This itinerary is not for beginners. Most dives will involve going to depth and currents can be strong. We recommend you have 30 logged dives to join this trip and require that you are Deep Diver/Advanced Open Water or equivalent. If you are an Open Water Diver, some dives are below 18m therefore we recommend having advanced experience or taking your PADI Advanced Open Water course on board to maximise your enjoyment from the trip. Divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience. All diving is made from dhonis to give precise entry and exit points.
Dive Spots at a Glance:
- Baa AtollSoft Corals, Turtles, Reef Sharks
- Lhaviyani AtollReef Sharks, Turtles, Rays, Soft & Hard Corals
- South Ari AtollWhale Sharks, Beautiful Pinnacles
- South Male AtollGrey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Beautiful Macro Wreck
- Vaavu AtollBeautiful channels with magical soft corals and pelagic delights. Action packed night dive with Nurse Sharks and others.
- North Male AtollBeautiful Pinnacles, Pristine Reefs and Pelagic Species
- Meemu AtollBeautiful channels with pelagic action, Sailfish, Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays and beautiful soft coral. Manta cleaning station.
- Thaa AtollDolphins, Eagle Rays, Turtles, Nurse & Reef Sharks
- Huvadhoo AtollNurse, Grey Reef, Whitetip, Blacktip, Tiger & Thresher Sharks
In this period the clean ocean water flows in from the eastern side of the Maldives. That means currents running from Sumatra, Indonesia to the Maldives bring with them not just fantastic visibility up to 40m but also a variety of pelagic surprises coming to the reef for a quick feed.
The Channel dives of the eastern coast of the Maldives are the main order of the day. These Kandus, as they are known in the local language (Dhivehi), attract grey reef sharks, dog tooth tuna and eagle rays as standard but look out into the blue and you never know what surprises await. The outer walls and corners of the channels in Vaavu and Meemu have the added bonus of beautiful overhangs draping in the blues, yellows and pinks of the majestic soft coral.
After the adrenaline pumping channel dives of eastern Maldives we cross over to South Ari Atoll to look for the whale sharks and mantas at Maamagili and Rangali Madivaru (Dhivehi for Manta Place) among other great sites such as Kudarah Thila and Kudimaa Wreck known for its potential leaf fish and frog fish.
Baa Atoll is a soft coral haven; full of whip coral, dark red sponges and overhangs. You will also find turtles, eagle rays and sharks in the channels.
Many different species to see; soft and hard corals, moray eel, nudibranchs, scorpionfish, nocturnal soldier fish, reef sharks, turtles, rays and mantas in the wet season.
South Ari Atoll
From macro life to pelagic species, the Ari Atoll has it all! Be ready to see manta rays, guitar sharks, whale sharks, turtles and hundreds of colourful fish species.
South Male Atoll
With a variety of large marine life, South Male Atoll is a great spot to see whale sharks, mantas, barracuda, turtles, eagle rays and different species of sharks (reef, grey and even hammerhead).
Beautiful channels with magical soft corals and pelagic delights. Action packed night dive with Nurse Sharks and others.
North Male Atoll
North Male is famous for its pristine colourful reefs and pelagic species such as manta rays, whale sharks, hawksbill turtles and even the occasional eagle ray.
Beautiful channels with pelagic action, Sailfish, Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays and beautiful soft coral. Manta cleaning station.
With a wide range of wildlife and corals to be seen; from dolphins, eagle rays, turtles and different species of sharks, Thaa Atoll will not disappoint.
Huvadhoo Atoll is for the shark lovers. Nurse sharks, grey reef, whitetip, blacktip, tiger and even thresher sharks.