Liveaboard Diving in Maldives

Liveaboard SCUBA diving in the Maldives offers some of the world's most pristine and colourful reefs along with luxury dive boats that satisfy the choosiest of vacationers.

Diving in the Maldives by liveaboard offers the best in many must-have tropical SCUBA experiences. Deserted, white sand islands peep up out of the ocean by only two meters, stretching seamlessly into an underwater paradise of wildlife nourished by the Indian Monsoon current. The Maldives' crystal clear waters are home to mantas, whale sharks, and reef sharks, not to mention the brilliant flatworms and ghost pipefish who hide among its wrecks, coral gardens, channels, and pinnacles. Maldives liveaboards offer itineraries encompassing the world-class dive sites of North Male Atoll, Ari Atoll, Baa Atoll, Hanifaru Bay, Rasdhoo and many more, including remote atolls in the far north and south where you'd be hard-pressed to see another liveaboard.

Liveaboards in Ari Atoll come for its submerged, volcano-shaped pinnacles, which attract immense amounts of big marine life. Diving in and near Ari Atoll can bring you face to face with manta rays, pelagic fish, and even hammerhead sharks at Rasdhoo Atoll to the northeast. Within Ari Atoll's 40 km length and 105 small islands, dive sites like the premier Maaya Thila, overflowing with reef life, or Donkalo Thila, one of multiple manta cleaning stations, are only accessible to liveaboards. The most dependable Maldives dive sites for whale sharks and manta rays are located in this area. Experienced divers will be best able to navigate the strong currents that bring the giants to Ari Atoll. Maldivian liveaboards to Ari Atoll are mostly MV luxury yachts.


The length of most liveaboard itineraries to Ari Atoll ranges from 7 to 12 nights. The best time to dive in Aril Atoll is the calm-sea season of December to May. The water temperature usually remains between 26-29 C, and visibility is at a good 15-20 meters. Budgets for liveaboards in Ari Atoll range between 200 to 400 euros per. day. Ari Atoll liveaboards depart from Male, reachable by short flights from nearby Singapore, Dubai, and Colombo, as well as longer flights worldwide. Places to dive in and around Ari Atoll are North and South Male Atolls, Rasdhoo Atoll, and sometimes Baa Atoll. Ari Atoll liveaboard itineraries will often include a combination of the above.

Baa Atoll, in the Maldives Northern Atolls area, offers an array of famously beautiful underwater landscapes and plentiful marine life. At Maavaru Kandu, you can dive below huge rocky overhangs festooned with luminous pastel gardens of blue, yellow, and green soft corals. Dhonfanu Thila and Dhigali Haa dive sites are underwater pinnacles known for their scenic whip corals, bushy black corals, and sea fans, as well as schools of snapper and regular manta rays. Hanifaru Bay even enjoys world-famous manta and whale shark aggregations during the plankton-rich months from August through November. Some diving in Baa Atoll is suitable for beginners with moderate currents. Liveaboards in Baa Atoll are mostly MV yachts and luxury yachts.

Nilandhe Atoll, on the western border of the Maldives' Southern Atolls, is a great destination for liveaboard diving. It is actually made up of two atolls - the northern atoll is known for its big schools of fish, as well as sharks, Napoleon wrasse, and eagle rays. The southern atoll is home to an abundance of protected areas that are teeming with marine life, including grey reef sharks, schools of fusiliers, snappers, sweetlips, and even tuna, turtles, and mantas. No matter your interests, Nilandhe Atoll is sure to have something for you.

The length of most liveaboard dive cruise itineraries to Baa Atoll ranges from 7 to 10 nights. Baa Atoll dive sites can be visited year-round, though the southwest monsoon from May to November can make the seas a bit choppy. The water temperature stays stable at 27-30 C. Budgets for Baa Atoll liveaboards range from 200 to 400 euros per day. Many liveaboards bound for Baa Atoll depart from Male. However, some depart from Hanimadhoo in the north and spend their whole itinerary in that area. Hanimadhoo can be reached by domestic seaplane from Male. Some itineraries on a Baa Atoll-bound liveaboard include North Male and Ari Atoll. Other itineraries may spend more time among Baa's uncrowded neighbours in the north: Lhaviyani, Noonu, and Raa Atolls.

Longer dive safaris include Lhaviyani, Felidhoo, Vaavu, and Meemu atolls, whilst during January-March, several Maldives dive liveaboards focus their attention on Huvadhoo Atoll in the Deep South close to the Equator. No matter which dive trip you choose, you can be sure to see healthy corals surrounded by colourful reef fish and plenty of pelagic fish action on each and every dive.

More about the Atolls of Maldives

  • Jump off the plane and hop on a boat for a classic Maldives dive trip in the Central Atolls.
  • Grab your bunk on an exclusive Far North Atolls liveaboard for untouched, pristine diving.
  • Drift dive the Southern Atolls in serenity and witness Maldives marine life with exceptional visibility.
  • Crack the Maldives' best-kept secret- tiger sharks and oceanic whitetips in the Deep South.

Tips for Travellers

The best time to dive in the Maldives is all year. However, some people prefer to avoid monsoon season, which hits the area in April and continues to bring rain through October. The water temperature typically ranges between 26 to 30 degrees Celsius (80 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit) with visibility from 20 meters (65 feet) to as far as the eye can see. Water depths include shallow reefs, deep walls, and everything in-between ensuring every diver can find their perfect dive. For the more intrepid diver, there are slow currents in many areas and extremely strong currents jetting through the atoll passes for the more experienced thrill seeker. Whatever your tastes, Maldives has the diving suited just for you, which can be enjoyed in mild outside weather ranging from 24 to 33 degrees Celsius (75 to 91 degrees Fahrenheit).

In the Maldives, additional liveaboards fees usually include gear rental (not covered by your trip price), which can be in the vicinity of 40 USD per person, per night. Every diver also needs to independently purchase dive insurance before getting in the water. Some other fees like extra alcoholic drinks and special gear such as torches may incur additional charges. In the Maldives, a new Green Tax of 6 USD per person, per night applies for every tourist in the country. Some islands and marine parks have national park fees that are not included in liveaboard packages, like Hanifaru Bay's park entrance fee of 20 USD per person. Nitrox is offered on virtually every Maldives liveaboard- some as a complimentary service, and some for a fee. A fuel surcharge per person, per night, may be added, depending on the route. This surcharge usually ranges from 10 to 15 USD per night. If you have any questions about extra fees in the Maldives, please contact us directly. We are here for you.

Minimum logged dives are required by many Maldives diving liveaboards, Scubaspa Yang and Ying being the exceptions. Ocean Divine requires 20, MV Orion and Amba require 50, and Carpe Vita requires 100. Safety briefings on boats like Scubaspa Yang and Ying are conducted on day one. Check dives on Maldives liveaboards are often held in Male on the first day.

The official language of the Maldives is Maldivian or Dhivehi.

A free 30 day visa is issued on arrival to all tourists in the Maldives. However, tourists must possess a valid passport, a valid outbound ticket and either a reservation confirmation in a hotel or enough funds to cover expenses for the duration of their stay (30 USD per. day).

There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to the Maldives unless you have been in a country with increased yellow fever risk sometime in the nine days previous to arrival. In such cases, you must have proof of a yellow fever vaccination. We recommend standard protection against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, polio, influenza, typhoid and hepatitis A. There is no endemic malaria risk in the Maldives. However, the rainy season (May through September) elevates the risk of dengue fever. For advice on Malaria and Dengue, seek professional medical advice before travelling.

Electricity voltage runs at 220-240 volts; the standard socket is UK-style three-pin, but many resorts have universal sockets to accommodate non-UK tourists.

The Maldives is the smallest Asian country by land area (300 square kilometres) and population, but its underwater offerings are comparatively huge- 90,000 square kilometres of ocean. Fewer than 300 of its roughly 2000 islands are inhabited, leaving the rest of the white-sand paradises to sharks and corals, and the lucky divers who visit them. At a maximum height of about 2.5 meters above sea level, the Maldives is at incredibly high risk from global warming, which contributes to its activism for carbon-pollution reduction worldwide. Thirty one protected areas exist in the country, and incredible coral restoration projects are common.

Ports of Departure and how to get there

Male is the main liveaboard departure location in the Maldives, and the country's capital city, located on the southern edge of North Male Atoll (also called Kaafu Atoll). The main Male departure port is Hulhule, next to the Male airport. Liveaboards diving in the Central Atolls set out from here. North Male Atoll is the best known and explored dive area in the Maldives, long recognized as a world-class manta and reef shark destination with many longstanding, beloved dive sites of pinnacles, wrecks, coral gardens, and cleaning stations. Entry level divers can find offerings around Male, even though currents can be strong. Standard liveaboards departing from Male may visit North Male Atoll, Ari Atoll and Rasdhoo Atoll, and sometimes Baa Atoll as well. Other liveaboards may head south of Male Atoll to include Meemu (Malaku), Vaavu (Felidhu), and Thaa (Kolhumadulu) atolls.

Travellers bound for Male can take direct flights from Dubai, Singapore, and Colombo. Longer international flights from Europe, America, China, India, and Australia are all readily available, often connecting through the airports mentioned above. Flights to the Maldives are available on multiple airlines, such as British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa, Emirates, Etihad Airways and Singapore Airlines, among others. From the UK, expect at least a 13 hour trip. From Germany or Australia, the flight duration is at least 12 hours. Divers arriving from the USA can fly first to Singapore, with a flight duration of 20 hours from Los Angeles.


Maldives Diving Reviews

  • 9.2 Superb
  • 864 Verified Reviews
  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Claire H
  • United States United States

Beautiful area, a lot of marine life.

Diving Maldives in March on the Sachika

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Donald L
  • United States United States

again diving was spectacular wherever we went the diversity of coral and marine life is something I have never seen in my diving experience in the Caribbean certainly worth the effort now but also to plan a return trip in the summer which should be in November December January February I guess look forward to return and diving againWith Safari

Diving Maldives in May on the Seafari Explorer 2

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Alexis R
  • United States United States

Average - less than what we expected

Diving Maldives in September on the Scubaspa Ying

  • 6.4 Review score
  • Olga A
  • United States United States

It was okay. I expected way more marine life, and healthier corals. Too much human interaction.

Diving Maldives in October on the Blue Shark One

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Daniel B
  • United States United States

Variable. The good parts were fantastic, the bad ones were the most difficult I've ever experienced. If you are experienced and capable, this is a must for your list.

Diving Maldives in October on the Blue Voyager

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Peter G
  • United States United States

Met my goal to see mantas and a whale shark. Plenty of other critters seen, too. I photographed 171 different fish and other marine critters. Disappointed with visibility, but that is reduced, in part by the plankton in the water, the very conditions that attract animals that feed on plankton. At times, I was frustrated with the currents. When currents are more than light, it makes photography much harder.

Diving Maldives in October on the Emperor Leo

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Michael C
  • United States United States

Loved the variety and marine life and really exciting dives overall

Diving Maldives in October on the Blue Force One

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Angela T
  • United States United States

I liked it, but I had bad luck and didn't see anything super amazing - which is sometimes how it goes.

Diving Maldives in November on the Amba Liveaboard

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Loras F
  • United States United States

I enjoyed it, but probably won't go back. I prefer diving where the reefs are still alive with all of the various hard and soft corals. Maldives was more geared toward diving with sharks, rays, eels and the whale shark (if you're group is lucky enough to find one).

Diving Maldives in November on the Soleil 2

  • 7.2 Good
  • Patrick C
  • United States United States

Diving the Maldives is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Be ready for the current though. Not always told upfront, it can be bad even with the reef hook. The fish life is healthy and abundant. It is a trip you can not ignore if you have the chance.

Diving Maldives in January on the Carpe Diem

  • 5.6 Review score
  • Christopher N
  • United States United States

Diving was very good and enjoyable.

Diving Maldives in January on the Emperor Leo

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Rika P
  • United States United States

Good variety of marine life & coral

Diving Maldives in March on the Carpe Vita

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Bernard V
  • United States United States

Amazing! It was an experience of a lifetime! I cannot wait to return. So many gorgeous fish, great dive guides and the water temp was perfect

Diving Maldives in March on the Carpe Diem

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • David H
  • United States United States

Very satisfying, and I'm glad I picked this longer 20 day "Ultimate Expedition" as my first Maldives experience given the long travel distances required

Diving Maldives in March on the Blue Spirit

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Kristen L
  • United States United States

This is specific to South Maldives- everyone on the boat would not repeat the trip as the first half was boring and devoid of the normal things one would expect to see in Maldives- no whale sharks, no mantas, very few sharks. We were told this was extremely rare and due to ocean conditions and maybe location.

Diving Maldives in March on the Carpe Vita

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Adam P
  • United States United States

Very good. Not known for coral but still pretty on some of the dives. Lots of sharks

Diving Maldives in April on the Emperor Leo

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Melanie S
  • United States United States

Okay, there wasn’t a lot of current when I was there and you need current for the bigger fish. Coral is on its way back to life, but not if people keep using non-reef safe sunscreen (which I saw on the boat I was on).

Diving Maldives in April on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Whitney H
  • United States United States

Exceptional. Unlike anything I've ever seen and better than anywhere we have ever been before.

Diving Maldives in April on the Emperor Virgo

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Hyunjeong K
  • South Korea South Korea

It was a tour where you could enjoy amazing sea creatures and beautiful scenery in the Maldives, a natural aquarium.

Diving Maldives in August on the Blue Voyager

  • 7.6 Good
  • juan I
  • Spain Spain

Quite good. This is one of the best places to dive at all.

Diving Maldives in August on the Adora

  • 9.2 Superb
  • ELENA C
  • France France

Au top, je recommande pour une première fois. Beaucoup de chose à voir

Diving Maldives in August on the Sachika

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Robin S
  • Switzerland Switzerland

Great emphasis on preserving the marine life. The dive spots were very beautiful and the marine life very diverse.

Diving Maldives in August on the Blue Force One

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Fleur B
  • France France

A very good experience. The coral life is not at is best everywhere, but when it is, it’s really full of life.

Diving Maldives in September on the Carpe Novo

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Kristyna T
  • Switzerland Switzerland

Beautiful diving with Sharks, Mantas, rays etc, etc.

Diving Maldives in September on the Blue Force One

  • 7.2 Good
  • Jörg S
  • Germany Germany

great place for diving with big fishes

Diving Maldives in September on the Amba Liveaboard

  • 7.2 Good
  • Arif J
  • Bahrain Bahrain

Good diving spots with plenty of sharks to see. I would still prefer diving in Asia (Indonesia and Philippines)

Diving Maldives in September on the Eco Blue

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Christopher T
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

excellent, not so many fish schools or corals but excellent for the larger pelagic species.

Diving Maldives in September on the Emperor Serenity

  • 7.2 Good
  • Tamara T
  • Denmark Denmark

It was good, plenty of live but unfortunately due to the stagnant current, the visibility was pretty bad

Diving Maldives in September on the Horizon 3

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • MARIANO H
  • Spain Spain

Impressive!!! Awesome, and leaving a lot of remembers fantastic. We will repeat.

Diving Maldives in September on the Carpe Diem

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Frederic S
  • Germany Germany

Overall a great dive safari. Hard to beat, so we’ll try the south atolls next time.

Diving Maldives in October on the Adora

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Steffen B
  • Switzerland Switzerland

We had amazing dives and met a lot of nice people

Diving Maldives in October on the Eco Blue

  • 4.8 Review score
  • Gabor S
  • Hungary Hungary

Overall not good dives, only a few worthed the rest are easy forget.

Diving Maldives in October on the Amba Liveaboard

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Christopher A
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Not bad. But I have been taking diving holidays in Maldives for 30 years. So unfair to compare with the best of the other trips. Can not control the weather or Luck. Some trips and experience will stay with you for ever. Other are just OK.

Diving Maldives in October on the Carpe Diem

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Sabine E
  • Germany Germany

Though the visibility was rather poor (which is untypical) we could spot so many things in a bathtub-like Temperaturen so we definately enjoyed the dive experience in the Maldives

Diving Maldives in October on the Soleil 2

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kim M
  • South Korea South Korea

Sososo amazing. But coral is all gone

Diving Maldives in October on the Soleil 2

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Bjoern L
  • Switzerland Switzerland

Very good but I wouldn't go again in November because of the visibility

Diving Maldives in October on the Carpe Novo

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Sébastien K
  • Luxembourg Luxembourg

Great variety of fishes and very nice people

Diving Maldives in November on the Princess Rani

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Janos S
  • Hungary Hungary

Very nice dive experience with a secret dive site.

Diving Maldives in November on the Soleil 2

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Daniel L
  • Switzerland Switzerland

Great dives with plenty of underwater life and corals; divings well guided to consider the specific current conditions on each spot.

Diving Maldives in November on the Soleil 2

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Elin L
  • Sweden Sweden

Fantastic! So much to see, all the dives where spectacular in their own way

Diving Maldives in November on the Soleil 2

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Claire B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

The best diving I have ever done. Not only did we see pelagics but also the macro is great. The corals are healthy and the colours of fish are unbelievable

Diving Maldives in November on the Blue Force One

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Michael H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

More mantas and sharks than usual but much less colourful coral. Overall, a very enjoyable trip

Diving Maldives in November on the Blue Voyager

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Jaymini P
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Great. Really friendly and helpful crew. The trips to Fuvamullah Island were also a lovely bonus - you can see how the locals live and watch out for fruit bats, frigate birds and stunning sunsets on a glorious beach.

Diving Maldives in November on the Princess Rani

  • 4.4 Review score
  • Li P
  • Canada Canada

Don’t go in November

Diving Maldives in November on the Blue Shark One

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Richard C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

The most diverse sea life - many dives were just like swimming in an aquarium. If you haven’t been - go. Now.

Diving Maldives in November on the Emperor Serenity

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Gil S
  • Israel Israel

In general i enjoyed it. Specially seeing the mantas and the sharks. Also the trip was well organized and the crew and other divers were great. It was the first time i needed to deal with drift diving and strong or even medium currents which were very challenging if you are not experienced. I thing the guides should prepare the divers better for these situations and consider other options if the visibility is low and currents are strong because it can make the dive a struggle instead of fun and can also create dangerous situations

Diving Maldives in November on the Emperor Leo

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Scott W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Overall we saw everything and more than we expected. The vis was a bit unpredicatable but we didnt get loads of current. The manta cleaning stations was less than 10m vis but that cannot be helped.

Diving Maldives in November on the Conte Max

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Andras M
  • Hungary Hungary

Better than expected. Very good dives

Diving Maldives in November on the Conte Max

  • 9.2 Superb
  • David Z
  • Switzerland Switzerland

great, but in Nov/Dec visibility can be low

Diving Maldives in November on the Princess Dhonkamana

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Andrew B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

The diving was amazing. However, there were occasions when it felt a little crowded and we observed and were unwillingly a part of whale shark chasing. The animals should be prioritized over the tourists. I would love to see limitations on the number of dive boats permitted to operate or restrictions on the number that are allowed to be on specific sites at a time. Most of the experienced divers I know would put the animals first, not their holiday. If we are stressing the animals, they will soon find alternative places to be.

Diving Maldives in November on the Carpe Vita

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Ahmad H
  • United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates

As for the Maldives government, I think they can do much more to preserve the marine life in general. It was a very beautiful trip, but the impact of excess tourism is obvious.

Diving Maldives in December on the Horizon 3

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Roald V
  • Netherlands Netherlands

So so, visabillty was overall bad. And had hoped to see more. But also saw a few very nice things. And dive buddy team was very nice!

Diving Maldives in December on the Amba Liveaboard

  • 6.8 Review score
  • Claire B
  • France France

Fine but the visibility was not great and the current was sometimes too strong to really enjoy the dives (was had to fly in the pass instead of hanging around which made shorter dives)

Diving Maldives in December on the Blue Shark One

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Daniela S
  • Austria Austria

Great Spots, good diversity, strong current

Diving Maldives in December on the Soleil 2

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Brandon R
  • Singapore Singapore

10/10 Maldives diving is fantastic!!!

Diving Maldives in December on the Soleil 2

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Aimeric W
  • France France

Good, mantas are always astonishing

Diving Maldives in December on the Carpe Novo

  • 5.6 Review score
  • John P
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

You need to be at the very least a fully experienced diver. Strong currents are common, and reef hooks required. having said that the quality of the dives are in the top category.

Diving Maldives in December on the Amba Liveaboard

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Heidi D
  • Switzerland Switzerland

Das Schnorcheln wurde durch starke Strömungen erschwert.

Diving Maldives in December on the Eco Blue

  • 6.0 Review score
  • Yida S
  • China China

good diving, not so good visibility

Diving Maldives in December on the Carpe Vita

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Devesh D
  • India India

Great experience. Waiting to go back for more.

Diving Maldives in December on the Blue Force One

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Marcus M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Incredible, if you want to see the big stuff, this is the place to do it.

Diving Maldives in December on the Princess Rani

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Cheryl H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Strong currents - not a trip for beginners - and we did have one on board.

Diving Maldives in December on the Emperor Explorer

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Amund Tanum A
  • Norway Norway

Diving was great. Visibility in the range 10-40 meters, depending on currents and dive sites. In general 20 m. Currents are often medium to strong (and a few times ripping). Reef hooks are essential, and you need to know how to use them. Negative entries are often recommended. But, we also had some dives with close to no current. The dive sites are deep, in general 30 m. Nitrox is a must. Water temp is in general 28 degrees, but with some dive sites haing drops down to 26 degrees. Lots of sharks, tunas, trevalleys and so on. Some dive sites have mantas.

Diving Maldives in January on the Theia

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Serban R
  • Romania Romania

Nice and challenging dives, due to the strong currents and down currents. Marine life is amazing (especially big fauna), but unfortunately corals are dying at big scale.

Diving Maldives in January on the Soleil 2

  • 7.2 Good
  • Sylvia H
  • Germany Germany

The Maldives are great to big things: whale sharks, loads of different shark species in schools, manta rays and other rays. Diving is challenging due to sometimes really strong current. The water temperature is really warm which makes it easier to stay for long. Sometimes it's frustrating to see schools of sharks in deep water as you're only allowed as deep as 30 meters but that's the rules.

Diving Maldives in January on the Horizon 3

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Neville D
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

brilliant, I was told a lot before I visited and thought it was hype, but it was not, and the quality of spicy food made the trip for me.

Diving Maldives in January on the Carpe Vita

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kasper M
  • Belgium Belgium

Great dive locations, very experienced guides

Diving Maldives in January on the Sachika

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Oliver N
  • Austria Austria

Cool various dive sites

Diving Maldives in January on the Adora

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Fabian S
  • Switzerland Switzerland

There's only two good reasons to go diving in the Maldives: a: you're going to see specific animals you know are present at a certain time and place. b: you have limited experience with diving places and expect to be happy with what you see in any case.

Diving Maldives in January on the Adora

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Pasquale C
  • Italy Italy

Great diving overall and with luck we manage to see everything we wanted

Diving Maldives in January on the Blue Force One

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Michael J
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Good, saw all I was expecting and enjoyed 20 out of the 21 dives (one was poor vis while looking for whale shark)

Diving Maldives in January on the Emperor Explorer

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Kerim A
  • Turkey Turkey

Good and relaxing

Diving Maldives in January on the Moonima

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • 슬기 김
  • South Korea South Korea

Fantastic! I loved every bit of the trip, diving with lovely guides and fellow divers, and relaxing with the crew afterwards.

Diving Maldives in January on the Emperor Explorer

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • John H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Love the trip overall great locations lots of sharks. Be prepared the strong currents

Diving Maldives in January on the Emperor Serenity

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Per S
  • Sweden Sweden

Less visability than expected. But ofcourse needed to get the big fishes close

Diving Maldives in January on the Blue Force One

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Susan C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Very good diving. My second time diving Maldives highlights and it’s beautiful. Good to see some very healthy soft and hard coral gardens. Also saw lots of big stuff. Highly recommended.

Diving Maldives in January on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Daphne C
  • Singapore Singapore

Strong currents but great dives - every single one of them. You see so many sharks that you stop counting them =D

Diving Maldives in January on the Maldives Aggressor II

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Sally L
  • South Africa South Africa

Lots of damage to reefs and markedly less fish life on the reefs than there were 10 years ago. Macro life also not Very plentiful. However super dive guides made for some great diving

Diving Maldives in February on the Blue Spirit

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Yingbo Z
  • China China

Very good, well-protected environment and full of wildlife.

Diving Maldives in February on the Sachika

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Hendrik S
  • Germany Germany

ONCE again an amazing diving experience. Highly recommended

Diving Maldives in February on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Antoine C
  • France France

It was great, you need to have a little experience of diving deep (30m) and with currents (channel dives) but the diving is fantastic

Diving Maldives in February on the Sachika

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Alison W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Very good. Lots of channel dives and strong currents. Really needs to be for experienced divers with good buoyancy control.

Diving Maldives in February on the Blue Force One

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Joshua B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Incredible! The variety in marine life was great, with manta rays, sharks, turtles, schools of fish and even some macro life as well!

Diving Maldives in February on the Blue Shark One

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Raymond M
  • Ireland Ireland

I’d been before to an island… but the diving from the live aboard was second to non

Diving Maldives in February on the Carpe Novo

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Ella C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Some dives had medium-strong current but we were well equipped with reef hooks

Diving Maldives in February on the Carpe Vita

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Jonathan R
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

It exceeded my expectations

Diving Maldives in February on the Blue Force One

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • YOOSU K
  • South Korea South Korea

Diving in Maldives is always good for all around year, good weather and a lot of underwater life we can meet.

Diving Maldives in March on the Carpe Vita

  • 6.4 Review score
  • Annette H
  • Germany Germany

The South of Maldives are a great destination for Diving.

Diving Maldives in March on the Blue Maldives

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Arvind V
  • Sweden Sweden

Excellent, Expect most dives to be drift dives and some with strong currents.

Diving Maldives in March on the Princess Haleema

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Marjan B
  • Slovakia Slovakia

Very nice and well organized..

Diving Maldives in March on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 6.8 Review score
  • Matthew H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

The trade off between current and seeing marine life was good. The choice of dive sites was good. The vis was poor though which was a shame.

Diving Maldives in March on the Emperor Explorer

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Bjoern L
  • Switzerland Switzerland

very good visibility and some nice encounters underwater.

Diving Maldives in March on the Carpe Diem

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Fabiana R
  • Brazil Brazil

Beautiful marine life, amazing visibility, warm water. Will definitely come back to the Maldives for diving

Diving Maldives in March on the Carpe Novo

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Jacqueline L
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

My favourite dive destination (out of Red Sea, BVI, Cuba, Andamans, Peninsula Malaysia, Bali, Thailand, Mediterranean)

Diving Maldives in March on the Scubaspa Ying

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Adil G
  • United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates

Unforgettable experience and I would definitely book again

Diving Maldives in March on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 5.2 Review score
  • Nicola T
  • Australia Australia

The diving lacked interest, variety and biodiversity in comparison with diving in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon's, Palau, Phillipines and Fiji and lacked the big action of French Polynesia, Banda Sea, Galapagos, Socorro, South Africa etc. But if you are coming mainly to see a whale shark and dive with mantas then Maldives is a convenient and easy place to do this and you will likely go away very happy.

Diving Maldives in March on the Emperor Atoll

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Elisa Analia M
  • Chile Chile

It was great in diversity, very comfortable to have a small boat for diving. Great vibes from the crew, guides and people on board.

Diving Maldives in April on the Emperor Leo

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Joaquin R
  • Spain Spain

A week sharing a passion with the rest of the participant and in the hands of great professionals, crew ans guides.

Diving Maldives in April on the Ari Queen

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Mark J
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Loved every minute and can't wait to return

Diving Maldives in April on the Ari Queen

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • martine V
  • Netherlands Netherlands

Maldives has it all.the warm water ,the big fishes,the small stuff, coral reefs,pinacles,channels.there is great diving for everyone.

Diving Maldives in September on the Nautilus Two


Origin: US