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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
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Emperor Orion Maldives has 10 cabins, 1 Junior & 1 Executive Suite onboard. Jacuzzi & massage available. All diving takes place from a large tender dhoni allowing for much greater space on board.Emperor Orion
Liveaboard dive sites
Male Atoll is technically termed Kaafu Atoll, but by any name, it is the classic Maldives- best known and explored of all Maldives atolls. Male is divided into North and South Male Atolls, both of which were the first in the country to open to tourism, though the south opened before the north and still sports more resorts and dive sites. North Male has beloved manta cleaning stations, great topography, and a couple coral gardens on par with some of the nicest reefs worldwide. South Male is famous for its kandus, which are channels that bring ripping currents of nutrient-rich water from the open ocean into the atoll, along with big pelagic fish following the food. While sharks are plentiful in both North and South Male, the southern atoll is best known for them. The north, however, is better-preserved and a bit quieter.
In North Male Atoll, Manta Point may be the most famous dive site. Its name speaks for itself- when you visit, get ready to see more mantas than you can keep track of, as well as sharks and other reef denizens. Nowhere else in the Maldives can you jump in the water to see mantas so close to your arrival at an international airport. The other top North Male location is Girifushi Thila, recognized as one of the premier Maldives dive sites. The current here is full-time, so expect a drift dive alongside scenery of colorful soft corals and water full of fish, including rays, sharks, and tuna.
The variety of dive sites in North Male Atoll caters to every taste. One of the best-loved and first-discovered is Banana Reef, which still showcases healthy thickets of branching corals. Along the curve of this banana-shaped reef, giant grouper and morays can be found. A huge school of bannerfish hangs in the current at the edge, and a few incredible caverns call for investigation. In another area, the impressive 100 meter Maldives Victory Wreck, has enjoyed over thirty years of colonization by creatures of the sea. Itís lucky thereís a line for ascents and descents, because the current can be strong. Once you find your sheltered areas, enjoy the big and small fish and invertebrates that have many this wreck their home.
More sharks are available at Miyaru Faru, where divers watch the blue-water show from the safety of an overhang on the wall. The incoming current at Miyaru Faru brings crystal-clear water and pelagics, including manta rays, eagle rays, tuna, and more. And for inexperienced divers, North Male actually has great sites available. Two stunning dive sites that are relatively free of current are Hans Haas Place with plenty of overhangs and little caves, and Back Faru, which offers good reef and pelagic life in incredibly low-stress conditions.
South Male Atollís six big channels, or kandus, are not known for coral, but they have amazing pelagic life, big schools of fish, and tons of sharks. Cocoa Thila is one of the most famous South Male dive sites. If youíve got the perfect amount of current, you can see rays and all the rest; luckily, there are some dips and caverns in the topography in which divers can rest as they watch the goings-on. Cocoa Thila is a big pinnacle rooted in deep, deep water, and itís located on the perimeter of South Male Atoll. This means you may well be doing a drift dive in the same current that brings in the big ocean life.
Guraidhoo Kandu South is actually many sites under one name. This is a large area that cannot be covered in only one dive, and the variety of its topography adds to the feeling of many different dives sites. Here, divers can submerge on a vertical or horizontal plane, from walls, to flats, to channels, to caves. At Guraidhoo Kandu South, sharks glide along the waterways while tons of different reef denizens enjoy their holes and hiding places. However, for buckets of sharks, itís Embudhoo Kandu that South Male offers at the top of the list. Embudhoo Kandu hosts a healthy population of white tip and grey reef sharks. Its marine protected area was established to make sure thatís the case forever.
Besides Cocoa Thila, Kandooma Thila is known as the premier South Male Atoll dive site. At a thin channel along the side of this thila, an intense current brings a crazy amount of activity, including schools of barracuda and other big predators. Kandooma Thila is another dive where current must be dealt with; the pinnacle provides shelter during parts of the dive, but youíll eventually drift into the blue with a marker buoy for the ending. Other South Male dive sites include Vadhoo Caves and Kuda Giri Wreck. At Vadhoo Caves, one cave after another offers the chance to chill with reef inhabitants among a garden of colorful soft corals, while watching sharks glide by in the adjacent open water. At Kuda Giri Wreck, inexperienced divers have a great chance to jump in the water to explore the artificial reef and its inhabitants with little or no current.
The length of liveaboard itineraries in Male Atoll usually ranges from 7 to 10 nights, with a budget from a bit over 200 to 350 euros per night. Male Atoll liveaboards go almost everywhere within the Maldives; there is a tour to fit virtually every diverís particular passions and timeframe. The shortest trips make a loop in the central atolls, sometimes dividing the tours into north-central and south-central options to fit in a bit more of Ari or Baa (to the north), or Vaavu/Meemu (to the south). Check out Scubaspa Ying and Yang, and many other boats, for these classic Maldives itineraries. Larger and larger loops or traverses go farther afield in all directions (example liveaboards include Carpe Vita and Carpe Diem). Liveaboards in Male Atoll are mostly MV yachts and luxury yachts.
The experience level required by Baa Atoll liveaboards range from zero to 100 logged dives, with a certification level of Open Water for some boats and Advanced Open Water for others. Entry level divers can find some offerings around Male, but in general, expect many of the dives to be drifts, especially in the kandus of the southern area.
Male is the main liveaboard departure location in the Maldives and the countryís capital city. It is located on the southern edge of North Male Atoll. The main Male liveaboard departure port is Hulhule, next to the Male airport, making it virtually possible to jump off a plane and hop on to a boat. Divers bound for Male Atoll can take direct flights from Dubai, Singapore, and Colombo. Longer international flights from Europe, America, China, India, and Australia are also readily available, often connecting through the airports mentioned above.
Best time to travel
Diving is possible in Male Atoll all year round, but the northeast monsoon from December to May allows the calmest surface conditions and the least rain. However, even during the wetter part of the year, from June to November, Male Atoll receives less downpour than areas farther south in the country. Mantas are present throughout the year. The water temperature usually stays between 26 and 29 C, and visibility between 15 and 30 meters.
Male Atoll Diving Reviews
We dove in Male North near a Tuna Factory (sounds weird but it was great!) This is where we saw dozens of moray eels. Some were enormous. There were all different kinds. We also saw the guitar fish here, and a sea turtle.Diving Male Atoll in December on the Theia
I saw black-tipped reef sharks at 'Kurumba Corner' in North Male (1st time in Maldives!). There were green moray eel and sea lamprey (?) with suckers and lots of clown fish everywhere (anemone city?). At ‘Kura Giri’ wreck, I saw a huge cuttlefish, lion fish, a pregnant puffer fish with a big belly, there were one barracuda coming very close to us as well. It was at ‘Kandoma Thila’ in South Male that I saw up to 40 reef sharks of all sizes, swimming around., (Thank goodness that they were not interested in our small group of human divers as there were definitely more of them than us!) There were spotted eagle ray and lots of green turtles and small hawksbill turtles there too. On other dives, we saw octopus and Napoleon wrasses, and at a reef, a very green moray eel sharing its cave with a white spotted one moray eel. They were such a contrast in coloring that it was a very pretty sight indeed! Again, typically in Maldives, there would be at least one shark one could see in every dive, whether it is near or in the distance! Definitely shark country!Diving Male Atoll in November on the Ari Queen
Wreck dive was quite different from other dives and good to see different thing than coral and fish.Diving Male Atoll in December on the Carpe Novo
With good guides, diving in the Maldives will be unforgettableDiving Male Atoll in November on the Blue Force One
Bien pour voir les raies manta.Diving Male Atoll in November on the Soleil 2
First dive with plenty of nice things te seeDiving Male Atoll in September on the Ari Queen
Wonderful. Some of the best diving including sites dove in Australia, Vanuatu, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.Diving Male Atoll in August on the Ari Queen
Full of marin life, colorful corals , big pelagicDiving Male Atoll in September on the Sachika Liveaboard
Same as above. Perhaps we were lucky, but the ocean was very warm, the seas always calm, and the undersea current very manageable.Diving Male Atoll in April on the Blue Force One
Superb, we saw plenty of sharks!Diving Male Atoll in April on the Sachika
Good dive. Lots of things to see although corals are only averageDiving Male Atoll in March on the Emperor Atoll
All the atolls were special in their own way.Diving Male Atoll in February on the Orion
Good-Vaavu and Meemu better.Diving Male Atoll in February on the Emperor Atoll
Lots of different fish and octopusDiving Male Atoll in February on the Scubaspa Ying
Current, sharks, drifting along beautiful softcoral and rock formationsDiving Male Atoll in February on the Soleil 2
正如其名，Vadhoo Caves给潜水爱好者提供了岩洞和大型岩洞群潜水的绝佳场所。在这里面潜水就好比在传送带上被相对平静的水流从一个岩洞地带传送到另一个岩洞地带。时而上浮，时而下沉。Diving Male Atoll in February on the Carpe Diem
good visibility. Embuhdoo express limited to hook and watchDiving Male Atoll in January on the Soleil 2
The fish factory is fantastic. I think one more night dive should be done.Diving Male Atoll in January on the Soleil 2
Route was very good. Every dive was nice, but a little bit different from other ones. Diving team are really professional - my girlfriend just got AOWD, but instructor was patient enough, so neither me, nor our dive buddies didn't notice any inconvenience.Diving Male Atoll in December on the Scubaspa Yang
World class from third day onwards (due to bad weather)Diving Male Atoll in December on the Scubaspa Yang
Good also. Fist night dive there was unbelievable with so many nurse sharks around you.Diving Male Atoll in December on the Sachika
Amazing, not too strong currents, plenty of life, etc.Diving Male Atoll in December on the Scubaspa Ying
the dive with current , make you feel like walk in space ,Diving Male Atoll in October on the Scubaspa Yang
Great with lots of Mantas!Diving Male Atoll in November on the Scubaspa Yang
Great sites, plenty of underwater life, sometimes strong currentsDiving Male Atoll in October on the Blue Force One
Diving in Male was very good. Lots of manta encounters.Diving Male Atoll in October on the Carpe Novo Liveaboard
bad weather but perfect manta divesDiving Male Atoll in October on the Carpe Diem Liveaboard
Due to off-Season the visibility was not always perfect but still very good. On the plus-side ... less boats and less divers. Wildlife was great.Diving Male Atoll in October on the Scubaspa Yang
Amazing at fish head, with the variety of eels - mind blowing!Diving Male Atoll in October on the Sachika Liveaboard
Paradise Manta Point is the highlight. Crowded dive sites.Diving Male Atoll in October on the Maldiviana Liveaboard
Water was not as clear as I thought, but lots of big stuffs here, quite fantastic.Diving Male Atoll in September on the Scubaspa Yang
All of our dives were fabulous. Each one had its own highlight, but they all revealed something spectacular.Diving Male Atoll in September on the Blue Force One
I would rate it as very good and definitely there are presence of marine life that are not your everyday.Diving Male Atoll in September on the Scubaspa Yang
Diving in Male Atoll was interesting and varied. A variety of sea life and sites which gave so many options that suited a variety of experience levels.Diving Male Atoll in September on the Scubaspa Yang
5 star - nurse shark and mantasDiving Male Atoll in August on the Scubaspa Yang
Male Atoll may not be the best know, but it surprised us wth some of the best dives.Diving Male Atoll in August on the Sachika Liveaboard
Our first and last encounter with manta rays. The only issue vs Ari is the number of dive boats on the best sites. You will still have a great time.Diving Male Atoll in August on the Carpe Novo Liveaboard
The diving was remarkable and worth going.Diving Male Atoll in August on the Scubaspa Ying
The diving was just superb! In a week we saw all things people dream of seeing a whole lifetime: whalesharks, mantas and sharks, sharks and more sharks! Simply amazing!Diving Male Atoll in August on the Scubaspa Ying
Fantastic!! Just very strong currents but really niceDiving Male Atoll in July on the Scubaspa Yang
Great visibility, healthy marine life, beautiful corals. Sharks, rays, turtles, and huge schools on almost every dive, Currents can be really strong though. Remember to bring a current hook. On many of the dives, we are required to hook ourselves onto a rock, and wait for some time, while waiting for big fishes. without the hook, you'd be struggling in such strong currents.Diving Male Atoll in July on the Scubaspa Yang
Nice, I would say less to see than South Ari but also nice.Diving Male Atoll in July on the MV Ari Queen
we were there in the off peak season so the vis was at some times not the best, but it was not as bad as we thought it would beDiving Male Atoll in June on the Carpe Vita Liveaboard
good but not as good as ARI ATOLLDiving Male Atoll in March on the Scubaspa Yang
Only did the check dive in South Male Atoll on Embudu Express. Not spectacular but nice for the first dive.Diving Male Atoll in April on the Blue Shark 2
Also very good dives in the Male Atoll, though less interesting, than Ari AtollDiving Male Atoll in April on the Scubaspa Yang
Diving was generally very good, with visibility generally 60-80 feet, occasionally better, and on one or two dives maybe 40-50 feet. Water temp was consistently 84-85 degrees F. I used a 1 mm wetsuit, and even did several dives without a wetsuit, and was perfectly comfortable throughout the trip. Reefs are showing stress, but fish life was very good, and large critters were there in abundance.Diving Male Atoll in March on the Scubaspa Yang
Some of the reefs are a bit disappointing in that they really lack good coral structure. Excellent sightings including whale shark, manta ray, sharks and rays while night diving, turtle to name a fewDiving Male Atoll in April on the Scubaspa Ying
We dived a couple of memorable sites in the Male AtollDiving Male Atoll in March on the Moonima Liveaboard
Great diving. Lots to see. Swam with manta rays, reef shark, whale sharks, Ray's, the list goes on and onDiving Male Atoll in March on the Scubaspa Yang
Don't remember. I don't have a log book with meDiving Male Atoll in March on the Manta Cruise Liveaboard
As well the male atoll is really nice. We has many dives with sharks, a lot of turtles and differnt great animalsDiving Male Atoll in February on the Emperor Atoll
Beautiful corals and sea life. Very good experience. Don't need to go very deep to see good sea life.Diving Male Atoll in February on the Manta Cruise Liveaboard
very nice but poor visabilityDiving Male Atoll in January on the Virgo Liveaboard
still good, but ari was the bestDiving Male Atoll in January on the Manta Cruise Liveaboard
Awesome. Lots of creatures.Diving Male Atoll in December on the Scubaspa Yang
Only did 2-3 dives... was quite good.Diving Male Atoll in December on the Orion Liveaboard
The second best (the house reef waswasn't so good)Diving Male Atoll in October on the Leo Liveaboard
Night dives on the Jetty were amazing, only spoiler being a reckless boat captain from another group riding through surfacing divers! Very disconcerting that there are too many people and very poor control.Diving Male Atoll in September on the Scubaspa Yang
Very good one of the best experiences in my life!Diving Male Atoll in August on the Leo Liveaboard
The dive sites are very beautiful and get to see the big fishes e.g. sharks, manta etc.Diving Male Atoll in May on the Scubaspa Ying
Very relaxing experience and a lot to see and enjoy.Diving Male Atoll in April on the Scubaspa Ying