The Maldives need no introduction for the superb diving and snorkelling opportunities they offer and the islands boast the most amazing palm fringed beaches for those looking to relax after their safaris in Sri Lanka and India.

The Maldives has some of the best diving on the globe the many Atolls offer something for everyone - from small and simple three star islands you can wallk around in minutes and where the emphasis of activities is enjoying the sea and beach to larger, all inclusive islands with a choice of international dining venues and bars and activities available throughout the day.

When under water you are likely to see a stunning variety of schooling fish - parrot fish, black sturgeon fish and rainbow runners alongside oriental sweetlips. It is possible to see green and hawksbill turtles, palegis such as grey, black tipped and white tipped reef sharks many rays including feathertail and eagle rays - and of course manta rays. Watch in absolute wonder as manta rays queue an cleaning stations - giliding gracefully around and above you. Whalesharks can be encountered along the south east rim of the Ari Atoll.

All the islands have access to superb dive sites and many have excellent house reefs. The water is warm throughout the year and for non divers many islands offer guided snorkelling trips, visits to local islands, dolphin viewing boat trips and rejuvenating spas - and of course total relaxation in a stunningly beautiful environment!

We have personally stayed and dived on the following islands in the Maldives and would be happy to advise you on which island to stay on after your safari. We can book any island or resort in the Maldives.

Centara Ras Fushi - North Male Atoll (speed boat transfer)

Gili Lankanfushi - North Male Atoll (speed boat transfer)

LUX Maldives - Baa Atoll (seaplane tranfer)

Sheraton Full Moon - North Male Atoll (speed boat transfer)

Six Senses Laamu - Laamu Atoll (seaplane or domestic flights)

SEASONS

The southwest monsoon is May to November - for best water clarity head to the west of an atoll

The northeast monsoon is from December to April - head to the east of an atoll for best water clarity