Maldives Liveaboard Diving

diving holiday by Liveaboard Maldives

Located in the Indian ocean are the 22 atolls that form the Maldives. Here experienced divers can enjoy the thrilling diving you do by a Maldives liveaboard. From deep channels where you do drift diving to see the huge amount of sharks. To diving on a Thila where schools of fish await you on the reef. You name it and the Maldives has it to offer. That is why most scuba divers will come over and over again to this wonderful diving holiday destination.

Popular Maldives Liveaboards

Most liveaboards in the Maldives offer week-long itineraries with some exceptions when you make a dive trip to the Northern or Southern Atolls where 10-14 days is not uncommon. There is a great selection of liveaboard dive trips to choose from the more basic setup to pure luxury. But all have in common that they provide you with great customer service.


When diving in the Maldives, you have 3 main routes where you can choose from. The most dived area is the central atolls, also known as the Classic route. Here is where all the Maldives liveaboards started and eventually explored more of the North and South atolls.

More popular every year are the Northern and Southern atolls, where you can dive where no one has dived before. When diving the deep South route, you can go on a night dive with whale sharks. Fuvahmulah has a population of tiger sharks, and when you are lucky, also, thresher sharks are seen here.

The Northern atolls are mostly famous for the huge amount of mantas and whale sharks that come every year to feed on the plankton. Some of the dive sites are only now for snorkeling, but there are still plenty of chances to see a large number of manta rays during your Maldives dive safaris.


Maldives Marine Life

During your liveaboard trip, you will have several kinds of dives. either a sloping reef, a thila, or channel diving. On each of those dives, you can expect encounters with the great variety of marine life in the Maldives.

One dive you are hooking on to a rock to see sharks and eagle rays pass by in the current then the next dive your diving around a thila where large schools of snappers hang around and green turtles are sleeping under an overhang.

All over the Maldives, you have also cleaning stations where you can whale sharks and manta rays await their turn to get cleaned from parasites and dead skin by wrasses and other small fishes.

In the Northern atolls, you have more chances to see some macro life such as frogfish and ghost pipefish.

Maldives Liveaboard Season

You can go on a Maldives liveaboard all year round with the best time to dive is between November and May. This time of the year is the dry season and brings you blue skies and flat seas while cruising around the atolls.

For marine life, there is also not a real peak season where you can see one specific species. Only when you want to snorkel with hundreds of mantas May and December are the best months to join a dive safari.

There will be a change of rain and the sea is a bit rougher but that doesn’t spoil the fun of scuba diving with these amazing animals.

The visibility is in general 20-30 meters in the dry season and during the northeast monsoon season, it drops to 15 meters with some dive sites even less because of the plankton in the water.

The water temperature is year-round the same with 26-28 C°. So for most divers, a 3 mm wetsuit would be fine.

Water Temperature
Maldives water temperature

Climate Data
Maldives water temperature

How to get to the Maldives

There is only one international airport in the Maldives, which is on North Male Atoll in the capital Male. Here is where most liveaboards depart and disembark. You can directly go to the airport’s pier and catch the Dhoni to the Maldives liveaboard you booked.

For the Northern and Southern atolls, you need to take a domestic flight one way or return a ticket. Maldivian Aero can book this. Make sure you check the itinerary of your liveaboard what flights you need to book.


When you arrive at Male international airport, you get a stamp in your passport that allows you to stay in the Maldives for a maximum of 30 days. 

Extending your visa for another 30 days is possible by visiting the immigration office before your first visa runs out. For more information about visas visit the official website of the Maldives immigration.

Before departure, make sure your passport is still valid for at least six months on the date you plan to arrive back home as well. You need an empty page for the stamps.