The abundance of plankton around the archipelago is an ideal breeding ground for the world's biggest fish, which stays at the Maldives for the whole year. This is not typical for the species, who prefer to migrate following the plankton's movement.
Today there are three Marine Protected Areas where you can dive with this giant fish. One of the sanctuaries is found in Maamingili in the South Ari Atoll. Another two are located in Baa Atoll—in Hanifaru Bay and Angafaru.
Any opportunity to face animals in their natural environment is always magical. Here in the Maldives, you can try swimming with one of the largest shark species, and this is an unforgettable privilege for fearless ones.
But even though they are called whale sharks, these giants are beautiful and harmless, indeed. However, you will get your heart pumping anyway as their size is rather impressive. You don't need to have diving skills to swim with whale sharks, but excellent swimming skills are a must.
This is a truly worthwhile experience one has to try at least once in a lifetime.