Amongst the best diving destinations in the world, the Maldives offers plenty to discover beneath the waves and here’s a quick look at what to expect.
Diving at Resorts
One can stay at a private island resort that features access to a PADI dive centre with beginner and advanced training and certification on offer. This includes resorts like The Nautilus Maldives which features a multi-lingual dive team, a resident marine biologist and excursions to sites in the Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Diving to encounter denizens of the deep is easily one of the most unforgettable activities in Maldives. A key allure is the chance to see manta rays and whale sharks in places like the Baa Atoll. Depending on where you dive, you may also see various shark species, eagle rays, dolphins, turtles, scorpionfish, moray eels and not forgetting colourful coral.
Another factor that makes diving here so enthralling is that you will come across various underwater environments to explore; these include thilas or rock pinnacles, swim-throughs, overhangs and caverns. You also get channels with strong currents ideal for drift diving, while one can look forward to exploring shipwrecks too!
Best Period for Diving
The Maldives is a great year-round destination for diving which is another huge plus. Generally, December to March which coincides with the peak season is an optimal time with lots of sunshine and calm seas. That said, from May to November in places such as the Baa Atoll, you can encounter manta rays, whale sharks and more.