MANTA SEASON 2019/2020 RISING
Great news! More and more mantas are visiting Thoddoo cleaning stations. Along with old good friends - Selkie, Dr Zoidberg and others, we have got Iaia and some yet to be identified mantas. So we hope for another brilliant season of manta diving in Thoddoo! As usual, we arrange transfers, rooms, and board for our guests. Feel free to contact us and enjoy divers' discounts! Will be happy to dive with you :-)
WEATHER IN THODDOO, JULY AND AUGUST
Despite common belief, summer is a very pleasant season. The first half of July was good: it's been sunny with some rains afternoon. However, frequent rains and fresh winds during the second half of the months didn't impress our guests much. So August is to take the re-match.
Its been already 2 weeks of perfect weather by now. The seas are flat, currents are mild, and visibility is good. Forecasts show another week of wow-type weather, so if you happen to come to Thoddoo in August, great tan & diving fun are guaranteed!
THODDOO DIVE CENTER IS ABOUT TO START 5TH SEASON
Thoddoo Dive Center is about to celebrate our 5th anniversary. We were lucky to pick Thoddoo as our first base in Maldives as Thoddoo now is one of the most famous 'budget' destinations in Maldives!
Thoddoo guests did enjoy the beaches (probably, the best ones in the whole atoll), gifts from numerous fruit farms and, last not but least, snorkelling and diving. Among of Thoddoo's underwater inhabitants there are sharks, turtles, dolphins and mantas.
Thoddoo dive center serves diving in Thoddoo, Rasdhoo, Ukulhas, Veligandu, Kuramathi areas to maximize guests' experience. Our boat can take up to 16 divers, she is equipped with toilet and shower. While en route and between dives, it's nice to grab some tan on the sundeck upstairs.
We will start our 5th season in the new property. Get ready for some opening ceremony! :)
MANTA DIVING IN THODDOO
Thoddoo is a great spot to for manta diving. We spot these beautiful rays almost all year around. There are couple cleaning stations near Thoddoo, and of course, there is plenty of plankton.
Manta intelligence is a hot and often controversial topic. Are they really that smart or that's just a curiosity? Many fish seem curious at times, big groupers or even sharks, but mantas behavior is somewhat different. We have met many different mantas here. (Yes, we know them by names - manta's belly patterns are unique just like human's fingerprints). Some are really friendly and playful. Dr Zoidberg likes to swim very close to divers, catching our bubbles - kinda taking jacuzzi.. In opposite, Eva keeps distance. Mantas are able to hear our bubbles and choose for themselves to go out or hide in the blue. Mantas would often take a diver for a walk - just like a human takes his dog out. Usually, chasing mantas is a bad idea. It's nothing but waste of air as manta rays are way better swimmers. But sometimes they stop and look behind, waiting for you to catch up. Still thinking mantas are nothing but big fish? Think again! And come & dive with mantas with Thoddoo Diving Center. Email us firstname.lastname@example.org or Viber/WhatsApp/Telegram +37127654614.
TURTLE DIVING IN THODDOO
Sea turtles are one of main attractions of scuba diving in Thoddoo. We spot them all year around on all major dives sites. One of olive ridley can be found in her cave next to North tower of the Two Towers dive site. Another ridley hangs out at the coral balcony of South Corner. You might need some extra luck to take a good picture of ridleys. Olive turtles are very shy. If approached by a diver, they'd escape. We strongly recommend not to chase turtles while scuba diving. First, it's not OK. As you know, turtles don't have gills, they dive while holding their breath. In distress, they might simply run out of air :( Second, it's useless - whatever clumsy turtles looks to you, they are much faster than a diver. So, save your air and enjoy your dive in Thoddoo. There will be always another turtle to spot. If you dive on Turtle beach, most probably, you'll meet hawks-bill sea turtle. They might look scary because of sharp hawks-like nose, but in fact they are very friendly :-)
WINTER IN THODDOO: SUPERB DIVING AND MORE!
The best season to visit Maldives is from December to April. Little or no rain, usually calm seas, and of course, all the sun tan you can get in winter. It might be crowded, though. Luckily, here in Thoddoo we have a lot of water to accommodate all of you, fellow divers! Enjoy Diving in Thoddoo!
GETTIN' READY FOR A NEW SEASON OF DIVING IN THODDO
With the high season of Thoddoo diving quickly approaching, it's a great time to share some news with you, fellow divers. First, we've added two more vessels in the Thoddoo Diving Center fleet. Besides bigger dhoni, we are offering half- and full-day diving trips on a smaller but faster speedboat (up to 4 divers) and a RIB (up to 6 divers). Having two staff divemasters, we're able to serve two teams of divers at once. Also, please give a warm welcome to our new instructor Dmitry Vasilyev (PADI OWSI). Now we're able to provide diving courses in Thoddoo in Russian, English, Latvian and Finnish languages. That's... not all. What else? Stay tuned.. :-)
MANTA DIVING IN THODDOO
Two beautiful mantas arrived to Thoddoo on the first week of September. Divers often spot them on South Corner and Two Towers. Still trying to identify them...
SUMMER. THE SHARK SEASON
While reasons Maldives are best in winter seemingly endless, there is a solid reason to come in summer. Sharks! Lots of sharks! Whitetips, blacktails, greys seem to enjoy stronger currents and cooler water. Another good reason to plan your diving holiday for summer time is budget. Room rates are significantly - up to 50% - down comparing to peak season! Ask for best deals in Thoddoo, starting from $50/room/per night BB.
THODDOO DIVING UNLIMITED?
How many dives can you do diving in Thoddoo? Thoddoo Diving Center offers up to 4 times per day including 3 day dives and one night dive. Water is warm (29-30C) and boat travel time to Thoddoo dive spots is about 15-20 min. Dive easy, dive safe! Maximum depth is limited to 30 meters, max dive time is 60 min. Follow your computer, always do safety stops, mind your surface time, and enjoy
SHARK DIVING: THODDOO AND MORE
For those who loves shark diving, Thoddoo Diving Center offers daily trips to most famous shark points. Diving at the Twin Towers or South Corner of Thoddoo is the best opportunity for shark diving. Want more? Join our daily diving trips from Thoddoo to Rasdhoo and Ukulhas! Sharks are waiting :)
Welcome to Deep Space, one the most spectacular site for Deep Diving. Amazing sandy plateau at -30 meters offers superb views on big planet-shaped rocks and corals. Resting sharks and rays are often seen here, as well as eagle rays flying over the edge of the plateau. The Thoddoo Diving Center invites all deep diving lovers to join this dive with us!
We captured a beautiful image of this lovely lady manta. Meet Gaia (MV-MA-2471), a juvenile female manta that was first identified and recorded in our database in November 2012. She was first sighted feeding at Ranikan Falhu in South Male, but then Gaia made her impressive appearance near Thoddoo. Enjoy her show!
TRAVELLING DOCS FOR... MANTA
Believe it or not, but mantas have their 'ID documents', too. Our friends from Manta Trust shared 'official' photos of manta rays living in our area, Selkie and Gaia. Next time we see them we'll ask for ID :)
MANTAS OF THODDOO
Best time to watch mantas in Maldives is winter. This is what we knew before. But during our dives on "Twin Tower" and "East End" dive sites we met these gorgeous animals often enough. We shared our experience with guys from www.mantatrust.org and they helped us identify mantas we've met.
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