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Finding the perfect Liveaboard in the Maldives

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It is possible to dive in the Maldives all year round. The monsoon season from April to October brings rain and therefore is avoided by some. The water temperature ranges from 26 to 30°C (80 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit)


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Are you still hesitating about the destination of your next liveaboard diving experience? Think no more, Maldives it is! Diving in the Maldives is one of the reasons for the success of the destination. One chooses the Maldives for its various underwater species. Its underwater fauna is very rich and prolific. The reefs are covered with beautiful hard and soft corals, gorgonians, and at every detour of the relief, you can make beautiful underwater encounters. The Maldives archipelago is spanning nearly 700 km from north to south and lies between the Lakshadweep Islands to the north and the Chagos Islands to the south. These three archipelagos forming an immense submarine relief composed of atolls and coral reefs...

Undoubtedly, the best way to discover the most beautiful diving sites in the Maldives is to go on a liveaboard. It is no coincidence that divers from all over the world come to the Maldives to practice their passion. The archipelago's location in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the warm waters, the beautiful coral reefs, and above all the diversified fauna make it a fantastic destination for scuba diving.

We'll help you find the perfect Liveaboard trip, that suits your needs:

It's difficult to choose wich liveaboard that will suit your needs and how to find the best price on that boat.

So we've gathered the best boats and made it possible to compare prices across all the different booking platforms. This way, you'll get the best boat for your needs at the best price.

Start by sorting the boats after your budget, and find a liveaboard that fits your budget and your needs:

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Soleil-2 :

Average price is US$ 172 per day

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Year built:2015
Max divers28
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

A recent addition to the Blue K Safari fleet, the Soleil II is designed with state of the art facilities. Well-equipped with modern facilities to ensure that clients/guests get exceptional services, the yacht which was launched in 2015 is perfectly shaped for cruising the Maldivian Atolls and the Indian Ocean. Diving with the Solei II is sure to bring lots of exciting sights such as manta rays, beautiful reefs and the possibility of seeing large pelagic animals. With Soleil II, you are guaranteed an unforgettable and fun-filled experience.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Seafari-Explorer :

Average price is US$ 216 per day

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Year built:2017
Max divers24
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes (free)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

A new boat in the Seafari fleet, the Seafari Explorer takes guests to explore the magnificent Maldives atolls. The yacht was launched in 2017 and offers guests a blissful experience and is also the top choice for divers exploring the best dive sites in the Maldives. The Seafari Explorer offers 7-14 nights itineraries stretching from the northern to the southern atolls. Divers and non-divers have the opportunity to experience the remote dive sites in luxury. With the Seafari Explorer, guests are sure to get a fun-filled memorable experience.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Scubaspa Yang :

Average price is US$ 272 per day

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Year built:2015
Max divers40
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The Scubaspa Yang liveaboard is designed to give any guest an unforgettable and relaxing dive holiday in the Maldives. With dive trips year-round, you can experience spectacular diving whenever you feel like. Scubaspa Yang has its own dive dhoni along with 4 well-trained dive instructors. This liveaboard can accommodate 40 guests in 19 rooms. For entertainment purposes, guests get complimentary fishing rods, paddle boards, and kayaks. Being designed with both diving and spa treatments in mind, Scubaspa Yang offers plentiful spa facilities and daily yoga sessions, parallel to the daily snorkeling adventures and diving adventures.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Carpe Vita :

Average price is US$ 173 per day

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Year built:2010
Max divers20
InternetYes ($)
NitroxYes (free)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The Carpe Diem liveaboard, the MV Carpe Vita is a brand-new luxury Maldivian liveaboard launched in March 2011. Purpose-built for scuba diving, the MV Carpe Vita aims to take the best elements of Carpe Diem and make it bigger and better. Built with attention to details, the MV Carpe Vita provides guests with a fun-filled and luxurious yachting experience with large hotel-style cabins, jacuzzi, and a very spacious deck.  Targeting the luxury end of the dive market, the Carpe Vita runs a 7-day diving trip departing and returning to Male, Maldives. Go diving aboard the MV Carpe Vita and experience this luxury diving experience in the Maldives.

 

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Horizon III :

Average price is US$ 249 per day

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Year built:2015
Max divers24
InternetYes ($)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The latest addition to the Blue Horizon fleet, the Horizon III launched in 2009 meets up your expected adventure plan, taking you to explore the beautiful underwater paradise and other thrilling surf spots. Diving with the Horizon III liveaboard in the Maldives is one of the least expensive and easier ways to experience the best dive sites in the Maldives. With the Horizon III, guests can experience sightings of manta rays, reef sharks, turtles, eagle rays and even whale sharks around the northern, central, and southern Maldivian atolls.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Azalea Cruise :

Average price is US$ 326 per day

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Year built:2015
Max divers18
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The Azalea Cruise liveaboard takes divers and no-divers to the best diving sites the Maldives has to offer, which include North Male, South Male, Felidhe Atoll and Ari Atoll. Aboard this unique liveaboard, divers will enjoy the excellent view of the deep, clear waters, where dolphins, pelagics such as barracuda, trevally and tuna, big schools of fusilier, snapper, and sharks all gather along. Our guests can also try a variety of activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, water skiing, yoga fishing, wakeboards, sandbank trips and even a trip to a Maldivian resort. With 8days/7nights of mind-blowing fun, diving or snorkeling aboard the Azalea Cruise make for a trip you will never forget

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Blue Voyager :

Average price is US$ 176 per day

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Year built:2015
Max divers26
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Formerly known as the Maldives Master, the Blue Voyager goes to the best dive sites in the Maldives, which include the far north atolls, deep south and the famous dive sites of Rasdhoo, Ari and Male Atolls. Sister ship to the Sea Spirit and the Sachika, the Blue Voyager, was built explicitly for divers and initially went on a cruise in the Red Sea. The boat was renovated in 2015 before it changed course to the waters of the Maldives. Known for comfort and luxury as found in most boats which go on a cruise in the Maldives, guests are guaranteed to get a pleasant and unforgettable experience diving with the Blue Voyager.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Nautilus Two :

Average price is US$ 161 per day

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Year built:2015
Max divers24
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

A boat built according to the local traditional style, the M.Y Nautilus Two offers comfort and modern standards to guests looking to explore the Maldives. This spacious dive boat which is a perfect fit for both divers and non-divers takes guests to the best dive sites in the Maldives.

There are other activities onboard apart from diving that makes the Nautilus Two an ideal option for any vacationer, such as kitesurfing, snorkeling, fishing, etc. With lots of space, beautiful craftsmanship and modern facilities, this luxury liveaboard built in 2007 and renovated in 2015 is the perfect combination of a fascinating adventure, diving and holidays. Explore the beautiful islands of the Maldives and have great dives in the best reefs of the Indian Ocean.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Ocean Divine :

Average price is US$ 327 per day

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Year built:2015
Max divers12
InternetYes ($)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Ocean Divine is a luxury liveaboardideal for those who want a more personal feel in smaller groups.It offers diving cruises to the North Atoll, Central Atoll and Southern Atoll, Ari Atoll, and Felidu Atoll of Maldives. It has six deluxe staterooms, each featuring a porthole, wardrobe, bathrobes, toiletries, daily fresh towels and individual climate control. A highly trained masseuse, a top-level chef, a friendly bartender, and knowledgeable dive guides are always available. Ocean Divine offers diving cruises from November to April. It has 3 dives per day and 1-night dive per week, all done from well-equipped tenders.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Eco Blue :

Average price is US$ 199 per day

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Year built:2018
Max divers22
InternetYes ($)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The Eco Blue liveaboard offers year-round diving to some of the best atolls of the Maldives. With a choice to choose between 4 routes ranging from 7 – 14 nights, guests can have an amazing Maldivian dive adventure. Cateringfor up to 22 guests, there are 12 cabins, all with either double or double and single beds, and individual AC units. The liveaboard offers a dining room, lounge with an entertainment system and sun deck with loungers to relax in-between the dives. When it comes to diving, Eco Blue has all the necessary diving equipment, including new Bauer air and nitrox compressors, as well as dive gear, new oxygen kits, and tanks.

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A diverse fauna and flora:

More than 240 varieties of corals, more than 1,000 species of fish, 5 species of turtles, etc. have been listed. Maldives has such a variety of underwater species that it is a safe bet that, as snorkeler or a diver, you will probably cross with huge napoleons, schools of barracudas, batfish, gaterini, tuna and jacks; a multitude of small reef fish, angelfish, ballista, clownfish, and colorful anemones.

  • Corals: Corals are very exciting to explore while diving. They form beautiful reefs with their original shapes and architectures. Despite the bleaching of hard surface corals, there are numerous areas of regrowth here and there. The corals of the southern atolls, deeper, have suffered less from the effects of El Nino. Numerous varieties of gorgonians, sponges and colorful alcyonaria will live up to your dives.
  • Sharks: In recent years, the government has passed a law banning shark fishing. The archipelago has no less than 26 species. The most common sharks are tip-white sharks, black-tips, and gray reef sharks. The thresher shark, guitar shark is often observed in some areas. Hammerhead sharks are visible in whole schools on some famous sites, such as in the Rasdhoo Atoll. Tiger sharks and leopard sharks can also be spotted. Additionally, according to the seasons and the sites, you will be able to encounter the majestic whale shark.
  • Rays: All rays are protected in the Maldives. The majestic manta rays are present in large numbers in the archipelago. The Manta Trust estimates the population at over 5,000 specimens. We can see them in all seasons, at different locations. In addition to the manta rays, you can admire squadrons of eagle rays passing or isolated rays here or there. Stingrays are also numerous.
  • Turtles: Although 5 species of sea turtles have been listed in the Maldives, there are 3 species that are most often encountered during diving or snorkeling. The green turtle is probably the one you will see most often. The hawksbill turtle is also present in the Maldives, although it is considered an endangered species. Furthermore, the leatherback turtle is the largest of the three, and is rarer to observe. The turtles come to lay eggs on the beaches of the islands, and if you are lucky, you will be able to observe this fabulous spectacle of the nature that is hatching.

Where to dive in the Maldives?

Diving in the Maldives offers a wide variety of dive sites and typologies. The bottoms are varied, the hard and soft corals line the reefs and the colored drop-offs. The fauna is rich: whether you are a big fish enthusiast or a lover of small creatures, there is something for everyone. The underwater world is everything but monotonous; you will explore caves, slide along the walls, and admire the beautiful overhangs that adorn the walls.

  • House-reef diving: All the islands are bordered by a coral reef; however it is more or less accessible from the beach, or the pier. Some diving centers installed in hotels allow experienced divers to go diving on the reef around the island. Among the most famous islands are Eriyadu, Filitheyo, and Huvahendhoo.
  • Diving in Kandus: The Maldives archipelago is made up of atolls made up of thousands of coral reefs. These coral barriers are cut outside by channels formed over time by currents changing with the seasons. These channels, called Kandu in the local language, present a fabulous playground and life for marine species. Everyone finds it in this very rich pantry. Corals, planktivorous fauna, and sharks cohabit in osmosis. Pelagic fish navigate solitary or in huge schools in search of food.
  • Diving in Thilas and Giris: Thilas and Giris are always inside the atolls. They arise from the depths of the atoll to the surface and attract a rich marine life. Covered with corals, they serve as refuge and home for many species but are the delight of predators. The show often takes place following the currents.

A diving liveaboard allows you to cover a wider variety of diving spots in record time. You can visit several atolls during the same liveaboard cruise, and depending on the schedule, you can concentrate the dives on a less popular area, as in the South or the Far North for example.

  • Classic center atolls: These diving liveaboards run a loop from Male. Generally, they allow discovering 5 atolls. Kaafu North and South, Alifu Atoll, Vaavu and Rasdhoo Atoll. The sites are varied. North Male includes beautiful reefs full of fish. On Alifu Atoll, in winter you can cross manta rays and why not the whale shark in Maamigili. South of Kaafu South, the Guraidhoo Pass should be on every diver’s bucket list for shark attendance in the channel. At Rasdhoo, we go especially for the hammerhead shark bank.
  • North atolls: From Male, you will visit the atolls of Baa, Raa, Noonu, and Lhaviyani. From May to October, Baa Atoll becomes an awesome playground for manta rays and whale sharks. The southwestern monsoon brings a significant amount of plankton. UNESCO has classified the area as a biosphere reserve. The other atolls are almost virgin, there are few hotels, and the fauna you can observe is representative of the Maldives, but in large quantities.
  • South atolls: The atolls of Faafu, Dhaalu, Meemu, Thaa and Laamu will be on the program of your Liveaboard. The dive sites are not very visited, and the dives in the passes guarantee an unforgettable sight. Gray sharks, albimarginatus, tigers, hammers, and thresher sharks, but also large schools of tuna and jacks. The dives are quite sporty and these cruises are therefore reserved for confirmed divers.

When to dive in the Maldives?

You can dive all year round in the Maldives. The air and water temperatures are almost constant because the archipelago is distributed on both sides of the equator. In the Maldives as elsewhere, it is difficult now to generalize and it is impossible to guarantee the good weather. However, there are two major seasons: The northeast monsoon from December to April, and the southwest monsoon from May to November. During the first, the rains are rare, and the sea calmest. On the other hand, it is between May and November that the rainy days are the most frequent. During the northeast monsoon, currents cross the atolls from east to west. The eastern parts therefore benefit from stronger currents, with a greater concentration of sharks and pelagic in these currents. Manta rays and whale sharks are rather happier in the plankton-rich parts of the South and West, but there will be less visibility. During the Southwest monsoon, currents move to the South and West. Sharks, schools of tuna, eagle rays and other pelagic species are concentrated in these southern and western areas. Manta rays and whale sharks move north and east.

So what are you waiting for you to book your next liveaboard in the Maldives? Warm water, around 28 ° C all year long, colorful lagoons, intense turquoise blue water with shades of celadon green, sand incredibly white and so fine that your feet will struggle to regain the rhythm of closed shoes after a few days, lovers of the seabed, we invite you to discover this paradise on earth!

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