Already selling consistently to all levels of the dive travel market, the dazzling Globetrotter Dive Guide: The Maldives now appears in a fully revised new edition for 2004. There are estimated to be over 3,000 dive sites in the Maldives, which remains one of the world's major diving destinations, renowned as much for the extraordinary natural beauty of its atoll formations as the quality of its diving. Despite the ravages of the 1998 El Nino phenomenon, the Maldives reefs have continued to thrive; where before-hand the focus was on stony corals, now divers of all nationalities come for the myriad fish life and breathtaking array of pelagic species, including awesome Manta Rays. For this new edition all coverage of the existing dive sites has been thoroughly updated, and the latest practical information is included in the regional directories.
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INTRODUCTION TO DHAALU AND FAAFU 99
DIVING AND SNORKELLING
SOUTH MALE KAAFU
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Access accommodation airport anemone Ari Atoll atoll plate Average depth Average depth:20m 65ft Average visibility Bandos Beach best diving boat catamaran catamaran sailing caves and overhangs channel clownfish cold water colour Conditions coral heads corner decompression dive sites divers dropoff eagle rays excursions Faadhippolhu Faadhippolhu Atoll Facilities include FARU feeding Felidhoo fishing island fringing reef grey reef sharks hot and cold house reef huge Island Resort Kandu lagoon live-aboard locally inhabited islands Location Maayafushi Maldives Maldivian manta rays marine MasterCard Maximum depth miles minibar night diving Nilandhoo North MalÚ Atoll northeast season ║ ║ ocean PADI PADI courses pelagic range of PADI reef fish reeftop resort islands rooms have AC sea fans shallow slopes snappers snorkelling Soft Corals South Maalhosmadulu Southwest Season species speedboat strong currents thila thiſa tourist tuna turtles uninhabited islands usually Vaadhoo water bungalows whale sharks whitetip sharks winds windsurfing wreck