Attraction North Male Atoll, SW of Hulhule Reef, Hulhule Airport Island Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Maldive Victory is special ?
Maldive Victory is located in the depths of the Indian Ocean and tourists from far and wide come to visit this spot to be marveled by the grandeur of this 270-foot freighter. The Victory was carrying tourist goods to the island when it ran aground that fateful day. Desperate attempts were made by local divers to salvage its treasures, which were already spoiled. On the plus side the Maldives gained an excellent dive site, which has slowly become encrusted with corals and fans that provide shelter to a colony of marine life and fish. To have a look at this relic of Maldivian victory one had to dive deep into the Indian Ocean.
What to explore at Maldive Victory?
The wreck is studded with extremely sharp jagged seashells and urticating hydroids. As a dive site, the Victory provides good enough underwater visibility to spot scorpion fish and honeycomb moray eels. Bannerfish, mantis shrimps and turtles have also made their home in the hull.
Inside the wreck, bottles, cigarettes and a selection of small mosaic tiles are strewn around – the only reminder that human life once inhabited this vessel. Apart from fellow divers, expect to see nothing but fish and corals. Descend down the line to the ship’s main deck and shelter from the current while investigating the myriad of marine life that have made this wreck their home.
How to get to Maldive Victory?
Maldive Victory wreck is located at South West of Hulhule and very near Male. You can take the dive spot by speed boat for about 15 minutes from Hulhule.
- Good area to visit and see pretty water nature
- Amazing Scene, relax and fun
- Dream site for diving
- Very enjoyable dives on the Maldive Victory
North Male Atoll, SW of Hulhule Reef, Hulhule Airport Island
Tips for you
So far I´ve been to Maldive Victory twice, first as part of my Advanced Open Water course in August 2012 and then as a Rescue Diver in January 2013. The cargo (which most sources say is 110 meters long) sank in 1981 and you can still find old rulers, stereos, cassettes, photo albums, etc. I´d say that most of the time you´ll want to be at a depth of 20 to 35 meters. The wreck is incredibly close to the airport island of Hulhule and just a few minutes away from Male´. Sometimes the visibility isn´t that great and there are strong currents, but it´s still a great spot to go and see.