Maldives 2023
Liveaboard Safari

Deep South and Southern Sharks
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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

February and March are the best times to sail to the southerly Maldivian atolls and dive into the shark action in these out-of-the-way southern dive sites between Huvadhoo and Addu (Seenu) Atolls. Spend a week away from the madding crowds and dive Fuvahmulah and Huvadhoo on the lookout for the Indian Ocean’s larger residents; tiger sharks, silver tips, grey reef sharks, whale sharks and many, many more.

From Male we take you to Laamu (Kadhdhoo) or Addu (Gan) by domestic flight to join your liveaboard, and then it’s off on our adventure. Laamu is an oval shaped southern atoll, which has some of the top dive sites in the world such as Guraidhoo and Gan. In Fuvahmulah you can expect to meet tiger and silver tip sharks. At Huvadhoo, one of the deepest lagoons in the Maldives, the currents are ideal for even more shark sightings including, hopefully, whale sharks and silkies, hammerheads, tiger and grey sharks spotted most of the time. There are swift channel dives with several kandus; Vilingilli, Nilandhoo, Mareehaa and Kondeey. Addu Atoll hosts the WWII wreck, HMS British Loyalty, as well as popular majestic Manta Cleaning stations with more relaxing sites to either start or end the trip with too.

This itinerary suits experienced divers (100+ dives) looking for ‘away from it all and different diving’ with quite a focus on drift diving.

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)

£2650

12th March to 19th March 2023

Prices are per person based on 2 people sharing.

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

Not Included: International Flights.

*Single supplement applies, price based on 2 people sharing.

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 enquiries@scubadiveadventures.co.uk for more information or to book on this fabulous Scuba Adventure.

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