Diving North Male Atoll - Okobe Thila / Barracuda Giri

Okobe Thila / Barracuda Giri

Dive Site Type Pinnacle or drift dive
Atoll North Male Atoll
Location 5 km to the west of Lankanfushi, 13 km north of Male
Depth Range 10- 35m
Visibility
Features
Fish Life Abundant
Coral Growth

Dive Site Description of Okobe Thila / Barracuda Giri

Okobe Thila also known as Barracuda Giri is in the North Male Atoll, north east of Bandos and south east of Thulagiri. There are two thilas that overlook the reef, one is 12 meters and the other 14 meters beneath the water’s surface. The canyon that separates these thilas is 25 meters deep and 30 meters wide. The eastern side of Barracuda Giri drops to a depth of 30 meters, all other sides drop to depths of 20-25 meters. The larger thila is 80 meters in length and the other 40 meters.

There is an abundance of fish at Okobe Thila / Barracuda Giri. A school of batfish have made this place home but also expect to swim amongst barracuda, Napolean Wrasse, napoleon sweetlips and reef sharks. The canyon is covered with soft coral and gorgonians. The pinnacles too are covered with soft colourful corals as well as acropora and sea fans.

There is a permanent mooring hook available at Okobe Thila / Barracuda Giri and so boats are usually moored at this spot. Dives are often performed against the current to begin with, then with the current back to the line on the accent. The strongest currents are in and around the canyon but there are often favourable currents giving divers some fantastic rides. Conversely, when currents are weak it is possible to swim around both thilas.

Hotels and Resorts close to Okobe Thila / Barracuda Giri

Hotels and Resorts that are near the Okobe Thila dive site include, Bandos Island Resort, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, Hotel UI Inn, Paradise Island Resort & Spa and Hulhule Island Hotel. The dive site is close to Male and so there are a range of other places to stay which can be found using the search box below.

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