Maldives 2021
Liveaboard Safari

Sharktastic
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Maldives

The image of the Maldives fixed in most visitors’ memories is an aerial view of an open ocean interspersed by tiny islands surrounded by beautifully patterned lagoons, beaches and reefs. The relative isolation of the Maldives, far from any landmass, has led to a fabulous variety of marine species. Seasonal oceanic currents flowing through the country have forged channels from the open ocean into all the atolls. These channels, or Kandu in Dhivehi, concentrate plankton rich waters into and out of the atolls, which in turn support an incredibly rich marine ecosystem.

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

Sharktastic is a special itinerary packed with sharks, manta and whalesharks. Focusing on Male as well as Vaavu, Meemu and South Ari atolls, this seasonal itinerary has been designed with plenty of big fish action as you visit the Maldives’ famous channel and wall dives. Hop your way through these picture perfect atolls, diving with pelagics all the way.

The adventure starts in Male with a check dive and then the channels await. These are fast moving drift dives. Descend, hook in and watch the sharks swirl around you. Keep your eyes peeled as you never know what kind of shark will pass. Grey reef and white tips are plentiful but hammerheads often make an appearance… divine! Once the dive is over simply let go and drift through the channel, many have stunning soft corals.

Our favourites include Raakeedho, Golden Wall, Miyaru Kandu and Fotteyo around North, South Male and Vaavu. There are even a couple of wreck dives! The boat then moves into Meemu, where the manta come to play. The Maldives are famed for their manta cleaning stations and watching these graceful rays swoop in to be cleaned is an experience to treasure. The pelagic sightings are not over yet though! The boat’s final stop is at whaleshark central, Maamagili in South Ari. The best encounters are snorkeling so grab your gear and come face to face with the world’s biggest sharks.

This is a diverse itinerary with plenty to keep pelagic lovers happy. 30 dives is the suggested minimum number of dives for this route, and you should be comfortable with drift diving. It is also a wonderful way to see more of the many of the Maldives’ most famous inhabitants, but without the travelling involved in some of the southern itineraries. So if you are hankering for a itinerary that is extra special, set sail on the Five Atolls!

EMPEROR EXPLORER

Offering contemporary and spacious accommodation, she will wow with the excellent service she is known for. Sail away on this beautiful boat for a 7 night itinerary around the best sites the Maldives has to offer. She will be one of the only liveaboards to offer up to 4 dives a day, plus free nitrox and wine with your evening meal.

At 42m from bow to stern, Emperor Explorer accommodates 26 divers with room to spare. The upper deck has two suites with a double bed and two twin cabins. The main deck carries two suites with double/single bed. The lower deck contains five double/twin cabins with double/single bed and two cabins with a double bed. There are 3 main cabin grades to chose from. All twin cabin options are side by side beds.

As all of your diving takes place from the large dhoni tender, the communal spaces on board are generous and well thought out. The upper deck boasts a covered, open area ideal for watching photos and footage from your diving or just relaxing, star gazing and soaking up the wonderful Maldivian ambience. The sundeck is perfect for catching those sunrays or having a reviving nap.

Enjoy open air dining area at the stern of the main deck. Several sofas and tables await you inside the air-conditioned saloon for relaxing or watching TV. And of course, there is a spa service on the main deck (additional charges apply locally)

£2859

9th January to 17th January 2021

Prices are per person based on 2 people sharing.

Included: Return flights from Manchester, 7 nights full board accommodation on vessel,  internal transfers, all diving, single 12lt cylinder, lead weights, tea, coffee and water and Nitrox.

*Single supplement applies

Please note, the itinerary shown is just an example of the route taken and the order and dive sites are not guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides.

We also offer a 5 night extension in Sri Lanka for £750, flights not included. Please see our Sri Lanka Luxury Villa page for further details.

Please contact the team at Scuba Dive Adventures on 0113 4681100 or enquires@scubadiveadventures.co.uk for more information or to book on this fabulous Scuba Adventure.

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