Maldives Diving Cruise

On a diving cruise in the Maldives, the most beautiful spots of the archipelago will be within your flippers' reach.
12 different itineraries from the Deep South to the Extreme North.

Diving in the Maldives

Dive in small groups among the manta rays, sharks and schools of tropical fish in the Maldives.

The Maldives is often referred to as a diver's paradise: nothing could be further from the truth. One would think that nature created the country and its 26 atolls for underwater exploration! Between the protected coral reefs where you can admire the mantas, among other things, and the multitude of passes that attract schools of fish and sharks, it's hard to get tired of it. Not to mention that some atolls, located in the Deep South or the Far North and recently explored, have not yet revealed all their wealth... A diving cruise is ideal for discovering the most beautiful sites of the archipelago.

All species of tropical fish as well as a wide variety of corals and invertebrates are present in the Maldives. Diving with turtles, sharks or rays is common. The chances of encountering a whale shark are high all year round. Especially along the outer reef of the South Ari Atoll and in Hanifaru Bay.

Mantas on a Diving Cruise in the Maldives
Mantas on a Diving Cruise in the Maldives

When to go diving in the Maldives ?

The best season for a dive cruise in the Maldives is from August to May. High season is from December to April.

During these 9 months, the current and visibility conditions are different. This is why the itinerary of your Maldives diving cruise is adapted to observe a maximum of species. In particular, manta rays and whale sharks that follow the plankton concentrations.

In February and March the weather and diving conditions are perfect. This is "the top of the top" for a Maldives diving cruise !
Visibility will be very good east in the passes with a current always coming in. These are the ideal conditions to observe the pelagic fauna which concentrates there (reef sharks, grey sharks, eagle rays, barracudas, jacks...).

West of the atolls, mantas gather to monitor plankton concentrations. You will dive next to the cleaning stations to follow the mantas stingray brushes. And you will frequently encounter whale sharks outside the atolls.

Diving with sharks in the Maldives
Diving cruise in the Maldives
Diving cruise in the Maldives - School of surgeons fish

The Boats

Diving cruise in the Maldives

  • Adora
    Various itineraries from 7 to 10 nights
  • Gurahali Maldives - Diving Cruise
    Gurahali
    Charming yacht for 14 passengers
  • Amba Maldives - Maldives Diving Cruise
    Amba
    Exclusive itineraries in the North
  • Diving cruise Maldives on board Koimala
    Koimala
    Intimate cruise : 2 French guides for 10 divers
  • Horizon 3 Maldives - Maldives Diving Cruise
    Horizon 3
    Luxury Yachts & Custom Dives
  • Amba Maldives - Maldives Diving Cruise - Special Offer
    Special Offer
    Special offers and promotions to go diving

Itineraries

Diving cruise in the Maldives

Choose from 12 different itineraries from the Deep South to the Far North

Diving cruise in the Maldives in the Deep South, classic itinerary in the central atolls or discovery of the Far North...Our tours are varied for cruises from 7 to 14 nights. Follow our advices.
  • Special mantas
    Hanifaru Bay
  • Far South
    3 atolls
  • Far South
    8 atolls
  • Far North
    2 atolls
  • Centre & South
    Ari & Felidhoo
  • Far South
    3 atolls
  • South
    4 atolls
  • Centre & South
    5 atolls

Traveller reviews

Diving cruise in the Maldives

Magnificent cruise

I took a cruise five years ago, but this one was beautiful. The dives are very diversified, the guides Charlotte and Jean Charles are very nice, as well as all the crew of the boatKoimala, and an outstanding cook.

Best parts:The dives were diversified and above all magnificent.
Worst parts:Only 15 dives
Anabelle
January 12, 2020

A perfect cruise

A perfect cruise, great dives in beautiful surroundings. A friendly and smiling crew. A very friendly and always professional diving staff. The intimate side (10 divers) is very appreciable.

Best parts:Great dives, a cook full of resources and ideas, a small group (only 10 divers)
Worst parts:It's a bit of a small cabin, but for the time we spend in it...
DID
from 5 to 12 January

I've had a great week

I spent a great week aboard the Gurahali with Sebastian and Rebecca.
The dives were magnificent, the boat very comfortable, the meals excellent.
I'll be back!

Best parts:Superb dives, very comfortable boat, very nice guides available.
Catherine
24/11/19 to 01/12/19

Super nice diving cruise in the Maldives

Super nice cruise, wonderful dives with mantas and whale shark on the program, very nice group and boat (the Gurahali) at the top with instructors who know the sites very well, comfort and excellent meals throughout the cruise. See you soon !

Best parts:Super nice cruise, wonderful dives with mantas and whale shark on the program, very nice group and boat at the top.
Hélène
April 2019

Beautiful boat and great dives

It was our first cruise, so we're not experts... but we really enjoyed theAdora, the guides and the cruise. It was in March with a very nice weather and an itinerary in the great South of the Maldives. The diving was just outstanding and we saw mantas, a lot of sharks and lots of fish of all kinds. The room is luxurious and huge for a boat. We thank the guides for their choice of sites and their great knowledge of all the southern atolls. We sailed at night to dive in the early morning in the passes of the atoll of Huvadhoo and swim among dolphins...

Best parts:the comfort of the Adora, the divemasters
Rebecca & Philippe
March 4, 2019

Have a nice stay

The Adora is a very beautiful boat, luxurious and very well thought out to enjoy a breathtaking view of the atolls. The "Diving Dhoni" is ideal for divers with equipment that remains at the station throughout the cruise and storage for cameras. Very good stay, good quality of service for the whole crew. Assad, Ibbe, and Marc were excellent guides, we dived in small groups, each at his own pace to enjoy the mantas and take as many pictures as possible. Many thanks to Assad for his photo advice. I have very nice views of the sharks and the school of jacks in Fotteyo Pass. The 2 dives on Saturday is a very good idea.

All good stuff. Very nice diving cruise Maldives

I'll look next year for the cruise to the far south.

Stéphane
March 2019

Unbelievable

we saw everything on board of the cruiseAdora : mantas, lots of sharks and 2 whale sharks in the evening behind the boat for more than 4 hours...really great memories and incredible pictures with my Go Pro camera.

Best parts:the luxury boat, the whale sharks, the dives and the cooks
Louis
February 24, 2019

What happiness...

Everything was perfect from our arrival at the Maldives airport: transfer, boarding, dives; until the moment of departure...I was hoping that time would pass more slowly and I tell you that you should take advantage of it from the very first moments.

Very nice dives with a lot to see: manta rays, sharks, whaleshark, macro life, ghost pipe fish, crabs, turtles, eagle rays, stingrays, a profusion of fish varieties ... etc etc etc ... too much to mention. Great dive guides, delicious meals served as a buffet when we come back from each dive... and we met other divers on board with whom we will travel with pleasure...

We really had a very good experience with the Adora and the agency Sous l'Océan which took care of everything. The staff was professional and very dedicated.

We are so happy we chose this cruise ship. If we come back, we certainly won't look any further. I highly recommend the agency and love it.

Best parts:The boat and the guides
Worst parts:short stay
Raphaëlle
January 2019

Best week of diving

The crew was really very professional and friendly. Especially in the galley with succulent meals compared to my other Maldives cruises.

We made 18 dives, all different with mantas, sharks and a very abundant fauna. We discovered the northern atolls with a lot of pleasure and we will come back there for the special from Hanimadhoo to Raa atoll.

A piece of advice, the currents are sometimes quite strong (full moon), remember to bring a reef hook, although it is also available on theAmba.

Best parts:various sites and no other boats
Worst parts:a week is a short time
Marina
03/2019