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Malé Atoll (Kaafu)
Ari Atoll (Alifu)
Felidhe Atoll (Dhaalu)

Most diving in the Maldives is drift dives from liveaboards where you allow the current to move you along. Due to the myriad channels and passages between the atolls, the currents sweep and play throughout the island chain so that nutrients are always on the move. This accounts for the vast numbers of fish enjoying the passing feast and you can expect to see Napoleon wrasse, parrotfish, snappers, barracudas, jacks and sweetlips in every site where the water flows.

Since the islands are scattered over a large area, and some of the best diving is found inside and outside the atolls' lagoons and in the channels in between, the best way to see the region is by liveaboard.

Some resorts have good diving nearby, but if you wish for the greatest diversity and a variety of sites, the liveaboard is King.

Note that Maldives liveaboards are very popular and you need to plan ahead to make sure you get the trip you want. We recommend that you book at least 6 months in advance to avoid disappointment. Many boats become fully booked many months prior to the departure date and last minute availability is almost unheard of.

The Maldive Islands have a wet season between May and August, which reduces visibility and may restrict the number of accessible dive sites due to poorer surface conditions. This is less of a concern for liveaboards that can vary their itineraries to cover only those sites enjoying the best dive conditions.

Beginners usually start with the discovery or introductory dive that is carried out in the waist-depth shallow water of the lagoon. From here it is just one step to experience the wonders of underwater life. An internationally recognised certificate PADI Open Water Diver can be obtained within a week after nine dives and theory lessons. Some schools offer training up to the level of a professional diver. The diving schools may require a certification of physical fitness. Qualified divers should bring their log book and copies of the certificates or cards.


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