Maldives has been a popular choice as a holiday destination for Honeymooners or those looking for a peaceful holiday staying in luxurious isolated resorts.

A private villa stands over crystal blue water; days finish with orange sunsets that make you hungry for local citrus; gourmet room service and a masseuse are on call to avoid any unnecessary trips from your porch; and the only thing to make you want to leave is the breathtaking coral reef and underwater creatures that demand a scuba session for a proper introduction. This is the Maldives.

Over the last few years, scuba diving in the Maldives has become very popular as more and more divers come to explore the superb reefs and lagoons that Maldives has to offer! The Marine life is really great with Turtles, Sharks, Manta Rays and even the rare Whale Sharks!

Maldives Archipelago has 1190 Islands and only 100 of those are inhabited. They all offer pristine white sand beaches, crystal clear water and swaying palm trees. The rule in Maldives is one resort = one Island making it a perfect place for relaxing Holidays.

There are about 100 resorts in Maldives. The rule is one resort per Island! Accommodation in the Maldives is expensive as it is resorts only. These resorts range from Basic bungalows to a luxurious villa with a private beach. For divers, a Liveaboard can be more affordable than a resort with extra dives to pay.

The Climate is tropical in Maldives. The weather is mostly sunny all year round with air temperature ranging from 26°C to 32°C year round. The Wet Season runs May to August with sometimes heavy rains but it usually doesn’t last long and is followed by a sunny day. However there can be winds and waves that forbid diving on certain spots. From December to March the Weather is very dry with no rain and is the best time to visit Maldives. The hottest months are from April to June.

You just need casual beach holiday clothes like shorts, cotton t-shirts or skirts. Most of the resorts have a “No Shoes” policy ;-). Just don’t forget your Sunglasses, your sunscreen and your swimming suit! As it is an Islamic Republic, going topless, even in the resorts, is forbidden. Maldives is possibly one of the the safests dive destinations on Earth! Each hotel has its own Island and it is a crime free zone! For diving safety, there are decompression chambers on Bandos Atoll in North Male and Kurumathi Atoll. If you are planning an upcoming dive trip or travelling to Maldives, it is a really good idea to invest in travel insurance for scuba diving, because you never know what could happen and when you might need it (because accidents do happen!). I recommend this diving insurance as they offer worldwide coverage and focus on providing scuba divers a quality insurance and medical assistance service.

Everybody seems to ask Where is the Maldives exactly?! The Maldives Archipelago is located in the Indian Ocean in the Laquedives Sea, about 650 km South West of Sri Lanka and India. It stretches over 820 kilometres from North to South and 120km from West to East. The only way to get around for divers in Maldives is by Liveaboard or by Sea Plane! There are 2 companies to take a sea plane: Trans Maldivian and Maldivian Air Taxi. The price of this very scenic flight is normally included in your holiday package. If your resort is not far away from Male, you will take a fast boat. There are also the domestic airports of Gan, Hanimaadhoo, Kaadedhdoo and Kadhdoo. They permit you to travel between the Islands.

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