Q: Hi, I am planning a trip to Maldives in January but there are so many wonderful islands to choose from. What is the best island and best resort for diving in January? Is one week long enough or should we go for more? Thank you, Linsey
A: Since the islands in Maldives are scattered over a large area, and the best diving is found inside and outside the atolls' lagoons and in the channels in between, the best way to see the region is by liveaboard.
The highlight for Maldives diving is Ari Atoll where there are big schools of fish from big whale sharks to barracuda. Ari Atoll spans over 40 km in length and as it's the second largest atoll in the Maldives with 105 small islands, there are many great dive spots. A liveaboard can cover the long distances between the best dive sites.
But if you prefer to stay in a resort, Mirihi is the most popular in Ari Atoll and has good diving nearby. Other resorts on this atoll include Veligandu, Diva Maldives, Maayafushi, Constance Halaveli and Sun Island Resort.
A week trip is plenty if you stay at a resort. The resort islands in Maldives are small and there's not much to do relax by the pool, snorkel and dive.