With few resorts, this region is best explored by liveaboard. Diving itineraries focus on the pristine and unexplored atolls of Meemu, Thaa, Laamu and in season, Huvadhoo and Addu atolls.
Ideal for viewing: scalloped hammerhead shark, reef manta ray, grey reef shark, whale shark, napoleon wrasse
Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Shark diving, Snorkelling
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…
The stunning and luxurious islands of the Maldives can readily be explored by resort, island-hopping, or liveaboard. The Maldives are home to great dive locations for those wanting to learn, or well-seasoned divers.
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your needs.
The Best of Maldives itineraries are a firm favourite amongst divers of all abilities, with a choice of vessels and durations. Highlights include manta cleaning stations, whale shark encounters and mesmerising drift dives.
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, including turtles, sharks and rays.
A world-class destination, the Maldives offer the perfect conditions to learn to dive, with crystal clear blue waters, protected lagoons and prolific reef life. Choose from a number of resorts, guesthouses and dive centres.
Visit these legendary Maldivian atolls by liveaboard between August and October, when they become a playground for feeding manta rays and whale sharks, putting on a spectacular show for visitors at Hanifaru Bay.
Explore world-class dive sites from the comfort of a liveaboard, followed by a few days relaxation in a resort on North Malé Atoll. Highlights include manta ray and whale shark encounters in the central atolls.
This trip idea is a great option for those looking to get away and unwind. The tropical paradise of North Malé Atoll is easily accessible and offers diving for all abilities, with coral gardens, wrecks and plenty of marine life.
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, with some fantastic drift diving in the channels.
Tailor-made trip idea
When to go
The Maldives weather is influenced by two monsoons. Marine life is excellent throughout the year.
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
Dec to Apr: The northeast monsoon brings fast currents, superb visibility and prolific marine life on the eastern side of the atolls
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
The luxurious Carpe Vita liveaboard offers unique itineraries based on the best pelagic migration patterns around the central atolls in the Maldives, accompanied by a custom built 20 metre long diving dhoni.
Built and designed for divers, the Theia is a comfortable and practical choice for any divers wanting to discover the best sites of the Maldives in style. Week-long itineraries include up to 16 dives, including a night dive.
This popular liveaboard and her crew give a personalised welcome to small groups of no more than 12 guests as the boat visits several atolls in the Maldives throughout the year, with six different itineraries.
Renowned for exploratory diving trips in the southern atolls, this authentic Maldivian liveaboard is a favourite choice for experienced divers, exploring the pristine reefs and channels in the Meemu, Laamu and Thaa atolls.
Travel and dive with the owners (and your own butler!) on board this luxurious 5* liveaboard as she cruises the central and southern atolls on unique trips to explore unspoilt dive sites, mantas, turtles and whale sharks.