The resorts in the Southern Atolls have stunning house reefs so you can simply kick off from your beach or water villa and be submersed in a magical underwater world.
Louisa, Original Diver
Until recently the far south of the Maldives was only accessible by liveaboard dive boat. Nowadays there are some top quality resorts cropping up.
Why we think you’ll love it
- Pristine reefs much like the rest of the Maldives was 30 years ago.
- Exiciting drift dives, where strong currents bring in the big stuff.
- Nothing but uninhabited islands for miles and the odd beautiful, isolated resort.
From the gallery
Our Guide to Southern Atolls Diving Holidays
Venture into the Maldives Archipelago in the extreme south and you will know how the pioneers felt years ago. So much of the ocean and reefs have been unexplored and each liveaboard safari returns with a list of pristine, spectacular new thilas to investigate on the next trip. Resorts are rare and, with only a few liveaboards cruising the Southern Atolls of the Maldive Islands, you will often be the only boat as far as you can see.
Visibility is superb in the warm waters surrounding the atolls. Healthy corals are virtually untouched by humans. Large pelagics including whale sharks are attracted into the channels to feed on the profusion of smaller reef fish schooling close to the coral walls and submerged thilas.
We are big fans of the Maldives as a whole but the far south of the country offers something a little different.