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Situated off the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, the Maldives is one of the most idyllic holiday destinations in the world.  The Maldives is an archipelago consisting of a group of 1190 coral islands in 26 Atolls which emerge from the Indian Ocean. The unique geographical situation of the archipelago makes it the perfect place to experience a liveaboard diving cruise.

Divers generally visit the Maldives for the life they get the opportunity to see as well as for the rapid drifts that dominate the area. The recent coral bleaching caused by the 1996 - 1998 El Nino rise in water temperature has not altered the quality of the diving here. The coral is recovering quickly and the life on the reefs is prolific and more than enough to keep you occupied on a dive. It even appears that the amount of fish life has even increased since the bleaching. Always keep an eye out into the blue, away from the reef into the thermoclines below you - you never know what action you may drift pass! All boat dives are drift dives; shore dives are also possible if you don’t want to do two boat dives a day.

If you are going to the Maldives purely to dive, a liveaboard may be the way forward. They give you access to a wider range of sites and get you to best sites early to see maximum amounts fish life. You will be required to have at least twenty logged dives to dive from a liveaboard. They are more expensive than day diving, but don’t forget that prices are all inclusive. Liveaboard itineraries vary dependent on season and weather conditions.

If you want to thoroughly explore one area, day diving may be a better option, especially if you want to do other things apart from diving. There is always the possibility of getting the best of both worlds if you have a two-week holiday by spending one week on a liveaboard and one week onshore.

The Maldives is famed for its rare underwater beauty. The profusion of psychedelic colours and the abundance and variety of life underwater have fascinated divers and snorkellers since Maldives was discovered as a diving destination. The highest level of visibility that one could expect- sometimes exceeding 50 metres - and warm temperatures throughout the year makes diving in the Maldives a delight you would want to experience over and over again. The Maldives has some of the best dive sites in the world and many visit the Maldives repeatedly for the sole purpose of diving.

All resorts in the Maldives have professional dive schools with multi-lingual instructors and conduct courses for beginners as well as the advanced.

Many of the resorts have excellent house reefs. Just a short swim from the beach and snorkellers too can experience the same pleasures from the surface.

Dive Schools
All the resorts in the Maldives have dive schools on them. Of course the facilities, equipment and the staff differ from resort to resort, depending on its size, its location and clientele. However all the resorts offer beginners' dive courses and a variety of other courses towards PADI certification. In almost all the resorts instruction is available in English and German, however many resorts offer instruction in Italian, French, Japanese and a host of other European languages too. While some dive schools are Instructor Development Centres (IDCs), others too offer a wide variety of advanced and specialised dive courses. It is advisable to check up on the languages of instruction and courses available, before you book at a resort for your diving holiday.

Equipment wise, all have the basics - compressors, tanks, BCDs, wetsuits, weights and weight belts and can provide a limited number of other accessories such as lamps and dive computers. Only some dive schools rent out underwater cameras and video cameras. Dive schools at all the resorts conduct daily dive boat trips to dive sites around the island, throughout the year. However, bigger schools offer a variety of trips everyday to different dive sites.

In these resorts, the advanced diver would have choice of dives daily, to choose from. Night dives and other specialised dives are not conducted on a daily basis at all the resorts. However on the more specialised dive resorts, these too are available. The same goes for night diving in the resort's house reef.

The dive schools in all the resorts invariably consist of one or more classrooms - air-conditioned at some, wet room and storage space for the school's as well as private equipment. Some of the bigger schools also have dive shops and video processing facilities.

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