Best Maldives Liveaboard Reviews 2023


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Liveaboard Diving in the Maldives

Maldives is a remarkable paradise right here on Earth, located in the Indian Ocean. It comprises of 1,190 islands, beautifully spread around more than 20 atolls. This mesmerizing island is absolutely teeming with rich biodiversity, beautiful sandy shores and surrounded by pristine waters.

The beauty and charm of the Maldives islands and the panoramic underwater sceneries has managed to steal many a heart of those who’ve had the opportunity to set foot on this little piece of paradise.

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Scuba Divers are enticed into diving in the Maldives because of the regular sightings of pelagic species like dolphins and whale sharks. Manta rays, eagle rays, schools of colourful fish and more than 3,000 coral reefs are also abound.

Due to its unique geography, a moderate to strong current may prevail in most of the dive sites. Therefore, diving in Maldives is not really ideal for absolute beginner divers.
Liveaboard diving is the best way to fully explore the captivating islands only found in the Maldives. It’s easier to tour the atolls and discover the best dive spots without being anchored at one particular resort. Most of the liveaboards offer guests a wide range of itineraries designed to get the most out of the popular atolls of the archipelago.

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From a 7 night tour to a 14 night tour, Male Atoll to Ari atoll, Rasdhoo, Baa atoll and so many other different atolls can be covered depending on the duration of the tour.

Maldives Liveaboard routes

There are several liveaboard itineraries in the Maldives that are available all year round and there to suit every different budget.

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To give divers enough time to revel in the magnificence of the Maldives, most liveaboards offer four diving itineraries ranging from 7 -14 nights. The classic route departs from Male and starts with scouring the big fish, manta rays and then heads on to explore more areas around Ari and Male atolls.

If you take the central & southern route, the itinerary takes you from Male to the atolls of Felidhe, Mulaku, Thaa and Huvadhoo. Deep channels can be found here which offer scuba divers the opportunity to observe large pelagics such as White Tip Sharks and Hammerhead Sharks.

Taking the central route will bring you to Rasdhoo, Ari, Mulaku, Thaa and Laamu atolls. Several scalloped hammerheads, grey reef and white tip sharks are spotted here. Whale sharks, manta and eagle rays are also frequently seen especially in Laamu atoll. Sometimes an occasional blue whale also surprise divers along the way if you’re really lucky!

The Southern route will let you explore the Huvadhoo Atoll in more detail. Reefs found in this atoll are teeming with colourful fish life and interesting marine creatures. Eagle rays are some of the main residents in these atolls.

Or why not head further north? The Northern route provides divers the opportunity to dive around Male, Rasdhoo, Baa, Lahviyani, Noonu and Ari atolls. You will have the chance to snorkel with manta rays at Hanifaru Bay, as well as expect to see a lot of trevallies, jacks, eagle rays and grey reef sharks. Frogfish and the Maldivian sponge snail can also be spotted here. The Baa, Raa and Noonu atolls has become a favorite among underwater photographers since these atolls present a wide array of beautiful marine creatures. Maldives, without a doubt has all the ingredients needed to satisfy even the most adventurous spirits!



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15 comments on “Best Maldives Liveaboard Reviews 2023”

  1. Dear Divezone Team, i operate a liveaboard in Maldives the MV Eco Blue. I want to send you informations.
    Best regards

  2. Hi,
    I am looking for a liveaboard trip that would be good for snorkling in Asia. Can you recommend any?

  3. Hi my name is Loga.
    I am interested in bringing my family of 4, 2 Adults, 14 years and 12 years for liveaboard/ cruise to Maldives from 18th of Dec to 22nd Dec 2017. Only I have a PADI licence, my kids are interested to learn some basic diving skills. I am looking for a full board package for these 4 nights, which should include island hoping, visiting villages and some non diving activities. Can you please send me a price package/ itinerary please. My email add is

  4. MY wife and I went to the Maldives in February of 2017. We took 2 back to back 10day dive trips aboard the M/V Carpe Vita. Can’t say enough good things about our trip. The boat was great, the food was great and the crew was great. The Carpe Vita is one of the few dive boats that does 4 dives a day. No diving off a rubber raft here the dive boat (which followed the Carpe Vita) was approx. 60 ft long. Not for beginners , strong currents .

    • Hi Marc! Thanks for leaving a review here at Divezone! I’m super happy that you and your wife had a blast! I’m sure you’ve had more than enough time to explore with 20 days onboard… wow! Best bubbles, always!

  5. Do you have anything that runs Sunday night or Monday through Saturday? We are coming for another trip we booked on a sailboat, but would like to do some diving before the sail… we arrive on a Sunday, and get on the sailboat on Saturday at 5 pm.

  6. M/V Carpe Vita Feb 2019 10day trip 2nd trip with this team. Food was tops safety, diving, service and RATIO OF DIVE GUIDS to Divers. 4 dives a day not 2 or 3. The dive boat alone was 65 or so ft long. No spa treatments just Diving.

  7. I am looking for diving in Maldives during end of December. I want to experience the diving from liveaboard.
    I am AOW certified but I do not have too many dive hours logged and also its been a long time since diving.
    Is it a good option to dive via liveaboard.


    • Hi
      I am booked on a liveabaord in the Maldives from the 8th until the 15th of January 2022 and am unable to make this trip. I have paid $2700 for a single room in Carpe Novo and I am willing to transfer it to someone for $1500.

  8. Hi there,

    We are a couple travelling with our baby girl (19 months old). We arrive to Male the 2nd September late afternoon. We would like to do a cruise safari for 6 days, starting the 3rd or the 6rd September. Is there any available cruise we could join?
    Also, I would like to know if the cruise is suitable for our daughter as she can’t sleep in a single bunk bed by herself, one of us should share the bed with her.

    Thank you!


  9. Maldives Liveaboard Spring 2021
    Hello. I represent TADSAC (Thrapston and District Sub Aqua Club) a BSAC dive club, in the middle of England. I have arrange numerous shore & Liveaboard dive trips for the club over many years. I have been tasked to put together a dive trip for 2021, in the Maldives. Preferably a liveaboard, although we would consider a shore diving trip with accommodation & diving.
    We would be a group between 18 -25 divers. Mostly singles sharing twins, however there would be also a few married couples. Anytime between March & June 2021. We would bring our own dive equipment, and just require cylinders & weights. We range in experience from BSAC Ocean divers to Advanced Instructors, however most are experienced divers, they will also be two wives who are non-divers, and would just snorkel. We can arrange our own flights, and would probably, have a two night stop in Dubai. However please also feel free to offer a “package” including flights. We could also be shore based for our last night in the Maldives, prior to flying the next day. We would look for a minimum of 7 nights, with an option for 10+ nights.
    I would also be grateful if you could post a brochure, to take to the club. As the plan is to narrow this down to a short list to take to the members and get something booked with deposits this year.

    Many Thanks Regards Mark Mark Shepperson Lilac Cottage Slipton Lane Slipton Kettering Northamptonshire NN14 3AR

  10. I am booked on a liveaboard in the Maldives from the 8th until the 15th of January 2022 and am unable to make this trip. I have paid $2700 for a single room in Carpe Novo and I am willing to transfer it to someone for $1700.

    • Hi Nidhi! I’m sorry to hear about that! Good idea posting it here tho, someone could jump on the opportunity! Thank you for reading Divezone, and we wish you safe bubbles for your future trips in 2022 and on!

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