Destination Fact File
With such a variety, it is no wonder the Maldives is rated in the top 5 destinations to go in the world. You will not be disappointed!
The Maldives hosts over 1190 island and 26 atolls. The variety of fish and reef life is fantastic and totally varies between one atoll and another. With unexplored dive sites in the far south around Addu Atoll to the world famous dive sites around Male and Ari Atoll, you will have a smile the whole time you are on your underwater adventure. Situated in the Indian Ocean near to Sri Lanka the Maldives is home to some of the most outstanding coral reefs in the world. The rich sea waters that drift in on the many currents feed these reefs and draw in many pelagic fish, such as whale sharks and manta rays who share their idyllic home with an assortment of other large species, such as hammerhead, white and black tip and leopard sharks, as well as turtles, rays and barracuda to name a few.
The Maldives is a fantastic location for both shore and liveaboard diving. For the more experienced and confident diver a liveaboard is definitely the best way to see the most in a short space of time, however for less experienced divers or complete novices then shore diving is definitely the best option. With strong currents ripping through many of the more exposed dive sites that liveaboards visit, diving from the shore can offer you the same spectacular experience in a much calmer environment.
Almost every resort hosts entertainment in the evenings, from live bands to karaoke nights, you will able to relax and enjoy whilst sipping on a freshly made cocktail or a local beer. We would definitely recommend you sit out and watch the fabulous views of the sunset each evening lighting the sky up in fabulous colours of red and orange. Alternatively the night diving around the Maldives is highly recommended by all. You can see an array of different sights at night underwater and many people describe the views as out of this world. From the occasional sightings of feeding sharks on the reef to the comical bubble that parrot fish sleep in and the fabulous colours of the corals you will have trouble sleeping from all of the excitement!
Resorts can be expensive, however there are many more reasonable resorts now than in the past. All resorts offer all inclusive and full board basis so for most guests the only additional costs will be additional alcohol and any souvenirs purchased.