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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 MYStingray - Maldives, Indian Ocean

For your diving & liveaboard holiday to Maldives - Indian Ocean, M/Y Stingray is an outstanding Maldives liveaboard to discover the most stunning atols of the Maldives. 

Location

You will board the MY Stingray in Male, departing directly from near to the airport with our representative meeting you directly at airport arrivals with a short transfer by vehicle.

Accommodation
M/Y Stingray is a solid wooden construction and combines Maldivian boat-building traditions with modern engineering. 9 comfortable cabins (4 with double and 5 with twin beds) are equipped with air conditioning and en-suite hot-water showers. All cabins are equipped with outside portholes. Diving takes place from accompanying diving Dhoni where all compressors and equipment are stored.

Sample Itinerary
If you haven't dived for a while, this will also serve as a great refresher course and we try to choose a nice calm dive site for the check dive. Please don’t forget to bring your logbook and your dive certification with you on your Maldives scuba diving holiday. The safari starts as soon as all guests have arrived. The anchor is hoisted and the ship leaves Male for the first dive site. At the first dive site, an obligatory "check dive" is held, which is a great opportunity to check everybody’s scuba gear and diving skills. 

At the start of each safari, the captain and the dive instructor decide on a route. This depends on the prevailing seasonal weather and current conditions. You are in the hands of experts; our crews are very good at choosing the best route for the current weather conditions. We will do our best to ensure you have the best Maldives scuba diving experience possible. The experienced dive guides will take you to the most spectacular dive sites in the Maldives. No other dive destination can be compared to the Maldives in terms of top dive sites and marine life diversity.

Diving
The rainbow-colored coral reefs and overgrown wrecks of the Maldives are home to endless attractions, both big and small. The Maldives are renowned for the abundance of big aquatic animals such as Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, Reef Sharks, Napoleon Wrasse and several Ray species. Time and time again, the breathtaking, synchronized maneuvers of the big schools of fish fascinate even the most experienced of divers. And fans of macro-attractions will also get their money’s worth: the nooks and crannies of the coral reefs teem with Gobies, Blennies, Snails and other tiny wonders of the Indian Ocean.

The Maldives consists of thousands of reefs that are full of beautiful surprises just waiting to be discovered. Each scuba diving safari is an adventure all of its own that can take you into remote parts of the Maldives, which most tourists will never have the opportunity to see. At the end of each day, the ship anchors in a protected lagoon. Our safari boats never travel at night.
 

Year of Launch: 2002, refurbished 2008

Length: 31 m /101 feet

Rooms: 9 air-conditioned rooms, en-suite bathroom (hot water), exterior windows, 220V UK sockets (triangle of 3 flat pins), international adapters available. 4 double bed cabins,  4 with one slightly bigger and one standard twin bed, 1 cabin with 2 standard twin beds.

Equipment: water desalination, 2 generators, 2 compressors, rental equipment on request, medical oxygen, GPS, email, mobile GMS 900, 12L aluminum DIN/INT tanks.

Salon: TV, VCR, DVD, HiFi, games, books and comfy, well-stocked bar.

Decks: 75sq m sun deck, deck chairs and mats, seats on quarter deck are sun/rain protected, stairs and platform with ladder for easy water access, fresh water shower facilities outside. Tea, coffee and chilled water (from dispenser) available free of charge at all times.

NITROX 32% available at USD 6 per tank (no subject for compensation if not available). 

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.