The Maldives Archipelago, located in the equatorial waters of the Indian Ocean, is comprised of 26 different atolls and more than 1280 low lying islands, 85% of which are uninhabited. With no discernible river run-off, the coral reefs of the Maldives are pristine and feature some of the most diverse coral formations on the planet. The natural water flow in and around the atolls creates the ideal environment for wall dives, channel dives, drift and current dives, and shallow “critter” dives.
Underwater, the Maldives landscape is also dotted with pinnacles (called Thilas and Giris in Dhiveli, the local language) which soar from the depths and create unique habitat for marine life. Whale sharks, pelagics, and giant mantas are the big animal attractions and may be found throughout the archipelago on a seasonal basis (we adjust our cruises to the seasons to visit the right atolls). Dog-tooth tuna, jacks, eagle rays, dolphins, grey reef sharks, and lots of other shark species round out the larger species of marine life.
The reef fish of the Maldives come in every hue and color imaginable, and offer every photographer and videographer “once in a lifetime” photographic opportunities. The reef fish are easy to approach – another plus for Maldives diving. Look for thousands of red tooth triggers, blue striped snappers, and fusiliers, just to name a few.