My top 3 reasons to dive in Maldives

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

78 Comment

  1. The main reason I love scuba diving is for the adventure, for going under water without knowing what you may see or find. The second reason is because the beautiful and unique underwater landscape. In the past years I’ve taken a lot of pictures of the marine life which I store on along with all my diving logs. It’s cool that I can also search new dive spots or even add my own.

  2. Oh Yeah i like Maldives. Awesome place and i’ve a dream to spend time with my girlfriend there.

  3. Maldives seems like the perfect destination not only for scuba diving but for a lovely vacation too (I mean on the ground :)) Looking at your pictures I remembered the documentary about Jacques Cousteau work in the ocean and seas. Looks like you are a lover of nature too.

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      You’re right Perla, Maldives makes a wonderful holiday destination. Yes I try be a good advocate of nature 🙂

  4. After reading this I can say, you have inspired me to be better, try harder, & never give up! Also I’m totally in love with your pictures.
    My first scuba dive was at Havelock, Andaman. To me, it proves how magnetic and magical the natural wonders of the underwater world really are. I managed to dive again in Tarkarli, Maharashtra (it was not a great experience though).
    But your post help me get a better understanding of what to expect when ill take my dive in Maldives (which is next my list).
    Love always – Arushi

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Darling Arushi, You can do whatever it is you want to do and excel. I know that about you <3 I cannot wait for you to dive and enjoy the beautiful waters. Maldives is a great choice I'll admit!

  5. Memoirs of a Globetrotter says: Reply

    It looks like an amazing experience! I’ve tried snorkeling before but never scuba diving! Would love to give it a try someday, and the Maldives look like the perfect location!

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Oh yes, Maldives is pretty awesome on diving! 🙂

  6. I’ve had the Maldives on my travel bucket list for years, and now I’ll have to add diving to my to-do-while-there list! Gorgeous.

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Yes Diving in Maldives is A Class <3 You will love it!

  7. Amazing experience!!! i wish i could dive!!! Love the photos!!! 🙂

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Never a bad time to start 😉 I think you’ll LOVE it!

  8. Marvi says: Reply

    Great Photos! I’m sure the view below is equally as stunning in person. 🙂

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      You’re right. The pictures do little justice (even my photographer husband will agree ;-)). It’s stunning!

  9. These pictures are stunning!! It’s quite an experience to dive in the Maldives, the place itself is like the paradise on earth. I have never tried diving before but it must be sooo fun!!

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      It totally is and you should TRY it atleast once. You’d be hooked though if you love it 😉

  10. Joanna says: Reply

    Your photos are simply fantastic! I have never gone diving before but I can see why Maldives is a great destination to do this activity. I would love to get to know the underwater world too.

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Joanna I completely support your idea to explore it, it is magical and nothing compares close. I’ve slowly begun to recognize species underwater and when I can identify one in a dive I get so excited.

  11. Your pictures are so beautiful and inspiring. I have not tried diving and experiencing the underwater life so far. But I badly want to. Although I am afraid at going deep in the water. I will try it out when I go to Maldives

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      You totally must Neha. Scuba diving is like a completely out worldly experience 🙂

  12. Maldives seems like the perfect destination for scuba diving! I love the idea of scuba diving in theory but I actually get kind of freaked out by fish when I’m swimming in the ocean (I know, I’m a baby – plus I’m in THEIR home after all). But scuba diving seems like a whole separate experience when compared to just being at the edge of the ocean going for a swim. It’s great to know that Maldives offers scuba diving year round. That way you can plan a trip any time of year 🙂

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Erin I know that feeling. When I started, it would freak me to have the little school of fish swim by me, touch me sometimes. But over time I’ve learnt to respect that I’m in their territory and only observe. Most times they don’t get too close and should they be in a little feisty mood, I just freeze and let them check me out 😉

  13. Diving seems like a great thread connecting travel in different countries. The visibility and photos really make for the case for the Maldives.

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      It has a BIG influence in our choices of destinations, I must admit 🙂 And Maldives is pretty amazing!

  14. Gem says: Reply

    The pictures are unbelievable.

    I have dived in Cancun but it doesn’t compare to this. It was such an awesome experience for me. At first, I was scared but once at the bottom, nothing else seems to matter.

    It’s crazy to think the most alive I’ve felt was being underwater with half of tank of air.

    Love the post love the pictures! If I ever dive again, I would love for it to be in Maldives.

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Thanks Gem, I get what you are saying. I tend to still feel the anxiety and jitters but only at the surface. Once I am underwater, it’s like my fear takes the shape of more curiosity, I’m in constant awe and feel completely at peace 🙂

  15. kittytocity says: Reply

    The Maldives look stunning! I love diving and have yet to go to these lovely islands. What an exciting dive to see a white tip reef shark!

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      I know right!!! I was so excited on seeing the reef shark, just made our dive more memorable. You will enjoy diving here 🙂

  16. WhenTwoWander says: Reply

    Wow those diving photos are bloody incredible! Ours are always green haha. The Maldives looks a special place above ground let alone underwater.

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Thanks a ton :-), Also you are pretty accurate there, it is beautiful on land and underwater 🙂

  17. Amazing list, thanks for sharing. I got my PADI certification when I was in the living in the Florida Keys but I haven’t had a chance since, this looks like a great spot to get back into it!

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      I agree Matt, the visibility is brilliant and at points going down to 40 meters; it’s a diver paradise if I may say so 🙂 Clear waters and beautiful underwater life!

  18. I’ve never dived before, only snorkeled. I’m afraid but I would definitely take a trip out to the Maldives just to experience the people, water, and sea life.

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      That’s a great idea Adriana, you will enjoy the marine life in Maldives (I sure did :-))

  19. YES! I’m getting my dive certification after i pop this baby out! My sister and I fell in love with diving when we were visiting the Philippines. Maldives is now on my list, but you HAVE to go to the Philippines – clear water, lots of underwater life, and yummy food! and its sooooo cheap!

  20. Kirsty says: Reply

    I’ve only ever dived in Egypt in the Red Sea but I would definitely out diving on my list if I go to the Maldives!

  21. Julian says: Reply

    I suppose my respect for th ocean is way too high for me to go diving. Respect that you overcame your fear and did it, looks beautiful! Have you been diving in Southeast Asia? Philippines is THE place to go (I jsut snorkeled but heard of some amazing diving spots there!)

  22. I’m not much of a scuba diver, I prefer snorkeling, but I have wanted to go to Maldives for a while to check out some of the luxury beach resorts. The clear water looks so beautiful!

  23. backpackingdetours says: Reply

    Your pictures look amazing! I am seriously considering getting certified for diving one day. It seems to open a whole new world. I bet nothing else compares to diving in the Maldives.

  24. I’m not into diving, but your pictures are amazing. Enjoy 🙂

  25. electricrose4 says: Reply

    Wow! That looks amazing! Such beautiful pictures! I’ve never had to opportunity to go diving or travel to the Maldives, but I would love the chance some day. This makes me want to pack a bag and go right now! lol! Cheers!

  26. Tami says: Reply

    I have never dived. But I have gone snorkeling many times, the most memorable being at Hanauma Bay in Oahu, Hawaii. It truly is amazing to be in an underwater world of brightly colored fish and coral. We even saw sea turtles. I’d love to go back, since snorkeling in San Diego (where I live) is only okay in comparison.

  27. Punkafoo Crafts says: Reply

    Stunning pictures.

  28. Wow the pictures are amazing… looks like a gorgeous area! I’ve never been diving (and am kind of scared to) but this makes me want to!

  29. jamie says: Reply

    I have to be honest and say that I am absolutely TERRIFIED of diving. I have a thing about coral and I just really really REALLY hate being close to it… It’s a weird thing, but it just scares the sh*t out of me! I guess we all have to conquer our fears some time though, right?! 🙂

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Hi Jamie, thank you for writing in 🙂 Would you believe me if I said I was petrified of the ocean (it intimidated me, still does), but diving helps me like you say conquer any fears I may feel. Today I respect the ocean, love it, enjoy it, celebrate it but that doesn’t stop it from scaring me. I’d say go try it and once you do, there’d be no looking back 🙂 (Also you can choose not to go too close to the corals, in fact we as divers always practice the ‘don’t touch. I’m sure you’ll have a great dive experience once you give it a shot 🙂

  30. fadz says: Reply

    You have great pics…I have a PADI myself but never dived again after I completed it…might have to take a refresher course…lol

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Thank you 🙂 Yes a refresher course most certainly helps, you need to be reminded how it feels to breathe underwater but once you do it again, you’ll forget that it had been long since your last dive. I try hard to dive every couple of months, I love diving and it’s my happy place!

  31. Sandy says: Reply

    OMG I absolutely love you’re Maldives diving video!!! <3

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Thank you Sandy, glad you liked it 🙂

  32. ohh my I’m so in love with your photos!! Gets me excited to go diving again!! <3

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      I’m so glad to hear this. I LOVE diving and I’m always looking at where to dive next 🙂

  33. Diving looks like so much fun, I’d love to do it! Your photos are so beautiful!

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      You totally should Abbi, I’m sure you’ll love it once you try. And thank you for the lovely words, glad you like the photographs 🙂

  34. would loooooove to do this one day! definitely on my bucket list xx

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    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      I am certain you will enjoy it, once you try it you’re not going to want to stop 😉

  35. Olivia says: Reply

    OMG. Look at that water! so inviting. Great photos and really great information. thank you for sharing!

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Thanks Olivia 🙂 Believe me the water is that exact color and at places even bluer, Maldives is stunning!

  36. The Maldives looks like an amazing place to dive! I haven’t been diving in over a year but I really need to get back into it soon 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration, Sheena!

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Hi Kay, once a diver always a diver. Get yourself in the ocean and I’m certain with some refresher you’ll be fine 🙂 Happy Diving and here’s to breathing underwater!

  37. Ashley says: Reply

    This looks amazing!!! I’m going to the Maldives on my honeymoon this year, so now I definitely want to scuba while there!

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Hi Ashley, let me start by congratulating you and wishing you the very best 🙂 Yes, please do scuba dive there as you will not regret the experience!

  38. Sounds like an absolutely amazing experience! That water is not only crystal clear, but the best shade of turquoise too! If I ever go diving, it will have to be in the Maldives.

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Yes Maldives is truly something 🙂 I hope you dive there and have the best experience ever, much love!!!

  39. Love all the pics!

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Thanks so much Haley <3

  40. John says: Reply

    Wow! Your pictures are incredible. I’ve never been diving (I’m really a terrible swimmer), but I would like to someday. Until then I’m just going to look at your pictures for a while 🙂

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      John thank you, very glad to hear you love the photographs. Also unless you’re looking at diving deep or certifying on higher levels you do not need to worry about not being a strong swimmer 🙂 PADI offers a DISCOVER SCUBA experience for beginners and I think you’ll love it! 🙂 Of course I’d love for you to keep visiting the site for all the inspiration I hope to offer up 🙂

  41. Wow~ What a fun experience! The color of the water and the views all look amazing. I’d be in a beginners class, but I’d be willing to try it. Thanks for the sharing the beauty of your experience.

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Thanks Sara, Scuba diving is a lot of fun. The underwater is magical and you will love it. Once you start you won’t want to stop at beginners level 😉

  42. Naomi says: Reply

    I am a bit afraid to breath under water and had several panic attacks trying to learn, but your story and pictures really make a persuasive point to try again. Maybe when I go to the Maldives, I am so distracted, I might just forget about my fears. Lol

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Hi Naomi, don’t worry it happens to the best. The ocean still intimidates me but I don’t stop 🙂 It helps me to stay calm, relaxed and focused when I am diving. I’d say yes try diving your next in waters with great marine life (the distraction should work brilliantly ;-)). Hope you have an enjoyable next. Cheers!

  43. You don’t to convince me, Maldives looks beautiful. I have never been scuba diving though. Is it hard to learn?

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Amanda so should you want to just Discover Scuba (it’s for first timers or people who aren’t very comfortable in the water), you will have been trained with basic skills and have someone to guide you through the experience. For certifications, of course there are fitness and other knowledge exams to pass but honestly if you love the waters and are willing to put in a little time to understand the sport, you’ll be alright I reckon 🙂 So no it’s not tough, try DISCOVER PADI, you will love it!

  44. Joe says: Reply

    What beautiful pictures! The underwater life is indeed diverse, and I would love to go exploring here myself one day. Your husband is right of course – we really should all spend more time exploring underwater depths, with most of our beautiful planet being covered by water 🙂

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Thanks a ton Joe 🙂 You will love it and let me warn you Maldives will spoil your expectations from most other diving sites 🙂

  45. Kat says: Reply

    Stunning pictures! I’ve never had a chance to dive, but I would really like to. Especially in such a lovely location as Maldives.

    1. Sheena Benedicta says: Reply

      Thanks Kat 😊 you totally should and Maldives offers excellent water conditions. You’ll 💗 it!

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