Southern Atolls Diving Holidays: An Overview

Until recently the far south of the Maldives was only accessible by liveaboard dive boat. Nowadays there are some top quality resorts cropping up.

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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.

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.

Top picks for Southern Atolls

Park Hyatt Hadahaa, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Park Hyatt Hadahaa


At least 10km away from any other inhabited island, sitting on an untouched atoll, surrounded by one of the most beautiful reefs you will find in the tropics sits the Park Hyatt Hadahaa. There are few better or more impressive havens to be found in the Maldives.

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