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
The whole holiday was an amazing experience - the boat, crew, food and Chas with his wealth of knowledge to share with us. If you told anyone that the hour-long 'lectures' each evening were sensational and left us wanting more information, they probably wouldn't believe you! The sight of a mother blue whale coming alongside the boat, looking like a submarine hull it was so huge, and then realising that it had a calf beside it was overwhelming - not something you expect to see in real life!
The trip was very well organised and the staff on the Ari Queen were very helpful. The food, considering it was on board was very good, very imaginative and also could not have been fresher as it was virtually sea to table. Chas and Jenny also very good and were informative and helpful. A thoroughly good holiday.
(Paul Marshall) gave us lots of encouragement as novice snorkellers and without his help we would never have seen a manta ray...We learnt a huge amount about whales, dolphins and reef fish on the holiday as well as really enjoying life on the boat. The quiet efficiency of the captain and crew was impressive, and the relaxed style of the organisation made for a very good atmosphere.