Imagine white sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, crystal clear azure water, lush and colorful landscapes and a perfect sunny climate.
If relaxing for you is lying on the beach under the sun, sitting with a Pina Colada in the shade, or being out on the reef and having one of the world’s best snorkeling or diving experience – will you be in paradise?
If so, then there is no doubt – you are going diving in the Maldives!
The Maldives consists of 1190 islands, most of which were relatively unknown in the 70s, but today they are world famous for their many luxury resorts especially for celebrities.
The Maldives is home to more than 700 different species of fish and even in the areas where you just swim or snorkel, you might meet morays, sea turtles, octopuses, anemones and stingray, which means that many underwater photographers also visit the Maldives – so be sure to bring along waterproof camera on your trip.
The Maldives is the perfect place to experience the coral reefs up close, and with its large and varied life in the reef, the Maldives is one of the world’s best diving spots and has for many years been a popular destination for adventurous divers and snorkelers.
With hot water and high visibility year-round, as well as speedboats and water aviators that allow you to visit the more than 3000 coral reefs, you can find activities to suit all levels and experiences.
Beginners can take dive certificates and get to know all the basics and the more experienced divers can improve their skills.
Travel can either be arranged on your own or purchased with integrated diving lessons by well-trained instructors. For those a little more practiced, you can book a Maldives “Liveaboard” where you live on the boat and where everything is included (see below).
Diving is certainly one of the largest activities on the islands and safety is always a top priority.
You don’t have to splash around for many minutes before discovering why the Maldives are often said to be one of the best snorkeling places in the world. An absolutely fantastic world of coral and neon-colored clownfish will be found right under your nose.
Snorkeling in crystal clear water and just observing the life that lives here is a completely indescribable experience.
Choose an island with a house reef
If you want to experience the best of this colorful underwater world, it’s a good idea when choosing a hotel, to choose one with your own house reef. This gives the optimal opportunity to easily and conveniently swim a few meters from the beach and feel that you are in a completely different world.
For beginners, a house reef is definitely preferable as the sea here is often without waves and without current in the water, which can be experienced by snorkelling on the high seas. Furthermore, it’s easy to swim back to the beach if you need a break.
The friendly sharks on the beach
Don’t be scared when snorkeling if a small reef shark suddenly swims right under your stomach.
Small reef sharks are typically no more than 30-40 cm long and only eat very small fish.
Since baby reef sharks are quite small, you will not have to swim many meters from the beach before you can be lucky to meet one or more.
Swim with the world’s largest fish – the whale shark
If you go on a snorkelling trip – typically in a local wooden boat called a Dhow – you won’t be sailing long before you will be able to see larger “fish”, such as whale sharks and dolphins.
Since these are wild animals, you may not always be sure to meet them, but the chances of it happening in the Maldives are quite high.
If you are lucky to get up close to a whale shark, it will give a rush in your stomach you never forget. These large and impressive sea creatures can grow up to 12-14 meters long, and weigh around 15-20 tons when fully grown.
The whale shark is sometimes called the spotted monster – though the name, the friendly giant of the sea, must be considered more correct. It only eats plankton and small fish.
The whale shark is swimming very slowly, which makes it easier to see the impressive fish from the sea surface.
Liveaboard in the Maldives
For experienced dive enthusiasts, the offered “liveaboard” is a great opportunity to experience the many coral reefs. The dive sites are easily accessible and the captains select which areas are best suited for wind and weather dives.
With the many islands and reefs to be seen and experienced, staying on a boat has greater mobility.
However, liveaboard is mostly for experienced divers and requires specialized equipment.
Dolphin and whale watching
Besides great diving, there is also the opportunity to go on dolphin and whale watching. There are more than 20 different species of whales and dolphins in the Maldives, including blue whales, cephalopods and porpoises.
It is the locals who arrange these safaris and they know exactly where the mammals are.
Seeing the animals on their home turf is truly an experience and can only become one of the most unforgettable travel experiences in life.
Maldives is one of the smallest countries in Asia in terms of both population and area, but nevertheless they have a lot to offer – everything from exotic nature to water sports and land activities – so yes, the Maldives is paradise and not just the diving paradise!
Flights to Maldives
If you do not buy a package tour, you can easily arrange a trip to the Maldives yourself. You fly to Male and from here you go on. Check out fares and prices with Momondo – it’s usually with those you find the best and cheapest tickets. In addition, they also have many other good info for the Maldives.
Hotels in the Maldives
Links to diving in the Maldives incl. Liveaboard sites
Of Danish dive organizers it’s highly recommended that you check out KingFish.dk – which is Denmark’s largest online dive shop with equipment and diving trips.