Best places to dive in April

The ocean is a vast, wonderful, and often unpredictable place. Regarding scuba diving, some destinations, such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, are fantastic year-round. For other dive hot spots, it is best to plan your dive trip around particular seasons and times of the year.  In the Maldives, April is the last month before the wet season begins. Belize is optimal for whale-shark encounters. The Red Sea is not yet stinking hot (although you’ll be underwater most of the time, so hot weather is nothing to worry about!)

Whale sharks in Belize

Whale Sharks in Maldives - Ray Auxillou
Whale Shark in Belize - image by Ray Auxillou

Belize is well-known for its Blue Hole, a 135-meter-deep sinkhole that was once a freshwater cave system and is an incredible dive site. Along with this unique dive site, Belize is famed for spectacular diving with fantastic wall dives and vibrant coral reefs. Think steep vertical walls covered in gorgonian sea fans and many reef fish. The dry season in Belize runs from March to May, and during April, conditions are especially favorable, with calm winds and excellent visibility. During April, divers have the greatest chance of seeing the largest fish in the sea, the whale shark. These gentle creatures are usually spotted in deeper water, a few days before and after the full moon.

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The perfect time for Red Sea exploration

With temperatures not yet scorching, April is a great time to head to the Red Sea in Egypt. Manta season has just begun, and other pelagic species, such as hammerhead sharks, thresher sharks, and oceanic whitetips, can be spotted in the deep water around the pinnacle islands scattered throughout the Red Sea.

While some liveaboards run trip itineraries that cater to more experienced divers and require a minimum amount of logged dives, the Red Sea is a great place for new divers. Reefs covered with healthy and colorful coral provide a home for hundreds of species of reef fish, and many of these sites are known for good visibility and gentle currents.

Make the most of the Maldives

Manta madness in the Maldives - Azalea liveaboard
The Maldives is a great place to see Manta action - photo courtesy of Azalea liveaboard.

April marks the final month of the dry season in the Maldives. The dry season means seemingly never-ending blue skies, pancake-flat seas, and visibility that averages at least 30 meters. The current flow during this time brings nutrients and food for varying species of sharks and manta rays. This process is reversed outside of the dry season, and the Maldives is prone to stronger winds, rougher seas, and more rain. However, it is possible to dive in the area year-round, and mantas and whale sharks can be found by the hundreds during the wet season.

The Maldives is home to an incredible amount of marine life. Whale sharks, manta rays, turtles, pelagic fish, and sharks can be spotted all year round. If you’re a shark fanatic, the Carpe Vita Liveaboard operates a ‘Deep South Shark’ specialty trip during April, dedicated to providing divers with exhilarating shark encounters. The ten-night trip will allow divers to spend some time underwater with thresher sharks, whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, and even oceanic sunfish, exploring the areas that could never be reached by a day boat.

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Set sail in the Seychelles

Scuba diving in Seychelles is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Seychelles offers fantastic year-round diving; however, conditions are extraordinary in April. The Seychelles comprise 115 islands, with no shortage of dive sites to explore. Because the Seychelles Islands are scattered throughout the Indian Ocean, winds, currents, and rainfall vary from island to island, affecting the area's diving conditions.

Spearfishing and dynamite fishing are banned in the Seychelles Islands, allowing marine life to replenish and thrive. Over 1,000 different species of fish can be found along the reefs of the Seychelles, and whale sharks are often spotted.

Underwater Wonder Awaits Your Exploration!