Explore the magnificent underwater life at the One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives

One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives, located on one of the largest islands in North Male Atoll, surrounded by the Indian Ocean, is a diver’s paradise to explore the underwater world. The thilas, reefs, gentle drop- offs, wrecks and a visibility of up to 40 metres make this an excellent place, not only for learners but also for experienced divers.

The PADI Project Aware Dive Centre situated in One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives, has a team of qualified instructors, who conduct classes and organise snorkeling excursions for all levels. Within a short distance from the resort are one of the Maldives’ best shark sites, the 1988 wreck of the Hembadhu, the Rasafari Protected Marine Area, and some excellent turtle and manta ray viewing.


Voshimas, a small thila (reef) located in Madiveru kandu (channel) at south of One&Only Reethi Rah, is one of the two best shark points. The thila has some coral rocks on top with a stunning fish life and the sharks are always on the thila’s current side. Alternatively, Kuda Faru, located north of Only&Only Reethi Rah, offers one of the highlights in North Malé Atoll. The thila extends into Makunudu kandu for some distance on the southern side. The west side drop off is the best for shark watching.


West Point is located north of One&Only Reethi Rah, deep in a channel. The reef is long and therefore a good place for a drift dive, it is an extension of Makunudu’s house reef. The top of the reef is 3 metres under the surface and it slopes gently down to more than 30. The corals and fish life make this reef a beautiful dive site, perfect for sighting Hawksbill sea turtles.


Madivaru Beyru and Madiga are two sites on the outer rim of the atoll. The top of the reef starts at 8 to 10 metres and slopes down to 20-30, down to a sand bottom. Along the reef slope and on the sand lay a number of small to big coral blocks hosting a rich fish life. These sites are considered some of the best areas in Maldives for to see sting rays and groups of eagle rays, also great for underwater photography.


The wreck is a former tugboat, sunk by the dive school in 1988 at the house reef of Hembadu, southeast of One&Only Reethi Rah. It is close to the reef so the navigation to and from the wreck is rather easy. The boat is a focal point for marine life and is a fish-watchers’ delight. On the wreck’s portside from 18 metres to the surface are big coral rocks, making it a perfect place for a night dive.

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