The Maldives are a small archipelago of islands and atolls in the Indian Ocean. Known for their idyllic landscape in shades of blue, they are the first choice for many honeymooners. The diving in the Maldives is world class and putting together great diving and pristine beaches creates paradise! The diving in the Maldives includes stunning coral formations, lagoons and channels are home to numerous species. It`s divers heaven!
Diving around the Maldives is probably the best activity you could do while you are there; from stunning coral formations, to lagoons and channels that are home to hundreds of species. It`s diver heaven!
It`s possible to dive everywhere in the country. The best time to go diving in the Maldives is November to May, and possibly January through December. The diving season in the Maldives is determined by what divers want to sea under the water. As an example, there tends to be more plankton in May which means more Manta Rays and Whale Sharks but poorer visibility. Between December and March, the waters will be the clearest. Moreover, from June to August, visibility is usually poor as the rainy seasons shows up.
Best Destinations For Diving in the maldives
The Maldives are divided in groups of atolls and islands each offering a unique experience!
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The Central atolls are the ones closer to the capital of Male and the most visited by dive boats. The Ari atoll is well known for it`s marine diversity while Rasdhoo atoll is famous for Hammerhead Sharks sightings. The other atolls usually included in this group are South Male, North male, Vaavu and Felidhoo.
The North atolls are less visited as they are further; Raa, Baa, Noonu and Lhaviyani. You’ll find untouched corals and a dense marine life on all of them. Baa atoll is great for Mantas and Whale Sharks, especially between May and October.
The Far North atolls, Haa and Shaviyani, display unique topography and enchanting dive sites. Showcasing mostly pelagics and schools of big fishes, they are also visited by Mantas in September and October.
The Southern and Far South atolls are rarely visited and well preserved. Laamu, Thaa, Meemu and Nilandhoo will surprise you with great, more active dives and a lot of channels. This diving destination mainly requires you to be an Advance Open Water Diver (AOWD).
At the Extreme South of the Maldives are Huvadhoo, Addu and Fuvahmulah, promising unparalleled diving. Eagle and Manta Rays as well as many species of Sharks are waiting for you there. Indeed, they are visited only by a few boats so divers can experiment quiet and peaceful diving.
Diving in the Maldives is easily accessable and affordable as there are many dive centers. Check out the prices, locations and reviews of all dive centers in the Maldives to find the best deal. The average price per dive can be from $60USD and OWD courses start from $700USD.
Liveaboards are a popular way to discover diving in the Maldives by giving divers a taste of many locations. Liveaboards in the Maldives can be great value for money for those who are wanting a diving vacation.
What about snorkeling the Maldives?
Even if you are not a diver the Maldives can still give you an amazing underwater experience as most of the dive sites in the Maldives boasts great visibility and depths of a maximum of 20 meters. Many boat trips will by able to provide for snorkelers if you are interested in a snorkeling packed vacation.
Now its time to start planning your trip?