Maldives

Maldives diving offers spectacular pelagic sightings, excellent reefs and fantastic white sandy beaches.

With luscious palm trees and crystal clear waters, the Maldives is an idyllic paradise. Dive with hammerhead, whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and much more. An unforgettable diving experience guaranteed .

Insider’s View

The Maldives is a wonderfully adaptable destination, not only does it serve as one of the top destinations for honeymooners and romantic holidays, but it is also the ideal location for a family getaway, beach holiday or a diving adventure. Its dazzling white sand beaches, wonderful diving, and all-inclusive resorts and liveaboards make this destination the complete escapist paradise!

It is no secret that the Maldives is one of the top places to dive around the world, here divers have the chance to encounter pelagic wildlife including whale sharks, mantas, dolphins, turtles and much more. Keep in mind that the Maldives are a collection of islands divided into western and eastern areas and that each of these areas have their own seasonal climates which will impact on encounters of wildlife. December to April represents the Maldivian summer, the visibility and diving conditions on the eastern side is excellent. However, even though the visibility drops on the western side of the atoll you are more likely to encounter Manta Rays and Whale Sharks on that side during that period. May to December it switches round, and the visibility and diving is optimum on the western side and the Manta Ray and Whale Sharks can be found off the eastern edge!

Maldives is an authentic paradise for pelagic lovers but that’s not all, this destination with thousands of low-lying islands is also home to big schools of fish patrolling the reefs full of soft and hard colourful corals where you can immerse yourself looking for tons of nudibranchs, worms and other little fish.

OUR HOLIDAY PRODUCTS

Advanced

Jan - Dec

14 nights

Pelagic

From £4955

Maldives Diving Adventure

Maldives, Male Atoll

Combining a week onboard a great liveaboard with a week in a resort makes the ideal gateway to the Maldives as you will have the opportunity to experience both worlds.

  • Whalesharks & manta rays
  • Resort & liveaboard combination
  • Ideal for couples
  • beautiful reefs

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £2295

Kuredu Island Resort

Maldives, Northern Region

The Kuredu Island Resort is a large, lively, fun and cosmopolitan resort located in Lhaviyani Atoll offering excitement in all areas with the beautiful blue sea rich in abundant exotic marine life.

  • Located on Lhaviyani Atoll
  • 383 bungalows and villas
  • Vibrant cosmopolitan resort
  • Choice of 7 restaurants
  • Pro Divers on-site
  • Reef sharks, turtles & mantas

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £1450

Reethi Beach Resort

Maldives, Northern Region

The Reethi Beach resort is elegant and luxurious in style with a beautiful east and west side house reef offering mesmerizing marine life such as dolphins, turtles, rays and an abundant fish life.

  • Located on Baa Atoll
  • PADI 5* dive centre on-site
  • Private dining on the beach
  • 5 bars & 5 restaurants
  • House reef easily accessible
  • Spa & wellness retreat

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £1850

Eriyadu Island Resort

Maldives, Male Atoll

The perfect escape Eriyadu is one of the smaller, more intimate resorts where you can indulge and relax on a breath-taking island and explore the beautiful house reef abundant with marine life.

  • Located on North Male Atoll
  • Beautiful small island resort
  • Private beach and house reef
  • Only 60 rooms on the island
  • Great for non-divers & couples
  • PADI dive centre on-site

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £2050

Filitheyo Island Resort

Maldives, Southern Region

Filitheyo Island Resort is modern and stylish and includes an amazing house reef that drops 90 metres into the blue, offering unparalleled encounters with pelagic right on the reef edge.

  • Located on Faafu Atoll
  • House reef diving with pelagic fish
  • 125 rooms and villas
  • Daily diving with Werner Lau
  • Spacious and modern resort
  • Relaxing spa

5 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £2695

Medhufushi Island Resort

Maldives, Southern Region

Medhufushi Island Resort is the perfect place for honeymooners and couples, a serene and authentic Maldivian resort offering a wonderful underwater experience full of colourful marine life.

  • Located on Meemu Attoll
  • Perfect for couples and divers
  • 112 beach and water villas
  • Full or half board options
  • Bar situated over lagoon
  • Excellent learn to dive resort

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £2250

Bandos Island Resort & Spa

Maldives, Male Atoll

This luxurious and stunning tropical island resort voted as “The Island of Hospitality” will welcome you with smiles and sunshine whilst ensuring all your needs are catered for.

  • Located on North Male Atoll
  • On-site PADI dive centre
  • Private Island Resort
  • Sunset dolphin cruise & spa
  • House reef diving available
  • Kids club available

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £2350

Adaaran Select And Prestige Water Villas

Maldives, Northern Region

Adaaran Select Maldives is surrounded by powder soft beaches, sublime turquoise lagoons, a house reef and a range of dive sites with schools of coral fish, graceful stingrays and sleek sharks.

  • Located on Raa Atoll
  • Magnificent house reef
  • Beautiful island resort
  • Relaxing spa
  • 214 beach villas
  • Dive Point Maldives on-site

5 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £2300

Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort

Maldives, Southern Region

Blessed with pristine white sandy beaches and lush greenery, the Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort located 35 minutes south of Male boasts a treasure trove of gems waiting to be discovered by you.

  • Located on Nilandhe Atoll
  • 103 beach & water villas
  • 3 restaurants and 2 bars
  • Nitrox & rebreather facilities
  • Private beach & house reef
  • Spa facilities available

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £1750

Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa

Maldives, Ari Atoll

The Vilamendhoo Island Resort & Spa surrounded by a beautiful lagoon offers you an enticing blend of fun, relaxation and luxury in a setting of extraordinary natural magnificence.

  • Located on South Ari Atoll
  • Beautiful House Reef
  • Euro Divers on-site
  • Private Island Resort
  • 180 Beach & Water Villas
  • Choice of restaurants & bars

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £2895

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa

Maldives, Ari Atoll

Veligandu Island Resort located on the island of Veligandu is surrounded by a beautiful lagoon, an excellent house reef and long stretches of white, sandy beach. A paradise waiting to be explored.

  • Located in North Ari Atoll
  • Private island resort
  • Paradise on earth
  • 91 beach & water bungalows
  • Spa facilities available
  • House reef diving available

5 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £3450

Kurumba Maldives

Maldives, Male Atoll

The Kurumba Maldives is an exotic private island resort located on the soft white sands of North Male Atoll just 15 minutes from Male International airport by speedboat.

  • Located on North Male Atoll
  • Excellent family resort
  • The very 1st Maldives resort
  • Close to famous Manta Point site
  • 9 restaurants to choose from
  • 180 rooms and bungalows

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £3050

Rihiveli Beach Resort

Maldives, Male Atoll

Rihiveli Beach Resort is located on a quiet island offering a rustic, barefoot existence and with direct access to the colourful house reef this certainly is a delightful resort.

  • Located on South Male Atoll
  • Rustic Maldivian island retreat
  • 48 beachfront bungalows
  • Euro Divers on-site
  • Full and Half board basis
  • Array of watersports activities

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £1800

Ellaidhoo Maldives By Cinamon

Maldives, Ari Atoll

Experience paradise at Ellaidhoo Maldives offering superb accommodation and an exceptional house reef teeming with exotic fish and mesmerising gentle giants such as turtles, sting rays and sharks!

  • Located in North Ari Atoll
  • Private island resort
  • Choice of rooms or bungalows
  • Dive & Sail diving centre on-site
  • Ideal for families and groups
  • World renowned house reef

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £2150

Velidhu Island Resort

Maldives, Ari Atoll

The contemporary Velidhu Island Resort is located on a tropical island surrounded by a pristine coral reef teeming with exquisite marine life including barracuda, sharks, turtles and rays!

  • Located on North Ari Atoll
  • Private island resort
  • Beach & water bungalows
  • Spa facilities available
  • Euro Divers on-site
  • Ideal resort for couples

Advanced

Sharks & Mantas

Year round

Maldives

UD Rating – 4 Star

Maldives Aggressor II

Maldives, Male Atoll

A week aboard the Maldives Aggressor will give the most experienced divers a treat. Visiting many of the un-spoilt reef dive sites in the Maldives you certainly will not be disappointed!

  • Max 20 guests/3-4 dives a day
  • Suitable for experienced divers
  • Dive Male & Ari Atolls
  • Nitrox Available (Additional)
  • Sharks & Manta encounters
  • Un-spoilt dive sites

Advanced

Sharks & Reefs

Year Round

Maldives

UD Rating – 4 Star

Carpe Vita

Maldives, Male Atoll

Carpe Vita is the newest addition to the Explorer Ventures Fleet, built in 2010 with her maidan voyage in 2011. This purpose built modern liveaboard allows you to explore the Maldives various hidden treasures in a luxury and comfort.

  • Max 20 guest/3-4 dives a day
  • VIP Suite rooms
  • Diving from a “dhoni”
  • BBQ on a desert island
  • Dive Male, Ari Raa & Baa Atoll
  • Luxurious boat with a hot tub

Advanced

Sharks & Mantas

Year round

Maldives

UD Rating – 4 Star

MV Emperor Voyager

Maldives, Male Atoll

MV Emperor Voyager is a luxurious, modern and spacious boat cursing some of the best reefs in the Maldives from January 2015. This Nitrox and rebreather equipped boat will give you a week full of fun and adventure.

  • Max 20 guests/3 dives a day
  • Departs Male
  • Dive Ari & Male Atolls
  • Great value for money
  • Free Nitrox for qualified divers
  • Rebreather facilities available

Advanced

Sharks & Mantas

Year round

Maldives

UD Rating – 3 Star

MV Emperor Leo

Maldives, Southern Region

MV Emperor Leo is a one of a kind liveaboard in the Maldives operated by Emperor Divers offfering the perfect balance between an adrenalin pumping diving adventure and a relaxing, comfortable and enjoyable stay aboard.

  • Max 24 guest/ 3 dives a day
  • Free Nitrox for qualified divers
  • WIFI within range
  • Full board basis inc soft drinks
  • Newly refurbished beautiful jacuzzi
  • Suitable for non-divers

Advanced

Sharks & Mantas

Year round

Maldives

UD Rating – 3 Star

MV Emperor Atoll

Maldives, Male Atoll

The MV Emperor Atoll is the ideal taster for those looking for their first liveaboard adventure offering high and comfortable standards, an outstanding itinerary and unforgettable underwater sightings.

  • Max 12 guests/ 3 dives per day
  • Dive Ari & Male Atolls
  • Free Nitrox for qualified divers
  • Rebreather facilities available
  • Perfect as a 'liveaboard taster
  • Full board inc soft drink

Advanced

Sharks & Mantas

Maldives

UD Rating – 3 Star

MV Orion

This Maldives Dive Safari 2014 award winner boat operated by Constellation Fleet is the ideal choice for those looking to explore the Maldives underwater realm in comfort and luxury.

  • Sails from Male
  • Maximum 24 guests
  • Male, Ari & Northern Region
  • NITROX free of charge
  • Rebreather facilities available
  • Dive Safari Award Winner

Advanced

Sharks & Mantas

Year round

Maldives

UD Rating – 4 Star

MV Emperor Serenity

Maldives, Male Atoll

MV Emperor Serenity is the newest addition to the fleet and brings a class of her own to the Maldivian waters. This contemporary and spacious liveaboard offers fine accommodation and one of the best Maldives diving.

  • Max 26 guests/3 dives a day
  • High quality & contemporary
  • Dive with mantas & sharks
  • Free Nitrox for qualified divers
  • Full board
  • Non divers welcome

Advanced

Sharks & Mantas

Year round

Maldives

UD Rating – 3 Star

MV Emperor Explorer

Maldives, Southern Region

The brand-new Emperor Explorer brings a class of her own to the Maldivian waters. She is a contemporary, spacious liveaboard measuring 42m and accommodating 26 guests in 13 well-appointed en-suite cabins all with air-conditioning.

  • Max 26 guests/3 dives a day
  • Dive with mantas & sharks
  • Full board
  • Free Nitrox for qualified divers
  • Contemporary and spacious
  • Non divers welcome

Marcelina

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Maldives Inspiration from the Team

The Maldives is a dream destination offering a true sense of romance and tranquillity along with picture perfect white sandy beaches, blue lagoons, and amazing diving. Just what you can expect from one of our diving holidays.

Maldives Inspiration from the Team

Serena Spa

Serena Spa is an oasis of peace and tranquillity set in a natural environment.


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

Male Sightseeing Trip

Male, the capital of the Maldives! A very popular luxury holiday or honeymoon destination with many tourist attractions and sights for you to enjoy.


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

Spa by Thalgo

Award winning Spa at a Luxury Maldives Resort.


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

Filitheyo Spa

Feel the sea breeze on your skin & enjoy the best view on the island.


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

Orchid Spa

Body Treatments, Salon Services and Kids Treatments.


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

Whale Submarine

4th Floor, H.Sakeena Manzil, Medhuziyaaraiy Magu, 20127, Male, Maldives


Tour Type: Adventure Tours

Kuredu Golf Club

Kuredu Golf Club boasts a full size driving range with the option of a shaded area and also hitting from the grass. A large putting green is also available to perfect the short game. The golf course is a 6-hole Par 3 course with the average length of a hole being 55 yards.


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

Sunset Trip

Enjoy the beauty of a magical sunset and relish a refreshing drink on a deserted island.


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

Love Boat Sailing

Romatic Sunset Sail for a couple.


Tour Type: Boat Trip

Dhangethi Island Excursion

Morning Trip to Dhangethi Island. Experience the culture and explore the local shops.


Tour Type: Cultural Tours

Dolphin Sunset Cruise

Meedhuffushi, South Nilandhe Atoll


Tour Type: Boat Trip

Local Island Experience

Meedhuffushi, South Nilandhe Atoll


Tour Type: Cultural Tours

Sri Lanka Safari

Our 5 day and 4 night sarai trip to Sri Lanka with the Aggressor Safari Lodge will treat you to exciting jeep safaris around Wilpattu and Minneriya National Parks where you can see the large game of Wilpattu plus many other animals and birds in their natural jungle habitat.


Tour Type: Wildlife Tours

Ari Atoll

Maldives

Located on the west side of the Maldives, Ari Atoll hosts approximately 105 small and unique islands each offering some of the most amazing and fascinating diving in the country.

  • Discover Hammerhead Point
  • Great for non-divers & couples
  • Manta rays & whalesharks
  • North and South Atolls
  • Marine protected areas
  • Diving season: December-May

Male Atoll

Maldives

The most well-known atoll in the whole of the Maldives, Male is home to the only international airport as well as some spectacular coral reefs and a wide range of pelagic and reef fish life.

  • North and South Atolls
  • Island resorts easily accessed
  • International airport
  • Caves, drop offs and reefs
  • Reef sharks and manta rays
  • Diving season: December-May

Southern Region

Maldives

With new dive sites being discovered each week, the Southern Region of the Maldives will not disappoint. From the far south of Addu Atoll to channels bustling with fish life.

  • Peace & tranquility for all
  • Cave, wreck and drift dives
  • Leopard sharks & manta rays
  • Addu, Dhaalu, Faafu & Meemu Atolls
  • Serenity in every dive you do
  • Diving season: December-April

Northern Region

Maldives

A quieter and more unique Maldives experience, the Northern Region is home to a vast array of coral reefs and fish life. With dive sites boasting up to 30 manta rays you will be in awe of this beauty.

  • Pristine wrecks & cave diving
  • Dive with whalesharks & mantas
  • Beautiful island resorts
  • Lhaviyani, Raa, Baa & Haa Atolls
  • Postcard views all round
  • Diving season: December-April

Destination Fact File

Maldives diving offers spectacular pelagic sightings, excellent reefs and fantastic white sandy beaches.

Maldives dive sites map and details. Find out more about the diving available in Maldives. Use the map below to navigate around the area and select a dive site on the map to view the details or select a dive site on the navigation and the map and information will update.

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Climate Information

Wildlife Calendar

Destination Key Information

Currency Maldivian Rufiya (MVR)
Time Difference GMT +5
Vaccinations Immunisation against typhoid, hepatitis A and polio are recommended but are not a requirement.
Tipping Officially, tipping is not encouraged in the Maldives, but if the service is good it is customary to tip waiters and room staff in the resorts unless a service charge has already been added
Passport & Visas British Citizens do not require a visa for a stay of up 30 days. A 6 month valid passport and returned ticket is required. It is a traveller’s responsibility to have all documentation in order prior to departure (Disclaimer: Visa information changes from time to time. Please check with the relevant authorities before booking)
Flight Routes Via Dubai with Emirates or direct with British Airways
International Flight Durations Departing daily from Heathrow it can take between 12 and 24 hours to get to Male International airport depending on stop over durations
Stopover Information Flights from London Heathrow may stopover in a number of places including: Columbo, Doha, Dubai, Mumbai, Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore
Luggage Allowance 20kgs luggage allowance per person with up to 7kgs hand luggage
Internal Flights & Luggage Internal flights are required to get from Male to many of the other Atolls
Transfer Information Our packages include transfers on arrival and departure days
Dive Season The weather in the Maldives is fairly complex, however in general the North-East Monsoon, which runs from December to May, is a dry monsoon and this brings calm waters and sunny skies to most of the Maldives. The South-West Monsoon is a wet monsoon, running from June to November this often brings much choppier waters and rain. However, the temperature in the Maldives rarely strays from a very pleasant 30°C and the waters temperatures average between 26°C to 29°C.

Best diving season is from December to May in general for the whole of the Maldives. This is when the waters are at their calmest and most nutrient rich. The visibility throughout the whole year rarely dips below 25 metres.