Maldives

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!

With luscious palm trees and crystal clear waters, the Maldives is an idyllic paradise. From hammerhead and whale sharks to manta rays and turtles your diving experience will be unforgettable.

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The Maldives is the ideal destination for a romantic beach holiday or a diving adventure. Its dazzling white sand beaches, wonderful diving and all-inclusive resorts and liveaboards makes this destination the complete escapist paradise!

Maldives is one of the top places to dive around the world with vast opportunities to spot whale sharks, mantas, dolphins, turtles and much more. An authentic paradise for pelagic lovers but that’s not all, this destination with thousands of low-lying islands is also home to big schools of fish patrolling the reefs full of soft and hard colourful corals where you can immerse yourself looking for tons of nudibranchs, worms and other little fish.

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Diane Powell – Sting Ray and Bandos Island in the Maldives

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Diane Powell – Sting Ray and Bandos Island in the Maldives

Ari Atoll

Maldives

Located on the west side of the Maldives, Ari Atoll hosts approximately 105 small and unique islands each offering some of the most amazing and fascinating diving in the country.

  • Variety of island resorts
  • Whalesharks & manta rays
  • Stunning white sandy beaches
  • Perfect for a romantic holiday
  • Choice of liveaboards
  • Magnificently beautiful reefs

Male Atoll

Maldives

The most well-known atoll in the whole of the Maldives, Male is home to the only international airport as well as some spectacular coral reefs and a wide range of pelagic and reef fish life.

  • Variety of island resorts
  • Whalesharks & manta rays
  • Stunning white sandy beaches
  • Perfect for a romantic holiday
  • Choice of liveaboards
  • Magnificently beautiful reefs

Southern Region

Maldives

With new dive sites being discovered each week, the Southern Region of the Maldives will not disappoint. From the far south of Addu Atoll to channels bustling with fish life.

  • Variety of island resorts
  • Whalesharks & manta rays
  • Stunning white sandy beaches
  • Perfect for a romantic holiday
  • Choice of liveaboards
  • Magnificently beautiful reefs

Northern Region

Maldives

A quieter and more unique Maldives experience, the Northern Region is home to a vast array of coral reefs and fish life. With dive sites boasting up to 30 manta rays you will be in awe of this beauty.

  • Variety of island resorts
  • Whalesharks & manta rays
  • Stunning white sandy beaches
  • Perfect for a romantic holiday
  • Choice of liveaboards
  • Magnificently beautiful reefs

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.

Destination Key Information

Currency Maldivian Rufiya (MVR)
Time Difference GMT +5
Vaccinations Immunisation against typhoid, hepatitis A and polio are recommended but are not a requirement.
Tipping Officially, tipping is not encouraged in the Maldives, but if the service is good it is customary to tip waiters and room staff in the resorts unless a service charge has already been added
Passport & Visas British Citizens do not require a visa for a stay of up 30 days. A 6 month valid passport and returned ticket is required. It is a traveller’s responsibility to have all documentation in order prior to departure (Disclaimer: Visa information changes from time to time. Please check with the relevant authorities before booking)
Flight Routes Via Dubai with Emirates or direct with British Airways
International Flight Durations Departing daily from Heathrow it can take between 12 and 24 hours to get to Male International airport depending on stop over durations
Stopover Information Flights from London Heathrow may stopover in a number of places including: Columbo, Doha, Dubai, Mumbai, Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore
Luggage Allowance 20kgs luggage allowance per person with up to 7kgs hand luggage
Internal Flights & Luggage Internal flights are required to get from Male to many of the other Atolls
Transfer Information Our packages include transfers on arrival and departure days
Dive Season The weather in the Maldives is fairly complex, however in general the North-East Monsoon, which runs from December to May, is a dry monsoon and this brings calm waters and sunny skies to most of the Maldives. The South-West Monsoon is a wet monsoon, running from June to November this often brings much choppier waters and rain. However, the temperature in the Maldives rarely strays from a very pleasant 30°C and the waters temperatures average between 26°C to 29°C.

Best diving season is from December to May in general for the whole of the Maldives. This is when the waters are at their calmest and most nutrient rich. The visibility throughout the whole year rarely dips below 25 metres.

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Maldives, Northern Region

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Maldives, Ari Atoll

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