Diving in Maldives
Maldives as a magnificent diving spot is respected by scuba divers from all four corners of the globe. A diverse diving topology and an explosive abundance of marine life has made Maldives one of the best dive spots in the world.
You can dive in Maldives either from the holiday resort you are staying in or from a liveaboard (safari vessel) which will take you to multiple dive spots during your journey. Most resorts come with international standard dive schools which offer diving licenses via diving courses in multiple languages. You can be a novice or an experienced diver, or you may wish to attain a higher level of diving expertise, and these dive schools will help you. Usually you will be taking out a boat during the day (or night) to explore different dive spots in the vicinity. If you wish to sample the underwater life of Maldives from a more extensive menu, a liveaboard will be your best option. These vessels sail through different atolls and offer dive trips to diverse locations in the country with the help of in-house expert divers and quality dive equipment.
Spot whale sharks, magnificent mantas, turtles, hammerhead sharks and reef sharks all year round. At every site you can witness the Napoleon wrasse, snappers, sweetlips, parrot fish and jacks swimming around you. There are breathtaking caves, caverns, over hangs and even shipwrecks to be explored at your leisure.
Maldives offer warm seas (between 26-29 degrees Celsius) throughout the year and visibility high enough for you to spot passing fish from as far as 50 meters away!
You can dive Maldives all year round. You can dive in the northeast monsoon from December to May where seas are a lot calmer and you can enjoy greater visibility on the western side of the country. This is also the time of the year when the current is the strongest. On the southwest monsoon from June to November the seas are rougher, winds stronger and visibility best on the eastern side of the country.
Some of the best diving spots in Maldives include, Ari Atoll, Vaavu Atoll, North Male’ Atoll, South Male’ Atoll, and Addu Atoll.