If one of your dreams is to swim with a sea turtle in the wild, the Maldives provides the perfect opportunity to get that bucket list tick. It is highly likely that you will spot a few sea turtles whilst swimming, diving or snorkelling in the crystal clear waters around your resort island and our teams at Euro-Divers know the reefs where they like to hang out.
Although sea turtles are listed as endangered, five of the seven species of sea turtles in the world can be found in the waters around the Maldives, and there are two species that are seen far more frequently than the others – the Green Sea Turtle and the Hawksbill Turtle. On both snorkel tours and dive trips you can spot the turtles gracefully gliding up to the surface for a breath of air before swimming back to the underwater realm – they are totally mesmerising to watch.
The sea turtles here in the Maldives are not shy, in fact they will usually totally ignore your presence or even become a little inquisitive – Hawksbills have even been known to try and nibble camera lenses and divers BCDs!
Please respect the turtles, give them space, allow them to decide how close an encounter they want and, above all, NEVER EVER touch or chase them. This is extremely threatening to the turtles and would make them wary of humans, making future sightings more unlikely.