Maldives Dive Liveaboards: South-Central Atolls

These Maldives scuba diving liveaboards combine some of the great classic dive sites of the southern central atolls, before heading to the remoter southern seas which receive far fewer divers. You can expect a fantastic mix of 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, manta rays, eagle rays and perhaps even tiger sharks and hammerheads. The edges of atolls can provide some beautiful overhangs, with vibrant schools of reef fish and plenty of macro life to zoom in on.

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; and manta ray cleaning stations such 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 offes great channel dives and pelagic encounters with opportunities for mantas, whale sharks, grey reef sharks, sailfish and even bull sharks on occasion. We can also find here large shoals of barracuda, jacks, tuna, fusiliers, surgeon fish and snappers 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:

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

Malé - Laamu (8 Days)
Maldives Aggressor

Enquire / Book 18 - 25 Mar 2023 - from £ 2,075

Laamu - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Leo

Enquire / Book 19 - 26 Mar 2023 - from £ 2,370

Laamu - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Explorer

Enquire / Book 04 - 11 Feb 2024 - from US$ 3,330

Malé - Laamu (8 Days)
Maldives Aggressor

Enquire / Book 17 - 24 Mar 2024 - from US$ 3,330

Laamu - Malé (8 Days)
Maldives Aggressor

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 & Leo

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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