With its white sandy shores, crystal clear waters, amazing array of marine life and exquisite over water luxury resorts, its no secret the Maldives is paradise discovered. With whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, hammerhead sharks and so many more incredible species making their home in the Maldives, it attracts snorkelling and diving fanatics the world over. And if you’re a water baby like me, you really don’t want to miss these eight amazing diving adventures in this exquisite archipelago:
1. Enjoy a luxury dive and spa experience like no other
With a new era of liveaboards, reaching the best dive spots in the Maldives doesn’t mean sacrificing on luxury for a great adventure! Onboard the Scubaspa you can combine amazing spa treatments with some of the world’s best scuba diving through their unique combination package.
2. Help clean up our seas
A number of the Maldives liveaboards offer the opportunity to join up with coral reef rescue and rehabilitation teams on marine expeditions that are adventurous, exciting and give back to the underwater world. These programs include opportunities like cataloging starfish, cleaning the oceans of plastic or rescuing the reef from invasive species and provide keen divers the chance to work alongside others that share their marine conservation interest. For more information click here.
3. Scuba with a resident marine biologist
Many of the Maldives’ top luxury resorts offer incredible dive centres run by not only great dive teams but also resident marine biologists. That means you can spend your days learning all about the vast array of species that call the Indian Ocean home from the people that are trying to protect them! It doesn’t get any better than that!
4. Even the little ones can learn to dive
Some of the best resorts in the Maldives are so amazing about catering to families that they even offer opportunities to introduce the little ones to the sport. Activities for little ones can include learn to surf programs, mini snorkelling and even bubble blowing classes!
5. Dive with the giants of the deep
Maldives is the best place in the world to tick off those bucket list adventures. Large pelagic species include whale sharks and manta rays which are best seen during the feeding season between May and November in the Hanifaru Bay area. But if it’s a truly exciting encounter that you’re after then you need to hop on a liveaboard for a trip between January and March to experience the Maldives shark season at its best!