Incredible Underwater Scenery of The Christmas Rock
Maldivian underwater experiences are compared to none with the countries 99% covered by sea, the island nation offers a vast number of diving spots. Shipwrecks and magical coral formations are found across the atolls.
Located in the mid-northern region of the Maldives, Noonu Atoll features one of the country’s most famed diving spots, The Christmas Rock. Named after its shape the dive spot attracts divers from around the world mostly during the festive seasons. Even though, the dive spot delivers exceptional underwater scenes throughout the year.
The structure of the Thila has a pointed top and different levels which get wider as the depth increases, forming an accurate visual representation similar to a Christmas tree. Not only the structure but the colorful soft corals and rocks acts as tree decorations which are truly fascinating to experience underwater. Christmas Rock dive site consists of the main Thila (Christmas Tree) and followed by a much shallower Giri (reef) located where the usual dive ends.
Divers are promised sightings of a great number of colorful fishes in large schools along with lionfishes, scorpionfishes and different types of sharks including, nurse sharks and white tip sharks along with grey reef sharks. Sightings of turtles are expected but note that not that it happens quite rarely.
The Noonu Atoll is the home of many of the top luxury resorts in the Maldives. Including the Cheval Blanc Randheli, Velaa Private Island, The Sun Siyam Irufushi and Movenpick Maldives Kuredhivaru, the atoll giving luxury stay options for divers who are eager to experience the Christmas Rock. For budget travelers, the local islands in the Atoll has local guest houses, a perfect way to get in touch with the natives and get a true Maldivian experience.