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

Departing from Medhufushi, itineraries focus on the Meemu, Thaa, Laama & Huvadhoo atolls. The southern Maldives is renowned for exceptional drift diving, superb visibility, unspoilt corals and some of the best shark encounters in the Maldives, including grey reef sharks, hammerheads and silky sharks.

The itinerary below is based on a seven night trip on board the MY Sheena exploring the dive sites of the southern atolls.

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for Malé

  2. Day 2: Arrive and transfer to liveaboard

    You will be met on arrival and helped with your seaplane transfer south to Medhufushi Resort where the M/Y Sheena begins her southern itineraries.

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

  3. Days 3-8 : Enjoy unexplored reefs and channels

    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 famous dive sites and also some less explored dive sites.

  4. Day 9: Return to Medhufushi and depart

    Transfer back to the airport for your international flight, landing later the same day. This may differ depending on flight schedules and whether you choosed to extend your stay in resort.

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 £2,650 pp
  • Departures: View all departure dates
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 7 nights liveaboard
    • Full board meal plan
    • Up to 3 dives per day
    • Tanks, weights & Nitrox
    • Airport transfers (seaplane)


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, Snorkelling
This itinerary is available on the liveaboards shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Carpe Vita Explorer

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.


Built and designed for divers, the Theia is a comfortable and practical choice for any divers wanting to discover the best sites of the Maldives in style. Week-long itineraries include up to 16 dives, including a night dive.

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 Explorer

The latest edition to the 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 Manta conservation trips.

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.