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Scuba Diving & Snorkeling in Maldives

Explore the seabed around Maldives—its numerous channels and lagoons teem with marine wildlife

Best time: January–April

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Meet the greatest variety of marine creatures, from the tiniest plankton organisms to huge fish like white sharks. During an underwater adventure you'll be able to see up to 1,000 species of fish, whales, dolphins, crabs, shrimps, sponges, corals, and so much more. Make sure to explore the gems hidden in numerous channels between hundreds of islands, these waterways unite the Indian Ocean with lagoons and could shelter any wandering species. Besides, there are shallow areas inside lagoons perfectly appropriate for snorkelling. The best season to explore local underwater life is January to April—visibility is just excellent at this time!

Some of the best diving destinations include Baa Atoll, Kuramathi and Baros. Maximum depth for diving is 30 m(98 ft). All divers also need a travel insurance that covers diving. Also, make sure not to cause damage to fragile coral reefs, that make Maldives such a unique diving spot.

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What marine animals can be spotted underwater in Maldives?

Maldives boasts an abundant range of diverse marine wildlife to be seen whilst scuba diving or snorkelling- a thousand different species, starting from minuscule planktons to huge mammals such as white sharks, whales, and dolphins can be spotted. Scuba diving or snorkelling offers the best way to capture the underwater world of Maldives, with crabs, shrimps, corals and sponges among these sea creatures that visitors can also hope to catch a glimpse of. Show more

Which are the leading places to explore for snorkelling or scuba diving trips in Maldives?

Maldives propounds some of the top destinations to go snorkeling or scuba diving, with Baa Atoll, Kuramathi, and Baros being the leading locations. These places offer extraordinary underwater views, clear visibility and an ideal combination of coral reefs and marine life. Furthermore, shallow areas within the lagoons of the islands deliver great snorkeling sites where visitors can appreciate unique underwater experiences in this unique ecosystem. Show more

What period of the year is recommended for scuba diving or snorkelling in Maldives?

Visit Maldives for scuba diving and snorkeling during the dry season from January to April for the best experience in the clear waters. The water temperature and visibility during this season are perfect for observing wildlife. Travellers will also get the chance to witness some of the unique and most extraordinary marine creatures such as manta rays, whale sharks, and turtles in these months as well. Show more

What is the maximum limit for diving in Maldives?

The maximum diving limit in Maldives is 30 meters (98 ft). However, the diver's experience and comfort level play a significant role in determining the optimum depth. Underwater, the visibility is excellent, but the power of ocean currents is not to be underestimated. Hence, it is crucial to follow professional guidelines for scuba diving, and shallow-level diving provides a better opportunity to gain experience that one can enhance later by venturing deeper. Show more

What set of regulations, if any, apply with regard to snorkelling or scuba diving in Maldives?

Maldives imposes strict regulations and rules for scuba diving and snorkelling. Tourists should avoid damaging the coral reefs and the underwater environment in any possible way, as they are in danger and require protection. Professional guidelines for scuba diving must be respected and abided by, and visitors should have a diving travel insurance policy. It is to be noted that the harsh impact of misbehaviour could bring significant damages to the habitat of marine wildlife. Show more

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