Wildlife holidays in the Maldives
Tell me about the Maldives …
The Maldives lie nearly 600 kilometres to the south-west of India.
Many of the 1,192 islands that make up the archipelago (only 300 are inhabited) are ringed by pristine coral reefs famous for their marine life.
Our Maldives specialist recommends...
"Our ‘Mantas, Dolphins & Coral Reefs – A Maldives Cruise’ goes in search of the tropical whales and dolphins, huge Manta Rays and diverse range of tropical fish. Some outstanding cetacean species including Dwarf Sperm Whale and Longman’s Beaked Whale are possible. Take to the turquoise water and snorkel through the colourful reefs and perhaps if we are lucky we may even get to see a Whale Shark."
What’s special about the wildlife?
The Maldives are famous for their superb underwater life which attracts divers and snorkellers from all over the world.
Less well known is the abundance of cetaceans that live in the waters here, yet 18 species have been recorded including Spinner, Risso’s and Bottlenose Dolphins, as well as whales such as Sperm Whale and Bryde’s Whale.
While bird life is not prolific, some interesting and beautiful species are found here.
Naturetrek tour to the Maldives
Naturetrek offers a 10-day holiday, including a 7-night whale watching cruise, through the warm turquoise waters surrounding the Maldives.
What might I see?
- Large pods of Spinner, Striped & Risso’s Dolphins
- Other cetaceans including Short-finned Pilot Whale, Dwarf Sperm Whale, Sperm Whale & 0 Killer Whale
- White-tailed tropicbirds, Lesser Frigatebirds, Audobon’s Shearwaters & up to 10 tern species
- A chance to see rarities such as Rough-toothed Dolphin & Blainville’s Beaked Whale
- Manta Rays, flying fish & a myriad of other fish, corals & marine life
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Maldives HOLIDAYS
I loved this holiday from start to finish (particularly the snorkelling). This was my first holiday with Naturetrek so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was very well looked after, right from the pre-departure information that was sent out, all the way through to the end of the tour.
Jenny was an enthusiastic and thoughtful leader who looked after her 'flock' extremely well. Chas was an outstanding guide to the wonders of the Maldives combining amazing academic expertise with an unfailing human touch. The Ari Queen was an extremely comfortable vessel which was very well run. The staff were friendly and helpful, the food was excellent and plentiful - we loved the great variety of fish we were given, often caught the previous evening off the boat.
We were delighted to have such wonderful encounters with Pilot Whales, Risso's Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins....snorkeling with Manta Rays and Whale Shark, and (we were) amazed by the topography of the Maldives themselves....The overall feeling we had on our return was that we had been to an exotic world and loved every minute of it.