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posted : April 4, 2008 Post subject: Scuba Diving in Maldives

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Maldives, a magnificent chain of islands is one of the leaving dive destination due to its magnificent coral reefs and wealth of marine life.

All resort hotels have diving schools and provide boat dives for diving spots. To explore varity of sites "Liveaboards" are ideal.

Diving maybe in shallow reef gardens or round submerged reefs. The channels between reefs make good drift dives. You could expect Napoleon wrasse, barracudas, snappers, jacks, parrotfish, Manta Rays, giant whale sharks, grey reef sharks, hammerheads, turtles, frogfish, triggerfish .... and depends on the location of dive.

DIVING SEASON - December to March & June to October
April to June : - Recomended for those with a desire for Manta Rays and whale sharks

- Note: - May and August reduces visibility and may restrict the number of accessible dive sites.

Dive Equipments - Resorts and live-aboards in the Maldives provide high quality and often the latest in diving equipment. All resort dive schools and live-aboard diving dhonis are equipped with compressors, tanks, regulators with octopus, BCDs, masks, fins and snorkels and other equipment such as dive computers, wetsuits, weights and weight belts. The equipment is well maintained and stringent safety checks are regularly made. You may bring your own mask, fins and snorkel. Ocean temperatures rarely vary beyond 27 - 30 degrees Celsius. During hot periods water temperatures inside the lagoon increase measurably, and most divers are comfortable without a wetsuit during this period
Dive Safety - To enhance the enjoyment and safety of a dive, consideration of the direction and strength of currents is extremely important, wherever you are diving. The Maldivian archipelago is swept by ceaseless currents caused by the monsoons; generally east to west during the northeast monsoon, from December to April and west to east during the southwest monsoon, from May to November. However this is not a hard and fast rule, as changes in wind directions and tides can offset the influence of the oceanic currents - especially so during the transitional period between the two seasons.Further, the location of islands reefs and thilas cause great irregularity in the flow of current streams inside atoll passes. Strong currents often make a dive site livelier, and that makes the additional effort worthwhile

LIVEABORDS - For see details and information on our featured liveaboards for this month, MV. Sharifa and Mv. Fathima visit

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