Scuba Diving in MALDIVES I Ediving.com I Scuba Diving Directory & Reviews for Divers

426 views
359 views

Published on

SCUBA DIVING IN MALDIVES: Dive the Jewel of the Indian Ocean. Divers’ Reviews
The Maldives, the jewel of the Indian Ocean, is a country made up of 1200 coral islands. The quality of resorts in the Maldives is first class, however, if you are visiting the Maldives only for scuba diving, a liveaboard will be a good option since it allows you to get to farther sites. The naturally formed ring-like atolls are about 450 mi. south-west of Sri Lanka, which translates into abundant marine life; sharks (including the whale shark present all year long) and rays specially. Traditionally, cowries’ shells and dried tuna were traded but today tourism is the main industry.

Published in: Travel
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
426
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
3
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
0
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Scuba Diving in MALDIVES I Ediving.com I Scuba Diving Directory & Reviews for Divers

  1. 1. SCUBA DIVING IN MALDIVES• INTRODUCTION & CLIMATE• MALE ATOLL, CENTER OF SCUBA DIVING ACTION• ARI ATOLL, ATOLL APART• FELIDHOO ATOLL, LIVE ABOARDS• FAADHIPPOLHU ATOLL• DIVE OPERATORS LISTED IN MALDIVES• ABOUT THE AUTHOR 1
  2. 2. SCUBA DIVING IN MALDIVES Dive the Jewel of the Indian OceanThe Maldives, the jewel of the Indian Ocean, is a country made up of 1200 coralislands.The quality of resorts in the Maldives is first class, however, if you are visiting theMaldives only for scuba diving, a liveaboard will be a good option since it allows youto get to farther sites.The naturally formed ring-like atolls are about 450 mi. south-west of Sri Lanka,which translates into abundant marine life; sharks (including the whale sharkpresent all year long) and rays specially.Traditionally, cowries’ shells and dried tuna were traded but today tourism is themain industry.CLIMATEThe dry season in the Maldives is from November to May, but the best weather andvisibility is from February to March. The water is very warm. The Southwestmonsoon is from May to October. 2
  3. 3. MALE ATOLL, CENTER OF SCUBA DIVINGACTIONConsidered the main tourist center of the Maldives, the Malé Atoll has almost 100spots. The main areas are North Malé Atoll, with 60 dive sites and South Malé Atollwith 31.Kudah Haa in the North Malé Atoll is a standout and a great place to seenudibranchs and flatworms. Aquarium is a good site for drift dives and you cansee pelagic fish.Currents can be strong in the Malé Atoll, you need to check with your operatorbefore heading out and it is not recommended for beginners/intermediates. Lion´sHead is a good site for hawksbill turtle and gray reef shark.Banana Reef is a relaxing area with plenty of Napoleon wrasse. 3
  4. 4. ARI ATOLL, ATOLL APARTTopographically, this atoll is very different from the others in the Maldives sinceit does not have a long stretch of barrier reef. The Ari Atoll is the second biggesttourist attraction after Malé.It´s located in the west of the archipelago and it´s part of 105 islands. There arepinnacles both inside and outside of the lagoon, as well as channels.Whale sharks can be spotted around this site too; Maldives Whale SharkResearch Project has identified 110 resident sharks. The Maldives is the onlyplace where you can see the whale sharks year-round.The Maamigili Protected Area is where you will find the biggest congregationsof whale sharks.Several cleaning stations, like Donkalo Thila and Rangali Madivaru, promise upclose encounters with manta rays.Fish Head is a good site for gray reef sharks in big numbers, so is Maya Thila. 4
  5. 5. FELIDHOO ATOLL, LIVE ABOARDSThere is a general consensus that all of the 11 diving spots for this location areexcellent.Felidhoo Atoll is located in the central west side of the Maldives, very close to Malé, thecapital. Although you can stay in resort in this atoll, it is mostly visited by liveaboards. Ithas the longest unbroken reef in the Maldives, and drift dives are superb. 5
  6. 6. FAADHIPPOLHU ATOLLThere are 15 dive sites in this atoll formed by 54 islands.The Kuredu Express is a popular site in this atoll accessible by liveaboard. Manta rays can bespotted here easily swimming in pristine coral gardens. Due to strong currents this site isrecommended for advance divers.Granted there is not much to do in the Maldives besides underwater activities, but thescenery is of such particular beauty, it is an experience to simply relax on the beach. Youmay visit local villages close to your atoll hotel or liveaboard.In the capital, Malé, you may visit the Presidential Palace or taste the treats at the FishMarket. 6
  7. 7. OTHER INFORMATIONDIVE CENTERS LISTED IN MALDIVESElysian Maldives / Deep Blue Dive Center / MV Orion / Virgo MaldivesMore Information about Scuba Diving in MaldivesTo find & book an hotel recommended by our Dive Operators:http://www.ediving.com/hotels-for-scuba-divers/To contact us:contact@ediving.comTo register your Dive Operation on Ediving (Full Business Listing is FREE): 7
  8. 8. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Thomas SACCONE is a former financial manager who discovered scuba diving in Costa Rica in 2007. Since then, he is only satisfied when underwater. 8

×