This area of the Maldives is the most popular area for both dive resorts and liveaboards offering the 'Best of Maldives' itineraries.
The Central region comprises Malé and Ari atolls, Felidhoo, Faafu and the smaller Rasdhoo Atoll. Many resorts have exceptional shore diving opportunities from their house reefs, while drift diving in the current swept channels rewards divers with opportunities to encounter large pelagics.
North Malé Atoll features some of the Maldives most quintessential and enduringly popular dive sites, while Ari Atoll is considered by many to have some of the Maldives most consistent big fish sightings, including manta rays and whale sharks
The smaller Rasdhoo Atoll is well known for some of the Maldives’ finest hammerhead shark encounters.
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