Our latest destination is the real deal in the Maldives! Maradhoo Island is a charming local island located in the remote Addu Atoll, at the southernmost tip of the Maldives, far from the crowds. It offers virgin, untouched diving and a chance to immerse yourself in traditional Maldivian hospitality on what is essentially a 'liveaboard on dry land.'
Lying just south of the equator, the natural heart shape of this remote atoll affords protection from the exposed Indian Ocean weather and waves, and makes for a diversity of underwater life not found elsewhere. Over 25 sites in the Addu atoll can be reached from the island including exhilarating drift and wall dives, and one of the highlights of the area, Manta Point, famed for its quantities of mantas which are virtually guaranteed on every dive. Other regular sightings include reef sharks, turtles, eagle rays, honeycomb and moray eels, barracuda, batfish and unicorn fish. For wreck and photography enthusiasts, the British Loyalty - an oil tanker sunk at the end of WWII, is located just minutes away and is the biggest wreck in the Maldives. Gorgonians, table, black and soft corals can be admired on the main hull, and the three remaining blades of the propeller make for great photographic shots.
Maradhoo Island holds a fascinating place in British military history. Used as a Royal Navy base by the British in World War II, and then from 1957-76 by the RAF, many of the original buildings have been adapted for modern use including the airstrip which is now Gan International Airport. Regaldive guests staying on Maradhoo Island stay in one of our two small and comfortable guesthouses. Accommodation is full board and meals are taken at a local restaurant, offering great opportunities to immerse yourself in local life and taste the delicious regional delicacies on offer on the island.
A seven night package on exclusive Maradhoo Island costs from £1,479 per person, to include scheduled return flights, inter atoll flights, transfers and seven nights’ full board accommodation, based on two people sharing. A five day dive pack including three boat dives per day costs from £366 per person to include a guide, boat, air, tanks and weights.
Find out more here or call the Regaldive Team on 01353 659 999 for details.