See Whale Sharks in South Ari Atoll, Maldives

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For near-guaranteed whale shark sightings, you can’t go wrong with the Maldives. The giant sea creatures are present around the archipelago all year, though they tend to favor the west islands between May and December, then the east between January and April. The population found in these warm waters is comprised of mostly young males.

One of the best areas in the Maldives to see whale sharks is South Ari Atoll, which is a designated Marine Protected Area. Many of the islands run their own snorkeling or diving tours, so check ahead with your accommodation before you book.

You can also download the Whale Shark Network Maldives app, run by the Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme, which tracks whale shark sightings.

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