Known internationally as one of the world's best scuba diving destinations, the Maldives has an abundance of dive sites with one thrilling dive opportunity after another.

Immerse yourself in enormous shoals of butterflyfish and oriental sweetlips; drift the channels with white tips, hammerheads and whalesharks; descend deep sea ridges with eagle rays, giant napoleans and blue marlin; spot turtles at dawn, dolphins at dusk and mass seasonal gatherings of manta rays; or marvel at the "weird and wonderfuls" that inhabit the vast reef-formations and unique Maldivian thilas. Exhilarating sites include vibrant thilas, exciting channels, coral-filled overhangs and fascinating wrecks. Each of the resorts offers tailored programmes for all abilities and personalised experiences with specialty courses taught by some of the country's most experienced instructors.

Thila Diving - Characterised by vast coral formations that top out just beneath the surface, colourful crevices and coral-filled overhangs, thilas are excellent for close encounters with all sorts of marine life, from schooling reef fish and turtles to numerous species of shark.

Mantas and WhaleSharks - Head to the Maldives between June and October for the region's manta season. Awe-inspiring sightings are possible from the Baa Atoll to the beautiful cleaning station of Lankan Manta Point on North Malé Atoll.

Kandu Diving - Kandu (channel) diving involves exciting drift dives along the nutrient-rich currents that flow between the Maldives' island chains. Sightings include eagle rays and sharks, as well as migrating pelagics such as manta rays and whale sharks.

Reef Diving - With vibrant inner and outer slopes, wide edges and fascinating terraces, the Maldivian reefs are a destination in themselves. Populated by over 1,000 species of fish, they feature some of the most beautiful corals in the world.

Wreck Diving - Arrange for a special day at sea, diving the wrecks of the North and South Malé atolls, Lhaviyani Atoll and South Ari Atoll – from the 110-metre (310-foot) Maldives Victory freighter to the double wrecks at the famous Shipyard site.