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Explore the Baa and Raa atolls by liveaboard during the best season for spectacular encounters with manta rays and whale sharks.

Located to the northwest of the Maldives, the Baa & Raa atolls are one of the most exciting liveaboard destinations in the Maldives. Between August and October, these small atolls become a playground for feeding manta rays and whale sharks, putting on a spectacular show for visiting divers and snorkellers, especially at Hanifaru Bay. Departing from Malé, a limited number of itineraries are available each year.

The itinerary below is based on a seven night trip on board the Carpe Vita. Ten night trips and other liveaboards are also available to book.

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for Malé

  2. Day 2: Arrive and transfer to your liveaboard

    You will be met on arrival and transferred to your chosen boat. This afternoon, kit up for your first dive on the North Malé Atoll.

    Set sail for the Baa Atoll overnight.

  3. Days 3-6 : Explore the Baa and Raa atolls

    The next few days are spend in the Baa and Raa atolls. Enjoy up to four dives each day and expect encounters with manta rays and whale sharks in season!
  4. Day 7: Return to North Malé Atoll

    Make two more dives on the Baa Atoll, before making the return crossing. Enjoy two further dives on the North Malé Atoll.
  5. Day 8: Enjoy a final dive, then relax

  6. Day 9: Disembark and depart Malé

    Finish your liveaboard and take a return flight back to Malé in tiem for your flight home.

You should note: The above itinerary is a sample only and your actual liveaboard itinerary may vary. Marine park fees and fuel surcharges may apply. From price based on a lower-deck twin share cabin.

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 9 days from £3,095 pp
  • Departures: View all departure dates
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 7 night liveaboard
    • Full board meal plan
    • Up to 22 dives
    • Tanks and weights
    • Airport transfers


Search for your ideal departure below, and then enquire to confirm availability and book.

Featured location:

Northern Atolls

This remote region receives fewer visitors than the rest of the Maldives and stretches from Baa Atoll up to Haa Alifu and Dhallu and includes Lhaviyani and Noonu atolls, as well as Hanifaru Bay, where exceptional numbers of mantas and whale sharks congregate annually.

  • Ideal for viewing: white-tip reef shark, napoleon wrasse, grey reef shark, black-tip reef shark, reef manta ray
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Shore diving, Snorkelling
This itinerary is available on the liveaboards shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Carpe Vita

The flagship vessel of its small fleet offers unique itineraries based on the best pelagic migration patterns around the central atolls in the Maldives, accompanied by a custom built diving dhoni.

Carpe Diem

A home away from home, the comfortable Carpe Diem liveaboard offers superb week long diving and snorkelling experiences in the central atolls of the Maldives throughout the year.

Carpe Novo

The latest edition to the Carpe Diem fleet, the luxurious Carpe Novo cruises the very best sites of the central and southern atolls of the Maldives throughout the year, offering exceptional service and diving experiences.

M/V Emperor Atoll

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 three different itineraries.

M/V Emperor Orion

Suited to divers and snorkellers, this spacious liveaboard is a popular choice for those seeking luxury and an exceptional Maldivian holiday experience. Week long trips operate throughout the year.

M/V Emperor Voyager

Departing weekly from Malé, this modern purpose-built liveaboard explores some of the best dive sites in the Maldives. Diving is from the accompanying 20 metre long, customised dhoni.

M/Y Duke of York

Sophisticated and exclusive, the M/Y Duke of York liveaboard cruises the central and southern atolls of the Maldives throughout the year, as well as offering exclusive Manta Trust conservation trips.

Ocean Divine

Travel and dive with the owners on board this luxurious 5-star boat as she cruises throughout the Maldives on unique trips to explore unspoilt dive sites and encounter mantas, turtles and whale sharks.