Best scuba diving spots in Maldives – Dive in the Maldives Islands

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The Maldives is a scuba diving lover’s paradise, with warm, crystal blue waters, white-sand beaches, and island followed by several other islands to find and explore.

This Indian Ocean archipelago nation is made up of 26 atolls and about 1200 islands, only about 200 of which are inhabited.

Best time to visit the Maldives Islands for diving

The finest visibility is from December to April; however, this is peak season, and you will enjoy the most of it. The wind blows from the north-east at this time. The water temperature is generally consistent throughout the year, averaging around 28 degrees Celsius. The river generally runs east to west, propelled by the winds, during the drier season (Iruvai – December to April). On full or new moon spring tides, however, there is a tidal current. When the tide is rising, it runs from the west, and when the tide is falling, it runs from the east. So be aware that the current may change direction at certain times. The weather can be rough and the currents utterly unpredictable in May when the winds change.

Ways to dive in the Maldives

There are two ways to dive in the Maldives:

  • If you have planned your Maldives trip especially for diving, then it is best to book a live aboard cruise in advance. It will enable you to dive all of the top locations and experience the best of the Islands. If you wish to see Manta Rays or Whale Sharks, now is the greatest time to go.
  • Because the diving packages are all inclusive, a live aboard trip might be less expensive than an upscale resort. A typical live aboard tour begins in Male, the capital. You’ll then travel to numerous spots around the 1,190 nearby islands!
  • Resort:  If your trip to Maldives is more about relaxing and do a few fun dives on your own, staying in a resort is the ideal option. You’ll go diving at local dive locations to see the lagoon and shallow coral gardens. You will have the option of staying in one of 100 different resorts, ranging from the most basic to the most luxury. Some of the resorts are devoted solely to scuba diving.

Best diving sites in Maldives

  • Maaya Thila

Maaya Thila’s reputation is well-deserved, since it is one of the most popular dives in the Maldives and frequently appears in top-ten lists throughout the world. Turtles, frogfish, and sharks can all be found in abundance at this world-class pinnacle. This place is a perfect combination of jaw-dropping marine life with breathtaking scenery, and you have good idea of what to expect.

  • Male Atoll

The North Male Atoll and the South Male Atoll are the two portions of the Male Atoll. The North Male Atoll is one of the most popular diving destinations in the country, whereas the South Male Atoll is a little less popular.

Cocoa Thila, a pinnacle that runs over 1,000 feet long and approximately 100 feet deep, is located on the South Male Atoll. This site is best suited for experienced divers due to the strong currents in the area, although it does offer a diverse range of marine species.

  • Fish Head

Fish Head, also known as Shark Point and Mushimasmingili Thila, is regarded as one of the Maldives’ top shark dives. It’s also one of those dives that many scuba divers want to do on their bucket list.Up to 20 grey reef sharks patrol the reef at any given time since the sharks were originally fed here (happily, a practise that has now discontinued). Divers may get up close and personal with these creatures by diving into a fish head.

While we have mentioned only few diving spots, some others are:

  • Amilla Fushi
  • Finolhu
  • Sun Siyam olhuveli 

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