World Travel

Maldives Travel Pictures

The Maldives are a tropical island paradise, with picture-postcard, impossibly-brilliant turquoise sea, fine white sand beaches and sensational marine life.

Travel to the Maldives for some amazing snorkeling and diving. Dives here are mostly drift dives and there can be some strong currents. I'd recommend not wasting time to learn diving here, come prepared with your certificate. Compared to the Red Sea there is less coral but more colourful fish. I encountered Dolphin (in the water!), shark, Giant Stingray, Eagleray, Stonefish, Moray Eel, so many yellow striped Snappers and Lionfish and whatnot.

The Maldives are brilliant to unwind, being very laid back, no discos, no animation, no nightlife. You can take off your shoes when your arrive and put them on when you leave, keeping just sand under your feet for your entire stay. Coming into contact with the locals is difficult. The tourist islands are small and self-contained, the personnel are mostly men from the islands themselves, Bangladesh and other countries. Travel to the capital Male is not usually on the program. These pictures are from a tour of Velidhu Island on the Ari Atoll. I recommend it because it has a riff for snorkeling right at the beach so you can explore with your mask anytime you like, day or night: on some islands the riff is way out so you need a boat to take you there. I did my PADI Advanced diving certificate there and the night dive was quite an adventure, taking place right in the middle of a storm.

Sunrise over the Indian Ocean This is like a dream. The Maldive Islands continue for miles, just like giant beautiful bacterial colonies in the Indian Ocean
Sunrise over the Indian Ocean
This is like a dream. The Maldive Islands continue for miles, just like giant beautiful bacterial colonies in the Indian Ocean
Landing on the "airport island". The other island with buildings is Male, the capital This seaplane flew from Male to Velidhu Island in the Ari Atoll
Landing on the "airport island". The other island with buildings is Male, the capital
This seaplane flew from Male to Velidhu Island in the Ari Atoll
Reefs lined up in the brilliantly turquoise blue water "The Beach"
Reefs lined up in the brilliantly turquoise blue water
"The Beach"

Dream Beach on Velidhu Sunset Sky
Dream Beach on Velidhu
Sunset Sky
The setting sun over a neighbouring island Velidhu Island at dusk
The setting sun over a neighbouring island
Velidhu Island at dusk
A chameleon on the island

There are many funny hermit crabs on the beach
A chameleon on the island
There are many funny hermit crabs on the beach
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Does anyone have a clue what this is?
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Idyllic native Island Fishing bird
Idyllic native Island
Fishing bird
Local boats called Dhonis have a very characteristic look Dhoni used for diving
Local boats called Dhonis have a very characteristic look
Dhoni used for diving
Crab walking on Coral amidst shells Maldives is a honeymoon destination. The hotel personnel puts a lot of effort into the beautiful decoration
Crab walking on Coral amidst shells
Maldives is a honeymoon destination. The hotel personnel puts a lot of effort into the beautiful decoration
Street name in Male, capital of the Maldives. The Malidivian script is unique. Malidivians are Muslims. Here are some kids playing in a Male park
Street name in Male, capital of the Maldives. The Maldivian script is unique.
Maldivians are Muslims. Here are some kids playing in a Male park
Continue on to my underwater pictures of the Maldives