The Maldives have a tropical climate all year round with warm temperatures and a great deal of sunshine. Diving is a year round activity but different times of the year offer different advantages. Liveaboard diving is without doubt the best way to see the best of the Maldives.
November through April has the best overall weather and diving conditions.
December through March has the best overall visibility.
April, May, October and November are the months with the greatest probability of Whale Shark and Manta sightings
The water temperatures remain 26c to 30c throughout the year. Most divers are comfortable with a 3mm wetsuit.
Winter Season (November – May):
During winter season our cruises start and end in Male and diving activities are concentrated on 5 atolls from North Male, South Male, Rasdhoo, Ari Atoll with an extension to further to Felidhoo or sometimes Meemu. The very popular night dives with Manta rays and Nurse sharks are included in the one week itinerary. We also offer dive expeditions to the Deep South Male-Huvadhoo-Male 11D/10N or Equator routeAddu-Fuvahmulah-Huvadhoo 8D/17N from February to April yearly.
The northeast monsoon runs from December to May. At this time of the year the skies are blue and the seas are calm. The visibility on the eastern side of the atolls is good at 30+m, and 15-20m on the western sides. The eastern atolls generally have the best visibility during this time, and December to March normally enjoys the best overall visibility. This is because the currents flow through the atoll channels from east to west. Reef sharks gather in large numbers at the channel entrances on the eastern side of the atolls; whereas mantas are drawn to the western sides because plankton flows out of the channels into open sea on the west. The current is strongest at this time of year too.
Summer Season (May – October):
Due to the change of sea and current conditions by the southwest monsoon, meaning rougher sea, frequent rain and relatively lower visibility, the diving will then be concentrated in the areas of North Male, South Male, Ari Atoll as well as Baa and Raa atoll in the Northern part, including the famous Hanifaru Bay.
Manta rays, whale sharks, reef sharks and hammerhead sharks are found in the Maldives all year round; Whereas Manta rays are found in even greater numbers in the southwest monsoon (July to November). As for other big creatures, diver encounters are dependent on non-seasonal factors: whale sharks are more frequently sighted at high tide, and hammerhead sharks ascend to shallower water at sunrise.
The exception to this is at Hanifaru Bay, usually between August and October, when hundreds of manta rays and some whale sharks gather on the eastern side of Baa, where vast plankton fields accumulate. The area has been declared a marine reserve and current regulations permit snorkeling only for a maximum of 60 persons at a time.
During your cruise, diving equipment is kept on the accompanying dive dhoni, Oxygen, DAN emergency case and a mobile phone are available in the Dhoni in case of emergency. Dive dhoni is staffed and operated by our experienced dive professionals.
8D/7N Classic Central Route
8D/7N Central – Meemu Route
8D/7N North Route
11D10N Male-Huvadhu / 8D7N Equator
- All divers are obliged to bring along with you the dive Dive insurance and dive certificate aka C-card.
- The first dive is always a check-dive, which is compulsory for all divers.
- Dives are guided by an experienced PADI instructor and a dive master.
- Compressors are stored on the Dhoni, meaning that there is no noise pollution for guests on the the mother boat while bottles are re-filled between dives.
- The use of a Dive computer and SMB is compulsory.
- Dive insurance is compulsory for all divers.
- Alcohol is prohibited to be brought into Maldives.
- English is the official language on board.
- USD is the common currency throughout Maldives including safari cruises.
*Remarks: All itineraries depend on current conditions, time of year, weather, decision of captain and cruise director as well as guest preferences. We promised to do our best to bring you to the best sites possible on every dive when situation allowed.