Friendly, playful and sometimes acrobatic, dolphins are truly marvellous marine mammals and in the Maldives, you can witness them swimming freely in the Indian Ocean.
Cruises and Times
Apart from stays at luxurious beach villas, Maldives private island resorts also offer memorable dolphin cruises. Generally, mornings and late afternoons are the best times for this activity with afternoon excursions providing better chances to see them; some properties feature private sunset dolphin cruises which are ideal.
For truly unique encounters, resorts such as Naladhu Private Island Maldives offer access to special snorkelling excursions where you can even swim with wild dolphins! Available for both adults and children, this is not to be missed and can be combined with other snorkelling adventures to see nurse sharks, manta rays and turtles too.
Did you know you get different species of dolphins? The waters around the Maldives are home to seven of these varieties with the most common one being spinner dolphins that happen to be the most acrobatic species as well! Depending on your luck and location, you may also see spotted, bottlenose, Fraser’s or striped dolphins.
Keep in Mind
When enjoying dolphin watching in Maldives, there are some key things to keep in mind; maintain a respectable distance from these creatures and allow them to come near the boat and swim alongside it or follow in its wake. Additionally, do not look to feed dolphins and never throw food or objects into the water.