The top-list candidate for any tropical vacation or luxury destination, the stunningly beautiful Maldives looks just as good in real life as it does in the pictures. There’s so much to capture through a lens – the people, the culture, the beaches, and the wildlife. Will you choose to focus on one aspect, or will you take as much as your camera and your imagination allow?
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The Island and the Paradise Beneath
The allure of the Maldives, for its visitors, can be broadly categorized into several facets. As photographers, this may be considered a rather obvious declaration – but what may not be obvious when capturing the Maldives is to consider shooting as much underwater as you do above it! There’s a wealth of sights beneath the waves, from the alluring and extensive underwater structures to the decaying wrecks of the lagoons and channels. Beyond this, there is also a plethora of wildlife, from sharks to manta rays.
Capturing natural beauty, within and without
The colours of the Maldives have a strangely coherent palette – white-silver beaches, green fronds, and sapphire-blue waters are excellent examples of the kind of brilliant colours you can work into your camera shots. There are plenty of activities centred around exploring the archipelago, so just hunt for some unique things to do in the Maldives and you may be inspired!
Choose the best time and right tool
Just like there are plenty of reasons to visit the Maldives – water sports, relaxation, or snapping a photograph – there are multiple tools for the job. Considering the tropical locale, there’s plenty of natural light to work with, so you can even make do with a phone camera for your average shots. However, for those wanting to capture their moments partaking in watersports, you’ll want to invest in an action camera. More advanced options, such as drones will require government permission and consent from any resorts – such as the Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi.
Great Places to Visit
For the best in aquatic wildlife, make sure to head over to the Baa Atoll, a publicly declared UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and you’ll be able to take some splendid shots of the turtles, sharks, and manta rays of the Maldives, as well as the beautiful coral reefs. For sunken wrecks, try to look for the “Kudhimaa” and “British Loyalty” wrecks.