Warm water, an extraordinary diversity of marine life and exceptional visibility make the Maldives a top liveaboard diving destination.
The Maldives are known the world over for their stunning beaches and azure waters, which typify the tropical idyll. The 26 atolls that make up the island nation also offer excellent coral reefs and an abundance of fish life that set it apart from other dive destinations. In the channels, you can explore caves, caverns and overhangs where soft corals proliferate, and encounter a riot of colorful sponges, invertebrates and gorgonian fans all profiting from the nutrient-rich water. Slightly removed from the reefs, you’re likely to spot the pelagics that frequent the Maldives, including manta rays and eagle rays, as well as a variety of sharks, including the impressive whale shark.
Liveaboard diving is the best way to see the Maldives’ more than two dozen atolls, because the region’s dive sites are widely scattered. While resort-bound guests have access to a limited number of good diving spots, a far greater number can be reached on a liveaboard dive boat. The Maldives boast more than 60 diving liveaboards, each of which has a wide range of accommodations aboard, including king-size suites, private bathrooms and satellite television.
When to Go
December to March offers the lowest humidity and the clearest water. A plankton bloom in early May decreases visibility but attracts whale sharks and manta rays.
The average water temperature is 82°F and visibility reaches up to 100 feet.