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Scuba picture in Maldives
Scuba picture in Maldives
Sea turtles picture in Maldives
Scuba picture in Maldives

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With exceptionally clear water and thriving marine life, the Maldives makes for a great environment for scuba diving and snorkeling. Many resorts feature reefs so close travelers can easily swim from the beach, while others offer snorkeling excursions where a boat and tour operator transport you to deeper waters and even more colorful reefs. Meanwhile, beginner and seasoned scuba divers can enjoy dive trips around the Maldives. All scuba divers are required to do an initial guided orientation dive before any additional dives; experienced scuba divers should bring their dive certification and logbook as well. Most scuba divers may go on one or two dives organized through their resort or spend their Maldives vacation on a LiveAboard vessel, which travels to different dive sites daily. Divers and snorkelers were very impressed with the variety of fish and sea life they saw in the Maldivian waters. Many also had high praise for the friendly and knowledgeable tour operators.

Some of the most popular fish you may see in the Maldives include butterflyfish, clownfish, angelfish and parrotfish, in addition to sting rays, whale sharks, reef sharks and eels. Keep in mind, there are several dangerous types of fish and marine life that inhabit the waters surrounding the Maldives. You'll want to avoid getting too close to lionfish, triggerfish, moray eels, sharks and sting rays, as stings or bites from these animals can be fatal. A good rule of thumb is to stay about 8 feet away.

For more information on snorkeling and scuba diving in the Maldives, head to the tourism board's website.

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#1 Maldives Beaches Many vacationers head to the Maldives solely to relax on the beach – and for good reason. The sugar white sand and striking blue water make for the perfect beach vacation ... Read more » levente bodo / Getty Images

#2 Male' Male' is one of the world's smallest capital cities at just 2.2 square miles, but it packs in the people and sights. Top sights to check out in ... Read more » shazwan / Flickr

#3 Scuba Diving and Snorkeling With exceptionally clear water and thriving marine life, the Maldives makes for a great environment for scuba diving and snorkeling. Many resorts feature reefs so close travelers can easily swim ... Read more » Robin Maltete / Getty Images

#4 Male' Fish Market If you wish to catch a glimpse of Maldivians' daily lives, look no further than the Male' Fish Market. This is the commercial epicenter of arguably the country's most ... Read more » pilesamiles / Getty Images

#5 Hukuru Miskiiy Hukuru Miskiiy, also known as the "Old Friday Mosque," dates back to 1656 and is the oldest mosque in the country. The exterior is made of coral stone and features ... Read more » David Stanley / Flickr

#6 Maldive Victory The Maldive Victory sunk in 1981 after hitting a reef. Now, the dive site attracts scuba aficionados thanks to its particularly challenging currents and the rich sea life (picture thriving coral ... Read more » vladoskan / Getty Images

#7 Maldives Spas Travelers seeking ultimate relaxation should book a spa treatment (or a few) while visiting the Maldives. Many of the resorts in the Maldives offer their own spa on-site and use ... Read more » Trinette Reed / Getty Images

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