The Maldives are great for Scuba Diving. Many people have their first experience of diving in the Maldives and are then spoiled for life. Sitting in the mud at the bottom of a cold British reservoir can never compare to a drift dive along a coral wall in the Maldive islands. If stoney cove is diver’s hell then the Maldives are diver’s heaven.
All the island resorts offer Scuba Diving and to a high quality. For your own peace of mind look out for the words “PADI 5star dive centre”. PADI is a global organisation and the 5 star award is a mark of top quality.
What to bring
The resort will supply all your kit. Fins, Mask, Air and wetsuits. However, many people bring their own wetsuits and masks as these are the most personal of items. Advanced divers also bring their own fins if they have spent money on a super-fast split fin pair.
What to know
You could go through a PADI open water course at home before jetting off to the Maldives. This will mean no time is wasted in classrooms doing the mandatory learning while you are out on the islands.
What you will see
Above all fishes. The seas are teeming with marine life and this is the major attraction. If you want wreck dives there are some available but few are found close to resort islands. For deep wreck diving a liveaboard holiday is probably more suited to your needs.
However a nice exception is a site known as ‘The Shipyard’. Here two boats have been sitting between 15 and 30 metres deep since the 1980s. The good news is that they are only 15 minutes away from Komandoo island and 45 minutes from Kuredu. Not suitable for beginners, but fine for intermediate divers, this dive delivers on both wildlife and excitement at a depth where photography without lights still yields good results. The other famous Maldive Wreck is the Victory, just of Male Airport a 110metre long oceanic freighter, sitting upright in 30 metres of water.