How is Diving in Maldives?
More than 1190 islands grouped into 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean. Where only country which has 1% land and 99% Ocean. 200 islands are inhabited and most of the population lives in the capital Male.
Maldives flat white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, vibrant colors of marine life makes Maldives unique. Scuba diving is one of the leisure activity in Maldives each and every resort have its own PADI certified dive centre. The water flows up along the wall with the current feeding the soft corals, sponges clinging the rock sides. Inside the atoll lagoons, thila (rock pinnacles) vault up from the bottom to scratch the water surface. In the channels there are full of energy and life moving along with water into large caves and overhangs covered with colourful sponges, gorgonians and invertebrates to explore. In cleaning stations plankton service the Whale Sharks and Manta Rays.
Should I choose Liveaboard diving or island / resort diving?
Diving in resorts or hotels you will be exploring mostly its surroundings. Where else Liveaboard will be taking you to the most popular dive sites in the country. In addition you get to see more of Maldives exploring local culture and island life.
Which Dive route should I be taking?
Most liveaboard to the standard 7 days tour which is also called best of Maldives tour , or 4 atoll route. If you are coming for the 2nd or 3rd time you may want to explore a different route exploring Baa Atoll Hanifaru Bay for whale sharks or most southern routes to see the most remote dive sites.
The Weather and best time for diving?
The Maldives enjoys a tropical climate and has two distinct season. "Iruvai monsoon /dry (Northeast Monsoon) from April to December,and Hulhangu monsoon / wet (Southwest Monsoon) from May to November. Dry season (Iruvai) is the period of regular sunshine with little or occasion showers. Its also known as the high season in Maldives. Which is good for scuba diving as the visibility is great.
Do I need visa prior to Arrival
No visa is required prior to arrival. If you have a passport validity of 6 months and a valid hotel booking you will get tourist visa on arrival up to 30 days, and extendable upto 90 days read more
What is the Exchange rate and the currency?
Current exchange rate is MRF 15.42 for a USD. and most hotels accept USD or EUROS.
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Can I pay by credit card?
Most hotels accept major credit cards VISA, MASTER, AMERICAN EXPRESS, DINERS CLUB, JCB. On arrival at Velana International airports there are Bank of Maldives ATMS which you can withdraw money from VISA, MASTER and AMERICAN EXPRESS. If you plan to pay by credit card it's wise to check which credit card the hotel or LIveaboard accept before arrival.
What time should I arrive to join Hotel / Liveaboard?
Most hotels in Male atoll will arrange transfer to the hotel upon your arrival. If you are traveling by seaplane most hotels require to arrive before 15:00 hrs. If you are traveling by domestic flight most hotels will arrange transfer to the hotel upon your arrival.
To avoid any inconvenience It’s good to check with the hotel or travel agent about your transfer arrangements if you are travelling by seaplane at times you many have to stay at a city hotel at Male/ Hulhulmale or a resort near by. Get seaplane and domestic flight contact numbers here
Most Liveaboard tour runs from Saturday to Saturday, Sunday to Sunday or Monday to Monday. Checking time is 10:00 am or 11:00 am and check out time is 8:00 am or 9:00 am
There will be no issue arranging the transfer if you are coming on the tour day. However if you have a night flight on the same day it is advisable to come one day early. As most boats will move from the marina before sunset.
Can non diver join on the liveaboard any discounts for non divers?
We always welcome families and non divers may join the tour. Mostly non divers get 10% discount and they can go for snorkeling or exploring the local island. If you have a kid joining kids discount is available.
What is minimum requirement for Diving?
To join the dives on a Liveaboard you are required to have minimum Open water certificate.
In a resort you can join discover dives or kids can join youth scuba diving program to do bubble maker course.