Underwater Adventures in the Maldives: Snorkelling, Diving, and More (7 minute read) Apkmusk

The Maldives is often recognised as one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in the world. A collection of beautiful islands with white sand beaches and clear, turquoise waters, it’s the perfect place to unwind and relax in one of the many high-end resorts. But, there’s more to do here than reading your book and sipping Pina Coladas! Especially if you combine it with the nearby Tear Drop Isle in a Sri Lanka and Maldives package!

The Maldives offers up a whole underwater universe to explore, and we’ve put together a guide to help inspire and ensure you make the most of your trip.

Stay Above Water With a Glass Bottom Boat

If you’re not sure about heading under the sea, you can still explore the wonders of the ocean from a glass-bottom boat. Containing a transparent window, you can see right down into the clear water from the comfort of your boat. Watch fish swim past, try to spot a manta ray or whale shark, and get to grips with the coral reefs from a safe distance. 

If you’re joining us on our Sri Lanka and Maldives package, there will be plenty of time to enjoy a glass-bottom boat tour to ensure your adventure is entirely stress-free.

Explore the Underwater Ecosystem

The Maldives sits in the Indian Ocean and provides a wonderful opportunity for diving through underwater ecosystems. Warm and crystal clear, you can stay out for hours if you have the oxygen! The water in this sea has great visibility, ranging between 70 to 130 feet. 

Darren Burn, Founder and Managing Director of Out Of Office explain that “with some of the world’s most gorgeous turquoise seascapes, for those who like the idea of water sports, then diving and snorkelling are a must in the Maldives.” ​​

Scuba diving on a Sri Lanka and Maldives package

Dive down below the ocean’s surface and let the peace of being under the sea wash over you. There’s nothing quite like being immersed in the water and getting close to coral reefs, fish, and all manner of marine life.

Some of the best spots for diving include:

Snorkel at Your Resort’s Reef

If you’re new to underwater activities, the best place to start is at your resort’s house reef. Many resorts in the Maldives have their own reef. This typically sits a little out from the shoreline, making it an easy spot to reach. 

You don’t have to take any boats or swim too far, so if you’re looking to build underwater confidence it’s the perfect place to start. You don’t have to dive down or spend hours searching to uncover incredible underwater ecosystems.

If you aren’t a strong swimmer but would still like to explore the worlds that lie beneath the sea, check that your resort has a house reef nearby.

Swim With Manta Rays

Beautiful and calm, swimming with manta rays is one of the most breathtaking experiences you can have in the Maldives. 

These slow-moving creatures seem to soar and dive through the ocean, moving as though part of the water themselves. Watching them is both peaceful and awe-inspiring.

The Maldives is home to the largest population of reef manta rays anywhere on the planet, with over 5,000 individual rays identified, so it shouldn’t be too tricky to find some. 

It’s usually best to take a boat out with a local who can find the best spots for big groups of manta rays. You can either snorkel or dive, depending on where you are (certain bays are snorkelling only) and watch them feed in the water.

It’s good to note that reef manta rays are the second largest variety of their species, with an average width of between 9-11 feet. These aren’t small creatures! But they’re also very gentle and aren’t dangerous at all, so there’s nothing to fear.



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