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7 night trips running from May - October. Laamu to Laamu itinerary.

You don't need a minimum number of dives, but you should be comfortable with drift dives. Due to the time of year when this itinerary runs, the currents are generally weaker, however all currents can be unpredictable and can change in a moment. Some dives may be below 18m. Therefore we recommend being qualified to PADI Advanced Open Water level (or equivalent) or taking your PADI Advanced Open Water course on board to maximise your enjoyment from the trip. Inexperienced and beginner divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience. All diving is made from dhonis to give precise entry and exit points. Please note: the maximum depth for diving in the Maldives is 30m.

Escape the crowds of the northern atolls and dive some of the least developed atolls in the Maldives. Laamu, Thaa and Meemu have just 4 resorts between them and lots of uninhabited islands. This will provide divers with access to pristine dive sites away from the crowds.

Divers should expect thrilling encounters with mantas, potential for whale sharks at night and hammerheads in the blue, plus a variety and an abundance of fish that will make your head spin!

Hammerheads are often found in Thaa, as well as whale sharks who visit the boat at night, attracted by the krill which is drawn to the boat's lights. When the currents are running favourably, the channel dives here are outstanding and filled with life; schooling snappers, jacks, barracuda, white tips and greys, grouper, Napoleon wrasse, turtles, eagle rays and much more.

Highlights include:

  • Meemu Atoll: Enchanting channels with pelagic action, Sailfish, Grey reef sharks, Eagle rays and beautiful soft coral. Manta cleaning station.
  • Thaa Atoll: Hammerhead sharks, Whale sharks at night.
  • Laamu Atoll: Beautiful fish filled channels with great shark encounters.

Please note: Due to weather and diving conditions, it's not always possible to visit each Atoll. Your Cruise Director will decide the best ones to visit at the time of diving.

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