The combination of shipwreck diving, shark snorkeling, and dolphin watching provides an excellent multi-faceted excursion. It allows observing three different marine creatures – ship remains, sharks, and dolphins – in their natural habitats in a single outing. It is a specialized activity with unique shark and dolphin interactions besides a fantastic exploration. It promises an unforgettable encounter with nature and history below the surface.

Best Time for This Trip

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Late April to early October/November would generally provide ideal weather conditions. The Northeast Monsoon winds die down, and seas are calmer/flatter for snorkeling.

May to September represents the dry season with lower rainfall and less chance of disrupted plans due to poor visibility from waves/swells. Water temperatures peak around 31°C.

July to September offers the most transparent water visibility for spotting marine life. Dolphin and shark sightings may also be higher as they follow migrations of fish and squid in these months.

Avoiding January to March allows missing most rainfall from the Southwest Monsoon when waters can be rougher. We may see fewer sharks/dolphins too.

October to December provides good weather still, but water temps start cooling to the high 20s°C, and visibility declines slightly.

Mid-July to mid-August is the best window, combining peak weather, visibility, and wildlife conditions for maximum chances of a successful excursion.

Types Of Sharks Or Dolphins That Are Commonly Spotted In Maafushi

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Grey reef shark: By far the most often encountered shark. Usually reaches 2-3 feet long, constantly very curious around divers.

Whitetip reef shark: Slightly larger than greys at 3-4 feet, distinguished by whitish tips on fins. Also commonly seen.

Silvertip shark: Medium size at 4-6 feet, identified by smooth dark skin with silver underside. Less frequent sightings.

Spinner dolphin: It is the most abundant dolphin that is found. Graceful swimmers are known for leaping from the water. Travel in large pods.

Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin: Distinctive long beak. Can range from 6-12 feet. May interact closely with boats/swimmers.

Striped dolphin: Sleek with a prominent dorsal fin and dark and light stripes across the body. Rare glimpse in deeper oceanic waters.

Humpback dolphin: Pinkish gray with stocky bodies. Found year-round near shallow reefs where mother-calf pairs forage.

Popular Activities To Do In Maafushi Besides Diving And Snorkeling

Beach relaxation – Lounge on the beautiful white sandy beaches under coconut palms.

Sunset fishing – Go out on traditional dhoni boats in the evenings to try catching tuna, wahoo, etc.

Kayaking/stand-up paddleboarding – Paddle around the lagoon, observing wildlife from kayaks or SUP boards.

Dolphin/whale watching cruises – Take a boat trip to spot dolphins and whales seasonally from Nov-Apr.

Lagoon excursions – Swim or snorkel the protected turquoise lagoon and observe tropical fish.

Island hopping tours – Visit nearby inhabited islands like Gaafaru for a cultural experience.

Massages/spa treatments – Pamper with coconut oil massages or other rejuvenating spa packages.

Sunbathing/tanning – Soak up the sun and work on a tan on powdery beaches.

Stargazing – Enjoy incredible Milky Way night sky views away from light pollution.

Dining – Sample freshly caught seafood along with Maldivian and international cuisine.


This multi-faceted underwater activity provides a unique and memorable wildlife viewing experience in the stunning marine environment surrounding Maafushi, Maldives. Combining shipwreck exploration, shark snorkeling, and dolphin watching allows encounters with three iconic ocean species in a single outing.

With ideal conditions from May to September, visitors can expect crystal clear waters and the best chances of sighting marine life. This excursion offers exciting wildlife interactions, from the curious grey reef sharks that may swim alongside snorkelers to playful pods of spinner dolphins. The historic shipwreck site also gives an intriguing glimpse into the island’s past.