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Liveaboard in the Maldives

Among the best scuba diving holidays in the world

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What you need to know about liveaboard in the Maldives

  • Liveaboards in the Maldives have an excellent reputation, considering that 70% of the divers who have discovered the Maldives have returned at least once!
  • The option to dive from a liveaboard is undoubtedly the most suitable for the Maldives environment. The atolls of this archipelago extend more than 800 km and recognized dive sites are often distant from each other. The liveaboard will allow you to easily reach these sites and increase the diversity and quality of your dives.
  • The boats generally welcome about twenty divers in a week and you'll make about 3 dives per day. The quality of service and comfort is like the best of the most luxurious hotels of the Maldives atolls.
  • The underwater fauna is exceptional and very dense. The Maldives is home to the world's largest population of reef manta rays. The presence of whale sharks makes it a diving destination of choice.
  • The Maldives liveaboard requires a recognized diving certificate for those who want to dive. It is also recommended to be comfortable with drift diving. Non-divers can partake in other activities that the boat offers, such as snorkeling, standup paddle, spa, yoga, etc.

The different itineraries offered on a Maldives liveaboard

Map of the Maldives

The Maldivian archipelago can be divided into 4 diving regions, the Northern, Central, Southern and Far Southern regions. Each liveaboard itinerary focuses on one of these areas.

The Northern region is less crowded than the Central region and offers a real sense of freedom and escape. Although manta rays are at the rendezvous, depending on the season, it's mainly small wildlife that awaits the divers. The northern atolls are dotted with colonies of very colorful soft corals. A spectacular internal flight by seaplane is often necessary. Learn more about diving in the Northern Maldives.

The Central region is the most popular for liveaboards. Its accessibility as well as the diversity of the underwater fauna make it a privileged destination. The capital Malé and its international airport are in this region. Learn more about diving in the Central Maldives region.

The Southern region has less frequented dive sites and a higher density of pelagic wildlife. This area is reserved for experienced divers, because the currents can be strong. Learn more about diving in the Southern Maldives region.

The Far South region offers a number of smaller and more technical dive sites. This region includes 2 atolls only, the atolls of Addu and Fuvahamulah, real concentrations of history, unique geography and rare species to meet while diving. Learn more about diving in the Far South region of Maldives.

On board accommodation

Liveaboard accommodation is usually set up in cabins for 2 divers. If you're traveling alone, you may need to share your cabin with another diver of the same sex. If you're alone and want to have the cabin for yourself, the price will normally be increased by 80%. The price of the cabins varies according to the deck they are located on. Those on the upper decks are the most popular for their view outside. Each cabin usually has a private bathroom.

A typical day on board a Maldives liveaboard

The main activity is diving. You will average 3 dives per day and maybe 2 night dives during the week. The boat crew is busy while you're underwater so that everything is ready and clean when the dive is over. A typical day might look like this:

  • 6:30 am wake up
  • 7:00 am tea, coffee
  • 7:30 am briefing and 1st dive
  • 9:00 am breakfast + rest
  • 11:00 am briefing + 2nd dive
  • 12:30 pm lunch + rest
  • 3:30 pm briefing + 3rd dive
  • 6:30 pm night dive (2x per week)
  • 7:30 pm dinner

An island visit or a barbecue on a deserted beach may be organized during the week. The dives are optional and the rest periods are at your disposal for the activities offered by the boat operator (spa, jacuzzi, standup paddle, snorkeling, jet ski, movie, lounge, etc.) or simply to sleep. The liveaboard will often take advantage of these rest periods to travel to the next dive sites.

Ideal seasons for a liveaboard

The majority of boats operate from October to May, which is the best time to visit the Maldives archipelago. There are two monsoons during the year. The so-called "dry" monsoon, running from December to April, and the "wet" monsoon, running from June to November. These monsoons don't mean torrential rains but only showers that give way to the sun quite quickly. During the "dry" monsoon, these showers are smaller. The "dry" period is the most popular among divers. Learn more about the Maldives diving seasons.

The different types of diving in the archipelago

The atolls have a unique underwater relief. There are 3 types of diving that can be explored. Diving on the Faru, there are reefs lining the atolls. Diving in the channels that connect the inside and outside of the atolls, and diving on the Giri or Thila, there are submerged pinnacles covered with corals. You can learn more about these underwater formations and check out the list of the main dive sites in the Maldives.

Find a liveaboard

17 LIVEABOARDS AVAILABLE IN THE MALDIVES

BLUE FORCE ONE

Price from USD 1,590
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 22
Year built: 2013

This pampering dive boat is amongst the top vessels operating in the Maldives and there is a reason why it was awarded the “Best Built Liveaboard 2014” by the Maldives Liveaboard Association: it was custom-built having in mind all the needs of both divers and non-divers.

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25 Aug - 1 Sep
Central Atolls Classical Route
8/7
Full
USD 1,890
1 Sep - 8 Sep
Central Atolls Classical Route
8/7
Full
USD 1,790
8 Sep - 15 Sep
Central Atolls Classical Route
8/7
Full
USD 1,790
15 Sep - 22 Sep
Central Atolls Classical Route
8/7
Full
USD 1,890
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ADORA

Price from USD 1,512
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 21
Year built: 2014

MV Adora is the 37.5 m long brand new state of the art luxury yacht, latest addition to the Maldives dive industry, it provides maximum tranquility at sea. The yacht features a large interior and exterior living space. Great detail has been given to achieve the highest standards for quietness and comfort.

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19 Aug - 25 Aug
Best of Maldives
7/6
>5 places left
USD 1,512
10 Sep - 17 Sep
Best of Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 1,764
17 Sep - 23 Sep
Best of Maldives
7/6
>5 places left
USD 1,512
23 Sep - 30 Sep
Best of Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 1,764
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AZALEA CRUISE

Price from USD 2,990
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 18
Year built: -

This stunning 38 metres dive boat is one of the most exclusive ones, as it caters to a maximum of 18 people only, accommodated in 9 cabins, all of them with a remarkably classy decoration, en-suite bathrooms and individually controlled AC.

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25 Aug - 1 Sep
Best of Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 3,230
1 Sep - 8 Sep
Best of Maldives
8/7
2 places left
USD 3,230
8 Sep - 15 Sep
Best of Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 3,230
15 Sep - 22 Sep
Best of Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 3,230
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EMPEROR SERENITY

Price from USD 1,487
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 26
Year built: 2016

The MV Emperor Serenity welcomes you to the Maldives - one of the most appealing and dreamed-of dive destinations in the whole wide world. This luxury boat is the high-end member of the Emperor family and it is its latest addition, as it was custom-built in 2016.

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19 Aug - 26 Aug
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,487
26 Aug - 2 Sep
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 2,151
2 Sep - 9 Sep
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,716
9 Sep - 16 Sep
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
>5 places left
USD 2,289
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EMPEROR ORION

Price from USD 1,659
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 24
Year built: 2009

The MV Emperor Orion is a classic and has been a favourite for a long time amongst the dive vessels operating in the Maldives - one of the most exquisite and sought-after dive destinations in the world.

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19 Aug - 26 Aug
Manta Madness
8/7
Full
USD 1,831
26 Aug - 2 Sep
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 1,659
2 Sep - 9 Sep
Manta Madness
8/7
Full
USD 1,831
9 Sep - 16 Sep
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 1,659
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MV EMPEROR LEO

Price from USD 1,659
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 24
Refurbished: 2012

The stunning MV Emperor Leo is part of the Emperor fleet, a reputable family of dive boats operating in one of the best dive areas in the whole world, famous for its diverse and spectacular marine life – the unparalleled Maldives.

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29 Sep - 6 Oct
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 1,750
6 Oct - 13 Oct
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 1,945
13 Oct - 20 Oct
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,831
20 Oct - 27 Oct
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 1,945
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MV EMPEROR VOYAGER

Price from USD 1,258
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 20
Refurbished: 2014

Maldives’ waters are amongst one of the richest in terms of marine life diversity and that is part of the reason why all divers dream of exploring them. Another reason are the high standards usually found amongst dive boats in this area and the gorgeous MV Voyager – part of the famous Emperor fleet - lives up to this reputation.

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25 Aug - 1 Sep
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
2 places left
USD 1,602
1 Sep - 8 Sep
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,258
8 Sep - 15 Sep
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 1,716
15 Sep - 22 Sep
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
4 places left
USD 1,693
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MV EMPEROR VIRGO

Price from USD 1,716
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 18
Year built: 2012

The Maldives are a true paradise, so if you decide to explore them you should do it aboard a boat that is equally superb. The high-end yacht MV Virgo – part of the famous Emperor fleet - is the perfect option to do so!

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2 Dec - 9 Dec
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
1 place left
USD 2,002
9 Dec - 16 Dec
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,945
16 Dec - 23 Dec
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,716
23 Dec - 30 Dec
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
>5 places left
USD 2,289
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MV EMPEROR ATOLL

Price from USD 1,144
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 12
Refurbished: 2016

No other boat in the Maldives allows you to have such a personalized and intimate experience while exploring this country’s unique underwater world as the MV Atoll!

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26 Aug - 2 Sep
Manta Madness
8/7
1 place left
USD 1,579
2 Sep - 9 Sep
Manta Madness
8/7
1 place left
USD 1,487
9 Sep - 16 Sep
Manta Madness
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,487
16 Sep - 23 Sep
Manta Madness
8/7
5 places left
USD 1,144
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OCEAN DIVINE

Price from USD 2,765
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 12
Year built: 2005

The Ocean Divine offers guests a very personalized and intimate experience within an unpretentious yet luxurious atmosphere. It is owned and managed by a couple who has been organizing dive safaris in this country for more than 20 years.

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28 Nov - 8 Dec
Ari Atoll - Felidu Atoll
11/10
>5 places left
USD 3,950
9 Dec - 16 Dec
Ari Atoll
8/7
>5 places left
USD 2,765
16 Dec - 23 Dec
Ari Atoll
8/7
>5 places left
USD 2,765
23 Dec - 30 Dec
Ari Atoll
8/7
>5 places left
USD 2,765
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SCUBASPA YING

Price from USD 1,990
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 40
Refurbished: 2015

This pampering liveaboard is the perfect holiday option for both divers and non-divers, as it offers not only scuba diving, but also yoga classes and a huge selection of indulging spa treatments from the sumptuous Asian style 300m2 onboard spa.

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25 Aug - 1 Sep
Best of the Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 1,990
1 Sep - 8 Sep
Best of the Maldives
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,990
8 Sep - 15 Sep
Best of the Maldives
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,990
15 Sep - 22 Sep
Best of the Maldives
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,990
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AMBA

Price from USD 1,517
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 10
Refurbished: 2016

The beautiful Amba dive yacht was the pioneer explorer of some of the Maldives’ northernmost atolls and is one of the few operating in this area. It is thus the perfect option to explore this country’s dreamful underwater world away from the crowds with comfort and style.

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9 Sep - 16 Sep
Central Maldives: North Male - South Male - North Ari - South Ari - Felidhoo – Rasdhoo
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,517
16 Sep - 23 Sep
Central Maldives: North Male - South Male - North Ari - South Ari - Felidhoo – Rasdhoo
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,517
23 Sep - 30 Sep
Central Maldives: North Male - South Male - North Ari - South Ari - Felidhoo – Rasdhoo
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,517
30 Sep - 7 Oct
Central Maldives: North Male - South Male - North Ari - South Ari - Felidhoo – Rasdhoo
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,517
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DUKE OF YORK

Price from USD 2,310
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 21
Year built: 2010

The sophisticated Duke of York offers a perfect combination of quality, high design standards and local naval architects and engineers’ expertise. Custom-built in 2010, this beautiful vessel is the ideal option for an unforgettable holiday in the Maldives that joins adventure and relaxation like very few others do!

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Availability
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19 Aug - 26 Aug
Central Atolls
8/7
Full
USD 2,555
27 Aug - 3 Sep
Central Atolls
8/7
>5 places left
USD 2,520
3 Sep - 10 Sep
Central Atolls
8/7
Full
USD 2,310
10 Sep - 17 Sep
Central Atolls
8/7
2 places left
USD 2,310
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CONTE MAX

Price from USD 2,100
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 21
Year built: 2004

The gorgeous Conte Max has been a favourite for many who explore the Maldives underwater world on a regular basis, as these divers know that few other vessels offer such a perfect combination of comfort, professionalism and wellbeing.

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Availability
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20 Aug - 27 Aug
Central Atolls
8/7
3 places left
USD 2,310
27 Aug - 3 Sep
Central Atolls
8/7
>5 places left
USD 2,280
3 Sep - 10 Sep
Central Atolls
8/7
>5 places left
USD 2,100
10 Sep - 17 Sep
Central Atolls
8/7
>5 places left
USD 2,100
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SCUBASPA YANG

Price from USD 1,990
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 40
Refurbished: 2015

This pampering liveaboard is the perfect holiday option for both divers and non-divers, as it offers not only scuba diving, but also yoga classes and a huge selection of indulging spa treatments from the sumptuous Asian style 300m2 onboard spa.

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Availability
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25 Aug - 1 Sep
Best of the Maldives
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,990
1 Sep - 8 Sep
Best of the Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 1,990
8 Sep - 15 Sep
Best of the Maldives
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,990
15 Sep - 22 Sep
Best of the Maldives
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,990
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NAUTILUS ONE

Price from USD 1,322
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 16
Refurbished: 2015

The beautiful Nautilus One is the perfect option for those wanting to explore the Maldives aboard a comfortable vessel built according to the traditional local style, thus fitting perfectly in the idyllic landscape of the archipelago.

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Availability
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12 Oct - 19 Oct
Best of Central atolls
8/7
Full
USD 1,322
20 Oct - 27 Oct
Best of Central atolls
8/7
5 places left
USD 1,322
27 Oct - 3 Nov
Best of Central atolls
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,460
3 Nov - 9 Nov
Ari
7/6
Full
USD 1,546
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NAUTILUS TWO

Price from USD 1,322
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 24
Year built: 2007

If you are into exploring the Maldives aboard a spacious dive boat built according to the local traditional style that yet offers comfort and modern standards at the same time, the Nautilus Two liveaboard is what you are looking for!

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24 Aug - 31 Aug
Best of Central atolls
8/7
2 places left
USD 1,322
1 Sep - 8 Sep
Best of Central atolls
8/7
3 places left
USD 1,322
9 Sep - 18 Sep
Ari & South
10/9
CHARTER ONLY
20 Sep - 30 Sep
Ari & South
11/10
Full
USD 1,889
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