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Dolphin & Whale Watching in Maldives

Dolphin & Whale Watching in Maldives

DEF3208My boyfriend and I went off to the Maldives in April to swim with the dolphins, that was our main plan. We were taken by sea plane (which was one of the best ways to see the Maldives isles) to our resort where we planned on spending the next few nights. The first thing we did after we checked in was dive straight into the ocean from our water villa. It was fabulous. Our next step was to check on the dolphin and whale excursion that the resort offered, cause that’s what we really wanted to do.

We soon learnt that the Maldives is ranked amongst the top 5 places on earth for whale and dolphin watching, as over 20 species regularly visit the area, from the mighty blue whale to the acrobatic spinner dolphin. We booked our trip with the resort and were so excited that we couldn’t wait till the next day arrived. The weather in the Maldives calm and sunny, so far everything was perfect.

male-dolphin-watching0107So off we went by boat to meet our new friends. The first thing we saw was the Spinner Dolphins which apparently are the most common species, and they occur here in their tens of thousands and were absolutely breathtaking. The frequently-sighted spinner dolphins are always memorable, and we were lucky enough to enter the water and be with these playful dolphins! I guarantee you, it’s a memory that will last me a lifetime. We also encountered Pilot whales, as well as bottlenose, striped and spotted dolphins in other areas. Also don’t forget to keep an eye out for the magnificent Blue Whales that can be seen in these waters. Apparently you may also come across Killer Whales (Orcas), which contrary to popular male-dolphin-watching0106belief do not live only in cold waters, we didn’t really spot them but we’re saving them for our next trip. We were soon able to distinguish the many different species, recognizing their distinctive shapes, blows and behaviours, since we saw so many and learned so many things about them on the trip.

Although nothing with wildlife can be guaranteed, you will never have a better chance to watch wild dolphins and swim along with them in their natural environment than in the Maldives. Going to the Maldives and swimming with wild dolphins is a “must do”. I know we did and absolutely enjoyed every minute of it.

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