Scuba Diving in the Maldives – Under the Sea

The Maldives Islands are the perfect holiday destination for several reasons, of which scuba diving is one of the foremost! Read on to learn more about the incredible adventure which awaits you when you go scuba diving here!

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Do You Need To Be A Swimmer?

The short answer is no! Better yet, you don’t even need a PADI Diver’s licence. However, you do need to dive with a registered diving instructor. Most Maldives luxury resorts take away the hassle of organising your dives. Resorts such as Amilla Maldives Resort and Residences have their dive partners to ensure your safety and comfort are taken care of, as you take the plunge!

What You Can Expect

Diving is an exhilarating experience for novice and seasoned divers alike since no two dives are the same. You can expect to be awestruck by the world that is thriving just beneath the surface of the waves. From gorgeous reefs to a host of colourful fish, sea turtles, manta rays, and harmless reef sharks, it is a whole new world under the sea!

Where To Dive

With over 26 atolls and over a thousand islands to choose from, this can be a really difficult decision to make! From Banana Reef in the Northern atoll which has its fair share of coral reefs and caves to the South Male atoll which has around six popular diving spots, which showcase the full range of marine life, there’s plenty of options for those keen on diving in the Maldives.

The Ultimate Guide to Safe Snorkeling in the Maldives

Many water sports that you can try out while holidaying at one of the Maldives luxury resorts are quite safe. However, snorkelling (the one that seems so easy) is the sport that poses some minor threats for you.


Snorkel with an Expert

Shallow depths can often lull you into a false sense of safety. If you haven’t been snorkelling much, it would be best if you can tag along with a snorkelling expert. Calm waters may hide strong currents and these guides will help you avoid them.

Avoid Touching Marine Life

Well, you would certainly be mesmerised by the sheer beauty of the life beneath the waves while snorkelling during a holiday spent at a property such as Residence Maldives Falhumaafushi. But, make sure that you avoid touching these creatures as you never know what kinds of threats they may pose.

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Use Well-Fitting Equipment

Make sure your snorkelling mask fits well. If it leaks or is too tight you wouldn’t be able to enjoy your snorkelling adventure.

Avoid Coral/ Rock Cuts

It is often advised that you shouldn’t step on corals as it would damage them and would be damaging to you in return. Make sure that you wear reef shoes and a thick wet suit in case you accidentally happen to step on or brush past them.

HP Reef, North Male Atoll

Also known as the Rainbow Reef because of the vividness of its bio diversity, the HP Reef is indeed a paradise beyond the surface. There are plenty of Maldives luxury resorts located surrounding this site and if you are interested in a bit of diving, choose Baros Maldives, a popular diving resort Maldives has to offer for those avid divers. Coral blocks, caves and crevices dot this magnificent reef and this very formation itself acts as a magnet to the abundance of marine life that can be observed here. The overhangs and swim troughs are covered with a beautifully soft coral while many schools of fish are seen swimming about the reef. Some of the most commonly seen fish are schools of Trevallies, Snappers, Fusiliers, Sweetlips, and White Tip Sharks while Eagle Rays, turtles and Grey Reef sharks too are seen in abundance here.

Guided Reef Snorkelling

Blessed with some truly spectacular reefs, the Maldives is one of the best places in the world for snorkelling and provides unforgettable adventures for young and old alike. Guided reef snorkelling is an excellent way to see some of the country’s best sites and those in search of Maldives luxury resorts which offer such services can stay at Baros Maldives. Ideal for those planning to do some diving in Maldives as well, the resort is near an exceptional house reef and organises snorkelling safaris too.

Guided reef snorkelling will take you to some of the country’s best sites in which to see the fascinating array of coral and fish life that dwell in the waters beneath the waves. On your excursions you may come across a diverse cross-section of species including anenome fish, glass fish, spotted sweetlips, emperor angelfish and clown trigger fish. Since snorkelling is an activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family, sign up for guided reef snorkelling and share in the wonders of the sea with loved ones.

Out of this World

Maldives, while being a favourite holiday destination for its relaxed and peaceful vibe and beautiful coastal scenery also plays host to thousands of visitors who come there to experience the fabulous underwater scenery. Excellent under water visibility, an incredible array of marine life and spectacular underwater landscapes add much to the diving experience.

Maldives is well geared to provide the best underwater adventures that anyone could have. Every resort island has a PADI certified diving school with UDI and PADI certified instructors and excellent quality, well maintained equipment for hire so that visitors may enjoy the underwater adventures in store beneath the waves. The natural coastal lagoons around resorts are perfect for diver training. The dive schools also teach courses in rescue diving, night diving and underwater photography that adds to the range of adventures to be had beneath the waves. While it is possible to dive in the coastal water off resorts, scuba diving off coastal crafts is one of the preferred ways to experience popular dive sites and to have that much vaunted underwater adventure at any time of day. Maldives is said to have more than 1001 dive sites and living aboard is the best way to get access to them. Night diving that is said to have a ‘completely different feel’ is another way of having a really great underwater adventure. Although visibility is reduced to only the beam of the torch, this is the best way to see some of the micro and mega fauna that are nocturnal, coming to life. Even the colours of the corals are said to be different. Some night diving tours offer special lamps and masks capable of detecting bio luminescence. Bumping into a shark in the dark while scary will definitely enhance the experience. Seasonal diving provides excellent opportunities for adventurers to view concentrations of specific marine species. These include large shoals of manta rays that gather to feed on plankton at Hanifaru Bay and sightings of Whale Sharks, mantas, hammerheads, eagle rays and schools of pelagic fish at Ari Atoll. Drift diving past some of the most spectacular underwater scenery of cliffs, channels, precipitous walls and caves is perhaps the greatest thrill of all.

Those who do not dive can also have their own underwater adventure. A whale submarine sets off from Male and non divers can enjoy great views of coral reefs and schools of colourful fish as it dives down to a depth of 100 meters.

Cocoa Island Maldives offers privacy, seclusion, gorgeous vistas and access to a range of water sports. But best of all, it offers beautifully designed and decorated spacious private overwater accommodation that many people rave about. As one of Maldives luxury resorts guests have access to a range of modern and exceptional services and facilities that make their stay here memorable. Experience an elegant yet laid back Maldives resort that offers a truly holistic holiday experience.

Sea Kayaking in Maldives

If you are looking for a fun and exciting adventure in the Maldives that can be enjoyed by the entire family, then sea kayaking is the thing for you. Those in search of Maldives luxury resorts that provide such activities should consider staying at Baros Maldives which offers a variety of kayaks for you to try including clear bottom ones. This well known resort offers plenty of other water sports as well as letting you go diving in Maldives.

Sea kayaking provides an ideal way in which to explore the waters around the islands. Some kayaks are for single users, while others can have two occupants which are ideal for family excursions. Kayaking not only affords an opportunity to head out to sea, but also visit other nearby islands where one can enjoy a day full of fun and frolic. Head off during sunset and witness up close the spectacular sight of the sun dipping below the horizon. Not to be missed is a chance to set off on a clear bottom kayak which provides fantastic views of the fascinating and colourful world that lies beneath the waves.

Diving at Rasfari Manta Point

While the Maldives has quite a number of great areas for diving, some sites stand out amongst the rest; Rasfari Manta Point is a case in point. If you love to dive or even want to learn, then look to stay at Maldives luxury resorts such as Baros Maldives which has its own dive centre. Featuring Maldives villa accommodation, this luxurious resort provides excursions to a variety of dive sites in the country.

Rasfari Manta Point can be found in the North Male Atoll which offers plenty of underwater adventure. The key highlight of this famous site is the fact that divers have the opportunity of seeing magnificent manta rays gliding through the waters. Make sure to also explore the waters around Rasfari Island which are part of a protected marine area. The depth ranges from 10 to 30 metres and one will find an assorted array of coral here as well. Apart from giving you the chance to see exotic fish, one may also catch glimpses of barracudas, oceanic white-tip sharks and grey reef sharks when diving here, making for a truly remarkable excursion beneath the waves.

Enjoying Thrilling Kite Surfing in Maldives

If you ever thought an island paradise like the Maldives could lack excitement, then you are most mistaken! The country offers a thrilling array of water sports such as kite surfing which provides plenty of adrenaline pumping action. Those in search of Maldives luxury resorts that have their very own watersports centres can consider Cocoa Island Maldives. This luxurious Maldives resort offers the very best in contemporary comforts and lets you enjoy a truly memorable stay.

Kite surfing gives you the chance to skim the waves and explore the waters around the Maldivian islands, taking in the breathtaking coastal scenes that abound. The tropical weather and windy conditions that prevail almost the whole year through make this destination a perfect spot for this activity that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Experienced kite-surfers looking for more thrills should visit between the monsoon season (May to October) when the winds pick up and provide an unforgettable ride on the water.

Night Snorkelling Tour in Maldives

Baros Maldives falls under Maldives Luxury Resorts; here visitors will get the opportunity to experience tranquillity while pampering themselves with the luxurious services provided by the Villa. This Maldives Villa is picturesque and amazingly calm. The crystal clear ocean around the islands provides a variety of entertainment opportunities for the visitors.

Snorkelling is an activity taken by all who visit these paradise islands. Exploring the world under water is a unique experience but night time snorkelling is more exciting. Swim through the waters and watch the manta rays and whales sleeping. Feel the tranquility of the waters. Experience the life underwater in a whole new dimension. Make sure you take a flash light with you so that things would be more clear and easier.

Water Skiing in Maldives

Providing a thrilling escapade in the wide blue expanse known as the Indian Ocean, water skiing in the Maldives provides plenty of thrills! Those in search of Maldives luxury resorts that let you indulge in this activity and a range of other water sports can stay at Baros Maldives. The resort lets you enjoy staying at a Maldives villa and provides contemporary comforts to make your experience all the more memorable. The clear weather and the calm waters that surround the islands offer the perfect setting in which to try out this sport. Water skiing involves pulling ‘skiers’ via a cable attached to a high speed boat that can reach speeds of up to 72 kilometres per hour. This water sport also gives you a chance to indulge in some unique sightseeing as you pass breathtaking landscapes at breathtaking speeds!