The Maldives is a small archipelago nation located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka and India. It is composed of atolls consisting of more than 1,000 coral islands. The Maldives is known for its stunning natural beauty, with crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches and abundant marine life, making it a popular destination for snorkeling, diving and beach vacations.
The Maldives has a rich cultural heritage that visitors can explore, including traditional music, dance and art, as well as its unique cuisine, which features fresh seafood and local spices.
Overall, the Maldives is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a tropical paradise and an unforgettable vacation experience.
What To Expect
Scuba diving in the Maldives is a world-class experience, thanks to the country’s stunning coral reefs, clear waters and abundant marine life. With over 1,000 coral islands spread across atolls, there are countless dive sites to explore, each with its own unique features and attractions.
The Maldives is a must-visit destination for scuba diving enthusiasts, offering an unforgettable underwater experience amidst some of the world’s most breathtaking natural beauty.
You might see:
- Manta rays
- Whale sharks
- Sea turtles
- Black tip reef sharks
- Sting rays
- Tiger sharks
- Thresher sharks
The Maldives is home to an abundance of marine life and luckily there are organizations to protect it. One organization is the Olive Ridley Project. The Olive Ridley Project works to research and protect sea turtles. The Maldives is home to five out of seven sea turtle species, and more research needs to be done on them which is what the Olive Ridley Project strives to do.
The Maldives is also home to a large population of manta rays. The Manta Trust has the goal of a sustainable future for the oceans, where manta rays and their relatives thrive in healthy, diverse marine ecosystems. The Manta Trust helps research, collaborate and educate to help with the conservation and protection of manta rays.
The culture of the Maldives is heavily influenced by the country’s location at the crossroads of ancient trade routes between Asia and the Middle East, as well as by its predominantly Muslim population. The Maldives has a rich history and cultural heritage, with traditions and customs that date back centuries.
Maaya Thila Dive Site
One of the most popular dive sites is the Maaya Thila dive site. During the day, there is an abundance of colorful reef fish, manta rays and sea turtles. Although diving during the day here is great, the transformation at nightlife is even more amazing. During night dives, divers can experience whitetip reef sharks and giant trevally.
Banana Reef Dive Site
Banana Reef is a dive site well-known for manta rays, stingrays, zebra sharks and whale sharks. The abundance of marine life can be spotted anywhere from 15 feet to over 100 feet, making it a fun experience for all levels of divers.
Hammerhead Point Dive Site
Hammerhead Point Dive Site is famous for its dramatic drop-off that attracts scalloped hammerhead sharks. The best time of day to see these sharks is sunrise, and although early, it’s worth it. Along with the chance to see hammerheads, divers can also spot sea turtles, frogfish and wrecks.
What prior travelers say
“If anyone is into diving or thinking about getting into diving, Diventures is the absolute best! They make learning and travel so enjoyable! Can’t wait for my next trip with Diventures!”
Know Before You Go
Dive insurance is required on all Diventures trips. We recommen purchasing DAN dive insurance.
Travel insurance is not required but is highly recommended for all Diventures trips. We recommend purchasing DAN trip insurance.
If you’re visiting from the States, a voltage converter is required.
The currency in the Maldives is the Maldivian Rufiyaa, however, U.S. dollars and credit cards are widley accepted.
Air temperature usually varies between 80º – 88ºF. Water temperature is around 80º – 86ºF.
Passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the dates of your trip.
The official language of the Maldives is Dhivehi but most Maldivians also know English.
Most resorts allow casual clothing, however some areas prefer women to dress more modestly.
The water is safe to drink but may have an unpleasent taste causing some people to prefer using bottled water.
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