This classic Itinerary always delivers mind-blowing dives. It is the perfect collection of what Maldives has to offer. You will be diving the central atolls. North Male Atoll to Alimatha Jetty, this itinerary will drop you into stunning wall dives, sweeping channel dives with shark action all around you, Pinnacles shooting out of the water in the middle of stunning lagoons, beautiful coral gardens with the oceans gentle giants cruising by or being cleaned at the cleaning stations. This itinerary will have you leave knowing you have seen all that the Maldives has to offer.
BEST OF CENTRAL ATOLLS
STARTING AT USD 2,799
The trip starts in North Male Atoll. During the rainy season it is the perfect time to dive in Lankan Manta point where you will enjoy the first manta encounters of the trip or dive the Fish factory with its walls full of fat moray eels and stingrays flying all over the place. After that we will cross to explore Rasdhoo Atoll looking for some shark action in the channels. Then continue our journey to North Ari, we’re gonna be diving some of its famous thilas. Thilas are the bread and butter of the maldivian dives. These underwater pinnacles are full of fish life, sharks and amazing critters waiting for you. It’s possible to find frogfishes, ghost pipefishes, octopus, mantis shrimps or turtles in their coral gardens .
Weather, sea conditions and length of trip may affect the itinerary and dive sites selection.
Best of Central Atolls
Starting in North Male for dive sites: Fish factory. Then to Rasdhoo Atoll where you will be diving in channels with sharks. After Rasdhoo Atoll you will head to North Ari and South Ari with pinnacles and stunning coral gardens. Then you will Head east to Vaavu Atoll to dive with Nurse sharks at Alimatha Jetty.
The starting point of the trip and offers some nice coral gardens and during the rainy season the opportunity to have the first encounter with mantas at Lankan Manta Point, this is a bustling cleaning station for mantas. It is most active during the rainy season (June to December.) It offers a great reef dive with chances to see octopus, scorpionfish, black tip reef sharks, white tip reef sharks, turtles and so much more. Fish factory is a wonderful and easy dive site with chances to meet a large group of stingrays it also has a great variety of moray eels and sometimes guitar sharks or big pelagic sharks are coming here for an easy breakfast
Embarkation and Disembarkation from Male (MNL)
What you may see
- Manta rays
- Whale sharks
- Nurse sharks
- Green turtles
- Schooling eagle rays
- Grey reef sharks
- Black and white tip reef sharks
- Frog fish
- Ghost pipefish
- Guitar sharks
- And much much more…
The Maldives is affected by 2 different monsoons. This itinerary is fantastic year round as it has different options for both monsoons
August – November – Best chance to see Whale sharks and Manta Rays
January – April – Known for its crystal-clear visibility and dry warm weather.
Water Temperature: 27 to 30 degrees Celsius (80-86 Fahrenheit)
Air Temperature: 25 to 32 degrees Celsius (77-90 Fahrenheit)
Current: Gentle to Strong
Visibility: 15 to 40 metres
Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced