Anyone who has ever visited the Maldives will already know that it’s hard to take a bad photo in such a visually-attractive country. From palm-fringed beaches and turquoise lagoons to playful dolphins, shy anemone-fish and friendly turtles, the country is bursting with photogenic subject-matter. In fact almost everywhere you look there’s something beautiful to snap, whether you’re underwater or above the waves.
Many of the spectacles don’t just make good photos; they make photos with a ‘wow’ factor. Across the underwater world to the verdant tropical islands, the following is a list of the highlights of the Maldives’ most photogenic sights which you won’t want to miss.
Starting with the aquatic world, dolphins are one of the most popular and photogenic creatures in the Maldives. They can frequently be spotted cruising through channels in large groups known as pods. Sometimes as many as 100 dolphins can be seen together at one time, often somersaulting and splashing as though they are playing for the cameras. If you go on a liveaboard holiday, fishing trip or even catch a local ferry it’s quite possible that dolphins at some point will pass close by the boat and maybe even ride the bow waves, giving you the perfect opportunity for close-up portraits.
Another popular creature for photographing is the clownfish, although you will need either a waterproof camera or underwater camera to take any good photos of them. Also known as Maldives anemone-fish, these small orange and white-banded fish are found in shallow water on coral reefs across the Maldives. The sight of an orange clownfish beside its colourful anemone home always makes for a beautiful picture.
Every diver in the Maldives is always hoping to catch sight of a manta ray and more often than not you won’t be disappointed. Manta rays can be found in the Maldives throughout the year and most boat crews know the best places to spot them, although a sighting cannot be guaranteed. The locations where they’re found include cleaning stations and shallow sandy areas where zooplankton is gathered. Be sure to have your camera ready when they swoop into sight! One of the best shots of a manta ray is from the front so that you can see their alien-like features, although a shot from underneath them with the sunlight diffused through the water surface can also make for a striking picture.
A hawksbill turtle inadvertently blending with its surroundings among the Maldives coral. Photo: tentonipete
Turtles are also a very common sight in the Maldives. Green turtles, hawksbill turtles, Olive Ridley turtles and leatherback turtles are the four species found in the country, with green and hawksbill turtles typically found on reefs and in lagoons while the other two varieties are usually found in deeper water. The majority of turtles in the Maldives don’t seem at all concerned about divers and snorkelers and they tend to move fairly slowly unless they are startled so there will be lots of opportunities to get pictures of them.
The islands of the Maldives are some of the most picturesque tropical islands in the world and you’re bound to be able to get some magnificent photos of idyllic scenes such as aqua-marine lagoons, coconut trees gently leaning into the sea and vibrant sunsets. The Maldives is home to no less than three types of coconuts; orange, yellow and brown. The coconut palm fronds swaying in front of a turquoise sea is the kind of shot that adorns PC screensavers the world over and is bound to inspire a sense of envy in all who see it.
Visiting or passing by a resort you will probably see water villas which are an iconic sight of the Maldives. The wooden bungalows suspended from stilts over the lagoon are always a breath-taking spectacle to behold. Some of them even contain glass panels in the floor through which you can watch fish darting about beneath your feet.
There are all kinds of hidden surprises to be discovered on the islands such as brilliantly-coloured tropical flowers which make for some fabulous macro shots. Frangipani flowers, also known as temple flowers, are one of the prettiest and most easily-recognisable tropical flowers. The large white flowers have thick petals and yellow centres, while there are also pink and white-and-pink varieties. Hibiscus is another tropical flower found in the Maldives which makes a good close-up shot or looks good tucked behind your ear in a photo. Hibiscus flowers are very large and deep pink or deep red with feathery yellow stamens.
Another great way of seeing the Maldives is from the air. You may be lucky enough to see the views from a window seat when you arrive on a day-time flight but for better views there are scenic photo flights (a round-trip flight lasting a couple of hours or less) and domestic flights to even more remote islands. An aerial view allows you to marvel at the countless emerald-coloured islands surrounded by turquoise lagoons and deep blue channels which make up the tropical archipelago.
It’s no doubt that a trip to the Maldives will be the highlight of your photo album. Grab you camera and get your ticket for the dive holiday of a lifetime. Spectacular deals will be the icing on the cake when you book with Maldives Dive Travel. And special tours like the ScubaSpa Ying Self Discovery Tour could be the getaway you’re craving this autumn.
You’ll Be Photographer Extraordinaire in the Maldives is a post from: Maldives Blog
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