The Maldives has a world-class diving reputation. The water’s average year-round temperature is a balmy 29°C and the diving has excellent visibility of approximately 30 – 40 meters. Visibility is usually only lowered due to the presence of plankton, which can encourage Whale Shark activity. There really is no downside to this!
The Maldivian waters teem with an abundance of marine life. Two thousand species of tropical fish busy themselves amidst the brightly coloured palette of coral amongst which, parrotfish, napoleon wrasse, surgeonfish, batfish, anemone fish, oriental sweetlips, fusiliers, squirrelfish, Moorish idols, tuna trevally, sailfish, and barracuda are common in these waters.
A number of species of Sea Turtles: sharks – including Reef, Nurse, Guitar, Thresher, Hammerhead and occasionally Tiger Sharks can be found as well as several species of Ray, inclusive of Manta Rays, that glide between the organic, underwater architecture ablaze with tiers of color and texture of various hard and soft coral and sponges where Table, Fan, and Staghorn Corals can be found. Those who are fascinated with the “finer details” will be delighted by the numerous nudibranchs and shrimps that can be found.
Dives are accommodated to suit both your abilities and the current conditions. Those qualified for drift dives may wish for the opportunity to observe large pelagics such as sharks or Barracuda hunting in medium to strong currents.