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Scuba Diving Tips - For the first timer

The Maldives is known for being the best vacation destination if you like snorkelling and scuba diving. Read on for some of the important things you should know before you attempt scuba diving during your trip to the Maldives.



The biggest thing you will have to keep an eye out for while going diving on a luxury holiday in Maldives is the current. The current in the sea around the islands move throughout the islands and can be very strong in some parts of Maldives. Sometimes even the most experienced divers use hooks to hold on to the bottom of the seabed so that the currents don't carry them away when diving. Fast currents can be dangerous because you will end up using more oxygen when you use more energy to stay in a place underwater. If you are a first timer attempting diving in the Maldives it is always better to stick to the smaller waters. Also, make sure you listen to the advice of your instructor and read about the weather and currents in the area before you plan your diving trip in the Maldives. If you're looking for a great place to stay while you're in the Maldives, there are plenty on offer, such as Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas for instance.


The temperature of the water and the visibility underwater

The beautiful blue waters in the Maldives is usually about 25 to 32゚ throughout the year. They never get too cold for a diver regardless of which part of the world you are travelling to the Maldives from. Wet suits are a must as they offer protection from scrapes and Scratches when you swim too close to the corals and stones on the seabed. The clarity underwater in the Maldives is usually clear you will be able to see as far as 40 m on a normal day. If the density of plankton in the water is high visibility may reduce to 20 m. However, waters that have a high density of plankton also attract huge sharks and manta rays which offer some amazing views in the diving sites. In the Maldives, diving is an activity that is done throughout the year. The most popular time travellers choose to dive in this country is between January and April. The rainfall in the Maldives happens from May to August and this can reduce visibility underwater dramatically.


Cost of diving

In comparison to the cost of and diving in various other parts of Asia diving in the Maldives seems a little bit more expensive than the usual. In some parts of Asia, you will find dives that cost you anywhere from about $25 to $35 per session but in the Maldives, you might end up paying about $50 per session. If you are planning on going on more than 2 or 3 dives A day renting out the equipment on a daily basis would be beneficial for you. If you want to explore the best diving site in all the atolls of Maldives 2 weeks would be good enough. You will be able to explore the best sites in both North and the Southern part of Maldives. Keep an eye out for sea creatures like manta rays and whale sharks when you are exploring the underwater.


Marine life in the Maldives

Underwater life in the Maldives is awe-inspiring and breath-taking. You will be able to see some of the most magnificent creatures here. Eagle rays, sharks, manta rays, parrot fish, eels, snappers, and even turtles are regularly spotted during dives in this part of the world.