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. November and December are the best months to spot Tiger sharks in the south.
The water temperatures remain 26c to 30c throughout the year. Most divers are comfortable with a 3-5mm wetsuit.
Winter Season (Nov – May):
During winter season our classic cruises start and end in Male and diving activities are concentrated on 5 atolls from North Male, South Male, Rasdhoo, Ari Atoll and Felidhoo or sometimes Meemu. Another popular itinerary to the Extreme Deep South Equator route Addu-Fuvahmulah-Huvadhoo 8D/7N from February to April yearly. We also offer an unique “Tiger Shark Expedition” every November and December exclusively.
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, Tiger 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 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 Extreme Deep South Equator
8D7N Tiger Shark Expedition
- All divers are obliged to bring along with you the 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.
- 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/Italian are the official languages 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.