Impressive visibility, warm waters, and extensive coral reefs all make Maldives diving holidays special. As one of the most desired locations in the world for scuba diving, the Maldives attracts many travelers each year not only for their pristine beaches, but for what lies beneath the Indian Ocean. Scuba diving in Maldives is the most popular water activity for vacationers, along with snorkeling: The visibility in the Maldives is so fantastic that you can often see just as well from the surface. If you want to learn to dive in Maldives, there are many dive schools available to expose you to the beauty of the coral reefs.
Maldives diving if offered at almost every resort across the islands. All international scuba certifications are accepted, and if you’re looking to earn a certification, you can do so in the Maldives as well. Multilingual staff are professional, instructed on safety, and eager to share with fellow ocean enthusiasts the wonders of the sea. Advanced classes are also available for scuba diving in Maldives, which feature night diving and underwater photography. With a location on the equator and consistent weather year-round, diving excursions are almost never canceled.
Maldives diving holidays can include other water adventures as well. The islands are considered one of the top five places in the world for dolphin and whale watching tours, and many travelers combine diving excursions with the chance to see whales in their natural environment. For every level of experience, there is a great place to dive in Maldives. A shipwreck called Wreck of the Maldives Victory allows divers to explore a ship that sunk in 1981. More natural underwater wonders include Banana Reef (where fish show no fear of divers and don’t swim away), Barracuda Giri (where black coral and barracuda can be seen), and Manta Point (where divers can get up close to rays).
A lot of Maldives diving takes place close to shore. Other diving destinations may require lengthy boat rides to arrive at the best diving locations, but this is not the case in the Maldives. Many islands boast reefs that are an easy swimming distance from the shore, making an independent afternoon snorkel an attainable possibility. For adventurous travelers, scuba diving in Maldives can also include close encounters with sharks. Shark Point is home to friendly gray reef sharks and whitetip reef sharks, which are not dangerous and will approach divers. They like this area because the currents are strong, making it appropriate only for divers with a certain level of experience.
Maldives diving holidays can be booked in packages in order to keep the price down. If you are planning on diving every day, booking a package with a tour company that is recommended by your resort can help you to achieve the best value on your vacation. If you are looking to take lessons or earn your certification, this doesn’t need to be reserved in advance. There are many Maldives diving schools and almost always availability to go for a dive on short notice, a plus as the incredible diversity of marine life, stunning coral reefs, and warm waters might lure you back for a dive day after day.