Maldives happens to be one of the most popular scuba diving destinations in every enthusiast’s list. The abundant marine life and atolls that offer superb reef diving experience are what set it far apart from other target destinations.
What to Expect
Waters are nutrient-rich and these flow up along walls, feeding soft corals and sponges. Within atoll lagoons are rock pinnacles or thila vault from below, scratching water surfaces. Divers can expect swim-through exploration, overhangs festooned by colorful sponges, and caverns. Popular cleaning stations may also be abundant with sightings of manta rays, wrasse and other marine species.
Where to Go
- Vaavu Atoll
Vaavu Atoll is most ideal to be dove into during the months May, June and July. On other months, whitetip reef sharks and grey reef may be found competing with snappers, trevallies and barracudas for space. Here, divers will be able to get a sighting of the largest unbroken barrier reef which stretches to 50km. Live-aboards are recommended when exploring this unspoiled site.
- Lhaviyani Atoll
Divers who are fond of fast and furious diving will enjoy hopping over to the Lhaviyani Atoll. Common in the area are spotted eagle rays that ease into currents through the crowds of bannerfishes, snappers, sharks and tunas. Mantas may also be venture right into the scene.
- North Male Atoll
If you're looking for a relaxing getaway, this place is for you.
- South Male Atoll
Kandooma Thila can be sighted in the south male atoll. This is characterized as having a dramatic scenery housing prolific fishes swimming through soft corals. Advanced divers may also enjoy having a go at the Embudhu Express, sighting big eye trevallies, tunas, barracudas, grey reef sharks and whitetip sharks.
Indeed, the world of scuba diving can be real fascinating, offering wide ranges of possibilities. There is always something new to find in Maldives and several amazing sightings that will blow your visuals with awe.