The Maldives is a remote – no question about that! At just over 550 miles (nearly 900 km) Southwest of Sri Lanka and India, The Maldives are not only remote, but can be very expensive to get to. If you’re coming from Europe to dive The Maldives, it’s not so bad. But if you’re on your way there from North America, settle in for a trip that will take you over 20 hours or more, depending on how lucky you are with flights!

Yet, the trip is worth it because The Maldives is also home to some of the most diverse marine life on the planet. Here are some photos that will inspire you to dive The Maldives!

Meet Mean-looking morays

During the day, they stay in their caves. They come out at night to hunt!

Dive the maldives Two moray eels
Two moray eels in their tunnel

Manta Rays aplenty!

There are several cleaning stations you’ll be able to see when you dive The Maldives.

Dive the maldives Manta Ray
A beautiful Manta ray from our second to last dive

Hawksbill turtles let you watch them eat

Turtles are always fun. This one is enjoying dinner and was oblivious to my camera.

Dive the maldives - A sea turtle eating at night
A sea turtle eating at night

White Tip Sharks are everywhere

While you’ll likely see quite a few sharks, they tend to keep their distance.

Dive the maldives - A white tip shark
A white tip shark that I couldn’t get close to.

…and so are sad-looking porcupine fish

One of my favorite fish – they always look like they’re sad because been abandoned.

Dive the maldives - Porcupine blow fish
Porcupine blow fish always look so lonely

Swim through schools of snappers

Just when you think they’re going to scatter, they let you join their school if you take your time.

Dive the maldives - snapper school
Snappers aren’t that shy. They let you swim with them.

Dive The Maldives and meet Napoleon!

Larger that it looks. This guy was about 1.5 meters long. Very docile creatures with huge mouths!

Dive the maldives - napoleon wrasse
Napoleon wrasses (humphead wrasses) are fairly common

Some of the smallest critters live here

Michael and Halef both like to hunt for nudibranchs. Often, they concentrate so much that they miss the larger stuff!

Dive the maldives - A tiny nudibranch, about 2 cm long.
A tiny nudibranch, about 2 cm long.
Dive the maldives - Another beautiful nudibranch
Another beautiful nudibranch

But so does the biggest fish in the world

If you’re really lucky, you’ll see a whale shark – the biggest fish on the planet! This lady showed up on our second to last dive!

Dive the maldives - Whale shark
A whale shark in the Maldives – about 6-7 meters long!

The life under the water in The Maldives is spectacular by almost any measure. We were lucky enough to dive The Maldives on a liveaboard in May. You can see our review of the Emperor Leo Maldives right here.

Whether it’s any of the dozens of liveaboards that serve The Maldives, a day trip from Male with a local dive shop, or a week or more at a resort, we highly recommend that you put The Maldives near the top of your list of places to dive.

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Michael is originally from Canada but now resides in Atlanta, GA with his husband, Halef, who also writes here. He is a Couchsurfing expert and has traveled to over 40 countries to date. Currently saving all his money for a Round the World adventure.


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