Maldives Dive Liveaboard Voyages: South-Central Atolls


These voyages take you to some of the south-central atolls which are classically considered as great places to dive before heading to the more remote atolls of the south to explore some of the least-visited dive sites in the Maldives. You can expect a mix of mostly channel dives, pinnacles, wrecks, cleaning stations and coral gardens.

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

Marine life encounters can include pelagics such as reef sharks, whale sharks, oceanic mantas, eagle rays and perhaps even tiger sharks and hammerheads, along with beautiful overhangs, schools of reef fish and macro life.

Some of the famous sites that you can hope to visit include Broken Rock; the Maldives Victory and Kuda Giri wrecks which are excellent for viewing and photographing macro life; or the manta ray cleaning station at 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 offes 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:

Minimum 100 logged dives with Deep Diver/Advanced Open Water qualification. Must be comfortable in strong currents and drift dives.

Number of dives:

7 Night Voyages:   up to 17 including 1 night dive (6 diving days)
10 Night Voyages: up to 24 including 1 night dive (9 diving days)

Notes:

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

Dates:

Northeast Monsoon (January - March)

  

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.

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 - 10: Diving

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

You can expect to make up to 24 dives on a 10-night voyage.

Day 11 - 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.

Sample 11 Day Itinerary: Thaa & Meemu

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 around Thaa & Meemu atolls in search of marine life and exciting channel dives.

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 offes 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.

You can expect to make up to 24 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 17 - 24 Jan 2021 - from £ 1,865

Malé - Laamu (8 Days)
Maldives Virgo

Enquire / Book 30 Jan - 06 Feb 2021 - from £ 1,850

Malé - Laamu (8 Days)
Maldives Leo

Enquire / Book 31 Jan - 07 Feb 2021 - from US$ 3,010

Malé - Laamu (8 Days)
Maldives Aggressor II

Enquire / Book 07 - 17 Feb 2021 - from £ 3,120

Malé - Laamu (11 Days)
Maldives Explorer

Enquire / Book 21 - 28 Feb 2021 - from £ 1,865

Laamu - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Virgo

Enquire / Book 06 - 16 Mar 2021 - from £ 3,100

Laamu - Malé (11 Days)
Maldives Explorer

Enquire / Book 20 - 27 Mar 2021 - from £ 1,920

Laamu - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Leo

Enquire / Book 25 Mar - 04 Apr 2021 - from US$ 4,300

Malé - Malé (11 Days)
Maldives Aggressor II
Thaa & Meemu Itineray

Enquire / Book 11 - 21 Apr 2021 - from US$ 4,300

Malé - Malé (11 Days)
Maldives Aggressor II
Thaa & Meemu Itineray

Enquire / Book 21 Apr - 01 May 2021 - from US$ 4,300

Malé - Malé (11 Days)
Maldives Aggressor II
Thaa & Meemu Itineray

Enquire / Book 08 - 15 Jan 2022 - from £ 1,850

Malé - Laamu (8 Days)
Maldives Leo

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

Malé - Laamu (8 Days)
Maldives Aggressor II

Enquire / Book 12 - 19 Mar 2022 - from £ 1,920

Laamu - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Leo

Enquire / Book 24 Mar - 03 Apr 2022 - from US$ 4,400

Malé - Malé (11 Days)
Maldives Aggressor II
Thaa & Meemu Itineray

Enquire / Book 10 - 20 Apr 2022 - from US$ 4,400

Malé - Malé (11 Days)
Maldives Aggressor II
Thaa & Meemu Itineray

Enquire / Book 20 - 30 Apr 2022 - from US$ 4,400

Malé - Malé (11 Days)
Maldives Aggressor II
Thaa & Meemu Itineray

Please see 'Itinerary' tab for vessel details

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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