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advices for divingTemperature in Maldivian waters is in the range of 200 – 300C.

The best underwater visibility occurs from March to April. That is the end of northwest monsoon. During this time 40 meters can be easily seen. Sometime it is possible to see 70 meters down the coral edge. From April onwards, the visibility is reduced to about 20 meters when planktons being to bloom. However during this time, the plankton rich waters attack manta rays and whale shark. Perhaps, you will want to do some diving at this time.

Visibility is also affected by the rise and fall of the tide. Incoming tides brings clear waters, while the falling tide is filled with plankton and sediments.

There is also the effect of sunlight on water. Because of refraction of light through water, objects may look larger than they really are. Colours may also change. As you descend deeper, more light is filtered out by water and absorbs different colours at different rates.

From May through November, the seas will be calm and sky will be blue. During this period, the winds will be north westerly and the currents outside the atolls west to east at an average of 24 meters a minute.

During June and sometime October and in early November, the seas will be rough. Strong winds will blow from northeast and currents may run to west at 30 meters a minute.

Good times for a dive

January to April is usually considered a good time for a scuba dive. There is fine weather and good visibility. May and June through September can have unstable weather and cloudy days are common. October and November have calmer weather but visibility may be reduced. December may not be a good period as it may have rough windy weather and rain.

Diving at night

When the sun sets, the corals open up and extend their tubular sponges to search for food and moray eels and other nocturnal predators. At night the visibility will be reduced, but the atmosphere is unmatched. You will very often come across sharks which are hunting by moon light.

Diving equipment

  • Fins
  • Masks
  • Snorkel
  • Compressed air cylinder and valve
  • Buoyancy control device with low pressure
  • inflator
  • Backpack
  • Regulator
  • Alternate air source
  • Submersible
  • Pressure gauge
  • Weight belt
  • Exposure protectors

Beware while diving

Sharks can be seen while you are under the sea. The most common types you will see are the nurse, whitwtip, reef blacktip, grey reef and silvertip shark. However you do not have to worry as these are not dangerous unless you provoke them. Nevertheless if you see a shark hunched back, nose up or pectoral fins down, you should leave the place slowly and quietly.

You will also see barracudas and moray eels which have sharp teeth are not usually dangerous. But you must not disturb them.

You must take care of yourself while walking on the sea floor, because stone fish will be there which is extremely good at camouflaging. Beware of the scorpion fish which camouflages itself and its spines are poisonous.

Lion fish also has poisonous spines. They are brightly colored and float in the middle of the waters.

Whilst you dive, it is important to consider the direction and strength of currents. These are particularly important at the seas between atolls and even at shoals inside atolls. Currents in the seas of Maldives are caused by monsoons, typically east to west during the northeast monsoon from December to April and west to east during the southwest monsoon from May to November. During the intermediary time between the two monsoons, the wind direction and tides often offset the influence of the current of the seas. The location of the islands and shoals can cause irregularities in the flow of current streams inside the atolls.

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Maldives diving

If you are staying in a Maldives resort you can easily go for a scuba diving session. All resorts have scuba diving schools. They have all the equipment for scuba diving and experienced diving instructors. Many people who come to the Maldives are scuba diving fans who come to see the beautiful underwater life. Maldives has over 1100 species of marine life.

The reefs of Maldives are very colourful. You will find both hard and soft corals, sponges, anemones, star fish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, jelly fish, ascidia, molluscs, crustaceans, seaweeds, fusilier squads, brown chromis, parrot fish, butterfly fish, squirrel fish, soldier fish, damsel fish and many more other schools of fish. Many divers in Maldives also come across turtles, moray eels, manta rays, sharks and whales. In some diving spots, you can also see wrecked ships which are very exciting.

Going for a dive in Maldives

All internationally recognized diving certificates are accepted here. If you have a PADI open water certificate or equivalent and fewer than 20 logged dives, you will have to dive with an instructor. Remember to bring your log book and copies of certificates. If you are a beginner, just go to the diving school in your resort, and do a course in open waters. You may also require a medial certificate issued by your doctor, certifying your fitness.

If you are a first time scuba diver, your instructor will first take you for a shallow waters and then move up to deeper levels. Almost all dive schools follow PADI certification or equivalent.

If you are an experienced scuba diver, you have many choices. These include sheer drop-offs, drift dives, night dives and coral cave diving.

Almost all resorts of Maldives have scuba dive schools. However the facilities, equipment and the scope of activities are different at each resort. In many resorts, scuba dive school instructions are given in English, German, Italian, Japanese and other European languages. You can get the basic dive equipment from the resorts. Some even rent out underwater cameras. Most dive schools will conduct daily dive trips to selected locations while other dive schools will have a number of dive trips every day to many different locations.

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Air Travel To MaldivesAir travel to Maldives on a cheap ticket or on a business class ticket is easy wherever you are. There are many chartered international flights to the Maldives form Europe, Mid East and Asia from which you can purchase a cheap ticket to Maldives. On the other hand, there are also many scheduled flights to the Maldives from many different parts of the world from which you will be able to air travel to Maldives on business class or first class.

AirportWhether your air travel to Maldives on a cheap ticket or your air travel to Maldives is on first class, you will arrive at Male’ International Airport which is the only international airport in Maldives in an exclusive island. The island is just over one kilometer and is known as Hulule’. It takes 10 minutes by boat to travel from the airport to the capital of Maldives. Apart from Hulule’ there are four domestic airports in Maldives for domestic travel in Maldives. Those of you who travel to Maldives on a cheap ticket may feel tired after a long journey in the air. But once you arrive to the Maldives and reach your resort, all your exhaustion could evaporate.

From Male’ International Airport, you may take a sea plan to your resort or for those who like to travel to Maldives and enjoy the scenery; you can travel in a speed launch to your resort.

After traveling to you might have to take a sea plan to the resort. There are two sea plan operators in the Maldives; Maldivian Air Taxi and Trans Maldivian Airways.

Airlines operating scheduled flights to Maldives

  • LTU

Airlines operating charter flights to Maldives