Wednesday, 5 March 2008

Maldives Scuba Diving

The Maldives offer some of the worlds finest scuba diving, and divers from all over the world are drawn here every year by the superb levels of marine life, and exceptional coral that exists under the water in around the hundreds of atolls in the Maldives.

The majority of the dive sites in the Maldives tend to be located in the shallow coral reefs which surround the low lying atolls, however the channels (or Thila's) which exist in the narrow gaps between atolls also provide some of the Maldives most notable scuba diving experiences. These thilas, formed by a an unusual geological phenomena millions years ago see strong tidal currents drive in the narrow gaps between the atolls, bringing with them the large amounts of food brought in from the open ocean. Subsequently, a good amount of marine life including a variety of sharks and rays can be found here on a regular basis, waiting for the food that comes through with the tidal currents.

There is a thriving industry for liveaboards in the Maldives, and a large number of boats regularly take scuba divers to some of the more inaccessible dive sites to be found here. If you are looking to go scuba diving in the Maldives, our site offers a wide range of diving holidays in the Maldives for you to choose from.

For those not looking for a liveaboard holiday, there are a large number of dive operators in the Maldives who offer day trips and excursion to the various dive sites and reefs surrounding the local atolls. These dive centres tend to be located or affiliated with the holiday resorts on the various islands in the Maldives.

Overall, the scuba diving in the Maldives is of the highest standards, whilst slightly more expensive than other destinations such as South East Asia, is undoubtedly worth it. Throughout the Maldives, large amounts of marine life including Manta Rays, sharks and a variety of reef life can be found.

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