On the thirteenth of February in 1981, the Maldives Victory, a massive freighter ship, ran aground on Huluhe, the Maldivian island near Male where the airport is situated. The ship sank the very next day and sits on the ocean floor roughly twenty five metres below the surface. It has since become a popular dive spot and is accessible throughout the year. The wreck is roughly one hundred metres long and many parts of the ship can be explored. This includes the three cargo holds, which still contains shipments of food, construction material and other essentials, the bridge and the captain’s cabin. More adventurous divers can explore the different levels of the ship.
The diving spot is only accessible when the currents are not too strong. There is a buoy that marks the wreck’s location and where boats are moored. Divers can go down a guideline that connects the buoy to the ship’s mast. Although the shipwreck is the main attraction, the region is also home to a variety of colourful fish. The area is home to snappers, lionfish and gigantic batfish. Divers should take special care when exploring the ship to avoid cutting oneself on sharp shards that protrude from the ship. One should also be cautious around the stinging jellyfish that can usually be found around the ship.
Scuba diving is one of the most popular pastimes in Maldives because the waters around it are so full of life. The islands themselves are something of a geological oddity and are made completely out of coral, which is what makes it the ideal home for so many different fish. Those who are averse to diving can try snorkelling as marine life abounds even at shallow depths. Tourists can also try out a variety of water sports such as wind surfing, jet skiing and paragliding.
As a top holiday destination tourists will not be disappointed with the facilities found here. Travellers looking for the very best Maldives Island resorts can try places such as the Adaaran Hudhuranfushi. The Maldives Resort offers water bungalows and has plenty of facilities for water sports.