The Maldives is renowned for the large pelagics that visit the area and the reefs that form channels and lagoons, along with encounters with some of our ocean favourites such as whale sharks, mantas, eagle rays, reef sharks, nurse sharks, and hammerheads. There are also some stunning channels with beautiful soft corals, along with amazing pinnacles to be explored.
Diving the Maldives is year-round, with its hot tropical climate. There are two monsoons, the southwest from May to October and the northeast from November to April. Generally, the southwest brings more wind and rain in June and July, and a plankton bloom in early May can cause lower visibility but attracts whale sharks and manta rays. The peak time to visit is generally November to March.
Liveaboard safaris are a popular choice for divers as they get you to those harder to reach dive sites, that are further from land, in style and comfort. Itineraries such as ‘The Best of The Maldives’ take you to some of the most iconic sites of North Male, South Male and Aril Atoll giving a wonderful mix of shark and manta dives, along with reef dives and abundant macro life. Experience the multiple manta cleaning stations, a night dive in sheltered moorings, and snorkelling with whale sharks if you’re lucky!
If you are staying at a resort then your package will usually include house reef diving and boat dives, although this can be tailormade to suit your preferences. Often the house reef diving is unlimited so you can spend as much time in the water as you wish, and then jump aboard a boat when you feel like going further afield. Get kitted up, or grab your snorkel gear and go and explore the house reef where you could come across turtles, schools of jacks, eagle rays and napoleons to name but a few.