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Diving in the Maldives

Everything you have to know and the best Dive Sites

The Maldives are considered to be THE dream destination for luxury holiday makers. Thereby, the islands are not only ideal for tourists seeking peace, but also one of the most popular diving destinations.  Almost every hotel has its own house reef directly on its doorstep, so that frequent divers in particular get their money’s worth. At the same time, the underwater world of the tropical archipelago is never boring even with a large number of dives: With the colourful variety of species from Napoleon wrasse and parrotfish to snappers and barracudas to jacks and sweetlips, there is always something new to be discovered.

In short: The Maldives are certainly not an inexpensive travel destination for divers, but during the last few years local islands started to open Dive Centers as well. They offer diving and accommodation for a very reasonable price. It’s worth to compare!

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What is the best season for diving in the Maldives?

The tropical islands are lovely all-year-round and the temperature under water is constantly pleasant. Nevertheless, you should reckon with a more animated sea from June to mid-December, because the southwest monsoon prevails here. In comparison, visibility under water is best from mid-December to April.

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Hot Spots for diving in the Maldives

The Maldives offer a diverse underwater world – frequent divers can go on an excursion to a house reef directly from their hotel. There are also a lot of liveaboards in the Maldives, which take you to the most beautiful hot spots – from basic to luxury ships, there is a ship that suits every taste! Generally speaking, we can recommend the following spots:

  • Ari Atoll: Around this atoll, you can often see sharks and rays as well as a large number of smaller fish. Ideal for wildlife lovers!
  • Banana Reef: The Banana Reef in the north of the Maldives is a paradise for cave divers: There is a multitude of caves here and interesting rock formations.
  • Filitheyo: Off the small island, there is a house reef with a lot of accesses that is also appropriate for beginners. A lot of diving safaris also set out from here, because you can easily observe sharks, turtles and rays.
  • Mirihi: The tiny island is situated near the hot spots for sharks and rays, so it is the ideal point of departure for lovers of large marine creatures.
  • Digura: Whoever is not really a fan of exclusivity is in good hands here. The island is still relatively strongly influenced by locals and a lot of divers can be found there. Particularly worthwhile: Current diving. Whale sharks can also be frequently encountered here.

Diving in the Maldives at a glance

  • Peak tourist season: All-year-round
  • Appropriate for: All diving levels, from beginners to advanced. There are a lot of hot spots for frequent divers in particular.
  • Water temperature: 27 – 29 degrees all-year-round
  • Entry requirement: Mostly uncomplicated with a passport and a visa can be obtained on site
  • Particular diving experiences: Current diving, tropical flora and fauna
  • Duration of trip: At least 1 week
  • Diving equipment: Can be rented on site in most cases
  • Travelling: By plane and with transport organised by the hotel.


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