The Maldives Islands lie Southwest of India. Scattered across the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean depicting the rare vision of a tropical paradise. Palm fringed islands with sparkling white beaches, turquoise lagoons, clear warm waters and coral reefs teeming with abundant varieties of marine flora and fauna, fascinates visitors from all over the world.
There are three distinctly different types of diving: inside the atolls, outside the atolls and inside the channels or passes, which is where the currents are stongest and you’ll find the greatest congregation of fish life. Most exciting are the cleaning stations, found around every corner.
The big attraction, however, are the schools of fish that patrol the reefs in colorful packs: Humpback and Black and White Snappers, Trevally Jacks, Barracuda, Batfish, Unicornfish, Yellowback Fusiliers and Harlequin Sweetlips almost comical in design. The reef’s larger inhabitants, including sharks, rays and occasionally even Whale Sharks, are often seen cruising in the blue.
Best Time to Go:
The diving conditions in the Maldives is warm all year round and determined by monsoons. You will be diving in water that averages 80-86 F. The northeast monsoon starts in January and goes through the end of April. In January and February the currents can be very strong but the big animal activity can be fantastic. The beginning of January brings clear water to most of the area which can be over 200 feet visibility. Underwater visibility in the Maldives is determined by the tidal movements with incoming and outgoing tides. The monsoon patterns have a significant impact on the diving.
From May to October, the southewest monsoon brings more rain, wind and big animal action. Mantas and Whale Sharks can be seen year round, however are more prevalent in April, May, OCtober and November. There are no cyclones in the Maldives because of being located at the Equator level. The air temperature varies little with an annual average of 90F and minimum of 80F, while the water temperature ranges from 80F to 86F.
The strongest currents are experienced late December to mid-February.
All passengers arrive into Maldives by air. International Airlines that operate scheduled flights into Male’ are Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Qatar Air, Malaysian Airlines, and Sri Lankan Airlines.
Passengers from North American usually travel to Maldives via Singapore using Singapore Airlines or via Dubai on Emirates Airlines. Singapore Airlines offers a service from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Newark, New York. Emirates flies from JFK, New York.
Passengers traveling from Japan use both Singapore Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines.