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Liveaboard Diving in The Maldives

Destination

The Maldives is a very unique diving and tourist destination with approximately 1,190 coral islands in a double chain of 26 atolls it is not only the most dispersed place on earth spread over roughly 90,000 square kilometers it is also the lowest country in the world with a maximum natural ground level of only 2.3 meters (7ft 7in). The average ground level of 1.5 metres (4ft 11in) above sea level, makes it the lowest country on the planet. It's a magical place for divers, which only opened its first resort in 1972 to welcome tourists which, transformed the Maldives economy. Today we see more than 89 Resorts and a multitude of Liveaboards. Due to the expanse of the coral reefs and dive sites liveaboards are the very best option for diving in the Maldives in order to guarantee diverse exploration and discovery.

The Maldives is mostly respected for its amazing variety of colorful coral reefs, home to more than 300 species of fish. New discoveries are being made and being on a Liveaboard in the Maldives is like an exciting science project, as you never know what you might see or what you might discover. The crystal clear waters are trance like and the visibility can exceed any divers dream, think blue lagoons and you get blue lagoons in abundance.

Each atoll provides its own unique diving opportunity examples of this are Baa Atoll where you will find no end of moray eel, puffer fish, fusiliers, jack fish, lion fish and groupers or you may dive either North Male Atoll or North Ari Atoll providing no shortage of sightings of groupers, banner fish, hump head wrasse, sting rays, eagle rays, turtles and scorpion fish only to name but a few. When diving in the Maldives you are never far away from White, Grey & Silver tip reef sharks and rays of every variety.

The capital of the Maldives is Male, which is also where the main airport is based welcoming all international visitors. Flights are often connected via India, Sri Lanka, Doha, Dubai and all major South East Asia destinations. Increasing number of flights from Europe are now also apparent. Most Liveaboards will depart from Male and the Liveaboard staff will welcome you directly from the airport for transfer to the boat. Some trips require a seaplane trip which, is an added bonus as you get to fly just above the islands for the very best views in the world.

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Best time of year

The great thing about the Maldives is that you can dive all year round, simply moving around the atolls to find the best conditions and all of the tour directors are specialists in reading the diving conditions and providing the greatest itineraries. The 'high' season typically runs through November to May with a wet season between May-August but these can also be the hottest months when plankton blooms and pelagic sightings increase. Air temperatures are pretty constant throughout the year averaging around 29°C. Water temperatures range from 28 to 30°C. It is warm all year round, however the driest months are usually between late December and April. If rain falls during these months it is very sudden and very short often dry again within minutes.

How to get there

The departure point for most Maldives Liveaboards is Male, which is also the main flight arrivals point. Some of the departures require a small seaplane ride to meet the Liveaboard, please check the itineraries closely of the individual Maldives Liveaboards and we will help make your transfers go smoothly where required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a visa to visit the Maldives? Tourists are granted a 30 day visa upon arrival so no visa is necessary. However, please make sure you have a minimum of 6 months expiry on your passport.

What is the language spoken in the Maldives? Dhivehi is the national language, but English is used widely and is increasing locally through education. You will also find the most diverse international languages on board the Maldives Liveaboards, French, German, Spanish and Japanese are common amongst many other languages.

Maldives Currency? The national currency is Rufiyaa (MRF). Most tourist-related businesses accept payments via credit card and cash payments in most major currencies with $USD dollars a preference.

Maldivian Cuisine

Coconut, fish and rice. It's that simple. Probably the most healthiest place we have ever experienced with regards to the dishes they serve, everything is clean and tasty with herbs and seasoning gently added for flavor, nothing spoilt. Obviously the 5 star dining experience you find on most of our liveaboards, with a very experienced chef on board does provide you with an eclectic mix of international cuisines but our advice is stick with the local dishes on offer and you will leave a lighter, happier more contented diver.

Agent Liveaboard on the Maldives

When you visit the Maldives you will feel like you are in a dream and when you have left you will ask yourself did you really go there? It has an energy like no place on earth and provides a tranquility feeling that will leave you dazed for years. The diving in the Maldives is phenomenal and the liveaboards are reaching new heights of comfort beyond our wildest dreams. Even those who can not even swim can stand in the shallow crystal clear water with blue spotted rays and baby reef sharks swimming around their toes, the Maldives has opened up opportunities to every walk of life and is taking a new diving generation to a whole new level.

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