I had a lovely trip, saw lots of sharks! Food was very good too, they made us a Maldivian feast on the last night it was excellent! NB: Seafari is a French speaking dive company, they do cater to needs of non-french speakers but for the social aspect and getting the best out of the dive briefings it's best to book with them if you speak French yourself. I think the itinerary on the central route is extremely touristy. Especially Ari Atoll (North and South) is over-dived and the coral is in very bad shape. For S.Ari in particular there's a chance to see whale sharks, but you should be careful as there are often lots of dive boats in the water at one time just for 1 whale shark. Seafari did advise on how best to be in the water to not disturb the whale shark but other boats do not and so I think participating in 'snorkel with a whale shark' itineraries is not going to be good for their presence around the atoll in the long run. Watch your buoyancy over the reefs, there's strong currents in the Maldives (which are a lot of fun!) but you will need to hold onto the rocks at times and so its worth making sure your fins/ knees etc don't touch the coral when you're hanging on! Really looking forward to going back and seeing the Northern Atolls in the Maldives! :D
I did some of the best diving of my life on the Seafari Explorer in the Maldives. The Central & South Atolls itinerary included some incredible dive sites and we were lucky to see mantas, whale sharks and SO many other types of sharks (including ending up in the middle of a cleaning station with 30-40 of them swimming round us in a circle!)... the night dive with hundreds of nurse sharks blew my mind! Tom was an excellent guide and definitely showed us the best that the Maldives had to offer. The boat itself was very comfortable with lots of space for relaxing between dives and food was plentiful and delicious. An absolutely top notch dive trip, highly recommended!
This spacious and modern liveaboard has several 7- to 10-night itineraries to cover the best dive sites in the Maldives. Choose between the classic yet stunning Central Atolls route, the less-visited North with plenty of mantas, or the remote Equatorial South sometimes called the "Maldivian Galapagos" - you'll want to come back to do them all! Get ready to dive with dozens of nurse sharks, see some manta rays and whale sharks, and swim among a plethora of tropical fish! We love the boat, the dedicated team, and, overall, the excellent value of these trips.
They adhere to Longitude 181's International Charter for Responsible Diving, and reduce the use of single-use plastics as much as possible.
For divers who want to see some big pelagic and are comfortable in moderate currents. You must have logged at least 50 dives or have a Level 2 certification (Advanced Open Water or equivalent). It is possible to do the course on board - please ask us for more information.
Contact us and we'll tell you which itinerary is available on your preferred dates: North, Central, or South Atolls.
Having more than 26 atolls, the Maldives offers an incredible diversity of corals and fish, with more than 2,000 species recorded so far.
In the Central atolls, you'll get to dive at manta ray cleaning stations, and snorkel with whale sharks at famous South Ari Atoll.
If you choose to go to the Northern atolls, you'll dive in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with one of the largest coral reef diversity of the Indian Ocean.
If encounters with big pelagic are your thing, then consider going on a longer trip to the Southern atolls: the little Galapagos of the Indian Ocean! Thresher sharks, tiger sharks, schools of great and scalloped hammerheads, oceanic mantas, mobula rays, whale sharks, and mola-molas, you can see it all!
All over Maldives, you'll dive in a fantastic topography with plenty of swim-throughs, pinnacles, caverns, overhangs, and coral gardens.
In the Central atolls, sites include Okobe Thila in North Male Atoll, Kandooma Thila in South Male Atoll, Broken Rock, Kudarah Thila and Maaya Thila in South Ari Atoll.
In the Northern atolls, sites include Fotteyo Kandu in Vaavu Atoll, Hanifaru Bay in Baa Atoll, and Kuredu Express in Lhaviyani Atoll.
In the Southern atolls, you'll get to dive around the famous Fuvahmulah Atoll.
Dive sites may change according to local conditions.