Boasting stunning white sand beaches, crystal lagoons, and healthy coral reefs, the Maldives is a diver's paradise and the ultimate relaxation destination. While you may be tempted to dive from a resort to make the most of this island nation's topside treats, a liveaboard is the best way to discover everything hidden beneath the waves.
How to Book a Maldives Liveaboard Trip
Liveaboards embark and disembark in Male which is also the main arrival island for international flights. Trips tend to run for 7 or 10 nights, and a range of different itineraries around the various Maldives atolls are available to suit all tastes and abilities.
When to Go
The Maldives can be dived year-round, although conditions do vary depending on the season. Water temperatures rarely drop below 80F (26C) and a 3mm wetsuit is normally sufficient.
January to April is the best time to visit the Maldives, with warm, dry days and calm clear water. May through July is the wet season and weather can be unpredictable and seas choppy. Whale sharks, manta rays, and other big pelagic visitors are regularly sighted between August and November, but visibility does tend to be reduced during these months due to increased plankton in the water.
Check out this stunning Maldives Photo Essay from the Underwater Photography Guide.
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