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posted : January 3, 2008 Post subject: Maldives in March

I am looking to travel to the Maldives in March this year. I have done lots of reading bought all the books but the info I get the more confused I become.

I have read the threads and forums and still there are contradictions or one persons advice is not that of another?

This is my first time and I don't want to make any mistakes and spend my holiday thinking 'if only I had gone there or done that'?

I will be diving from the shore and as I understand the Monsoon during March is in the North East (Girlfriend likes the sun while on holiday) can I be sure that the diving in the Southern areas of the Maldives will fulfil my diving requirements, Sharks, Mantas and the like?
I understand the plankton in the North during this period attracts Mantas and Whale Sharks but like I said it will be difficult to convince the missus to endure rain storms just so I get to dive with big fish. (She's a none diver) I have dived with many species of sharks and whales but never Mantas or Whale Sharks. I am not expecting to see Whale Sharks however I would like to give my self the best chance and be in the right location. I would also kick myself if I went to the Maldives and did not photograph a Manta!!!!

I hold the Master Scuba Diver rating and have dived, Indonesia (Bali, 2 visits), Vietnam, Thailand (Phucket and Krabi 2 visits), Red Sea (4th visit) I have always wanted to go to the Maldives so I am quite keen not to make mistakes. What I have learnt from my travelling is to listen to those who have been and learn from there experience, I have saved a lot of wasted time doing this in the past and continue to do so even to the places I have been many times before.

Many thanks for your time in advance.

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