This is my entry for the visit Must challenge proposed to the GYTS team. This is a compilation os the must do/visit activities and places in my country, the Maldives.
Diving in the Maldives by liveaboard offers the best in many must-have tropical SCUBA experiences. Deserted, white sand islands peep up out of the ocean by only two meters, stretching seamlessly into an underwater paradise of wildlife nourished by the Indian Monsoon current. The Maldives' crystal clear waters are home to mantas, whale sharks, and reef sharks, not to mention the brilliant flatworms and ghost pipefish who hide among its wrecks, coral gardens, channels, and pinnacles. Maldives liveaboards offer itineraries encompassing the world-class dive sites of North Male Atoll, Ari Atoll, Baa Atoll, Hanifaru Bay, Rasdhoo and many more, including remote atolls in the far north and south where you'd be hard-pressed to see another liveaboard.
With clear blue water, white sand beaches, and great visibility, the Maldives is an idyllic scuba diving paradise. During a diving trip to the Maldives, you may see manta rays, whale sharks, reef sharks, soft & hard corals and much more. The Maldives offers blue water early in the year - perfect for wide-angle photography. While is there is some macro life here, I would think of Maldives as mainly a "wide-angle" place to see coral, whale sharks, mantas, eagle rays, and schools of fish. There has been some coral bleaching in the shallow reefs. While the reefs and channels provide a great diversity of marine life, Hanifaru Bay, while allows snorkeling only, is the go-to place for mantas and whale sharks. We're talking dozens and dozens of huge manta rays feeding - up to 200 mantas at a time. You’re also likely to encounter whale sharks, opening their huge mouths and gulping in food. Still, underwater photography cannot properly capture the beauty of the marine life here; you need to use underwater video. Many dive sites have napoleon wrasse, barracuda, reef sharks including gray reef, whitetip and blacktip, spotted eagle rays, large marbled rays, trevally and tuna. The current will help bring out more of these larger animals. Some atolls can also produce hammerhead sharks, although this is only at very specific dive sites.
Maldivian beaches are the most beautiful beaches in the world. I love a family day with my little brother and parents at the beach. Sun, fresh air, crystal clear seawater, white sand between your toes, and peace of mind are all ingredients of a wonderful world! Beaches are some of the most enjoyable and greatest natural features the world has to offer. A relaxing day at our Maldivian beaches is not just good for your body, but it is also beneficial for your overall health, both inside and out. A trip to the beach offers unforgettable experiences as the fresh sea breeze blows on your face or the smell of sea salt water as you listen to the calming rhythmic sound of the waves. An escape from the closed office ,work or school environment away from the hectic daily work schedule because of several reasons .relaxing on the beach should be your next holiday activity and getting a dose of natural Vitamin D .It is known that sunlight is a natural source of Vitamin D, which is essential for good metabolism, bone health, mental health, and immune system, Sea waves keep your mind and body relaxed giving a positive effect on your sleep, stress, and mood, Lying on the beach relieves your stress and gives you fresh air. So don't miss having a relaxing , fun filled day filled with laughter and joy in our beautiful beaches with your loved ones.
The first thing to know about the Maldives is that most resorts are situated on their own private island — in fact, one island, one resort is the typical approach for hotels within the archipelago. This makes sense geographically, considering the Maldives is home to at least 1,192 uninhabited and 200 inhabited islands. Whether you tour multiple islands by staying at more than one resort over the course of your vacation, or you charter a boat or take a day tour to an adjacent atoll, make sure to island hop while visiting the destination.
You can snorkel in the Maldives without knowing how to swim by taking the snorkeling lesson for the non-swimmer Me being someone who loves the sea and swimming, I enjoy a good free dive or snorkeling with my dad. If u are thinking of visiting know that There are 2 seasons in the Maldives and they are called Monsoons. The Northeast Monsoon (Iruvai) is the dry season. The Southwest Monsoon (Hulhangu) is the wet season. When the seasons change varies. The driest months are January through April and the wettest months are from May through December. The months with the lowest average wind speeds and lowest wind probabilities are March and April. While at most spots, we do see the most colourful fishies and we can also see amazing array and number of other creatures, but it's sad to see the reefs were being severely affected by global warming, and many are trying to prevent it from happening and one of my aim is to be involved in cleaning the reefs whenever our MLA swimming team goes on a trip etc.