Southern Region

With areas virtually untouched by humans the diving of Southern Maldives is just spectacular

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.

Insider's View

Southern Maldives is a pristine and largely unexplored area, made up of a collection of atolls including Addu, Faafu, Dhaalu and Meemu. It is this region of the Maldives that is a real draw for scuba divers, here you can get up close and personal with majestic pelagic such as manta rays, whale sharks, hammerheads, sail fish and threshers sharks as well as huge schools of fish and large gardens of hard corals.

As with much of the Maldives it is recommended you are an advanced diver with plenty of experience, you will find the ocean full of strong current offering exhilarating drift dives over healthy and colourful reefs. In recent years, a few hotels have been built in the Southern Maldives, so there are a handful of luxurious Maldivian resorts which offers fantastic diving and are perfectly suited to divers with non-diving partners. However, the general view is this off the beaten track part of the Maldives is best dived from a liveaboard to ensure the best untouched dive spots are reached!

There is plenty more available aside from great drift dives the Southern Maldives offers superb visibility, thrilling channels, unspoilt corals, and abundant reefs. If you are doing a liveaboard in this area you will get to dive Huvadhoo, an atoll that is gaining a reputation for the best shark diving location in the Maldives with up close encounters with silky sharks, great hammerhead sharks, oceanic black tip sharks and grey reef sharks just to name a few.

Insider's View

OUR HOLIDAY PRODUCTS

4 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £2050

Filitheyo Island Resort

Maldives Diving Holidays, 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 Diving Holidays, 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

5 Stars

Jan - Dec

13 Hours

Advanced

From £2300

Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort

Maldives Diving Holidays, 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

Advanced

Sharks & Mantas

Year round

Maldives

UD Rating – 3 Star

MV Emperor Leo

Maldives Diving Holidays, 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

Marcelina

Friday, 20 December 2013

Diane Powell – Sting Ray and Bandos Island in the Maldives

Trip to Maldives.

Diane Powell – Sting Ray and Bandos Island in the Maldives

Filitheyo Spa


Tour Type: Soft & Easy

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

Dolphin Sunset Cruise


Tour Type: Boat Trip

Meedhuffushi, South Nilandhe Atoll

Local Island Experience


Tour Type: Cultural Tours

Meedhuffushi, South Nilandhe Atoll

Destination Fact File

With areas virtually untouched by humans the diving of Southern Maldives is just spectacular

Air Temperature

Water Temperature

Destination Details

Internal Flights & Luggage The Southern Atolls are accessed by resort seaplanes or speedboats. These journeys are limited to the international airline standard luggage allowance of 20kg check in plus 7kg hand luggage.
Transfer Information Our packages include transfers on arrival and departure day. On arrival you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to the resort. Transfer times are as follows: From Male to the Southern Atolls: 25 minutes by seaplane; 2 hours by speedboat
Dive Season The best time of year and what to see when varies hugely when staying in the Southern Atoll, however as a general rule of thumb it is normally sunny all year round.

As Addu Atoll is the closest to the Equator line this sees the most sunshine but from December to May it can be cooler with average air temperatures being 25°C. For the rest of the Southern Region, December to April brings the most sunshine, but May - November is the best season for diving due to the large pelagics and the best visibility. Although this hardly ever drops below 20 -30 metres.