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

12 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. Learn more about these majestic creatures on an experience of a lifetime, led by conservation experts.

  • Trip type: Liveaboard Conservation trip

Best of Maldives Liveaboard

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.

  • 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, including turtles, sharks and rays.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Dive Baa Atoll

Dive away from the crowds in the Baa Atoll, home to only a handful of resorts. The diversity of marine life is incredible and sightings of manta rays and whale sharks are common during the summer.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Learn to dive Maldives

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.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Untouched Maldives

Dive local on the Laamu Atoll - a unique holiday experience with world-class diving opportunities. 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 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.

  • 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, including grey reef, hammerhead and silky.

  • 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 throughout the year and boasts some of the most famous dive sites in the Maldives.

  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Maldives Dive Safari

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.

  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Visit the Maldives

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.

  • 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, with some fantastic drift diving in the channels.

  • 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.

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