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January to April


Please note:  We recommend that you are a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent with a minimum of 30 logged dives to join this itineraryTo get the most from the trip we suggest you are certified to dive to 30 metres and you should be comfortable with drift dives. Diving in channels with strong currents can be challenging therefore this itinerary is unsuitable for inexperienced divers. All your diving is made from dhonis to give precise entry and exits points. Please note: the maximum depth for diving in the Maldives is 30m.


NB: You may not visit each Atoll and your Cruise Director will decide which are best considering the conditions and diving options at the time.


This itinerary visits four different atolls. During the period January to April, the clean ocean water flows in from the eastern side of the Maldives. That means currents running from Sumatra, Indonesia to the Maldives bring with them not just fantastic visibility up to 40m but also a variety of pelagic surprises coming to the reef for a quick feed.


The Channel dives of the eastern coast of the Maldives are the main order of the day. These Kandus, as they are known in the local language (Dhivehi), attract grey reef sharks, dog tooth tuna and eagle rays as standard but look out into the blue and you never know what surprises await. The outer walls and corners of the channels in Vaavu and Meemu have the added bonus of beautiful overhangs draping in the blues, yellows and pinks of the majestic soft coral.


After the adrenaline pumping channel dives of eastern Maldives we cross over to South Ari Atoll to look for the whalesharks and mantas at Maamagili and Rangali Madivaru (Dhivehi for Manta Place) among other great sites such as Kudarah Thila and Kudimaa Wreck known for its potential leaf fish and frog fish.


Highlights include -
South Ari Atoll: Whalesharks, Beautiful Pinnacles
South Male Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Beautiful Macro Wreck
Vaavu Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Traditional Maldivian Channel Diving
Meemu Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Traditional Maldivian Channel Diving