Maldives received runner-up position in the Destination of the Year category of The DIVER Awards 2009.
On the award which was presented on Friday, 26th March 2010, the island-nation of the Maldives received the runner-up award by compete against several dive destination loosing against its rival Egypt, who won the Destination of the Year award. The Diver Magazine states that “the popularity of Egypt with DIVER readers reflects its convenient proximity, its good value for money, the hospitality of its people and the high quality of its diving in terms of both wrecks and reefs.”
The Diver Magazine also stated that the Maldives, which was a very significant destination for divers, was beat off by Egypt by a solid margin due to the fact that the Maldives is much further away from the UK, and so significantly more expensive.
The vast country of Indonesia, with its growing popularity with DIVER readers, took third place this year.