Editor's PickJanuary 2, 2023

Editor’s Pick: Marine Species in the Maldives You Can Encounter During Your Next Trip

The Maldives is home to a diverse and colorful array of marine species, including a variety of fish, coral, and other invertebrates. Here are three memorable marine species that you can see while diving or snorkeling in the Maldives:

Manta Rays

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Manta rays are large, gentle marine animals with distinctive triangular-shaped wings. They can be found throughout the Maldives and are often seen swimming in large groups. An outstanding place to spot 200 mantas feeding is the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in Hanifaru Bay, Baa Atoll. Our top pick stays to view these magnificent creatures include The Standard, Maldives and Royal Island Resort & Spa.

Whale Sharks

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Whale sharks are one of the biggest fishes in the ocean and one of the most majestic creatures to see underwater, snorkeling or diving with these gentle giants is one of the ultimate experiences. Our top pick stays to swim with the gentle giants are Sun Island Resort & Spa and LUX* South Ari Atoll.


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The Maldives is home to a variety of reef sharks, including blacktip, whitetip, and grey reef sharks. These sharks can be found in shallow water near the reefs and are usually quite shy. Vaavu atoll is famous for its shark-filled diving channels and we would recommend NAKAI Dhiggiri Resort & NAKAI Alimatha Resort to stay at in this atoll to go for shark dives.

Feature photo: LUX* South Ari Atoll