|Best of the Maldives (7 & 10 Nights; 4 Different Itineraries)|
|Southern Hemisphere (7 & 10 Nights; 3 Different Itineraries)|
Far South - Malé/Laamu, 7 Nights (2018)
Deep South - Laamu/Addu, 7 Nights (2019)
16 - 18 dives / 6 diving days / 7 nights aboard
Which atolls: See Map.
When: Northeast Monsoob (February - March)
Type of Diving: Mostly channel dives, wreck, cleaning station, coral gardens. Sites exposed to currents.
Marine life: Mostly pelagic fauna. Reef sharks, whale sharks, oceanic mantas, tiger sharks, eagle rays, macro, beautiful overhangs with soft corals, schools of reef fish and hammerheads.
If diving Addu atoll, the largest wreck in the Maldives.
Embark/Disembark: Guests will fly in and out of Malé International Airport and from there, (if on the Laamu/Gan or GAN to Malé itinerary) will take a domestic flight prior or post charter week.
Domestic Flight Details:
Guests who will need to fly in or out of Laamu (Kadhdhoo (KDO) Laamu will take a domestic flight with Maldivian Aero. Domestic flights are not included in the charter price and can be booked by our airline department.
* "Far South" Malé to Laamu - Guests will need to purchase a domestic flight from Laamu to Malé at the end of the charter week.
* "Deep South" Laamu/Addu - Guests will need to purchase 2 one-way domestic flights:
* Malé to Laamu (KDO) on the charter start date.
* GAN (GAN) back to Malé (charter ends in Addu).
SOUTH MALE ATOLL
Definitely number one in the ranking of the best dive sites in South Male atoll. Long thila, located in the middle of the channel, offers spectacular conditions to observe grey reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, eagle rays, big schools of jacks and snappers both with incoming and outgoing current. North side of the pinnacle is nicely covered with soft corals with the top of the reef being home to many reef fish and green turtles.
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 40 meters during the northeast monsoon it can be the highlight of the trip. Outgoing current offer worse visibility but the sharks are still there. Most of the time you will spend at the depth 70 - 90 feet.
Alimatha House Reef
One of the best night dives in the Maldives, every night there is a show performed by a big number of nurse sharks, stingrays and massive jacks. Maximum depth will not exceed 50 feet and most of the time you will be kneeling on a sandy bottom waiting for the sharks to come closer. Definitely not to be missed.
The reef is known as home to a lot of sharks during incoming currents but it also welcomes manta rays on a large cleaning station during outgoing current.
There is no specific place where diving would guarantee an encounter with a whale shark but the common practice is to use a strong light in the evening at the back platform of the boat to attract the zooplanktons which will further attract the whale sharks. Scuba diving while having the shark at the back of the boat is rather discouraged as the bubbles may disperse the mass of the plankton. The best experience is to grab a mask, fins and gently enter the water on the side of the boat, not to scare the whale shark away and then enjoy the view while snorkeling. Sometimes the whale shark will stay for hours, more than one visitor is also possible. Instructions given by the dive guides have to be followed and a code of conduct must be respected by all snorkelers to enjoy the moment to the fullest.
Fushi Kandu ***
The most spectacular channel dive of the atoll. There are a few different ways to dive it but crossing the channel offers the most exciting encounters with big fish. Although it might seem very easy it is not recommended for not experienced divers due to washing machines created by the current. Staying close to the dive guide and same positioning will make crossing the channel easier. Negative entry is recommended.
Huvadhoo atoll is known for being home to the biggest fish in the world. Just like in Thaa atoll there is now specific place where diving would guarantee an encounter with a whale shark but the common practice is to use a strong light in the evening at the back platform of the boat to attract the zooplanktons which will further attract the whale sharks. The best experience is to grab mask fins and gently enter the water on the side of the boat, not to scare the whale shark away and then enjoy the view while snorkeling.
One of the best channel dives in the atoll, suitable for all diver levels depending on the entry point. With incoming current dozens of grey reef sharks can be seen as well as eagle rays and many species of fish that swim around the channel. Crossing the channel above the edge will be the most effective way to spot big amount of fish.
Another top ranking site and definitely a must dive spot. As most channel dives it offers the best conditions during incoming current in the northeast monsoon. It is possible to observe grey reef sharks, leopard sharks, nurse sharks, big barracudas, tunas, eagle rays and napoleons. Tiger sharks have also been seen in this place.
Unique place because of the number of green turtles that can be spotted. Very easy drift dive along the reef, suitable for all levels of experience. These turtles can get scared easily and often swim away as soon as they spot a diver, therefore divers staying in the back of the group may have much fewer encounters. More caution before coming up to the surface is recommended as there are many fishing boats arriving to or leaving the nearby port.
This channel comparing to other channels in this area offers more technical conditions to observe big schools of grey reef sharks. The center of the channel is the place to be.
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.
British Royalty Wreck
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.
The place is known for its cleaning station hosting manta rays all year long. There are a few coral reefs a bit shallower, which are also considered cleaning stations and mantas can be seen there quite often.