Liveaboard Diving in the Maldives
Liveaboard scuba diving adventures here are remote, exotic, and exciting. The Republic of the Maldives consists of 1192 exquisite coral islands in the Indian Ocean, naturally divided by the equator into 26 small chains of islands, or atolls. It is an Asian country southwest of Sri Lanka and India, disconnected from the world and not easily found on most world maps. Each island has its own unique characteristics and all are protected from the deep waters of the Indian ocean with a surrounding healthy barrier reef. Quickly becoming one of the world’s best diving destinations, the Maldives is known for its abundant coral reefs, crystal waters, white sand beaches, endless dive sites, and famous big animal encounters.
On the Emperor Explorer, you’ll have the opportunity not only to dive on the abundant coral reefs, but also to experience the world’s largest known population of reef manta rays. Whale sharks are seen year-round, and special itineraries allow you the chance to see elusive thresher sharks! During your Maldivian holiday, your experience will vary depending on the itinerary; 7 & 10 night trips are available for individual & full charter bookings. As you head North during the Southwest Monsoon Season you'll increase these chances of big animal encounters by dives at manta feeding stations. As you head further South, the more channel diving with stronger currents you'll encounter, along with even more species of sharks! Top this off with the possibility of a wreck dive or two and you really can't ask for more in a diving destination. The Maldives should be on every diver’s ‘bucket list!’
Diving in the Maldives
Scuba diving in the Maldives is among the world’s best – hard and soft corals, swim-throughs, and myriad pelagics. Particularly, the Maldives’ waters support the world’s largest known population of reef manta rays, and whale sharks are also seen year-round. Making it a dream destination for divers from all over the world.
The Maldives is also known for unique underwater topography encompassing outer and inner reefs, small coral pinnacles known as thilas, caverns and walls. Divers will experience many awe-inspiring moments with life underwater ranging from the largest living fish species, the whale shark, to beautifully colored flatworms, anemones, turtles and copious amounts of reef fish.
With hundreds of dive sites spread over numerous atolls, liveaboard diving in the Maldives has something to please even the most discerning and well-traveled divers. Abundant, vibrant, and prolific sites make for stunning photographs and videographers. In addition to the bucket-list central atoll itineraries, this large, comfortable vessel offers specialty itineraries that feature remote atolls, exhilarating channel diving and the chance to see elusive thresher sharks!
Scuba diving in the Maldives is outstanding year-round, and temperatures vary only slightly. Being located on the the equatorial belt, severe storms are rare, however, there are two distinct monsoon seasons. Our specially designed central atoll itineraries cruise between the East and West sides of the islands during the Southwest monsoon season (May-October), and the Northeast monsoon season (November-April). Both timeframes possess uniquely different characteristics that can greatly influence what you see, and how you dive. Regardless of which itinerary you choose, both, and the four daily dives, will convince you that the Maldives’ reputation as a premier diving destination is well merited. It is little wonder why divers return home basking in amazement from the beauty in the Maldives.
Meet The New M/V Emperor Explorer
This August, Explorer Ventures, in partnership with Emperor Maldives, will launch the brand-new MV Emperor Explorer in the Maldives. Offering contemporary and spacious accommodation, she will wow with the excellent service both Fleets are known for. At 138 feet, she has four decks with three levels easily accommodating 26 guests in 13 well-appointed ensuite cabins, all with air-conditioning. Add to that her spa (Yes, we said spa!), spacious dive deck, many relaxation areas, and complimentary glass of wine with dinner, and she’s the model of lavish liveaboards.
Highlights of the MV Emperor Explorer include a 42 m (138 ft) length with four decks and spa for massages. The liveaboard will carry a maximum of 26 guests in 13 cabins, which are divided between three decks. The upper deck has two suites with double/single bed and one cabin with double bed. The main deck carries two suites with double/single bed. The lower deck contains five double/twin cabins with double/single bed and three cabins with a double bed.
The MV Emperor Explorer will offer up to 22 dives a week (maximum 4 dives a day) from a large dhoni (tender). Four experienced dive guides will provide a premium and intimate service, and all certified divers will receive FREE Nitrox!
Travel information for those with existing Carpe Vita/Carpe Novo reservations, please see the below reference links: