Diving in the Maldives
Maldives Scuba Diving
Although the Maldives are known the world over for the stunning beaches and azure waters that typify the tropical idyll, its life beneath the water’s surface is becoming ever more respected by divers in the know. The Maldives have some excellent coral reefs, but it’s the abundance of fish life throughout the country that sets it apart from other dive destinations.
Most diving in the Maldives is drift dives from Liveaboards where you allow the current to move you along. Due to the myriad channels and passages between the atolls, the current sweep and play throughout the island chain so that nutrients are always on the move.
Reef Specie Diversity
This account for the vast numbers of fish enjoying the passing feast and you can expect to see Napoleon wrasse, parrotfish, snappers, barracudas, jacks and sweet lips in every site where the water flows.
In the channels, you can explore the caves, caverns and overhangs where soft corals proliferate, and there is a riot of colorful sponges, invertebrates and gorgonian fans all profiting from the nutrient-rich water. There are also plenty of cleaning stations where cleaner wrasses and shrimp service the larger marine species.
(Oriental sweet lips)
Reefs and Thilas
Inside the atoll lagoons you often find pinnacles of rock vaulting up almost to the surface. These are known locally as ‘Thilas’ and are often bejeweled with sessile life forms. These formations bring water up from the ocean floor against their walls, feeding the sponges and soft corals that cling to its sides as well as creating an environment that supports a plethora of crustaceans and schools of resident fish.
Wherever you look there is likely to be something of interest going on and for many it is in the shallows where the best of the action takes place. Here the clear water, brightly illuminated by the sun’s rays and playing host to great numbers of fish, provides an ideal environment both for photographers and divers alike.
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