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For divers, the best way to explore the Maldives is by liveaboard followed by a few days relaxing in resort. Underwater highlights include whale shark and manta ray encounters.

The Best of Maldives itineraries offer an adventurous week of diving throughout the Central atolls of the Maldives for first time and seasoned visitors. 

The Maldives Dive Safari trip idea allows you to spend a week on a liveaboard and a few nights at a resort, relaxing on the beach in the sunshine or continue diving if you prefer.

The following itinerary is based on the Best of Maldives safari on board the Emperor Atoll followed by three nights at Bandos Island Resort.

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for Malé

  2. Days 2-8 : Arrive and transfer to liveaboard

    Transfer to your chosen liveaboard and enjoy up to 17 dives including one night dive cruising the Malé and Ari atolls. The weekly itinerary is flexible and dependent on the weather and ability/requests from those on board. 

    Underwater highlights include encounters with manta rays at cleaning stations, sharks, schooling pelagics, turtles, whale sharks as well as some macro life. Expect drift dives and some strong currents, beautiful reefs, pinnacles and channel diving. 

  3. Days 9-11 : Disembark and transfer to resort

    You will be met in Malé and transferred by speedboat to your chosen resort in the North Malé Atoll for three nights. Choose to relax, continue diving or participate in other activities.

  4. Day 12: Depart the Maldives

    Transfer to airport for your flight home, arriving back the same day or the following morning (depending on flight schedules).

You should note: We feature other boats and resorts. If you have a preference or want to stay longer, just let us know. Please note that Nitrox may need to be paid for locally, depending on your chosen liveaboard.

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 13 days from £2,795 pp
  • Departures: View all departure dates
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 7 nights liveaboard (full board)
    • Up to 17 dives
    • Tanks and weights
    • Nitrox (not on all boats)
    • 3 nights resort (half board)
    • All 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.

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.

Maldives Blue Force One

Experience both the classic central and seasonal southern atoll itineraries on board the luxurious Maldives Blue Force One liveaboard. The week long trips are suited to divers seeking exceptional pelagic encounters.

MY Sheena

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.

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.

Featured accommodation:

Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi

This award-winning all inclusive 4-star resort is located on Hudhuranfushi Island on the eastern edge of the North Male’ Atoll, and offers plenty of facilities for divers after their liveaboard holiday.

Bandos Island Resort & Spa

Located on the North Malé Atoll, this popular resort in the Maldives is a short boat transfer from Malé yet a million miles away from busy everyday life. Accommodation varies from cosy classic rooms to luxurious water villas.

Eriyadu Island Resort

A tiny island located on the northwest side of the North Malé Atoll, Eriyadu is surrounded by a fine white sand beach and a crystal clear lagoon, and is ideal for those seeking a ‘get-away-from-it-all’ holiday.

Kandooma Island Resort

Kandooma Island Resort, on the South Malé Atoll, offers a range of accommodation built at the water’s edge, together with plenty of facilities and activities, including a kids’ club, a surf break and great cuisine.