Planning a holiday to the Maldives then it may not be complete without a dolphin watching trip. Resorts in the Maldives offer dolphin watching trips and it is one of the most popular excursions. But, there is a problem. Resorts can’t guarantee that you will see dolphins. It is a matter of chance; it may also depend on weather conditions and seasons. So, In that case, you may want to find out which resort gives the best chance of seeing dolphins.
Muli Channel in the Meemu Atoll is rarely known and talked about. But, it is one of the best dolphin spots in the Maldives.
The Maldives ranks among the top five places on Earth for watching dolphins. Over 20 different species (a quarter of the world’s total) call the Maldives home. These range from the mighty Blue Whale (the largest animal alive) to the diminutive but highly acrobatic Spinner Dolphin.
Dolphin watching at Muli Channel has a success rate of 85%, all year round. It depends on Better weather is the better chance of seeing dolphins. At this point the Dolphins are very friendly, usually follows the boat and perform high jumps if your applause. Believe it or not, dolphins got a great sense of humor. They may not understand our language but they seem to understand us very well.
Dolphin can be seen at the place where depth is about 10 – 30 meters. At some points, you can see the seafloor. Because of the shallow water, the blue color is brighter and vivid, just perfect for watching dolphins. But, the reef is also a very popular dive site. Geographical makeup of Meemu Atoll is very unique; there is an outer reef that protects all the islands inside the atoll. To visit most islands in Meemu Atoll ships have to pass through this channel. There is strong current flowing in and out, at all times. That brings in clear water and makes visibility in the water crystal clear.
Best times to see dolphins are between 0900 Hrs and 1030 Hrs in the morning and from 1530 Hrs till 1700 Hrs in the afternoon. The best time is an afternoon, there is more chance in the afternoon than morning and the number of dolphins is much more. In the morning you often see few and they go down when the boat goes close. But, in the afternoon they follow the boat and reacts friendly.
Actually, the best part is you don’t have to feed or do anything to watch dolphins, the boat needs to slow down and they would follow the boat. Giving applause is great ways to get them to perform really good.
If you are thinking of snorkeling or diving with dolphins some tourist did diving here in Muli Channel and did not see any dolphin, just heard them making noises at a distance. If you are planning to do snorkeling, it could even be unsafe if there is a baby dolphin as mothers attempt to protect babies.
You may not have realized this before, but with our unbeatable diversity and abundance of dolphins, plus warm clear waters, Maldives really is one the very best places in the world for whale and dolphin watching.
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