Underwater Photography in the Maldives

Underwater Diving in Maldives is an amazing experience. Share this unforgettable experience with your friends and family. Capture your moments underwater in your camera! Maldives is one of the best places to photograph the marine life thriving in the Indian Ocean. The crystal clear water provides a good visibility even in the depths of the ocean.

Underwater Photography

The best sites for capturing the amazing fish species on camera are the atoll passes or channels. Strong currents in the channel make it a bit difficult to remain still and you may need to hold on to something. The 'thilas' and 'shoals' in the atolls abound in colorful fish and corals and provide you with an opportunity to take wonderful pictures. Underwater cameras can be rented from most dive schools in the Maldives. But, it is a good idea to get your own equipment as the exact equipment might not be available.

Optical Systems:

While photographing larger fishes in the channels, use of 28 mm and 35 mm lenses provides best results. If you are able to get close, without scaring the fish away, then a 20 mm lens will be the best option.

To take good photographs of marine life in the shoals, use a 15 mm Nikonos, 14 mm or 18 mm lens. When mounted on a reflex in an underwater housing, it helps you to take shots of the reef as well as for good shots of schools of fishes.

Macro Photography :

Capturing the images of creatures as small as 1cm is an art only few can master. Along with the skill, some special equipment is required. The coral reefs abound in small, interesting creatures in varying shapes and colors. Photographing them is an opportunity not to be missed.

Additional lenses, extensions or micro lenses combined with films having low sensitivity emulsions in optimal lighting give you the best results. The 64 ASA Kodachrome or the 100 ASA Fuji can be used. Use two flashes to avoid shadows as far as lighting is concerned.


  • When shooting, keep your camera as still as possible.

  • Whenever possible, shoot from the bottom of the reef.

  • Don't punch the shutter, squeeze it.

  • Exhale just before you take a shot.

  • To get a perfect shot, keep your arms in and stabilize your elbows against your body.

  • Maintain slight negative buoyancy if there is a surge.

  • While you are in mid-water, control your buoyancy with breathing only.

  • Use ISO 100 for best results.

  • Set the camera to 'A' (Nikonos) or 'Aperture priority' (SLR).

  • Set the strobe on TTL.

  • Set an aperture of: f/11 between the surface to 10 m (33 ft) f/8 between 10 and 20 m (33 and 65 ft) f/5.6 or f/4 in water deeper than 20 m (65 ft).

  • Nikonos: preset focus for 90 cm (3 ft), with either a 35 mm or 28 mm lens and stay between that and 1.2 m (4 ft) away from the subject.

  • SLR: Pre-focus 50mm lens for 90 cms (3 ft) and get this distance from your subject, then fine-tune focus.

  • Maintenance of photographic equipment:

  • Rinse your equipment thoroughly, after each dive. If possible, leave them in fresh water for a few minutes.

  • Spray an anti-saline liquid over all parts of your equipment to eliminate any traces of salt crystals.

  • Check all the accessible O-rings at least once a day.

  • Carefully clean their seating and lubricate them gently to keep them soft and elastic.

  • Get your equipment checked by a specialist at least once a year.


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