If you’re in the Maldives, you cannot miss out on the opportunity to get close to spotting dolphins and getting on a submarine to spot whales. The Maldives offers you one of the most unique experience through these offbeat activities where you’ll have a great family time with your kids and learn about the dolphins as they gush through the waters.
And yes, did you know that there are over 21 different species of dolphins and whales you can spot when in the Maldives? Yes, when these adorable animals cross one atoll to another, they are usually spotted and this happens very frequently. Dolphin spotting is a very common phenomena and can be easily arranged by associates at your place of stay or local tour operators. Daily tours or excursions to spot dolphins happen every day as they come in groups for feeding or just having fun in their territory. Priced at around Rs. 3,500 per person, this activity ensures a good family time with your kids, making your holiday all the more beautiful.
On the other hand, another exciting activity lined up for you at the Maldives is the whale submarine. Boarding a real submarine, you will have the chance to look at the gigantic marine-creatures from near through your submarine. This is best for those of you who are too scared to take up diving or underwater scooters. The submarines are air-conditioned and maintain normal atmospheric pressure so you don’t suffocate or feel claustrophobic. Perfect for both kids and adults, you will go on a voyage that looks nothing less than a sci-fi adventure, watching whales of different species at distances you can touch.
As far as safety is concerned, the submarines are state-of-the-art and have food, oxygen and water backup for 100 hours. On a beautiful day, you can also spot turtles, lionfish, yellow boxfish, snappers, and more and dive in deeper to exciting shipwrecked sites and shark-feeding areas.
Depending on your operator, there are four submarine dives on average on a day. The entire time for the tour to complete takes around three hours and is priced at around Rs. 5000 for a person. Dives usually happen from the Presidential Jetty in Malé, where staff from your operator will help you with the check in process. Most operators function every day except Fridays and accept only cash, preferably US dollars.
You can plan for your tour accordingly.
Location: Furaveri, Maafushi Island, Vihamanafushi, Malé and Hulhumale
For: Families, kids, nature enthusiasts and animal lovers
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Approximate Cost: Rs. 3500 for dolphin cruise andRs. 5,000 for whale submarine
Why should you do it: To spot over 21 varieties of dolphins and whales and learn more about the ingenious flora and fauna of the Maldives marine life.
Tips: Wear light and carry a hat, camera, sunglasses, towel, wet tissues, sunscreen, water and a non-plastic spare bag. Do not throw plastic into the ocean.