The Maldives - A perfect place to watch Whales.

The Maldives is perhaps better known for its spas and hotels than its wildlife, but when it comes to whale watching the beautiful islands are a match for any other hotspot. This is particularly true in the variety of species which frequent the perfect tropical waters, with lesser spotted varieties such as short-fin pilot whales, tropical bottlenose whales and even the elusive Longman’s beaked whale, often considered the hardest whale in the world to spot. The sandy shores are also home to some of the giants, such as sperm whales, Bryde’s whales and even occasionally blue whales. The Maldives are also arguably the comfiest location to see such an abundance and variety of whales, given that many famous whale locations are normally in much colder climates. The tropical temperatures and crystal clear waters, alongside the fact that many whale-watchers are yet to discover this whale haven, make the Maldives the most luxurious and one of the best settings to see these fantastic animals.

Where are they?
The Maldives are a world famous group of 1,200 idyllic islands in the Indian Ocean, situated 650km south-west of the southern tip of India.

Best time to visit?
The best time to visit is from December to April, which is the dry season sandwiched between the Maldives two monsoon seasons. However, this is a tropical destination and the temperatures can soar during these months as a result! September to November is a cooler period but monsoons may occur, which will hamper the chances of successful whale sightings.

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