Scuba Diving Vacations In The Maldives

Flying into the Maldives, the landscape spells out diving wonders. The azure water that spreads into deep turquoise and then shades lighter is a definition of spectacular diving. The Maldives are the picture of paradise. In fact, it was Marco Polo who referred to the Maldives as the ‘flower of the Indies’. Plan your dive trip to paradise with our scuba diving vacations packages Maldives.

Imagine a luxury diving holiday in the Maldives on one of more than a thousand palm fringed islands. Sparkling deserted white beaches, turquoise lagoons, clear warm waters and coral reefs teeming with abundant varieties of marine flora and fauna welcome you to the most impressive diving imaginable. The Maldives continue to be the ultimate diver’s wonderland, offering a visual candy shop of marine life.

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The Maldives is special in that the area is swept by ocean currents that wash between the islands and encourage various species to infiltrate water. Explore the local aquatic life famous for manta rays, whale sharks, barracudas, spotted eagle rays and other larger pelagic fish. All are found in large numbers here in the Maldivian atolls. Scuba diving vacations in the Maldives take you to the Atoll Lagoons where you often find large pinnacles of rock vaulting up almost to the surface. Locally known as ‘Thilas’, these structures are often adorned with sessile life forms.

The Maldives enjoy two amazing diving seasons:

December to April:

During the North East monsoon from December to April a current flows from the North East through the atolls, exiting out to the South West. Visibility on the eastern sides of the atolls is excellent during the Maldivian Summer. The current is typically faster at the start of the monsoon and decreases in power as the season progresses. Although the visibility drops on the western sides of the Atolls during the North East season, this is where you have a better chance to encounter manta rays and whale sharks.

May to December:

During the South West Monsoon from May to December the current flows from the South West through the Atolls exiting out to the North East. Manta rays and whale sharks will typically only be found off the Eastern edge of the atolls as water temperatures drop slightly and sharks appear closer to the surface and visibility is just great. Sea conditions can be rougher and there is a slight increase in rainfall over the South West season, still the diving remains superb.

Equinox Months – May and November:

The two equinox months of May and November mark the transition of the Monsoon. Currents can be changeable and there is a higher chance of less predictable surface and in water conditions, with confused currents and changing visibility. In recent years the timing of the change of seasons has been less predictable. Traveling off season for Maldives scuba holidays is worth your while as there are better offers and fewer divers.

The one thousand-plus islands that make up the Maldives have a very special aspect to them that makes viewing the underwater world like no other: it creates an environment rich in ocean currents. These ever-changing waters create a diverse and plentiful feeding ground for thousands of fish, manta rays, barracudas, sharks, spotted eagle rays, dolphins, butterflyfish, angelfish, triggerfish and the fascinating Moorish Idols.

An alluring aspect to the Maldives is Manta Madness that occurs from August to October. This amazing time of year allows you to dive with thousands of mantas that are doing the run from Male to the northern atolls of Baa, or the Hanivaru Lagoon, and then coming back, again. Experiencing this spectacular showing of mantas also brings in close encounters with reef sharks, hammerheads, and whale sharks. An incredible marine show indeed!

Scuba diving in the Maldives consists of mostly drift dives; the currents sweep and play throughout the island chain making the nutrients always on the move. This accounts for the vast numbers of fish enjoying the passing feast. Cruising on Maldives liveaboards through the Atolls is the best way to cover the prime dive sites on North Male Atoll, South Male Atoll and Ari Atoll. The leeward side of the pinnacles, walls and channels shelter large schools of fish in water with visibility that sometimes exceeds 200 feet.

The channels are host to caves, caverns and overhangs where soft corals proliferate. There is a riot of colorful sponges, crustaceans and gorgonian fans all profiting from the nutrient-rich water. A Maldives scuba dive vacation offers the greatest variety and Maldives liveaboards are among the most luxurious in the world. Why not combine a stay on a Maldives liveaboard with a visit to, for example, the Bandos Island Resort Maldives or any of the other fantastic Maldives dive resorts, either to continue diving, or simply relax, or both?

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Visa  

Passport holders of most western countries will be issued a visa for stays up to 30 days, upon arrival into Male. Your passport should be valid for 6 months from date of entry into the Maldives. It also requires a valid return air ticket to a destination where you have permission to enter, together with necessary visas for the onward journey to the next destination. 2 empty pages for visa stamps.
The national language is Dhivehi. English is widely used as a business language in government offices and the commercial sector. Other languages are widely used within tourist areas.
GMT +5
The local currency is the Rufiyaa (MRF), which comes in notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 & 500. The vast majority of all hotels & resorts will accept a wide range of credit and debit cards. Please note that in some cases you may be asked to pay a service charge for credit card handling. This can range from 3.5 – 6.0%. ATM’s are easily found at Male airport or in Male town. Branches of the national Bank, Bank of Maldives, can be found in Male and other major tourist hubs. Traveller’s cheques are not very popular as they are not very easy to exchange so most guests prefer to carry cash and / or use credit cards. US$ may be exchanged at Male airport upon arrival.
The Maldives has two very distinct seasons. The “dry season” runs from January through to March, also known as the Northeast Monsoon. The “wet season” is from mid-May until November, and known as the Southwest Monsoon. Throughout the year the climate remains almost constant with average temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius, giving sunny days and light winds in the evenings. Thunderstorms can occur during the southwest monsoon and you will experience cloudy days – however the rain can be a relief from the high temperatures.
There are two main hospitals in Male providing medical services to both local and tourist. All inhabited islands have a health centre and resorts have their own medical facilities. We advise guests to consult their doctor before travel for up to date information on required / recommended vaccinations. Dengue fever and Malaria are known to exist in the Maldives.
230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round-pin plugs are used, although square-pin plugs are now becoming more common. You are advised to bring your own plug adapter kit.
There is a US$25 departure tax.

Where Are The Maldives?


Water temperature
24 – 27 °C / 75 – 81 °F

Visibility
20 – 50 meters / 65 – 165ft

Wetsuit
Skin – 3mm – 5mm

Best time to travel
Year round, best November to June

Recommended dive sites
Lankan, Hanifaru, Rasdhookandu

Above water activities
Water sports, Island hopping, Tour of Male, Sand bank picnic