The Maldives is the smallest country in Asia, made up of 1,190 small islands scattered over 26 coral atolls. This unparalleled access to tropical seas and coral reefs makes water activities a top draw for tourists on a Maldives holiday.
According to the Maldives Tourism Promotion Board, underwater visibility can reach over 50 meters, giving visitors a crystal clear view of the creatures living among the coral reefs and unparalleled opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime Maldives water activities.
Travel to the Maldives for Scuba Diving
Divers flock to these crystal clear waters for a once-in-a-lifetime scuba experience of diving in the Maldives. With many resorts each covering an entire small island, dive operators can offer trips on both the windward and leeward sides, taking advantage of current water and wind conditions to plan outings. For newbies, almost every resort has a dive school for those wanting to learn. For more experienced divers, some operators offer multi-day trips or advanced courses in night diving or underwater photography.
Many island resorts have their own “house reef” accessible only to guests or students at their dive school. Underwater cameras are often available for rental, and diving in the Maldives is a prime opportunity to practice underwater photography.
Snorkeling and Submarines in the Maldives
Non-divers needn’t feel left out of experiencing the Maldives’ world-famous coral reefs. Many resorts offer snorkeling gear rentals and excursions into their own house reefs and beyond to give all visitors an up-close look at the underwater paradise by snorkeling in the Maldives.
Travelers who prefer not to get wet at all can still experience the glories of the reef during travel to the Maldives on the Whale Submarine, the largest deep-diving passenger submarine in the world.
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Watching Marine Wildlife in the Maldives
With over 20 different species of marine mammals, a Maldives holiday is the perfect time to spot whales and dolphins. Spinner Dolphins, the most common local species, are playful and predictable, making them easy to find and a source of joy whenever they are spotted.
Whale watching safaris take tourists out on boats to try and spot other species, including the giant blue whale, the largest animal on the planet, which enjoys the clear tropical waters around the Maldives as much as human visitors do.
Other Things to Do During Travel to the Maldives
There are many other water-based activities available in the Maldives, too.
Surfing has quickly been gaining ground as a popular sport in the islands, and windsurfing, water skiing and paragliding are also common. Fishing charters are available for avid sportsmen who want to catch some local fish for dinner. And sailing charters are available for seasoned sailors and non-sailors alike, with options for renting a boat or hiring out a crewed vessel both common. For travelers who prefer smaller boats, kayak rentals and trips are also available through many of the Maldives’ island resorts.
However visitors choose to spend their time on their Maldives holiday, the abundance of wildlife and water activities is sure to make it a memorable vacation.