Ocean Divine is a luxury liveaboard offering cruises to the North Atoll, Ari Atoll, Felidhu Atoll, Central Atoll & Southern Atoll of the Maldives. This five star vessel offers seven deluxe staterooms
- Free WiFi
The beautiful ScubaSpa Ying offers exceptional service aboard this floating luxury hotel in the Maldives. Be pampered by the 6 full time spa therapists and enjoy the stunning Maldives marine life
- Free Nitrox
Emperor Serenity offers 13 en-suite, air-conditioned cabins, accommodating 26 guests. Scuba Diving takes place from the large, fully equipped diving Dhoni, Nitrox is FREE & non-divers are catered forEmperor Serenity
Liveaboard Dive Sites
Scuba divers plunge into the waters of Ari Atoll for the promise of spectacular pelagic encounters. Ari Atoll is the most reliable Maldives location for whale sharks and manta rays, as well as for tons of reef sharks and turtles. The area's general topography is dominated by kandus and thilas. Thilas are volcano-shaped pinnacles rising from the depths of the sea and attracting lots of sea life; kandus are current-filled channels from the open ocean, where big fish ride the ripping highway to their next meals.
Ari Atoll's thilas are colonized by sea life like all Maldives pinnacles, but this area is not the best Maldives site for corals and color. Instead, Ari's main draw is the large wildlife in the water column. Various marine protected areas within Ari Atoll ensure the conservation of its incredible underwater creatures, so diving within Ari Atoll sanctuaries at sites like Fish Head and Kudarah Thila should not be missed.
The crowning jewel of Ari Atoll is Maaya Thila, considered one of the top Maldives dive sites for both day and night dives. This pinnacle is famous for the wild abundance and diversity of its reef life, from nudibranchs and octopus to schools of pelagic fish. As you descend to the deeper areas, caves and overhangs add variety to the topography.
Maaya's neighbor Donkalo Thila holds its own crown as a premier cleaning station for mantas and sharks in the western section of the atoll. Kudarah Thila and Rangali Madivaru, both in the southern section of Ari Atoll, host high-volume manta cleaning stations as well, while Ukulhas Thila is the premier manta cleaning station in the north. Hammerhead Point in Rasdhoo Atoll, northeast of Ari, tops it all off. The deep water drop-off near this site gives divers a special opportunity to see hammerheads, the highlight of many divers' Maldives liveaboard adventures.
Within Ari Atoll's 40 km length and 105 small islands, site after site vies for divers' wonder and appreciation. However, if it's sharks you're looking for, Fish Head pinnacle is the best place for an adrenalin pumping dive- here, throngs of bustling grey and white tip reef sharks scour the reef for their dinner under huge schools of dancing fusilier. Fish Head lies in the eastern section of Ari Atoll and enjoys marine protected area status. It is known as one of the top ten Maldives dive sites, partly because of its shark abundance and reliability of sightings.
Those who want to swim with the giant of the ocean turn to Maamgili, where plankton-rich waters nourish whale sharks gliding over wrecks that also host large marble rays and nurse sharks. For wrecks, Ari Atoll offers Fesdu and Halaveli. Fesdu Wreck in the north is popular with macro critter lovers for its resident ghost pipefish and plethora of nudibranchs and flatworms. This fishing trawler was sunk to become an artificial reef more than ten years ago. Halaveli is a 33 meter long freighter where huge blotched fantail rays provide an impressive counterpoint to the macro-life tucked into the wreck's holes and corners, and can be dived day or night.
For divers who need color, Ari can also deliver. Rahdhigga Thila is crowned in its shallows with healthy branching corals and festooned on its sides with soft corals in every shade of the rainbow, not to mention other benthic organisms like sponges of many shapes and sizes. Pelagics lovers won't even feel left out here because Rahdhigga hosts shark action from silver tips, white tips and grey reef sharks.
Getting to Ari Atoll
The length of liveaboard itineraries in Ari Atoll ranges from 7 to 12 nights, with a budget of between 200 and 400 euros per night. Very often, a liveaboard bound for Ari Atoll and Rasdhoo Atoll will include North or South Male, Baa Atoll, or the southern atolls of Meemu and Vaavu in its tour. Usually, the south-focused itineraries which include Male, Meemu, and Vaavu, visit south Ari Atoll. North-focused itineraries visiting Male, Baa, and Raa, visit more of Ari Atoll, and include Rasdhoo Atoll as well.
However, Maldives liveaboard itineraries present great variety of choices and variations, like Carpe Diem's tour including Baa, Rasdhoo, Ari, Male, and Vaavu, and Orion's ìManta Madnessî itinerary. Most Ari Atoll liveaboards depart from Male, the capital city of the Maldives, but Carpe Diem's north-south trip departs from Baa. Most of these liveaboards are M/V luxury yachts, though the M/V Aggressor also has gorgeous sails.
The experience level required by Ari Atoll liveaboards varies from Open Water with no logged dives to Advanced Open Water with 100 dives. Currents are strong at Ari except at slack tides, but calm water also means no fish, so it's experienced divers who will be best able to take advantage of diving Ari Atoll.
Many Ari Atoll liveaboards depart from Male, reachable by short flights from nearby Singapore, Dubai, and Colombo. Longer international flights from Europe, America, China, India, and Australia are all readily available, often connecting through the airports mentioned above. When Ari Atoll itineraries depart from other ports like Baa, a sea plane from Male is the best way to get there.
Best time to travel
Ari Atoll can be dived by liveaboard all year round. December to May hold the calmest seas; however, August through November is the best time for manta rays. Never fear though- manta rays can still be seen reliably during the calm season at certain sites. Shorty wetsuits usually keep divers comfortable at 26-29 C, and visibility is usually 15-30 meters. When visibility varies between sites, it's usually because of the seasons and the particular characteristics of each site location. Some of the best manta and whale shark sights are green with plankton, but catching a glimpse of these giants makes up for it.
Ari Atoll Diving Reviews
Ari atol is the best for fish verity and water clearness.Diving Ari Atoll in February on the Scubaspa Ying
Was good. Visibility not that good.Diving Ari Atoll in February on the Soleil 2
Loved the Mantas at MoofushiDiving Ari Atoll in February on the Soleil 2
there was the whale shark so it was greatDiving Ari Atoll in January on the Blue Force One
ExcellentDiving Ari Atoll in January on the Soleil 2
Visibility was quite poor but the chance to dive with Manta's was worth it.Diving Ari Atoll in February on the Emperor Voyager
是位于马尔代夫阿里环礁海面上的度假岛礁，没有南、北马累环礁多，因此这里有很多大型的鱼类，而且鱼群也比别的地方大，珊瑚也非常漂亮。Diving Ari Atoll in February on the Carpe Diem
Amazing is the only way to describe itDiving Ari Atoll in January on the Leo Liveaboard
Very nice. Manta Rays and beautiful place.Diving Ari Atoll in January on the Soleil 2
Excellent, walesharks and MantaDiving Ari Atoll in January on the Theia
Still can't stop smiling about, this was the best area.Diving Ari Atoll in December on the Carpe Diem Liveaboard
World class from third day onwards (due to bad weather)Diving Ari Atoll in December on the Scubaspa Yang
Whale shark and menta!!so good!Diving Ari Atoll in January on the Scubaspa Ying
Very good, specially reefs near Vilamendhoo were beautiful.Diving Ari Atoll in December on the Emperor Serenity
I have to say it's some of the best diving I've ever done, and I've been to the Red Sea, Coral Triangle and Caribbean.....would do it again.Diving Ari Atoll in December on the Theia
Would like to do more dives there as the dive sites are just great.Diving Ari Atoll in December on the Emperor Serenity
Good viz, weak currents (not normally the case) but good sightings of Reef Sharks nonetheless and Mantas. I noticed there were no big sting rays however this time. Hopefully due to season?? (Sept)Diving Ari Atoll in September on the Blue Force One
Great place to dive, absolutely recommendable.Diving Ari Atoll in December on the Emperor Serenity
Varied sites which is awesome. Loads of mantas, sharks, and beautiful landscape with huge schools of fishes.Diving Ari Atoll in December on the Scubaspa Ying
Every dive in Ari Atoll was amazing we got to see many pmanta rays, sharks, and beautifull reefsDiving Ari Atoll in November on the Fun Azul
Great, loads of sharks, Manta's etc.Diving Ari Atoll in November on the Emperor Voyager
Lots of fish and sharks beautiful reefsDiving Ari Atoll in November on the Scubaspa Yang
AWESOME!Diving Ari Atoll in October on the Leo Liveaboard
Extraordinary: Whaleshark!!! Super visibility!Diving Ari Atoll in November on the Emperor Serenity
good - we have seen the rays but not the whale sharksDiving Ari Atoll in November on the Emperor Serenity
good to see a lots of shark and manta , just like live in the movieDiving Ari Atoll in October on the Scubaspa Yang
Great sites, plenty of underwater life, sometimes strong currentsDiving Ari Atoll in October on the Blue Force One
Ari Atoll was excellent. It is a pity I did not get to see the whale shark, which was one of the goals of the tripDiving Ari Atoll in October on the Carpe Novo Liveaboard
Nice coral, beautiful shark action with lots of grey reef sharks and silver tips!Diving Ari Atoll in October on the Sachika Liveaboard
Great, no complaints... Water temp 28 degrees, visibility a bit less because if a passing storm ( some dives), but overall a great experienceDiving Ari Atoll in October on the Scubaspa Ying