Advanced Diving in the Maldives

The Maldives, a chain of some 12,000 gorgeous islands flung across the Indian Ocean, pioneered superior island living. This archipelago nation boasts both world-renowned diving and the most spec-tacular private islands in the world, allowing you to relax in style after enjoying the rigours of the more advanced diving in the Maldives. Deep wrecks, strong currents and shark-infused waters pro-vide ample opportunity to test your skills, while there’s always a good chance of a huge whale shark or graceful manta ray to boot... Our team of dive travel specialists have willingly subjected themselves to the arduous task of pin-pointing the crème de la crème of Maldivian resorts and liveaboards. If you fancy following in their footsteps to enjoy the more advanced diving in the Maldives, we can craft your dream Maldives holi-day itinerary to ensure you’re in the right place at the right time of year...

Hammerhead Point, Rasdhoo Atoll

The coral-filled channels, current-swept walls and busy cleaning stations around the North Ari Atoll offer excellent all-round diving. Gentle dives inside the critter-filled lagoons can be enjoyed by all, while more experienced divers can venture out to the deeper walls in search of hammerheads and reef sharks.

While there are no guarantees, an early morning dive at Hammerhead Point on the nearby Rasdhoo Atoll provides the perfect test for your buoyancy skills as you head into the blue in search of schooling hammerheads...

The Victory Wreck, Hulhule Island

The MV Victory wreck is an 80-metre-long cargo ship that sank in 1981. Today, the wreck lies beneath the flight path of the Maldives' international airport off the main island of Malé. Lying upright, 37 metres below the surface, the wreck is adorned with colourful corals and provides shelter for myriad marine life, making a great first dive of the day.The dive's maximum depth and potential for current mean it's classified among the more advanced diving in the Maldives, but the channel's nutrient-rich currents have ensured the wreck's superstructure is covered in life.

The Plateau, Fuvahmulah Atoll

Luxury liveaboards offer the perfect way for experienced divers to enjoy the Maldives' deep south diving. Despite boasting the best places in the archipelago for consistent shark encounters, these undeveloped atolls have managed to stay off the beaten path, wherein lies the charm. These more remote sites see fewer divers than the central and northern atolls and offer access to some of the best advanced diving in the Maldives.

The southernly Laamu Atoll offers superb oceanic manta ray diving, but the jewel in the southern Maldives diving crown hides in the Fuvahmulah Atoll. The cruise south towards Fuvahmulah sees you cross the Equator just before you reach your destination, The Plateau dive sites, where the sharks will already be waiting. The Plateau is visited by scalloped hammerheads, tigers and threshers, while silvertips, whale sharks, grey reefs, white-tipped reef sharks are also regularly spotted.

Diving the deep south can be an adrenaline-inducing affair, yet it also has plenty to offer the less experienced diver. If you're looking to immerse yourself in the best advanced diving in the Maldives, though, it could be just what the doctor ordered...

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