The warm blue waters that surround the Maldives atolls are teeming with a stunning variety of marine life. Just under the water’s surface, you’ll find vibrant coral reefs that are alive with all manner of creatures – big and small. So, if you’re planning on going on a diving trip to the islands, here’s everything you need to know.
Best Time to Visit
Though the Maldives experiences generally warm weather throughout the year, you will want to avoid the monsoon season which generally lasts from November to April and May to October. During this period, bouts of heavy rain are frequent and there are even chances of thunderstorms and typhoons.
Where to Dive
There are plenty of diving locations to choose from in the Maldives. You have the choice of vast coral tracts, mysterious sea caves and even abandoned shipwrecks! If you’re staying at a Maldives luxury resort – for example, the Hard Rock Hotel Maldives– be sure to check out if they offer their own tours.
Once you’ve nailed down the locations you want to visit, you’ll need to figure out how to get to them. The two main methods are by boat and by seaplane. Stick to boats when travelling between islands and with seaplanes for far-off excursions.
Beneath the Waves
Once you dive into the ocean waves, the true magic of the Maldives will begin to unravel itself. Vast stretches of colourful coral reefs will hide a menagerie of fantastic species like parrot fish and moray eels. You can dive to deeper areas and get up-close and personal with oceanic giants like manta rays and whale sharks!