Diving in the Maldivian Underwater
Maldives Promotion House – Home to a large number of coral reefs of massive diversity and unimaginable beauty, Maldives has become extremely popular among divers from all over the world. With its abundant marine life beneath the crystal clear water surface, Maldives hosts some of the best dive spots in the world, and because of the abundance of amazing white sand beaches, coral reefs, clear warm waters, multitude of scuba diving sites and rich marine life, Maldives has become the number one scuba diving destination in the world.
It’s fame has continued to increase as a scuba diving destination, since the 1970s when the world began to discover Maldives. From the more than half a million tourists that visit Maldives annually, about 15 percent visit Maldives specifically for scuba diving.
The Maldivian underwater offers you a chance to experience bliss like never before as the sun’s rays illuminate the crystal clear waters. Among the abundance of marine species includes whale sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, reef sharks, hammerhead sharks and moray eels, along with the smaller napoleon wrasse, parrotfish, snappers, barracudas, jacks and sweetlips.
Liveaboards offer you the best opportunities to drift dive, while all resorts have their own private house reefs and close by dive sites that offer you unmatchable experiences of underwater photography and diving. Among the many dive sites, it is never easy to choose one from the other. All resorts have special diving centers with quality equipment and internationally certified instructors.
While surface conditions are generally calm, currents can sometimes be strong, except for the wet season between May and August. The water temperature is usually between 24 to 28 degree centigrade.
The western part of the Maldives, the “Ari Atoll”, is home to the most commonly known dive sites that have been visited by tourists since the industry began. These include the Broken Rock, Gangehi Kandu, Hukrueli Faru (Rangali Madivaru), Kudarah Thila, Maalhos Thila, Maaya Thila, Mushi Mas Mingili Thila (Fish Head), and Pannettone (Kalhahandi Kandu).
Malé Atoll is divided into two main parts, the South Malé Atoll and North Malé Atoll. The South Malé Atoll, on the eastern side of Maldives hosts a number of tourist resorts and some of the finest scuba diving in the Maldives. Two of the most famous dive spots here include, Cocoa Corner (Cocoa Thila) and Guraidhoo Kandu South or Guraidhoo Corner.
The southern end of Maldives, consisting of “Huvadhu Atoll”, “Fuvahmulah”, and “Addu Atoll” is also very famous for the underwater beauty and the flourishing reefs. The region contains worlds largest coral atoll, “Huvadu Atoll”, with many livaboards based in the area, along with international and Maldivian chains of resorts including world class luxury resorts.
The North Male’ Atoll consists of over 20 operational resort islands, with excellent dive spots such as Banana Reef and Kuda Huraa, with an attractive and extensive variety of fish, including squirrelfish, bannerfish, oriental sweetlips and the more macro species, including nudibranchs, flatworms, leaf fish and frogfish.
With most of its underwater marine ecosystems and coral reefs unexplored and undiscovered, only around 2000 reefs have been discovered. While a full underwater survey of the Maldives hasn’t been accomplished , geographically each island of Maldives consists of a reef. Due to the lack of such a survey, most of the underwater beauty is yet to be discovered and has been left untouched and unexplored throughout the ages.
Diving is the most popular water sport in Maldives, and diving schools in resorts offer the full range of classes and tours for beginners and experts with highly experienced and fully certified instructors who offer supervised lessons of scuba diving, and internationally certified courses for beginners and experts.
With worldwide divers who have claimed that there is no better diving destination that can be compare with the Maldives, this island nation offers to you the natural beauty of its beaches, the bliss of its tropical life, the perfection of its astonishing culture and its marine life that just cant be described with words.