Maldives Scuba Diving

Maldives Scuba Diving

Maldives scuba diving is something every diver should experience at least once in their life time. Considered a major dive destination since the 1970's, the Maldives offer hundreds of dive sites spread over 38,000 miles (98,000 km) of ocean. The island chain is 475 miles (764 km) long and 80 miles (129 km) wide.

Scuba diving in the Maldives means exploring one of the most remarkable reef systems on the planet. Divers have the opportunity to see over 700 different species of fish. On a Maldives scuba diving tour, it is not unusual to encounter white-tip sharks, grey reef sharks, hammerheads, eagle rays and manta rays. Divers can enjoy a journey into a colorful and diverse underwater world.

Maldives scuba diving is a major part of the tourist infrastructure. The industry has been impacted by two major natural diasters. In 1997-98, much of the hard coral was bleached and killed by the rise in ocean temperature. This was caused by "El Nino", a periodic warming in the Pacific Ocean.

In 2004, the islands were hit by a tsunami. This destroyed most of the tourism and diving industry. But the Maldives are fighting their way back to prominence as a major dive destination.

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