Diving in the Maldives is something to be included in your “bucket list”. Water, more than land is what makes the Maldives. Almost everyone is smitten by the picture perfect views from above. The fine white sandy beaches with its perfect tall palm trees and the clear blue waters of the lagoons surrounding these tiny islands in the Maldives brings all the cameras out as you descend on to the international airport.
It is advisable to not stop there, carry your cameras along under the water. An abundance of marine life awaits you with all their stunning colors and majestic glory. Whether you stay on a resort island or on a live aboard, you will not be disappointed. Most of the resort islands have fantastic house reefs giving you ample opportunity to follow the different marine life. If you are not ready to dive yet, do not worry. You can always snorkel along the house reef with guides helping you along. Rest assured, you will come back for more and end up diving in the Maldives with the most beautiful memories you can always talk about, even to your grand-kids.
The abundance of marine life throughout the country sets the Maldives apart from other dive destinations. Due to the myriad channels and passages between the atolls, the currents sweep and play throughout the island chain so that nutrients are always on the move. This accounts for the huge numbers of fish enjoying the passing feast and you can expect the Napoleon wrasse, Parrotfish, Fusiliers, Snappers, and Sweetlips at almost every dive site.
Two main features you are likely to encounter in the Maldives are current swept channels and the pinnacles which act like magnets for the abundant marine life. All invertebrates and gorgonian fans profit from the nutrient-rich water. You will come across many cleaning stations where cleaning wrasse and shrimps service the larger marine species. You will often come across the pinnacles vaulting up almost to the surface. These pinnacles are locally known as “Thilas” and are full of sessile life forms. Some of the unforgettable “thilas” in the Maldives are Nika Point and Ukulhas Thila! A “Giri” is also like an underwater mountain but is very shallow at the surface. “Giris” are mostly inside the atolls and less exposed to currents.
In the channels, there are swim-throughs, caverns and overhangs festooned with colorful sponges, invertebrates and gorgonians to explore. Slightly removed from the reefs, it is very likely you will spot the pelagic that frequent the Maldives including manta rays, eagle rays and a variety of sharks including the mighty whale shark. Wherever you are diving, there is something of interest going on. For many dive enthusiasts it is the shallows where some of the best action takes place. The clear waters are brightly illuminated by the sun’s rays and plays host to a great number of fish. This provides both divers and photographers with the ideal environments to explore more and capture beautiful memories.
You can experience some of the best dives in the Maldives in Lhaviyani Atoll, Vaavu Atoll, North Male’ Atoll, South Male’ Atoll, North Ari Atoll, South Ari Atoll, Raa Atoll and Laamu Atoll. You can also explore as there is so much more out there to explore under the clear blue waters of the Maldives. Ari Atoll, being the second largest atoll in the Maldives offers you the most amazing dive sites you with many options of different categories of resort islands dotting this atoll chain.
You have options to dive in the Maldives. Book your accommodation in one of the best dive resorts in any of the atolls or book your whole stay on one of the many liveaboards. Liveaboards or Dive Safaris take you on short and long dive trips covering three to four atolls on one trip giving you the chance to experience different dive sites and several marine life.
Whether you choose a Dive Resort or a Liveaboard, you will not be disappointed by the dive experiences you get in the Maldives.
Whale sharks, hammerheads and many others are present throughout the year. Mantas in large numbers are present all year round too but the peak time is from August to November. Let us know when you plan to visit Maldives for the dive experience of a lifetime and we will help you plan your diving holiday in the Maldives.