Scuba diving in the Maldives © Albena
The tropical waters of the Indian Ocean vibrate with exotic marine life and abundant coral reefs. Some of the popular diving sites in the Maldives can be explored from the resorts or through diving safari trips.
Most of the resorts run diving schools offering PADI courses and hiring facilities for diving and snorkelling equipment and underwater cameras. Some of the best dive sites in the Maldives include the Victory Wreck, Mushimasmingili Thila (Shark Thila), Guraidhoo Corner, Kuda Rah Thila (Broken Rock), and Banana Reef.
Vaavu Atoll attracts divers with its wealth of marine life; Lhaviyani Atoll's Kuredu Express is a strong current that provides excitement for divers looking for thrills; the North Male Atoll is great for calmer dives, and small, interesting sea creatures; Lankanfinolhu Faru is one of the best places to see manta rays; and Ari Atoll is great for dives with sharks and other large fish.
The Maldives has a great variety of dive sites of varying depths to suit different skill levels. The diving is wonderful year-round in the Maldives, but many visitors prefer to avoid the worst of the rainy season, between June and August.