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

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  • 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

  • 9.3 Superb
  • 600 Verified Reviews
  • 8.0 Very good
  • YUEN FAI DICK W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

good

Diving Maldives in January on the Amba Liveaboard

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Andrew C
  • Australia Australia

Excellent

Diving Maldives in January on the Emperor Atoll

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Lotte R
  • Denmark Denmark

Excellent - Rasdhoo and Alimanta Circus the best.

Diving Maldives in December on the Emperor Serenity

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Renato G
  • Italy Italy

It was the 15th time for me: I love Maldives

Diving Maldives in January on the Emperor Explorer

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • sebastian S
  • United States United States

Excellent

Diving Maldives in January on the Soleil 2

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Nida N
  • India India

Great

Diving Maldives in January on the Emperor Voyager

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Minseok K
  • South Korea South Korea

It was my first time diving trip at Maldives. little bit hard but it was meaningful experience. I'd like to go another season to feel and do other experience at Maldives.

Diving Maldives in January on the Scubaspa Ying

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Elisabeth A
  • Norway Norway

A great diving experience, seeing so many big fish and animals.

Diving Maldives in January on the Soleil 2

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Alazne C
  • Spain Spain

Very good. We had the chance to see several grey - white tip - black tip reef sharks, also mantas closely and a whale shark passed by just next to me!

Diving Maldives in December on the Emperor Atoll

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kaixin X
  • China China

Very satisfied

Diving Maldives in December on the Emperor Virgo

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Guillermo F
  • Italy Italy

The best trip yo diving until now! I’ll come back

Diving Maldives in December on the Eco Blue

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Klinger C
  • United States United States

Awesome! I can't wait for my next diving adventure.

Diving Maldives in December on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • DANY A
  • Lebanon Lebanon

Great diving

Diving Maldives in December on the Emperor Explorer

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Ozgur T
  • Canada Canada

We did like the channel dive experience and presence of sharks but big deception to see how the corals were damaged. However Maldives stay a big pelagic life destination and become impressing if you are lucky to meet them

Diving Maldives in December on the Carpe Novo

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Joanna W
  • Canada Canada

Good for mantas, sharks, rays Very fishy Corals are mostly dead

Diving Maldives in December on the Soleil 2

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Mingyu W
  • United States United States

Very beautiful reefs and the guides we had are really very very helpful. They really stretched so much to make sure we had great diving experience. Greatly appreciate their help. The boat is really nice and comfortable. Food is about average, no complaints though. Overall the company Carpe Diem has done a great job to make sure everybody gets a great experience on their boats. I am really happy I had the opportunity to experience Maldives with them.

Diving Maldives in December on the Carpe Vita

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Emil D
  • South Africa South Africa

Beste diving I have done in 15 years.

Diving Maldives in December on the Ocean Sapphire

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Amber W
  • United States United States

Great

Diving Maldives in December on the Emperor Virgo

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Edouard P
  • France France

Very pleasant overall with nice pelagic

Diving Maldives in December on the Emperor Serenity

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • yann R
  • France France

Very good

Diving Maldives in December on the Emperor Serenity

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Jorge R
  • Spain Spain

We enjoyed the great diversity of species we saw. Unfortunately coral is dead in some places but there are still many reefs alive. I wasn't expecting to see so many pelagics and although we were not lucky enough to encounter the whale shark nor the hammerheads, we still enjoyed mantas, up to three different types of sharks, rays, tunas, barracudas... I mean, it's amazing to swim so close to some of these animals. The currents help you navigate if you have an experience team of instructors, like we did, so the dives are effortless. We had so much fun.

Diving Maldives in December on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Ngung Chia S
  • Singapore Singapore

Excellent

Diving Maldives in December on the Soleil 2

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Marcus J
  • Germany Germany

Amazing

Diving Maldives in December on the Carpe Vita

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Dana T
  • United States United States

All the dives had many different things to offer. They each were unique in their own way. I would highly recommend the Maldives as a dive destination and the scuba yang as the boat to be on. There were no details that weren't considered. From the spectacular service during every meal and dance parties, to the way the napkins were folded, to the fabulous Xmas eve dinner and Xmas beach party, to the most conscientious dive masters - everything was truly well thought out and so amazing. Staff were so gracious and welcoming. The boat is beautiful and spa very relaxing. Truly a wonderful experience and amazing vacation

Diving Maldives in December on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • amit K
  • Israel Israel

Im sure im going back to do south lines in February next year.

Diving Maldives in December on the Blue Force One

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Roland C
  • Australia Australia

marine life is protected so you can still see large holes of fish and sharks highly recommended we will come back again for sure

Diving Maldives in December on the Carpe Diem

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • don E
  • United States United States

Very good. Have been diving 47 years and must say I really enjoyed myself

Diving Maldives in December on the Moonima

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Chris P
  • United States United States

Amazing experience- will definitely be back

Diving Maldives in December on the Blue Force One

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • David H
  • Switzerland Switzerland

The diving was great especially with the bigger marine life.

Diving Maldives in December on the Carpe Vita

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Ewa Z
  • Germany Germany

Much more better that I expected. Marine life is amazing. But it's not for the people without experience. The current can be really strong

Diving Maldives in December on the Carpe Diem

  • 7.6 Good
  • Chris M
  • United States United States

The diving was great! We saw whale sharks, mantas and many sharks. The quality of the reefs was good. Several dives had strong currents requiring reef hooks.

Diving Maldives in November on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Khaled M
  • Egypt Egypt

Un esperienza unica da consigliare assolutamente a tutti i subacquei preparati

Diving Maldives in November on the Moonima

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Tom M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Fantastic, 50 Mantas in one go was an incredible experience.

Diving Maldives in November on the Carpe Vita

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • James J
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Incredible diving, healthy reefs with plenty of life. Sharks and Mantas pretty much guaranteed.

Diving Maldives in November on the Emperor Serenity

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Perttu V
  • Finland Finland

Great! Will come again for sure

Diving Maldives in November on the Emperor Leo

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Barra O
  • Canada Canada

Wonderful, great diving, lots of current so lots of big fish.

Diving Maldives in October on the Ocean Sapphire

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Victoria L
  • France France

Stunning ! Whaleshark, Nurse Sharks, White and Black Tip Sharks, Mantas, Eagle Rays, Sting Rays, Moray Eels and a lot of others. Best night dive of my life !

Diving Maldives in November on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Taylor A
  • Canada Canada

Overall it was wonderful and I saw everything I wanted.

Diving Maldives in October on the Ocean Sapphire

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Jason M
  • United States United States

Amazing enough I’m planning to go back to see more and hopefully explore the south!

Diving Maldives in October on the Emperor Explorer

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Caspar D
  • Netherlands Netherlands

Beautiful - the Maldives had been on the top of my 'places' to dive list for a long time, and I'm so glad I went. Made some great friends along the way too :)

Diving Maldives in September on the Nautilus Two

  • 9.2 Superb
  • ALWYN D
  • United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates

Awesome. Will go back.

Diving Maldives in October on the Carpe Novo

  • 8.0 Very good
  • ZAFER ERDIM I
  • Turkey Turkey

It was amazing to see the various of marine life. Weather and water temperature were very comfortable to dive.

Diving Maldives in September on the Emperor Serenity

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • YASUSHI K
  • Japan Japan

I met Manta, Whale Sharks, Eagle Ray, Gitter Fish ,White tip Shark , Gray Shark, Black Tip Shark,Turtle, Etc. I got many experience in Maldives.

Diving Maldives in September on the Blue Force One

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Wesley C
  • Singapore Singapore

Its great. Try not to sit out of any dives as each provides a different experience.

Diving Maldives in September on the Emperor Voyager

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Sheryl W
  • United States United States

ScubaSpa should have a gratuitous “Drift Diving Specialty” certificate!!! The currents are Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride sometimes!!!!

Diving Maldives in September on the Scubaspa Ying

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Bastiaan D
  • Netherlands Netherlands

Beautiful! Lots of “big” stuff such as whale sharks,white tips, black tips,manta rays, eagle rays but also plenty of smaller pretty fish ( large groups of batfish and fuseliers)

Diving Maldives in September on the Blue Force One

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Anthony M
  • United States United States

Totally worth every penny

Diving Maldives in September on the Blue Force One

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Chris L
  • United States United States

Great fish live, warm water, quite ocean, great boat and crew, good vegetarian food!

Diving Maldives in September on the Blue Voyager

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Pablo M
  • Spain Spain

Very relaxing and plenty of fishes even though we could not spot whale sharks or manta rays

Diving Maldives in September on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Yevgeniya M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Fantastic. Very good marine life diversity.

Diving Maldives in September on the Carpe Novo

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Craig M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

this is my first year of diving so I have very little to gauge against, but this holiday was brilliant

Diving Maldives in September on the Emperor Serenity

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Benjamin K
  • Germany Germany

We had a great week! Beginning with the beautiful boat and the outstanding crew (boat, dhoni and guides) the really good atmosphere between the guests and of course the diving! We were shown the best of “the north” with lots of mantas and beautiful dive sites. We will definitely come back aboard Theia!

Diving Maldives in August on the Theia

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Anita F
  • Australia Australia

I was very pleasantly surprised about diving in the Maldives - large pelagic, schools of fish with swims throughs and channels.

Diving Maldives in May on the Emperor Atoll

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jacqueline H
  • China China

Great one, will come back for the Deep South.

Diving Maldives in August on the Emperor Virgo

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Marija A
  • Croatia Croatia

Diving in Maldives was great. the sea is Christal clear and full of marine life. You can see many species from turtles, sharks, mantas, rays, crab to all the different species of fish, corals...Absolutely amazing. The very challenging part and excited is that you can experience all the different types of diving as drifting, dive with hook, night dive, deep dive... I enjoy a lot and will definitely return back :)

Diving Maldives in August on the Blue Force One

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Vicki P
  • Canada Canada

It was tough in terms of conditions but each sight didn't disappoint. It was incredible and I learned so much from the guides and other divers.

Diving Maldives in August on the Emperor Voyager

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Khoa B
  • Netherlands Netherlands

Superb! Sharks on almost all dives :)

Diving Maldives in August on the Emperor Serenity

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Stephen J
  • Canada Canada

Other than the manta and nurse shark dives, like many other places I've dived.

Diving Maldives in July on the Emperor Leo

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Juan José P
  • Spain Spain

I accomplished all my expectations: sharks, whale shark, mantas, ...

Diving Maldives in July on the Soleil 2

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Usei S
  • Japan Japan

August isn't the best diving season in the Maldives, but it's cheap, so it's a good choice.

Diving Maldives in August on the Ari Queen

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Joe C
  • United States United States

The Maldives is one of a kind. The water is clear and the reefs are still in pretty good shape. The guides and others said that there seemed to be less sharks and mantas around, but given the state of the oceans, we were lucky to still see three species of sharks and a handful of mantas.

Diving Maldives in July on the Emperor Voyager

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Verona C
  • Australia Australia

Great water clarity, warm and inviting. Night dives with Sharks and mantas were amazing. Sharks and rays pushed under us to get to fish good. Prolific fish life. Lovely soft corals

Diving Maldives in July on the Soleil 2

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Enrique M
  • United States United States

My experience was amazing. Second time diving with ecoprodivers. Plan on using the same organization whenever I dive the Maldives. Inhave now done two different routes with them at different times of the year. July and October and both where amazing.

Diving Maldives in July on the Blue Shark One

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Attila J
  • Hungary Hungary

Excellent

Diving Maldives in July on the Eco Blue

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • cecil D
  • South Africa South Africa

it was so good I didn't want to leave, will return surely.

Diving Maldives in July on the Soleil 2

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Jonathan F
  • Canada Canada

Amazing experience and a lot of great dives

Diving Maldives in July on the Emperor Voyager

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Lydia M
  • Canada Canada

I enjoy diving in the Maldives. I like the current, the channels, and the sharks!

Diving Maldives in July on the Emperor Voyager

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jacques M
  • South Africa South Africa

An overall wonderful experience!

Diving Maldives in July on the Soleil 2

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Gabrielle S
  • France France

Good experience. a bit too similar dives every time. lots of drift diving, which can be tiring in the same day.

Diving Maldives in July on the Emperor Voyager

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Pontus A
  • Sweden Sweden

Good experience, had wished for more sharks and big fishes but that might be wildlife (hopefully not human impacts). And a bit sad to see so many dead corals. But diving is still good, alot of small fishes. Good boat, crew and group this week. Responsible diving practices

Diving Maldives in July on the Emperor Voyager

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Katie R
  • United States United States

Strong currents but big Pelagius. By far has been the best diving I have experienced in my diving life! We rave about the Maldives diving to everyone and we would come back a million times if we could!

Diving Maldives in March on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Gina M
  • Australia Australia

I am always happy to be diving. The guides did explain to us about the major bleaching that took place a few years back. 7th Heaven will hold a special place in my mind.

Diving Maldives in May on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Eva W
  • Singapore Singapore

Fish life was abundant, with many chances of seeing majestic pelagic animals. Will definitely be back....

Diving Maldives in June on the Emperor Atoll

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • David P
  • United States United States

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time diving in the Maldives. The diversity and school size is astounding.

Diving Maldives in June on the Emperor Leo

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Nick C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Average visibility due to the season. We were not lucky enough for good whale shark experiences but that is luck not the dive team. Overall excellent and very satisfied.

Diving Maldives in June on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Gaetane L
  • Belgium Belgium

Very nice and every day was a surprise

Diving Maldives in June on the Emperor Leo

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • SCOTT T
  • United States United States

Challenging currents but very good. Visibility of 30 meters or so. Lots of great stuff to see.

Diving Maldives in May on the Blue Force One

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Jonathan S
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Excellent marine life - some of the best we have seen. Coral was less good than in some places in South East Asia but the reef life more than made up for it. Currents occasionally quite strong.

Diving Maldives in May on the Blue Voyager

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Christopher A
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Good

Diving Maldives in May on the Sheena

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Dagmar E
  • Germany Germany

Diving in the Maldives is very nice, one can see a lot of marine life. Living in the Seychelles I wanted to see the difference - the Indian Ocean above the equator and below the equator! One can compare the Maldives with the outer islands of Seychelles.

Diving Maldives in April on the Soleil 2

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Oxana M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Some dive sites were a fantastic experience (like nurse shark diving, manta night dive, and couple very colourful fish sites) other sites were quite boring.... Overall will be going back to Maldives again

Diving Maldives in May on the Emperor Serenity

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Jun C
  • China China

Totally worth it!

Diving Maldives in May on the Blue Force One

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Roger T
  • Singapore Singapore

Excellent. But we went during the start of monsoon. So visibility wasn't that great. But overall, good experience.

Diving Maldives in May on the Emperor Virgo

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Lacy R
  • United States United States

After awhile all the Atolls run together so without getting up to read my log book I can't give a full description of each individual one. I can say that all in all my experience was nothing short of amazing. The weather wasn't perfect but that is beyond anyone's control. The list in endless for the variety of things to see. From the largest Mantas to the tiny Nudis....pure heaven

Diving Maldives in April on the Emperor Serenity

  • 7.2 Good
  • Ezgi K
  • Switzerland Switzerland

Super nice. Would definitely come back again.

Diving Maldives in April on the Emperor Virgo

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Brian M
  • Canada Canada

Busier than expected with other divers. Animal life was terrific. 3rd best experience in over 35 years of active diving. (Behind Galapagos / Palau).

Diving Maldives in May on the Maldives Aggressor II

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Nadine G
  • Lebanon Lebanon

Very good, but April is not the best season. I would recommend January instead.

Diving Maldives in April on the Blue Voyager

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Amado D
  • United States United States

Just overall one of the best places I've dived. Even the "dead" coral still had great life!

Diving Maldives in April on the Emperor Serenity

  • 7.6 Good
  • Pak Wing L
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong

Love it and enjoy it so much.

Diving Maldives in April on the Princess Haleema

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Oskar F
  • Sweden Sweden

Great - would definitely do it again!

Diving Maldives in April on the Emperor Leo

  • 8.4 Very good
  • Karin H
  • Denmark Denmark

Recommended for sure - very relaxing.

Diving Maldives in April on the Fun Azul

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • David S
  • Australia Australia

Overall I loved diving in the Maldives. We had excellent weather, with little current, which apparently is unusual. There were lots of mantas, rays and sharks on our dives. The night dives with nurse sharks and mantas were super awesome (not just normal awesome)! The coral isn't great in many places, but there are some decent coral dives. We missed seeing whale sharks, but that was the luck of the day.

Diving Maldives in April on the Blue Voyager

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Wayne H
  • South Africa South Africa

Sad to see the coral bleaching but easy diving overall.

Diving Maldives in April on the Blue Voyager

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Fred G
  • United States United States

The diving was really enjoyable and manageable with the dives spaced out. The dives themselves were well led. People: There was a good mix of people.

Diving Maldives in August on the Blue Voyager

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Micheal S
  • United States United States

It is hard to recall the specifics of every atoll, but, overall, we saw everything the Maldives is famous for - vibrant marine life, many, many mantas and other rays, abundance of sharks, including whale sharks, eels, octopus, every other imaginable marine creature. The only thing that was very sad to see is the coral destruction near popular destinations/ resorts, coral damage caused by bleaching and weather events.

Diving Maldives in April on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Andre G
  • Switzerland Switzerland

This was in my bucket list ! Checked that one in a fantastic way!

Diving Maldives in March on the Ocean Divine

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Maria W
  • Germany Germany

One of my best diving holidays!

Diving Maldives in March on the Ocean Divine

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Masumi T
  • United States United States

Diving in the Maldives was deeper with stronger currents than expected; however, that allowed us to see the big critters. :)

Diving Maldives in March on the Ocean Divine

  • 8.4 Very good
  • John F
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Very good

Diving Maldives in March on the Amba Liveaboard

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Ian T
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Good

Diving Maldives in March on the Emperor Leo