Diving in Maldives – The Gateway to Marine Heaven
Diving in Maldives What exactly makes Maldives such a sought-after diving destination? For one, Maldivian waters are home to the most exotic marine life. Here you’ll see schools of butterfly fishes, parrot fishes, sweetlips, jacks, angel fishes, and many more fish species swimming around vibrant coral formations. You’ll be floating alongside gentle giants such as manta rays and whale sharks. If you’re lucky, you may get the to witness dolphins and other whale species while on an excursion.
Most popular diving in Maldives option is by liveaboard. Mostly liveaboard diving in Maldives are drift dives. Some dives are fairly easy relaxing dive sites, while the other are challenging and highly adrenal rushing.
As Maldives is formed volcanic atolls the tributary channel and passages between the islands are formed. Where there is always current flow through out the channels. Resulting nutrition rich waters, attracting vast number of pelagic fishes in the channel tributary. Such as Skip Jack tuna, fusiliers, parrot fish, Napolean , barracuda.
There are two types of dives sites in Maldives, A tributary channel dives, where you can expect to have more current and these dive sites are highly challenging. You can see large pelagic fishes in these dive sites and some of the famous channels are hailed to watching sharks feeding. Frequently caves and overhangs soft corals can be found. Healthy coral grown on the side of the wall forming gorgonian & black corals top the ridge healthy acropora on variety of channel pass dive sites are found.
The other type of dive sites in Maldives, is inner atoll pinnacles (also called thila locally) A pinnacle, a rock formed from seabed reaching to top shallow water of 10 – 15 feet (3 – 5 metre) in depth. These pinnacles are covered with healthy corals Gorgonian, Anemone, Hard Corals and Soft horny corals. Making these pinnacle walls a good home for variety of fish species. The pinnacles mostly gradually goes deeper and it is frequent to find over hangs walls at around 30 to 40 meters. Some of these pinnacles plates are Manta Cleaning stations, depending on right current you can often encounter mantas in these specific pinnacles. Apart from Manta the fish life’s is brilliant you can expect to see small reef fishes Sharks, Jacks, Tuna, Blue Strip Yellow snappers, flat worms, nudi branches, and sweet lips.
It’s a good thing that visibility in Maldives most of the time ranges from 35 feet to over 100 feet making sure that none of these magical sights are missed. As in these coral gardens their will be plenty of actions going on.
Planning to Dive Maldives
Without a doubt for a scuba diving in Maldives the best option would be selecting a liveaboard tour. Dive sites are scattered in different parts of the atoll. Where a dive holiday with a Maldives liveaboard will give you access to many of these excellent dive sites.
Liveaboard in Maldives most commonly does a 7 nights’ tour, which will cover 3 different atolls (Male, Ari & Vaavu Atoll). This is the most typical(standard) route which can be covered in 7 nights. Despite this being the most common route, dive sites in this routes are very good and there are selective top class dive sites which can be ranked as best scuba dive sites of Maldives.
Some of the best liveaboard in Maldives and the tours possible;
Adora Liveaboard since its begining in 2015 , this liveaboard is well known for a highly successful dive operation in Maldives.
Further information visit Adora Liveaboard.
When compared to staying in a resort and diving vs Liveaboard diving. It will give you a more exploration of Maldives and definitely more dive sites in a longer range then a resort or a land base dive centre can provide. These days liveaboard of Maldives are state of art floating hotels ranging from semi luxury to luxury liveaboards even.
However if you still thinks liveaboard diving is not for you, you can always book a dive specialised hotel or guest house (which is more economical then a resort) . Depending on the hotel you staying you can make sure you get some of the best dive in Maldives.
Below is few selections which we recommend if your choice is land base diving.
Best season for Diving in Maldives
There is no 'best season' for holiday-goers to target - any time is a great time to go to Maldives as diving is possible year-round! Technically speaking, Maldives has two seasons: dry season and wet season. The difference in temperature is very minor.
Rates tend to be less expensive from May to November. While visibility is slightly reduced by the copiousness of plankton in the water, it is for that very reason you’re bound to witness a greater number of plankton feeders such as whale sharks and manta rays. June onwards is characterized by cloudier skies, stronger winds, fairly rougher seas, and a little bit of rain, but diving conditions are still considered to be quite decent for shore-based diving.
December through April brings about bluer skies, and calmer seas. The water temperature is quite consistent during these months at an average of 28 °C. The currents not only allow for outstanding visibility, it also keeps the reef well-fed for a thriving marine life. This is the high season though, so it is highly advisable to book early to get the best rates.