Many people go to the Maldives for diving - this gives you the opportunity to see wonderful colourful fishes. Forget about corals: most have been "whitened" by el Nino so it'll take some years before they recover fully. So basically diving in the Maldives is only for the fishes... the wonderful fishes - playful and friendly - and so beautiful. All resorts offer at very competitive prices "test dives" for non-divers. Bathala's diving instructor (october 2004) is Chiara.
Equipment: everything is provided by the diving centre
Maldivian people like to keep themselves fit. Young ones like to play volleyball, basketball and soccer. There is a big play ground in Maale where you would find many guys busy in playing any of these games. Some time they play so well that you would like to stop there for few minutes and enjoy their game.
There are many famous dive sites located in Maldives. There are diving schools in most of resorts who give you training for scuba diving.
Diving the Maldivian waters is one of the best underwater experiences a diver can have. The variety and number of brightly colored reef fish and exotic marine life that populates the water's depths are simply unforgettable.
Equipment: Its better if you bring water sports equipment with you. Otherwise you may rent it out at resort but it would be expensive. If you travel with Emirates airline then you would be given 10 kg additional for your water sports gear.
Maldivians are expert in swimming and many of them enjoy swimming in beach. You would even find old Maldivian ladies in beach and they are very good swimmer. Many girls and guys along with their friends go to beach for swimming in evening times after getting free from their studies. You would often see babies enjoying swimming too.
Maldives is ideal for water sports. You can also enjoy Wind surfing at many of resort islands. Most of the resorts have training schools for wind surfing and other water sports. Try some water sports activities when you are in Maldives next time!
Equipment: Its better to bring surfing gear with you. Although you can get it on rent in your resort but it would be very expensive. If you fly to Maldives with Emirates then they will allow you 10 kg extra for water sports equipment.
There are lots of baby sharks in the Maldives. We went snorkelling with them, and at first they were very nervous and swam away from us quickly, but after a while we were quite interesting to them it seems, and they came quite close. The underwater shots show how close!
They are harmless by the way!
There is some great snorkelling to be done in the Maldives, in all the countries we have visited, we saw by far the most amount of underwater life in the Maldives. A couple of pictures below in my travelogue will be added.
I feel it's much better to have your own snorelling gear. Even though you can borrow it, and it's disinfected, the snorkel will still have been in a number of peoples mouths before you! Plus, masks can be quite unique so get your own one which fits well. Mine is a prescription mask which is a good idea, because some days I didn't always want to put my contact lenses in to use with my regular mask.
The Maldives is one of the best places in the world to go scuba diving. Virtually every resort has their own dive schools. They cater from all levels of divers. If you aren't qualified you will also be able to take a course or or trial dive on the house reef.
Equipment: Personally, I always try to use my own gear when diving but you can hire everything you need at any of the dive centres
A good number of people who travel to the Maldives take advantage of the spectacular underwater scenery by way of snorkeling or scuba diving.
The snorkeling is magnificent. Every resort has a "house reef" that is home to hundreds of kinds of animals ranging from colorful little reef fish of the type you see in aquariums to stingrays, moray eels, parrotfish, triggerfish, unicornfish and other sea creatures.
The diving is even better than the snorkeling in terms of the kinds and variety of marine life you can see, with the added possibility of doing night dives to spot nocturnal fish. The photo shows a feathery lionfish (but don't touch; it's venomous!). The clam stars in a travelogue.
Equipment: As with most established dive centers, you can rent every bit of equipment you need right there. But if you have your own fins, mask, and regulator, it's always a good idea to bring them. Dive computers are also available for rent as well as flashlights for night dives.
The dive trips are one-tank dives. Two dives are available each day, along with occasional night dives.
Ok, if u really r one of these tough guys (ladies) always keen on being tired for something then you'll enjoy a lot jogging on these islands.
Some crazy people measured the island round-trip and they put indications like this ... not for me please, not for me :-)))
One of the reasons why we thought Sun Island was appealing was the fact that it has quite a lot of facilities on the island. I enjoy playing a bit of squash and there is on squash court located in the lobby area. In the sports center we also found two badminton courts, a few table tennis tables, and a gym where you could lift weights etc. They even had aerobics classes in the evening. All of this was included in our all inclusive deal so it was just a matter of booking a court. I had brought along my squash racket but that was not really necessary because they had pretty good rackets for rent there. I soon found a squash partner too so I got to play a bit of squash while we were on the island. The only problem for me was that the squash court was inside but with no air condition. And let me tell you…playing squash when it is 30 degrees is a hot affair :-). I don’t think that I have ever sweated that much in my entire life. So remember to bring along some water if you are going to play squash or badminton. It is also possible to buy a big bottle of water for 3 US dollars in the sports center reception.
Outside the sports center we also found several tennis courts, a basket ball court and a beach volley ball court. So it should be possible to find some things to do if you get too bored of the beach and the snorkeling.
We never tried SCUBA Diving in the Maldives as we do not currently have the certificate, and to be honest we didn't fancy paying out loads for the training while we were there.
We did however do LOADS of snorkelling, and although it's not quite the same as SCUBA, it's still a wonderful experience.
The sealife in the Maldives is amazing, and you can get some fantasic photo's. We took a couple of disposable underwater camera's, and managed to get a great photo of a ray. Unfortunately I do not have a scanner so I can't put it on this page :(
Hopefully I'll get some great digital photo's when I go in April as we've just got underwater housing for our camera!
Equipment: I would advise anyone to buy their snorkel equipment before they go to the Maldives, as it can be very expensive to buy from your resort.
Some resorts will hire the snorkel equipment free of charge though, so you would have to check with your resort before you go.
If the idea of lying on a beach all day bores you sensless then kuredu is the island for you. Not only is there an excellent 5 star padi scuba diving school- which also offers snorkelling lessons and an array of different snorkelling tours, but there is also the excellent H20 water sports centre where you can learn to windsurf, water ski, wakeboard, catamaran sail, go on banana rides- hire canoes etc etc..... you get my drift YOU WILL NOT BE BORED, if you are really lucky you will get the inimitable Zoran to teach you- he is a real larger than life character- you will know him when you see him.
Equipment: All equipement can be hired in resort, there is no need to lug anything half way around the world!
If you have always wanted to learn to scuba dive you will not find anywhere better than the maldives. All resort islands have padi registered diving schools with excellent tuition. at the very least you must try the snorkelling- the equipement can be hired on all resorts.
Whatever ur certificate is, either u have done 5 times or hundred times of diving, u should go for the "matriculation" class first. It's good to refresh ur memory but they charge u the same 50 USD like normal diving! And of course it's only in the house reef where u see nothing spectacular whatsoever. Mask clearing, buddy breathing, etc...were on the "curriculum".
Good to know that the next dive was good! I saw Manta Rays! Visibility was good, water was warm too.
Equipment: U can always rent the equipment if u don't bring any. And if u do, it cost u less 5 USD only.
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