You come to the Maldives for the powdery white sands and the crystal-clear sapphire lagoons. You come to the Maldives for the luxury overwater bungalows and to laze the day away under tall coconut palms on sun-drenched beaches. And you come to the Maldives for some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving in the world.
Comprising 26 natural atolls and 1,190 islands, the Maldives, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, is like no other place on earth. Its reef structures boast unique and incredibly diverse marine life – perfect for some spectacular and lively underwater exploration during your stay. Kids and adults alike can enjoy snorkelling the calm waters of the Maldives, and aquatic adventurers will get a rush swimming among vibrant coral gardens, turtles, manta rays, reef sharks and hundreds upon hundreds of tropical fish, including the rare giant Napolean Wrasse.
Angaga, a peaceful and serene island in the centre of the South Ari Atoll, is just 25 minutes by seaplane from the international airport at Malé and features an award-winning dive base and superb locations for snorkellers and divers of all levels. Another diving and snorkelling hotspot in the South Ari Atoll is Vilamendhoo Island, which features 10 exceptional snorkelling channels and nearby dive sites where you can swim among the manta rays and whale sharks. On the eastern periphery of North Ari Atoll is the Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo Island, famous for its reef snorkelling and diving, dive school and coral-ringed wall, which you can follow as you snorkel all the way around the island perimeter.
Maldives resorts typically provide comprehensive snorkelling and diving services for all skill levels. Some islands have their own dive centres and schools through which you can take a certified course that will allow you to dive anywhere in the world.