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Liveaboard Cruises in the Maldives' Outer Atolls

Dive Tour Options and Travel Information

Although the Maldives central atolls are where most liveaboard cruises focus, the abundance of marine life in the Maldives is spread throughout the country. This scattered archipelago is home to innumerable channels between atoll islands washed by nutrient-rich current. It is little wonder that an astounding array of marine life is found here enjoying such bounty. Schools of sweetlips, snappers and jacks can be seen throughout the country, hanging in the water column and facing the current

Scuba diving in the Maldives means enjoying drift dives and pinnacles, lagoons and wrecks, caverns and reef flats. Thanks to the current, you will see a proliferation of soft corals, huge gorgonian fans, bright pastel-hued sponges. Big-name encounters are likely with manta rays and whale sharks, plus various other shark species and meaty pelagics. Show more

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Liveaboard Diving Safari Options in Outer Maldives

Normally these cruises will be for 7 nights’ duration. Some of these cruises may be accessed from Male (although these will also dive central sites) while others will involve a domestic seaplane transfer.

These liveaboard safaris are normally for 7 nights’ duration and will depart from North Male, so no internal flight is required.

These liveaboard trips are normally for 7 nights’ duration and will always involve a seaplane transfer.

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The Climate, Diving Season and Best Time to Visit

The Maldives is a year-round destination with water temperatures seldom moving beyond the 26-29°C range, except in the far south where the water temperature can drop to 24°C during the northeast monsoon.

Northern Maldives Atolls trips run throughout the year except for June. The exception to this is at Hanifaru Bay, usually between August and November, 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.

Cruises to the Southern Maldives Atolls operate all year round. June and July may be a little wet with December to May considered ideal. The Far North is dived all year except for June and July, with September to November being generally considered the best time for manta rays.

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Liveaboard Ports of Departure for Outer Maldives and How to Get There

Maldives Southern Atolls liveaboard cruises depart from Medhufushi and, as there is an airport on the island, a return flight from Male to Medhufushi makes it easy to reach. Maldives Far North Atolls trips use the ports of Hanimaadhoo and sometimes Dharavandhoo. More information on: how to get to the Maldives.

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Places to Stay

If you plan on staying in the Maldives before or after your liveaboard diving safari, you can find a wide range of accommodation options at hotelscombined.com, our affiliated hotel reservation specialists. Browse their website, use their on-line chat to raise your queries, and when you're ready simply use your credit card to make your booking:

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Note: if you have a few hours to kill in Male before or after your liveaboard charter, then you may wish to book a day room at a hotel in Male or on Hulhule Island (where the airport is located). You can shower, store your luggage, and be free to explore the area.

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