Diving in The Maldives with Indian Ocean Charters

Thanks to abundant marine life, warm weather and the crystal-clear Indian Ocean waters, The Maldives is a fantastic diving destination.

The Maldives consists of around 1200 islands situated within a group of 26 atolls, providing endless opportunities for diving.

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Diving in The Maldives

There are several hundred available dive sites in The Maldives - which can be divided into 4 main types of sites:


Channels that lay between reefs, atolls or islands where soft corals thrive. Due to the strong currents found in these channels, the water is rich in plankton which attracts giants such as Manta Rays and Whale Sharks, who feed only off of the microscopic algae.


Although over the centuries there have been hundreds of shipwrecks in the shallow waters around the islands, there are a few that stand out more than others.

One of these is an oil tanker that was torpedoed by a German Submarine in 1944 and is now enveloped in soft coral and frequented by all kinds of colourful marine life.


Inner reef slopes are well sheltered making them easier dives where smaller reef fish can be spotted.

The outer reef slopes are where the atoll is met by the open ocean and where overhangs, caves and interesting terraces can be seen.

Outer reef slopes are also visited by marine life known as pelagics who spend most their time in the upper layers of the open ocean waters.

Giris and Thilas

Giris are coral formations that grow from the floor of the atoll almost to the surface of the water, while Thilas are similar to underwater mountains reaching up to about 5 metres below the surface.

Each of these displays abundant ocean life and their unique formations make them interesting dive sites.

Personalised Charters with Indian Ocean Charters

Organised tours are not for everyone and for this reason we have made customised itineraries the cornerstone of what we do.

We listen closely to what it is you want to experience and with a general direction and specific goal in mind, we set sail on the adventure of a lifetime.

For more information about diving in The Maldives or to find out more about our personalised charters, please contact us.

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