Maldives Dive Liveaboards : South-Central Atolls

These voyages take you amongst atolls where there are very few resorts and beyond where most dive liveaboards go. This will give you a sense of true tropical Indian Ocean wilderness and some of the least-visited dive sites in the Maldives.

In addition to some lovely coral gardens, you can anticipate some exhilarating channel dives, pinnacles, wrecks and cleaning stations. These can be ideal places to look for reef sharks, manta rays, eagles rays; and even tiger sharks and hammerheads. The underwater scenery can be highly varied, with beautiful overhangs and coral stacks covered in macro life and surrounded by schools of fish.

Diving with Manta Rays on Maldives Dive Liveaboard to South Central atolls

You can experience two excellent wrecks called the Maldives Victory and Kuda Giri. Here we can hover in front of encrusting corals and prime targets for macro photography.

One of our prime hopes for manta rays on this trip is a cleaning station known as Lankan Manta Point.

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.

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; with large shoals of barracudas, jacks, tuna, fusiliers, surgeon fish and snappers often found in the narrower channels.

Maldives Dive Liveaboard to South Central atolls underwater photography
 

Atolls visited:

North Malé - South Malé - Vaavu - Meemu - Thaa - Laamu

Experience needed:

We recommend 100 logged dives with Deep Diver / Advanced Open Water qualification. You need to be comfortable in strong currents and drift dives.

Number of dives:

7 Night Voyages:   up to 17 including 1 night dive (6 diving days)

Notes:

One-way domestic flight needed Laamu to Malé (or reverse)

Dates:

Northeast Monsoon (January - March)

  

Itinerary

Sample 8 Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Embark in Malé / Laamu

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

If embarking in Laamu, you will need to take a domestic flight from Malé today - or consider extending your time in the south at one of our carefully chosen island resorts before your liveaboard.

Days 2 - 7: Diving

You will spend these days searching for sharks, manta rays, whale sharks and other pelagics amongst some of the southern atolls: North Malé, Vaavu, Meemu, Thaa and Laamu.

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

Day 8 - Disembark in Malé / Laamu

You will disembark in Malé  / Laamu this morning.

From Laamu you will need to take a domestic flight back to Malé. From here you will make your way to the airport for your international flight or onward arrangements.

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 30 Jan - 06 Feb 2022 - from US$ 3,080

Malé - Laamu (8 Days)
Maldives Aggressor II

Enquire / Book 06 - 13 Feb 2022 - from £ 2,330

Malé - Kooddoo (8 Days)
Maldives Explorer

Enquire / Book 27 Feb - 06 Mar 2022 - from £ 2,340

Kooddoo - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Explorer

Enquire / Book 12 - 19 Mar 2022 - from £ 2,030

Kooddoo - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Leo

Enquire / Book 29 Jan - 05 Feb 2023 - from £ 2,210

Malé - Laamu (8 Days)
Maldives Explorer

Enquire / Book 29 Jan - 05 Feb 2023 - from US$ 3,080

Malé - Laamu (8 Days)
Maldives Aggressor II

Enquire / Book 19 - 26 Mar 2023 - from £ 2,345

Kooddoo - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Explorer

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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)

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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