When you book a liveabord dive tour you are buying a dive package with a certain dive route. The most common 7 day dive route is called Best of Maldives tour. Most of the liveaboards follow the same dive route. There might be slight adjustment during the tour. All the mention dive sites below may not be covered as it is up to the dive master. Sometimes it may depend on the current and other nature conditions.
So what is the best of Maldives tour is about?
The name “Best of Maldives “ says it all. It covers the best of pristine dive sites in a 7 day tour. On this dive tour route you will be diving in most fantastic reefs, lovely caves and experience breathtaking dives. There is a huge possibilities of seeing grey reef sharks, nurse sharks, turtles, whale sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, hammerheads and diffrent type coral life.
Tour Itinerary from day 1 to day 7
Atolls visited: North Male', South Male', Felidhu, South Ari & North Ari Atoll
Kurumba House reef Check Dive.
When all clients are ready the dive master will introduce himself and do the briefing and will take you do a check dive to a nearby reef where boat is anchorage in North male Atoll.
Guridhoo Kandu - South Male.
Guraidhoo Kandu – South Male Eastern side of Guridhoo Kandu / Channel is open ocean, large predatory fish can regularly be spotted here. This site is popular for sightings of pelagic species. They can be seen in the eastern side where reef drops off into the ocean. Other encounters include, grey reef sharks, schools of eagle rays and the occasional sail fish and hammerheads. Plenty of small fishes and soft corals growths can be observed at the end of the dive in the channel along the reef.
Felidhoo - Vaavu Atoll.
Alimatha night dive is considered as the best night dives. Hundreds of nurse sharks movements can be observed here. The Felidhoo Atoll is popular for its best dive sites such as Miyaru Kandu and Dhevana Kandu. Felidhoo Atoll offers untouched reefs on the eastern side. Many pelagic species, soft corals, hammerhead and grey reef sharks can be seen here.
Day 4 and 5
Maamigili Beru - South Ari Atoll.
Love Whale Sharks? This is the place to dive for whale sharks. There is a huge chance of seeing whale sharks moving up and down looking for planktons.
Rangali Madivaru - South Ari Atoll.
This is a protected reef located at south of Rangali finolhu island resort. The reef is surrounded by two channels. During the North East Monsoon it's a Manta ray cleaning station as the current flows out. Along the manta rays small other species can be seen such as leaf fish, halimeda ghost pipefish, moray eels and schools of reef fish.
Dhigurah Beru Thila - South Ari Atoll.
This is another popular dive site. The opposite side slopes into a sandy area of 20 meters. There are nice overhangs and terraces. Majority of the corals are hard corals and the rest are soft corals. Outer reef is popular among the divers as its a home for white tip reef sharks, stingrays, napoleon wrasse and other schools of fishes. Occasional grey reef sharks are encountered here.
Kuda Rah Thila
This is a very popular and exciting dive site. At times there is current running and be cautious if you are a beginner diver. Huge possibility of seeing sharks, blue striped snapper, battle fish batfish. Whip coral and black corals also can be seen here.
Dhigathila - South Ari.
This is another demanding dive site full of colors and life. It has an underwater pinnacle swim- through, overhangs and drop-offs. Vibrant soft coral life, angelfish, parrotfish, trumpetfish, barracudas, snapper, blennies, grey reef sharks and eagle rays can be found here. In some occasions whale sharks are being spotted here.
Most boats anchorage here for evening BBQ.
Day 6 and 7
Maya Thila - Norht Ari Atoll
This is an another breathtaking dive site good for both day and night dives. Popular inhabitants here includes white tip reef sharks, moray eels, turtles, octopus and stone fish.
Fish Head - North Ari.
Commonly called shark point or mushimasmingilli thilla, this is a huge isolated flat top reef rising sharply from the inner atoll floor roughly 50m to 60m and round 10m from the surface.
As the name says its the best site for seeing sharks. There are series of caves and overhangs in between where you can witness thousands of blueline snappers against a backdrop of black coral bushes and large gorgonians.
Panettone, North Ari
locals called Kalhahadhi means Trevally. As the name suggest many travally can be found here other species include grey reef sharks, white tip reef sharks and barracuda around 20m depths.
Between 10m to 20m depth there is a big cave fully covered by soft corals. Many turtles can be found here.
Late afternoon boat will move to Hulhumale for sight seeing tour and to be ready for the departure.