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This classic Maldivian liveaboard itinerary departs from Malé, offering some of the finest dive sites in the central atolls and the chance of a whale shark encounter.

Spend either one week or ten days exploring the North and South Malé Atolls and Ari Atoll. Trips do not follow a set itinerary, but rely on the expertise of the crew to show you the best dive sites for the time of year. Highlights include manta cleaning stations, whale shark encounters and mesmerising drift dives.

The itinerary below is based on a seven night 'Best of Maldives' trip on board the M/V Emperor Atoll. Please contact us for suggested itineraries on other liveaboards

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for Malé

  2. Day 2: Arrive and transfer to your liveaboard

    Set sail in the afternoon, making a check dive and getting to know your fellow divers.
  3. Days 3-8 : Explore the best of the Maldives!

    Spend five days exploring the finest dive sites of the North & South Malé Atolls and Ari Atoll. 
  4. Day 9: Return to Malé and depart

    Transfer back to the airport for your flight back to the UK. This may involve an overnight flight depending on schedules.

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 twin share cabin.

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 9 days from £1,975 pp
  • Departures: Dedicated departures available! View all departure dates
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 7 night liveaboard
    • Full board meal plan
    • Up to 17 dives
    • Tanks, weights and Nitrox
    • Airport meet and transfers


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

Featured location:

Central Atolls

The central region comprises Malé and Ari atolls, Felidhoo, Faafu and the smaller Rasdhoo Atoll. It is the most popular area for both dive resorts and liveaboards, with excellent shore diving from house reefs and large pelagics on drift dives.

  • Ideal for viewing: whale shark, grey reef shark, napoleon wrasse, spotted eagle ray, reef manta ray
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Group diving, Shark diving, Whale shark, Manta ray, Learn to dive, Shore diving, Snorkelling, Underwater photography
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.

Emperor Serenity

This contemporary, spacious liveaboard has been purpose built, offering exceptional standards and facilities, bringing a class of her own to Maldivian waters. Dive the best sites throughout the year from here.

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 Leo

Part of the Emperor Fleet, this stylish, modern liveaboard offers weekly itineraries year round to the some of the best diving spots in the Maldives, including the southern atolls in season.

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.

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.

Scubaspa Liveaboards

The luxurious twin vessels of Scubaspa Ying and Yang offer a unique liveaboard experience, visiting the popular sites of the Maldives. Enjoy a week of fantastic diving or relaxing spa treatments, or a mix of both.