The abundance of countless species of fishes, coral reefs and beautiful aquatic plants has made the Maldives world famous for its marine life, making it one of the most sought after diving destinations of the world. 70 different kinds of coral in almost every colour surround the atolls, with around 700 species living among the reefs. The corals are home to a variety of tropical fish in a kaleidoscope of dazzling colours, such as the butterfly fish, angelfish, clownfish, the triggerfish and the parrotfish. Hiding amongst the corals are moray eels, octopus, starfish and over 200 varieties of crustaceans such as hermit crabs and lobsters.
There are several species of large fishes that can be found swimming in the clear waters of the lagoons or near shorelines around the islands, you can even spot them near water pavilions of Luxury Hotels in Maldives like the PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi Maldives. Some of the remarkable fish species found here are Trevally’s, Blue-Lined Snappers, Dogtooth Tuna, Fusiliers and the solitary fearsome barracuda.
The Maldives are also home to several indigenous varieties of mantra rays, sting rays and eagle rays, as well as several varieties of sea anemones and jellyfish. Sea turtles like the green turtle, the hawksbill turtle and the leatherback turtle are common sights near the shoreline. Most Maldivian resorts organise special diving and snorkelling excursions so you can appreciate the beauty of these sea creatures up close.
Out in the open seas and swimming among the reefs are large pods of dolphins and whales of different varieties. You can even spot the elusive whale shark during late summers. Wherever you are in the Maldives, you are guaranteed breathtaking underwater sights from schools of bright tropical fish swimming through the clear lagoons to magnificent whales soaring through the deep ocean waters.
Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.