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Liveaboard Cruises in the Maldives' Outer Atolls

Dive Tour Options and Travel Information

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Although the Maldives central atolls are where most liveaboard cruises focus, the abundance of marine life in the Maldives is spread throughout the country. This scattered archipelago is home to innumerable channels between atoll islands washed by nutrient-rich current. It is little wonder that an astounding array of marine life is found here enjoying such bounty. Schools of sweetlips, snappers and jacks can be seen throughout the country, hanging in the water column and facing the current

Scuba diving in the Maldives means enjoying drift dives and pinnacles, lagoons and wrecks, caverns and reef flats. Thanks to the current, you will see a proliferation of soft corals, huge gorgonian fans, bright pastel-hued sponges. Big-name encounters are likely with manta rays and whale sharks, plus various other shark species and meaty pelagics. Show more


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Diving Cruise Options


Normally these cruises will be for 7 nights’ duration. Some of these cruises may be accessed from Male (although these will also dive central sites) while others will involve a domestic seaplane transfer.

These liveaboard safaris are normally for 7 nights’ duration and will depart from North Male, so no internal flight is required.

These liveaboard trips are normally for 7 nights’ duration and will always involve a seaplane transfer.

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MV Adora
From US$ 210 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

37m / 122 ft
Max 21
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Maldives central atolls,...
  • All cabins with ensuite bathroom...
  • Cabin for single traveller
  • Comfortable sundeck with bar
  • Dhoni has fresh water shower, to...
MV Amba
From US$ 268 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

33m / 109 ft
Max 22
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Operates rare tours in far north...
  • Dive The World Gold Range produc...
  • All cabins have en-suite bathroo...
  • Waterskiing, wakeboarding, 12 & ...
  • Dhoni has camera table, rinse ta...
MV Carpe Novo Explorer
From US$ 233 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

43m / 142 ft
Max 22
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
MV Carpe Vita Explorer
From US$ 290 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

38m / 125 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Tours all regions of the Maldive...
  • 7 and 10 night trips
  • All cabins are ensuite with TV &...
  • 2 free beers or wine each day
  • Large comfortable sun deck with ...
  • Large boat
MV Ocean Divine
From US$ 379 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

33m / 109 ft
Max 14
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Maldives central and sou...
  • Maximum of 14 guests only
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Spa service with massage and ski...
  • Steel hulled boat
MY Sachika
From US$ 197 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

33m / 109 ft
Max 24
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Maldives central atolls ...
  • Cabins with private bathrooms, T...
  • Dedicated restaurant with bar
  • Jacuzzi on the sundeck
  • Massage room, underwater scooter...
Manta Cruise
From US$ 223 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

33m / 109 ft
Max 18
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises the Maldives central ato...
  • All cabins with private en-suite...
  • Trips from 6 to 13 nights
  • Minimum 50 dives and advanced ce...
  • Good offers for dive groups
MV Carpe Diem
From US$ 258 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

35m / 116 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Maldives central atolls,...
  • Cabins with private bathrooms, T...
  • Dedicated dining room
  • Wave Runner available
  • Dhoni has 3 egress points, showe...
  • Large boat with steel hull
MV Emperor Atoll
From US$ 193 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

26m / 86 ft
Max 12
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Tours many Maldives regions; cen...
  • Maximum of 12 guests only
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Rebreather-friendly
  • Dhoni has fresh water shower, ri...
MV Leo
From US$ 217 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

35m / 116 ft
Max 24
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Maldives central atolls: ...
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Sun deck with Jacuzzi
  • Nautilus Lifeline personal EPIRB...
  • Large boat
MV Virgo
From US$ 228 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

31m / 102 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Maldives central atolls, ...
  • Cabins with ensuite bathrooms, T...
  • Nautilus Lifeline personal EPIRB...
  • Upper deck Jacuzzi
MY Sheena
From US$ 189 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

24m / 79 ft
Max 14
Nitrox
  • Tours the Maldives southern atol...
  • Maximum of only 14 divers, 10 cr...
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Minimum 12 years, advanced certi...
MV Theia
From US$ 232 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

32m / 106 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Maldives central atolls, ...
  • Cabins with ensuite bathrooms
  • Spacious indoor and outdoor rela...
  • Sky Bar on sun deck



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The Climate, Diving Season and Best Time to Visit

The Maldives is a year-round destination with water temperatures seldom moving beyond the 26-29°C range, except in the far south where the water temperature can drop to 24°C during the northeast monsoon.

Northern Maldives Atolls trips run throughout the year except for June. The exception to this is at Hanifaru Bay, usually between August and November, when hundreds of manta rays and some whale sharks gather on the eastern side of Baa, where vast plankton fields accumulate. The area has been declared a marine reserve and current regulations permit snorkeling only for a maximum of 60 persons at a time.

Cruises to the Southern Maldives Atolls operate all year round. June and July may be a little wet with December to May considered ideal. The Far North is dived all year except for June and July, with September to November being generally considered the best time for manta rays.

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Ports of Departure and How to Get There

Maldives Southern Atolls liveaboard cruises depart from Medhufushi and, as there is an airport on the island, a return flight from Male to Medhufushi makes it easy to reach. Maldives Far North Atolls trips use the ports of Hanimaadhoo and sometimes Dharavandhoo. More information on: how to get to the Maldives.

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Places to Stay

If you plan on staying in the Maldives before or after your diving safari, you can find a wide range of accommodation options at hotelscombined.com, our affiliated hotel reservation specialists. Browse their website, use their on-line chat to raise your queries, and when you're ready simply use your credit card to make your booking:

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All bookings are supported up by their 'Low Price Guarantee' to ensure you get top-dollar value for money.

Note: if you have a few hours to kill in Male before or after your liveaboard charter, then you may wish to book a day room at a hotel in Male or on Hulhule Island (where the airport is located). You can shower, store your luggage, and be free to explore the area.

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