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Home » Dive sites » Maldives » Helengeli Thila

DIVE SITE
HELENGELI THILA

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Maldives
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Main characteristics

Access By boat
Current Can be strong
Depth 12 to 30 m
Life Rich diversity
Time access Unknown
Water temp. 27 to 30 °C
Dive type Reef
Visibility up to 30 m
Best dive period December to April

ABOUT HELENGELI THILA

Helengeli Thila plan
With the kind permission of iDive Maldives

Helengeli Thila is a dive site made of a large thila oriented on a southwest-northeast axis, located to the east of Helengeli Island in north Male Atoll in Maldives. Each side of the formation is a sloping wall, except the west side, which is a nice steep wall with overhangs and corals. The top reef is around 10 meters deep and the thila is surrounded by a 35-meter-deep sandy bottom. On the south end, you can find an anchor that is belived to be from a ship “the Swiss” that sunk in 1890. The site is more interesting during the northeast monsoon, and you can encounter many species, including sharks and eagle rays.

The water entry can be done upstream in the current, either at the southwest or northeast of the thila according to the direction of the current.
During incoming current, divers start the dive on the northeast side, where they can spot sharks and eagle rays, and then drift left shoulder along the reef towards the anchor. Then they can ascend toward the centre of the pinnacle.

During outgoing current, divers have two options: they can either start with the anchor and then drift right shoulder along the reef, or swim on the top reef where sharks and eagle rays can be observed. This site is accessible for divers with experience between 20 and 30 meters, and an extra care should be taken with the anchor, which is getting fragile due to its natural degradation.

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HELENGELI THILA MEDIA GALLERY

PHOTOS VIDEOS
  • Blacktail reef shark in Helengeli Thila in the Maldives Featured
    09 Apr 2012
    Blacktail reef shark
    -Helengeli Thila-
    North Male, Maldives
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Maldives, North Male (Lon : 73.5682 Lat : 4.6354)
Dive site icon Helengeli Thila Dive center icon Neighbouring dive centers (10)

NEAREST DIVE CENTERS AROUND THE DIVE SITE (10)

Feenaa Diving Dive center
Maldives, Thulusdhoo
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Distance 30.49 km
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Dive Club Maldives Dive center
Maldives, Male'
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Affiliated: PADI
Distance 46.8 km
Reviews (0) video (8) Photo (40)
Ocean Junkies Dive center
Maldives, Hulhumale'
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Affiliated: PADI
Distance 47.69 km
Reviews (0) video (0) Photo (34)
Scubamv Dive center
Maldives, maafanu
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Affiliated: PADI
Distance 51.58 km
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Feenaa Diving Feenaa Diving rating (0 vote) 30.49 km View
Dive Club Maldives Dive Club Maldives rating (0 vote) 46.8 km View
Ocean Junkies Ocean Junkies rating (0 vote) 47.69 km View
Scubamv Scubamv rating (0 vote) 51.58 km View
Sous l'Ocean Sous l'Ocean rating (0 vote) 51.6 km View
Thoddoo Diving Center Thoddoo Diving Center rating (0 vote) 70.87 km View
Maldivers Diving Centre Maalhos Maldivers Diving Centre Maalhos rating (0 vote) 75.35 km View
Dive Rasdhoo Dive Rasdhoo rating (0 vote) 76 km View
Manta divers Manta divers rating (0 vote) 82.4 km View
Fulidhoo Dive Fulidhoo Dive rating (0 vote) 107.56 km View
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