Maldives: Six liveaboards, six itineraries

Emperor Maldives has exciting dive trips throughout 2017/18 sailing a range of routes from ‘Best of the Maldives’ to the ‘Deep South and Southern Sharks’.

One of the most popular is the all-year-round ‘Best of the Maldives’, with visits to the most-famous atolls of Rasdhoo, North and South Ari, Vaavu and North and South Male, with every chance of meeting mantas, whalesharks and memorable marine life.

‘Pelagic Magic’ offers just that, bringing guests face to face with the famous whalesharks of Ari Atoll. Pelagics of all shapes and sizes await.

‘Deep South and Southern Sharks’ is ideal from February to April, with shark action in these out-of-the-way southern dive sites. Spend a week away with the larger residents – tiger sharks, silver tips, grey reef sharks and whalesharks.

‘Manta Madness’ runs at the time of a New Moon when the manta are most prolific between July and November. As well as manta, expect whalesharks, hammerheads and reef sharks.

‘Sharktastic’ takes advantage of the clean ocean water flowing in from the eastern side of the Maldives, bringing with them not just fantastic visibility, but also a variety of pelagic surprises coming to the reef for a quick feed.

‘South Central Atolls’ is for when guests are looking for action. Speedy drift dives, mantas, sharks and diving several atolls with a crew that make it their business to make sure mantas, sharks and even a wreck are enjoyed.

All six Emperor Maldives liveaboards offer fine accommodation and service. Included is full board, free nitrox, and local transfers. Non-divers are very welcome and get free snorkelling equipment and a $50 voucher to spend on board.

Seven-night trips start from £999 per person sharing a standard twin-berth cabin. Ten-night trips are also available. Prices do not include international flights. Up to four free places are on offer for group bookings.

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Mark Evans

Mark Evans

Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 20 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.

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