Yes, I absolutely am in love with diving in the Maldives. We’ve dived in Maldives a fair number of times and it stands our favorite, undefeated. Maldives has a welcoming culture and once you’ve soaked in the luxurious relaxed atmosphere around you, it becomes an unforgettable trip. The tropical energy with the seemingly never ending coconut palms, white sand beaches, thousands of coral islands, extensive reefs, blue lagoons and fresh sea food makes Maldives a popular travel destination.
It was easy for us to decide to travel to Maldives because it had everything we love; the water, the sun, great food and long stretches of white sandy beaches to bask in. And let me tell you, Maldives looks as exquisite and alluring as all those photographs you see of it. It is also slightly different than the rest of the world; limited in its resources and arguably at the mercy of the seas but they still manage to maintain a flourishing coral ecosystem and abundance of marine life which is truly commendable.
Getting Dive Ready
If you are a certified scuba diver already then all you will need to do is connect with a dive school of choice and plan your diving schedule. We are Advanced Open Water Divers and always pick PADI shops as a starting point, then talk to them ahead of our trip to predetermine the number of dives we intend to do, what kind of possible dive spots we can choose from (remember not everything can be decided as the weather conditions can change and with that dive conditions too) but it helps to have an idea.
But if it is your first time, don’t worry, you just need to contact a school of choice and they will help prepare you for your Discover diving experience. You’ll likely have a short training in a pool or shallow open water to get you used to the feeling of breathing underwater before you’re taken out into the deep sea. Just try to stay calm, listen to what’s being told and not panic. First time or experienced; scuba diving is an activity that requires you to be aware and calm always (it’s more enjoyable that way!)
Unbelievable Dive Visibility
This is my most remarkable diving yet. My top reason for diving in Maldives is its visibility. The boat takes us into the ocean and then we anchor boat to start our dive. We slowly descend into the depths of the India Ocean, losing sight of the boat at the surface. Here strong winds and unsettled waves are replaced by water that’s clear as glass. Your eyes will feel like it’s in a magical place, the kaleidoscope of colors will mesmerize you; its beauty instantly casting a spell on you, preparing you for the treat in store.
My husband; also my dive buddy and I slowly make our way at leisure drift pace as the currents sweeps along the multiple islands. The visibility is at 30 meters and more, which any diver will tell you is brilliant. This means you can see so much more, the water is clear as an aquarium. You can easily appreciate the plethora of sprawling corals and rich marine life. Because the waters are unclouded, you can clearly make out the different types of fish families and coral life underwater to much detail. Also the visibility makes it ideal to plan night and wreck dives.
Myriad of Under Water Life
Tides of the Indian Ocean flow in and out through the channels that were created as oceanic currents eroded atolls over time, and in doing so contributed to the existence of millions and millions of microscopic plant cells, tiny marine animals and larvae, which is collectively called plankton. This attracts sea creatures further up in the food chain and thus builds the rich and diverse marine community Maldives has. It is home to some of the most spectacular underwater life.
Underwater Life in Maldives is prolific. We encountered massive schools of my favorite pelagic fishes like the Giant Trevally and Barracuda, the colorful Butterfly fish, Sweetlips, Frogfish, Leaf fish, Napoleaon Wrasses, a multitude of nudibranchs, unique crustaceans and molluscs offering a spectacle of their own and gentle sea turtles. Add to this the Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Moral Eels and Giant Eels along with amazing coral reefs were already making this a great dive but then we sighted a couple of Nurse Sharks and White Tip Reef Sharks which made it that much more exciting.
Dive anytime in Maldives
Unlike most other dive destinations around the world, it is possible to dive in Maldives all year around. While the dry season between December and March is arguably the better time to plan a dive trip here, one can still dive through the year. The Monsoons with rain, winds and waves will affect visibility, but diving here will still be quite good. From my knowledge, most dive spots are open all twelve months in the year, thus opening up more opportunities for you to make a dive trip to Maldives happen.
The hundreds of Islands offer an enormous playground for divers to explore. Their 26 atolls spread over 90000 square kilometers is considered best in the world. For divers like us, seeking extraordinarily clear waters, coral reefs brimming with life, sunken ship wrecks, and abundant varieties of marine species, the atolls of the Maldives have it all. It is ideal to take underwater photographs here; with the visibility it offers and that combined with the rich marine life renders it just perfect!
Diving makes us very happy
There are many reasons we scuba dive but most importantly it makes us very happy. No matter where you’re diving it is different every time you go. In our travels, we’ve dived in many tropical waters around the world but each destination offers you its own charm. My husband often says with 70% of the world covered in water, there’s so much still to explore. I agree, it is an adventure worth embarking upon. I am most at peace underwater, I get to see different kinds of marine life first hand and wherever you go, the diving community is cool and you get to meet some pretty awesome people.
For a fun Island experience, do check out my previous blog 5 Things to do in Koh Phi Phi