Best Diving Spots in Maldives
For starters, diving conditions in the Maldives are generally good all year round. Air temperatures range from 26oC to 32oC while the average water temperature all year round can be anywhere between 27oC and 30oC. Average visibility is 15 meters to 40 meters, depending on the season and location but visibility is not as good during the rainy season which falls between May and August.
The Maldives has become a popular destination for many divers because of its beautiful underwater ecology. The fish species are diverse. It is host to marble, eagle and manta rays as well as grey reef and nurse sharks. You can also find giant trevally and barracuda. If you’re lucky, you will encounter the rare Hammerhead and Whale Sharks.
If you are visiting specifically for a dive trip, it is best to know where the best diving spots in Maldives are.
The Maldives consists of 1,192 islands grouped into a chain of 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean. Less than 300 of these islands are inhabited. There are 31 protected areas in the Maldives and these are prime locations for exciting and unforgettable scuba diving trips.
Before planning your trip to the Maldives, you need to remember these tips:
- The best visibility for diving is during dry weather – from December to March
- During the wet season – May to August – rain, winds and waves reduce visibility but diving trips are still good.
- In May, there is high plankton density and while this reduces visibility, it attracts whale sharks and manta rays.
Following are the best diving spots in the Maldives
Rannamaari Wreck, Angsana Ihuru, North Malé Atoll
The Magnificent Rannamaari Wreck can be found twenty six meters deep on the ocean floor at Angsana Ihuru in North Malé Atoll in the Maldives. It is habitat for thousands of sea creatures. Covered with rich algae spawning plankton, it is an abundant source of food for different kinds of marine life. It also serves as a protective barrier from predators and strong water currents.
Due to the resort’s commitment to the environment, the water is so clear that visibility can reach up to 50 meters. Divers encounter stingrays, groupers, scorpion fish, batfish, squirrelfish, nurse sharks, fusilier fish and giant moray eels.
Angsana Ihuru has its own 5 Star PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Gold Pal Dive Center with training facilities. They have seven instructors who provide basic PADI to beginners as well as professional dive courses to veteran divers. It is also one of few diving centers in Maldives to offer a photo lab where diving instructors can assist divers in taking pictures or videos and compile them onto a DVD upon request.
Angsana Ihuru is well-prepared in rare cases of emergencies. It is located twelve minutes away from the DAN (Divers Alert Network) medical facility that is equipped with a hyperbaric chamber.
Naladhu Maldives, Ocean House
This place was described as a majestic, state-of-the-art sanctuary. It can be your own home away from home. Attending to your needs is a dedicated personal housemaster to ensure all your heart’s desire for a grand holiday is taken cared of.
Naladhu Maldives, South Malé Atoll
Aptly named Naladhu, it is Maldivian for “beautiful island.” With its pristine white sand beaches, lush palm trees, and clear turquoise waters – this paradise is the best place to stay while you are away from the urban scene.
Guests surrounded with the island’s natural beauty will find that some of the best views in Naladhu Maldives can be found underwater. The unpolluted waters in this area are teeming with fish and larger marine life providing a fantastic diving experience for new and experienced divers. It is a favorite location of divers because of the wide assortment of marine life in the area. There are 20 world-class dives within a half-hour radius of the island.
Naladhu has its own on-site PADI Dive Center which offers a full range of scuba certification courses. Its classes range from scuba discovery to advanced open-water, wreck diving and rescue dives.
Anantara Kihavah, Baa Atoll
Anantara Kihavah is located in Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Its thriving coral reefs, vast array of sea creatures and clear cyan waters have attracted several experienced and new divers from different parts of the world.
Diving at Anantara Kihavah is an experience like no other. Guests get to swim beside different variety of beautiful fish, massive sea turtles and if lucky, get to see whale sharks up close.
Before setting off however, all divers are required to attend an orientation dive at the Anantara Dive Center, unless you have already logged a dive within the last three months in the Maldives.
The Dive Center provides guests with a program and PADI instructor that fits every diver’s experience and goals.
Angsana Velavaru, Dhaalu Atoll
Dhaalu Atoll is home to Angsana Velavaru Resort. Dhaalu Atoll is one of the most well-preserved atolls in the Maldives. It is widely considered virgin territory – barely touched by tourism. It has beautiful white sand beaches, lush palm trees and clear turquoise waters.
Angsana Velavaru is one of only two resort islands that claim to have a pristine natural environment and peerless marine dive sites.
Several of its 30 dive sites, its reefs and islands are virtually untouched and the unpolluted waters in the area are teeming with a wide variety of exotic marine life.
Diving in Angsana Velavaru is an experience you should not pass up while visiting the Maldives. The resort has a PADI 5-star Gold Dive Center that provides classes for divers of every experience level.