Maldives

Destination Overview

Located to the southwest of Sri Lanka, on the equator, the Maldives is a collection of 1,190 coral islands forming an archipelago of 26 major atolls. Stretching 820 kilometers north to south and 120 kilometers east to west, 200 of the islands are inhabited and over 90 are exclusive resort islands. The Maldives is one of the most exotic, romantic, tourist destinations in the world and a trip here will reward you with more than it promises. It is one of the most popular diving destinations, which attracts many people to discover the underwater wonders.

Diving Information

The Maldives are particularly renowned for the large pelagics that visit the area and the reefs that  form channels and lagoons. The Maldives is famous for its whale sharks, mantas, eagle rays, reef sharks, nurse sharks, and hammerheads. There are also some stunning channels with beautiful soft corals, along with amazing pinnacles to be explored.

Diving the Maldives is year round, with its hot tropical climate. There are two monsoons, the southwest from May to October and the northeast from November to April. Generally the southwest brings more wind and rain in June and July, and a plankton bloom in early May can cause lower visibility, but attracts whale sharks and manta rays. The peak time to visit is generally November to March.