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
Chas Anderson was a superb tour leader and I enjoyed his nightly lectures very much. His lecture on the deck about the stars was an amazing experience.
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.
(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.