Top 5 reasons to dive in the Maldives

Top 5 reasons to dive in the Maldives

The Maldives is one of the world’s most wished-for diving destinations. But what is it that makes it so unique and special that it so often tops the ‘best places to dive in the world’ list?

We have asked the TGI Maldives’ guests to list things that in their opinion make the diving in the Maldives unlike anywhere else in the world, and these are their top 5 reasons to dive in the Maldives:

1. Shark action
Due to the Maldives’ location smack bang in the middle of an ocean, with plenty of food available, the big fish reside permanently here. Around coral reefs just off the resorts, you can expect to see several species of sharks, such as blacktip reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, lemon sharks, and even silvertip sharks. Probably the most renowned of all is the whale shark, the ocean’s largest fish, which follows seasonal shifts of plankton around the country. Big fish action is one of the main reasons why divers dream about spending a diving holiday in the Maldives – and sometimes seeing 10+ sharks during a dive – this doesn’t come as a surprise.

2. Manta Rays
Close relatives of sharks, these magnificent creatures deserve a separate mention. The Maldives is home to the world’s largest Manta Ray population, with over 4000 individuals already identified. Despite their status of ‘giants’, Manta Rays are plankton feeders and eat the microscopic organisms in the ocean. They are highly intelligent, curious and social. Contact us to make sure that your stay at one of the resorts coincides with the area’s Manta season.

3. Macro life
Besides big fish action, the Maldives also boasts an amazing variety of small critters. Nudibranches, shrimps, frog fish, pipe fish, flatworms, leaf fish, crabs, and many other species. If you are having difficulties finding these small creatures yourself, just ask your dive instructors and they will point out some fabulous miniature creatures at the best macro sites around the resort.

4. House Reefs
Most resorts have stunning house reefs just on their doorstep. What that means for you is that you can dive and snorkel there at your favourite time of the day and at your own pace. While coral reefs a bit further away from the resorts are mostly in a better shape and have more to offer, you should definitely join a boat trip or two, going for a quick snorkel whenever you feel like it is quite the luxury too!

5. Turtles
Sea turtles have roamed the Earth’s oceans for more than 100 million years, and it’s a great privilege to be able to see the ocean’s toughest survivors at many of the dive and snorkel sites. Mostly it is the green sea turtle and hawksbill turtles; both can be seen on reefs or feeding in the lagoon. An amazing sighting and a joyful experience to be able to see them in their natural habitat.

Enough reasons to pack your bags and dive and/or snorkel with us in the Maldives? See you soon at one of TGI Maldives’ dive centers!