Summer is coming! It’s not the high season in the island nation of the Maldives but temperatures stay tropical and tourism continues to boom. What brings people to the constant summer nation when they could stay home and enjoy the warmth of their own summer season? There are many reasons summer is spectacular in the Maldives.
As the countries north of the equator head into their summer season striving to catch some backyard rays of sun and to enjoy the temporary heat, the Maldives stays steady around 27-35 degrees. The water temperature is equally pleasant throughout the year too – always above 25 degrees.
At the equator, days are the same length throughout the year so visitors can experience those stunning sunsets at the same time any day, make a nightly routine of it even. Days are not as long as northern summers but this won’t faze you. You’ll be too busy enjoying warm nights on the beach, BBQs, stargazing and “night dives” at dusk.
The most convincing reason to make the Maldives your summer destination is the congregating of pelagic fish like whale sharks, reef sharks and manta rays. Where there is food there is a crowd; fish follow the food sources and in August the plankton that these fish feed on are in especially great numbers around the Maldives reefs and bays. The world famous Hanifaru Bay feeding frenzies are an example of the multitude of fish that come to the area in August. What a great way to make this a summer to remember by experiencing the spiralling manta rays around Hanifaru.
The wetter southwest monsoon season around the end of April to the end of October is also the best time to see whale sharks, though Ari and Baa Atolls have sightings throughout the year. It’s important to note that swimming with whale sharks doesn’t generally come about randomly while scuba diving. Instead the animals are found from above on the boat and, once spotted, divers put on their snorkel gear only and jump in to spend time with the world’s largest fish.
The MV Orion runs special “Pelagic Magic” and “Manta Madness” tours from July to mid-October to take advantage of the ideal conditions of “manta season” and heightened numbers of larger fish species swimming around the atolls. These tours start and end in Male and the moon cycles are also mentioned in the itinerary so divers can take advantage of the monthly full and new moons – a cool sight to see in the starry Maldives islands. With little light coming from the sparsely populated islands you’ll see the night sky from a whole new perspective.
This summer is particularly exciting to dive with Maldives Dive Travel as they have introduced two new boats into the fleet. ScubaSpa Ling and MV Leo are very different cruisers though both are top in ratings at 4 ½ and 5 stars; MV Leo with its dive-focused provisions and the other with its luxurious spa.
The spa facilities on ScubaSpa Ling were made to impress and cater to scuba diver couples looking to keep the luxury in their dive vacation or ensure the non-diver in the couple is well taken care of. Packages accommodate diving only, spa only or a mix of spa and diving activities to allow for a tailored holiday experience.
MV Leo offers a dive-dedicated 4 ½ star experience with the Nitrox, air analyser for your individual air check and lost diver security tool all standard and complimentary extras. With up to 3 dives a day, a Jacuzzi, wireless internet and a focus on sightings of manta rays and whale sharks, the new MV Leo provides the ultimate experience for the modern diver in the Maldives.
To launch these boats into the Maldives’ waters some great introductory offers are on the table. For the months of July and August mixed diver/non-diver couples can board the Scubaspa Ling at special 20% off prices. In August and September MV Leo has put 15% discount out there to reel in eager divers who will be impressed with stunning facilities as well as decadent diving.
Even though the high season in the Maldives falls during the winter months of the northern countries and that is a popular time to escape the northern cold, the traditional summer months of July and August are an attractive time to visit the archipelago. Take advantage of great deals and the best time to see the biggest fish by checking out the offers now on!