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A Complete Guide To Swimming With Sharks In The Maldives

What types of sharks are there in the Maldives? Is it safe to swim with sharks? Have there been any shark attacks in the Maldives?

This blog post about the sharks of the Maldives will answer all of your questions about sharks in the Maldives, and if you're a shark-lover, where exactly you can swim with them!

The Maldives is literally paradise in earth for divers: the colourful reefs, the exotic marine life and most importantly, the diversity of sharks. If you're a keen diver (or simply want to learn how to dive) and wondering where to go on your next holiday, look no further - the Maldives has all you could ever wish for!

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Shark attacks are non existent in the Maldives. You will see many sharks, but they won't be interested in you and for the most part, are completely harmless. The reason why we are afraid and scared of sharks is because these predators routinely appear in movies as ferocious man-eaters—but in real life, they rarely harm humans at all.

Reassuring facts:

In fact, here are some international statistics about all sharks to reassure you:

  • The global average of shark attacks is on average 65 attacks per year. Of those 65 attacks per year, less than five are actually fatal.

  • Looking at the bigger picture - according to the International Shark Attack File (ISAF), there have been just 464 fatal attacks worldwide in the last 500 years.

  • Spiders, snakes, hippos, deer, cows, horses, bees and ants are all at least five times more likely to kill you than sharks.

  • Only 3 shark species are responsible for most human bites and fatalities: the great white, the bull shark and the tiger shark, but even with these, most bites are inspired more by curiosity than animosity.

  • Finally, for every 1 human killed by a shark approximately 25 million sharks are killed by humans.

How many types of sharks are there in the Maldives?

If you're a diver coming to the Maldives in search of sharks, trust us, you will not be disappointed. With over 26 types of sharks in the Maldives (there are 500+ species in the world), you will definitely spot these friendly giants around in the crystal clear waters of the Maldives.

The most common sharks spotted in the Maldives are:

  • BlackTip Reef Shark

  • Whale Shark

  • Hammerhead Shark

  • Tiger Shark

Black Tip Reef Shark:

The blacktip reef shark is easily spotted everywhere in the Maldives and is identified by the black tips on its fins. Among the most abundant sharks inhabiting the tropical coral reefs of the Indian Ocean, they prefer shallow, inshore waters. The blacktip reef shark has a timid demeanor and is easily frightened away by swimmers.

Whale Shark:

The biggest and largest fish in the sea, the Whale Shark, is a stunning, harmless fish providing incredible and common encounters with humans in the Maldives, especially in South Ari Atoll. Despite its large size, it is not a dangerous species. The whale shark being rare and endangered, is a protected species in the Maldives.

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Tiger Shark:

The stunning Tiger Shark boasts beautiful tiger patterns on its back. The tiger shark has the reputation of being aggressive amongst tropical sharks, but they can still be swimmed and dived with, without any danger. Fuvahmulah is the best spot for finding Tiger Sharks.

Hammerhead Sharks:

The harmless hammer head can be spotted in different areas around the Maldives, but a hotspot is the Hammerhead Point at Rasdhoo, where you can find large schools of hammerheads.

So, how safe is it to dive with sharks?

It's safe! Anybody who has dived with sharks in the Maldives will confirm that it is a pleasure and a treat. Just make sure to do your research, here are some tips.

Tips on how to feel safe diving with sharks:

1. Do your research and learn shark behaviour