The Maldives are a little island nation, the smallest in Asia, and are made up of twenty six atolls and countless islands, most of which are uninhabited. It is the sea life that many tourists come to see; the Maldives will be found on the ‘must dive’ list of the majority of divers, amateur and professional. These are a few reasons why.
Tonnes of Biodiversity
The Maldives are in the northern Indian Ocean, at the top of a huge underwater mountain range with just a tiny portion showing above the waves. The two rows of atolls are surrounded by thousands of coral reefs which are inhabited by many thousands of plants and animals, some of which are not found anywhere else. The water is warm year round, and the sea is clear with visibility up to 50 metres which provides some of the best diving in the world.
From May to November Manta Point is a very popular attraction as swimmers and divers come from all over the globe to see the huge majestic rays pull up at a cleaning station for a spot of maintenance. Cleaner wrasse remove all of the parasites from the wings of the rays at this special reef edge just eight metres deep. There is no need to be an expert diver to experience this amazing site, the rays are protected and most resorts will provide training and tours so that guests can enjoy these huge creatures.
Diving in the dark
Diving at night is a whole different experience from diving during the day, with a totally different range of animals to be seen. Night fishing is also very popular, and you can take your catch back to the beach to cook right away, as you watch the bioluminescence on the dark waters.
Plenty for non divers
If you aren’t a keen diver there are plenty of boats about to take you out into the waves. There are all kinds of boats, most of which are equipped with dive facilities so mixed groups can all go out together, and with plenty of dive instructors as well there is no better place to start a love affair with scuba.
The Maldives have a great range of whales and dolphins to be seen for those who prefer to stay above water; you can see sperm whales, spinner dolphins and even the massive Blue whales can be seen regularly. Turtles and Whale sharks can generally be found, and snorkeling with them is a great experience.
The Maldives have nearly 1200 islands, only 200 of which are inhabited so you can make like a castaways for a day or two and take over a secluded space. There are also a whole host of massage and spa facilities to rub away any worries and cares that may be remaining after a day out in the gorgeous big blue of the ocean, although with the near constant 30 degree C temperatures and mind-blowing scenery it’s pretty unlikely.