Friday, 15 July 2011 12:00 AM
Heading out to a country akin to a tropical paradise and experiencing scenes under the water can be great way to shake off the shackles of everyday life. Maldives holidays are perfect for diving trips - and many consider this destination to offer some of the very best diving in the world.
So, what exactly is it about the Maldives that makes it such a mecca for divers?
This gorgeous archipelago lies approximately 300 miles south-west of Sri Lanka and consists of around 2,000 tiny islands, all possessing the Maldives' characteristic white sand beaches and irresistible azure waters.
Here, divers can enjoy the feel of the warm Indian Ocean and fantastic visibility all year round - a combination that makes for fabulous diving experiences.
Indeed, the water is so clear that you can see marine life swimming around up to 50 metres away.
The ocean here is awash with amazing species and its coral reefs alone number more than 3,000. Part of the reason for the region's diversity is the monsoon tides of the Indian Ocean, which work to create an ideal environment for all kinds of creatures foraging for food.
This magical diversity is another thing that makes diving in the Maldives so special. When you plunge into the waters' depths here, you can see life of all shapes and sizes, from tiny little shrimp to huge sharks and the gliding grace of manta rays.
And you don't need to be a professional to enjoy amazing diving experiences here. Indeed, there are plenty of fully qualified instructors that can give quick courses on the essentials, which will allow even novices to head underwater. Your instructor will be present the whole time to monitor you, so you can simply relax and enjoy the incredible views.
Offering just as much above the waves as below, the Maldives is a popular destination for luxury holidays - and it's certainly not hard to see why.
Alongside diving, tourists can treat themselves to a pampering at luxury spas, as well as try their hand at a range of other water sports, such as surfing and swimming in the ambient clear waters.