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Things to Know Before your Maldives Local Island Diving Trip - Some important info!

Island diving trips have become more commonplace, and the abundant dive centres, resorts, and guesthouses make it easier than before. Read on to find out how to plan your trip better.


Arrange your transfer from Male' well ahead

When planning a trip to a local island, one of the first things is to arrange the transfer to the chosen island from Male'. Many islands offer scheduled transfers via speedboat but one per day. Keep in mind there are no public ferries that can significantly decrease the cost of travel. If your location is further away from Male, you may require a domestic flight, overnight ferries are also available, however, they don't come cheap. Furthermore, there won't be many direct transfers prospects between atolls. You may have to transit in Male, however, most resorts, dive centres, or even guesthouses can arrange your transfer on your behalf so inquire with them about all possibilities.


There's a range of accommodation to consider

In the Maldives, the hotels found on occupied islands are grouped as guesthouses to differentiate them from private resorts. Some of the guesthouses are equivalent to a boutique hotel with pools, spas, pools and comfy large rooms. There are more standard ones as well, with the basic amenities as well as the occasional hostels with dorms. One can pay from 20USD per person up to 100USD for a guesthouse.
Then, of course, the private island resorts such as Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort. One of the popular options is the Maldives beach villa.


Research on the islands

Every island in the Maldives is unique. All have ubiquitous white sandy beaches and palm trees. However, there's a noticeable difference in the atmosphere. For example, you will encounter a livelier environment in Maafushi, a tourist hub, than in peaceful traffic-free Fulidhoo. Certain islands like Thulusdhoo are excellent surfing locations. And places like Hanimaadhoo have stretches of kilometres that can be traversed on a scooter. Tourism has developed in varying degrees in the islands, so all may not be the right fit for you. So be certain of what you are looking for, and decide the island perfect for you.


The marine life is not the same in every atoll

Again, research should come to the fore, as you need to pick the correct atoll to make the most of your dive trip. Whale sharks, for instance, are located all year round in South Ari Atoll, and infrequently they may also be seen near the Baa Atoll. Apart from these two, sightings of whale sharks are rare in other atolls. Diving with nurse sharks and reef sharks is popular in Vaavu Atoll throughout the year, however, in other atolls, they are more difficult to locate.


Local tourism is still relatively new

It's good to keep this in mind if you will be spending your time on an inhabited island, and when interacting with the local communities. Maldivians are generally very friendly people and hospitable to foreign tourists. Some have experience working in luxury resorts and are used to certain western demeanours. However, the older populations are slowly becoming accustomed to seeing foreign travellers on the islands. Be friendly and courteous, without being too intrusive. A simple wave and a smile will be appreciated by everyone!