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Maldives Holidays

 Diving in the Maldives - Clown Fish

Diving Holidays in the Maldives

The Maldives is renowned as one of the world’s top dive holiday destinations for very good reason. Tens of thousands of dive sites are home to a huge variety of marine life, challenging drift dives and beautiful coral reefs. There are very few places on earth where the diving is as diverse, spectacular and breathtaking as the Maldives. One of the great attractions of Maldives diving is the seemingly endless number of top quality diving resorts & liveaboards which is still growing into previously inaccessible areas. New resorts and dive sites are being established in Atolls ranging from Huvadhoo in the south to Haa Alifu in the North ensuring you are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting your dream diving holiday.

The Maldives warm seas offer an incredible number of diving and snorkelling sites with excellent visibility throughout the year. At times this can be as far as fifty metres. With over 3000 coral reefs and great scuba diving conditions the Maldives is arguably one of the world’s richest and most exciting diving coral reef areas.
Over a thousand species of fish and other underwater creatures inhabit the Maldivian waters. Diving or snorkelling in the Maldives offers the opportunity to see so much, from tiny shrimp to magnificent mantas rays and whale sharks.

Divers of all experience levels can enjoy diving in the Maldives and it is also a great place to learn to dive. Each atoll offers a diverse range of conditions. Gentle conditions in sheltered lagoons provide perfect conditions for learning to dive and shallow reefs away from fast flowing currents are ideal for a first venture into open water.
For the more experienced diver, thrilling drift dives packed full of underwater action and  spectacular marine life await on the thousands of possible dive sites.
A dive on a house reef a few fin kicks from shore is equally rewarding. Due to the countless number of reefs found among the 26 atolls in the Maldives, journeys to the best dive sites by boat are rarely more than an hour away.

Best time to go diving in the Maldives

Seasons and Diving

December to April (Northeast monsoon – Dry Season)
During this time there is a current flow that runs from the North East through the atolls, exiting out to the South West which provides excellent visibility and prolific marine life on the eastern sides of the atolls. At the start of the monsoon the current is usually at its fastest and decreases in power as the season progresses. The currents usually die down by March making this a great time for a more leisurely dive. Water temperatures are fairly consistent at around 28°C.

Diving and snorkelling on the western sides of the atolls at this time does not offer such good visibility, however it is a small price to pay, as Manta Ray and Whale Shark encounters are more likely.

May to December (Southwest monsoon – Wet (ish) Season)
The current flows from the South West through the atolls exiting out to the North East during the Southwest monsoon, so the best diving is to the western sides of the atolls. Although sea conditions may be rougher, diving here at this time you will experience crystal clear visibility and slightly cooler water temperatures. This attracts a number of species of shark, such as Grey Reef and Hammerhead Sharks, closer to the surface. So if its sharks you are after this is a great time to be diving in the Maldives.
During the Soutwest monsoon Manta Rays and Whale Sharks will typically only be found of the Eastern edge of the atolls.
May and November - Equinox Months
May and November mark the transition of the Monsoon. The conditions at this time may be changeable and less predictable.
However in recent years with the change in global climate the seasons themselves are far less predictable. It may be worth a gamble to travel during these less expensive months to take advantage of special offers.

There are four types of dive sites to familiarise yourself with; Kandu is the deep cut in the atoll rim where strong currents are common; Faru is a circular reef rising from the ocean floor found in the channel; Thila's and Giri's are coral reefs formed inside the atolls.

Marine Life in the Maldives

Hard corals grow in huge colonies on Maldivian reefs and can be seen in shapes from flat sheets to rounded brain coral to the branching stag horn. Brightly coloured soft corals, such as fan or whip corals also exist in abundance.
Diving and snorkelling in the clear waters of the Maldives you will encounter fish of all kinds, sizes and colours. The most commonly seen are clownfish, butterfly fish, angelfish, Moorish Idols, Oriental Sweetlips, triggerfish, parrotfish and Napoleon Wrasse.
Along with the numerous small fish darting in and out of the reef, you might spot a moray eel waiting in ambush to pop out and take its prey, octopus, starfish and over 200 species of crustaceans, including shrimp, hermit crabs and lobsters. Attached to the sea bottom and the reef itself are the filter-feeders: clams, sea-squirts, feather stars and sponges.
You may also come across long-nose hawk fish, snapper, barracuda and huge groupers.
Five species of sea turtles live in the waters around the Maldives. The loggerhead turtle, hawksbill turtle, green turtle, leatherback turtle and the Olive Ridley are not uncommon along with schools of dolphins, never shy of interacting with divers or snorkelers.
Many different types of ray are also inhabitants of Maldivian reefs and waters. Eagle rays, the enormous and graceful manta ray, and many other species of sting ray can often be found.
More than 26 types of Sharks are found in the Maldives so encounters with sharks are also not uncommon. Small white & black tip reef sharks, nurse sharks, grey reef sharks, hammerhead sharks and the whale shark,  the largest fish in the world are all inhabitants of Maldivian waters.

Dive Centers in Maldives Holidays

Werner Lau Filitheyo

Werner Lau Filitheyo

Filitheyo Island, Maldives Holidays

The Werner Lau is a spacious centre, offering a range of diving courses to the spectacular dive sites of the Maldives.

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