Maldives Liveaboards have what it takes to make your diving vacation amazing and to make you fall in love with this paradise corner of the earth . There are 26 atolls, ring-shaped reefs, in the Maldives and they are home to 1192 islands. Because of quite complex logistics liveaboard in the Maldives is the perfect way to explore this destination.
You can dive all year. The rainy season is between May and November which is considered as a low season that can reduce the visibility. However, the main attractions are still there, Manta Rays and Whale Sharks will join you on your dives. The best time to visit Maldives is from December to April. An approximate depth for diving is 30 m and you should be prepared for currents when diving in the Maldives. Visit Divebooker to plan your vacation.
There are more than 30 liveaboards operating in the Maldives. All of them offer the most famous route usually called “The Best of Maldives”. This covers central atolls:
- North Male Atoll
- South Male Atoll
- Vaavu Atoll
- Ari Atoll
- Rasdhoo Atoll
- Baa Atoll
You can also learn about Southern Atolls in Maldives in our blog.
Highlights and features of best known dive sites
Ukulhas Thila, North Ari Atoll
It is found on the outskirts of the north rim of Ari Atoll and it pops up irregularly to 30m. Maavaru Kandu, a wide channel found in the middle of Ulkulhas Thila features a very long and narrow pinnacle, approximately 300m in length, with a flat top at 15m, sloping down to 30m. At the end of this flat reef top, is a station used by Mantas throughout the months of December to April. Divers usually grab on to some rock at the edge of the reef and you must also be vigilant so that you do not grab onto a scorpion fish or live corals that live on the reef. This is not a dive for the inexperienced divers because of the strong current.
Broken Rock, South Ari Atoll
The site has an unique formation with a deep canyon which breaks the reef into two parts. It is possible to swim through the canyon although you must be highly skilled in buoyancy. The site has a relatively strong current and divers try to find some rocks at the top of the reef where they join a large schools of fish passing by. Divers usually encounter large number of Anthias, Jacks, Angel fish, Morays, Puffer fish, Butterfly fish. Morays found in this area can be protective of their rocks, so you should be cautious of your surrounding before you grab anything.
Miyaruga Thila, North Ari Atoll
Located southwest of Kudafolhudhoo Island this large Thila lies at this region which is roughly 80m in length and more than 30m in depth. The top of this reef is approximately 15m below sea level. The pinnacle is covered in terraces, caves, and overhangs practically. There are two tunnels that cross over each other. The site has a truly remarkable rock formation. If you are an underwater photographer, then you will love to visit this site. You should visit this place with a torch to explore the caves and tunnels.
Kuda Rah Thila, South Ari Atoll
The dive site is situated in a marine protected area and it is a really beautiful dive. Divers start exploring this region by swimming through an arch covered in stunning coral. There are many reef fish in the site which includes Fusilier, Snapper, and Anthias. At the top of the Thila, you are likely to see the Moray Eels, large turtles, Triggerfish, Puffer fish, Nudibranchs that are swimming around the overhang.
Okobe Thila, North Male Atoll
This site is also known as Barracuda Thila and it is situated South-east of Thulhaagiri. You will get completely different experience at this site depending on the current. A long thin Thila which is about 80m in length is found there and you can easily circle the pinnacle in one dive. There are three main Pinnacle Sections and it ranges from 10m to 50m. Because of the current divers normally start at 30m and work your way to the pinnacle. You should look out for the Tuna, White-Tip Reef Sharks, large Moray Eels.
Kandooma Thila, South Male Atoll
This is considered as one of the best dive sites in Male, it comprises of a 300m long teardrop shaped pinnacle and it has incredible scenery with a magnificent marine life. The west point of the Thila is also known as Jack Corner and you can explore when the current is outgoing perfectly. You will see Barracuda, Groupers, Jacks, Trevally, and white-tip Reef Sharks. You may also have the chance to see schools of Dogtooth Tuna, Eagle Rays if you are lucky.
Here is tailor made top money value liveaboards to explore central atolls of the Maldives:
If you are interested to go beyond the most popular route, please check Deep South Atolls of the Maldives.