The Maldives atolls offer excellent reef diving, much of it done at a leisurely drift pace. The Indian Monsoon Current sweeps
along the island chains, moving nutrients – and sometimes divers – along. Deep, nutrient rich water flows up along the walls, feeding the sponges and soft corals clinging to the rock sides. Inside the atoll lagoons, rock pinnacles – thila – vault up from the bottom to scratch the water’s surface. In the channels, divers explore swim-through, caverns and overhangs festooned with colorful sponges, invertebrates and gorgonians. At well-known cleaning stations, wrasse and shrimp service manta rays, and other large marine species.