Comprised of over 1,200 smaller islands and 26 atolls, the remote tropical destination of the Maldives is known as world-class water sports and relaxation destination, of which scuba diving is a popular reason to visit. Diving is a different way to see the world, and with spectacular visibility through its clear blue waters, scuba diving becomes an unforgettable experience that every traveller should make a point to try.
When to Visit – Climate Changes
With a tropical climate, the water temperature in the area remains relatively stable. Ranging from 80-86 degrees all year round, it’s suitable for diving at any point in the year. However, there is a definite “best time” to visit if you want to go diving. The period around August – November is considered the best, with calm waters perfect for diving and with high visibility.
Maldivian Dive Environments
There are many dive sites around the Maldives, such as the house reefs and local pinnacles of rock called “thila”, as well as underwater structures and caverns great for exploring. In addition, there are some wreck sites, along with the lagoons and channels found in multiple parts of the country. There is much to see, and a lot of it is easily accessible from any Maldives house reef.
Marine Life and What to Expect
The diving scene in the Maldives ensures high visibility – up to 100m at its best. This makes it perfect for Marine photography, as the country is great to see such things as coral, large amounts (up to 200!) of manta and eagle rays, various species of sharks, such as the imposing whale shark opening their massive mouths to feed, and sizable schools of fish of barracuda, groupers, and more. It’s great for wide-angle shots of an interesting vacation out to the Maldives.
Popular Dive Sites
Specific atolls, such as the Baa Atoll, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, have sites for beginners and experts – making it a popular place to visit. However, there are also certain regions you could choose to visit instead, for taking in multiple areas instead of a specific atoll. For example, the Kandooma thila in Northern Male and Cocoa thila in Southern Male are very famous spots. Otherwise, you could look to famous resorts such as the Adaaran Club Rannalhi for spots that are more accessible to the public and are easily guided to.