Maldives Diving Cruise

On a dive cruise in the Maldives, the most beautiful spots of the archipelago will be within reach of your fins.
12 different itineraries from the Deep South to the Far North.

Diving in the Maldives

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

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

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

Mantas Dive Cruise Maldives
Mantas Dive Cruise 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 dive 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 best time for a Maldives dive cruise!
Visibility will be very good in the eastern passes with a current that is always returning. These are the ideal conditions to observe the pelagic fauna which is concentrated there (reef sharks, grey sharks, eagle rays, barracudas, jacks...).

To the west of the atolls the mantas gather to follow the plankton concentrations. You will dive next to the cleaning stations to follow the manta rays. And you will frequently encounter whale sharks outside the atolls.

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

The Boats

Diving cruise in the Maldives

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


Diving cruise in the Maldives

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

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

Traveller reviews

Diving cruise in the Maldives

A wonderful cruise

I have already done a cruise 5 years ago but this one was wonderful. The dives are very diversified, the guides Charlotte and Jean Charles are very nice, as well as the whole crew of Koimala, and a great cook.

Best parts:The dives were diverse and above all beautiful
Worst parts:Only 15 dives
12 January 2020

A perfect cruise

A perfect cruise, great dives in a beautiful environment. A friendly and smiling crew. A very nice and always professional dive supervisor. The intimacy (10 divers) is very appreciated.

Best parts:Great dives, a resourceful cook and ideas, a small group (only 10 divers)
Worst parts:A little bit small but for the time we spend there....
5 to 12 January

I had a great week

I had a great week on board the Gurahali with Sébastien and Rebecca.
The dives were wonderful, the boat very comfortable, the meals excellent.
I will be back!

Best parts:Great dives, very comfortable boat, very friendly and available guides
24/11/19 to 01/12/19

Super nice dive cruise in the Maldives

Super nice cruise, magnificent dives with mantas and whale sharks 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 during the whole cruise. See you soon!

Best parts:Super beautiful cruise, magnificent dives with mantas and whale sharks on the program, very nice group and top boat
April 2019

Beautiful boat and great dives

This was our first cruise, so we are not experts.... but we really enjoyed theAdora, the guides and the cruise. It was in March with great weather and an itinerary in the deep south of the Maldives. The diving was just outstanding and we saw mantas, lots 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 during the night to dive in the early morning in the passes of Huvadhoo atoll and swim in the middle of the dolphins...

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

Very good 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. Very nice dive cruise Maldives

I'll look into the far south cruise next year.

March 2019


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

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

What a pleasure...

Everything was perfect from the moment we arrived at the Maldives airport: transfer, boarding, diving; until the moment of departure...I was hoping that time would pass more slowly and I tell you that you have to enjoy it from the very first moments.

Beautiful dives with lots to see: manta rays, sharks, whalesharks, macro life, ghost pipefish, crabs, turtles, eagle rays, stingrays, varieties of fish galore... etc etc.... too much to mention. Great dive guides, delicious buffet meals when we returned from each dive... and we met other divers on board with whom we will gladly go on trips...

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 glad we chose this cruise ship. If we come back, we will certainly not look any further. I highly recommend the agency and adora.

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

Best week of diving

The crew was really professional and friendly. Especially in the kitchen with great meals compared to my other cruises in the Maldives.

We made 18 dives, all different with mantas, sharks and a lot of wildlife. We had a great time discovering the northern atolls and we will be back for the Hanimadhoo to Raa special.

An advice, the currents are sometimes quite strong (full moon), think of taking a reef hook, although it is also available on theAmba.

Best parts:various sites and no other boats
Worst parts:one week is short