Ari Atoll Liveaboard Diving

Emperor Serenity

Emperor Serenity

from US$ 234 / day
9.3 "Superb"

MaldivesUSD2,096 from

  • Free Nitrox

Emperor Serenity offers 13 en-suite, air-conditioned cabins, accommodating 26 guests. Scuba Diving takes place from the large, fully equipped diving Dhoni, Nitrox is FREE & non-divers are catered for

    Emperor Serenity
    Scubaspa Yang

    Scubaspa Yang

    from US$ 248 / day
    9.6 "Exceptional"

    MaldivesUSD2,229 from

    • Free Nitrox
    • Free WiFi

    The 50m ScubaSpa Yang, accompanied with its own dive dhoni, allows you to dive with exceptional ease. Enjoy first class service on board as you dive and snorkel the amazing Maldives Atolls

      Scubaspa Yang
      Emperor Orion

      Emperor Orion

      from US$ 222 / day
      8.6 "Fabulous"

      MaldivesUSD1,784 from

      • Free Nitrox

      Emperor Orion Maldives has 10 cabins & 2 lavish suites onboard. Jacuzzi and massage available. All diving takes place from a large tender dhoni allowing for much greater space on the liveaboard

      Emperor Orion

      Liveaboard Dive Sites

      Scuba divers plunge into the waters of Ari Atoll for the promise of spectacular pelagic encounters. Ari Atoll is the most reliable Maldives location for whale sharks and manta rays, as well as for tons of reef sharks and turtles. The area's general topography is dominated by kandus and thilas. Thilas are volcano-shaped pinnacles rising from the depths of the sea and attracting lots of sea life; kandus are current-filled channels from the open ocean, where big fish ride the ripping highway to their next meals.

      Ari Atoll's thilas are colonized by sea life like all Maldives pinnacles, but this area is not the best Maldives site for corals and color. Instead, Ari's main draw is the large wildlife in the water column. Various marine protected areas within Ari Atoll ensure the conservation of its incredible underwater creatures, so diving within Ari Atoll sanctuaries at sites like Fish Head and Kudarah Thila should not be missed.

      The crowning jewel of Ari Atoll is Maaya Thila, considered one of the top Maldives dive sites for both day and night dives. This pinnacle is famous for the wild abundance and diversity of its reef life, from nudibranchs and octopus to schools of pelagic fish. As you descend to the deeper areas, caves and overhangs add variety to the topography.

      Maaya's neighbor Donkalo Thila holds its own crown as a premier cleaning station for mantas and sharks in the western section of the atoll. Kudarah Thila and Rangali Madivaru, both in the southern section of Ari Atoll, host high-volume manta cleaning stations as well, while Ukulhas Thila is the premier manta cleaning station in the north. Hammerhead Point in Rasdhoo Atoll, northeast of Ari, tops it all off. The deep water drop-off near this site gives divers a special opportunity to see hammerheads, the highlight of many divers' Maldives liveaboard adventures.

      Within Ari Atoll's 40 km length and 105 small islands, site after site vies for divers' wonder and appreciation. However, if it's sharks you're looking for, Fish Head pinnacle is the best place for an adrenalin pumping dive- here, throngs of bustling grey and white tip reef sharks scour the reef for their dinner under huge schools of dancing fusilier. Fish Head lies in the eastern section of Ari Atoll and enjoys marine protected area status. It is known as one of the top ten Maldives dive sites, partly because of its shark abundance and reliability of sightings.

      Those who want to swim with the giant of the ocean turn to Maamgili, where plankton-rich waters nourish whale sharks gliding over wrecks that also host large marble rays and nurse sharks. For wrecks, Ari Atoll offers Fesdu and Halaveli. Fesdu Wreck in the north is popular with macro critter lovers for its resident ghost pipefish and plethora of nudibranchs and flatworms. This fishing trawler was sunk to become an artificial reef more than ten years ago. Halaveli is a 33 meter long freighter where huge blotched fantail rays provide an impressive counterpoint to the macro-life tucked into the wreck's holes and corners, and can be dived day or night.

      For divers who need color, Ari can also deliver. Rahdhigga Thila is crowned in its shallows with healthy branching corals and festooned on its sides with soft corals in every shade of the rainbow, not to mention other benthic organisms like sponges of many shapes and sizes. Pelagics lovers won't even feel left out here because Rahdhigga hosts shark action from silver tips, white tips and grey reef sharks.

      Getting to Ari Atoll

      The length of liveaboard itineraries in Ari Atoll ranges from 7 to 12 nights, with a budget of between 200 and 400 euros per night. Very often, a liveaboard bound for Ari Atoll and Rasdhoo Atoll will include North or South Male, Baa Atoll, or the southern atolls of Meemu and Vaavu in its tour. Usually, the south-focused itineraries which include Male, Meemu, and Vaavu, visit south Ari Atoll. North-focused itineraries visiting Male, Baa, and Raa, visit more of Ari Atoll, and include Rasdhoo Atoll as well.

      However, Maldives liveaboard itineraries present great variety of choices and variations, like Carpe Diem's tour including Baa, Rasdhoo, Ari, Male, and Vaavu, and Orion's ìManta Madnessî itinerary. Most Ari Atoll liveaboards depart from Male, the capital city of the Maldives, but Carpe Diem's north-south trip departs from Baa. Most of these liveaboards are M/V luxury yachts, though the M/V Aggressor also has gorgeous sails.

      The experience level required by Ari Atoll liveaboards varies from Open Water with no logged dives to Advanced Open Water with 100 dives. Currents are strong at Ari except at slack tides, but calm water also means no fish, so it's experienced divers who will be best able to take advantage of diving Ari Atoll.

      Liveaboard departures

      Many Ari Atoll liveaboards depart from Male, reachable by short flights from nearby Singapore, Dubai, and Colombo. Longer international flights from Europe, America, China, India, and Australia are all readily available, often connecting through the airports mentioned above. When Ari Atoll itineraries depart from other ports like Baa, a sea plane from Male is the best way to get there.

      Best time to travel

      Ari Atoll can be dived by liveaboard all year round. December to May hold the calmest seas; however, August through November is the best time for manta rays. Never fear though- manta rays can still be seen reliably during the calm season at certain sites. Shorty wetsuits usually keep divers comfortable at 26-29 C, and visibility is usually 15-30 meters. When visibility varies between sites, it's usually because of the seasons and the particular characteristics of each site location. Some of the best manta and whale shark sights are green with plankton, but catching a glimpse of these giants makes up for it.

      Ari Atoll Diving Reviews

      9.5
      Superb (out of 10) 10
      Average score from 30 Verified Review(s) Only people who have booked through Liveaboard.com and joined the Liveaboard can write a review.
      United States
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Amazing

      Diving Ari Atoll in March on the Emperor Serenity
      United States
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Despite the poor weather above the surface, conditions were good at the dive sites, and we were able to swim with three whale sharks on a single dive!

      Diving Ari Atoll in May on the Emperor Serenity
      United States
      10.0
      Exceptional

      We dove both North and South Ari Atolls. Sea life is plentiful and beautiful. The soft corals are amazing and colorful. Mild current with medium visibility. The south Ari atoll is where we encountered our whale shark!

      Diving Ari Atoll in April on the Emperor Serenity
      Canada
      10.0
      Exceptional

      This was fantastic - I chose this trip, because most of the resorts etc, only dive in one Atoll. this gave me the chance to dive in several. they were all different and each was spectacular in its own way.

      Diving Ari Atoll in April on the Blue Voyager
      United States
      9.6
      Exceptional

      I was very impressed with the diving. I had no previous experience in the Indian Ocean. I found the aquatic life to be very impressive.

      Diving Ari Atoll in April on the Blue Force One
      United Kingdom
      8.0
      Very good

      Fantastic, exhilarating

      Diving Ari Atoll in April on the Scubaspa Ying
      Italy
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Superb, we saw plenty of mantas!

      Diving Ari Atoll in April on the Sachika
      Lithuania
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Very nice diving sites. No stress created for divers, at any situations.

      Diving Ari Atoll in May on the Sachika Liveaboard
      South Africa
      10.0
      Exceptional

      The diving was really good. Saw a whale sharks and plenty Manta rays at the cleaning station.

      Diving Ari Atoll in March on the Scubaspa Ying
      United Kingdom
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Great vis' lots of shoals of blue trigger fish

      Diving Ari Atoll in March on the Scubaspa Yang
      Australia
      7.6
      Good

      Very good

      Diving Ari Atoll in March on the Emperor Voyager
      Singapore
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Excellent. Saw many big stuffs like sharks, rays and octopus. Swam among many big fishes till you smell like a fish.

      Diving Ari Atoll in March on the Emperor Atoll
      United States
      8.8
      Fabulous

      All the atolls were special in their own way.

      Diving Ari Atoll in February on the Orion
      Russia
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Ari atol is the best for fish verity and water clearness.

      Diving Ari Atoll in February on the Scubaspa Ying
      South Africa
      8.8
      Fabulous

      Was good. Visibility not that good.

      Diving Ari Atoll in February on the Soleil 2
      Germany
      8.8
      Fabulous

      Loved the Mantas at Moofushi

      Diving Ari Atoll in February on the Soleil 2
      Germany
      9.6
      Exceptional

      there was the whale shark so it was great

      Diving Ari Atoll in January on the Blue Force One
      China
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Excellent

      Diving Ari Atoll in January on the Soleil 2
      South Africa
      8.4
      Very good

      Visibility was quite poor but the chance to dive with Manta's was worth it.

      Diving Ari Atoll in February on the Emperor Voyager
      China
      10.0
      Exceptional

      是位于马尔代夫阿里环礁海面上的度假岛礁,没有南、北马累环礁多,因此这里有很多大型的鱼类,而且鱼群也比别的地方大,珊瑚也非常漂亮。

      Diving Ari Atoll in February on the Carpe Diem
      Israel
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Amazing is the only way to describe it

      Diving Ari Atoll in January on the Leo Liveaboard
      Brazil
      9.2
      Superb

      Very nice. Manta Rays and beautiful place.

      Diving Ari Atoll in January on the Soleil 2
      Germany
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Excellent, walesharks and Manta

      Diving Ari Atoll in January on the Theia
      United Kingdom
      8.8
      Fabulous

      Still can't stop smiling about, this was the best area.

      Diving Ari Atoll in December on the Carpe Diem Liveaboard
      United Kingdom
      10.0
      Exceptional

      World class from third day onwards (due to bad weather)

      Diving Ari Atoll in December on the Scubaspa Yang
      Taiwan
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Whale shark and menta!!so good!

      Diving Ari Atoll in January on the Scubaspa Ying
      Spain
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Very good, specially reefs near Vilamendhoo were beautiful.

      Diving Ari Atoll in December on the Emperor Serenity
      United States
      10.0
      Exceptional

      I have to say it's some of the best diving I've ever done, and I've been to the Red Sea, Coral Triangle and Caribbean.....would do it again.

      Diving Ari Atoll in December on the Theia
      Slovakia
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Would like to do more dives there as the dive sites are just great.

      Diving Ari Atoll in December on the Emperor Serenity
      Malta
      8.8
      Fabulous

      Good viz, weak currents (not normally the case) but good sightings of Reef Sharks nonetheless and Mantas. I noticed there were no big sting rays however this time. Hopefully due to season?? (Sept)

      Diving Ari Atoll in September on the Blue Force One
      Sign up now and get weekly deals in your inbox

      Thank you for joining - want more deals? follow us on facebook