The Maldives are popular year-round, offering clear blue water, white sand beaches, and great visibility. Its a scuba diver's paradise! Dive into the Maldives' Indian Ocean to see healthy coral reefs, whale sharks, manta rays, and other big pelagics.
Liveaboard in the Maldives offers some of the world's most pristine and colourful reefs along with luxury dive boats that satisfy the choosiest of vacationers. Diving in the Maldives by liveaboard offers the best in many must-have tropical SCUBA experiences.
During a night dive or daily explorations, you will live amazing experiences with these wonderful creatures, harmless and majestic. Northern Maldives liveaboard safaris (from May to October) and the Maldives Central itineraries (throughout the year) are the best time to meet big pelagic fishes such as manta rays.
The best time to see manta rays up close is at night. It is during this time that they come together in droves to feed on plankton, which makes up the majority of their diets.
Located in the Felidhu Atoll, Alimatha Jetty is one of the most beloved dive sites in the Maldives. Alimatha Resort Jetty is famous for the congregations of nurse sharks that gather there every day around dusk. It is spectacular to dive or snorkel alongside hundreds of these gentle sharks. The shallow reef is home to a multitude of these nurse sharks, marbled rays, schools of giant trevally and several different moray eel species. It is truly a great spot for underwater photography and night dives.
The best places to see whale sharks are at a few of the country's Marine Protected Area. Namely around the islands in the Maldives' Baa Atoll and South Ari Atoll.
Baa Atoll - Whale sharks will appear more frequently in areas with more plankton. Hanifaru Bay in Baa Atoll see a huge concentration of plankton during the South West monsoon (May to early October). The narrow structure of Hanifaru Bay sees the most whale sharks and is recognized as the largest known whale shark feeding ground in the world.
Blacktip Reef Shark
Grey Reef Shark