The Maldives, a small tropical island nation located to the south-west of Sri Lanka and India in the Indian Ocean, consistently ranks among the world’s best island holiday destinations.
This chain of atolls, which stretches over an area of 90,000 square kilometres, is also a scuba diver’s paradise, having developed a reputation for being one the best places to dive in the world.
But, what is it about this place that has it on the bucket lists of so many divers? Here’s a look at just a few good reasons why you should start planning a diving trip to the Maldives…
Reasons to Go Scuba Diving in the Maldives
1. Amazing Sea Life
Into big marine life? The Maldives offers big fish action like no other island region. In fact, many divers encounter more large sea creatures here in one dive than they do in their whole diving careers.
Dolphins, tunas and massive plankton-eating manta rays thrive in the Maldives. Gigantic whale sharks, hammerheads and various kinds of reef sharks (whitetips, greys, etc.) are also common.
Other large ocean residents that are commonly found in Maldivian waters include sting rays, eagle rays and humphead wrasse, barracudas, groupers, trumpetfish, moray eels and green sea turtles.
For those who prefer smaller, more exotic types of fish, the atolls of the Maldives contain angelfish, parrotfish and clownfish, as well as butterflyfish, bluestripe snappers, anthias and many others.
2. Stunning Coral Reefs
The Maldives is home to some of the most diverse and enchanting coral reefs on the planet, and regardless of where you stay when you visit one of the Maldivian atolls, these are never far away.
Most hotels, resorts and guesthouses in the Maldives have a spectacular house reef right at their doorstep, including White Sand Dhigurah. This makes it possible to dive and snorkel when and how you like.
Although the best dive sites in the Maldives are generally found a little further away from the hotels and resorts, being able to head off for some snorkel exploration at any time of the day is convenient.
Diving or snorkelling is equally stunning at night, if not more so. Corals come to life in the evenings, while nocturnal creatures surface and those that are transparent become visible with a dive light.
3. Beautiful Beaches
Even divers need downtime, and when you’re not out on an exciting snorkel or a dive, you’ll likely be kicking back and relaxing on a Maldivian beach. Fortunately, the beaches here are top notch.
The Maldives has some of the most beautiful beaches on earth. Its 26 atolls and 1100+ islets are known for their screensaver-worthy settings with clear turquoise waters and velvety white sands.
On the sunny beaches of these islands, land does not typically extend beyond 2.4 metres above sea level, and leafy palm trees can often be seen swaying in the breeze. It’s like something off a post card.
Here’s the best part: Some beaches glow in the dark! Beaches like Dusti Thani, Reethi and Mirihi give off a magical glow at night thanks to bioluminescent plankton, making the ocean look like a starry sky.
Best Time to Dive in the Maldives
In the Maldives, it is possible to scuba dive all year round. The best time to dive, though, is between December and April, when it is warm and dry and sea conditions and visibility are good.
Conditions are usually favourable between August and November, but plankton in the water can reduce visibility. On the plus side, the plankton tends to attract manta rays and whale sharks.
The wet season, May to July, brings wind and heavy rains, which reduces visibility. However, diving is still possible as rains don’t last long and are usually followed by sunshine on most islands.
Ready to explore the Maldives? Come and do it with us! Oceanholic specialises in running diving and snorkelling excursions, particularly in the South Ari Atoll. Contact us today to learn more.