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 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.

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
  • 408 Verified Reviews
  • 4.8 Review score
  • Yohan J
  • South Korea South Korea

Please keep in mind that the visibility in September is poor.

Diving Maldives in September on the Eco Blue

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Jason M
  • Canada Canada

The best diving of my life. Absolutely amazing

Diving Maldives in September on the Emperor Voyager

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Matthew S
  • Singapore Singapore

Extremely happy that we went on this trip

Diving Maldives in September on the Soleil 2

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Randall L
  • Singapore Singapore

Very enjoyable and memorable.

Diving Maldives in September on the Scubaspa Ying

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Chen W
  • China China

Fantastic, this is the second time I went to dive in Maldives, it still suprises me!

Diving Maldives in August on the Emperor Voyager

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Michael W
  • United States United States

I would recommend it; not easy to get to from the U.S, but worth the trip. In the summer, the currents can be strong, but it doesn't detract from the experience.

Diving Maldives in July on the Carpe Vita

  • 8.0 Very good
  • mijung B
  • South Korea South Korea

I'm fully satisfied with the diving & diving sites, It was happy.

Diving Maldives in August on the Ari Queen

  • 7.2 Good
  • Laura S
  • Singapore Singapore

Very comfortable room and great dives. Staff were helpful. Food can be improved. Overall, we had great time!

Diving Maldives in August on the Soleil 2

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Sunjay K
  • India India

Excellent diving experience. Got a great mix of everything the region is famous for offering. Some people diving with us got to see Mantas as well.

Diving Maldives in July on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kinga S
  • South Africa South Africa

warm waters, loads of sharks. Highlights were diving with mantas and the night dive with nurse sharks

Diving Maldives in July on the Princess Dhonkamana

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Leona N
  • Australia Australia

I have visited 3 times now - and though the reef (soft and hard corals) is definitely suffering somewhat the marine life is plentiful and varied. The visibility is great and the areas are varied with different spots providing different experiences. I just love this part of the world.

Diving Maldives in July on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Adrian R
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Good fish life - poor to medium visibility, poor to medium coral Had a very enjoyable time!

Diving Maldives in July on the Emperor Voyager

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Ross H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

There was fantastic marine life to be seen but weather meant conditions were not great.

Diving Maldives in July on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Ryan C
  • Australia Australia

Overall the diving experience is outstanding. A mix of dive types and sites to keep it fresh and exciting each time you enter the water. Whether you want small stuff, big stuff or schools of fish the Maldives has it all covered.

Diving Maldives in July on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Christian G
  • United States United States

An exceptional experience, such warm welcoming people, wonderful abundant marine life and beautiful scenery. The evening on the beach with the beautiful sunset and dinner and entertainment ( lights, candles, music and sand sculptures) as well as a delicious dinner was a highlight.

Diving Maldives in August on the Carpe Diem

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Arun S
  • United States United States

Super nice. Maldives is an excellent diving destination, albeit far.

Diving Maldives in June on the Emperor Voyager

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Minna K
  • Finland Finland

Overall visibility was perhaps somewhat less than expected, might have got to do with the rainy season even though it was sunny most days during this liveaboard (early July). Corals are not that great, but excellent for manta spotting and for watching nurse sharks and reef sharks. Water temp (+29C) really pleasant and never felt cold even post dives. Loved doing a night dive too, really lots of action going on!

Diving Maldives in June on the Emperor Leo

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Sara Skou A
  • Denmark Denmark

Overall a great selection of fishes and many sharks, however a lot of both soft and hard corals were dead, and less colorfull diving than expected.

Diving Maldives in June on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Desmond F
  • Australia Australia

Some of the dives were ordinary to say the least. And Some I never forget TRULY AMAZING

Diving Maldives in June on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Thu T
  • Vietnam Vietnam

Top notch

Diving Maldives in June on the Eco Blue

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Niklas L
  • Sweden Sweden

Diving from a Dhoni is super easy and convenient. The water is warm, which is bad for the coral and reef fish, but quiet nice to dive in. Current diving was exciting and safe. Unfortunately, overfishing is a giant problem in the Maldives, which makes it hard for the reefs to recover. Overall the diving was magical and we´ll definitely be back!

Diving Maldives in June on the Emperor Voyager

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Anon L
  • United States United States

Excellent for the sheer number of pelagic sightings and schools of colorful reef fish, which made up for the visibility during the shoulder monsoon months. In addition, the diving was varied with no repeat dives and drift diving which allowed for seeing a greater expanse of the beautiful seas. The cleaning stations, with regular manta sightings, was another highlight as it allowed divers to relax on a sandy bottom and watch the magic unfold right in front of their eyes.

Diving Maldives in May on the Maldives Aggressor II

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Sergey Z
  • Russia Russia

Every dive was wonderful and interesting. Experienced dive guides can find and show a lot of small and big creatures. Night dive with nurse sharks was the best. Definitely will back again! :)

Diving Maldives in May on the Emperor Orion

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • luc M
  • France France

Great experience

Diving Maldives in May on the Azalea

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Morgan W
  • United States United States

Excellent

Diving Maldives in May on the Sachika

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Nelson P
  • Venezuela Venezuela

Great Dive Sites with experienced and skillful and friendly dive guides.

Diving Maldives in May on the Emperor Serenity

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • GABRIELLE W
  • Australia Australia

First time diving in Maldives and already planning the next trip.

Diving Maldives in May on the Emperor Orion

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Danielle D
  • Philippines Philippines

The dive team was great — very organised dive boat, safety and site orientations were very helpful, mix of dive teams was well done too! Thankful for nitrox on board. I loved seeing sharks and mantas, colourful reef sites with robust marine life! The season turned during our trip but the ScubaSpa team was very resilient and flexible to adjust the itinerary to keep us safe and still make for a lot of fun dives!

Diving Maldives in May on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Marion P
  • France France

The Maldive dives were exceptional (we have already dive in French Polynesia, Bali, Thailand, Zanzibar, Mexico, Mayotte). We have the opportunity to see big or small depending on the preferences of each. The period from January to March is preferred for visibility.

Diving Maldives in April on the Nautilus Two

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Marta S
  • Poland Poland

It is very good place to meet bigger species, like mantas, stingrays, sharks (we saw whale shark, grey reef sharks, nurse sharks, bull sharks.

Diving Maldives in April on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 6.0 Review score
  • Natalie V
  • United States United States

I would have enjoyed less current and more hanging out on reef watching all the colorful fish swimming about. Plenty of octopus too. Lots of fish but not much small stuff to see. Generally good visibility, 60-100 feet.

Diving Maldives in April on the Emperor Atoll

  • 6.0 Review score
  • Suzette S
  • United States United States

Nice diving, some shark dives but not sharktastic more fishtastic Guides knew some cleaning stations that made for some good behaviors from Mantas n sharks Couple dives had Juvenal sharks that were cool Good large multiple schools of fish with behaviors that made them so much fun Surgeon fish loved to play in ur bubbles from the moment u jumped in Bat fish schools came out to see u off ur dive they circled divers getting right in ur mask Till u surfaced Large schools of fish had no fear n would surround divers which was magically fishy. N many appearances from Dolphins when returning from dives performing there spinner action.

Diving Maldives in April on the Emperor Atoll

  • 5.2 Review score
  • Eric S
  • Canada Canada

Diving the Maldives is always thrilling!!!

Diving Maldives in April on the Manta Cruise

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Cihan B
  • Germany Germany

It was the second time on a liveaboard in Maldives and this time the dive sites were very nice again. I think the liveaboards and crew are very careful to not destroy the world underwater. So its a good feeling to travel with them.

Diving Maldives in April on the Seafari Explorer

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Clive B
  • South Africa South Africa

Wonderful experience

Diving Maldives in April on the Manta Cruise

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Damian S
  • Australia Australia

I just love the diving in this part of the world thus is my second dive trip to the region and won't be the last.

Diving Maldives in April on the Sachika

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Natalie V
  • United States United States

Often diving with some current so not recommended if uncomfortable with current. Make sure “certified” for deep dives or they want to charge $90 to get you “certified” even if you have 1000 dives of experience. A money grab. We had good weather. Serenity had a nice large comfortable air conditioned common room and several sun decks. Rooms were very comfortable, not bunks.

Diving Maldives in April on the Emperor Serenity

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Beatriz G
  • Mexico Mexico

I want to go back. I never thought I was going to be able to see with this transparency and clarity... Visibility was great.

Diving Maldives in April on the Moonima

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Jeremie T
  • France France

Awesome dives, sharks , mantas, turtles, huges school of fishes everything you expected to see is in maldives!

Diving Maldives in August on the Princess Handy

  • 9.2 Superb
  • melaine Q
  • France France

Je recommande à tous les amoureux de plongée d'essayer cette expérience unique sur le emperor serenity. C'était vraiment incroyable

Diving Maldives in July on the Emperor Serenity

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Aurélie L
  • France France

Very good, as usual. Diversified dives and sites. We recommand.

Diving Maldives in February on the Eco Blue

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Anthony M
  • United States United States

Great experience, be prepared for current and bring a reef hook. Small drawback is alcoholic options.

Diving Maldives in April on the Princess Dhonkamana

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Bader A
  • Kuwait Kuwait

9/10

Diving Maldives in September on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Hiroko M
  • Japan Japan

Just incredible. So much to see

Diving Maldives in April on the Stingray

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Daniel N
  • Sweden Sweden

May was a better season than expected. Some dive sites offer pristine coral reefs and marine life is spectacular with both reef fish and pelagics. Expect deep dives and strong currents.

Diving Maldives in April on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 7.2 Good
  • Jeremie T
  • France France

Awesome dives, sharks , mantas, turtles, huges school of fishes corals all the things you can expect to see are in maldives!

Diving Maldives in August on the Eco Blue

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Joseph F
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Very good - we have been to the Maldives 3 times before, but have never done the classic route - recommended

Diving Maldives in March on the Stingray

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Emma K
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Outstanding! Mantas were incredible. As were the sharks. And the abundance of creatures big and small!

Diving Maldives in April on the Blue Force One

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Linda C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

I adore it, stunning wildlife, corals sadly deteriorating.

Diving Maldives in March on the Blue Voyager

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Fernando C
  • Spain Spain

Excelente

Diving Maldives in March on the Emperor Orion

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Nils K
  • Germany Germany

Amazing!

Diving Maldives in March on the Carpe Diem

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Kiley S
  • United States United States

Overall it was a great experience. Solid itinerary, lots of sharks and mantas, good combination of diving and relaxing combined with a nice boat and outstanding crew.

Diving Maldives in April on the Emperor Virgo

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Matthew H
  • United States United States

As this was our first channel dive experience it was new and a little scary at first but after the first 2 dives it was awesome. Every channel had it's own feel and experience even when we dove the same place again on the way back. The Dive Masters were very knowledgeable about the area and about diving. We learned a lot about drift diving.

Diving Maldives in March on the Eco Blue

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Carrie Y
  • United States United States

Crazy currents, deep channels, amazing sharks and rays and beautiful marine life and coral reefs! Hope to go back someday!!!

Diving Maldives in March on the Stingray

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Sophie W
  • France France

I enjoyed this trip because of non crowded dives and a lot of big fishes .

Diving Maldives in March on the Maldives Aggressor II

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Claudia K
  • Germany Germany

Super ...

Diving Maldives in February on the Carpe Diem

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Aaron R
  • United States United States

Beautiful ocean and sea life. I had to swim against some very strong currents on 2-3 dives, as we didn't always drift with the current. The strongest currents that I had to fight so far. It comes with the experience =)

Diving Maldives in February on the Ari Queen

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jia F
  • China China

Deep South shark line is great

Diving Maldives in March on the Carpe Novo

  • 5.2 Review score
  • scott F
  • Australia Australia

Dive sites and variety great

Diving Maldives in February on the Manta Cruise

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Marcel B
  • Switzerland Switzerland

Great experience. Also the boat was kept clean, staff was super friendly and enough time to relax in between dives.

Diving Maldives in February on the Emperor Orion

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Jonelle D
  • United States United States

I am a new diver every dive was exciting and beautiful and a learning experience.

Diving Maldives in March on the Scubaspa Ying

  • 7.6 Good
  • Nina D
  • Germany Germany

Diving in Maldives is always fun and great to see big stuff like sharks and mantas!

Diving Maldives in February on the Stingray

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Luciano S
  • Italy Italy

We found all what we could expect in Maldives: sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, stingrays even the enchantment of a couple of sailfishes swimming in the blue.

Diving Maldives in February on the Eco Blue

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Wonkyu L
  • South Korea South Korea

Fun! I would like to point out every diving was fun to dive with guides and crews.

Diving Maldives in February on the Eco Blue

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Angela S
  • Australia Australia

Fantastic. Highlights were the Manta cleaning station, the night dive with Tawny nurse sharks, the Beach BBQ, Disappointed we did not see a whale shark or hammerheads, but all the more reason to come back :)

Diving Maldives in February on the Scubaspa Ying

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Jeanne J
  • United States United States

Overall, loved it. We saw hundreds of oceanic sharks, which was amazing. Lots of turtles, manta, and the reefs are very healthy for the dives that had reef. You should be very comfortable doing deep dives and also in current, at least for the Southern atoll trip. The water was just amazing, and we learned alot while we were there. So much, that it encouraged us to continue improving our skillset and went on to get our rescue certifications after the trip. I would highly recommend a visit to the Maldives.

Diving Maldives in February on the Sachika

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Ira S
  • New Zealand New Zealand

Fantastic boat - we are going to struggle to top this one in our next trip!

Diving Maldives in February on the Blue Force One

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Alexia J
  • Australia Australia

Wonderful water clarity in February. Warm water, exciting channels. Definitely need to be an advanced and confident diver.

Diving Maldives in February on the Sheena

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Margot B
  • Australia Australia

I can't remember which site was I which atoll-but the diving further south I think was the best. Great shark action, amazing mantas, schools of fish small and large, and some healthy corals.

Diving Maldives in February on the Carpe Diem

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Rona A
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

The Maldives is the best diving I've ever done by far!

Diving Maldives in February on the Eco Blue

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Frank M
  • United States United States

Overall, the diving in the Maldives was some of the best I've done around the world.

Diving Maldives in January on the Soleil 2

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Anja D
  • Germany Germany

All depending on the dive spots chosen. Some were better, some were challenging. We loved Fish Head!

Diving Maldives in January on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Nilanjana M
  • India India

Fantastic! My first, definitely not last

Diving Maldives in January on the Emperor Orion

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Philip G
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

The Best

Diving Maldives in January on the Soleil 2

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Erick F
  • Mexico Mexico

Warm waters, visibility mostly great. There were opportunities to see everything. Corals are smaller, they seem to be recouperating, but with so much variety, it's impressive.

Diving Maldives in February on the Emperor Serenity

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Adina S
  • Italy Italy

Excellent

Diving Maldives in January on the Sachika

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Vatsal V
  • India India

Fantastic. Strongly recommend it daily to all my friends and family. Will surely come back soon.

Diving Maldives in January on the Emperor Voyager

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • JING Z
  • China China

Most of the diving sites are great.

Diving Maldives in January on the Soleil 2

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kaveesh T
  • India India

Diving in Maldives was excellent with a combination of great corals, giant fishes and good visibility

Diving Maldives in January on the Emperor Voyager

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Aneta N
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria

The diving experience I acquired in Maldives is irreplaceable and unique. I will return for new exciting underwater adventures and challenges.

Diving Maldives in January on the Eco Blue

  • 5.6 Review score
  • myriem E
  • France France

Excellent

Diving Maldives in December on the Amba Liveaboard

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Nan D
  • China China

Excellent

Diving Maldives in December on the Emperor Orion

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Johnnes Leonardo P
  • South Africa South Africa

We did the" Best of the Maldives" and every dive was absolutely fantastic. Visibility was great. Corals were beautiful. Varied Diving with so much to see. Would love to see more.

Diving Maldives in December on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Lena L
  • Norway Norway

Varied sea life, the big stuff (5+ different kind of Sharks and rays) and the small stuff, with warm weather. can be REALLY strong currents, so reef hook and confidence/ experience of diving such conditions a huge plus to be able to enjoy the diving

Diving Maldives in December on the Emperor Voyager

  • 8.0 Very good
  • dinesh K
  • India India

Great. Will keep coming back to Maldives liveaboard. It’s so easy to book through liveaboard.com. And the operator, absolutely professional teams. It’s value for money.

Diving Maldives in April on the Emperor Serenity

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Sebastian D
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

completely epic

Diving Maldives in December on the Emperor Atoll

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • David R
  • United States United States

Absolutely incredible

Diving Maldives in December on the Carpe Diem

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Becky Y
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong

Superb! All year around of warm ocean of 28C, sunshine most of time, calm ocean, incredible sea life, especially the pelagic: giant manta rays, sting rays, eagle rays, nurse sharks, reef sharks, turtles…and not just 1 or 2, but often, schools of them at a time that you don’t see elsewhere! Divers’ Paradise! And of course, the gentle and helpful Maldivians and the scenery of the atolls are out-of-dis world too! Now that I’m back to my snowy, icy country of -30C and extreme cold warning for days on end, was Maldives a mirage?? (I’ll be back---I have a date with the whalesharks!)

Diving Maldives in November on the Stingray

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Susanne L
  • Germany Germany

Great, very good Diving and dive guides

Diving Maldives in December on the Fun Azul

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Daniel W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Indescribably amazing. We were completely awe struck with what we saw. The Maldives is the best dive site we have ever experienced.

Diving Maldives in December on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • ILSUN H
  • South Korea South Korea

Unforgettable Very relaxing and comfortable trip Good dive guides and crew

Diving Maldives in December on the Emperor Serenity

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Michael M
  • United States United States

The entire experience was amazing. I will never forget how wonderful the entire tour was from wildlife to staff. While all the staff were outstanding, daily tour coordinator Yaqui, dive master Masseh, diveboat assistant Mohammed, and dining room attendant Madu really created a fantastic daily experience. I also appreciated the efforst by the kitchen staff to respond to my food allergies with healthy and tasty alternatives. The boat itself is the most luxurious liveaboard on which I have ever stayed. The rooms and bathrooms were oversized and comfortable. All in all, I wish I coud turn around and jump right back on that boat.

Diving Maldives in December on the Emperor Serenity

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Lennay C
  • United States United States

It was a great experience that I would recommend to anyone. There were challenging parts, so this may not be a good option for brand new divers... Be prepared for some ocean currents and some 30+ meter dives. However, on the other end of the spectrum there were people on our dive who had already visited the Maldives 10+ times and still had a great time. Enjoy!

Diving Maldives in December on the Theia

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Blake H
  • United States United States

Breathtaking!

Diving Maldives in December on the Emperor Serenity

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Becky Y
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong

There is great diving all over Maldives. It’s definitely a Divers’ Heaven! I did 3 liveaboards back-to-back there (I’m that nutty when it comes to diving!) and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back for more…like NOW! Both pelagic and macro are totally amazing! It seems like you open your eyes there and the ocean is filled with sea creatures big and small, on every single dive! I’ve never seen so many schools of fish all at the same place! There is always sunshine, the ocean is calm and the weather is perfect: I went from mid Nov. to late Dec. and I didn’t need to wear my light jacket once! The ocean water was so warm in the Winter (28-29C) that some guys in our group went diving in their briefs and T-shirts! The dive trip in the Classic Male-Vaaatu-Ari route usually includes a BBQ on a beautiful beach on an public island (atoll?) and it was an absolutely wonderful experience with: candle lights, fine linen, abundant delicious food and drinks, lovely sand sculptures done by the local artist (?), good company…and we had it in the open under starry night (where one could actually make out the constellations!), with light breeze and sounds of gentle rolling waves. You can see why there are many returned guests to the liveaboards! One more thing, we visited some of the communities on the atolls and the Maldivians are the nicest people! Male City, the capital of Maldives, is a bit too crowded, especially after our dive trip to the remote and sparsely populated Deep South!

Diving Maldives in November on the Princess Rani

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Rick V
  • Netherlands Netherlands

just one of my best experience ever!!!

Diving Maldives in December on the Eco Blue

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Becky Y
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong

I like Maldives diving so much that this is the 2nd liiveaboard I am doing, within a very short period of time! With the same amount of money that you pay, you will get to see 2X the marine life that you could see elsewhere! Where else in the world could you see 40+ sharks swimming around in one sitting, without feeding them?. Now I understand why so many divers keep coming back to Maldives to dive and dive again! Let’s hope that global warming will not threaten this beautiful country that is situated only 3 inches above the sea level! No Maldives, no liveaboard, no diving for us!

Diving Maldives in November on the Ari Queen

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • RENATA T
  • Italy Italy

Unforgettable!!!

Diving Maldives in December on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Andrei F
  • Romania Romania

GREAT!

Diving Maldives in December on the Princess Rani

  • 6.8 Review score
  • Kit Meng M
  • Singapore Singapore

The inwater experiences with the whaleshark and manta rays made this trip memorable. Which may not be the same if not for a wonderful dive guide in Shamoon!

Diving Maldives in December on the Carpe Diem