Monday, October 4, 2010

A Travel Guide to Maldives - Part 2

Things to do in Maldives
Diving
The warm seas of Maldives with its high visibility throughout the year, with water clear enough to see the passing fish as far as fifty meters away at times makes it one of the world’s richest Diving coral reef areas. For instance, over thousand species of fish and other underwater creatures inhabit the Maldivian waters. Moreover, the monsoon tides of the Indian Ocean create a collection of small marine creatures as well as microscopic plant cells. This is turn creates a hub for all kinds of underwater species who gather in these waters lured by the abundance of food. In the Maldives you will get to see everything. From tiny shrimp and groups of colourful swimmers to the magnificent mantas and sharks, a careful eye will give you enough to enrapture you for a life time.

Dives in the Maldives usually takes place along a faru (reef), a thila (a submerged aquarium like reef), on a channel where the atoll meets the ocean, or in a wreck. Night diving is particularly beautiful as is a macro dive that lets you see tiny interesting and unusually disregarded creatures up close and personal.

A tourist does not need to be professional diver to dive in Maldives. In fact all resorts and safari boats offer basic to advanced training to use well monitored diving facilities of a high standard. Nonetheless, the tourists are guided by the experienced diving instructors during the session. Due to the countless number of reefs found among the 26 atolls in the Maldives, all you need to do is travel 15 to 60 minutes by boat to get different dive spots every day.

Water Sports
Every single resort of the Maldives has a sports centre that provides a range of water sports activities. these centers are well equipped with masks and snorkels and boards of varying sizes, whether you want to spend the day snorkeling and meeting glances with wide-eyed fish, or feeling the wind in your hair on a windsurfer or catamaran. Some centers offer courses for beginners and advances windsurfers and sailors. You could also chose to parasail, kayak, kite-surf, water-ski, and jet-ski.

Surfing

Maldives is a Mecca to surf-enthusiasts from all over the world, with the southwest monsoon bringing with it massive swells, especially from June to September. The sizes range from 3 – 8 feet. There are several well-known surf breaks in North and South Male’ Atoll. Resorts near these breaks are perfect for surfing aficionados, as you can get the full Maldivian experience while riding the waves to your hearts content. The lesser-known, but amazing surf breaks further away from Male’ atoll can be accessed by specialized surf cruises (often referred to as safaris) offered by cruise operators in the country.

Diving off Royal Island (Horubadhoo) Baa Atoll December 2009
 

To be continued.....

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