Diving and Snorkelling Holidays to the Maldives
Ideal for: Couples, honeymooners of all diving and snorkelling abilities
The Maldives or “The pearls of the Indian Ocean”, as it is popularly known, is nestled across the equator in the turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean. This island nation compromising of 1,192 islands 250 miles South West of India and 435 miles South West of Sri Lanka has long been synonymous with luxury and indulgence. It also has some of the best diving in the world.
This small collection of largely uninhabited paradise atolls is one of the most unspoilt destinations you'll find on Earth. Clear blue sea laps against pristine white-sandy beaches, tropical palm trees sway in the gentle breeze, in a word – Paradise! A number of airlines fly to the capital island of Male where you will be transported by speed boat or seaplane to your island resort. The majority of these tiny Indian Ocean islands host just one resort each giving a real sense of isolation and utopia. Maldivian culture is particularly laid-back, the people are open and friendly and the food is fresh and delicious, a tasty fish curry is the national dish.
- Regarded as one of the top diving destinations in the world, this underwater paradise has stunning coral reefs and abundant marine life including manta rays, whale sharks, napoleon wrasse, tuna, reef sharks and turtles, make the Maldives a diver's dream destination.
- What makes the Maldives so special is the amount of unique dive sites carved out by the passing currents which bring with it nutrients and plankton which in turn not only feed the reef and insure a diversity unrivalled in the area but also bring in the large plankton feeders the manta rays and whale sharks for which the Maldives are so famous. With the two monsoons which affect the flow of water through the atolls the Maldives are a year round destination for divers though if you are looking to spot the larger marine life it is important to stay on the correct atoll.
- Experienced divers should consider a liveaboard to make the most of your time in the water. There are itineraries to suit all experience levels and to give you the best chance to tick a few things off your bucket list!
- Experience Level: All
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- Budget: £££££
- Time: GMT +5
- Flying Time from UK: Approx 14 hours.
- Language: The national language is Dhivehi. English is widely used in tourist and commercial areas.
- Climate: The Maldives has a hot, tropical climate. There are two monsoons, the southwest from May to October and the northeast from November to April. Generally, the South West brings more wind and rain in June and July. Temperature rarely falls below 25°C. The best time to visit is Nov to Apr.
- Currency: Maldive Rufiyaa (MVR). £1 = MVR20.50
- Visa Requirements: A 30-day holiday visa is granted free of charge on arrival for British citizens.