|Best of the Maldives (7 & 10 Nights; 4 Different Itineraries)|
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Deep South - Malé/Laamu, 7 Nights
16 - 18 dives / 6 diving days / 7 nights aboard
Which atolls: See Map.
When: Northeast Monsoon (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.
Embark/Disembark: Guests will fly in and out of Malé International Airport and from there will take a domestic flight post charter week from Laamu airport (KDO) to Malé airport (MLE).
Domestic Flight Details:
Guests will fly out of Kadhdhoo, Laamu airport (KDO) at end of charter week, 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.
SAMPLE Dive Sites:
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.