The Maldives are composed of a series of islands which are in fact coral reef atolls. These islands are surrounded by coral reefs teeming with life, from small fish to turtles and marine mammals such as dolphins and whales.
Everyone is familiar with the Maldives beaches, with their fine sand and tall palm trees, but few know that the coral reefs here harbor many unique species of corals, other invertebrates as well as dozens of species of fish.
The crystal clear turquoise waters allow tourists to see the wonderful array of marine life harbored by the corals. Here, huge Manta Rays can be seen swimming through the corals as well as almost a dozen species of cetaceans such as the Dwarf Sperm Whale, the Long-Finned Pilot Whale, as well as Bryde’s Whale. There are also two species of dolphins that often joyfully follow boats of tourists, and namely the Spinner, Risso’s and Fraser’s dolphins.
Many seabirds can be spotted feeding on the fishes and invertebrates who dare swim too close to the water surface, plunging fearlessly for the catch.
The pristine coral reefs also exhibit many coral species which offer a spectacle of life and color. Since all the islands have been formed by coral atolls, there is no place in the Maldives from which you can’t experience the wonderful display of life in the clear waters. The coral reefs in the Maldives are definitely some of the most impressive sights in this part of the world.