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The Maldives – a scuba diving paradise

The Maldives, with its pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and over water villas, has long been regarded as honeymooner’s paradise – and with very good reason! This tropical nation composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, is made up of more than 1 000 coral islands!

Surrounded by a reef structure, the Maldives houses exclusive and spectacular underwater life ecosystems, which makes it one of the most incredible places on Earth for scuba diving.


Yes, you read that right. Whether you’re someone who’s been toying with the idea of giving scuba diving a go for the first time, or have been involved in the sport for a while, the Maldives has to be your top destination for a scuba diving holiday. Here are 4 reasons why.



Great climate conditions, perfect for all scuba diving levels

With a tropical environment and warm temperatures all year round, the Maldives is perfect for diving any time you choose. Water temperatures range from 26°C-30°C and August to November is considered the best time of year to spot incredible sea life. January to April offers great visibility and welcomes the driest (and warmest) months. The Maldives also has a range of scuba diving options for all levels from beginner to advanced, with varying depths and areas you can comfortably explore based on your skill level.


The most breath-taking underwater scenery

The Maldives is home to about 5% of the planet’s coral reefs that come with an explosion of colour, and are home to a myriad of marine life lured by the rich nutrients that flow in with the currents.  When it comes to life underwater, the sights surrounding the Maldives when scuba diving are unmatched – you can be sure to catch sight of manta rays, whale sharks, dolphins, sea turtles and reef fish!

There are also 31 areas within the Maldives that are protected, and the diversified ecosystems throughout the waters that surround the islands make them a prime location for an unforgettable scuba diving trip.



The opportunity to try something new and find new passions

The Maldives is well known for its beautiful beaches and is often thought of as a relaxing destination, which it absolutely is. But it also makes for an incredible destination for active individuals, couples and families who love spending time outdoors and playing in the ocean. Scuba diving is one activity in the Maldives, but you also have the opportunity to view beautiful caves and rock formations; explore a turtle refuge; and so much more! If you stay at an all-inclusive resort in the Maldives like Club Med Kani or Club Med Finolhu Villas, you’ll be spoilt for choice with a whole host of other land and water sports to indulge in after your scuba diving trip.. Snorkeling, kayaking, Stand-Up Paddle-boarding – you name it, it’s all included at the resort (along with all your meals and drinks).


Get up close with magnificent manta rays

Ask anyone who’s been to the Maldives and they’ll likely recount an experience of a manta ray swimming up close to them in the crystal-clear Indian Ocean water. Manta rays are, by far, one of the most famous attractions for divers and the Maldives is one of the few places in the world where you’re almost guaranteed a chance to see these majestic animals during your dive trip. Manta rays found throughout the waters that surround the Maldives weigh up to 2,300 kilograms and can reach 8 metres in length. Don’t worry if they come up close, they’re harmless and won’t hurt divers – they’re just very curious creatures.



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