Liveaboard Diving in Meemu Atoll

What To Expect On A Meemu Atoll Liveaboard

Liveaboards in Meemu Atoll find themselves amongst some of the best-loved Maldives dive sites and still enjoy a delectable measure of the seclusion that typifies the Southern Atolls area. While whale sharks may appear occasionally (as in Thaa Atoll), manta rays can be seen on almost every dive, along with a rich array of sea life and underwater landscapes. Fast-moving currents full of plankton enter the atoll’s deep channels from the eastern and western rims; this influx of life-nourishing plant and animal matter attracts schools of fish and large pelagics to Meemu. Various Maldives liveaboards conduct cruises that visit Laamu Atoll as part of their trips.

Meemu Atoll Underwater

Liveaboard diving in Meemu is a great way to see manta rays, especially during the wet season from May through November. However, grey reef sharks and eagle rays are abundant at any time of year. Schools of tuna and jacks are also common sights, preying on fish from reefs stocked with colorful inhabitants, including some large ones like Napoleon wrasse. Scuba diving in Meemu often enjoys a backdrop of vibrantly colored soft corals, which decorate a variety of topographic features, from thilas to caverns to walls.

Dive Sites of Meemu Atoll

Diving in Meemu Atoll on a liveaboard almost always means visiting Medhufushi Thila, a dive site famous for its high density of reef fish, such as groupers, snappers, and sweetlips. The overhangs of the site are festooned with swaying soft corals. Like any thila, Medhufushi attracts pelagic hunters such as tuna and jacks. What makes this thila different is that the current sometimes decreases to the point that even less experienced divers can sometimes descend to enjoy the scene.

Mulaku Kandu is a great channel to sight sharks, eagle rays, and Napoleon wrasse if you’re liveaboard diving in Meemu. The incoming current is strong, so dive cruises will probably restrict this site to experienced divers who can safely manage a negatively buoyant descent.

Muli Corner is a protected area full of wildlife, though the kinds of creatures may change with the monsoon seasons. Sharks are abundant during the dry northeast monsoon, while the rainier southwest monsoon turns the site into a manta cleaning station.

A liveaboard diving trip in Meemu is not complete without a visit to Mantas and More, a famous, shallow cleaning station that offers beautiful coral, tuna, barracuda, sharks, and Napoleon wrasse, in addition to its winged giants.

Top Tips for Divers

  • In the Maldives, a new Green Tax of 6 USD per person per night applies to every tourist in the country. The official language is Maldivian, also called Dhivehi.
  • Necessary gear includes your mask, booties, fins, and dive computer. These are personalized pieces of equipment that we don’t recommend renting. An ill-fitting mask or pair of fins can make diving virtually impossible, and a dive computer is your most important piece of safety equipment.

Getting to Meemu Atoll

Like anywhere in the Maldives, Meemu Atoll is best dived by liveaboard; in no other way can you access so many dive sites, often near uninhabited islands or far from land. The length of liveaboard itineraries that visit Meemu Atoll usually ranges from 7 to 10 nights, with a budget from 200 to a bit over 300 euros per night. Liveaboard boats in Meemu Atoll almost always include other Southern Atoll destinations and sometimes include the Central Atolls. A few even add the Deep South Atolls in a north-south traverse that crosses half of the archipelago.

The Maldives capital, Male is one liveaboard departure location for Meemu Atoll liveaboards, accessible by direct flights from Dubai, Singapore, and Colombo. However, many other Southern Atolls departure ports exist, including Kadhoo, Koodoo, Laamu, Medhufushi, and Gan. To get to these locations from Male, visitors should take a domestic seaplane; trips are usually around an hour.

Maldives liveaboard diving in Meemu Atoll is possible all year round, though the presence of certain wildlife can change with the season. During the rainier southwest monsoon from May through December, mantas are at their most abundant. The water temperature usually stays between 27 and 30 C, and visibility tends to be excellent, between 20 and 30 meters.

Meemu Atoll Diving Reviews

  • 8.6 Fabulous
  • 15 Verified Reviews
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Kenneth M
  • United States United States

Good and bad, based on currents

Diving Meemu Atoll in January on the Blue Force One

  • 8.4 Very good
  • United States United States

Kureli Manta Point-big mantas. Muli Corner-lots of fish. Van Hurauli. Vaavu: Rakedhoo Kandu; Golden Wall; Alimatha House Reef-lots of nurse sharks; Miyaru Kandu

Diving Meemu Atoll in April on the Blue Voyager

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Donald L
  • United States United States

The diving at times could be demanding for boat entry and exit from the dive require extreme caution caution and attention due to surge and currents but again I think you make it clear by requiring that Divers are aware of the level of challenges this exciting trip requires

Diving Meemu Atoll in May on the Seafari Explorer 2

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Rachel T
  • Singapore Singapore

Mediocre coral reef condition, guide mentioned it's still recovering from 2016's El Nino event. Plenty of fish, sharks, Jacks, Trevally, Tuna and occasional rays. Water visibility ranged approx. 10-15m.

Diving Meemu Atoll in February on the Emperor Leo

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Yingbo Z
  • China China

Visited one of the best Thali, rich in life.

Diving Meemu Atoll in February on the Sachika

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Antoine C
  • France France

All diving were very nice, from North to South !!

Diving Meemu Atoll in February on the Sachika

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Marjan B
  • Slovakia Slovakia

We didn’t find any Mantas but there is very nice different colors Anemon city

Diving Meemu Atoll in March on the Scubaspa Yang

  • 9.2 Superb
  • Ella C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Saw schooling bannerfish, Sweetlips, eagle rays and Manta rays at Kirali dive site (Manta cleaning station)

Diving Meemu Atoll in April on the Blue Voyager