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Indian Ocean - Liveaboards


The Maldives is diving holiday heaven. An Indian Ocean scuba diving holiday, where exciting marine life abounds, is best summed up by the sheer quantity and size that can be seen.  Head to the Maldives for a great mix of endless white sand beaches, azure blue waters and fabulous underwater topography. We have selected the widest range of hotels, liveaboards in the Maldives, exotic Mauritius and hideaway Rodrigues island. As experts in this area we can find something just right for you!

The Maldives is the perfect place to learn to dive from one of the idyllic island resorts, Or why not immerse yourself in diving from a dedicated liveaboards taking you to some of the less busy, pristine sites.

Mauritius and the lesser know nearby Island of Rodrigues offer widely contrasting holidays. The former with luxury hotels resorts and many options for relaxing and other activities. The latter to discover an island untouched by tourism and off the beaten track.

All provide first class facilities for diving and snorkelling, shallow water lagoons and more challenging dive sites for the advanced divers. Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, Wreck and Drift Diving characterize most of the Indian Ocean dive sites with more sheltered dives closer to shore.


Maldives Liveaboard MV Voyager - Maldives, Indian Ocean

The Maldives Liveaboard MV Voyager is a welcoming modern, spacious liveaboard built to a high standard visiting the best and most famous dive sites of the Maldives.

Location
The Maldives Liveaboard MV Voyager Sails from Male. Transfers are arranged from Male Airport.

Accommodation
The MV Voyager is a 30 metre boat accommodating 20 guests in 7 twin (choice of upper, main or lower deck) and 3 double cabins, all ensuite with air-con and a fan. The main deck has a large outdoor sofa relaxing area and a corner bar and drinks area. There are several sofas and tables inside for relaxing. On the upper deck is a home theatre and comfy sofas, whilst outside is the dining lounge with tables and chairs with a sea view where you will have all your meals and aperitifs but can also make use of this area to check your cameras and torches or simply relax. The sundeck is perfect for catching those sunrays or having a nap in hammocks or deckchairs.

Diving
All diving is done from the large dhoni tender, giving you more living space on board and getting you to the perfect dive spot every time. The MV Voyager is rebreather-friendly. Free NITROX is offered, all diving and safety equipment as well as a photography charging station and two dive guides. Non-divers are welcome and get a free snorkelling kit + $50 voucher to spend on board. You don't need a minimum number of dives but you should be comfortable with drift dives. Currents can be strong. All your diving is made from dhonis or zodiacs to give precise entry and exits points. Experienced divers can dive in a buddy pair unguided.
 

Sample Itinerary

The itineraries available look to dive the iconic sites of North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll offering a variety of channels, drifts and pinnacles to maximise your chance of meeting mantas, whale sharks and many varieties of marine life. Dive Sites include: 

• Rasdhoo Atoll: Hammerhead dive, beautiful reef with pelagics.

• North Ari Atoll: Grey reef shark, Maaya Thila night dive, multiple Manta cleaning stations.

• South Ari Atoll: Whalesharks, beautiful pinnacles.

• South Male Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, other pelagics, beautiful macro wreck site.

• Vaavu Atoll: Grey Reef sharks, Eagle rays, other pelagics, traditional Maldivian channel diving .

• North Male Atoll: Beautiful pinnacles

This itinerary aims to gives you a marine mix of big fish such as shark and manta dives as well as reef dives, reef fish, morays and the abundant macro life. Get up close at the cleaning stations without disturbing the marine life! One of the best known dive sites is Maaya Thila; this pinnacle is approximately 30m in diameter and falls away to reveal sharks and fish a plenty.

A night dive from sheltered moorings here is a must! The boat will also aim to find whale sharks so you can get in the water and snorkel with them.

The 10 day trip follows the same route but allows for more time in each area.

All dive sites are subject to local conditions.
 

 

Fact File

Diving Conditions

House Reef Shore Diving Boat Diving Liveaboard Wreck Diving Tech Diving

Suitability:

Beginners 

Intermediates 

Advanced 

Technical 

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Best Time: Dec-April (Summer/NE
monsoon) & June-Oct (SW current)

Average Air temps: 28-30°C
Average Water temps: 28-30°C

Visibility: 20-30m + (varies
depending on season & sites).

Top Dive Sites: Too many to
mention. Each island offers
short distance to dive sites,
excellent house reefs. Sites
for all levels. More >

Liveaboard Itineraries More >
 

Great Reasons to Dive in Maldives

  • Clear visibility.
  • Vast number of dive sites.
  • Chance to see Manta Whales
    & Whale Sharks  in Summer months, on the SW side.
  • Large schooling pelagics.
  • 3*,4* & 5* island resorts
  • Liveaboards with free places for whole boat bookings.

 

 

Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.