该Maldives is a chain of Islands and atolls approximately 700km South West of Sri-Lanka. TheMaldivesare widely considered one of the top dive destinations, and much of the country is a biosphere reserve as per the UN, with plans to make the entire country a UN biosphere within 5 years.
该Maldivesconsists of 26 atolls - a ring-shaped coral structure often surrounding an Island and enclosing a lagoon within it and 1322 Islands. The atolls and islands are formed by submerged volcanoes that create a landmass above the surface, which subsequently gets surrounded by reef formation. The formations result in a通道的复杂系统，reefs & underwater pinnacles that, in turn, attract and house a wide variety of exciting marine life, corals and crustaceans/critters.
海峡潜水一世s particularly challenging. Crossing the channels requires staying below the lip of the channel to avoid being drifted out into the blue; this can often be as deep as 35-40 meters. Diving into the channel often requires fighting or managing currents, reef hooking, and being comfortable with difficult conditions.
Diving in The Maldives can basically be broken down into 3 major environments - channels, thilas & farus:
强劲的水流&往往具有挑战性的潜水。新金沙线上新金沙线上潜水员have to be careful of the strong currents and depth.
Best known for eagle rays, grey reef sharks and good visibility.
Thilas & Giris
Thilas aka 'Giris' are submerged sea mountains/pinnacles – coming up from between 30-40m and 15-1m on the surface. Best dived with a medium current – with masses of fish being attracted to the front of the pinnacle thus enticing the predators such as giant trevally, dog tooth tuna, grey reef sharks to hunt. Good on the slack side of the current for macro life, such as Leaf fish, Nudi branch, Flatworms & Scorpion Fish. The best-known thilas are Maaya Thila (North Ari Atoll), and Hafusha Thila (North Ari Atoll).
该se are usually the easier dives.
Diving in the Maldives can be categorized into 3 general areas: Central, South & North
As will be addressed below, the best way to explore the Maldives is by liveaboard, with approximately 90% of the dive boats operating the 'Central Maldives' route, often called the 'Best of the Maldives'. Central Maldives offers a great variety of dive sites & a healthy mix of channels, farus & thilas. Logistically it is also the easiest to explore since departures and arrivals happen via Male, without the need for internal flights. This route is also popular by the healthy variety of diving experiences that usually fit within it.
该South of the Maldives is a more rare trip with less boats running that trip. As a rule of thumb, the South is categorized by more channel diving versus thilas & farus, thus making it more challenging overall. The South is also characterized by a focus on sharks, due to the nature of the channel diving. Logistically, there is usually atleast one internal flight involved.
Top 5 Dive Sites
Alimatha夜潜新金沙线上-an absolutely epic night dive, which majority of the boats visit.
Maareehaa Kandu– Gaafu Alifu:美丽的通道，拥有数百灰礁鲨和大鲨鱼的机会很高，如丝绸般的鲨鱼和大锤头。独特之处在于内壁是非常美丽的珊瑚用大量海龟和其他景点。
Hafusha Thila- 北阿里环礁：灰礁鲨清洗站用大量火枪团的，狗齿金枪鱼，大眼插孔和熟睡的婴儿白鳍鲨。
Lankan Manta Point– North Male Atoll:Manta Cleaning Station, sometimes up to 20 mantas lining up to be cleaned.
该best diving in the Maldives is undeniably done from aliveaboarddue to the wide disperse of dive sites that spread over an area of over 1000km long. Diving from a resort would limit you to the dive sites that are within a boat ride, usually limiting you to one, two or maximum 3 atolls.
逻辑上，最常见的切入点是马累机场，在那里你会得到您的运营商抓住了，小一点的船拍摄，经常被称为“Dhone”，要么在宿船船或度假村，在这里您将住。根据不同的度假胜地，你是住在或liveaboard你选择，你可能需要采取一个连接国内航班到更偏远的环礁之一，通常 - 拉穆，Huvadhoo，阿杜，咩，Huva或哈达卢。
A beautiful house reef and in close proximity to some of the top dive sites in the country - a good alternative to a liveaboard, partly due to its geo-location.
Werner Lau Dive Centers
8different dive centers spread over 8 different resorts across the Maldives. Professionally run German operation with a good reputation for safety and professionalism and attention to detail.
Very comfortable and large boat that is 4 years in operation, European-managed with a very multi-lingual team. Free nitrox on board, as well as plenty of safety equipment.
Ark Royal & Ark Venture
Another well-run liveaboard operation that brings a good mix of fun and safety to the table. It offers free nitrox, and has been in operation for over 5 years.
One of the most stylish & newest boats in the Maldives, run by local Maldiveans. It has an excellent vibe onboard, with more of a party atmosphere than some other boats, and a very fun team.
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该MV Orion is a great boat and is very comfortable. My only complaint would be the poor quality of the A/C in the room that kept it rather warm in the room. The crew are very experienced and know the dive sites really well. Everything is generally well organized and its a good time.
We just came back from our honeymoon where we had the chance to stay at Scuba Spa for a week. We really loved it. Diving was great and Moosa and Moto did amazing brifings on the dives so that we felt very safe. Staff in general was very attentive and friendly. The food is served in buffet style - and they did a great Job. If you don't feel like doing 3 dives per day it is possible to exchange dives for Spa Treatments - what I find a really nice idea. We did go diving every time and for our ho...