The 26 atolls that make up the Maldives are a scuba diver’s dream. The water is warm year around, the atmosphere is relaxed, shark and manta ray encounters are regular events and dive sites are diverse. A great option for diving is through a liveaboard and, with so many options out there, you’re probably trying to figure out what’s the best Maldives liveaboard to pick for your next holiday.
Without a doubt, the best way to experience this slice of underwater heaven is on a liveaboard. It’s easier to tour the atolls and discover the best dive spots without being anchored at one particular resort. Plus trips are all inclusive so show up then – eat, sleep, dive, repeat.
There’s lots of diving liveaboards touring the Maldives and picking just one trip can be a tough decision! Here’s a quick guide that highlights the best boats and also gives you some things to consider when it comes time to book.
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So, now you know some of the best liveaboards diving the Maldives, let’s talk about how to go about choosing the right one for you and your dive buddies. Here’s a few points to consider.
1. WHAT TIME OF THE YEAR ARE YOU GOING?
It’s possible to dive Maldives on a liveaboard all year round but be aware of the Maldives have two distinct seasons. The monsoon season brings rain, winds and waves runs from May to August reducing the visibility, but diving is still good. You can also catch a deal during this time of the year. The best time for scuba diving is January to April with very good visibility, dry weather and excellent sea conditions.
2. ARE THERE NON DIVERS IN YOUR GROUP?
Your partner doesn’t have to be into scuba diving to enjoy a liveaboard. Some boats cater to non divers better than others. Emperor Atoll and Voyager give non divers a snorkeling set and a $50 voucher to spend on the boat. A few also go island hopping, throw beach BBQs and offer relaxation packages for non divers.
3. LOOKING FOR A LUXURY LIVEABOARD IN MALDIVES?
Spacious suites, jacuzzis, gourmet meals and onboard spa service your thing? Check out ScubaSpa, Orion or Blue Force One for some pampering in between dives. They’re among the best luxury liveaboards in Maldives.
4. WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET?
Liveaboards in Maldives range from $1300 to $2500 depending on the type of boat and itinerary. See a boat that catches your eye? In the next section you can click on the check availability button next to the description to see up to date prices and all the itineraries offered.
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Photo Credit: Orion Liveaboard
The Orion has some of the largest cabins you’ll find on a liveaboard anywhere. If you’re in the mood to splurge, the executive suite on the upper deck has it’s own private jacuzzi, king bed and bath. Even if you stay in a stateroom, there’s a communal jacuzzi for post dive relaxing. Meals on board Orion are buffets with breakfast cooked to order, lunch and dinner with soup, salad, fruits and a choice of main courses.
Photo Credit: Emperor Atoll Liveaboard
The MV Emperor Atoll caters to no more than 12 divers so if you’re looking for a small group experience, this is the boat for you. Dive routes are designed to show divers the “big stuff” and include “The Best of the Maldives”, “Sharktastic” and “Pelagic Magic.” Non-divers are welcome and get a free snorkeling kit plus a $50 voucher to spend on board. Added bonus, there’s free nitrox!
MALDIVES AGGRESSOR II
Photo Credit: Maldives Aggressor Liveaboard
The Aggressor Maldives is a yacht built specifically for scuba divers. There are 10 bunk style stateroom that accommodate 20 divers. Meals range from American feasts to local cuisine. Breakfast is made to order and dinners are 3-course meals. A nice perk, local beer and wine are complementary.
BLUE FORCE I
Photo Credit: Blue Force I Liveaboard
The Blue Force One is considered one of the top liveaboards for diving in Maldives. It’s a great option for those looking for a luxurious dive safari. A spa is available with supplement, complete with massage room, sauna and steam bath. In the living room you’ll find comfy sofas, massage armchairs and a 65’ TV. There’s also music equipment including a disco room with karaoke if you wanna get your party on.
Photo Credit: Emperor Voyager Liveaboard
The MV Emperor Voyager is a welcoming modern and spacious liveaboard in Maldives with all the comforts of home. In between dives, relax on the main deck on a big sofa or enjoy a drink at the bar. Meals are served in a dining lounge with a great sea view. Non divers are welcome and get a free snorkeling kit plus a $50 voucher to spend on board. Just like the Emperor Atoll, nitrox is free.
Photo Credit: Fun Azul Liveaboard
Fun Azul Maldives is a comfortable, spacious and luxurious yacht. There are 7 itineraries to choose from depending on the season and your budget.If you want to spend sometime on dry land, the crew is happy to throw a BBQ beach party. After a long day of diving, relax in the 6 person jacuzzi with your new dive buddies.
Photo Credit: Carpe Vita Liveaboard
The MV Carpe Vita has a modern design, which offers lots of light and an airy atmosphere. Snacks, biscuits, tea, coffee, fresh fruit, drinking water, soft drinks, beer and wine (2 glasses per day of either) are all complimentary. If you’re looking to see more of the atoll, a 10 night option is available along with far North Exploration trips and Summer Manta Ray Identification trips.
Photo Credit: ScubaSpa Liveaboard
If you want a vacation that balances diving with relaxation, ScubaSpa is your boat. Just as it’s name lets on, it’s a floating luxury dive resort that combines scuba diving and spa relaxation experience. This is a great option for groups of divers and non-divers, or those looking to have the best of both worlds. They offer specific spa, scuba taster and honeymoon packages.