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The Maldives are famous for it's Whale sharks and Manta rays encounters, stunning blue water and white sand atolls.
Situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean it is a magnet for big marine life.

Upcoming Maldives Liveaboards

  • Why choose Blue Force One:
    Stunning high end Liveaboard with the same experienced crew for over 10 years, jacuzzi, 3 sunning areas, In house entertainment system, Mares ... re-breather friendly, Kayaks and paddle boards avaialble, Beach BBQ and sand bank sunsets.

    Blue Force one accommodates up to 24 people in 12 excellent cabins; 7 wide deluxe cabins, 2 Junior Suites, 1 Master Cabin and 2 Master suites all with a full bathroom, hair dryer, remote control for lights and air-conditioning, TV with in house movies, satellite WI-FI, in boat phone circuit, safe, bathrobes and towels.

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  • Why choose Blue Force Threee:
    A stunning high end liveaboard with loads of space so you never feel over crowded yet still catering to all divers of all skills levels with Kayaks ... and paddle boards avaialble, Beach BBQ and sand bank sunsets.

    Blue Force Three accommodates up to 26 passengers across 12 cabins across 3 decks including 4 lower deck double / twin cabins featuring a double bed and a single bed and 2 triple cabins also on the lower deck. The Main Deck has 2 double / twin cabins with 2 single beds and the Upper deck has 4 double / twin cabins with a double bed and a single bed.

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  • Why choose Blue Horizon III:
    High quality dives and service to the guests with almost 65% of guests returning every year. There are 4-5 guides for a maximum of 24 guests that ... permits all dive levels get the maximum dive experience with an average ratio of 6 divers per dive master. They love showing guests fantastic places away from the crowds and they do not have a minimum number of guests in order to sail so every trip is guaranteed plus there is also an onboard masseuse.

    Blue Horizon3 is amongst one of the best boats in the Maldives. She accommodates 24 guests in 12 en-suite air-conditioned cabins made up of 1 Master cabin with bath tub, 2 deluxe cabins with bath tub and 9 standard cabins with en-suite bathrooms. The living area is complemented with the restaurant. There is also a spa and sun deck including a Jacuzzi.

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  • Why choose Carpe Novo:
    Carpe Novo offers Free Nitrox to Qualified divers, Long term experienced staff, very popular with guests with great reviews, 10% discount on trips departing ... in the next 30 days, Small group offer (pay for 5 and being 6 pax).

    Carpe Novo caters to a maximum of 21 people in 11 cabins divided over 3 decks. Carpe Novo is for scuba divers for both individuals as well as groups providing 3 dives a day and Free Nitrox on her dedicated scuba diving trips.

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  • Why choose Carpe Vita:
    Carpe Vita offers Free Nitrox to Qualified divers, Long term experienced staff, very popular with guests with great reviews, 10% discount on trips departing ... in the next 30 days, Small group offer (pay for 5 and being 6 pax).

    Carpe Vita is the more luxurious version of the Carpe Diem. Carpe Vita is 38 Metres in length and caters for a maximum of 20 people with 10 cabins divided over 3 decks (VIP suite (2), Superior (2) and standard (6)). All cabins have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes and their own private bathroom with toilet and hot water shower.

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  • Why choose Conte Max:
    Conte Max has an experienced Crew and Free Nitrox, 6:1 guide to guest ratio, Wifi available, EIFAC boat certified, One single cabin available, Masseuse on ... board, Italian and international cuisine.

    When Conte Max was launched the Maldives did not offer many boats of such high comfort and standard for divers and she caters to 20 guests onboard in 11 cabins. All cabins feature independently adjustable air conditioning, bathrooms with shower cubicles and no bunk beds. A masseur is also available on board and free Nitrox.

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  • Why choose Duke of York:
    Experienced Crew and Free Nitrox, Low guide to guest ratio, Wifi available, EIFAC boat certified, Masseuse on board, Italian and international ... cuisine.

    Duke of York has 11 Cabins and accommodates up to 21 guests comfortably in 3 Upper deck Twin cabins, 1 Mai deck twin cabin, 4 Lower deck Double / Twin or Triple cabins with one double bed and a single one, 2 Lower deck Twin cabins and 1 single cabin also on the Lower deck.
    All cabins feature independently adjustable air conditioning, bathrooms with shower.

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  • Why choose Emperor Explorer:
    Included in the trip price is Free Nitrox for qualified divers, park and port fees and a free glass of wine with dinner, no hidden extras. There is ... Satellite internet available on board and a large deck area and multiple relaxation areas including a Jacuzzi. The boat is steel hulled and twin engined and there is a beach barbecue each trip and diving groups are kept small and the boat is equipped with full safety equipment.

    Emperor Explorer is a contemporary, spacious liveaboard where fine accommodation and service is standard. This 42 metre boat easily accommodates 26 guests in 13 well-appointed ensuite cabins all with air-con. Add to that her Spa, spacious diving and relaxation areas and she's a winner.

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  • Why choose Emperor Leo:
    Included in the trip price is Free Nitrox for qualified divers, park and port fees and a free glass of wine with dinner, no hidden extras. There is ... Satellite internet available on board and a large deck area and multiple relaxation areas including a Jacuzzi. The boat is steel hulled and twin engined and there is a beach barbecue each trip and diving groups are kept small and the boat is equipped with full safety equipment.

    Emperor Leo is a sleek 32m luxury cruiser and accommodates 24 divers in 4 lower deck double and 4 lower deck twin Cabins, 3 upper deck double / twin cabins and 1 Executive Suite for double occupancy with Jacuzzi.

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  • Why choose Emperor Serenity:
    Included in the trip price is Free Nitrox for qualified divers, park and port fees and a free glass of wine with dinner, no hidden extras. There is ... Satellite internet available on board and a large deck area and multiple relaxation areas including a Jacuzzi. The boat is steel hulled and twin engined and there is a beach barbecue each trip and diving groups are kept small and the boat is equipped with full safety equipment.

    Emperor Serenity is a modern, spacious liveaboard built to a very high standard, at 40 metres long she accommodates 26 guests in 13 cabins consisting of 2 double or twin bed cabins on the upper deck, 2 double bed cabins on the main deck, 5 double or twin bed cabins and 3 double only cabins on the lower deck.

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  • Why choose Emperor Virgo:
    Included in the trip price is Free Nitrox for qualified divers, park and port fees and a free glass of wine with dinner, no hidden extras. There is ... Satellite internet available on board and a large deck area and multiple relaxation areas including a Jacuzzi. The boat is steel hulled and twin engined and there is a beach barbecue each trip and diving groups are kept small and the boat is equipped with full safety equipment.

    Emperor Virgo is 31m in length with 18 berths over 9 well appointed comfortable cabins including 2 sea view upper deck double or twin cabins, 2 main deck double or twin cabins and 5 lower deck twin or double cabins all with en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning.

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  • Why choose Emperor Voyager:
    Included in the trip price is Free Nitrox for qualified divers, park and port fees and a free glass of wine with dinner, no hidden extras. There is ... Satellite internet available on board and a large deck area and multiple relaxation areas including a Jacuzzi. The boat is steel hulled and twin engined and there is a beach barbecue each trip and diving groups are kept small and the boat is equipped with full safety equipment.

    Emperor Voyager is a 30m luxury, spacious liveaboard built to a very high standard accommodating 20 guests in 10 cabins consisting of 2 twin bed cabins on the upper deck, 1 twin bed cabin on the main deck, 1 double bed cabin on the lower front deck and 6 twin bed cabins on the lower deck.

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  • Why choose Maldives Aggressor:
    The mission of Aggressor Liveaboards is to provide their guests with the highest quality, most innovative and safest experiences possible. They ... offer unparalleled customer service on their comfortable small group adventures, accessing the most exciting destinations around the world to offer the best experience possible.

    Maldives Aggressor accommodates 22 passengers in 11 staterooms; 8 staterooms with two single beds in each, 2 staterooms with Queen size beds and 1 stateroom with a king size bed. The Suite stateroom is located on the main deck with panoramic windows.

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  • Why choose Sachika:
    Very popular with great reviews and many repeat clients, snorkeler friendly (village visits, fishing trips, deserted beaches and sand banks etc), has won the ... last 2 editions of the Best Dive Safari boat, low dive guide to guest ratio, Jacuzzi, Green tax included in the price.

    Sachika is without doubt one of our favourite liveaboards in the Maldives. She has 10 En-suite cabins for 20 guests consisting of 3 suites, 1 junior suite, 4 standard double or twin cabins and 2 twin cabins.

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  • Why choose Scubaspa Yang:
    Full Dive schedule offered with Small dive groups with the option to use any of the 20 spa services on offer, gourmet cuisine from all over world ... provided by highly trained chefs, bartenders and baristas, morning Yoga, 1Gb free internet, Jacuzzi, movie night under the stars, Kayaks, SUP and much more.

    ScubaSpa Yang caters to up to 34 guests in 17 luxury cabins during the week long Maldives diving and spa safaris. Scubaspa offers an unforgettable holiday of a lifetime on board a luxury vessel that offers a full diving schedule for a maximum of only 26 divers. Whether diving or enjoying daily treatments in the sumptuous Spa, you will receive the finest and very best from both worlds.

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  • Why choose Scubaspa Yang:
    Full Dive schedule offered with Small dive groups with the option to use any of the 20 spa services on offer, gourmet cuisine from all over world ... provided by highly trained chefs, bartenders and baristas, morning Yoga, 1Gb free internet, Jacuzzi, movie night under the stars, Kayaks, SUP and much more.

    ScubaSpa Yang caters to up to 34 guests in 17 luxury cabins during the week long Maldives diving and spa safaris. Scubaspa offers an unforgettable holiday of a lifetime on board a luxury vessel that offers a full diving schedule for a maximum of only 26 divers. Whether diving or enjoying daily treatments in the sumptuous Spa, you will receive the finest and very best from both worlds.

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  • Why choose Sunseeker:
    Very popular with guests with great reviews and many repeat clients, snorkeller friendly (village visits, fishing trips, deserted beaches and sand banks ... etc), low dive guide to guest ratio (Approx 6:1), Jacuzzi on the top deck, GST and Green tax is included in the price, mix of Italian and Maldivian cuisine, Wifi on board (extra charge).

    Sunseeker is a floating luxury resort in the Maldives, there are 12 cabins on board, including 1 Executive Suite with panoramic views, 1 Junior suite, 3 twin/double mini-suites and 7 twin/double standard cabins. Each cabin has spacious en-suite bathrooms (and some of the best showers anywhere), individual AC and hair-dryer.

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Maldives diving conditions
The Maldives has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons - a dry season from November/December to April/May, and a wet season from sometime in May to October/November.
Please note the "wet" season is not solid rain 24 hours a day and is mostly showers in the morning and evening with many days being sunny and the diving remains good all year.
Underwater visibility in the Maldives is determined by the tidal movements with incoming and outgoing tides.

Here is how each season effects diving in the Maldives:

Dry Season (November/December to April/May):
This is the peak tourist season in the Maldives, with generally calm seas, warm temperatures, and low humidity.
The dry season is considered the best time to visit for diving, as the water is clear and the visibility is excellent.
The chance to see larger pelagic species such as whale sharks and manta rays is also higher during this season.
However, as this is the peak season, prices for liveaboards and resorts tend to be higher.

Wet Season (May to October/November):
The wet season in the Maldives is characterized by more rain, higher humidity, and slightly rougher seas.
However, the water temperature remains warm, and the diving can still be excellent, especially in the southern atolls.
During this season, there may be fewer tourists, and liveaboard and resort prices can be more affordable.
The wet season is also a great time for macro diving, with an abundance of smaller critters like nudibranchs and seahorses although the big pelagics are still around but due to the visibility being lower (15-30M) they are not as easy to see.

In terms of the best time to go to the Maldives, it ultimately depends on your preferences and priorities.
If you prioritize excellent visibility and the chance to see larger pelagic species, then the dry season from December to April may be the best time to go, despite the higher prices.
However, if you are more budget-conscious and don't mind less visiblity, although it is still 15-30M (50-100 feet), then the wet season from May to November may be a better option for you.

As for prices, liveaboard prices can vary widely depending on the time of year and the level of luxury you are looking for.
In general, liveaboards tend to be more affordable during the wet season and can be a great deal during the shoulder seasons (May to June and September to November).
The air temperature varies little with an annual average of 30C (90F) and minimum of 26C (80F), while the water temperature ranges from 26C (80F) to 30C (86F).
Please note: A lot of Liveaboard prices can be higher during peak periods such as Christmas, New Year's and Chinese New Year.

Maldives dive sites

Kudarah Thila

Type of dive: Reef dive

Description: One of the best dive sites for soft coral and fish life.

The marine life here is so abundant, that the divers have named it ‘fish soup’. The thila is in a circular shape and can be covered in a single dive at different depths, if the current is not very strong.

Maaysa Thila

Type of dive: Reef dive / Night dive

Description: The thila is about 80mters in diameter.

The whole thila can be done at different depths in a single dive. There are manycaves and overhangs around the thila. The large rocks on the north eastern side have large black coral trees growing on them. The site is famous for the sharks and a great barracuda which reside here. The site can be dived at any time of the day, each with different activity going on the reef. The best chance to get close to these creatures is at night time, when they are hunting. You will see sharks, barracudas, rays and eels trying to grab a morsel.

Bathala Maaga Kanthila

Type of dive: Drift dive

Description: The northern tip of Magaa reef extends into Bathalaa Kandu and is home to a number of grey reef sharks and white-tip reef sharks. They can be seen patrolling along the reef looking for food.

Maalhos Thila (Blue Curves)

Type of dive: Drift dive / Reef dive

Description: The thila is known for the abundance of soft coral growth on the thila, particularly the blue/violet colored variety that grows on the ceiling of the caves and overhangs, thus the name ‘blue caves’. In addition a large variety of fish life can be observed here.

Rasdhoo Madivaru

Type of dive: Drift dive / Channel dive

Description: The reef on the southern side of Rasdhoo drops vertically to the ocean depths. The site is home to a school of Scalloped Hammerhead sharks (sphyrna lewini). In the early hours of the morning they rise from the deep waters off the atoll into the shallower depths, accessible to divers.

Guraidhoo Kandu South

Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive

Description: Since the eastern side of the channel is Open Ocean, large predatory fish can regularly be spotted here. This site is famous for sightings of sharks, schools of eagle rays and the occasional Sail fish and Hammerheads. The best condition to do the dive is when the current is flowing into the Atoll. The dive begins on the outer reef following the current into the atoll. Most of the pelagic species can be observed on the eastern side, where the reef drops off into the deep ocean.
At the end of the dive in the channel, along the reef you can find overhangs with plenty of soft coral growth and small fish.

Kandooma Thila

Type of dive: Drift dive / reef dive

Description: Located in a channel, the reef is subject to strong currents at times. The ocean currents carry lot of nutrients to the reef, supporting an abundance of sea life.
The site is well renowned for the soft coral growth, turtles, diverse fish life and invertebrates found on the reef. At the reef slope you may find sharks and eagle rays.

Embudu Kandu (Express)

Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive.

Description: Similar to Guraidhoo Kandu, but more sharks are likely to be spotted here.
The currents can be very strong at times. The stronger the current however the better chance of seeing sharks. Under the guidance of an experienced dive guide, the dive can be managed done easily.