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Diving in Blue Maldives Waters

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diving in blue maldives waters

Located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Sri Lanka, the Maldives stretch over 800 kilometres from north to south. The country is made up of approximately 1200 tiny, low-lying coral islands which form an archipelago of 26 major atolls grouped in a double chain. These islands and atolls are surrounded by powdery soft white sands and crystalline blue waters that attract many a holiday maker and diving enthusiast to this paradise destination.

The Maldives Atolls are actually the visible coral tips of a submerged volcanic mountain range, which have been sculpted by the Indian Ocean. At some points, the outer edges plunge to depths of over 3000m. Channels separate the main atolls, into which strong tidal currents flow, bringing an abundance of marine life seeking plankton-rich waters. The atolls host many complex reefs systems, including Farus, Giris and Thilas, as well as channels, sandbars, caves, lagoons and wrecks, providing many exciting and diverse diving sites for divers of all levels of experience. Some of the best sites can be found inside the South and North Male Atolls, as well as Ari Atoll, Felidhoo Atoll, Lhaviyani Atoll and many others.

You will discover a plethora of exciting marine species in Maldivian waters all year round. The rich diversity is just one of the reasons why the Maldives is such a popular diving destination. Depending on the season and the area you dive in, you are likely to see reef sharks, rays, dolphins, snappers, tuna, Napolean wrasse, jacks, octopus, hawksbill turtles, hundreds of brightly-coloured tropical fish and many more exciting species. The Maldives is also known for its healthy coral reefs, which contribute to many a breathtaking dive as you observe the vivid colours of many beautiful hard and soft coral species and get up close to hundreds of fascinating organisms.

Resorts in the Maldives cater for scuba divers all year round and all types of international certificates are accepted. Dive schools have well-trained, experienced staff and equipment is available for hire if you don’t have your own. If you want to learn how to dive, a variety of dive courses are available in several different languages. Courses include open water and advanced courses such as rescue diving, night diving and underwater photography. You can even take naturalist and shark specialist courses. Whatever you decide to do, diving on holiday in the Maldives is an unforgettable experience.

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