After two recent research trips, we at Original Diving have
chosen the best of a very, very good bunch of hotels, be the
requirement a honeymoon
haven, the ultimate dive destination, or just the quintessential
desert island experience.
If you were lucky enough to enjoy diving the Maldives ten years
ago, you would have found them utterly spectacular. In 1998 they
were devastated by El Niño, which is said to have destroyed 95 per
cent of the region's coral. Thankfully nature is making an amazing
comeback, largely thanks to the nutrient-rich currents that sweep
the area. Soft corals are once again plentiful, while hard
varieties, including cabbage and staghorn corals, are slowly but
What has not changed is the sheer quantity and diversity of
marine life. Diving the Maldives used to be truly magical, a real
fairytale, but today it remains fantastic by anyone's standards.
You will come across everything from nudibranchs to manta
ray, frogfish and stonefish - these islands have it all.
Go now while you still can. These low-lying islands off the west
coast of Sri Lanka will be among the first to disappear as sea
levels rise due to global warming. The loss will be devastating,
not only to the Maldivians but also to the 300,000 annual divers
and visitors. These 1,190 unique jewels are strung out like a
necklace from north to south, spread over some 500 miles of the
Indian Ocean. Totally unspoilt, they offer a breathtaking sight
from the plane before you even touch down.