Diving in Maldives
Diving and diving among the hundreds of species of fish and corals that inhabit the Maldivian waters is a must for every diver; deciding to do it aboard a comfortable cruise boat is certainly the best way to get maximum satisfaction with minimum effort.
On the boats of Albatros Top Boat everything is designed to fulfill every expectation and thanks to years of experience our yachts will always follow the best route to "be in the right place at the right time". In the Maldives it is possible to observe groups of gray sharks or to take part in the banquet of mantas that swirl undisturbed over the divers, cross underwater caves completely covered with colorful alcionacei or find themselves next to Napoleon fish as big as a human being.
All this because you find yourself in the most famous sea in the world for its underwater riches. As for diving there is an embarrassment of choice, but you need to know in-depth currents, tides and knowing how to choose the slope of the atoll and the point to dive in relation to the time of year; all variables that greatly affect the quality of the dive. The expert instructors and underwater guides of Albatros Top Boat have all the experience and the necessary tools to lead guests with the right method through these enchanted places.
In the Maldives the multiple dive sites have different characteristics that can be summarized in four main types of diving:
dives along the external reefs of the atolls
diving on the "thila" in the lagoons of the atolls
dives in the "passes"
For example, you can dive along the coral reef, on the outer side of the atoll, to find yourself in a moment surrounded by a multitude of coral fish, Napoleon fish, turtles, sharks and other species of large pelagic fish such as tuna, jackfish and barracuda. These dives are carried out in favor of the current (drift dive) with the convenience of being able to observe this fantastic show without making any effort.
Or you can dive in the lagoons of the atolls, in shallow waters, on the "Thila" (Secche), whose tops are generally found between 10 and 15 meters deep.
The Thilas are madreporic formations that rise from the sandy bottom, very rich in life, which have caves and numerous ravines able to host various species of marine organisms. This type of dive site, in most cases, is within reach even for less experienced divers.
The Thila are generally the ideal situation for night dives (except of course those located in the passes, subject to strong currents). In the Thila, diurnal organisms, which usually rest during the hours of darkness, find safe hiding places to protect themselves from voracious nocturnal predators. During the night, in fact, it is easy to observe the triggerfishes, stuck in the hollows of the reef from which only their tails emerge, or large green turtles that sleep resting on the madrepores and the colorful parrot fish, hidden in the ravines, which wrap themselves in a kind of cocoon, consisting of transparent mucus that protects them from an olfactory point of view, from predators, in addition of course to all the animals active during the night. All this with the suggestive plankton choreography that, thanks to its luminescence, will make you think you are on another planet.
Some of the Maldivian Thila, such as Malhos Thila and ..., have been ranked among the top ten dive sites in the world.
Then there are the mythical dives in the oceanic "passes", particularly loved by expert divers in search of strong emotions, which offer the possibility of making unforgettable encounters with large pelagic fish. The passes are the channels that connect the calm waters of the lagoons of the atolls with the open ocean, here the strong currents carry a considerable abundance of nourishment that attracts many organisms including the large pelagic fish that in some cases even become permanent. The guides of Albatros Top Boat know where to look for them and the excitement is assured!
At the Maldives there is no shortage of wrecks, which fascinate most divers. The dives on boats sunk for decades, allow to observe how the marine life is integrated with the hulls, which represent not only a valid substrate for the settlement of the larvae of many invertebrates, but also the favorite hiding places of many fish species. Furthermore, the thrill of being in the bow can give you the thrill of experiencing vertigo even underwater!
In the Maldivian archipelago it is possible to identify two main seasons, the dry one (monsoon that blows from the north)