continuously reviewed and revised in line with the updates issued by the Maldivian Health Protection Agency (HPA) and the Government.
CRISIS MANAGEMENT RESPONSE PLAN CCR's: Health & Safety Protocol details appropriate internal steps to be followed and will be lead and guided by our Covid-19 task force teams in each resort.

Guest Arrival

  • Guests are welcomed and guided through their airport journey by our CCR Airport Representatives.
  • CCR Airport Representatives will be wearing the required PPE
  • Guests will receive a standard temperature check
  • Guests will receive the required PPE for their transfer from the airport to the resort
  • Guests are requested to comply with the necessary hygiene procedures
  • Luggage will be disinfected on outside surfaces and handles.
  • Strict observance of safe physical distance, we recommend at least 1.5 meters apart all the time

    Transfer to the Resort

  • Seaplane Transfer: Guests to strictly observe the health and safety guidelines advised by Trans Maldivian Airways
  • Boat Transfer: Guest may view and receive updated airport schedule via Mobile App; Seats and life jackets disinfected; Safe physical distance of at least 1.5 meters apart while seated.
  • Domestic Flight Transfer: Guests to strictly observe the health and safety guidelines advised by the domestic airline carrier.

    Check In

  • Fast contactless check-in available prior arrival to resort via Mobile APP. If the Mobile APP is not available, our Front Office Team will guide guests through the check-in process, maintaining safe physical distancing at all times
  • Access reservation Info via Mobile APP
  • Receive Digital key via Mobile APP to access your room or a disinfected room key card
  • Guest Service Team on standby and reachable via Mobile APP; Frequent disinfection of reception
  • Effective cleaning and hygiene protocols for buggy and luggage service.
  • Front Office and Guest Service Teams are well trained and familiar with protocols.

    Public Areas

  • Hand disinfection units available in all public areas.
  • Proper spacing and queuing system and strict observance of safe physical distance, of at least 1.5 meters apart, at all times.
  • Effective cleaning protocols with additional attention to high touch point surfaces such as waiting areas and washrooms.

    Guest Rooms

  • Guests can access resort information via Mobile APP and in-room IPTV.
  • Non-essential amenities removed and available upon request.
  • Guests can manage Housekeeping and Maintenance requests via the Mobile APP.
  • Linen and towels will be cleaned and disinfected with internationally approved chemicals.
  • Heightened guest safety and cleaning protocols with more attention to high touch point surfaces.

    Food and Beverage

  • All-day dining available with a controlled capacity of safe physical distance, of at least 1.5 meters at all times
  • Hand disinfection units at the entrances of our restaurants and bars
  • Highest food safety standards in accordance with HACCP principles
  • Restaurant reservations bookable via Mobile APP
  • A' la Carte Restaurant Menu's available via Mobile APP and IPTV for pre-selection.

    Excursions and Sports Facilities

  • Contactless reservations via Mobile APP.
  • Regular disinfecting of seats, life jackets, gym and sports equipment.
  • Reduced participants for group excursions, while sports activities will continue at low capacities in accordance with hygiene protocols.
  • Appropriate signage to inform guests of the safety measurements in place.

    Entertainment, Beach and Pool

  • Pool and Beach Towels are cleaned and disinfected with internationally approved chemicals.
  • Entertainment and recreational areas will continue at low capacities in accordance with hygiene protocols.
  • Proper spacing and design of recreational areas to aid safe physical distance, of at least 1.5 meters apart.

    Spa, Dive and Water Sports

  • Spa therapists will be wearing appropriate PPE at all times, especially during treatments.
  • Spa reservations and availability can be made via Mobile APP.
  • Reduced participants for dive and sports activities.
  • Strict observance of safe physical distance, of at least 1.5 meters apart.
  • Effective cleaning protocols for high touch point surfaces and equipment to create extremely hygienic conditions

    Medical Assistance

  • Wellbeing check of guests and employees shall be carried out.
  • Access to medical services will be available if needed.
  • Swift response provided through the resort medical team in cooperation with the local health agency.

    Farewell

  • Departure bill available 24 hours prior to departure on the Mobile APP and payment can be done via the APP or directly with Front Office Team.
  • Checkout bill can be checked, reviewed and settled via the Mobile APP.
  • Additional measures will be considered for a seamless and hygienically safe checkout procedure.
  • Effective cleaning and hygiene protocols for buggy and luggage handling.

    Transfer from the Resort

  • Seaplane Transfer: Guests to strictly observe the health and safety guidelines advised by Trans Maldivian Airways
  • Boat Transfer: Guest may view and receive updated airport schedule via Mobile App; Seats and life jackets disinfected; Safe physical distance of at least 1.5 meters apart while seated.
  • Domestic Flight Transfer: Guests to strictly observe the health and safety guidelines advised by the domestic airline carrier

    PCR Testing

    Following the most recent requirements from some airlines and countries for their travelers to provide a negative PCR test certificate upon their travel journey, Crown & Champa Resorts are introducing PCR testing for those guests with this compulsory requirement within each resort of the collection.

    Free of charge for stays more than 7 nights, with the following terms to be considered:
  • only applicable for a maximum occupancy of 3 persons per room
  • additional persons as per the below supplement
  • only applicable if guest has a compulsory requirement by airline or home country
  • if guest wishes to conduct the test as a personal requirement, the PCR Test Supplement will apply, subject to availability of the clinic

    Supplement cost of USD 150.00 per person:
  • for stays less than 7 nights
  • or without a compulsory requirement by airline or home country
  • if guest wishes to conduct the test as a personal requirement

    Each PCR Test will be done through our well trained medical team, whenever possible in the resort, and results will be received before departure from the resort.
    Reservations for PCR testing should be made latest 4 days prior to departure.
    Resevations for PCR testing will be prioritising guests with compulsory requirement for certificate to travel from the Maldives.
    Airline or Government requirement document has to be presented upon making the testing reservation in order for our team to prioritise and arrange the needfull.


    Country Covid Travel Information

    22/10/2020 - Maldives is exempt from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

    On the 15th of July 2020 Maldives reopened it's borders for international travel.

    Please visit the Maldives government's the link to http://tourism.gov.mv/covid19 where you can find their FAQ for visiting Maldives in the "new normal".

    From 10 September, all tourists must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival to Maldives. The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure

    All travellers travelling to and from Maldives are required to submit a self-declarative health declaration within 24 hours prior to their travel via the online portal of Maldives Immigration, "Imuga", imuga.immigration.gov.mv.

    All tourists will undergo non-intrusive temperature checks and screening on arrival to the Maldives.

    All tourists are required to wear face masks and respect social distancing practices at the airport the airport, during domestic travel and in all enclosed public spaces. Most resorts have their own additional protocols

    Split-stay requests or inter-resort movements are now being approved and monitored by the Ministry, in coordination with Health Protection Agency (HPA).

    You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
    Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

    Updated 22OCT2020

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Location

    The Maldives is in the Indian Ocean, a 10-14hr flight from the UK, around 370 miles southwest of Sri Lanka. It is made up of 1200 islands, stretching over 500 miles from north to south. The main arrival airport for all flights to the Maldives is Male's airport island (MLE). The Maldives is famous for its great snorkelling, manta cleaning stations, whalesharks, shark dives and fast drift dives through channels. The water remains a constant 27-28 C year round.

    Covid Travel Information

    22/10/2020 - Maldives is exempt from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

    On the 15th of July 2020 Maldives reopened it's borders for international travel.

    Please visit the Maldives government's the link to http://tourism.gov.mv/covid19 where you can find their FAQ for visiting Maldives in the "new normal".

    From 10 September, all tourists must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival to Maldives. The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure

    All travellers travelling to and from Maldives are required to submit a self-declarative health declaration within 24 hours prior to their travel via the online portal of Maldives Immigration, "Imuga", imuga.immigration.gov.mv.

    All tourists will undergo non-intrusive temperature checks and screening on arrival to the Maldives.

    All tourists are required to wear face masks and respect social distancing practices at the airport the airport, during domestic travel and in all enclosed public spaces. Most resorts have their own additional protocols

    Split-stay requests or inter-resort movements are now being approved and monitored by the Ministry, in coordination with Health Protection Agency (HPA).

    You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
    Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

    Updated 22OCT2020

    Weather and Climate

    Whilst there are 2 monsoon seasons (Nov-Apr & May-Oct), the diving remains excellent year round. Diving operators will changes their dive sites in each season to find the best hot spots for the big fish! Traditionally, our summer months tend to be windier with a higher chance of rain, whilst the winter months are flatter. However, the seasons are much less predictable in reality and its a fabulous place to dive whatever time of year!

    Travel

    Flight options

    Our holidays to the Maldives can be quoted with most major airlines. If you would like to depart from a regional UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. If you make your own flight arrangements to Male, please check the transfer arrangements before confirming your flights. Please do not finalise any flight arrangements yourself before your liveaboard space is confirmed as being held.

    Stopovers

    As most flights are not direct, it is simple to add a stop over en route - simply ask your travel consultant for a quote. Sri Lanka is our most popular, up coming destination - with beautiful beaches, it's a great alternative to staying in the Maldives resorts. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, why not head into the jungle for look for elephants and leopards. Or if you are a culture vulture, we highly recommend a Kandy city tour. The choice is yours! As we are able to book most major airlines to the Maldives, you can also add a stop to break up your flight. Popular locations include Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi.

    Arrange before you go

    Regular Entry Requirements

    UK passport holders are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here . If transiting via Sri Lanka you must have a visa prior to travel click here

    Insurance

    Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

    Immunisations

    Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

    Preparing to fly

    Seating

    You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

    Check in

    As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

    Lounge

    An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

    Parking

    Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

    What happens when I arrive?

    On arrival in the Maldives, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please turn left from arrivals and go to the information desk at Male airport. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

    Transfers

    If your holiday begins in Male you will be met and taken to your boat. The transfer takes around 20mins. Many of our Maldives holidays will include either a domestic flight or seaplane transfer. It takes approx 45mins -1 hour to clear immigration and collect your baggage at Male airport. We endeavour to keep the transit between flights as short as possible and your transfer will normally take place within 3 hours of your international arrival, but please be aware, you may have to wait at the airport between flights. The domestic terminal is right next door to arrivals. This has AC, bathrooms and a small cafe. You will usually be met by a rep, who will assist you in moving between the terminals. The baggage allowance on domestic flights is typically 20kgs hold and 5kgs hand baggage. Excess baggage is charged locally $2-$5/kg. The seaplane check in desk is to your right on exiting the arrivals hall. You will check your bag in here and then be transferred to the seaplane terminal by bus. This has AC, bathrooms, a small cafe and shop. The seaplanes run regularly throughout the day and due to the way the scheduling is organised, the exact time of your seaplane cannot be confirmed prior to arrival in Male. Seaplanes do not run in the dark - the fist seaplane is around 06:00 Male time and ends around 16:00 Male time. The baggage allowance on seaplane flights is typically 20kgs hold and 5kgs hand baggage. Excess baggage is charged locally $2-$5/kg.

    Departures

    You will be taken back to Male airport in time for your international flight. Domestic flights and seaplanes will arrive in time for you to make your connections. Typically you will arrive at the airport 1 1/2- 2 hours before your flight time. There is currently no departure tax when leaving the Maldives.

    Info

    Tipping

    Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

    Currency

    USD cash is the preferred currency. Credit & debit cards accepted although a surcharge may apply. A 12% local GST applies to all purchases made in the Maldives and will be added to bills locally.

    Phone coverage

    Typically the Maldives has good mobile phone coverage throughout, although it is not 100 percent - please check with your phone contract provider for data roaming, charges and 3G availability.

    Plugs and electricity

    Either UK 3 pin or European 2 pin plugs. Please do not leave batteries charging unattended in your rooms.

    Extras

    Hire equipment

    Kit hire can be arranged in resort - this even includes underwater scooters and evolution rebreathers

    Extras

    A full range of PADI courses can be booked and arranged for with Pro Divers in resort

    Souvenirs

    The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site

    Nitrox/Gas

    Free nitrox for certified divers

    Payments

    Deposits and Balances

    A typical deposit for a holiday to Komandoo is £600 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option and travel class. Larger deposits may be required for some flight options (eg premium economy/business class).

    Ways to pay

    We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

    Group Payments

    If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

    Discounts

    Repeat Guests

    Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
    Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

    And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

    5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel, within 24 months
    5% off plus £100 bonus for repeat customers travelling with 12 months

    Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices

    Included

    A return seaplane transfer from Male is included. You may be charged for excess baggage on the seaplane if you are above the weight limit for your hold baggage.
    A standard resort package includes 2 people sharing 7 nights in a beach villa on an full board basis. This includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea served at the restaurant corresponding to your room grade, tea, coffee and water.
    The mandatory green tax has been included and prepaid in your holiday

    Excluded

    Meal plan upgrades are available to prebook. All additional meals and drinks outside of your prebooked meal plan are charged for in resort. Additional local services such as spa, baby sitting, telephone calls, laundry, private lessons, special events and excursions are paid for locally. Local taxes on purchases apply in the Maldives (12% GST).

    Day diving can be booked and paid for on site with the dive centre.

    Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

    Please ask for a quote to add international flights from the UK to your holiday.


    Komandoo sits in the far north of the Maldives - jet off to Lhaviyani atoll for the perfect escape far from the madding crowd. Here your ideal diving resort in the Maldives awaits, Pro Divers Komandoo. Dive famous sites such as the Kuredu Express, a speedy drift dive along a plunging wall. Watch manta at Fushivaru Thila. Or if you prefer the gentler side of diving, why not head to Anemone Thila. The attraction here is not only the clownfish in their dozens but also the occasional nurse shark sleeping on the sea bed. These are only a handful of the sublime dives that are on offer with Pro Divers Komandoo.


    The house reef around Komandoo is perfect for a check dive but is also open from 9am-9pm for your diving convenience. If you are eager to get further away then hop on one of the traditional dhoni dive boats. Departures are scheduled from sunrise to sunset on single, double of full day trips. All of the 50 dive sites are not more than an hour away but some as close as only 10 minutes! The Pro Divers team are also not just found at the dive centre. Once a week everyone gets together to review pics and videos from the week at the Kandu bar.


    • House reef open 9am-9pm
    • Flexible day boat schedule
    • Small and intimate dive centre
    • Guided snorkeling trips
    • Full range of PADI recreational courses

    Pro Divers Komandoo serves divers and snorkelers alike so no matter what your preference, these guys can help make your holiday in the Maldives all the more memorable. A full range of PADI courses from intro dives to divemaster can be completed on site as well as some brilliant distinctive specialites only taught by Pro Divers. Get your Maldivian Shark & Ray diver cert here! E-learning is also available so you can spend less time in the classroom and more time underwater blowing bubbles. Regular snorkelling trips are led by guides to get you to some of the best shallow coral reefs (the Wall, the Shipyard).

    Kuredu Express

    Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 10m | Max Depth: 25m

    Heading north of Fushifaru lies another Protected Marine Area. If you are into drift diving, this is just the perfect dive site for you with a very interesting channel to discover. Make sure you take your Maldives marine life check list with you on this one! On the steepest wall and the eastern corner, the reef steps down with terraces and overhangs. The overhangs are home to plenty of marine life including Leaf fish and Moray whilst on the sandy bottom expect a common sight of Stingrays. Tuna can be found in the channel but don't let them steal the limelight too much, save some attention for the Grey Reef sharks frequently visiting.

    Kuredu Caves

    Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 10m | Max Depth: 20m

    Often referred to as Turtle Airport due to its large population of Green Turtles. The site consists of a series of overhangs from around 8 meters descending to 20. Under each overhang discover upside down soldier fish amongst the hanging soft corals. Large Napoleons can be found towards the deeper ledges whilst Porcupine Fish, Lion Fish, Moray Eels and Stingrays also make the overhangs their home.

    Bodu Giri

    Skill level: All levels | Ave Depth: 10m | Max Depth: 20m

    Completely protected from the strong currents, Bodu Giri offers an abundance of life. It is a large shallow underwater island where you can encounter thousands of Blue-striped Snappers, Yellow-back and Neon Fusiliers across, and around the reef as they use it as protection from the hunting Jacks and Tuna. Amongst the coral gardens find Moorish idols, Oriental Sweet lips, Coral groupers, hiding in the overhangs and holes keep an eye out for painted rock lobsters as they hide.

    Tinga Giri

    Skill level: All levels | Ave Depth: 14m | Max Depth: 28m

    Tinga Giri offers and abundance of fish life due to its sheltered location. A submerged reef from around 3m to 28m to the atol floor with clusters of coral formations all around. A large cave gives a home to plenty of Painted rock Lobsters. Ornate Ghost fish and Ribbon eels can be found around an overhang next to the cave. In the shallower sections find copious amounts of Clown fish amongst their anemones. An incredibly colourful reef, great for photos and video.

    Fushifaru Thila

    Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 15m | Max Depth: 25m

    The Fushifaru Thila sits as the main attraction in the channel of Fushifaru Kandu. Sitting proud at about 150 metres long and 50 metres wide rising to about 10 metres. The entire channel has been declared as Protected Marine Area. The Thila lies near the edge of the atoll close to the centre of the channel that separates the reefs of Fushifaru and Madhiriguraidhoo Faru. The shallowest points are around 16 metres in depth at both ends. Discover the many cleaner wrasse stations all over the reef whilst Manta rays commonly visit during the dive. Schools of hump back and blue striped snappers, fusiliers, giant trevally, oriental sweet lips and barracuda are often found around the Thila.

    Anemone Thila

    Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 22m | Max Depth: 30m

    Camera ready, batteries charged! Anemone thila offers incredible colours and an outstanding abundance of marine life. No other dive sites is as attractive in this Atoll. Overhangs and terraces all around are home to numerous species. The occasional Nurse shark pays a visit while the Trevallies patrol around the reef terrorising Glassfish. Macro subjects galore, this is ideal for anyone with a photography interest. Oh, and don't forgot the huge field of anemones and Clown fish on top of the reef. Not to be missed!

    Orimas Thila

    Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 18m | Max Depth: 30m

    Big fish lover? Not one to be missed! Sharks, Rays, Barracuda and jacks make up the surrounding waters of Orimas Thila. Known for its Grey Reef cleaning station, this small underwater island attracts Pelagic fish taking advantage of the currents and warmer waters. Leopard sharks and Guitar sharks are also common visitors to the thila. Orimas thila also doubles up as a nursery, with many of the sharks being juvenile protected by a small number of females.

    Kuda Giri

    Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 15m | Max Depth: 20m

    Only 30 minutes from Komandoo, Kuda Giri is a small underwater island, which has areas of walls and sandy slopes. Along the walls there are small overhangs with moray eels hiding inside. There are coral blocks situated on the sandy slopes and around these you can find gobies with their partner shrimps. The shrimps are responsible for digging the burrows and keeping them clean while the gobies stand guard at the entrance, signalling if it is safe for the shrimp to come out to dump sand! You can often find a green turtle on the top reef along with scorpion fish. There are some very nice coral blocks and large table corals on the top of the giri.

    Shipyard

    Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 18m | Max Depth: 30m

    West of Fushifaru island just a 15 minute boat ride lies one of the famous dive sites in the Lhaviyani atoll, the Shipyard. East of Felivaru Kandu, between the islands of Felivaru and Gaaerifaru lies two wrecks from the Felivaru factory. One sits with its bow section on the top of the reef, while the second wreck lies 40 metres away on its port side at 28 metres. Soft and hard corals have made the wrecks their home along with plenty of moray, yellow sweepers, boxfish, pufferfish, porcupinefish, napoleon and so much more. At 18 metres you will find a cave with its resident scorpion fish. This is a dive site not to miss out on!

    Felivaru Kandu

    Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 20m | Max Depth: 30m

    Prepare for the adrenalin rush. This channel is quite large and although it can be hard work finning against the current, the action that can witnessed makes it worth the effort. Squadrons of eagle rays can be seen 'flying' in formations, schools of barracuda congregate near the corners and sharks can also be seen passing by. If the currents are running well, expect to see large numbers of grey reef sharks. If the current is more gentle, take your time and look around the sandy channel where there are often stingrays lying. There is also a old, coral covered anchor close to the Felivaru side of the channel.

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