Liveaboard Diving in Addu Atoll


Liveaboards to Addu Atoll, previously known as Seenu Atoll, will take divers to the Southern waters of the Maldives. Addu is the southernmost atoll in the Maldives and extends the island nation over the equator and into the Southern Hemisphere. Maldives Liveaboard trips catering specifically to these southern waters are available on Explore the liveaboard itinerary of MY Sheena and see if 3 action packed dives per day swimming with whalesharks, hammerheads and Manta rays is what you have in mind. Topside, there is plenty of room for relaxation and discussing your underwater adventures with other divers over delicious family-style meals and drinks.


Consistent with the large pelagic species found on other dives in the southern atolls, liveaboards to the Addu Atoll know that many species of whales and dolphins commonly please divers. Whether you're a beginner or have been a diver for decades, diving in the southern Maldives caters to every individual’s needs and desires for aquatic beauty. Turquoise lagoons are teeming with colorful corals as countless schools of fish dart about. Addu Atoll diving includes an array of dive sites with many unique features from ship wrecks to drift dives and reef dives. The warm, clear, waters offer abundant sea life, and there is no better place in the Maldives to be wowed by the majesty of large ocean life than diving in the southern atolls.


The British Loyalty is a must-see for scuba divers in the Maldives. Built in 1928 as a former oil tanker, British Loyalty was torpedoed during WWII on March 9, 1944. The largest wreck in the country at 140 meters in length, the ship now lies on its port side, about 33 meters deep. On clear days, a portion of the starboard side can still be seen from the surface of the water. Liveaboard cruises stop at the British Loyalty year-round for shark, turtle, and large fish encounters.

Shark Point - Scuba divers in the Maldives have come to recognize the "Shark Hotel" on this dive site, thanks to the nearly 2 dozen grey reef sharks swimming about at any time.


If a gentler dive is what you desire, see if Turtle Point is on your liveaboard itinerary. Get close and personal with graceful Hawksbill and green sea turtles.


A great dive site for starters, this safe, shallow dive still offers a beautiful display of sea life including sting rays and sea turtles.


Scuba diving in the Maldives at Addu Atoll is great all year, but the warmest waters can be felt between January and March. If Manta rays are your reason for diving the Maldives, remember there are no guarantees, but they are active and plentiful year round - as close to a guarantee as Mother Nature can give.


Male International Airport on Hulhule Island is 10 minutes by boat from the capital city of Male where most arrives flights first land in the country. Male International is well connected with flights from Singapore, London, Dubai and just 45 minutes from Sri Lanka. Major airlines from Europe as well as Asian airlines provide direct flights to Male. Divers from China can fly from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. Divers from the U.S. would consider a flight via Singapore or Dubai to be the fastest.

From Male, you can book a domestic flight to Gan International Airport, located on Gan, the southernmost island of Addu Atoll. You can then explore Addu Atoll by boat or car.

Depending on your liveaboard’s port of departure, you may be received in Male and have the domestic details taken care of. Check with your scuba liveaboard cruise operator in the Maldives to confirm details.

Addu Atoll Diving Reviews

  • 8.3 Very good
  • 27 Verified Reviews
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Taylor L
  • United States United States

So many sharks! Tigers, threshers, hammerheads, grey, white tip... mantas and great marine life overall.

Diving Addu Atoll in November on the Princess Rani

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Mark H
  • United States United States

Sharks, especially tiger sharks in Fuvamulah

Diving Addu Atoll in February on the Maldives Aggressor II

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Chris L
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Nice wreck dive and nice manta cleaning station...............

Diving Addu Atoll in February on the Carpe Novo

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Nicholas S
  • Australia Australia

Deep and brilliant. Only had x2 so-so dives. The rest were spectacular.

Diving Addu Atoll in November on the Princess Rani

  • 6.4 Review score
  • Juan Jose Tahiche D
  • Spain Spain

Maybe the season was not the best (too windy), but we enjoyed the dives.

Diving Addu Atoll in November on the Blue Shark One

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Jaymini P
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

The Tiger diving was a wonderful experience - we saw 5 females on one dive, including a huge pregnant one! They came so close and the interaction was fantastic. Other dives were deep and demanding, in order to see certain sharks like threshers who like to stay deep, so this trip is definitely for more experienced divers.

Diving Addu Atoll in November on the Princess Rani

  • 4.4 Review score
  • Li P
  • Canada Canada

Not great. Fish life is sparse at least in November. Nothing to highlight for all the dives except the tiger shark dives

Diving Addu Atoll in November on the Blue Shark One

  • 7.2 Good
  • Sylvia H
  • Germany Germany

Diving at the British loyalty wreck was quite disappointing as the vis is bad and there's not much to see. Addu offers a few dives with beautiful reefs and loads of schools of reef fish. As the itineraries tend to go to the deep dive sites to look for "big fish" you'll not going to experience the slightly shallower but really stunning dive sites around. The tiger zoo dive is a great experience but more or less not really diving and really just sitting in a sort of zoo under water. To see the amazing tiger sharks it's worth a try.

Diving Addu Atoll in January on the Horizon 3

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • John H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Superb really love this location and to be the only boat

Diving Addu Atoll in January on the Emperor Serenity

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Arvind V
  • Sweden Sweden

We loved it! Manta experience was a dream.

Diving Addu Atoll in March on the Princess Haleema

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Petr K
  • Czech Republic Czech Republic

more currents bring more pelagic; diving mostly in channels and often deeper to see the maximum from the site

Diving Addu Atoll in April on the Princess Rani

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Zoé S
  • Netherlands Netherlands

Warm waters, clear visibility, fun and challenging dives

Diving Addu Atoll in November on the Princess Rani

  • 9.2 Superb
  • David D
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Very good we saw lots of sharks.

Diving Addu Atoll in November on the Princess Rani

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Mitchell P
  • Australia Australia

It would have been nice to know that most of the dive sites can be accessed by day dive shore boats. Otherwise the sites were fantastic! Just not reserved for those who can only reach it by liveaboard.

Diving Addu Atoll in November on the Princess Rani

  • 8.0 Very good
  • Alejandro G
  • Spain Spain

Great interaction with black manta in Manta point

Diving Addu Atoll in January on the Emperor Leo

  • 6.8 Review score
  • Guglielmo M
  • Australia Australia

Rubbish no current,and terrible locations

Diving Addu Atoll in February on the Carpe Diem

Origin: US