With idyllic conditions for engaging in the activity, the Maldives is one of the globe’s finest diving destinations. Here’s everything travellers need to know about enjoying a diving holiday.
Unlike most diving hotspots around the world, one need not time one’s visit to enjoy excellent diving conditions in the Maldives. This is why scuba diving adventures in the archipelago are always a possibility but those who wish to avoid diving in inclement weather should ideally head to the country between December and April when diving tours offer one access to more marine life.
Pick a Diving Tour
All diving excursions in the Maldives are not created equal as private tour operators as well as Heritance Aarah Maldives and other resorts organise tours for scuba diving enthusiasts. Uncovering underwater Maldives attractions such as shipwrecks and coral reefs can be simple and seamless when the tour hits all the major diving hubs around the atolls. This is why conducting online research beforehand and booking a diving tour online in advance is crucial.
Home to the famous Banana Reef or Gaathugiri, the North Male Atoll is known to be a fantastic diving hub for spotting black snappers, manta rays, trevallies, soldierfish, and even sharks. The Ari Atoll, in contrast, is known for its large batfish and grey reef shark population. Don’t be surprised to find blacktail barracudas, hammerhead sharks, and napoleon wrasses in this part of the country while the Vaavu Atoll is home to the famed Fotteyo Kandu site.
When it comes to wreck diving in the Maldives, the British Loyalty Wreck and the Victory Wreck offers divers the most diversity in terms of marine life.