Diving & snorkelling
There are dive centres virtually everywhere in the Maldives. Mathiveri in North Ari Atoll, Dhigurah and Dhangethi in South Ari Atoll, and Gan in Laamu Atoll, are just some of the dive centres from where to gain your water wings, as they offer fully accredited PADI courses and feature knowledgeable expert instructors and a great variety of dive sites. Boat dives, drift dives and shipwrecks add to the abundance of coral reefs and marine animals, including manta rays and whale sharks.
Alternatively, liveaboard cruises give you the chance to discover many of the dive sites in the northern atolls that are out of reach of most daytrippers. These types of eco-cruise ships come without the bubble baths and noisy jet-skis and opt for more sustainable standards, making the most of solar energy and low-consumption mechanics. Snorkelling, straight off the beach or from a boat, is another activity to try, with coral reefs teeming with fish to be found just a short distance from the shore. Boat trips for snorkelling offer a fantastic means of discovering what can be found below the glass-clear surface with mantas, turtles and groupers just some of the local marine creatures to prompt fishy tales around the smoky swirls of evening beach barbecues.