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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.