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Home » Dive sites » Maldives » Velavaru Thila

DIVE SITE
VELAVARU THILA

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Maldives
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Main characteristics

Access By boat
Current Can be strong
Depth 8 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 All year

ABOUT VELAVARU THILA

Velavaru Thila plan
With the kind permission of iDive Maldives

The dive site VELAVARU THILA is long a formation located south of Velavaru resort island in Maldives composed of three distinct thilas. During incoming currents, visiting all three thilas is made possible by drifting with the current. The western thila is the most interesting: it lies on a sandy bottom at around 30m and presents many overhangs and sea fans on most of its sides, and hosts reef fauna. Sharks can sometimes be spotted near the pinnacle.

The water entry can be performed on the west side of the thila closer to the channel entry in order to drift over the whole formation according to the current. Divers will need to spend minimal time at the surface during strong currents. A prior current check will be necessary to determine the best area to explore and if it is possible to explore the whole site.

Divers start by moving along the pinnacles from east to west towards the western pinnacle. Most of the wildlife will be found on the wall exposed to the current. Divers can then explore the surrounding area, and end the dive on the shallower top reef.

The ascent and safety stop are usually performed in open water, and the recovery by the dhoni is done at the divers' exit point.

The sea fans present on the site grow perpendicularly to the current. This is the way they filter, breathe and feed, but also get the risk of trapping little objects that asphyxiate them. Divers can remove these objects extremely delicately if they want to help the preservation of these beautiful creatures.
This dive site is accessible throughout the year and divers will need to have some experience at 20-30 meters.

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Maldives, South Nilandhe (Lon : 73.0228 Lat : 2.9671)
Dive site icon Velavaru Thila Dive center icon Neighbouring dive centers (12)

NEAREST DIVE CENTERS AROUND THE DIVE SITE (12)

Fulidhoo Dive Dive center
Maldives, Fulidhoo Island
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Affiliated: PADI
Distance 90.52 km
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Manta divers Dive center
Maldives, K. Guraidhoo
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Distance 114.99 km
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Dive Rasdhoo  Dive center
Maldives, Rasdhoo
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Distance 144.06 km
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Sous l'Ocean Dive center
Maldives, Male'
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Affiliated: PADI, CMAS, NA...
Distance 144.61 km
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Distance
Fulidhoo Dive Fulidhoo Dive rating (0 vote) 90.52 km View
Manta divers Manta divers rating (0 vote) 114.99 km View
Dive Rasdhoo Dive Rasdhoo rating (0 vote) 144.06 km View
Sous l'Ocean Sous l'Ocean rating (0 vote) 144.61 km View
Scubamv Scubamv rating (0 vote) 144.8 km View
Ocean Junkies Ocean Junkies rating (0 vote) 149.46 km View
Dive Club Maldives Dive Club Maldives rating (0 vote) 150.39 km View
M.ALLEDIVES M.ALLEDIVES rating (0 vote) 163.59 km View
Thoddoo Diving Center Thoddoo Diving Center rating (0 vote) 163.77 km View
Feenaa Diving Feenaa Diving rating (0 vote) 171.45 km View
Sea Retreats Dive and Water Sports Center Sea Retreats Dive and Water Sports Center rating (0 vote) 171.46 km View
Maldivers Diving Centre Maalhos Maldivers Diving Centre Maalhos rating (0 vote) 241.28 km View
SPECIES OBSERVED IN VELAVARU THILA
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