Rasdhoo Atoll Liveaboard Diving

Emperor Serenity

Emperor Serenity

from US$ 252 / day
9.3 "Superb"

MaldivesUS$2,511 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
    Emperor Orion

    Emperor Orion

    from US$ 226 / day
    8.7 "Fabulous"

    MaldivesUS$2,168 from

    • Free Nitrox

    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
      Emperor Voyager

      Emperor Voyager

      from US$ 206 / day
      8.8 "Fabulous"

      MaldivesUS$2,021 from

      • Free Nitrox

      The Emperor Voyager yacht leaves from Male and offers year-round diving in the Maldives. She has 10 cabins with AC, a fan and en-suite bathrooms. Free Nitrox available for certified Enriched Air divers

      Emperor Voyager

      What To Expect On A Rasdhoo Atoll Liveaboard

      A liveaboard cruise to Rasdhoo Atoll is the highlight of many divers' Maldives dive trip. To see why, you'll probably have to board your dive dhoni at dawn and speed toward the atoll's outer edge. What deserves this early morning wake-up? Schooling scalloped hammerhead sharks. However, Rasdhoo Atoll actually offers a great deal more than just hammerheads (as if they werenít enough). Whilst only a small atoll just northeast of Ari Atoll in the Central Atolls,  Rasdhoo's small area is graced with a bounty of world-class dive sites, frequented by heavy-hitters like reef sharks, mantas, and big pelagic fish.

      Rasdhoo Atoll Underwater

      The topography at Rasdhoo consists of walls, thilas, and kandus. Some dives contain interesting combinations of the above, such as channels with the wall of an island on one side, a sandy bottom in the middle, and thilas on the other side, beyond which lies the deep-water drop-off. Rasdhoo's marine life ticks all the boxes, even for seasoned Maldives divers, offering manta rays, eagle rays, and big stingrays, whitetip, blacktip, and grey reef sharks, Napoleon wrasse, schools of pelagic hunters, and big reef fish. Overhangs and caverns (and currents) make the dives challenging and engaging. The area is not known for colorful corals, though a couple sites do have notable patches of healthy coral cover.

      Dive Sites Of Rasdhoo Atoll

      Hammerhead Point is a given on Central Atolls liveaboard dive tours. Here, on the outside corner of Madivaru Island, the blue water holds an unparalleled sight, but divers must be prepared to wake up before dawn to catch it. As around 6 AM, schools of scalloped hammerheads rise from the deep, and if youíre just a bit lucky and wait quietly in the right place, you stand a good chance of seeing them glide past you. The ridge at Hammerhead Point can be explored for interesting reef life, but remember to keep one eye on the blue, since tuna and other impressive pelagics may join the hammerheads for a visit.

      Manta Block in North Channel gives divers a very good chance to observe manta rays hanging out at a shallow cleaning station (about 13 meters down). Other areas of North Channel are also frequented by mantas, as well as by schools of jacks, Napoleon wrasse, sharks, and a variety of reef fish.

      Rasdhoo Channel is an underwater crossing from one island to another; hopping from thila to thila, divers often find sharks, pelagic rays, and big fish.

      Madivaru is a crescent-shaped reef off Madivaru Island that offers good hard coral, along with the incredible fish life common to Rasdhoo.

      Top Tips For Divers

      In the Maldives, a new Green Tax of 6 USD per person per night applies for every tourist in the country. The official language is Maldivian, also called Dhivehi.

      Gear to bring includes your own mask, booties, fins, and dive computer. These are personalized pieces of equipment which we donít 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 Rasdhoo Atoll

      Rasdhoo Atoll is best dived by Maldives liveaboard, so it can be combined with other world-class dive sites in the Central Atolls and beyond. The length of liveaboard cruises visiting Rasdhoo usually ranges from 7 to 11 nights, with a budget from a bit under 200 to 400 euros per night. Liveaboards often spend at least one morning in Rasdhoo on itineraries including Ari, Male, Vaavu, and sometimes the Northern or Deep South Atolls as well.

      Male is the main liveaboard departure location for Rasdhoo Atoll liveaboards, accessible by direct flights from Dubai, Singapore, and Colombo. Longer international flights from Europe, America, China, India, and Australia often connect through the regional airports mentioned above.

      Diving Rasdhoo Atoll is possible all year round, but the northeast monsoon from December to May allows the calmest surface conditions and the least rain. The water temperature usually stays between 26 and 29 C, and visibility between 15 and 30 meters. Manta-lovers should note that the manta season runs from November through April.

      Rasdhoo Atoll Diving Reviews

      9.3
      Superb (out of 10) 10
      Average score from 19 Verified Review(s) Only people who have booked through LiveAboard.com and joined the liveaboard can write a review.
      ILSUN H
      South Korea
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Awesome dives

      Diving Rasdhoo Atoll in December on the Emperor Serenity
      Mikael G
      Denmark
      10.0
      Exceptional

      If you love diving, this is where you want to Dive.

      Diving Rasdhoo Atoll in November on the Emperor Orion
      Anthony M
      United Kingdom
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Truly amazing

      Diving Rasdhoo Atoll in November on the Leo
      Sindy D
      Netherlands
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Excellent again... also amongst favourite dives.

      Diving Rasdhoo Atoll in November on the Carpe Novo Liveaboard
      Sean H
      United Kingdom
      9.6
      Exceptional

      All great, blends into one amazing experience

      Diving Rasdhoo Atoll in October on the Carpe Novo
      Aurélie L
      France
      8.8
      Fabulous

      Nice landscape. Enjoyed the mantas. No chance to see any hammer head shark.

      Diving Rasdhoo Atoll in April on the Orion
      Niklas P
      Sweden
      9.2
      Superb

      This was my favorite, really beautiful!

      Diving Rasdhoo Atoll in July on the Emperor Leo
      Makoto S
      Japan
      9.2
      Superb

      Rasdhoo Madiraru ×2 Many fishes. Bautiful sight.

      Diving Rasdhoo Atoll in August on the Emperor Voyager
      Sophie R
      France
      8.0
      Very good

      Versatile and beautiful

      Diving Rasdhoo Atoll in April on the Orion
      Cindy P
      United States
      10.0
      Exceptional

      We did not dive the Rasdhoo Atoll. We instead did the Vaavu Atoll. Here we found some of the most beautiful soft corals on the planet. Every color imaginable. Visibility was also amazing here.

      Diving Rasdhoo Atoll in April on the Emperor Serenity
      Carl E
      United States
      8.8
      Fabulous

      All the atolls were special in their own way.

      Diving Rasdhoo Atoll in February on the Orion
      Alessandro V
      Italy
      8.8
      Fabulous

      Very good

      Diving Rasdhoo Atoll in February on the Orion
      Alistair D
      South Africa
      8.4
      Very good

      A great dive area with close encounters with silver tip and grey reef sharks.

      Diving Rasdhoo Atoll in February on the Emperor Voyager
      Christian S
      Denmark
      9.2
      Superb

      Many sharks and very thrilling

      Diving Rasdhoo Atoll in January on the Emperor Serenity
      Holger L
      Germany
      8.4
      Very good

      Cool experience with Mantas!

      Diving Rasdhoo Atoll in December on the Emperor Atoll
      William E
      United Kingdom
      8.8
      Fabulous

      Good, marine life a plenty.

      Diving Rasdhoo Atoll in November on the Emperor Voyager
      Cindi D
      United States
      9.2
      Superb

      Very good!

      Diving Rasdhoo Atoll in October on the Leo Liveaboard
      Kristina A
      United States
      10.0
      Exceptional

      Deeper diving, lots of reefs, beautiful underwater landscape, strong current

      Diving Rasdhoo Atoll in July on the Emperor Atoll
      Begum A
      Netherlands
      9.6
      Exceptional

      Great!

      Diving Rasdhoo Atoll in July on the Emperor Atoll
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