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Things You Need to Know about Diving in the Maldives - Top Tips for Scuba Diving the Maldives

Tipped to be one of the world's premier scuba diving hotspots, the Maldives is a dream come true for divers. Here are some important tips on how to enjoy diving in the paradise archipelago.


When to Scuba Dive

One of the best aspects of diving in the Maldives is that the activity is available all year round. Although there are times of the year when seas can get rough and the tides too strong, resorts, as well as diving operators, refrain from venturing out on these particular days. The high tourist season which falls between the months of December and April are ideal for the activity as the sunny skies and large influx of tourists means diving excursions are widely available and in full operation mode. Those on a budget may wish to visit the Maldives from May to November as the prices are lower and the crowds less prevalent.


Diving Budget

The cost of engaging in diving activities will vary from resort to resort and tour operator or tour operator. Those who are looking to explore the underwater landscapes on a single dive will find that diving packages are less expansive and offer more value for money as ten dives are up for grabs at a reasonable price. The "Non Limit" diving packages, on the other hand, include only two-day time dives and tow night time dives although the particulars of the package will differ based on the tour organizer or resort.


Medical Check

Travellers will need to sign off a medical statement before venturing out to engage in any time of open water diving activity. It is important to disclose all health issues and concerns one may have during this time to the resort doctor or the medical professionals at a local medical facility or clinic. Those who are used to diving in their home countries can also carry a diving medical certificate from their nation of origin to prove their state of health.


Diving Excursions

Those based at Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas or any other resorts that offer a luxury holiday in Maldives will find that most hotels offer their own diving packages. Popularly known as diving safaris, resorts and tour operators will offer these deep-sea exploration packages from the month of September to April as the calmest water conditions in the Maldives are found during the first four months of the year. The type of vessel used for the diving excursion as well as the duration of the tour itself will be at the discretion of the tour organizer. Some vessels will offer great comforts on board while others will be rented boats from various owners.


Diving Lessons

Most diving schools and resorts in the country will offer PADI certification courses for adults as well as children who can sign up for the Bubblemaker course instead. Involving a number of lessons by seasoned experts, holidaymakers can practice their newly acquired skills on the house reef of the resort or in the swimming pool before the instructors deem they are ready for the open seas.