You will often wake to the sounds of seabirds in the distance, and you might spot fruit bats on occasion; but most of the Maldives' wildlife makes its home under the water. The atolls' delicate coral supports hundreds of species of Technicolor reef fish, graceful manta rays glide through the clear waters along with green and hawksbill turtles, while giant but gentle whale sharks, the largest fish in the seas, swim around the Maldives' outer reefs.
Whale and Dolphin Watching
The Maldives is one of the top five places on Earth for watching whales and dolphins. Join an excursion to see species including blue and sperm whales, as well as bottle nosed and spinner dolphins, which swim in large pods and often race speedboats.
Many resorts now offer volunteer programs or marine biology tours with expert naturalists. You might even get the opportunity to help look after baby turtles, sharks, and rare fish.