Why is The Maldives the ideal liveaboard diving destination?

There are places in the world where the best dive sites are concentrated around one or two nearby islands with little other great diving in the area. In such circumstances, a dive resort on one of these islands is the perfect place to stay. Other destinations have a multitude of dive sites scattered far and wide, many with different characteristics, topographies, and underwater environments. These destinations are the playground for liveaboards.

The Maldives is a great example!

This atoll chain consisting of more than 1,000 little islands is spread over 300 square kilometers of the Indian Ocean. Such geographical spread results in a huge variety of dive sites throughout the country. Lucky guests who find themselves scuba diving Maldives’ best sites for a week or two often select a liveaboard to ensure they get the very best overview they can of this unique destination.

The most popular Maldives liveaboard route is the Central Atolls. On such a cruise you could take in atolls as distinct as North Male, South Male, Ari, Rasdhoo, and maybe Vaavu Atoll. In a week you could experience scuba diving around all of these atolls each with its own unique character.

Why would any underwater enthusiast limit themselves to only those dive sites reachable by day trip boat from their resort when there is such a better alternative?

There are also different Maldives liveaboard routes that venture to the northern atolls of Baa, Raa, and Lhaviyani, to the far northern atolls like Haa Alifu and Haa Dhaalu, and to the deep southern atolls of Addu and Foahmulah. It is no wonder that for lovers of liveaboards, Maldives represents an unbeatable destination that seems purpose-built for scuba diving cruises.


Gavin Macaulay, Marketing Director of Dive The World. Gavin is a DM who has been diving since 1996 all over the world: Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa, and the Americas.