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Home » Dive sites » Maldives » Hafsa Thila

DIVE SITE
HAFSA THILA

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Maldives
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Main characteristics

Access By boat
Current Can be strong
Depth 10 to 30 m
Life Rich diversity
Experience Unknown
Water temp. 27 to 30 °C
Dive type Reef
Visibility up to 30 m
Best dive period All year

ABOUT HAFSA THILA

Hafsa Thila plan
With the kind permission of iDive Maldives

HAFSA THILA is a classic Maldivian thila that starts 10 meters deep and falls vertically down to 35 meters on a sandy bottom. It is a few dozen meters wide and has an oval shape. Its walls present many overhangs at different depths and hosts black coral bushes.
The top reef, which is covered with table corals, is where small whitetip sharks like to hide. Other species often swim around the corner exposed to the current, such as grey reef sharks, batfish, dogtooth, tunas and schools of fusiliers.
At night, sharks, stingrays, moray eels and jacks swim around the thila for hunting.

You can enter the water anywhere on the site, depending on the current orientation. During strong currents, a fast descent can be necessary.
Divers can explore the pinnacle from the bottom to the top. For more chances to spot reef sharks, prefer staying close to the thila. Try to stay still at the edge of the top reef exposed to the current and you will be able to watch sharks pass close to you, often followed by tunas or barracudas. You can also check for tiny whitetip sharks under the table corals. If you observe well enough, you might also encounter stonefish and scorpionfish on the top reef.
During the ascent, divers usually perform a safety stop at 5m on the top reef, where batfish and surgeonfish can be found.

Hafsa Thila is very popular and there might already be boats there when you arrive. Don't hesitate to wait a few moments for them to leave if you want to dive more peacefully.

This dive site is accessible throughout the year. It is less attended than Maaya Thila, and therefore offers a healthier coral reef. If you want to help preserve Hafsa Thila, you should then consider diving at Maaya Thila which offers the same attractions. This site is accessible for divers with experience at depths of 20-30 meters, and even experienced divers may have trouble not damaging the reef.

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PHOTOS VIDEOS
  • Whitetip reef shark in Hafsa Thila in the Maldives Featured
    09 May 2011
    Whitetip reef shark
    -Hafsa Thila-
    North Ari Atoll, Maldives
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    • 1
    Idivemv
Maldives, North Ari Atoll (Lon : 72.8383 Lat : 4.1288)
Dive site icon Hafsa Thila Dive center icon Neighbouring dive centers (14)

NEAREST DIVE CENTERS AROUND THE DIVE SITE (14)

Dive Rasdhoo  Dive center
Maldives, Rasdhoo
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Distance 22.76 km
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M.ALLEDIVES Dive center
Maldives, Thoddoo
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Affiliated: PADI, SSI
Distance 36.77 km
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Thoddoo Diving Center Dive center
Maldives, Thoddoo
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Distance 37.16 km
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Sous l'Ocean Dive center
Maldives, Male'
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Affiliated: PADI, CMAS, NA...
Distance 73.95 km
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Dive Rasdhoo Dive Rasdhoo rating (0 vote) 22.76 km View
M.ALLEDIVES M.ALLEDIVES rating (0 vote) 36.77 km View
Thoddoo Diving Center Thoddoo Diving Center rating (0 vote) 37.16 km View
Sous l'Ocean Sous l'Ocean rating (0 vote) 73.95 km View
Manta divers Manta divers rating (0 vote) 74.23 km View
Scubamv Scubamv rating (0 vote) 74.65 km View
LUCKY DIVERS MALDIVES - Gulhi LUCKY DIVERS MALDIVES - Gulhi rating (0 vote) 76.01 km View
Ocean Junkies Ocean Junkies rating (0 vote) 78.54 km View
Dive Club Maldives Dive Club Maldives rating (0 vote) 78.95 km View
Fulidhoo Dive Fulidhoo Dive rating (0 vote) 81.28 km View
Sea Star Diving Sea Star Diving rating (0 vote) 94.01 km View
Sea Retreats Dive and Water Sports Center Sea Retreats Dive and Water Sports Center rating (0 vote) 94.3 km View
Feenaa Diving Feenaa Diving rating (0 vote) 94.46 km View
Maldivers Diving Centre Maalhos Maldivers Diving Centre Maalhos rating (0 vote) 115.87 km View
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