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Diving in the Maldives
These idyllic coral islands rank amongst the best dive destinations in the world. When conditions are good, the underwater visibility is at the highest level – sometimes exceeding 50 metres – and the warm water temperatures year-round make diving in the Maldives a pleasure. The North Malé Atoll is home to the Lion’s Head and Wattaru Kandu dive sites, both of which are frequented by reef sharks. Wattaru Kandu is also home to stingrays and garden eels whilst Lankanfinokhu, or Manta Point as it’s known locally, is a great place to see manta rays being cleaned by local colonies of cleaner fish.
In the South Malé Atoll, Hukrueli is another place to see rays and cleaner fish, and Maaya Thila, a protected marine area, is home to white-tip sharks, turtles, zebra morays and the elusive guitar shark. Hanifaru lagoon in the Baa Atoll is one of the best places to see whale sharks and manta rays – June to September being the best time as this is during the monsoon season and equinox when the lagoon is filled with plankton.
The Scuba Diver course provides pre-entry level certification in three days and on completion you can then upgrade to an Open Water Diver qualification by taking the additional five day course.
What to do in the Maldives
Nothing! Chill out on the beach and do very little indeed - the Maldives is a perfect place for relaxation. Many islands such as the popular Meeru Island Resort offer a good range of water sports, so if you want a more active holiday, choose your location carefully!
Where to stay in the Maldives
Each resort in the Maldives is a self contained property, so once you're at your hotel, many visitors don't leave for their whole holiday! Options range from luxurious hotels with a small number of rooms and attentive staff like the renowned Coco Palm Bodu Hithi to larger hotels such as Kuramathi Island Resort that are perfect for a more active holiday. Choose your island carefully! See our range of hotels here.
Holiday ideas to the Maldives
The beach holidays shown here are single centre beach-based holidays - durations are very flexible and departures are available from around the UK. It's also possible to combine the Maldives with destination such as Sri Lanka, Maldives plus Singapore, Maldives plus Bangkok and Maldives plus Dubai - check out our multi-centre holiday ideas here.
“I can’t believe quite how much I love the Maldives - from the very first moment I touched down at the airport I was blown away by the sheer beauty of the place, which is surprising for a pancake-flat country! Imagine hundreds of tiny desert islands, miles from anywhere, each offering a holiday paradise - stop imagining, it really does exist, and it really is as beautiful as you’ve imagined!”
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Mark, your guide to the Maldives from Escape Worldwide.
“The Maldives is probably the most beautiful place I’ve ever been - it takes your breath away!”
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Getting to the Maldives
Arrival airport Male
Transfer time anything from a few minutes to a couple of hours, depending on location - speedboats serve islands closest to the airport, with seaplanes for those further away. Luggage restrictions apply to seaplane transfers.
The Maldives is served by a number of airlines, with flights from around the UK. Direct flights operate from Gatwick with British Airways, with indirect services with a host of airlines from all major UK airports.
Time difference GMT +5
Currency Rufiyaa (US Dollars in resorts)
Language Dhivehi, with English widely spoken
Entry details (for British nationals) a visa is not required for stays of up to 30 days (when arriving by air). Passports need at least 6 months validity from your date of entry. Before you depart, check the latest travel advice at www.fco.gov.uk.
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