Diving in Maldives

When you fly over the Maldives, it only takes a single glance out the window to realize why this nation was practically made for scuba diving. Composed of 26 sandy atolls straddling the equator in the unforgettably blue Indian Ocean, it has long been frequented by the jet-setting crowd and those looking for a superior dive experience. More and more divers are clamoring for a glimpse at some of the planet’s most pristine reefs and the amazing cast of supporting aquatic characters, big and small. Throw in an intriguing, welcoming culture and some of the finest live-aboard dive boats and luxurious resorts on the globe, and you’ve got the recipe for an unforgettable dive vacation on a truly grand scale.

 

Vaavu Atoll

  • Although you might find the Fotteyo Kandu dive site difficult to pronounce, be prepared to be positively tongue-tied by the variety of marine life. From May to July, this is the place for mantas. During the rest of the year, grey reef and whitetip reef sharks compete for space with barracuda, snapper and trevally.

 Lhaviyani Atoll

  • If you like your diving fast and furious, island hop over to Lhaviyani Atoll for Kuredu Express. Humans aren\\\'t the only ones that enjoy the rush of moving water and you\\\'ll be amazed at the diversity of species here. You can expect graceful spotted eagle rays easing into the current through crowds of sharks, snapper, bannerfish and even passing tuna. Mantas also frequently venture into scene and try to steal camera time from the eagle rays and sharks.  

North Male Atoll

  • If you want to take a break from the currents and big animals to get up close and personal with the small stuff, head to North Male Atoll. Here, the rare, strange and oddly wonderful take up residence on the atoll\\\'s southwest corner. Psychedelic flatworms, batfish, stealthy leaf scorpionfish and nudibranchs all chill out in slow motion under clouds of fairy basslets, anthia and other tiny reef fish.  
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Lankanfinolhu Faru - Another manta gathering space at this tongue-twistingly named atoll.

  • Lankanfinolhu Faru — It\\\'s amazing how marine life simply know where to go to when they want to get rid of parasites and dead skin. But they do know and mantas obviously like the job done at these cleaning stations because they come in droves. The currents here run strong and force feed a healthy reef that seems to wriggle with several species of eel.
  • Ari Atoll
    • The Ari Atoll has been a household name among savvy divers for a long time and its big marine life just keeps on coming. Ari Atoll’s headliners – schooling hammerheads, mantas and reef sharks – frequently manage to steal the show, but keep an eye out for the giant frogfish. Also, look out for humphead wrasse, schooling sweetlips and groupers.  

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