Where to go

3 locations rich in marine life to discover…

Marine life

Maldives has a wealth of marine life to discover but here are the most popular animal species and marine life events. Let us know the ones you would particularly like to see…

Dive trips

13 trips available. All our trip ideas are offered to inspire you, but our strength is in tailoring your itinerary.

Manta Trust Expedition Maldives

Join the Manta Trust on board the Duke of York in 2015 in search of manta aggregations in the Maldives. An experience of a lifetime, led by the experts.

  • Trip type: Liveaboard Conservation trip

Best of Maldives Liveaboard

The Best of Maldives itineraries are a firm favourite amongst divers of all abilities. Highlights include manta cleaning stations and whale shark encounters.

  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Ari Atoll Diving Experience

Divers return again and again to the popular dive sites of the South Ari Atoll, Maldives, for photo opportunities of healthy reefs, prolific marine life and large pelagic encounters.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Manta Encounters at Hanifaru Bay

The annual aggregation of manta rays in Hanifaru Bay is one of nature’s spectacular events. Enjoy world-class dive sites in the Baa Atoll and an experience of a lifetime.

  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Learn to dive Maldives

This world-class diving destination offers the opportunity to learn to dive in the clear, protected lagoons at a number of resorts and guesthouses in the Maldives.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Untouched Maldives

Dive local on the Laamu Atoll. Discover an untouched area of the Maldives and learn about this secret paradise from the locals.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Baa & Raa Atolls Liveaboard

Visit these legendary Maldivian atolls by liveaboard during the best season for spectacular encounters with manta rays and whale sharks.

  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Southern Maldives Liveaboard

Escape the crowds to the southern Maldives for an exceptional liveaboard experience with an air of discovery and plenty of shark encounters.

  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

BIG in the Maldives

Renowned for BIG animal encounters, the South Ari Atoll is one of the most popular locations for divers to visit in the Maldives throughout the year.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Maldives Dive Safari

Explore world-class dive sites from the comfort of a liveaboard and relax in a resort afterwards. Highlights include manta ray and whale shark encounters in the central atolls.

  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Visit the Maldives

The North Malé Atoll is easily accessible and offers a fantastic balance of tropical island paradise and some popular dive sites to discover during your visit to the Maldives.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Dive Baa Atoll

The diversity of marine life in the Baa Atoll is incredible, but it’s the regular sightings of manta rays and whale sharks during the summer months that attracts divers.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Southern Atolls Rays & Sharks

Explore the remote dive sites of the southern atolls by liveaboard and treat yourself to a few days in resort after your adventure. Recommended for experienced divers.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Just Conservation trips

1 related group tour with a hands-on conservation focus where you can contribute directly.

When to go

The Maldives weather is influenced by two monsoons. Marine life is excellent throughout the year.

Seasons

  • Southwest monsoon

    May to Nov: During the southwest season, the most spectacular diving is found at resorts with access to dive sites on the west of the ato
  • Northeast monsoon

    Dec to Apr: The northeast monsoon brings fast currents, superb visibility and prolific marine life on the eastern side of the atolls

Wildlife events

  • Dec to Apr: manta rays commonly found on west side of atolls
  • May to Nov: manta rays commonly found on east side of atolls
  • Aug to Sep: whale sharks and manta rays gather around the Baa Atoll
  • Mar to Apr: Currents abate – the best time for a leisurely dive

Places to stay

We have loads of great resorts to choose from in the Maldives

Liveaboards

8 related liveaboards. But there are more options we can offer, just ask us for more details.

Subscribe

Sign up for our e-news

We send out news and offers about once a month.

We also offer wildlife holidays at
Wildlife WorldwideTravel, Experience, Conserve

Dive Worldwide is a brand of The Natural Travel Collection Ltd, Capitol House, 12-13 Bridge Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 0HL, United Kingdom.

For your reassurance, we are members of ABTOT and ATOL (number 10544).