The warm seas of Maldives have high visibility throughout the year, with water clear enough to see the passing fish as far as fifty metres away at times. Add to that the marvellous formation of over 3000 coral reefs and the free flowing tides of the monsoons. The result of these perfect conditions have created one of the world’s richest diving coral reef areas.
Over a thousand species of fish and other underwater creatures inhabit the Maldivian waters. The monsoon tides of the Indian Ocean create a collection of small marine creatures as well as microscopic plant cells. This in turn creates a hub for all kinds of underwater species who gather in these waters lured by
the abundance of food. In the Maldives you will get to see everything. From tiny shrimp and groups of colourful swimmers to the magnificent mantas and sharks, a careful eye will give you enough to enrapture you for a lifetime.
The best thing is that you need not be a professional diver to enjoy the Maldives. All resorts and safari boats give you basic to advanced training using well-monitored diving facilities of a high standard. Even the most reluctant diver can enjoy the beauty of Maldivian underwater life on a drift dive with the guidance of experienced dive instructors. A dive in a house reef is equally rewarding, all you need to do is swim a few minutes from shore. Due to the countless number of reefs found among the 26 atolls in the Maldives, all you
need to do is travel 15 to 60 minutes by boat to get to a different dive spot every day.
Dives in the Maldives usually take place along a faru (reef), a thila (a submerged aquarium like reef, on a channel where the atoll meets the ocean, or on a wreck. Night diving is particularly beautiful as is a macro dive that lets you see tiny, interesting and usually disregarded creatures up close and personal.
Night Diving in Maldives
Night diving in Maldives is an experience to be cherished forever. Maldives welcomes avid divers on a night diving safari. Maldives boasts of its abundance of rich and colorful marine species. It concentrates over
700 species of fishes and other aquatic life. Mantas, nudibranchs, clown triggerfish, leaf fish, grey reefs sharks and saddled putterfish are some of the species in abundance to be explored during night scuba diving in Maldives.
Most of the resorts in Maldives offer opportunity to divers to discover the underwater world during night. These resorts have trained trainers and cutting edge diving equipments provided to tourists on rental basis to explore the marine life in dark. Dive Schools understand the enthusiasm of divers and take them on night diving safari, when the coral water of the sea sparkled with moonlight. Night diving in Maldives introduces you to a whole new world of underwater. There are several fascinating species, which you might not be able to spot at daylight and to explore and greet such marine species, night diving are mostly preferred by avid and advanced divers.
The ultimate sites for diving are around the reefs of the atolls, where there are plenty of vibrant marine species. The submerged reefs, thilas, in the center of channel are unspoiled best dive sites. Maayaa Thila, Nassimo Thila, Fotteyo, Kuda Thila and Kandooma Thila are few sites with high concentration of big fishes. Mushimashmingli is quite famous for grey reef sharks. Rasdhoo-Madivaru located to the north of Ari atoll offers solitary environment to enjoy deep diving and to search hammerhead sharks. Dhoni, a hand-built boat by craftmen with strong wooden planks are used to take tourist to the dive site.
For novice or beginner divers night diving is not favorable. For advanced divers, night diving in Maldives a step forward to examine the mystery of marine life in night. The most important factor to be considered during night diving is visibility.The underwater visibility reduces as the night embraces darkness and leaves you only with torch light. Night divers need to take extremely cautious step so that you won’t bump into a shark making your diving scary and threatening.