Ideal for: Any experienced diver
The Maldives or “the pearls of the Indian Ocean”, as they are popularly known, are nestled across the equator in the turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean. This island nation compromising 1,192 islands lies 250 miles South West of India and 435 miles South West of Sri Lanka and has long been synonymous with luxury and indulgence. It also has some of the best diving in the world.
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, making 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 them nutrients and plankton which in turn not only feed the reef and ensure a diversity unrivalled in the area. This also brings in the large plankton feeders the manta rays and whale sharks for which the Maldives are so famous. There are two monsoons, which affect the flow of water through the atolls. The Maldives are a year round destination for divers, but if you are looking to spot the larger marine life it is important to stay on the correct atoll.
With such a variety of dive sites available, liveaboards are an excellent way to make the most of your time in the water. The benefit of choosing a liveaboard over a resort is that the boats can head out to the more remote atolls and sites that day boats cannot reach to get the best out of the great diving that the Maldives has to offer. There are itineraries to suit all experience levels and to give you the best chance to tick a few things off your wish list!