What about scuba diving stands out in your mind? “Sharks. For me, it was undoubtedly the shark dive “When asked what the best part of her trip on the MV Monsoon had been, the English newlywed gushed. Others had decided to spend their thirty minutes taking pictures of a couple of curious mantas. Others had pointed to the oddly formed pinnacle known as Christmas Rock. When asked what was the best or most memorable part of my diving experience in the northern atolls of the Maldives, I said that it was the quantity and diversity of fish.
During my weeklong journey across the atolls of Baa, Raa, Noon, and Lhaviyani, we had some fantastic dives and lovely experiences. My mind was unable to comprehend the sheer volume and diversity of marine life that congregated around these submerged pinnacles within these atolls, despite the remarkable number of individual observations.
One of those places that you just can’t get out of your head is the Maldives. You absolutely have to visit those charming small atolls situated in the Indian Ocean and surrounded by turquoise shallows once you’ve read a few articles and viewed some of those pictures. Well, “one day” only materializes if you make it so, and for me, it did in May.
It may seem like an extra hassle to take a Maldivian air taxi (seaplane) ride from Male, but the experience of liveaboard in komodo above the atoll chain and viewing it from above is actually a benefit and gives you a tremendous sense of the country. In the vicinity of Kuredu Resort, where the MV Monsoon was waiting at the dock, our seaplane made an underwater landing. I could see the MV Monsoon approaching via the windscreen while I was seated in the cockpit, sharing the same vision as the pilots who were operating the aircraft without shoes.
The Maldives Scuba Diving
When I went, it was the final trip of the season, so the circumstances weren’t ideal. Although visibility wasn’t always the finest, the sites were still excellent, and everyone agreed that the trip had been fantastic.
The absence of other liveaboards is one of the MV Monsoon voyage’ finest qualities. The north is essentially your own playground, though the atolls closest to Male might occasionally have a lot of boat traffic on the water. Since all logistics are handled through the resort thanks to the agreement with Kuredu Resort, the Monsoon is able to stay away from Male in contrast to the other boats.
Thus, we were never alone at any location. There was no mad run of bubble-blowers from other boats to ruin the fun when we encountered a large group of grey reef sharks at Orimas Thala, mantas at Dhonfanu Thila, or some of the other highlights of our trip.
The region is known for its liveaboard in komodopinnacles, many of which include caves and overhangs that provide refuge from the current. These atolls have fewer species of shark and whale shark than those farther south.