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Travel to the southern Maldives and escape the crowds for an exceptional liveaboard experience with plenty of shark encounters.

The southern Maldives is renowned for exceptional drift diving, superb visibility, unspoiled corals and some of the best shark encounters in the Maldives. Think grey reef, hammerhead and silky sharks.

Diving in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll includes many channel dives such as Nilandhoo and Viligili and plenty of opportunity for exploratory diving. Departing from Kooddoo, there are a handful of liveaboards operating unique itineraries in season.

The itinerary below is based on a seven night special trip on board the MY Sheena exploring the dive sites of the Gaafu Alifu Atoll. To join the trip, divers must have logged 60 dives. Longer two week trips are also scheduled. Please ask the Dive team for details.

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for Malé

  2. Day 2: Arrive and transfer to liveaboard

    On arrival you will need to wait in transit for your domestic flight to Kooddoo, where the M/Y Sheena begins this unique southern itinerary around the Gaafu Alifu atoll.

    Settle in to your cabin and set sail on your southern Maldives liveaboard adventure.

  3. Days 3-8 : Dive and explore the Gaafu Alifu Atoll

    The southern Maldives offer some of the most untouched and exciting diving in the Indian Ocean, with two or three dives planned for each day. 

    Your liveaboard will include some regular and also some less explored dive sites. It's a special seasonal diving adventure.

  4. Day 9: Return to Kooddoo and depart

    Transfer back to the airport for your domestic flight back to Malé and onward international flight from there. If you would like to extend your stay in the Maldives, speak to a member of the Dive team about your options.
  5. Day 10: Arrive UK

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 is based on a twin share cabin.

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 10 days from £2,995 pp
  • Departures: View all departure dates
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • Domestic flight in Maldives
    • 7 nights liveaboard
    • Full board meal plan
    • Up to 3 dives per day
    • Tanks, weights & Nitrox
    • Airport transfers


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

Featured location:

Southern Atolls

This region has few resorts, and consequently is best explored by liveaboard. Diving itineraries focus on the pristine and unexplored atolls of Meemu, Thaa, Laamu and in season, Huvadhoo Atoll, which is one of the Maldives' premier shark diving locations.

  • Ideal for viewing: scalloped hammerhead shark, reef manta ray, grey reef shark, whale shark, napoleon wrasse
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Luxury diving, Shark diving
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 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.