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With few resorts, a liveaboard may represent the best way to visit the pristine and unexplored atolls of the southern Maldives.

Diving itineraries generally focus on Meemu, Thaa and Laamu atolls where there are plenty of dives sites are still waiting to be discovered. Adventures even further south, where Maldives meets the equator, are increasing in popularity and promise superb diving and conditions throughout the year.

The southern Maldives is known for exceptional drift diving, superb visibility, unspoilt corals and some of the best big fish encounters in the Maldives. Expect thrilling channel dives, mantas and eagle rays, napolean wrasse, abundant reef fish and whale sharks.

Many liveaboards include the deep south at the beginning of the year for the best opportunity of shark encounters, however the diving remains soutstanding throughout the year. Huvadhoo Atoll is gaining reputation as the Maldives' premier shark diving location. Expect grey reef sharks, white-tip, hammerhead and silky sharks as well as other large pelagic species in this remote area.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: scalloped hammerhead shark, reef manta ray, grey reef shark, whale shark, napoleon wrasse

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

Southern Atolls Rays & Sharks

Explore the remote dive sites of the southern atolls by liveaboard and treat yourself to a few days in resort after your adventure. Recommended for experienced divers, with some fantastic drift diving in the channels.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,255 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Southern Maldives Liveaboard

Escape the crowds to the southern Maldives for an exceptional liveaboard experience with an air of discovery and plenty of shark encounters, including grey reef, hammerhead and silky.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,650 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Untouched Maldives

Dive local on the Laamu Atoll - a unique holiday experience with world-class diving opportunities. Discover an untouched area of the Maldives and learn about this secret paradise from the locals.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,375 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Reveries Diving Village

This unique retreat is located on the local island of Gan and is perfect for exploring the remote and untouched Laamu Atoll, where divers will find a number of undiscovered reefs and an abundance of macro life.

Medhufushi Island Resort

The luxurious Medhufushi Island Resort is located on the tranquil Meemu Atoll in the southern Maldives, a perfect place to get away from the world and enjoy the magnificent marine environment.

Suggested liveaboards are 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.

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.

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/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.

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.