Booking.com
Scuba Diving Maldives -The Ultimate Guide to Scuba Diving in Maldives
 
 
 
 
cheap air- tickets to the maldives, non-stop flight, great deals

Related Pages

10 Best Maldives Luxury Hotels
10 Best Maldives Luxury Reorts - Most Popular 5*-stars Maldives Hotels The best luxury hotels in Maldives are idyllic retreats for wealthy travellers, offering world-class accommodation, fine dining options, luxurious facilities, and impeccable services for a fulfilling tropical holiday Read More
Top 10 Best Snorkeling Resorts
10 Best Maldives Luxury Reorts - Most Popular 5*-stars Maldives Hotels Today, the main theme is house reef snorkeling - the easiest way to explore the abundance marine life of the Maldives. Located in the top 10 list of the best world's destinations because Read More
10 Best Water Villas in Maldives
10 Best Water Villas in Maldives - Most Fabulous Overwater Villas in Maldives The best water villas in Maldives offer you a holiday experience with unique designs, luxury amenities, sense of privacy, and the added feature of doors opening to a sea views to-die-for. These are easily Read More
10 Best New Resorts in Maldives
Oii 10 Eo?oea Aooee-Ioaee The new is always the best, and the wave of new hotels in the Maldives proves once again that nowhere else in the world is the ideal combination of sea, sand and splendor, as on these islands in Indian Ocean Read More
First time in Maldives
Ia?aue ?ac ia Iaeuaeau  - Aaa Inoaiiaeouny? If you're first time im Maldives and unsure about your upcoming trip, this section will put you at ease. Planning the first trip to the Maldives can be not an easy task: 26 atolls and 1,192 islands sparkle Read More
Maldives New Hotels 2018-2019
Iiaua Ioaee ia Iaeuaeaao 2018-2019 A popular destination, the Maldives is looking forward to the opening of new hotels in the season of 2018 and early 2019, expanding its portfolio of luxury resorts. To support the growing number of tourists Read More
Maldives Transfers
How to Book Transfers from Airport to Your Hotel in Maldives Transfers to / from the hotel usually do not fill most of us with fun, but in the Maldives everything is different. Forget about the long taxi trip from the airport, the unique location of this island nation means Read More
Top 10 Best All Inclusive Resorts
Top 10 Best Maldives All Inclusive Hotels 2018, Most Popular All Inclusive Resorts in Maldives With its picture-perfect surrounds and laidback way of life, holidays to Maldives shouldn't be stressful – and with a large number of resorts offering all inclusive holidays, budgeting and money Read More
Top 10 Best Adults Only Hotels
Oii 10 Ioaee AE? AC?INEUO Surprisingly, for such a romantic destination as Maldives, adult-only hotels are very rare. In fact, any resort is suitable for couples and only ones is devoted to holiday without children. Fortunately, in many Read More
Top 10 Maldives Boutique Hotels
Oii 10 Eo?oea Aooee-Ioaee Boutique resorts in the Maldives are the rule, not the exception, and many boutique resorts offer less than 100 ... or even less than 50 rooms. Add to this the fact that almost every hotel owns Read More
Top 10 Maafushi Hotels
Top 10 Best Maafushi Hotels 2108, Most Popular Hotels in Maafushi, Best Budget Maafushi guest houses Maldives is known all over the world for its first-class beaches and luxury resorts, and only a few have considered this paradise as one of the inexpensive premium destinations. Today this stereotype has Read More
Maafushi Snorkelling Trips
Nii?eeeia a Iaaoooe Snorkeling in Maafushi is safe and cheap! To find small reefs and an amazing marine life, you only need a mask with a snorkel and fins, and many of Mafushi's hotels rent snorkeling gear for free. Read More
How to Travel on a Budget
How To Travel The Maldives With $60 A Day Or Less The Maldives is a destination fast being added to many traveller's holiday bucket list. But how to enjoy a 5-star luxury Maldives vacation on a Budget? Would you believe me if I told you that an exotic island vacation Read More
Maamigili
Maamigili, Maldives on a budget, Everything You Need to Know about Maamigili, airport Maamigili, also known as 'Whale Shark Island' is an inhabited island and the only airport in South Ari (Alif Dhaal) Atoll. There are a few guesthouses, and it's a popular budget base for divers, who especially love Read More
10 Best Dive Resorts in Maldives
10 Best Dive Resorts in Maldives With warm waters and rich marine life, the Maldives is one of the best diving destinations in the world. Almost every resort in the Maldives has its own diving center and there is plenty to see wherever you go. Read More
Diving in Maafushi
scuba Diving in Maafushi - cources, fun diving trips, accomodation With an abundant marine life, perfectly blue waters and the ideal temperature for diving throughout the year, the Maldives is without a doubt in the top list of every diver from all over the world. As a dive Read More
Manta Rays in The Maldives
Manta Rays Maldives, magazine, Where and When to See Manta in the Maldives, diving with manta rays, snorkel with Manta Ray, best time to see Almost everyone who visites to the islands heard that there are Manta rays in the Maldives. You can spot manta rays during diving excursions as well as on a snorkeling / swimming trips. Read More
Tiger Sharks Diving in Maldives
Tiger Sharks Diving in Fuvahmulah For divers who specifically look for the lair of tiger sharks, one destination has recently become more popular, as an ideal location for the regular spotting of sea tigers in the Maldives - Fuvahmulah Island Read More
Rasdu
Rasdhoo, Everything You Need to Know about Rasdhoo, Maldives on a budget, magazine, guide, diving An ultimate diving paradise, Rasdhoo is an inhabited island in the Maldives. Spectacular marine life, vibrant reefs, warm waters and big fish encounters make Rasdhoo island a diving destination not to be missed. Read More
Freediving in The Maldives
Freediving in The Maldives, Maldives Magazine, snorkeling, snorkelling, apnea, apnoea While on holiday in the Maldives, where sights under the sea level compete with picturesque beaches on land, snorkeling is absolutely something that should not be missed. Turtles, rays, sharks, moray eels Read More
Hurawalhi' House Reef
Hurawalh Island's house reef, Maldives Magazine, snorkeling, snorkelling, marine life, Nature and comfort go hand in hand at Hurawalhi and the resort's house reef is no exception. After being accommodated at Hurawalhi Island Resort in the Maldives, guests usually will not leave their Read More
Maldives' Coral Reefs
Corals themselves are animals that are related to sea anemones. The Maldives are recognized as one of the best diving destinations in the Indian Ocean, and is on the bucket list of many. Sea currents give life to the reefs of the Maldives, one of the most diverse marine Read More
Thila, Giri and Kandu Dives
world class dive sites With 26 atolls and about 1,200 islands, the Maldives are undoubtedly one of the best diving destinations in the world. In fact, every diver wants to dive at least once in his life in this amazing area of the Indian Read More
10 Facts about Nudibranchs
Divers in the Maldives are all too familiar with the post-dive chatter about the great stuff, such as sharks and mantas Usually, when people think the word slug, they imagine something slimy and nasty, but this is not the case when it comes to diving. Nudibranchs is a type of sea slug, actually represented by each color or Read More
Dangerous Fish in The Maldives
Dangerous Fish in The Maldives,  Scuba Diving in The Maldives guide Dangerous fish in the Maldives? Of course there is, but in the last ten years only a few accidents have occurred. Sharks, despite their bloodthirstiness and a large number of divers never attacked people Read More
10 Local Islands for Snorkeling
10 Best Budget Islands with House Reef Snorkeling in The Maldives,  Best Maldives Island for Snorkelling on a Budget, cheap trip, manta rays, mantas, whale shark, coral, marine life Want to snorkel with manta rays, whale sharks and sea turtles or maybe above scenic house reef on your next budget trip in the Maldives? The Maldives is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world Read More
Fish of the Maldives
Fishes of the Maldives, The Marine Life of Maldives, diving, snorkeling, biodiversity, guide, common fishes The 26 atolls that form the Maldives can be well known for their stunning white sands and luxury resorts, but they are also famous for their colorful and exotic marine life. The known fish fauna of the Maldives Read More
 
 

First Time Diving in Maldives

Scuba Diving in The Maldives for Begginers

 

Although the Maldives are known all over the world for fantastic beaches and turquoise waters symbolizing the tropical idyll, the life of these paradise islands below the Indian Ocean's level is the main draw attracting thousands of divers from around the world.

The Maldives has some good coral reefs, but the abundance of marine life across the country makes the islands the world's best scuba diving destination.

The Maldives is an exceptional experience in many ways, so here’s an overview of the diving and snorkelling options. This should be helpful to the visitor who has never dived before and has some curiosity about seeing coral and fish in tropical water. It should also help the seasoned diver to decide–first of all–whether or not Maldives is a suitable place to vacation and assuming it is, then what kind of diving holiday to plan. Much of what makes the Maldives distinctive is it’s geography; where Maldives lies and what surrounds it makes the ocean here a bit different than other tropical destinations you may already be familiar with.

boat dive

Capital of World Diving

Most dives in the Maldives are drift diving from boats where you allow the current to move you forward. Because of the countless channels and passages between atolls, sea currents rush and play between the chains of islands so that the nutrients are always in motion. This explains the presence in the waters surrounding the Maldives archipelago of a large number of fish enjoying an abundance of food, and you can find underwater Napoleon Vrasse, skar fish, snappers, groupers and sweet lips at every dive site where there is current. In some areas there are very strong currents when one can easily separate from the group. If you hit a strong current, swim through it to calm water - but not against it.

In the Maldivian channels (kandu), you can explore the house reefs, caves, thilas and overhangs where soft corals grow, surrounded by a riot of colorful sponges, nudibranches and gorgonians - everything is created by nutrient-rich sea water. There are also a lot of cleaning stations, where wrasse and shrimp service serve large marine species such as whale sharks and manta rays.

Inside the atoll's lagoons you will often spot an underwater islands that grow almost to the sea level. They are known by the name 'thila' and - often decorated with sedentary life forms. A photographer’s dream, these formations raise water from the ocean floor along their walls, giving food to sponges and soft corals that cling to all sides, creating an environment that supports many crustaceans and schools of coral fish.

A little away from the reefs, you will find frequent visitors to the Maldives, including manta rays, eagles and a variety of sharks, including the powerful whale sharks. Everywhere you look, there will be something interesting and a numerous shoals are the spots where the best of the underwater show takes place. Clear water, brightly lit by the sun, is filled with the game of many fish, creating an ideal environment for both underwater photographers and avid divers.

In 1998, the el-nino had an adverse effect on some, smaller areas of coral reefs, bleaching pink and red corals. Nevertheless, the reefs are returning to their former colorful glory, and the great marine life of the Maldives has never been exhausted, and indeed many have believed that over the past few decades, the number of marine life has increased significantly, at least in part, as a result of the creation of marine reserves.

Where to Dive

Maldives diving is for all experience levels because of the diverse nature of dive sites in the Maldives. Be sure to choose the right island. Less experienced divers can enjoy the more sheltered reefs located away from fast flowing currents. The more experienced divers can enjoy some of the best drift dives in the world.

The best channels for diving with reef sharks are in the atolls: Lhaviyani, North and South Male, Vaavu, Meemu, Laamu and Gaafu (probably the best). Elsewhere in the Maldives the channels are too deep for diving.

The best sites for collisions with whale sharks are Ari Atoll, and in the atolls of Gaafu and Thaa located in the south. For exploring manta rays, the best locations are Ari, Addu, North Male, Haa Alifu and Haa Daalu, as well as the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Baa Atoll and Hanifaru Bay. If you are interested in a hammerhead shark, plan on visiting Rasdu Atoll, located north of Ari, or Fotteyo Kandu in Vaavu Atoll. Hammers and tiger sharks live all year round nearby Fufahmulah island.

Ari Atoll. Despite the fact that there are many dive sites on Maldives where you can see pelagic species and large schools of fish, Ari Atoll is the most reliable place. The atoll's waters often attract giant fish, including whale sharks, manta rays, hammerhead sharks and eagles, as well as large residents like Napoleon Wrasse, gray and white-tip reef sharks, black-tailed barracudas and bat fish. This accessible atoll is the perfect choice for divers visiting the island nation.

North Male Atoll. With easy access from Male this group of islands has become a pioneer dive in the country, really fascinating, and includes some of the oldest and most popular dive sites in the Maldives. Expect to see the breathtaking underwater topography with magnificent thilas, numerous caves, falling steep walls and amazing overhangs. The marine life of coral reefs in North Male is sharks, manta rays, trevally, black snipers, grouper, banner-fish schools, large moray eels, squirrel fish, fusiliers and much more. Diving doesn’t get much better.

With superb diving for beginners and advanced levels, Vaavu located in the southern atolls has deep channels with fast currents, generously filled with nutrients. At any time of the year you will find here reef and other types of sharks, including the occasional hammerhead shark. The atoll's area is known to Fotteyo Kandu considered by many to be the best dive site in the Maldives due to the picturesque caves, thilas and overhangs. In addition to sharks, you can spot tuna, trevally, unicornfish, snappers, trigger fish, eagle rays, mantas, giant groupers and a vibrant corals.

The most popular dive sites in Ari Atoll: Warren Thila, Shark Thila, Diguru Guri, Broken Rock, Gangehi Kandu, Hukrueli Faru, Kudarah Thila, Maalhos Thila, Maaya Thila, Mushi Mas Mingili Thila, Kalhahandi Kandu.

The most popular dive sites in North Male Atoll: Banana Reef, Kuda Haa, Lion's Head, Girifushi Thila, Middle point, Nasimo Thila, Rasfari reef, Maldives Victory.

The most popular dive sites in South Male Atoll: Cocoa Thila, Guraidhoo Kandu South, Kandooma Thila, Medhu Faru, Vadhoo Caves, Kuda Giri Wreck, Embudhoo Kandu.

noonu atoll diving

Liveaboards in the Maldives

As a general rule of thumb, the northern regions of the Maldives tend to have healthier reefs and a better macro life, while the southern regions attract more sharks. Since the islands are scattered over a huge area, and the best diving is inside and outside the lagoons of the atolls, and in the channels between, the best way to see most of the marine life of the Maldives archipelago is liveaboard diving.

Some resorts have good house reefs and dive sites around, but if you want more diversity and variety of sites - Dive Safari would be the best option to explore the Maldives.

The Dive Safari trip idea allows you to spend a week on a liveaboard and a few nights at a resort, relaxing on the beach in the sunshine or continue diving if you prefer. Please note that diving safaris in the Maldives are very popular, and if you want to join one of these cruises and avoid disappointment, make a preliminary reservation at least 6 months before you arrive in the Maldives.

Best Liveaboards in the Maldives

Best Time to Go

Diving in the Maldives is open throughout the year, but the recommended months for liveaboards are from November to May. If you wish to arrive at another time, then it may be more difficult to find a departure date that will satisfy your wishes.

The northeast monsoon comes from the Maldives from late December to May. At this time there is a cloudless sky and the ocean surface is at flat like a glass. Underwater visibility on the east side of the atolls reaches 20-30m, and 15-20m on the west side. The eastern atolls generally have better visibility, which usually increases significantly during the high season.

This is because currents flow through the atoll's channels from east to west. Reef sharks gather in large numbers at the entrances to the channels on the east side of the atolls; while mantas is drawn to the western edges, in view of the fact that at this time plankton flows out into the open ocean, to the west. The high season in the Maldives is known for very strong currents.

From June to November, the southwest monsoon comes, and the aforementioned process completely changes, and ocean currents going through the channels exit eastward; manta rays and sharks are also swapped.

At this time of the year, the skies are more cloudy, the winds are stronger and the sea is restless, although the season still brings good, sunny days. Surface bulges can reach 1-2m, especially during the rainy season in June / July, when heavy rains last 3-4 hours a day, and during monsoon crossings at the end of May and early December.

The average water temperature is fairly constant throughout the year, at around 26-29 ° C with the exception of the far south, where it can drop to 24 ° C during the northeast monsoon.

Given the above, I would like to add that, like most places in the world, the climate in the Maldives has become less predictable in recent years.

Mantas, whale sharks, turtles, reef sharks and hammerhead sharks live in the Maldives all year round; Manta rays congregate in large flocks during the southwest monsoon. From August to November is the best time to see manta rays. As for other pelagics, collisions depend on non-seasonal factors: whale sharks are more often found during strong tides, while hammerhead sharks rise from the depths in shallow water at sunrise.

The exception to this is Hanifaru Bay, usually between August and November, when hundreds of mantas and whale sharks gather on the eastern side of the Baa Atoll, where vast plankton fields accumulate. The area has been declared a marine reserve and the regulations only allow simultaneous diving for groups of up to 60 people.

Best Liveaboards in the Maldives

Safety and Regulation

Almost two-third of the earth is covered by the sea. Yet, unlike the aquatic organisms that have either the capacity to obtain oxygen from the aquatic environment or the natural means to live in an aquatic world, humans do not have a natural faculty of traversing and surviving in the underwater marine environment. Hence, humans require an artificial breathing apparatus in order to venture into the underwater world. Obviously, any such system requires regulating and guidance for the convenience and safety of the user.

The government and the private sector of Maldives endeavour for the sustainable use of its rich marine resources. This is partly due to the emerging number of divers among the tourists. In a country like Maldives, it is imperative that all stakeholders recognise the importance of marine resource management. Thus, it is important to identify key issues, enact appropriate dive regulations with guidance from the diving professionals and require compliance to these regulations from all. The diving regulation contained in this publication issued by the Ministry of Tourism came into effect from February 2003. It is apparent that these regulations will need constant reviewing. Read Full Document

  • The maximum depth for all-recreational diving in the Maldives is 30 meters. The dive time is limited to 60 minutes
  • Entry level divers may dive to a depth of 20 meters or within the limits as set forth by standards of their certification agency, but not exceeding 20 meters.
  • It is permissible to dive deeper on your second dive than on your first, and to dive deeper on the later part of a dive than on the early part.
  • Each diver must have a dive computer.
  • Always recommend a safety stop at 5 metres for 3 minutes before surfacing
  • The last dive is no less than 12 hours before the flight
  • Individual dive planning is mandatory.
  • All dives are guided by the experienced instructors who provide general guidelines on how to dive the sites safely
General Safety Advice for Diving and Snorkelling:
  • Always dive or snorkel with a buddy
  • Use the correct equipment – fins are an absolute must for snorkelers too as the currents can be unpredictable and without fins even the strongest of swimmers can tire and get into difficulty
  • Drink plenty of water before and after your dive or snorkel session in the ocean – this avoids dehydration and, for divers, can help to prevent decompression sickness
  • Follow the advice of dive and snorkel guides – they know the area like the back of their hand and want you to have an enjoyable experience – they also know where all the cool stuff is!

If you intend to get seriously involved in diving in the Maldives, in addition to the usual insurance it's strongly recommended to arrange a special insurance for divers, which, if anything happens, will cover the costly evacuation to the mainland, as well as treatment in the decompression chamber that can cost up to several thousand dollars. Insurance can be issued in the dive centers, cost about $ 10 for three weeks.

Phone numbers of Medical Centres with hyperbaric or decompression chamber in the Maldives:

  • Bandos Island (North Male Atoll): + 960 440 088
  • Kuredu Island (Lhaviyani Atoll): +960 662-0343
  • Kuramathi Island (Rasdu Atoll). This is the biggest available pressure chamber in the Maldives, housing 6 persons : + 960 773 485
kuredu decompression chamber in the Maldives

Dive Resorts in The Maldives

With warm waters and rich marine life, the Maldives is one of the best diving destinations in the world. Almost every resort in the Maldives has its own dive center PADI or SSI and there is plenty to see wherever you go. Honestly, you can pick almost any hotel in the Maldives, and you will get one of the best diving experiences in your life, but of course some offers are better than others. One of the main priorities in the selection is the service: information, the number of boats, instructors and trips on offer, safety on the ground and under water, and the team attitude. READ MORE

hurawalhi underwater restaurant

Dive Courses for Beginners

Finally for those of you who have never tried diving or snorkelling before, there are many options. All resorts will be affiliated with a dive shop most of that offers free Discover Scuba Diving in the shallow lagoon. These courses take just a few minutes and give you an idea of what it’s all about.

Diving courses or “Getting your PADI” take three to four-days and cost approximately from $530 USD depending on where you do your diving and what shop you use. Prices are virtually the same at all the dive shops since there is so much competition here. On the inhabited islands (read Maldives on a budget) in the Maldives, you can get your PADI certificate much cheaper.

Of course, other courses are also available in the Maldives, so ask at your local dive centre. Wreck diving is another popular sport around the world, and the Maldives has few wrecks.

We hope this little tutorial has helped you to decide whether or not you’ll be taking your next diving holiday here. If you can afford the time, we can offer some of the best diving in the world here in the Indian Ocean, with dive sites that are not as crowded as other places in the world have become. The area is famous for whale sharks, manta rays, exotic fish and some of the most beautiful and healthy hard and soft corals in the world.

hurawalhi underwater restaurant

Marine Life

The marine life it's not only manta rays and whale sharks to convince anyone to travel there, but there is more. Maldives is home to about 1100 fish species, 400 muscles and 83 varieties of echinoderms including sharks, snipers, parrot fish, big tunas, Napoleon fish, eagle and stingrays.

Apart from whale sharks and mantas, diving in the Maldives is a variety of different species, such as gray reef, whitetip, nurse, thresher, hammer and even tiger sharks. Although the first is the second largest predator after white sharks, no one was injured in the Maldives. Mostly sharks appear in the kandus. But you can spot baby shark even from the beach.

Big schools of jackfish patrol the reefs, morays and turtles are also very commons. The reef enjoys both soft and hard, colorful corals, and tons of little fishes, nudibranchs and worms.

Fuvahmulah on a budget holiday
 

Summary

  • Good for: pelagics, underwater photography, money-for-result, drift diving, novice and above
  • Depth: 5 - 40m
  • Visibility: 15 - 40m
  • Currents: Can be very strong
  • Surface conditions: Generally calm, but may be changeable during the southwest monsoon
  • Water temperature: 26 - 29 ° C
  • Experience Level: Beginner - Divemaster
  • The number of dive sites: more than 200
  • Access: by boat or from the shore
  • Recommended stay: 1 - 3 weeks
Fuvahmulah on a budget holiday
 

 

 

Maldives Best Hotel Deals

Booking.com Booking.com Booking.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
maldives, resorts, resort, guesthouse, hotels, travel, guide, local, information, transfers, booking, maldives map with resorts Maldives Scuba Diving, The Ultimate Guide to Diving in Maldives, dive, Liveaboard