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The northern Maldives atolls stretch from Baa Atoll north up to the Haa Alifu Atoll. The region sees less divers than its more southerly neighbours, ensuring diving away from the crowds.

The Baa Atoll is home to Hanifaru Bay, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve where exceptional numbers of mantas and whale sharks aggregate annually to feed.

Resort based diving is possible on both the Baa & Noonu atolls, while liveaboards head to the area in the summer months due to the abundance of manta rays and whale sharks. 

Both resort dive centres and liveaboards visit Hanifaru Bay, where only snorkelling is allowed.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: white-tip reef shark, napoleon wrasse, grey reef shark, black-tip reef shark, reef manta ray

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

Dive Baa Atoll

Dive away from the crowds in the Baa Atoll, home to only a handful of resorts. The diversity of marine life is incredible and sightings of manta rays and whale sharks are common during the summer.

  • When to go: May-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,475 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Baa & Raa Atolls Liveaboard

Visit these legendary Maldivian atolls by liveaboard between August and October, when they become a playground for feeding manta rays and whale sharks, putting on a spectacular show for visitors at Hanifaru Bay.

  • When to go: Aug-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,895 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Reethi Beach Resort

Surrounded by uninhabited islands, this 4-star eco-friendly resort offers divers the opportunity to explore the Baa Atoll and relax on isolated beaches – the perfect Maldivian retreat

Barefoot Eco Resort

Located within an almost untouched forest on the local island of Hanimadhoo in the northern atolls, this boutique resort sits alongside a stunning turquoise lagoon and offers the perfect combination of privacy and relaxation.

Suggested liveaboards are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Carpe Vita Explorer

The flagship vessel of its small fleet offers unique itineraries based on the best pelagic migration patterns around the central atolls in the Maldives, accompanied by a custom built diving dhoni.

Theia

Built and designed for divers, the Theia is a comfortable and practical choice for any divers wanting to discover the best sites of the Maldives in style. Week-long itineraries include up to 16 dives, including a night dive.

M/Y Amba

Operating unique and exclusive itineraries in the northernmost atolls of the Maldives, this luxurious, modern vessel is suited to experienced divers who want to get away from the crowds.