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MV Emperor Serenity

A contemporary and spacious boat.

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.

The MV Emperor Serenity is a contemporary and spacious liveaboard where fine accommodation and service is standard. This impressive 40 metre liveaboard easily accommodates 26 guests in 13 well-appointed en-suite cabins all with air-conditioning. The upper deck cabins are 2 double with a single bed and 1 twin cabin. The main deck cabins includes 2 doubles with a single bed and the lower deck cabins includes 5 double cabins with a single bed and 3 double cabins. A supplement is charged for the upper and main deck cabins, details available on request.

Enjoy an open air dining area at the stern of the main deck, several sofas and tables await you inside the air-conditioned saloon for relaxing or watching TV. The Upper deck boasts a covered and open area ideal for watching photos and footage from your diving or just relaxing, star gazing and soaking up the wonderful Maldivian atmosphere. The sundeck is perfect for catching those sunrays or having a nap.

The MV Emperor Serenity is fully licensed to sell soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits. Complimentary tea, coffee and drinking water are available throughout the day. In good weather, meals are taken on the open foredeck table. The food is renowned for its excellent quality with an impressive variety of both local and European dishes. If you have special dietary needs, please let us know in advance. Please note all onboard purchases are subject to a 12% sales tax.

All diving is done from Emperor Serenity's large dhoni tender, giving you more living space on board and getting you to the perfect dive spot every time. She is rebreather-friendly and offers free NITROX, all diving and safety equipment as well as a photography charging station and four dive guides.

Maldivian authorities state that the maximum depth for diving is restricted to 30 metres. All divers are required to carry a Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) and a dive computer on every dive (available for rental aboard with advanced notice).

Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin

On the main deck there is 2 cabins all have a set up of a double and single bed. These all have an ensuite private bathroom and air conditioning. For couples whose select a room with an additional single this can be used as a sofa.

  • Double bed
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Air conditioning

Lower Deck Double Stateroom

On the lower deck there are 5 rooms with a double bed and a single bed and 3 with a just a double bed. These all have an ensuite private bathroom and air conditioning. For couples whose select a room with an additional single this can be used as a sofa.

  • Double bed (lower) and a single bed (upper) bunk-style
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Air conditioning unit

Upper Deck Twin Stateroom

On the upper deck there are 3 rooms all with the set up of a double and single bed. These all have an ensuite private bathroom and air conditioning. For couples whose select a room with an additional single this can be used as a sofa.

  • 3 double with a single bed
  • Lots of private space
  • Located close to the sitting area

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This is the Best of the Maldives - and it delivers exactly that. This is where you dive the best and most famous dive sites of the Maldives in a week of wonderful liveaboard diving across Male and Ari atolls.

Enjoy a dive holiday that gives you all you could wish for from the iconic sites of North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll. Awaiting you are channels, drifts and pinnacles where you have every chance of meeting mantas, whale sharks and mesmerising marine life of so many varieties. We don't follow an exact itinerary; flexibility is the word so that no matter what time of the year you visit, this underwater world is yours (and ours) for the exploring.

Rasdhoo Atoll: Hammerhead Dive, Beautiful Reef with Pelagics
North Ari Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Maaya Thila Night Dive, Multiple Manta Cleaning Stations
South Ari Atoll: Whale Sharks, Beautiful Pinnacles
South Male Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Beautiful Macro Wreck.
Vaavu Atoll: Beautiful channels with magical soft corals and pelagic delights. Action packed night dive with Nurse Sharks and others.
North Male Atoll: Beautiful Pinnacles.

Look out for the Indian Ocean's larger residents on this trip around some of the gorgeous atolls of the Maldives.

You can expect to meet tiger and silver tip sharks around Foamulah. At Huvadhoo, one of the deepest lagoons in the Maldives, the currents are ideal for even more shark sightings including hopefully whale sharks and silkies, hammerheads, tiger and grey sharks spotted most of the time. There are swift channel dives with several kandus; Vilingilli, Nilandhoo, Mareehaa and Kondeey, as well as reef thila dives; Gazeera and Vaadhoo. The night dive on the Hyatt Reef is definitely one to be experienced.

MV Leo is a stylish boat with contrasting wooden decor throughout. The main deck has a large lounge with sofas, licensed bar and Jacuzzi whilst the sun deck is perfect for reflecting on the day as the sun goes down. She has a bright and airy saloon and a spacious dining area with bar. Measuring 35m, she happily accommodates 24 divers in 12 ensuite cabins. Built with the diver in mind, the MV Orion equally offers a welcome attraction to the non-diver. And at a super-spacious 39 metres in length, Orion delivers hotel standards in every aspect. Her 12 cabins are some of the largest you will find on a liveaboard anywhere, accommodating 24 guests.

Fantastic visibility in the southern atolls makes this itinerary ideal for photographing the incredible experiences had.

This itinerary takes you to sites that are abundant with schooling snappers, jacks, barracuda, white tips and greys, grouper, Napoleon wrasse, turtles, eagle rays and more. Hammerheads are often found in Thaa as well as whale sharks who visit our boat at night attracted by the lights. When the currents are running well, the channel dives here are outstanding. Fancy a wreck dive? That can be arranged at the Kuda Giri wreck, famous for its rare black corals and macro life complete with resident frog fish.

MV Leo is a stylish boat with contrasting wooden decor throughout. The main deck has a large lounge with sofas, licensed bar and Jacuzzi whilst the sun deck is perfect for reflecting on the day as the sun goes down. She has a bright and airy saloon and a spacious dining area with bar. Measuring 35m, she happily accommodates 24 divers in 12 ensuite cabins. Built with the diver in mind, the MV Orion equally offers a welcome attraction to the non-diver. And at a super-spacious 39 metres in length, Orion delivers hotel standards in every aspect. Her 12 cabins are some of the largest you will find on a liveaboard anywhere, accommodating 24 guests.

Vessel Details

Year Built 2016
Guest Numbers 26
Length & Beam 40 meter long and 13 meter beam
Engines 600 Hp Daewoo Doosan
Generators 2 x 50 KW
Number of Cabins 13 cabins
. Navigation & Communication Systems
Salon & Dining Area Large dining area with tables and chairs
Entertainment TV/Video/DVD/CD, movies and games
Air Compressors 2 x Coltri Compressors + Nitrox
NITROX FREE
Equipment Rental Pre-order/additional cost
Medical Oxygen & First Aid Oxygen, Medic First Aid Kit, life jackets & life rafts
Dive Deck Diving from large dhoni tender
Mask Pre-paid EUR15, on board Eur18
Fins Pre-paid EUR20, on board Eur23
Wet suit Pre-paid EUR50, on board Eur57
Regulator Pre-paid EUR70, on board Eur80
BCD Pre-paid EUR70, on board Eur80
Dive Computer Pre-praid EUR15, on-board EUR18
Torch Pre-praid EUR50, on-board EUR57
Full equipment Pre-praid EUR160, on-board EUR183

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Friday, 06 December 2013

Fabulous Fiji by Marcelina Jesus on Sport Diver Magazine

Lured by the promise of world-class reefs and adrenaline-fueled shark encounters Marcelina Jesus ventures to the wild islands of Fiji.

Fabulous Fiji by Marcelina Jesus on Sport Diver Magazine

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Maaya thila

Ari Atoll, Maldives

A Protected Marine Area, this offers one of the best-known dives in the Maldives. There is a remarkable variety of marine life on the thila, including grey reef sharks, white tip sharks, turtles, stonefish, frogfish, zebra morays, batfish and many, many more species. At the edge of the thila, where there is a large coral overhang full of bright orange Tubastrea corals.The top of the rock, at 15m (50ft), is covered in colourful soft corals. The vertical side of the rock drops down to the atoll plate at 40m (130ft). In this channel between the satellite rock and the thila, grey reef sharks often patrol and we have seen guitar shark here on a number of occasions.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 40m

Hukrueli Faru

Ari Atoll, Maldives

Madi means ‘ray’ in Dhivehi. In the northeast season this is a superb manta ray cleaning station. As with many good manta points, the reef slopes down gently from its top at 8m (25ft) to the atoll floor at 30m (100ft). Although there are many cleaning stations along this 1km reef, the area where the mantas are most active is midway along the northern side. This site attacts mantas, which hover like great spaceships in the current. To the east of the basin the reef forms a wall which drops steeply down to the sand floor at 30m (100ft). At a depth of 25m (80ft) there is a large cave running along the reef for 200m (220yd).

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Broken Rock

Ari Atoll, Maldives

Beside Kudarah Thila this is most probably the most, well known dive site in south-Ari atoll. A 2m wide Canyon splits this small thila in two parts, from the west towards east side, which gives this reef its name. This Canyon is the main attraction, on this wonderful submerged reef, covered in soft corals. On the north side at a depth of around 25-30m are two big coral blocks with overhangs, and beautiful fan corals which (torchlight recommended!) are well worth a visit. The top reef has intact hard coral growth and with some luck, even a leaf fish can be spotted along with a variety of marine life. Depth and strong currents make this thila suitable for experienced divers only - watch your no-decompression limits!

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 35m

Kudarah Thila

Ari Atoll, Maldives

The most famous dive site in south Ari-Atoll and has already, in 1995, become a “Protected Marine Area.” A wonderful small reef, with lot’s of soft corals and an abundant fish life makes all dives an unforgettable experience. There is an arch to dive through on the west side and the two big overhangs on the east side are typical marks on this unique dive site. Thousands of blue stripped snappers cover the reef like a yellow carpet and big blue fin jack fish can be watched while hunting the smaller fusiliers. Also white tip reef sharks can sometimes be seen. Definitely one of the best dive sites in south Ari-Atoll!

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Manta Point

Ari Atoll, Maldives

Regularly an encounter with the giant manta rays is common on this reef, from December until April the big manta rays can be watched during there feeding and cleaning procedure in cleaning stations on the top reef. A close approach is possible, but don’t touch or chase them; otherwise they will disappear in the blue. The reef itself drops on the east side steep down to 25m where the sand bottom starts. The big overhangs at 20m are a good start of the dive before you go shallower and follow the reef edge on the 12m area where the mantas can be seen most of the time. The reef top has nice marine life, moray eels, octopuses, lion fish and a few napoleons make this place, even without manta rays a real adventure.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 25m

Banana Reef

Male Atoll, Maldives

Banana Reef, named after the C-shape of the reef is around 100 meters in length. The reef is in front of the channel where fresh current enriches the reef with plankton it carries attracting also pelagic.The most exciting part of the reef is at the north-eastern side of the reef where big spectacular rocks starting from a depth of 30 meters rising up to 12 meters below the surface. Schools of Banner fish can be seen just at the start of the dive, the dog-toothed tuna and several species of Jackfish can be seen chasing their next pray. As you drift, the reef slopes down and after few minutes you will drift in the biggest overhang in Banana Reef where the top starts at 10m and drops to 20m. This overhang is fully covered with soft coral on its ceiling, huge schools of Blue line snappers is always inside letting you approach them very closely. It is both suitable for beginners and the most experienced divers and is a photographers’ heaven.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Lankan

Male Atoll, Maldives

This site is towards the southern part of the main reef of the Island Lankan Finolhlu.

The top of the reef is at an average of 12 meters of depth where it slopes down to the bottom to a depth of 25-30 meters. With an ingoing current you could start the dive while keeping the reef to the right hand shoulder. You have the possibilities to see white tip sharks and hawks bill turtles. Towards the south corner the dive site become exciting as there are a lot of red snappers and giant travelly. But this is during the months of May until November that the dive site will offer you its best: a lot of zoo plankton gets carried to the reef due to the reef configuration there is a “cleaning station” where the Manta Rays are often present.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 25m

Gangehi Kandu

Ari Atoll, Maldives

Gangehi Kandu is a channel in the north-west outrim reef of the North Ari Atoll. The boat trip is around 50 minutes. Divers will go down to a depth of 25-30m on the northwest edge of the channel and watch the sharks resting in the sand. Then swim along the reef on the left shoulder direction east and there we find an 80m long crack in the wall at 25-20m. In this crack you see soft corals in different colours, stingrays, groupers, and glassfish. Be careful with your buoyancy if you swim under the overhang and watch the computer for the Nodecolimit! After this crack: sometimes leopard sharks on the sandy bottom. Usually divers can spot white tip sharks, grey reef sharks, and stingrays on the sandy bottom in the middle of the channel. Sometimes there are lying leopard sharks on the sand. On the reef you may find turtles, mantis shrimps, slugs, different groupers, trigger fish, cleaner shrimps and boxer shrimps. There are glassfish, stingrays, moray eels and lobster in the caves.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Hafza Thila

Ari Atoll, Maldives

Hafza Thila is in the middle of the Atoll, 35 minutes south from Velidhu. Normally there is not a lot of current. You can easily dive around the thila two times during one dive, but take your time. There are nice overhangs on each side, in which you can find stingrays, morays and scorpion fish. Don’t stay too long in the deep area, because the top reef is not very shallow (10 - 12m) and you might run out of time! Save some time for the top reef, there are very nice hard corals!

A huge variety of marine life can be expected here. Batfish, blue striped snapper and barracudas are schooling in the blue. Big sharks, jackfish and trevallys are hunting in the current. Watch out for turtles on the top reef and try to find some scorpion fish and stonefish! You may find octopus, slugs and shrimps in the beautiful hard corals of the top reef.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Maaldhos Thila

Ari Atoll, Maldives

Two hours of boat trip in the southwest of Velidhu is Maalhos Thila, otherwise known as "Blue Caves". This is really one of the best dive sites in the Maldives! Plenty of caves and overhangs in the south part (20-30m) and the soft corals are overgrowing all! It looks like a huge cake with white and pink whip! The ceilings are covered in soft corals in a mixture of colours, mostly white but also blue and violet - the decorated caves make a surreal back drop for underwater photographers. In the south there are a few big blocks 20m apart of the main reef.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Fotteyo

Male Atoll, Maldives

Fotteyo is one of the best dive sites in the Maldives and a photographer’s paradise. Around bend near the entrance to the channel is a special place with many caves and overhangs. These caves have a thick covering of wavering soft corals in all colours. They look like blooming cherry, blossoms in spring time. Most of the cherry caves are found between 25 and 45 metres and there are few arches covered in soft coral, one of which divers can swim through.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Kuda Giri Wreck

Male Atoll, Maldives

Kuda Giri is a pretty ten year old wreck that requires a short swim to reach it. Here you will have the opportunity to see lots of glassfish in the holds,titan triggerfish, shrimps inside a funnel and lobsters hiding in the wreck. This excellent wreck is situated at about 25 metres from a well established reef with lots of small caves and overhangs.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 31m

Fish Head

Ari Atoll, Maldives

The square-shaped reef is about 80 metres wide and can be circled in one dive if divers wish, providing the current is not too strong. There are ledges and caves at different depths around much of the reef and for the most part, there is a big undercut from about 25 to 30 metres before the reef tapers to the bottom slopes. The north and north west sides have a particular interesting landscape at reasonably shallow depths, making it ideal for the less experienced diver, while at depth, are caves with all the usual features including sea fans and black coral bushes. Divers tend to stay shallower at Fish Head, hovering around the reef edge at about 15 metres as this gives the best all round view of a family of about 20 resident grey reef sharks.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Miyaru Kandu

Northern Region, Maldives

One of the channel dives that you don’t want to miss. With strong incoming current the list of possible encounters is impressive. Mainly grey reef sharks but also whitetip reef sharks, eagle rays, napoleons and tunas are quite common and with the visibility reaching 120 feet during the northeast monsoon it can be the highlight of the trip.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

British Royalty Wreck

Southern Region, Maldives

This 420 ft tanker is the biggest wreck in the Maldives, torpedoed twice during WW II and eventually sunk by the British in 1946. The vessel rests on its starboard side at around 100 ft depth.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Foammulah south

Southern Region, Maldives

This place offers one of the most incredible drift dives in the the archipelago. Unlike other atolls in the Maldives this one has no lagoon. Surrounded by depths in the middle of the Indian Ocean the site offers unique conditions to encounter species like tiger sharks, oceanic mantas, mola mola, thresher sharks, hammerheads, grey reef sharks and other big fish.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Kalhahandi Kandu

Ari Atoll, Maldives

This site has earned the nickname Pannettone from the many Italian divers who believe it resembles the traditional Italian fruitcake. There are some spectacular coral formations here, featuring a variety of soft and hard coral species, which attract a wide selection of fish including angelfish, basslets, butterfly fish, scorpion fish, trigger fish and puffer fish. The corals here are in good condition and weather conditions at Pannettone mean the dive site can be explored year-round.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Bodu Miyaru Kandu

Northern Region, Maldives

Also known as 'Big Shark Channel', this is another top dive site and certainly lives up to its name. Dropping in at the south eastern corner you keep the reef on your left until you reach the drop off at the channel entrance which is approximately 30 metres deep. This site features small caves and numerous overhangs, and there is a sloping section on the left side of the channel covered in hard coral and some soft coral.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30

Laamu Atoll

Ari Atoll, Maldives

Laamu Atoll (also known as Haddhunmathi Atoll) is an oval shaped southern atoll. It measures 48 km in length and 35 km in width, and has some of the top dive sites in the world such as Guraidhoo and Gan; this Maldives Atoll is situated 32 southeast of Kolhumandulu Atoll and 95 km north of Huvadhoo Atoll. Laamu Atoll boasts numerous pristine dive sites with many different features like caves, steep drop offs, swim-throughs, not to mention the abundance of marine life and beautiful topography. Expect beautiful fish-filled channels with great shark encounters.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Maamigili Beyru

Ari Atoll, Maldives

11km of reef stretches along the south of Ari Atoll, which is home to whalesharks coming up for a feed. Thought to be a 'nursery' for whalesharks, the South of Ari Atoll is a place where you can find juvenile whalesharks all year round.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Guraidhoo Kandu

Male Atoll, Maldives

Grey reef sharks are common visitors at Guriadhoo Kandu when the currents are incoming, along with several pelagic species and eagle rays.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Alimata Jetty

Northern Region, Maldives

This is the perfect site for a night dive. Typically, Nurse Sharks, Black Tips, Marble Rays and Jacks are seen here.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 15

Vahhuravalhi Kandu

Southern Region, Maldives

Grey Reef Sharks and large pelagics can be seen at this site as well as manta rays, Napoleon Wrasse Eagle Rays and Sailfish.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Dhiggaru Kandu

Southern Region, Maldives

The best diving is on the outside corner of Dhiggaru Falhu, with lots of cavities and small swimthroughs, as well as lots of nice overhangs in the entrance to the channel. The area is covered in soft coral and hard coral groups grow up from the sandy patch, where white tip sharks and stingrays rest.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Golden Wall

Northern Region, Maldives

Expect to see Napoleons, turtles, moray eels and a lot of reef fish. In the blue water pegalics can often be seen passing by. There are caves and overhangs with walls packed full of yellow, blue, pink and white soft coral.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 32

Fotteyo

Northern Region, Maldives

The channel is narrow and features swim-throughs, small caves and large overhangs. The drop-off at the channel entrance is covered in colourful soft corals. Titan triggerfish are common here along with grey reef sharks, white tip reef sharks, tuna and barracuda. You might be lucky enough to get a glimpse of hammerhead sharks in the most outer side of the channel. This is also where eagle rays can be spotted, along with big groupers such as the potato grouper and the black saddle coral groupers. Look out for sting rays resting on the patch of sand and turtles on the channel walls.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 18

Rakeedhoo Kandu

Northern Region, Maldives

Situated in a channel between two islands its possible to encounter some larger species such as grey reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, mako sharks and even hammerhead sharks. There is also the chance of seeing manta rays, eagle rays, barracuda, travellies and groupers. The corners and overhangs that can be found along the site are nicely covered with blue and white soft corals.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 40

Maa Corner Manta Point

Southern Region, Maldives

This site is a cleaning station located on the rays' migration route. The site is accessible throughtout the year and is an active site. The main cleaning station is at the bottom of the sloping reef. You will be able to spot rays around the main pinnacle but also at depths farther north or south.

  • Min Dives: 6
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30

Huvadhoo Atoll

Southern Region, Maldives

The Huvadhoo Atoll is located in the far south of the Maldives just above the equator. It’s the region’s second largest atoll and is divided into two separate administrative regions – the northern Gaafu Alifu and the southern Gaafu Dhaalu.

Huvadhoo provides an escape from the developed north, and its diving is less chartered. You’ll need to use local knowledge to explore the atoll’s 1,864 square miles (3000 km²) of ocean. Due to its distance from the country’s capital, the locals speak a different form of the Dhivehi language called Huvadu Bas. After a day spent diving, you can admire the red-hued sunset from the beach. The silhouettes on a traditional dhoni sailing by are more likely to belong to fishermen than tourists. If you decide to travel this far south, you might be rewarded by seeing a rare tiger shark. Just don’t swim away too quickly.

  • Min Dives: 20
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Kandooma Thila

Male Atoll, Maldives

Located north of Kandooma Island, this beautiful pinnacle lies at the bottom of a channel, with its top reef at 12m descending to around 40 meters deep on all sides. The eastern and northern sides are the most interesting with many overhangs and colourful soft corals. The many species you can spot there include big schools of fish, eagle rays, whitetip sharks, green turtles and grey reef sharks. During incoming currents, this fauna is mostly found on the plateau between the thila and the ocean. During outgoing currents, most sharks will be found around their cleaning station.

During outgoing currents, it is recommended for divers to place themselves at the Jack Corner, which is located in front of the thila at a wide overhang. The grey reef sharks’ cleaning station is marked by a distant block in the last part of the dive. Divers can end their exploration around the top reef where eagle rays and green turtles can be spotted. This dive site is accessible throughout the year but conditions can be very difficult. During outgoing currents, divers tend to be pulled to the bottom. They should not explore the cleaning station without at least 80 bars in the tank and being closed to the non-decompression limit.

  • Min Dives: 10
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Dhiamigili

Southern Region, Maldives

Located opposite the island of Dhiamigili, this reef stretches in a west-east direction along the atolls outer reef & falls relatively quickly & steeply downward. Large gorgonia sea fans are one of only a few attractions in an area which frequently experiences extremely strong current conditions. Marine life is typical of the outer reef & includes amongst others, eagle rays, tuna & turtles. Depth: 5 - 80m

  • Min Dives: 10
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Laamu - Fushi Kandu

Ari Atoll, Maldives

Fushi Kandu has a fantastic channel with a relatively shallow entrance at 15m allowing for an extended channel dive, which permits crossing the channel to maximise the sightings. This dive site is commonly described as Fish Soup, and it rarely disappoints with its resident grey reef sharks, barracuda, big eye jacks, and abundant fish life.

  • Min Dives: 10
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Hammerhead Point

Southern Region, Maldives

Hammerhead Point - Popular dive site for Maldives liveaboards. Its proximity to deep waters lends the location the best chances of getting close to these magnificent creatures. Often considered to be the highlight of many Maldives liveaboard trips.

  • Min Dives: 10
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Cocoa Corner (Cocoa Thila)

Male Atoll, Maldives

Cocoa Corner is a dive site that can be explored in several different ways and with the right current and conditions, it's is the best shark show around Male Atoll. Many dive guides consider crossing from Cocoa Corner to Kandooma Thila. With the right current, divers begin the dive from Cocoa Corner and while maintaining a depth of 25 to 29 metres, they swim across the current while parallel to the edge at 40 metres. This gives a natural reference that divers are maintaining the correct position while crossing to the Thila and divers are not taken too far inside the channel. The Thila lies in the middle of the channel about 15 metres from the channel edge. Here, divers will see heaps of Grey Reef Sharks from big mother sharks to newborn babies patrolling the edge of the channel together. Eagle Rays and schooling Jack Fish are also common at the beginning of the Thila. By the time divers reach the Thila, their bottom time should be running out and the best thing to do is to swim to the top of the Thila and continue diving in shallower waters. A safety balloon is a must at Cocoa Corner and divers should be prepared to make an open water safety stop.

  • Min Dives: 10
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Kuda Haa

Male Atoll, Maldives

Kuda Haa is a dramatic pinnacle, or thila, dive, which is widely considered one of the highlights of diving in the Maldives. Diving at Kuda Haa is at its best when the currents are not strong, when it is easy to navigate between the two parts of the pinnacle. Marine life to be expected at Kuda Haa is diverse and plentiful, including many macro species, including nudibranchs, flatworms, leaf fish and frogfish.

  • Min Dives: 10
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m
Dates Duration Route Room Type Price
23 Dec 2018
30 Dec 2018
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 2255
6 Jan 2019
13 Jan 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1967
13 Jan 2019
20 Jan 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1967
20 Jan 2019
27 Jan 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1967
27 Jan 2019
3 Feb 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1967
17 Mar 2019
24 Mar 2019
7 Nights Deep South and Southern Sharks Lower Deck Double Stateroom 2439
24 Mar 2019
31 Mar 2019
7 Nights South Central Atolls Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 2233
7 Apr 2019
14 Apr 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1731
14 Apr 2019
21 Apr 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1604
14 Apr 2019
21 Apr 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1777
21 Apr 2019
28 Apr 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1604
28 Apr 2019
5 May 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1604
28 Apr 2019
5 May 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1830
28 Apr 2019
5 May 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1777
5 May 2019
12 May 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1634
5 May 2019
12 May 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1461
5 May 2019
12 May 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1687
12 May 2019
19 May 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1604
19 May 2019
26 May 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1461
19 May 2019
26 May 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1634
19 May 2019
26 May 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1687
26 May 2019
2 Jun 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1687
26 May 2019
2 Jun 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1461
26 May 2019
2 Jun 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1634
11 Aug 2019
18 Aug 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1588
11 Aug 2019
18 Aug 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1761
11 Aug 2019
18 Aug 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1813
18 Aug 2019
25 Aug 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1813
18 Aug 2019
25 Aug 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1761
18 Aug 2019
25 Aug 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1588
25 Aug 2019
1 Sep 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1588
25 Aug 2019
1 Sep 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1761
25 Aug 2019
1 Sep 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1813
1 Sep 2019
8 Sep 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1687
1 Sep 2019
8 Sep 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1634
1 Sep 2019
8 Sep 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1461
8 Sep 2019
15 Sep 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1461
8 Sep 2019
15 Sep 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1634
8 Sep 2019
15 Sep 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1687
15 Sep 2019
22 Sep 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1813
15 Sep 2019
22 Sep 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1761
15 Sep 2019
22 Sep 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1588
22 Sep 2019
29 Sep 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1588
29 Sep 2019
6 Oct 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1588
6 Oct 2019
13 Oct 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1646
6 Oct 2019
13 Oct 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1819
6 Oct 2019
13 Oct 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1872
27 Oct 2019
3 Nov 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1872
27 Oct 2019
3 Nov 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1819
27 Oct 2019
3 Nov 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1646
3 Nov 2019
10 Nov 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1646
3 Nov 2019
10 Nov 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1819
3 Nov 2019
10 Nov 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1872
10 Nov 2019
17 Nov 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1872
10 Nov 2019
17 Nov 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1819
10 Nov 2019
17 Nov 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1646
17 Nov 2019
24 Nov 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1646
17 Nov 2019
24 Nov 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1819
17 Nov 2019
24 Nov 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1872
24 Nov 2019
1 Dec 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1872
24 Nov 2019
1 Dec 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1819
24 Nov 2019
1 Dec 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1646
8 Dec 2019
15 Dec 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1402
8 Dec 2019
15 Dec 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1574
8 Dec 2019
15 Dec 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1627
15 Dec 2019
22 Dec 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1627
15 Dec 2019
22 Dec 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1574
15 Dec 2019
22 Dec 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1402
22 Dec 2019
29 Dec 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1689
22 Dec 2019
29 Dec 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1861
22 Dec 2019
29 Dec 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1914
29 Dec 2019
5 Jan 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1914
29 Dec 2019
5 Jan 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1861
29 Dec 2019
5 Jan 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1689
5 Jan 2020
12 Jan 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1731
5 Jan 2020
12 Jan 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1904
5 Jan 2020
12 Jan 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1956
12 Jan 2020
19 Jan 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1956
12 Jan 2020
19 Jan 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1904
12 Jan 2020
19 Jan 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1731
19 Jan 2020
26 Jan 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1731
19 Jan 2020
26 Jan 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1904
19 Jan 2020
26 Jan 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1956
26 Jan 2020
2 Feb 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1956
26 Jan 2020
2 Feb 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1904
26 Jan 2020
2 Feb 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1731
2 Feb 2020
9 Feb 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1984
2 Feb 2020
9 Feb 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 2157
2 Feb 2020
9 Feb 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 2210
9 Feb 2020
16 Feb 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 2210
9 Feb 2020
16 Feb 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 2157
9 Feb 2020
16 Feb 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1984
16 Feb 2020
23 Feb 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1984
16 Feb 2020
23 Feb 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 2157
16 Feb 2020
23 Feb 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 2210
23 Feb 2020
1 Mar 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 2210
23 Feb 2020
1 Mar 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 2157
23 Feb 2020
1 Mar 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1984
15 Mar 2020
22 Mar 2020
7 Nights Deep South and Southern Sharks Lower Deck Double Stateroom 2442
15 Mar 2020
22 Mar 2020
7 Nights Deep South and Southern Sharks Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 2615
15 Mar 2020
22 Mar 2020
7 Nights Deep South and Southern Sharks Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 2668
22 Mar 2020
29 Mar 2020
7 Nights South Central Atolls Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 2459
22 Mar 2020
29 Mar 2020
7 Nights South Central Atolls Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 2406
22 Mar 2020
29 Mar 2020
7 Nights South Central Atolls Lower Deck Double Stateroom 2233
5 Apr 2020
12 Apr 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1731
5 Apr 2020
12 Apr 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1956
5 Apr 2020
12 Apr 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1904
12 Apr 2020
19 Apr 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1904
12 Apr 2020
19 Apr 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1956
12 Apr 2020
19 Apr 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1731
19 Apr 2020
26 Apr 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1731
19 Apr 2020
26 Apr 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1956
19 Apr 2020
26 Apr 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1904
26 Apr 2020
3 May 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1904
26 Apr 2020
3 May 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1956
26 Apr 2020
3 May 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1731
3 May 2020
10 May 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1377
3 May 2020
10 May 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1602
3 May 2020
10 May 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1549
10 May 2020
17 May 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1602
10 May 2020
17 May 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1549
10 May 2020
17 May 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1377
17 May 2020
24 May 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1377
17 May 2020
24 May 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1549
17 May 2020
24 May 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1602
24 May 2020
31 May 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1602
24 May 2020
31 May 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1549
24 May 2020
31 May 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1377
31 May 2020
7 Jun 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Lower Deck Double Stateroom 1377
31 May 2020
7 Jun 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin 1549
31 May 2020
7 Jun 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Upper Deck Twin Stateroom 1602