Diving the Southern atolls of the Maldives is a joy for every diver. With only a couple of Maldives liveaboards diving these newly developed Atolls. You are most likely to be the only liveaboard there.
It is an excellent way to discover new dive sites every time. There has been only little human interaction in this area what makes it more interesting to dive.
Healthy reefs and corals are common here, and the marine life is excellent. With strong currents running through channels and around pinnacles, the chance to see big predators hunt for the smaller reef fish is likely.
With grey reef sharks on almost every dive and Whale sharks, Manta rays, and other big pelagic fish, this is a perfect place to feel a little bit like Jacques Cousteau in the earlier days.
For Deep South Liveaboard cruises, there are three options.
The first is a week-long cruise that cruises around the Southern Atolls for the entire trip. Here you need two domestic flights from and to Male.
Option two is a week-long dive safari that begins or ends in North Male and makes your way along with the atolls in the Central and Southern Atolls.
Our favorite option is the 14 days dive cruise where you dive the best in the Southern and Central Atolls with embark and disembark in North Male.
The Deep South in the Maldives provides some incredible marine life that consists mainly out of big fish. During the many channel dives, you can encounter lots of shark species such as silver tips, grey reef sharks, thresher sharks, spinner sharks, and black and whitetip reef sharks.
The most popular place to go now is Fuvahmulah, where over 40 identified individual tiger sharks are found.
Fushi Kandu is a spectacular channel dive at the Laamu atoll. The shallow bed features some healthy reefs and a great variety of marine life such as barracuda, turtles, Napoleon wrasses, and on occasion, manta rays will appear out of the blue.
When drift diving through this deep channel, you can see much pelagic fish in the strong currents. When you stay around the 30 meters, many shark encounters will be there, and humphead parrotfish and large schools of tuna. Vadinolhu Kandu is a dive for the more experienced divers due to the depth and strong currents.
Muli corner has a beautiful reef known to have many shark encounters and has a large manta cleaning station where you can use a reef hook and enjoy the show these gentle giants provide to you. With strong currents, a negative entry is recommended.
Tiger Zoo was discovered in April of 2017 and since then has been a popular place for scuba divers to see tiger sharks. At the moment of writing, there are 40 individual tiger sharks identified. You can see them in the shallow waters as well as the deeper parts. You can expect to see other marine life at Fuvahmulah: whale sharks, thresher sharks, Oceanic manta rays, silver tips, and many more.
Outside of Hulhumeedhoo, you can find Addu atolls shark point where at any given time, you can see 15-20 grey reef sharks patrolling a 30-meter deep sand plateau better known as the Shark hotel. There is a drop-off at the outside of the plateau that goes down to 60 meters, and here you can see oceanic grey sharks and other big sharks pass by.
Diving the Southern Atolls is year-round when weather permits. the best time to book your liveaboard to this part of the Maldives is between December and May when The seas are at their calmest and water temperatures are good. (between 28 and 29 degrees). For some of the atolls, you need to have calm seas for anchoring, such as the Foahmulah atoll, where it is difficult to stay in rough weather.
To get to the Southern Atolls, you can choose to make an extended liveaboard cruise for two weeks that will depart and disembark from Male. If you decide to make a 1-week trip, you will need to get a domestic flight from Male to Medhufushi or the other way around.
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