Scuba diving in The Maldives is regarded by many as one of the best places in the world. There are hundreds of islands, and a huge variety of marine life from the smallest to the largest species. The best diving at The Maldives is enjoyed on week-long liveaboard cruises, also known as diving safaris. The majority of trips start from & return to Malé, the country’s capital city, and visit the central atolls. But there are also itineraries to the south and to the north, depending on the time of year and each boat operator’s schedules.
Maldives scuba diving liveaboard boats are generally 30-40 metres in length and have 10-13 twin and double cabins with air-conditioning & private bathrooms. To maximise the usable dry space on board, the liveaboard diving in the Maldives is actually done from Dhonis, which are support vessels. The dhoni follows the main boat so you can enjoy the maximum luxury and space on board. The equipment is stored on the dhoni, which is also better suited to efficiently drop divers off and pick them up at the perfect place.
The price for Maldives liveaboard diving trips varies depending on the boat and cabin that you choose, and almost all boats have a choice of cabins that offer a range of luxury and value. In general €1,000-2,000 is the average price, per diver, including full-board accommodation, airport transfers and up to 21 dives. Most cruises accept all levels of scuba diver, but some itineraries are better suited to advanced divers.