Dive Report on Male Atoll, Maldives

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Rating 7/10

Olhuveli Beach and Report - Maldives

Male Atoll6 Apr 2018 - 20 Apr 2018

A second visit 8 years in the making! A welcome return to the location where we honeymooned complete with upgraded room.

The place is lovey and clean inside and out, with staff even raking the sand!

The food is excellent and the only fault is the time waiting for drinks in the bar.

Staff are very attentive. There is entertainment each night, day trips and watersports to keep you busy on down days.

The place is a 45 minute speedboat ride from the airport straight to the jetty where the dive club is.

Well organised, safe and very knowledgeable dive guides. Especially Marie-san.

The diving is hard work and the currents are strong most times. Certain sites you can only dive with inbound currents so marinelife is attracted such as sharks and eagle rays.

Negative entry can be expected due to the currents and need to get to 30 meters as soon as possible so as not to miss the site.

That said the abundance of turtles, rays and sharks was worth it.

The olhuveli make you do a skills test on the house reef and first dive. mask clear, reg retrieval and out of air scenario.

This is a pleasant dive and in the evenings you can do a night dive.

Up until end April, the mantas are attracted by the plankton blooms. The Olhuveli place lights of the jetty and visitors are able to look down into the water and see them feeding. Meanwhile you can indulge in the underwater spectacle of gliding mantas. at approximately 4 meters you can hold onto the rock and watch them. This was fantastic. Then we went on to see free swimming shrimps, octopus and crabs.

The diving is good and at the same time if you want relaxing diving akin to Shimoni Island off of Africa, then this is not for you.

The resort spoils you and out of the water life is relaxed and chilled out.

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