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10 of the best places to swim with sharks

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Maaya Thila shark diving
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Maaya Thila, Maldives

Hammerhead, whale, reef and white tip sharks

The stunning dive site of Maaya Thila, Maldives, is home to a myriad of marine life, including eagle rays, sting rays, long nose hawkfish, octopuses, scorpion fish, eels and, of course, sharks. Grey reef sharks and small white tips are the most common, but whale and hammerhead sharks can also be spotted drifting over colourful anemones and bush corals in this beautiful spot.

The site is approximately 80 metres in diameter, with depths ranging from six to more than 30 metres and options for both beginner and expert divers, the latter of which can explore the many overhangs, swim-throughs and caves around the site. To catch sight of a large resident turtle, head to the south side where a large swim-through hosts stunning soft corals and blue stripe snappers. Alternatively, head north to an amazing cave dive site, which is home to millions of fish including batfish, parrotfish, anglerfish, dog-toothed tuna, barracuda and lionfish.

For divers heading to the ultimate superyacht playground of the Maldives, this is a must-visit spot.

Picture courtesy of Shutterstock.com / Krzysztof Odziomek

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