Considered one of the top 5 dolphin-watching destinations globally, the Maldives is the perfect place to spot the ocean’s friendliest mammal. More than 20 dolphin species call the island nation home, promising an exquisite dolphin-watching experience.
Types of excursions
Among the list of top activities and best places to visit in Maldives, dolphin watching, particularly during a sunset cruise, finds a spot within the top 5. Half-day dolphin watching excursions, either early morning or late afternoon, are popular options. They are offered by many hotels and resorts, including The Residence Maldives Falhumaafushi. Multi-day excursions onboard a safari boat featuring air-conditioned cabins and dining options are also possible.
Spinner dolphins and Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins are the most-sighted dolphin species in the Maldives. They can be spotted on any type of excursion, mainly short excursions. Multi-day tours afford sightings of 7-12 species, including Risso’s dolphins, Fraser’s dolphins, striped and spotted dolphins.
When to go
The Maldives experiences its best weather between November and April. However, the ideal time for dolphin watching falls between February-May or September-December.
For the best up-close experience, ensure your boat maintains a distance from the dolphins. The closer you get, the further they move away. Refrain from scaring them and instead make cheerful sounds such as clapping or whistling. They are sure to swim closer to you. Avoid throwing food to attract them as this only scares them away.