The Day 1 – Arrival and Departure Day

 

One of our representatives from Maldives Holiday Collections would be present at the Airport to pick you up. Following your arrival we will be escorting you to the boat for boarding. Welcome drinks and refreshments will be presented prior to a detailed briefing given by the entire time of the boat.Depending on the time of arrival, discussions and decisions made by you and your dive guide, check dive will be either made on the day of your arrival or on the following day.Buffet dinner will be served during evening when the guests have all checked in and settled.

 

The Day 2 – North Male > Vaavu Atoll
Early morning, our Liveaboard will set sail for the first dive.

  • Dive 1 – Maagiri
  • Dive 2 – Embudhoo Express
  • Dive 3 – Kandooma/Guraidhoo
  • Dive 4 – Alimatha Night Dive
  • Anchor Alimatha

Day 3 – Monday – Vaavu Atoll > Ari Atoll

  • Dive 1 – Miyaru Kandu/Dhevana Kandu
  • Dive 2 – Vilamendhoo
  • Dive3 – 5Rocks
  • Anchor Dhangethi/Dhigurah

Day 4 – South Ari Atoll

  • Dive 1 – Kuda rah thila
  • Dive 2 – Maamigili beyru (whale Shark)
  • Dive 3 – Whale Shark Dive (Dive site may change)
  • Anchor Maamigili

Day 5 – South Ari to Central Ari Atoll

  • Dive 1 – Rangali Manta
  • Dive 2 – Rai Dhiga
  • Dive 3 – Panathone
  • BBQ Night on a Deserted Island
  • Anchor Desert Island

Day 6 – Central Ari Atoll to North Ari Atoll

  • Dive 1 – Moofushi Manta Point
  • Dive 2 – Himandhoo Thila
  • Dive 3 – Maaya Thila
  • Dive 4 – Night Manta Fesdu/Mayaa Thila
  • Anchor Fesdu

Day 7 –  Ari Atoll to Kaafu Atoll

  • Dive 1 – Bathala Maagau/Fish Head
  • Dive 2 – Fish Head/Bathala Maagau
  • Dive 3 – Fish Tank (Kaafu)/Kuda haa
  • Anchor Kurumba Beyru

Day 8 – Saturday

Arrival/ Departure
Our entire team will be entirely dedicated to you during your departure in helping you. We will wish to see you and welcome you again.

 

Route Details

The name of this fantastic itinerary says it all! The ‘Best of Maldives’ itinerary takes you to a selection the most fantastic dives sites in the area to show you the best of the Maldives in 10 nights. Dive pristine reefs, explore beautiful caves and overhangs, and experience thrilling shark dives in some of the best areas to see hammerheads and grey reef sharks.
Itinerary highlights:

 

Rasdhoo Madivaru – Rashdoo


Rasdhoo Madivaru Corner is located in the corner of the channel into the atoll. Madivaru has its fame amongst seasoned divers of the Maldives. It has one of the most spectacular and confusing reef formations found in Ari Atoll. Hammerhead sharks emerge in big numbers just before sunrise swimming in large groups. Dolphins, dog tooth tunas along with schools of black snapper are seen at the reef edge during the early hours. Divers get an opportunity to view white tip reef sharks, pelagics, trevallys, little tunas, jacks, ribbon eels, fish leaves tunas, napoleon wrasse and barracudas. Experience the thrilling scuba diving adventure amongst fine coral formations with highest underwater visibility.

 

Guraidhoo Kandu – South Male

Since the eastern side of the channel is open ocean, large predatory fish can regularly be spotted here. This site is famous for sightings of sharks, schools of eagle rays and the occasional sail fish and hammerheads. The best condition to do the dive is when the current is flowing into the atoll. The dive begins on the outer reef following the current into the atoll. Most of the pelagic species can be observed on the eastern side, where the reef drops off into the deep ocean. At the end of the dive in the channel, along the reef you can find overhangs with plenty of soft coral growth and small fish.

Maaya Thila – North Ari

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Maaya Thila is one of the most famous dive sites in the Maldives and is known as a great spot for both daytime and night-time scuba diving. The marine life seen at Maaya Thila depends largely on the currents, which vary greatly; when the currents are not strong, Maaya Thila is an easy dive site, suitable for less experienced divers, but when currents are strong Maaya Thila is recommended for only advanced divers and they will need to use a surface balloon.
Maaya Thila is most famous for the white tip reef sharks that can nearly always be seen here, both during the day and night. A night dive at Maaya Thila also allows divers to encounter moray eels, turtles, octopus and stone fish.

Fish Head – North Ari

Fish Head also known as Shark Point or Mushimasmingili Thila, fits the classic definition of a thila – a large isolated flat top reef rising sharply from the inner atoll floor at 40 to 50m to around 10m from the surface. It is one of the best sites for seeing sharks. Featuring a series of caves and overhangs in between where you can see thousands of blueline snapper against a backdrop of black coral bushes and large gorgonians.

Fotheyo Kandu – Vaavu Atoll

Considered by many as one of the best dive sites in the Maldives, the atoll offers pristine reefs on the eastern side and thrilling shark dives – look out for hammerheads and grey reef sharks. A more challenging dive site which is not really advised for novice divers. Reef hooks recommended.

 

Maamigili – South Ari


Maamagili is the place to find whalesharks in Ari! There are several locations right on the southern point of South Ari atoll where the whalesharks cruise up and down, looking for their next meal. If you are lucky you can see them passing by whilst you are diving. However, most of the encounters will be snorkeling so don’t forget your gear!