In the Maldives, spot, snorkle or dive to shake hands with sharks

Moray eels, manta rays, sea cucumbers, leatherback turtles and more than 2,000 species of fish inhabit the 1,192 islands of the Maldives archipelago. Empire of this underwater Willy Wonka world is an animal with no natural predator except time: the shark.

The coral reefs of the Maldive atolls, which look like submerged Jackson Pollack paintings, attract dozens of species of sharks. There are three ways to shake hands with the animals: spot, snorkel, or dive. Read more