Underwater Visibility in Dive in Maldives

Maldives is a diver's paradise with myriad unspoiled dive sites rich with manta rays, clown triggerfish, leaf fish, grey reefs sharks, saddled putterfish and many other marine species. Along with diving equipments, underwater visibility factor should also be given preference during scuba diving in Maldives.

The underwater visibility in dive is affected by flow of the tides. A diver should know the direction of the tidal flow. Falling tide is always occupied with plankton and sediments and incoming tides make the visibility clear with crystalline water. The underwater visibility is a most important factor of diving in Maldives. To experience the marine beauty at its best, there should be ample light. If you are on night diving safari make sure you have suffice light with you so that you won't annoy any big fish by bumping directly into its head.

The visibility also depends on how deep you are going. As you go interior of the underwater world, more light take backseat and vibrant colors take the center stage. Take torch with you to your diving excursion. If you are 16 feet down under the sea all red color is absorbed and red coral will appear to be black. Within 32 feet, orange will lose its identity. Yellow in 6 feet and by the time you descend 82 feet green will appear to be black. And at last blue will also cease to appear blue. Ample light is required to appreciate the true beauty and color of underwater world.


The underwater visibility is at its best till 130 feet during the months of March to April, at the end of the north west monsoon. At some times, even you descend 230 feet down the reef the visibility is not affected. In the month of April, planktons are in abundance reducing the underwater visibility to around 66 feet. During this time, the growth of plankton entices manta rays and sharks on the eastern side of the atoll.