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What to Expect When Diving in Maldives?

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The name Maldives screams paradise, with its pristine white sand, clear blue waters, and 26 natural coral atolls. That’s over 1,000 islands! Incredible, isn’t it? For administration purposes, Maldives is divided into 19 atolls known for their high density of marine life.

Blessed with a year-round tropical climate and warm temperatures, divers can enjoy diving in Maldives at any time. Water temperatures may range from 80°F (26°C) to 86°F (30°C).

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Explore the beautiful island nation of Maldives

The Maldives is an idyllic scuba diving destination because of its crystalline waters and great visibility. Its array of isolated and deserted islands serves as a vast playground for snorkelers and divers to explore.

Scuba diving in the Maldives is done at a relaxing drift pace. Let nature take you on an underwater adventure by letting the Indian monsoon current carry you along the island channels. The nutrient-rich waters that flow from the ocean to the lagoons are packed with plankton which attracts a wide array of amazing marine life.

Marine life encounters

The reefs and channels of Maldives serve as a haven for a huge diversity of marine life.

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Sea turtles

Sea turtles are loved by divers around the world. These gentle creatures glide gracefully underwater and often display a curious attitude. Hawksbill turtles and Loggerhead turtles thrive in the Maldives and may be encountered all year-round.

Hawksbill turtles are known for their tapered heads and pointed mouths that resemble a bird’s beak; hence the name. Young Hawksbills have a heart-shaped upper shell that elongates as it matures. They have overlapping scutes on their carapace with a serrated appearance. Hawksbill turtles are critically endangered due to various human activities, particularly the rampant tortoise shell trade.

Loggerhead turtles are characterized by their huge heads which can grow up to 10 inches or 25 centimeters wide. Their large heads support their strong jaw muscles, which give them the ability to crush sea urchins, clams, crabs, mussels, and other hard-shelled prey. Loggerhead turtles are endangered species due to numerous natural predators and human activities such as fishing, habitat degradation, pollution, and direct harvest. They are also victims of accidental fishing or bycatch.

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Manta rays

Reef manta rays are regular residents of Maldives. You can encounter them year-round as they journey across the 26 coral atolls with the changing monsoons. From May to October, the manta rays make their way across the eastern side of the atolls and from November to April, these graceful creatures glide to the western side of the atolls. Hanifaru Bay – Baa Atoll which is a designated Unesco World Biosphere Reserve is the best place to swim with manta rays in the Maldives. It is possible to come across a huge number of manta rays feeding. Please be reminded that only snorkeling with a certified guide is allowed in Hanifaru Bay.

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Whale sharks

Whale sharks, fondly called “gentle giants” also visit the Hanifaru Bay. These plankton feeders travel long distances to find food. These amazing creatures can be spotted feeding in these rich waters. It’s fascinating to watch them opening their humongous mouths and gulping food.

Other marine life

The waters of the Maldives are also home to reef sharks including whitetip, blacktip, and gray reef sharks. You can also encounter eagle rays, large marbled rays, spotted eagle rays, barracuda, Napoleon wrasse, tuna, trevally, and other pelagic species. Hammerhead sharks may be found in specific dive sites.

Book a dive with us

Get a chance to mingle with these unique and incredible marine creatures by booking a trip with us. Check out our scuba diving UAE and other dive packages.


Scuba diving is an exciting and adventurous water sport that offers a chance to explore the beauty of the underwater world and its amazing marine life. The UAE, particularly Dubai, is one of the most popular destinations for scuba diving, attracting divers from all over the world. With its crystal clear waters and diverse marine life, scuba diving in Dubai offers a unique and unforgettable experience.

The cost of scuba diving in Dubai varies depending on the dive center you choose and the type of dive you opt for. On average, a single dive can cost anywhere from AED 250 to AED 550, with the average price for a single dive being around AED 350. This price usually includes all the necessary equipment, such as the dive tank, regulator, and wetsuit, as well as the services of a professional dive guide. At Nemo Diving Center, We offer a wide range of diving packages to suit every budget and experience level.

Diving in Dubai is an incredible experience, and the UAE is home to many dive sites teeming with amazing marine life including colorful soft and hard corals, sea turtles, stingrays, manta rays, moray eels, cuttlefish, octopus, nudibranchs, seahorses, and a plethora of fish species. It is also noted for its incredible dive wrecks that have become rich artificial reefs. These dive sites offer a unique and exciting diving experience, providing a chance to explore sunken ships and other structures that have become havens for marine life.

Come and explore the unique underwater world of Palm Jumeriah in Dubai and incredible dive sites in Fujairah such as Dibba Rock, Sharm Rock, Martini Rock, Snoopy Island, and more. At Nemo Diving Center, we offer dive trips to these amazing dive sites, allowing divers to discover the incredible marine life that has made the wreck its home. We also offer a wide range of other dive sites to choose from, including shallow coral reefs, deep wrecks, and drift dives, providing something for every level of diver.

In conclusion, scuba diving in Dubai offers an unforgettable experience for all levels of diver. With its clear waters, diverse marine life, and incredible dive sites, Dubai is a must-visit destination for any scuba diver. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver, our team at Nemo Diving Center will ensure that you have an amazing time exploring the beauty of the underwater world.



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