Maldives Scuba Travel
The Maldives are the iconic beach and scuba dive location in the Indian Ocean. Lonely islands with sunset barbecues at a sun-drenched white sand and clear turquoise waters. Beneath the surface an abundance of reef life awaits the scuba diver.
Liveaboard and Resorts
Scuba Spa is the Maldivian floating Resort. The two liveaboards Ying and Yang provides a superb scuba diving experience with a fully equipped dive Dhoni.
The liveaboard has an exceptional gourmet cuisine. And for divers and non-diving alike a dedicated spa and a gym.
- Length 50m
- Max. 40 guests
- Floating resort
- Sun deck with hot tub whirlpool
Reethi Faru resort is located on Filaidhoo in the Raa atoll 160 km northwest from Malé. The seaplane connects it directly in 45 min. The resort is an ecologically managed island utilizing solar energy.
Most important it has marine biology center an and experienced and friendly dive center with the excellent dive sites!
- Pristine coral reefs
- UNESCO biosphere
- Manta spot (Hanifaru bay)
- Top accommodation and food
Escape a busy life with a world class menu served on a sandbank or underwater dining.
The Kihavah resort is located in the Baa atoll 45min water plane flight from Male. It is one of the best places for manta rays. Anantara resorts are famous for their amazing style. Enjoy the pristine house reef and luxurious beach villas.
- Pristine private island in a tropical forest
- Ocean pool bungalows
- Travel with private water plane
- Star gazing observatory
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Best time to travel
The Maldives climate is influenced by the monsoon seasons. While the water temperature is constantly 29°C.
November to May is most comfortable Maldives travel season. During the months of northwest monsoon skies are turquoise blue, seas are calm and the visibility reaches over 30m.
June to November with the southwest monsoon is still a good dive season. You just might have some cloudy skies, stronger wind and a bit of a rough sea.
© Laura Zepner, Pierre Karrasch, Felix Wiemann & Lars Bernard (2020) ClimateCharts.net – an interactive climate analysis web platform, International Journal of Digital Earth, DOI: 10.1080/17538947.2020.1829112
How to get there?
The international airport Velana on Hulhumalé (IATA: MLE) connects Male directly to central Europe, Russia, Middle East and India.
the airport island Hulhumalé is the liveaboard starting point in the central atolls. And from the terminal it is just a 2 minute walk to the dhoni that lands you on the liveaboard within 10 min.
Maldives Scuba insights
Most popular Maldives liveaboard trips circuit the central atoll North Malé, Ari and South Malé Atoll. The central route and central islands always provides best dives preferably between November to March.
Deep south trips offer during the season April to May an abundance of Hammerhead sharks. The in northern atolls a peak season with August to September with lots a Manta Rays in some atolls.
the protected Maldives atolls are perfect dive spots for beginner. Drift dives between pinnacles and channels are pelagic hotspots. With stronger currents and depths up to 30m this are advanced dive sites. The dive depth on Maldives is limited to 30m.
The water temperature is very consistent 29°C. The best visibility is January to April during the northeast monsoon.
Diver prefer in such temperature conditions 3mm wet suits or shorties.
The Maldives marine life has rich diversity. It ranges from gentle mammals, like curious spinner dolphins to mollusks, as the beautiful giant clams. Common encounter during your dives are various reef sharks and rays. Whale sharks and manta rays season is from August to November with plankton rich water.
Deep south trips offer between April and May an abundance of Hammerhead sharks schools. Another amazing season in the northern atolls is between August and September with lots a Manta Rays in the Hanifaru bay. A very cute encounter on the island and the intertidal zone are hermit crabs. On the lagoon zone you may find adolescent reef sharks and sea turtles.