Your Guide to Diving Maldives
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Diving Maldives Overview
These 7000 low-lying coral islands in a 1200-mile chain southeast of Sri Lanka will be among the first to disappear when global warming raises sea levels significantly. The reefs in the Maldives have suffered significant coral bleaching, but liveaboards still find exciting fish life by going to current points in the channels between the reefs where sharks tend to congregate. Many of the 200 inhabited islands have classy resorts catering to Europeans, with good to excellent diving. Permission is no longer required to visit nonresort islands and for the more hardy there's often a cheap local bed and breakfast option -- along with plenty of mosquitoes! Despite the resorts being of the highest standards with fabulous international cuisine, travelers who participate in water sports and scuba diving should be aware that rescue services might not be consistent with international standards. The rainy season is during the second half of the year. During the early part of the year, there are powerful currents resulting in very clear water and plenty of pelagic life, but it can make the diving arduous so take a reef hook and a delayed surface marker buoy.
Maldives Seasonal Dive Planner
It is possible to dive around the Maldives all year, but the wet monsoon brings wind and rain squalls in May through to November, with the current passing through the atolls from the northeast. The dry monsoon is from December to April when seas look calm, but ocean currents are at their strongest. The current flows then in from the southwest, with clear water from the Indian Ocean, when underwater visibility in the western atolls can exceed 100ft (30m).
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Diving Maldives Reader Reports and Feature Articles
Latest Reader Reports from Maldives
from the serious divers who read Undercurrent
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Aggressor Fleet Report
in Maldives/Best of Maldives
"Best of Maldives on Aggressor"
filed Sep 22, 2023 by Jeffery E Snyder (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 6 reports, Reviewer )
I didn't realize how long the travel and layovers were going to be. That's on me, it just seemed to take a long time to get there. La... ... Read more
Blue Force One Report
"Whale Shark - Bucketlist Checked Off"
filed Sep 17, 2023 by Mason Hollcroft (Experience: 251-500 dives)
The travel to the Maldives is very long and taxing. If flights and schedule allow, arrive a day early. If finances allow fly business ... ... Read more
Maldives Whale Shark Research Program/guest house Report
in Maldives/South Ari Atoll
"Volunteer with Whale Sharks and Dive for Purpose."
filed Jun 21, 2023 by Bill mashek (Experience: Over 1000 dives)
My first couple days after arriving in Hulhumale, I spent at Port Inn. It was reasonably priced, included breakfast and nice folks. It... ... Read more
Ocean Pro/Mirihi Report
"Easy diving at upscale resort"
filed Jun 12, 2023 by Tom Flaherty (Experience: 251-500 dives)
This was our seventh trip to the Maldives and the first to Mirihi. It's a very small island and has deliberately positioned itself as n... ... Read more
Carpe Novo Report
"Not the best"
filed Apr 18, 2023 by Paul Salembier (Experience: 501-1000 dives)
If you were an extremely fit smoker, you might have enjoyed this trip. I'm not, and I didn’t.
First, the positives. Like its sister ... ... Read more
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Diving Maldives Articles - Liveaboards
|Volunteering for Maldives Whale Shark Research, 7/23|
|Manta Populations Improve , 2/23|
|Fiji, Indonesia, French Polynesia, Molokai, we’re diving the world once again, 7/22|
|MV Emperor Voyager, Republic of Maldives, manta madness and sharks galore, 1/22|
|Where Are the Maldives?, 1/22|
|Blue O Two a Casualty of COVID, 1/22|
Available to the Public
|When Diving in the Maldives Disappoints, the right information guides expectations, 6/18|
|Fiji, Iceland, Maldives, Raja Ampat, trouble in Cozumel, a bad critter-handling policy in Kauai, 5/15|
|Maldives Princess, The Maldives, a long way to see whale sharks, but worth it, 5/14|
|Maldives, Hawaii, Indonesia . . ., some dive operators who need to change their rules, 11/13|
|M/V Carpe Diem, Maldives, the abundance of fish is worth the cost and travel time, 6/12|
|Thailand, Cocos, Hawaii, Maldives..., Thai tech dives, an easy wreck dive and El Niño’s ups and downs, 8/10|
|The Baani Adventure’s Lethal Air Compressor, 7/08|
|The Baani Explorer, Maldives, a bargain for big fish, 1/06|
|The Maldives Aboard the Manthiri, great diving despite El Niño, 5/01|
|Bleached Maldives, 3/99|
|Diving in the Maldives, Aboard the Barutheela and the Manthiri, 8/98||
Diving Maldives Articles - Land Based
Available to the Public
|Not Getting Enough Time Underwater?, 10/19|
|Raja Ampat, Bonaire, Maldives, Cozumel . . ., and endless trash spilling into the water, 7/19|
|Underwater Statues Are Unwelcome in the Maldives, 11/18|
|Costa Rica, Montserrat, St. Eustatius . . ., hidden gems, bad air and the jerk of the month, 7/14|
|Key Largo, Maui, New Zealand . . ., maiden voyage kinks in Thailand, a rude photo pro in Bonaire, 5/13|
|Tsunami Damage, 2/05|
|Caught in the Wave, 2/05|
|Hiding in the Maldives, 8/98|
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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Maldives
The books below are my
favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are
available at a significant discount from Amazon.com; just
follow the links. -- BD
Reef Fish of the East Indies
by Gerald R. Allen and Mark V. Erdman
It's got a list price of $250 and a
weight of 14 pounds, but the price and the poundage will be worth it to
add this three-volume set to your library.
Renowned marine biologists Gerald R. Allen and Mark V. Erdman have
combined 60 years of surveys, fieldwork and research to create the most
definitive guide of the Coral Triangle to date, perhaps forever. The 1,292
pages of text and 3,600 photographs (40 percent of which are of fish not
seen before in print) gives comprehensive information on every known reef
fish species from a region known as the global epicenter of marine
biodiversity. An essential reference for any scuba diver.
Click here to buy it at Amazon.
Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach
Paul Humann and Ned Deloach have done it again, releasing a definitive identification guide to 1600 extraordinary reef creatures of the Tropical Pacific. with this 500+ page softbound guide, you get upwards of 2000 exceptional photos of shrimp and crabs and stars and worms and lobsters and nudibranchs and slugs and squid and bivalves . . . well, all those invertebrates that move along the reefs of this region without fining, so it seems. There are several photos of some creatures to help you identify them during different life stages, and about ten percent of the book is descriptive copy so you can tie down your identification. Even if you have no plans to go to the tropical Pacific, just to thumb through the pages, gawk at the complexity and uniqueness of these animals, and read a thumbnail sketch will give any serious diver vicarious thrills for endless hours.
Click here to buy it at Amazon.
Diving Indonesia's Bird's Head Seascape
by Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock
This dynamic duo's book describes 130 dive sites of Raja Ampat, Triton
Bay and Cenderawasih Bay, while offering practical information about the
area. The detailed descriptions of the sites, complete with GPS
coordinates, explains the terrain, how to dive the site, and the kinds of
animals, coral and critters you can expect. Excellent photographs will
help you identify many of the critters you will encounter.
If you have been to Raja Ampat, or dream about going, this thoughtful and
well-illustrated book is for you.
The book is not available at the moment.
Diving Southeast Asia
by Beth & Shaun Tierney
This just-published, 302-page, soft-bound guide by Beth and Shaun Tierney, is a must for anyone contemplating diving in Indonesia, Malaysia or Thailand. Where is Sipadan? Raja Ampat? Komodo? Richeliu Rock? Maps make it easy to pinpoint dive destinations and travel routes. Destination and 250 dive site descriptions (with tables on depth, visibility and currents) help you determine whether you’ll see big fish in the blue or pygmy seahorses in the muck. There’s a lot of supplemental information such as travel tips, health tips, and resorts and liveaboard descriptions.
Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.
Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide
by Gerald R. Allen, Roger Steene.
I was trying to pack
light for a change. Surely the Solomon Sea would have good identification books
aboard. Not so; the only book on the boat belonged to a fellow passenger. It was
one that I had not seen before, the Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide,
by two of the best fish guys around, Gerry Allen and Roger Steene. The problem
was this fellow passenger kept it in a plastic baggie most of the trip and I had
to beg to see it. Great book, good traveling size, and it covers everything from
fish, shells, marine plants, mammals, corals, and invertebrates to sea birds and
more. Now I've got my own, and it won't do you any good to beg me to borrow it.
This is one of two books that I will not travel to the Pacific without. Good for
travel to the Red Sea, East Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldives, Andaman Sea,
Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, Micronesia, Polynesia, and Hawaii,
it has 1,800 color illustrations in a 6x8 1/2 paperback format with 378 pages.
A Diver's Guide to Underwater Malaysia Macrolife
by Andrea and Antonet La Ferrari
We just discovered the ultimate guide to Indo-Pacific macro life. It was published late last year by marine photographers and writers Andrea and Antonet La Ferrari, who have several other winning books in their portfolio. They picture and describe in full detail 600 different species, focusing on those found in the South China, Sulu, and Sulawesi seas. From colorful nudibranchs to cleaner shrimps and pipe fish, to larger species like cuttlefish and clown fish. Each description offers an insight on distribution, habitat, size, life habits, and U/W photo tips. Illustrated with more than 800 extraordinary color photographs and written in a clear, concise, informative style, this book is both a macro and fish field guide for all serious divers from the Maldives to Australia. A must for traveling divers.
Click here to buy it at Amazon.
Reef Fish Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Gerald Allen, Rodger Steene, Paul Humann, & Ned Deloach
At last, here's a comprehensive fish ID guide covering the reefs of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The generous 500-page text, displaying 2,500 underwater photographs of 2,000 species, identifies the myriad fishes that inhabit the warm tropical seas between Thailand and Tahiti. The concise text accompanying each species portrait includes the fish's common, scientific and family names, size, description, visually distinctive features, preferred habitat, typical behavior, depth range, and geographical distribution. This is an essential book for every diver traveling westward. 6x9 inches.
Click here to buy it at Amazon.
There's a Cockroach in My Regulator
The Best of Undercurrent: Bizarre and Brilliant True Diving Tales from Thirty Years of Undercurrent.
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