Addu Atoll

Addu Atoll, is the southernmost atoll of the Maldives. Addu Atoll, together with Fuvahmulah, located 52.3 km north of Addu Atoll, extend the Maldives into the Southern Hemisphere. Addu is home to an array of dive sites, all with their own unique features including the famed Addu Manta Point, where you can see Manta rays year-round.

Airport: Gan International Airport (GAN)

Trip Duration: 5-7 Days Trip


Intermediate to Advanced Diver

Destination Info 

Unlike other atolls of Maldives, Addu Atoll possesses a natural anchorage within the atoll basin, as the atoll is land-locked with large islands surrounding the atoll. This results in a natural harbor that is very calm and safe for sea vessels at all times, and is not affected by seasonal changes. The atoll possesses four channels, which lead into the inside. In the north are the Kuda Kandu and Maa Kandu in the south,the Gan Kandu and the broad Villingili Kandu is to the southeast. There are unique features in the islands of Addu Atoll.The islands are protected from the storms and high waves of the Indian Ocean by barrier reefs. Coconut palms, the national tree, are able to grow almost everywhere on the Islands. There are small lakes, wetlands, and marshy taro fields in the islands that are unique. Also, White terns known as the “dhondheeni” by Adduans gives the Atoll a uniqueness as it is found only in Addu Atoll in Maldives.

What to see

Addu Atoll also possesses particularly rich manta and dolphin fauna. A great diversity of species has been found there. Addu Atoll is the only area in the Maldives that was not affected by the 1998 global coral bleaching. The south of the Maldives was spared from the “too warm” major ocean currents (El Niño); the bright and healthy corals start at the top of giris and thilas (about 1 meter [3 ft] under the surface) and slope down with the reef to a depth of 30 meters (98 ft) or more.

Sample Itinerary
  • Day 1.  Arrival to Gan International Airport and transfer to resort.
  • Day 2-5. Up to 3 guided boat dives.
  • Day 6. Local island tour
  • Day 7. Departure from Gan International Airport to Male or Colombo.
Dive Site Information
  •  Best time to visitNovember till March.
  • Water Temp: 26-30°C,
  • Air Temp: 25-33°C
  • Visibility: 20-50 meters
  • Current: medium to strong
Getting There
Health & Insurance
  • Dive Insurance compulsory for this trip. We also strongly advise you to get adequate travel insurance. Please check your travel insurance policy for your diving needs. If not covered then we recommend DiveAssure for single trip policy cover.
  • Dive Computer compulsory on this trip.
  • Follow Safe Diving Practices at ALL times plus No Deco Diving and No Solo Diving.

Our Recommendation

Explore Gan Island and experience its rich history as home to British military bases with colonial architecture still existed in some areas.

Although, you can dive in Addu all year round, the monsoons bring quite a lot of rain between April and October.