The Big 5 in the Maldives
What are the Big 5 in the Maldives? We have all heard of the Big 5 when visiting in Africa, but what about the Big 5 in the Maldives. What is it that divers and snorkelers would really want to see. This is my take on the Big 5 in the Maldives.
Whale Shark. A gentle filter feeding shark, the largest known fish species. They are the gentle giants of the deep. The biggest confirmed whale shark was 12.65 metres (41.50 ft) and weighed more than 21.5 metric tons (47,000 lb).
This animal poses no threat to divers or snorkelers, and is an impressive site to observe.
Manta Rays. These incredible creatures glide through the water effortlessly. Again they are filter feeders that pose no threat to humans. To snorkel or dive amongst a group of them is an incredible experience.
Hammerhead Sharks. Due to their distinctive heads, they cannot be mistaken for anything else. They are often found swimming along the bottom of the ocean, so are more likely to be spotted by divers.
Dolphins. Spinner Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins and Short-fin Pilot Whales are all abundant in the Maldives. These graceful animals are amazing to watch and to be in the water with them is simply wonderful.
Reef Sharks. The grey, whitetip and blacktip reef sharks are the most common reef sharks in the Maldives. Despite being common, the sight of them swimming underneath you is one of awe. Especially as you will often see ones that are 15 to 20 foot in length. Fearless and curious, reef sharks may approach swimmers closely but are seldom aggressive unless provoked. A night dive or snorkel is a good time to see these.
Of course there are other amazing creatures to spot when you are in the Maldives, including Lion Fish, Trigger Fish, Anemone Fish, Turtles, Octopus, Eagle Rays to mention a few, but the above would be our Big 5 in the Maldives, equivalent to the seeing the big 5 in Africa.