If the Maldives’ landscapes are magnificent on the surface, the spectacle is even more impressive underwater. The underwater world around the atolls and in the lagoons of the Maldives is extremely rich, with superb hard and soft corals and a wide variety of aquatic creatures, from the smallest to the most impressive, such as whale sharks.
A snorkeling excursion, with mask and snorkel, will allow you to contemplate the underwater world and the many species it shelters. This activity is easily accessible to young and old alike. A few meters from the beach, even in shallow water, you can already observe many fish, and it is not uncommon to see turtles or small black tip sharks. Rest assured, these reef sharks are harmless! Most hotels also have a coral reef nearby, which you can easily reach. For those who wish to go further, day or half-day boat trips are organized to experience several sites. The luckiest will even be able to see schools of dolphins!
For scuba diving enthusiasts, the Maldives offers superb sites, which will certainly be among your best diving experiences. You will be able to get a close look at the variety of corals and the life that surrounds them. Whether you like macro diving, wreck diving or looking to see big fish, you are sure to find a dive site that meets your expectations: diversity is the key word to describe the underwater world in the Maldives.
Diving conditions in the Maldives are also ideal: the water temperature varies between 27 and 30 degrees all year round and visibility generally varies between 20 and 40 metres. While diving is possible all year round, the best time of year for visibility is during the dry season, between December and April. Most sites are at a depth of between 10 and 30 metres, making them easily accessible. Note however that due to the currents, the dives are often drift dives, more suitable for experienced divers. However, beginners will also find some easier sites in the lagoons, and novices will be able to take part in a baptism in complete safety, in a magnificent aquatic setting.
If you are planning to dive in the Maldives, we advise you to have a check-up with your doctor before leaving. In order not to take any risks, it is imperative to respect a 24 hour delay between the dive and any plane trip (on arrival as well as on departure). Also check that your insurance covers this activity.
Finally, whether you wish to dive or snorkel, don’t forget that marine ecosystems are very fragile: don’t touch any coral or fish, and be careful not to break the corals with your fins.