The Central Atolls route covers what is considered by many to be “The Best of the Maldives” as it offers some of the most amazing diving experiences in the archipelago. North Male Atoll features some of the Maldives most classic and popular dive sites, while Ari Atoll is famous for presenting some of the country’s most consistent big fish sightings, including manta rays and whale sharks. Furthermore, the smaller Rasdhoo Atoll is well known for some of the finest encounters with hammerheads. No matter what your preferences are, drift diving in the current swept channels will reward you with loads of opportunities to encounter large pelagics and enjoy spectacular underwater landscapes displaying colourful coral reefs!
This is the Best of the Maldives - and it delivers exactly that. This is where you dive the best and most famous dive sites of the Maldives in a week of wonderful liveaboard diving across Male and Ari atolls.
Enjoy a dive holiday that gives you all you could wish for from the iconic sites of North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll. Awaiting you are channels, drifts and pinnacles where you have every chance of meeting mantas, whale sharks and mesmerising marine life of so many varieties. We don"t follow an exact itinerary; flexibility is the word so that no matter what time of the year you visit, this underwater world is yours (and ours) for the exploring.
This itinerary gives you a marine mix of big fish such as shark and manta dives as well as reef dives, reef fish, morays and the abundant macro life. Get up close at the cleaning stations without disturbing the locals! One of the best known dive sites is Maaya Thila; this pinnacle is approximately 30m in diameter and falls away to reveal sharks and fish a plenty.
A night dive from sheltered moorings here is a must! And the boat will also aim to find whale sharks so you can get in the water and snorkel with them...as long as they stay around long enough!
You don"t need a minimum number of dives but you should be comfortable with drift dives, as currents can be unpredictable and strong. If you are an Open Water Diver, some dives are below 18m therefore we recommend having advanced experience or taking your PADI Advanced Open Water course on board to maximise your enjoyment from the trip. Inexperienced and beginner divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience. All diving is made from dhonis to give precise entry and exit points.
Rasdhoo Atoll: Hammerhead Dive, Beautiful Reef with Pelagics
North Ari Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Maaya Thila Night Dive, Multiple Manta Cleaning Stations
South Ari Atoll: Whale Sharks, Beautiful Pinnacles
South Male Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Beautiful Macro Wreck.
Vaavu Atoll: Beautiful channels with magical soft corals and pelagic delights. Action packed night dive with Nurse Sharks and others.
North Male Atoll: Beautiful Pinnacles.
Yacht services and amenities
Internal lounge, external and internal lunch areas, 3 sunbathing decks. Stereo system and TV with DVD, portable telephone.
- day 1
- Arrival to Male. One of staff members will be waiting for you at Male Airport. You will then get onto our auxiliary boat Dhoni for the transfer to boat, check in, welcome drink, meet the crew, briefing of the liveaboard, diving and plan itinerary. Dinner onboard. Evening embark from Male harbour.
- day 2 -6
- 06.30 Morning dawn wake up (or later if you want to sleep more)
- Morning tea and coffee before dive
- 07:00 Dive 1
- 09:00 Breakfast buffet style. Navigation to the next destination.
- 11:30 - 12:00 Dive 2 (or it will be after lunch)
- 13:30 Lunch
- 14:30 Navigation to the next destination.
- 15:30 Dive 3, desert islands and fishermen villages visiting, leisure
- 19:00 Once a week night dive before anchorage
- 20:00 Dinner
- day 7
Morning dive before or after the breakfast
Evening arrival to Male, Male city tour and visiting the local fish market
- day 8
- Breakfast. Check out from the boat. Transfer to airport.