The Maldives is a cluster of islands nestled in the Indian Ocean. Each island is its own luxury resort with powdery white sandy beaches lined by tall swaying palm trees and gorgeous clear blue waters, the islands are certainly a tropical haven and the perfect place for a family holiday. While there are a myriad of activities to do in the Maldives, one activity is set apart from the rest and that’s dolphin watching. Here’s everything you need to know about spotting these playful aquatic creatures.
The best time to visit the Maldives is between November and April, as this is when the weather is at its best and the warm waters are calm, attracting many migratory animals. However, the peak season for dolphin watching in the Maldives runs from January to April. While you can see these playful creatures in the morning hours, set sail in the evening so you can catch an island sunset too! Imagine seeing these mischievous animals bathed in a golden light with the setting sun– absolutely beautiful!
What You’ll See
One of the best things about dolphin watching here is that the warm waters of the Maldives attract a variety of dolphin species, here are some dolphins you’ll spot.
- Spinner dolphins
- Bottlenose dolphins
- Fraser’s dolphins
- Striped dolphins
Apart from dolphins, you’ll also get to see some other exotic aquatic inhabitants of the ocean including different types of fish, whales and rays. Here are some creatures you’re likely to encounter.
- Whale sharks
- Blue whales
- Sperm whales
- Pilot whales
- Manta rays
How You’ll Go
There are many ways to go on an ocean safari especially in the Maldives. You can choose to go by speed boat or even by jet ski, but most hotels like Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives prefer taking their guests on a dhoni which least interferes with the animals. A dhoni is a traditional Maldivan boat made from wood and can be powered by lateen sails or a motor.
What To Take
There’s not too much you need to take with you since the hotel you’re staying at generally provides you with bottles of water and a few snacks. Dolphin watching in the Maldives is more of a cruise rather than a safari, so it’s a lot more relaxing and laid back than an ocean safari elsewhere. However, here are some things you may want to take with you before you embark on your ocean adventure– especially if you’re travelling with kids.
- Take plenty of sunblock with you, especially if you’re going on a cruise early in the morning.
- Don’t forget hats and sunglasses.
- If you or your travelling companions tend to feel seasick, definitely take some motion sickness medication with you before you go.
- Pack, or wear, your swimsuits so that you can jump into the water if you don’t see any of the animals.
- Always have your camera ready!
Things To Remember
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that even though the Maldives is an excellent location to spot dolphins, there is no guarantee that you’ll see them, as wild creatures are quite unpredictable. Another rule to remember is that you should not feed the animals. Also, please be respectful of them and try to keep a distance between your boat and the animal. Finally, it is vital that you do not litter; if you take any snacks or drinks with you, make sure you don’t throw anything in the ocean– especially polythene bags.