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Finding the perfect Liveaboard in the Maldives

Map of The Maldives

Best time to go

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 is your next liveaboard destination!
Diving in the Maldives is one of the reasons for the success of the area.

Divers chooses the Maldives for its various underwater species.
It's 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:

Sort the liveaboards based on your needs

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

Average price is US$ 216 per day

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Year built:2002
Max divers16
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes (free)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

With a cozy atmosphere, the Moonima is a 30-meter or 98-feet vessel that traverses the wonderful Maldivian archipelago. Having undergone a full renovation in 2015, it continues to bring its guests to territories comprised mostly of atolls, where a large variety of marine life exists in an underwater paradise. Plenty of marine animals live in its coral reefs which are formed by at least 187 known species of corals. Diving from this vessel, guests can immerse themselves in waters with around 2000 different species of marine animals, with variations dependent on the atoll being explored.

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

Average price is US$ 161 per day

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Year built:2015
Max divers16
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Nautilus One measures 30 meters or about 98 feet and it annually traverses the beautiful and azure waters of the Maldives. During its scheduled cruises from October to May, it passes by the wonderful atolls that make the Maldives such a beautiful place. Its design reminds of a dive charter. This contributes to the overall luxurious amenities offered to the guests. True to being a luxury liveaboard, guests often find it hard to choose whether to stay on board or swim with the sharks, corals, and other marine animals during the diving activities.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the MV Sea Spirit :

Average price is US$ 249 per day

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Year built:2002
Max divers12
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Taking guests to the diving paradise of the Maldives, the Sea Spirit is sure to offer some of the best diving trips around the world famous sites. Visiting the finest beaches with white sands, crystal blue waters, and lush greens – the vessel takes its guests to these marvels of nature. Crafted in traditional Maldivian style, the vessel has become synonymous with luxury and safety cruising. Capable of accommodating 12 guests maximum, it is a haven in its own rights, giving guests memorable experiences while cruising the magnificent waters of the Maldivian scuba diving paradise.

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

Average price is US$ 237 per day

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Year built:2015
Max divers16
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Built in 2010, the 32-meter/104-feet MV Theia liveaboard regularly sails the Maldivian waters. Since then it has never failed to bring unforgettable memories to its guests. The professional crew members are making sure that guests’ every needs are well-attended. The liveaboard itself exemplifies luxury and comfort because of the amenities available. Whether it’s the hammerhead sharks or the reef sharks you want to see, or perhaps the vivid corals or nudibranchs, the diving experience offered by Theia is just exactly amazing!

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the MY Duke of York :

Average price is US$ 288 per day

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Year built:2014
Max divers20
InternetYes ($)
NitroxYes (free)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

The Duke of York belongs to the Luxury Yacht Maldives fleet, known for taking luxury cruises to the best levels possible. The vessel measures 36 meters or about 118 feet. This luxury liveaboard offers top notch scuba diving experiences in the azure blue waters of the Maldives decorated by sugar-white sand beaches. The close encounters with the fantastic marine diversity will surely make this a trip to be remembered.

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

Average price is US$ 225 per day

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Year built:2014
Max divers22
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

As a member of the Maldives Boat Yacht Club, a liveaboard experience via Adora offers world-class services in terms of safety, personal attention from the crew members, and assured fun and memories above and under the water, and even within the yacht itself. With reputable cruising experiences since 2014, the yacht has successfully sailed the waters of Maldives and brought forth the most unforgettable diving memories to its guests. Everything that a guest expects from a diving safari is well-provided by the yacht as it is built with the principles of bringing satisfaction to the guests – divers and non-divers alike.

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

Average price is US$ 186 per day

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Year built:2016
Max divers22
InternetYes ($)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

As one of the pioneers of cruising in the Northern atolls, the Amba yacht makes sure to offer diving holidays away from the mass crowds known to flock the Maldivian islands. Because the itinerary is relatively new, guests can experience dives to the yet unspoiled coral reefs and thilas (underwater mountains) of the island paradise. With secret diving locations included, there are greater opportunities for underwater photographers and videographers to capture the Maldivian seascape in a different perspective. Measuring 33 meters or about 108 feet, this liveaboard has a sailing history dating back to 2004. With a complete renovation undergone in 2016 and annual checks each summers, the Amba mightily hurdles the waves and currents of Maldives.

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

Average price is US$ 178 per day

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Year built:2018
Max divers14
InternetNo
NitroxYes (free)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Having spent nearly three decades of sailing and cruising, the Sheena liveaboard that measures 24 meters or 78 feet is exceptional not only because of its tiny size, but also because of the diving opportunities in the more distant southern atolls. It was owned by Werner Lau, who operates many diving resorts around the world. Sheena, as a no-exception is stationed at the Filitheyo Island Resort. It thus gives its guests the luxury of an island stay and a liveaboard experience plus the bonus of being taken to the new diving destinations across the fantastic islands of the Maldives.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the M/Y Princess Rani :

Average price is US$ 186 per day

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Year built:2008
Max divers20
InternetYes ($)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

A part of the Princess fleet, the Princess Rani Liveaboard caters to divers, non-divers and families alike. The Princess Rani takes guests to the best dive sites in the Maldives in comfort and style as the boat is equipped with stabilizers and ultra-silent engines for comfortable navigation on the Indian Ocean. Diving safaris of 8-10 days are scheduled to all the interesting sites of the Maldives (including the northern, central and southern atolls), choosing the best itineraries each time of the year.

A diving holiday on the Princess Rani Maldives liveaboard is one you wouldn’t want to miss out on as it’s a fantastic and unforgettable adventure.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the MV Sachika :

Average price is US$ 205 per day

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Year built:2007
Max divers20
InternetYes ($)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Voted as the ‘Best Dive Safari 2018’ at the Maldives Boating Awards, the MV Sachika is an Italian owned and operated luxury boat that takes divers and non-divers to the best dive sites in the Maldives. The common dive sites visited include North Male, South Male, and Aril Atoll. A high class and luxurious vessel, the MV Sachika was built in 2007 with attention paid to the finer details. This stunning yacht ensures that guests travel in luxury, comfort and style. Diving aboard the MV Sachika is an experience you wouldn’t forget for the rest of your life as the boat’s combination of luxury, comfort and safety is unmatched.

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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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