Our team of diving aficionados has navigated the northern
atolls, combed the central atolls and scrutinised the southern
shores in order to help you put together the perfect Maldivian
So, forget about the mantas and whale sharks, affix your macro
lens, and hunt down the psychedelic batwing slug, ornate
ghostpipefish and frogfish. Zoom in on Shaun the Sheep, feather
star shrimp and majestically coloured peacock mantis shrimp. But
pack your wide-angle lens too; you can't completely ignore the big
stuff, can you?
atolls of Baa, Raa, Lhaviyani and Noonu offer the chance to
escape the crowds and enjoy a tropical idyll in relative seclusion.
Stay in over-the-water bungalows above the macro-rich lagoons or
luxuriate aboard spacious liveaboards. Aside from the high chances
of manta and whale shark dives, the lagoons are perfect for macro
photography at dusk, as the diurnal critters make way for the
incoming night shift of macro subjects.
Following touch-down at Male Airport, a speedboat ride across
the iconic Maldivian lagoons will bring you to your luxury hotel.
central atolls feature decadent hotels with luxuriant house
reefs. If macro diving in the Maldives is on your menu, the calm,
shallow lagoons are bathed in ambient light and are the perfect
place to get to grips with your settings and enjoy the macro diving
of the Maldives.
southern atolls of the Maldives are lapped by clear, warm water
and see fewer divers than the atolls to the north. But with the
arrival of some of the big hotel chains in recent years, they are
becoming more accessible. Here you can enjoy the house reefs to
yourself as you hunt out frogfish and shrimp or venture out by boat
to see some of the sharks and rays that also patrol the southern