Dive the Maldives’ fascinating wrecks

Dive the Maldives' fascinating wrecks

Whether sunk on purpose to create artificial reefs or as a result of an accident or destruction during wartime, wrecks hold a special allure. Wreck diving allows divers to explore different, often mysterious dive sites, provide a learning experience, and to see the marine life that normally blooms at wrecks. In the Maldives, there are several wrecks that pique divers’ curiosity, with the following two being our favourites:

Halaveli Wreck
Halaveli Wreck, originally the “Highly 18”, is a cargo vessel sunk by the Halaveli diving center in 1991. It sits upright with the bow facing northwest, 20 meters from the reef. The deck is at 21 meters and the bottom is on sand at 28 meters. A small turtle has made a home for itself on the Halaveli Wreck and a couple of large morays have also taken up residence. Some coral has already taken hold, most noticeably some pretty soft coral on the telegraph.

Fesdu Wreck
Fesdu Wreck is the wreck of a 30 meters coastal fishing trawler that lies upright on the bottom at 20 meters with the bow facing almost north. The top of the wheelhouse is at 24 meters and the propeller is at about 27 meters. The wreck lies at the end of a small Thila that is about fifty meters out from Viligilee Falhu reef. The top of the Thila is at 12 meters and is usually visible from the surface. There is extensive soft and hard coral growth all over the Thila and plenty of fish life, few caves and little coral rock formation.

You can visit both wrecks with TGI Halaveli.

Picture by Marco Carè.