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Dive Site Registered by:

Polly Philipson

PADI Master Instructor

Scubatech Ltd.

Dive Site Last Edited by:

Timur K

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Advice for diving Alimatha in Maldives

Alimatha is one of Maldives most famous dive sites of all time and it has earned its reputation. I have been on 3 dives at Alimatha with 3 different boats at 3 different times of the year and I have had pretty much the same experience on all 3 occassions.

Here is the best advice. Jumpt in the water just before sunset, NOT when its dark. I tried this on my 4th time there and it was incredible, a 100 times better.

Repeat. Don't jump in when its dark, jump in about 20-30 minutes before sunset, you will have the golden hour underwater and will get the most amazing underwater shots. The action is the same.

Pretty much as soon as you are in the water, you get overwhelmed by the action. There are plenty of nurse sharks that come whizzing past you, stingrays that rub up to you like cats or uncermeniously nudge you out of the way and giant trevally that are too busy going about their business to care about mere divers.

My advice would be, to stick with your group, and there is pretty much no point in moving around too much - pick a spot, with no other groups nearby and get comfortable - I would suggest bringing a reef hook and locking in. Obviously you would need a torch and if you are shooting underwater it gets really tricky. If you are shooting stills - you will NEED a focus light, without it - it will be extremely frustrating. If you are shooting video, you will need atleast 1 powerful strobe. The best thing is, that you are just sat down and stuff comes to you - so just get comfortable, get your settings set and shoot away!

Environment: Activities: Dive Type: Marine Life:
Ocean Reef Dive Underwater Photo & Video Boat Dive Night Dive Bigeye Trevally Tawny Nurse Shark Cowtail Stingray

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Advice on Diving in Maldives

...of the channel to avoid being drifted out into the blue; this can often be as deep as 35-40 meters. Diving into the channel often requires fighting or managing currents, reef hooking, and being comfortable with difficult conditions. Diving in The Maldives can basically be broken down into 3 major environments - channels, thilas & farus: Channels Entrances and exits to the atolls, through which the pelagic life enter the atolls to feed on reef life. Strong currents & often challenging dives. Divers have to be careful of the strong currents and depth. Big congregations of ree...

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Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
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Dive Shop: Scubaspa Ying
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Name Distance

MLE | Male International

Maldives, Male

66.66 km

KDO | Kadhdhoo

Maldives, Kadhdhoo

192.87 km

MWV | Mundulkiri

Cambodia, Mundulkiri

224.89 km

GAN | Gan Airport

Maldives, Gan Island

324.67 km

HAQ | Hanimaadhoo

Maldives, Hanimaadhoo

353.06 km

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