[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Every diver and non-diver alike have heard of Maldives. And would definitely want to go to Maldives. Maldives, over the years, has become extremely developed, with a lot of well-operated liveaboard and diving resorts, and they continue to spring up like mushrooms after the rain.
The market pricing here for similar products has probably reached an equilibrium point, more or less. Now, before you click that “back” button and get out of this page, a disclaimer; this is not an academic essay. We just want to take the chance to address some FAQs from divers and hopefully, the information could be of use to you.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Maldives, in Sanskrit, meant “Realm of the Thousand Islands”
Maldives is essentially made up of atolls. Atoll, to be put simply, is a ring-shaped reef or island, or chain of islands formed of coral.
65 million years ago the islands of Maldives were part of a huge volcanic mountain range. When the volcanoes became inactive, they began to submerge, sinking at a rate that is slow enough for corals to grow on their rims. This coral growth eventually became the fringing reefs of the atolls that we see today.
Maldives is considered to be a classic region of atolls, and most possibly the largest ones to be found on earth, making it one of the world’s most coral-rich region.
Also, when the oceanic currents erode the atolls’ rims, they created channels. It’s at these channels that the most extraordinary dives happen.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Maldives is good to dive all year round
A lot of people ask when is the best season to diving in Maldives?
Understanding the weather and currents in Maldives will be essential to make that decision when to dive in Maldives.
There are two types of monsoons that run in Maldives; the Southwest monsoon happens from May to November while the Northeast monsoon happens from December to April. For the former, currents run from west to east and vice versa for the latter.
In northeast season, the pelagics are found on the current points on the eastern side of the atolls. Underwater visibility is, of course, the best within this season. This is equivalent to the so-called Maldivian “summer”. The Mata Rays and Whale Sharks are found in the west side during this season.
In the southwest season (May to November), the temperature is lowered a degree or two. This is the best time to visit the eastern side, where manta rays and whale sharks, grey reef sharks, hammerheads, congregate in larger numbers. So in compensation for poorer visibility, you see more of the big stuff. And honestly, Maldives being Maldives, how poor could the visibility get? At the worst, twenty to twenty-five metres?? (When we last dived at Maldives last year, thirty metres viz was deemed as “not so good here in Maldives”, verbatim. SERIOUSLY???? HAVE U TRIED HALF METRE VIZ IN SINGAPORE WATERS????!!! *Deep inhalations*)[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
You cannot bring alcohol into Maldives
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]On every single trip, we’ve had people who want to know about this. This is a hard and fast rule, so no going around it. So, there you go. However, there is always alcohol that you can buy at the dive centre and liveaboard that you booked with for sure. Just expect a possibly higher price than what you enjoy at home, most probably.
And it is noteworthy that the government has been extremely determined to restrict the impact of tourism on the country’s resources. It is very clear cut in terms of planning, that there is a clear distinction between Maldivian-inhabited islands and the resort islands. The majority of Maldivians are Muslim, and follow a devout Muslim lifestyle.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
A liveaboard is the best way to diving in Maldives
Okay, it is not a fact. But rather, a recommendation from a diver’s perspective. If you are on a honeymoon or you just wanna have some time alone away from the world, yes, I’d prefer a standalone villa above the waters anytime. But for diving, a liveaboard is a better choice in my opinion.
It can travel long distances, covering the places that are further away, and has the flexibility to adjust the route depending on the weather. Well, it will not veer too far off from the designated route, the classic dive safaris in Maldives usually travel through the central and north atolls. No more fear of missing out anymore. Plus, did we mention that the pricing for a week-long stay on a liveaboard is relatively lesser than that of a resort? And the boats are of luxury class, with huge spacious cabins and jacuzzi. Just very nice la.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]