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South Central Atolls (January to March)

7 and 9 day trips

Most dives will involve going to depth and diving in channels with strong currents, which can be challenging, therefore this itinerary is not for inexperienced divers. We recommend you have 100 logged dives to join this trip and require that you are Deep Diver/Advanced Open Water or equivalent. Divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience. All diving is made from dhonis to give precise entry and exit points.

Please note: Due to weather and diving conditions, it's not always possible to visit each Atoll. Your Cruise Director will decide the best ones to visit at the time of diving.


  • North Male Atoll: Beautiful Pinnacles.
  • South Male Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Beautiful Macro Wreck.
  • Vaavu Atoll: Beautiful channels with magical soft corals and pelagic delights. Action packed night dive with Nurse Sharks and others.
  • Vattaru Atoll: Pristine coral reefs.
  • Meemu Atoll: Beautiful channels with pelagic action, Sailfish, Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays and beautiful soft coral. Manta cleaning station.
  • Thaa Atoll: Hammerhead Sharks, Whale Sharks, Dolphins, Traditional Maldivian Channel Diving.
  • Laamu Atoll: Beautiful fish filled channels with great shark encounters.

Looking for action? Speedy drift dives, mantas, sharks and diving several atolls? Both MV Leo and MV Orion offer this itinerary and our guides and crew make it their business to make sure you see mantas, sharks and even a wreck.

January to March is the time to join us as this is when the current in the Kandus is largely incoming. There's a good variety of diving from thrilling channel dives to more relaxed diving inside the atolls on Thilas or Giris.

The best thing? There are few, if no, boats as we visit atolls that have very few resorts and lots of uninhabited islands so liveaboard competition is low! The main manta activity is at Ari at this time of year but there's a good manta cleaning station in Meemu Atoll.

Hammerheads are often found in Thaa as well as whale sharks who visit our boat at night attracted by the lights. When the currents are running well, the channel dives here are outstanding. Abundant with schooling snappers, jacks, barracuda, white tips and greys, grouper, Napoleon wrasse, turtles, eagle rays and more. Fancy a wreck dive? We can fix that for you at the Kuda Giri wreck, famous for its rare black corals and macro life complete with resident frog fish.

This itinerary has a lot of drift diving so it's best suited to more advanced divers. With visibility being really good in the southern atolls, this is ideal for photographers for normal and macro shots.

South Central Atolls - Availability

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Special offers in red have limited availability; book early to make sure you don't miss out.
Please note: Certain offers cannot be combined with other offers including group-free places. If you are looking to book a group, please contact us for a quotation.

Date Boat Dep / Arr Spaces Rate Passengers
24/02/2019 - 03/03/2019 MV Emperor Virgo Kadhdhoo - Male 15 € 1,999.00 Book
23/03/2019 - 30/03/2019 MV Emperor Leo Koodoo - Male 18 € 2,228.00 Book
24/03/2019 - 31/03/2019 MV Emperor Serenity Kadhdhoo - Male 24 € 2,643.00 Please Email

Black blotched ray
Wreck diving
Shark
Turtle & diver