Advanced

Sharks & Mantas

Year round

Maldives

UD Rating – 4 Star

Maldives Aggressor II

Maldives, Male Atoll

A week aboard the Maldives Aggressor will give the most experienced divers a treat. With many un-spoilt reef dive sites in the Maldives you certainly will not be disappointed.

  • Maximum 20 guests
  • Suitable for experienced divers
  • Dive Male & Ari Atolls
  • Nitrox available
  • Sharks & Manta encounters
  • Un-spoilt dive sites

Advanced

Sharks & Mantas

Year round

Southern Maldives

UD Rating – 3 Star

MY Sheena

Maldives, Southern Region

Departing from Medhufushi Island Resort every Sunday this trip takes in Meemu, Laamu and Thaa Atolls in the southern Maldives. This is perfect to add a few days either side to relax in resort.

  • Maximum 14 guests
  • Departs from Medhufushi
  • Diving from a “dhoni”
  • Nitrox available on board
  • Meemu, Lammu & Thaa Atolls
  • Up to 3 dives per day

Advanced

Reefs & Wrecks

Year round

Maldives

UD Rating – 3 Star

Sting Ray

One of the most popular liveaboard ships in the Maldives. A scuba diving safari on the Stingray Liveaboard is both an exciting holiday and great value, it is one of the most affordable liveaboard in the Maldives today.

  • Maximum of 18 guests
  • Full board, hot drinks & chilled water
  • Mantas & whale sharks
  • Nitrox available
  • Up to 3 dives per day inc night dives
  • Great value for money

Advanced

Sharks & Reefs

Year Round

Maldives

UD Rating – 4 Star

Carpe Vita

Maldives, Male Atoll

Carpe Vita is the newest addition to the Explorer Ventures Fleet. The Carpe Vita Explorer started her first voyage on Feb. 27, 2011 and allows you to explore the Maldives in a luxury motor safari yacht.

  • Maximum 20 guests
  • Up to 4 dives a day
  • Diving from a “dhoni”
  • BBQ on a desert island
  • Dive Male, Ari Raa & Baa Atoll
  • Luxurious boat with a hot tub

Advanced

Sharks & Mantas

Year round

Maldives

UD Rating – 4 Star

MV Emperor Voyager

Maldives, Male Atoll

MV Emperor Voyager is a luxurious, modern and spacious boat cursing some of the best reefs in the Maldives from January 2015. This Nitrox and rebreather equipped boat will give you a week full of fun and adventure.

  • Sails from Male
  • Maximum 20 guests
  • Dive Ari & Male Atolls
  • Great value for money
  • Nitrox FREE of charge
  • Rebreather facilities available

Advanced

Sharks & Mantas

Year round

Maldives

UD Rating – 3 Star

MV Emperor Leo

Maldives, Southern Region

One of a kind liveaboard in the Maldives operated by Constellation Fleet striking for the perfect balance between an adrenalin pumping diving adventure and a relaxing, comfortable and enjoyable stay aboard.

  • Nitrox FREE of charge
  • Rebreather facilities
  • WIFI within range
  • Affordable luxury
  • Modern and spacious
  • Beautiful jacuzzi

Advanced

Sharks & Mantas

Year round

Maldives

UD Rating – 3 Star

MV Emperor Atoll

Maldives, Southern Region

The MV Emperor Atoll is the ideal taster for those looking for their first liveaboard adventure offering high and comfortable standards, an outstanding itinerary and unforgettable underwater sightings.

  • Sails from Male
  • Maximum 12 guests
  • Dive Ari & Male Atolls
  • NITROX free of charge
  • Rebreather facilities available
  • Perfect as a 'liveaboard taster

Advanced

Sharks & Mantas

Maldives

UD Rating – 3 Star

MV Orion

This Maldives Dive Safari 2014 award winner boat operated by Constellation Fleet is the ideal choice for those looking to explore the Maldives underwater realm in comfort and luxury.

  • Sails from Male
  • Maximum 24 guests
  • Male, Ari & Northern Region
  • NITROX free of charge
  • Rebreather facilities available
  • Dive Safari Award Winner

Advanced

Sharks & Mantas

Year round

Maldives

UD Rating – 4 Star

MV Emperor Serenity

Maldives, Southern Region

MV Emperor Serenity is the newest addition to the fleet and brings a class of her own to the Maldivian waters. This contemporary and spacious liveaboard offers fine accommodation and one of the best Maldives diving.

  • Sails from Male
  • High quality & contemporary
  • Dive with mantas & sharks
  • Free NITROX
  • Island BBQ under the stars
  • Spacious dining & resting areas

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £2350

Adaaran Select And Prestige Water Villas

Maldives, Northern Region

Adaaran Select Maldives is surrounded by powder soft beaches, sublime turquoise lagoons, a house reef and a range of dive sites with schools of coral fish, graceful stingrays and sleek sharks.

  • Located on Raa Atoll
  • Magnificent house reef
  • Beautiful island resort
  • Relaxing spa
  • 214 beach villas
  • Dive Point Maldives on-site

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £2250

Bandos Island Resort & Spa

Maldives, Male Atoll

This luxurious and stunning tropical island resort voted as “The Island of Hospitality” will welcome you with smiles and sunshine whilst ensuring all your needs are catered for.

  • Located on North Male Atoll
  • On-site PADI dive centre
  • Private Island Resort
  • Sunset dolphin cruise & spa
  • House reef diving available
  • Kids club available

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £1800

Ellaidhoo Maldives By Cinamon

Maldives, Ari Atoll

Experience paradise at Ellaidhoo Maldives offering superb accommodation and an exceptional house reef teeming with exotic fish and mesmerising gentle giants such as turtles, sting rays and sharks!

  • Located in North Ari Atoll
  • Private island resort
  • Choice of rooms or bungalows
  • Dive & Sail diving centre on-site
  • Ideal for families and groups
  • World renowned house reef

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £1850

Eriyadu Island Resort

Maldives, Male Atoll

The perfect escape Eriyadu is one of the smaller, more intimate resorts where you can indulge and relax on a breath-taking island and explore the beautiful house reef abundant with marine life.

  • Located on North Male Atoll
  • Beautiful small island resort
  • Private beach and house reef
  • Only 60 rooms on the island
  • Great for non-divers & couples
  • PADI dive centre on-site

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £2050

Filitheyo Island Resort

Maldives, Southern Region

Filitheyo Island Resort is modern and stylish and includes an amazing house reef that drops 90 metres into the blue, offering unparalleled encounters with pelagic right on the reef edge.

  • Located on Faafu Atoll
  • House reef diving with pelagic fish
  • 125 rooms and villas
  • Daily diving with Werner Lau
  • Spacious and modern resort
  • Relaxing spa

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £2295

Kuredu Island Resort

Maldives, Northern Region

The Kuredu Island Resort is a large, lively, fun and cosmopolitan resort located in Lhaviyani Atoll offering excitement in all areas with the beautiful blue sea rich in abundant exotic marine life.

  • Located on Lhaviyani Atoll
  • 383 bungalows and villas
  • Vibrant cosmopolitan resort
  • Choice of 7 restaurants
  • Pro Divers on-site
  • Reef sharks, turtles & mantas

5 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £3450

Kurumba Maldives

Maldives, Male Atoll

The Kurumba Maldives is an exotic private island resort located on the soft white sands of North Male Atoll just 15 minutes from Male International airport by speedboat.

  • Located on North Male Atoll
  • Excellent family resort
  • The very 1st Maldives resort
  • Close to famous Manta Point site
  • 9 restaurants to choose from
  • 180 rooms and bungalows

5 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £2695

Medhufushi Island Resort

Maldives, Southern Region

Medhufushi Island Resort is the perfect place for honeymooners and couples, a serene and authentic Maldivian resort offering a wonderful underwater experience full of colourful marine life.

  • Located on Meemu Attoll
  • Perfect for couples and divers
  • 112 beach and water villas
  • Full or half board options
  • Bar situated over lagoon
  • Excellent learn to dive resort

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £1450

Reethi Beach Resort

Maldives, Northern Region

The Reethi Beach resort is elegant and luxurious in style with a beautiful east and west side house reef offering mesmerizing marine life such as dolphins, turtles, rays and an abundant fish life.

  • Located on Baa Atoll
  • PADI 5* dive centre on-site
  • Private dining on the beach
  • 5 bars & 5 restaurants
  • House reef easily accessible
  • Spa & wellness retreat

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £3050

Rihiveli Beach Resort

Maldives, Male Atoll

Rihiveli Beach Resort is located on a quiet island offering a rustic, barefoot existence and with direct access to the colourful house reef this certainly is a delightful resort.

  • Located on South Male Atoll
  • Rustic Maldivian island retreat
  • 48 beachfront bungalows
  • Euro Divers on-site
  • Full and Half board basis
  • Array of watersports activities

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £2150

Velidhu Island Resort

Maldives, Ari Atoll

The contemporary Velidhu Island Resort is located on a tropical island surrounded by a pristine coral reef teeming with exquisite marine life including barracuda, sharks, turtles and rays!

  • Located on North Ari Atoll
  • Private island resort
  • Beach & water bungalows
  • Spa facilities available
  • Euro Divers on-site
  • Ideal resort for couples

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £2895

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

Maldives, Ari Atoll

Veligandu Island Resort located on the island of Veligandu is surrounded by a beautiful lagoon, an excellent house reef and long stretches of white, sandy beach. A paradise waiting to be explored.

  • Located in North Ari Atoll
  • Private island resort
  • Paradise on earth
  • 91 beach & water bungalows
  • Spa facilities available
  • House reef diving available

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £1750

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa

Maldives, Ari Atoll

The Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa surrounded by a beautiful lagoon offers you an enticing blend of fun, relaxation and luxury in a setting of extraordinary natural magnificence.

  • Located on South Ari Atoll
  • Beautiful House Reef
  • Euro Divers on-site
  • Private Island Resort
  • 180 Beach & Water Villas
  • Choice of restaurants & bars

5 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £2300

Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort

Maldives, Southern Region

Blessed with pristine white sandy beaches and lush greenery, the Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort located 35 minutes south of Male boasts a treasure trove of gems waiting to be discovered by you.

  • Located on Nilandhe Atoll
  • 103 beach & water villas
  • 3 restaurants and 2 bars
  • Nitrox & rebreather facilities
  • Private beach & house reef
  • Spa facilities available

Advanced

Jan - Dec

14 nights

Pelagic

From £4395

Maldives Diving Adventure

Maldives, Male Atoll

Combining a week onboard a great liveaboard with a week in a resort makes the ideal gateway to the Maldives as you will have the opportunity to experience both worlds.

  • Whalesharks & manta rays
  • Resort & liveaboard combination
  • Ideal for couples
  • beautiful reefs

Advanced

Jan - Dec

14 nights

Pelagic

From £4395

Maldives Diving Adventure

Maldives, Male Atoll

Combining a week onboard a great liveaboard with a week in a resort makes the ideal gateway to the Maldives as you will have the opportunity to experience both worlds.

  • Whalesharks & manta rays
  • Resort & liveaboard combination
  • Ideal for couples
  • beautiful reefs

Advanced

Sharks & Mantas

Year round

Maldives

UD Rating – 3 Star

MV Emperor Leo

Maldives, Southern Region

One of a kind liveaboard in the Maldives operated by Constellation Fleet striking for the perfect balance between an adrenalin pumping diving adventure and a relaxing, comfortable and enjoyable stay aboard.

  • Nitrox FREE of charge
  • Rebreather facilities
  • WIFI within range
  • Affordable luxury
  • Modern and spacious
  • Beautiful jacuzzi

Serena Spa

Serena Spa is an oasis of peace and tranquillity set in a natural environment.


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

Male Sightseeing Trip

Male, the capital of the Maldives! A very popular luxury holiday or honeymoon destination with many tourist attractions and sights for you to enjoy.


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

Spa by Thalgo

Award winning Spa at a Luxury Maldives Resort.


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

Filitheyo Spa

Feel the sea breeze on your skin & enjoy the best view on the island.


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

Orchid Spa

Body Treatments, Salon Services and Kids Treatments.


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

Whale Submarine

4th Floor, H.Sakeena Manzil, Medhuziyaaraiy Magu, 20127, Male, Maldives


Tour Type: Adventure Tours

Kuredu Golf Club

Kuredu Golf Club boasts a full size driving range with the option of a shaded area and also hitting from the grass. A large putting green is also available to perfect the short game. The golf course is a 6-hole Par 3 course with the average length of a hole being 55 yards.


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

Sunset Trip

Enjoy the beauty of a magical sunset and relish a refreshing drink on a deserted island.


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

Love Boat Sailing

Romatic Sunset Sail for a couple.


Tour Type: Boat Trip

Dhangethi Island Excursion

Morning Trip to Dhangethi Island. Experience the culture and explore the local shops.


Tour Type: Cultural Tours

Dolphin Sunset Cruise

Meedhuffushi, South Nilandhe Atoll


Tour Type: Boat Trip

Local Island Experience

Meedhuffushi, South Nilandhe Atoll


Tour Type: Cultural Tours

Sri Lanka Safari

Our 5 day and 4 night sarai trip to Sri Lanka with the Aggressor Safari Lodge will treat you to exciting jeep safaris around Wilpattu and Minneriya National Parks where you can see the large game of Wilpattu plus many other animals and birds in their natural jungle habitat.


Tour Type: Wildlife Tours

Ari Atoll

Maldives

Located on the west side of the Maldives, Ari Atoll hosts approximately 105 small and unique islands each offering some of the most amazing and fascinating diving in the country.

  • Variety of island resorts
  • Whalesharks & manta rays
  • Stunning white sandy beaches
  • Perfect for a romantic holiday
  • Choice of liveaboards
  • Magnificently beautiful reefs

Male Atoll

Maldives

The most well-known atoll in the whole of the Maldives, Male is home to the only international airport as well as some spectacular coral reefs and a wide range of pelagic and reef fish life.

  • Variety of island resorts
  • Whalesharks & manta rays
  • Stunning white sandy beaches
  • Perfect for a romantic holiday
  • Choice of liveaboards
  • Magnificently beautiful reefs

Southern Region

Maldives

With new dive sites being discovered each week, the Southern Region of the Maldives will not disappoint. From the far south of Addu Atoll to channels bustling with fish life.

  • Variety of island resorts
  • Whalesharks & manta rays
  • Stunning white sandy beaches
  • Perfect for a romantic holiday
  • Choice of liveaboards
  • Magnificently beautiful reefs

Northern Region

Maldives

A quieter and more unique Maldives experience, the Northern Region is home to a vast array of coral reefs and fish life. With dive sites boasting up to 30 manta rays you will be in awe of this beauty.

  • Variety of island resorts
  • Whalesharks & manta rays
  • Stunning white sandy beaches
  • Perfect for a romantic holiday
  • Choice of liveaboards
  • Magnificently beautiful reefs

Maldives

With such a variety, it is no wonder the Maldives is rated in the top 5 destinations to go in the world. You will not be disappointed!

With luscious palm trees and crystal clear waters, the Maldives is an idyllic paradise. From hammerhead and whale sharks to manta rays and turtles your diving experience will be unforgettable.

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Insider’s View

The Maldives is the ideal destination for a romantic beach holiday or a diving adventure. Its dazzling white sand beaches, wonderful diving and all-inclusive resorts and liveaboards makes this destination the complete escapist paradise!

Maldives is one of the top places to dive around the world with vast opportunities to spot whale sharks, mantas, dolphins, turtles and much more. An authentic paradise for pelagic lovers but that’s not all, this destination with thousands of low-lying islands is also home to big schools of fish patrolling the reefs full of soft and hard colourful corals where you can immerse yourself looking for tons of nudibranchs, worms and other little fish.

Insider’s View

Marcelina

Friday, 20 December 2013

Diane Powell – Sting Ray and Bandos Island in the Maldives

Trip to Maldives.

Diane Powell – Sting Ray and Bandos Island in the Maldives

Destination Fact File

With such a variety, it is no wonder the Maldives is rated in the top 5 destinations to go in the world. You will not be disappointed!

The Maldives hosts over 1190 island and 26 atolls. The variety of fish and reef life is fantastic and totally varies between one atoll and another. With unexplored dive sites in the far south around Addu Atoll to the world famous dive sites around Male and Ari Atoll, you will have a smile the whole time you are on your underwater adventure. Situated in the Indian Ocean near to Sri Lanka the Maldives is home to some of the most outstanding coral reefs in the world. The rich sea waters that drift in on the many currents feed these reefs and draw in many pelagic fish, such as whale sharks and manta rays who share their idyllic home with an assortment of other large species, such as hammerhead, white and black tip and leopard sharks, as well as turtles, rays and barracuda to name a few.

The Maldives is a fantastic location for both shore and liveaboard diving. For the more experienced and confident diver a liveaboard is definitely the best way to see the most in a short space of time, however for less experienced divers or complete novices then shore diving is definitely the best option. With strong currents ripping through many of the more exposed dive sites that liveaboards visit, diving from the shore can offer you the same spectacular experience in a much calmer environment.

Almost every resort hosts entertainment in the evenings, from live bands to karaoke nights, you will able to relax and enjoy whilst sipping on a freshly made cocktail or a local beer. We would definitely recommend you sit out and watch the fabulous views of the sunset each evening lighting the sky up in fabulous colours of red and orange. Alternatively the night diving around the Maldives is highly recommended by all. You can see an array of different sights at night underwater and many people describe the views as out of this world. From the occasional sightings of feeding sharks on the reef to the comical bubble that parrot fish sleep in and the fabulous colours of the corals you will have trouble sleeping from all of the excitement!

Resorts can be expensive, however there are many more reasonable resorts now than in the past. All resorts offer all inclusive and full board basis so for most guests the only additional costs will be additional alcohol and any souvenirs purchased.

Destination Key Information

Currency Maldivian Rufiya (MVR)
Time Difference GMT +5
Vaccinations Immunisation against typhoid, hepatitis A and polio are recommended but are not a requirement.
Tipping Officially, tipping is not encouraged in the Maldives, but if the service is good it is customary to tip waiters and room staff in the resorts unless a service charge has already been added
Passport & Visas British Citizens do not require a visa for a stay of up 30 days. A 6 month valid passport and returned ticket is required. It is a traveller’s responsibility to have all documentation in order prior to departure (Disclaimer: Visa information changes from time to time. Please check with the relevant authorities before booking)
Flight Routes Via Dubai with Emirates or direct with British Airways
International Flight Durations Departing daily from Heathrow it can take between 12 and 24 hours to get to Male International airport depending on stop over durations
Stopover Information Flights from London Heathrow may stopover in a number of places including: Columbo, Doha, Dubai, Mumbai, Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore
Luggage Allowance 20kgs luggage allowance per person with up to 7kgs hand luggage
Internal Flights & Luggage Internal flights are required to get from Male to many of the other Atolls
Transfer Information Our packages include transfers on arrival and departure days
Dive Season The weather in the Maldives is fairly complex, however in general the North-East Monsoon, which runs from December to May, is a dry monsoon and this brings calm waters and sunny skies to most of the Maldives. The South-West Monsoon is a wet monsoon, running from June to November this often brings much choppier waters and rain. However, the temperature in the Maldives rarely strays from a very pleasant 30°C and the waters temperatures average between 26°C to 29°C.

Best diving season is from December to May in general for the whole of the Maldives. This is when the waters are at their calmest and most nutrient rich. The visibility throughout the whole year rarely dips below 25 metres.