In one word… Diving. The serendipitous location of the Maldives right in the middle of the Indian Ocean and benefiting from the warm currents of brine drifting through the natural atolls, the Maldives has thousands of reefs and pinnacles rising out of the sea floor and hanging off islands. These beautiful natural formations of coralline structures are populated with hundreds of species of varicolored fish makes diving here akin to going on a wild life safari in Africa, or a trek in the Andes.
For licensed divers in the Maldives, the scene is quite familiar. Find a dive gear shop in the Maldives if you plan to dive with a partner, or go on a dive with a dive school who take divers out to further reefs in traditional Maldivian boats called Dhoani.
Visibility is generally high in the Maldivian seas, although strong currents can cause cloudiness and signals unsafe diving conditions. Well, all is not lost as this usually clears up in a day or so, during which time you can go on several other expeditions on water.
Travelers on a budget would find any change in weather or sea conditions opportune. Maldives can look spectacular for most of the year, with passing showers wiping the briny air clean every two weeks or so, for an hour. Combine your snorkeling trip to the house reef of the guest house island with tanning, as your back will be mostly exposed to the sun, and later, even out your tan by drying out on the soft white sands of Maldivian beaches. Click here to find more about having a vacation in the Maldives.