This is a trip for the seasoned Maldives diver. You will see new sites from North Male to Huvadhoo and everything in between. Channels packed with sharks and beautiful soft corals, stunning cleaning stations with Manta rays, and locations where Manta rays and whale sharks come to the boat at night to feed off the plankton that are attracted by the lights from the boat. This itinerary will end with breathtaking pelagic encounters.
SOUTH AND CENTRAL ATOLLS
STARTING AT USD 2,799
Weather, sea conditions and length of trip may affect the itinerary and dive sites selection.
South and 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)
Things you might see
- Manta rays
- Whale sharks
- Reef sharks
- Hammerhead sharks
- Tiger sharks
- Thresher 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.
July – 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: 10 to 40 metres
Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced