Best of Central Maldives Dive Liveaboards

These Scuba Diving Liveaboards explore some of the best and most famous dive sites in the central atolls, which are classically considered to be some of the best diving in the Maldives. You can expect a mix of classic thila (underwater pinnacles), kandu (channel) and reef dives with opportunities to visit Manta Ray Cleaning Stations, enjoy colourful coral sites, reef sharks, abundant reef fish and excellent macro life.



Some of the most famous sites which you can hope to visit include:

Manta Point, a cleaning station covered in anemones and full of fish life with common visitors including whitetip reef sharks, turtles and napoleons.

Maaya Thila, a 240ft wide pinnacle considered to be one of the best night dives in the Maldives – but also a great dive during the day – popular with grey reef sharks, schools of barracudas, turtles, moray eels, jack fish and stingrays.

Rasdhoo Madivaru, a channel dive offering a spectacular ridge facing the ocean and good chances for reef sharks, eagle rays and large dogtooth tuna – it is also possible to encounter hammerhead sharks here.

Kudarah Thila is part of the South Ari Atoll Marine Protected Area and is considered to be one of the most beautiful sites within the atoll with overhangs rich with sea fans and healthy soft corals on the top of the reef, fish life is healthy here with schools of snapper, fusiliers and jacks.

A night dive at Alimatha House Reef can offer large numbers of nurse sharks, stingrays and huge jacks.

One of the highlights of the trip is likely to be Maamigili Beyru in the South Ari Marine Protected Area, known as of the best locations in the Maldives for whale sharks.

Selected 10 night voyages can also include Thaa and Meemu atolls. The little-visited Thaa Atoll offers healthy corals and a wide variety of marine life from food-chain toppers such as white tip reef sharks and tuna down to schools of juvenile barracuda. Encounters with Whale Sharks and schooling hammerheads are a possibility here.

Meemu Atoll offers great channel dives and pelagic encounters with opportunities for mantas, whale sharks, grey reef sharks, sailfish and even bull sharks on occasion. Large shoals of barracudas, jacks, tuna, fusiliers, surgeon fish and snappers are often found in the narrower channels.

The South West and North East Monsoon season bring different benefits to each side of the Maldives chain of atolls. These itineraries visit both sides, so whichever the season, you will be able to get a taste of both the windward and leeward sides of the chain.

These dive liveaboards are suited to all levels of experience, although some dives are deeper than 18 metres, so a PADI Advanced certification or higher is recommended to make the most of the trip.

It is an inescapable fact that the 2015 & 2016 sea temperature rises led to widespread coral bleaching in the Maldives, with some of the central atolls being worse affected than others. Diving by liveaboard in this area allows your Captain and dive leaders to carefully choose the best dive sites in terms of marine life encounters and to focus on the least impacted reefs.
 

Atolls visited:

North Malé – South Malé – Vaavu – South Ari – North Ari – Rasdhoo

Experience needed:

Minimum of Open Water qualification but Advanced Open Water recommended (courses available onboard). Must be comfortable in currents and drift dives.

Inexperienced divers may be asked to skip certain dives unsuited to their experience level.

Snorkelers:

Snorkelers can join these liveaboards. Not every site will be suitable, so please Contact Us to discuss.

Number of dives:

8 Day Voyages:   up to 18 including 1 night dive (6 diving days)
11 Day Voyages: up to 27 including 1 night dive (9 diving days)

Night dives may not be offered on your trip for safety reasons

Notes:

Liveaboards embark and disembark in Malé. No domestic flights needed.

Dates:

Year Round 


Whilst diving by liveaboard is the ultimate, it is still wonderful to combine it with a Maldives Island Based Holiday; whether to just relax, or top up on some beach and small boat dives. For some terra firma, consider combining the Maldives with one of private safaris in Sri Lanka. Each March, you can also combine the Maldives with our Blue Whale Snorkelling & Photography experiences in Sri Lanka.

Itinerary

Day 1: Embark in Malé

You will embark this afternoon in Malé, the capital city of the Maldives

Days 2 – 7: Diving

You will spend these days exploring some of the best dive sites within the central atolls.

You can expect to make up to 18 dives on a 7 night voyage.

Day 8: Disembark in Malé

You will disembark in Malé  this morning.

Why not consider extending your time in the Maldives at one of our carefully selected island resorts for more diving and snorkelling.

Please note: Every liveaboard voyage will be different, with actual islands and dive sites determined according to wind force and direction, ocean currents, visibility, reports of recent marine life sightings, safety and boat considerations taken by the captain and crew. Nothing can be guaranteed, including the number of dives you conduct or the species you might see, but rest assured that the captain and crew have everyone's diving interests in mind and will try to make your experience a very rewarding one amongst these stunning tropical atolls.

Day 1: Embark in Malé

You will embark this afternoon in Malé, the capital city of the Maldives

Days 2 – 10: Diving

You will spend these days exploring some of the best dive sites within the central atolls, as well as Meemu and Thaa atolls depending on your chosen departure.

You can expect to make up to 27 dives on a 10 night voyage.

Day 11: Disembark in Malé

You will disembark in Malé  this morning.

Why not consider extending your time in the Maldives at one of our carefully selected island resorts for more diving and snorkelling.

Please note: Every liveaboard voyage will be different, with actual islands and dive sites determined according to wind force and direction, ocean currents, visibility, reports of recent marine life sightings, safety and boat considerations taken by the captain and crew. Nothing can be guaranteed, including the number of dives you conduct or the species you might see, but rest assured that the captain and crew have everyone's diving interests in mind and will try to make your experience a very rewarding one amongst these stunning tropical atolls.

Dates

Enquire / Book 31 Jul 2022 - 01 Jan 2023 - from US$ 3,080

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Aggressor
Weekly departures (Sunday - Sunday)

Enquire / Book 07 Aug - 02 Oct 2022 - from £ 1,690

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Serenity
Weekly departures (Sunday - Sunday)

Enquire / Book 14 Aug - 27 Nov 2022 - from US$ 4,400

Malé - Malé (11 Days)
Maldives Aggressor
Itinerary includes Meemu Atoll
Weekly departures (Sun-Weds / Thurs-Sun)

Enquire / Book 01 Oct - 24 Dec 2022 - from £ 1,690

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Leo
Weekly departures (Saturday - Saturday)

Enquire / Book 02 Oct - 18 Dec 2022 - from £ 1,995

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Explorer
Weekly departures (Sunday - Sunday)

Enquire / Book 02 Oct - 18 Dec 2022 - from £ 1,860

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Serenity
Weekly departures (Sunday - Sunday)

Enquire / Book 30 Oct - 18 Dec 2022 - from £ 1,650

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Virgo
Weekly departures (Sunday - Sunday)

Enquire / Book 18 - 28 Dec 2022 - from £ 3,025

Malé - Malé (11 Days)
Maldives Explorer
Christmas in the Maldives!

Enquire / Book 18 Dec 2022 - 01 Jan 2023 - from £ 1,775

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Virgo
Weekly departures (Sunday - Sunday)

Enquire / Book 24 - 31 Dec 2022 - from £ 1,820

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Leo
Christmas in the Maldives!

Enquire / Book 25 Dec 2022 - 01 Jan 2023 - from £ 1,990

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Serenity

Enquire / Book 31 Dec 2022 - 07 Jan 2023 - from £ 1,820

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Leo
New Year in the Maldives!

Enquire / Book 01 - 15 Jan 2023 - from US$ 3,080

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Aggressor
Weekly departures (Sunday - Sunday)

Enquire / Book 23 Mar - 02 Apr 2023 - from US$ 4,400

Malé - Malé (11 Days)
Maldives Aggressor
Itinerary includes Thaa & Meemu Atoll

Enquire / Book 02 Apr - 07 May 2023 - from £ 1,995

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Explorer
Weekly departures (Sunday - Sunday)

Enquire / Book 02 Apr - 04 Jun 2023 - from US$ 3,080

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Aggressor
Weekly departures (Sunday - Sunday)

Enquire / Book 07 - 28 May 2023 - from £ 1,825

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Explorer
Weekly departures (Sunday - Sunday)

Enquire / Book 30 Jul - 24 Dec 2023 - from US$ 3,080

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Aggressor
Weekly departures (Sunday - Sunday)

Enquire / Book 13 Aug - 26 Nov 2023 - from US$ 4,400

Malé - Malé (11 Days)
Maldives Aggressor
Itinerary includes Meemu Atoll
Weekly departures (Sun-Weds / Thurs-Sun)

Enquire / Book 24 - 31 Dec 2023 - from US$ 3,080

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Aggressor
Weekly departures (Sunday - Sunday)
Christmas in the Maldives!

Enquire / Book 31 Dec 2023 - 07 Jan 2024 - from US$ 3,080

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Aggressor
Weekly departures (Sunday - Sunday)
New Year in the Maldives!

Enquire / Book 07 Jan - 04 Feb 2024 - from US$ 3,330

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Aggressor
Weekly departures (Sunday - Sunday)

Enquire / Book 24 Mar - 04 May 2024 - from US$ 4,750

Malé - Malé (11 Days)
Maldives Aggressor
Itinerary includes Thaa & Meemu Atoll
Weekly departures (Sun-Weds / Thurs-Sun)

Enquire / Book 05 May - 02 Jun 2024 - from US$ 3,330

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Aggressor
Weekly departures (Sunday - Sunday)

Enquire / Book 28 Jul - 22 Dec 2024 - from US$ 3,330

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Aggressor
Weekly departures (Sunday - Sunday)

Enquire / Book 25 Aug - 23 Nov 2024 - from US$ 4,750

Malé - Malé (11 Days)
Maldives Aggressor
Itinerary includes Meemu Atoll
Weekly departures (Sun-Weds / Thurs-Sun)

Enquire / Book 22 - 29 Dec 2024 - from US$ 3,330

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Aggressor
Christmas in the Maldives!

Enquire / Book 29 Dec 2024 - 05 Jan 2025 - from US$ 3,330

Malé - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Aggressor
New Year in the Maldives!

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Notes

Maldives Aggressor II

Prices relate to Standard Twin cabins (lower deck). Upgrades to Deluxe and Suite cabins are available. Please contact us for details.

Prices include: all meals and snacks onboard, standard beverages (tea, coffee, soft drinks, fruit juices, water, local beers and wines with dinner), tanks, weights and weight belt, standard airport transfers

Not included: international and domestic flights, insurance, dive kit rental, dive courses, NITROX, bar drinks, tips, dinner onshore on the final night of your voyage, non-standard airport transfers, Port & Park Fee of $290 (7 nights) or $350 (10 nights)

Please note: a 12% GST will be charged on onboard purchases. An additional 3.5% transaction fee will be applied to credit card payments onboard.
 

Maldives Explorer, Serenity, Leo & Virgo

Prices relate to lower deck cabins. Upgrades to Upper Deck Cabin, Main Deck Suite & Upper Deck Suite are available. Please contact us for details.

Prices include: three meals per day onboard, afternoon snacks, BBQ on a local island (weather permitting), drinking water, tea, coffee, glass of wine with dinner, diving, tanks, weights, NITROX for qualified divers, standard return airport transfers, government taxes and bed tax

Not included: international and domestic flights, insurance, dive kit rental, dive courses, tips, alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, juices, spa treatments, non-standard airport transfers

Please note: a 12% GST will be charged on onboard purchases. This can be avoided on dive rental gear and courses by booking in advance. An additional 4% transaction fee will be applied to credit card payments onboard.

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