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Protected Dive Sites

15 important marine dive sites were established as marine protected areas in 1996, registered in the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Water and managed by the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation. In 1999 additional 10 dive sites were declared as protected areas established in the Ministry of Home Affairs. Anchoring, and fishing except for traditional bait-fishing and destructive activities are strictly prohibited in these sites.

Atoll Dive Site Local Name GPS Location
Male’ Atoll  Makunudhoo Channel  Makunudhoo kandu Olhi  N 04 33’  E73 22’ 
Male’ Atoll  Rasfari island and the outside reef  Rasfaree aai vashaigenvaa faru  N 04 24’  E73 20’ 
Male’ Atoll  H.P Reef  Thanburudhoo Thila  N 04 19’  E73 34.5’ 
Male’ Atoll  Banana Reef  Gaathu Giri nuvatha Adhdhashu Giri  N04 14.5’  E73 32’ 
Male’ Atoll  Giravaru Kuda Haa  Giravaru Kuda Haa  N04 13’  E73 24.5’ 
Male’ Atoll  Lions Head  Dhekunu Thila Falhuge Miyaruvani  N04 11’  E73 25.5’ 
Male’ Atoll  Hans Hass Place;
Kikki Reef;
Dragons Mouth 
Gulhi falhuge medhugai onna kollavaani  N04 10.5’  E73 28’ 
Male’ Atoll  Emboodhoo Channel  Emboodhoo Kandu Olhi  N04 05’ E73 32’ 
Male’ Atoll  Guraidhoo Channel  Guraidhoo Kandu Olhi  N03 54’ E73 28’ 
Ari Atoll  Maayaa Thila  Maaya Thila  N04 05’  E72 51.5’ 
Ari Atoll  Orimas Thila  Magau Thila  N03 59’  E72 57’ 
Ari Atoll  Fish Head  Mushimasmigili Thila  N03 57.5’  E72 55’ 
Ari Atoll  Pink Shark Thila  Kuda Rah Thila  N03 34’  E72 55’ 
Vaavu Atoll  Miyaru Kandu  Dhevana Kandu  N03 35’  E73 30’ 
Lhaviyani Atoll  Fushifaru Kandu  Fushifaru Kandu  N05 29’  E73 31’ 
Baa  Dhigali Haa or Horubadhoo Thila  Dhigali Haa  N05’08.842  E73’02.430 
Dhaalu  Fushi Kandu  Fushi Kandu  N03 00’  E72 55.9’ 
Faafu  Filitheyo Kandu  Filitheyo Kandu  N03 2.30  E73 13.0 
Lhaviyani  Kuredhu Express  Kuredhu Kanduolhi/Kuru Kanduolhi  N05’ 33.5  E73’ 29.0 
Meemu  Hakura Thila  Lhazikuraadi  N02 56’  E073 32’ 
North Ari  Kari Beyru Thila  Kari Beyru Thila  N04’ 05.6  E73’ 57.2 
North Male’  Nasimo Thila/ Paradise Rock
Blue Caves / Virgin Reef
Blue Shadow 
Lankan Thila / Kalhi Bodu Thila  N04’ 17.133  E73’ 
Raa  Anemone City  Vilingili Thila  N05’ 32.0  E72’ 58.4 
South Ari  Madivaru  Faruhuravalhi Beyru  N03,35.5  E72,43.5 
Vaavu  Vattaru Kandu  Vattaru Kandu  N03 13.5  E73 25.5 
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