The Maldives: A Diver’s Paradise
Picture a scene of white powder sand and sparkling turquoise waters, lush green landscapes and a perfectly sunny climate. Now imagine relaxing amid this superbly peaceful scene – whether relaxation for you means lying under the golden sun, sipping a cool Pina Colada in the shade, or partaking in some of the best snorkelling and diving opportunities in the world. Are you in paradise? You could say that, after all, you are in the Maldives.
The Maldives is located to the south east of India and it is renowned for many things with stunning natural beauty being just one of them. Hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers flock to the Maldives each year to experience idyllic beaches, tropical seclusion and its sunny year-round climate. One of the most popular reasons people choose to holiday in the Maldives is for its diving and snorkelling. With its vast and diverse marine life, the Maldives makes for one of the world’s top diving and snorkelling destinations.
Described as a “treasure trove of marine life”, the Maldives is home to many beautiful types of fish, coral and sea plants. In fact, there are more than 700 types of fish swimming around the Maldives’ coral reefs and atolls – some of the most common including the skipjack, sweetlips, fusiliers, dogtooth tuna and butterfly fish. With all of this variety, it’s no wonder the Maldives have proven so popular with divers and snorkelers for many years. Close to the reefs where it’s safe to swim, divers and snorkelers can also expect to see eels, sea turtles, octopus, anemones and manta rays. As well as exceptional diving and snorkelling opportunities, the Maldives is also a popular destination for underwater photography – so don’t forget a waterproof camera on your trip.
However, experiencing marine life under the water isn’t your only option on a holiday to the Maldives – you can also go dolphin or whale watching by boat. Local dolphin and whale watching companies will know exactly where to take you for the most opportune sightings in the area. There are over 20 different species of whales and dolphins that call the Maldives their home, including blue whales, sperm whales, bottlenose dolphins and spinner dolphins.
Even though the Maldives is the smallest Asian country in terms of both population and area, Maldives holidays have so much to offer – from stunning tropical beauty to a range of exhilarating water sport and land activities. After any trip to the Maldives you’re bound to come away with one of the most memorable holiday experiences of your life.