Southern Region

With areas virtually untouched by humans the diving of Southern Maldives is just spectacular

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.

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The pristine and unexplored Southern Maldives is home to some great pelagic action as divers can see manta rays, whale sharks, schools of fish and much more. This advanced divers area is full of exhilarating drift dives over healthy and colourful reefs. Many divers consider this off the beaten track part of the Maldives to be the dived from a liveaboard getaway as there are less dive resorts in the area.

As well as great drift dives the Southern Maldives offers superb visibility, thrilling channels, unspoilt corals and abundant reefs. If you are doing a liveaboard in this area you will get to dive Huvadhoo, an atoll that is gaining a reputation for the best shark diving location in the Maldives with up close encounters with silky sharks, great hammerhead sharks, oceanic black tip sharks and grey reef sharks just to name a few.

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Tom

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Maldives Aggressor Trip Report

Are you considering a liveaboard diving holiday to the Maldives. Our team has been aboard the Maldives Aggressor and you can read about the experience before hand.

Maldives Aggressor Trip Report

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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

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

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

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

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

Filitheyo Spa


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

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

Dolphin Sunset Cruise


Tour Type: Boat Trip

Meedhuffushi, South Nilandhe Atoll

Local Island Experience


Tour Type: Cultural Tours

Meedhuffushi, South Nilandhe Atoll

Destination Fact File

With areas virtually untouched by humans the diving of Southern Maldives is just spectacular

Until recently you could only explore the wonders of South Maldives from liveaboards, such as MY Sheena. Now there are some fabulous resorts dotted around the area, which utilize the fantastic dive sites. This means that similar to North Maldives the Southern Region atolls are much quieter than many others. With some dive sites having never been explored before and manta ray sightings on almost every dive you are sure to have an unforgettable experience. There are many different atolls within this southern region, the main ones of which are Addu, Faafu, Dhaalu and Meemu atolls.

The diving around these southern atolls is absolutely sublime. With the fact that many areas are relatively unexplored this means that the reefs are untouched and every coral is in pristine condition. Whale sharks and manta rays are around all year in many of these areas and when you can see such a variety of pelagic fish so frequently you will never want to leave these stunning waters.

One of the most famous of all of the southern region dive sites is Mantas and More located in the region of Meemu Atoll, this dive site definitely lives up to its name and you can access this dive site by staying at the Medhufushi Island Resort which are you can access from Male in about 45 minutes by seaplane. You can see an abundance of mantas all flying together in the blue as well as numerous eagle rays, tuna and grey and white tip reef sharks.

The British loyalty wreck, which has been voted as the biggest and best wreck in the Maldives on several different occasions, by divers and magazines, is an amazing dive from Equator Village , on Addu Atoll, which is an 1 ½ hour transfer by seaplane from Male. You can view the spectacular scenery of the land on your way and with the coral growth upon this wreck in vast abundance you will want to get here as soon as possible. With vibrant hard and soft corals you may also see a large variety of reef fish and turtles on your exploration. With the currents around Addu Atoll not being as strong as in many other areas this area is great for novice divers looking for that amazing diving experience.

Around Faafu Atoll in the channels the marine life is abundant with large manta rays, eagle rays, barracudas, napoleon wrasse, white-tip and grey reef sharks and whale sharks which can be seen during certain months of the year. It is a very popular atoll with divers and snorkelers alike who wish to explore the serene underwater landscape. Only 35 minutes by sea plane Filitheyo Island Resort is easily accessible from Male.

Dhaalu is the sister atoll of Faafu, being separated by a very popular channel they share many of the same dive sites. These are fast becoming top dive sites within the diving community in the Maldives due to the amazing coral reefs and abundance of pelagic fish. With manta rays being year round residents of these waters, the only change in their sightings is that they move around the area with the seasons. You can access these stunning dive sights from Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort

Taking part in a night dive will definitely give every diver the chance to see a huge variety of marine life in a completely new light. With reef sharks on the hunt at dusk and parrot fish asleep in their own bubbles, the stunning vision of all of the corals at night will make this experience unforgettable. You may also want to enjoy a freshly made cocktail or a glass of champagne whilst watching the sunsets that the Maldives are renowned for.

Destination Details

Internal Flights & Luggage The Southern Atolls are accessed by resort seaplanes or speedboats. These journeys are limited to the international airline standard luggage allowance of 20kg check in plus 7kg hand luggage.
Transfer Information Our packages include transfers on arrival and departure day. On arrival you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to the resort. Transfer times are as follows: From Male to the Southern Atolls: 25 minutes by seaplane; 2 hours by speedboat
Dive Season The best time of year and what to see when varies hugely when staying in the Southern Atoll, however as a general rule of thumb it is normally sunny all year round.

As Addu Atoll is the closest to the Equator line this sees the most sunshine but from December to May it can be cooler with average air temperatures being 25°C. For the rest of the Southern Region, December to April brings the most sunshine, but May - November is the best season for diving due to the large pelagics and the best visibility. Although this hardly ever drops below 20 -30 metres.