Liveaboard diving in the Maldives, with crystal clear warm water and stunning island scenery, is an easy appeal to divers of all levels. Siren Fleet 10-night liveaboard diving safaris allow you to explore the Maldivian atolls at the best of the seasons. The often tiny island are surrounded by over 3,000 coral reefs that support a wide variety of marine life, making the Maldives one of the richest diving coral reef areas. The free-flowing tides of the monsoons bring with them nutrient rich waters that support life from the smallest creature to the largest fish - the whale shark. Sightings of large pelagic sharks, manta and eagle rays, schooling fish and plenty of small crustaceans, molluscs and echinoderms keeps the diving here interesting and no two liveaboard diving trips will be alike. Siren Fleet provide 5 different diving itineraries that take you to the best Maldives dive sites at the optimum time of year and reaching the remote areas that are only now opening up to liveaboard safaris.
"The Maldives Siren completely bowled me over - what a fantastic experience ! Absolutely 5-star live-aboard, marvellous crew, wonderful food and above all awesome diving." Hilmar Luckhoff, Northern Itinerary September 2012.
April to January - 10 nights from 3100 EuroSiren Fleet Central Itinerary takes you through Rasdhoo, Ari, Mulaku, Thaa and Laamu atolls. We dive a variety of kandus and thilas where sightings of grey reef and white tip sharks are common. Manta and eagle rays are also commonly seen and whale sharks come for a visit at Laamu Atoll, along with the occasional blue whale! There are also smaller creatures to be found on the reefs including frogfish and ghost pipefish.
Departing from Male, our 10 night Maldives dive safari takes you first to Rasfari Reef in North Male Atoll for a check dive before cruising over to Rasdhoo Atoll where on an early morning dive it is possible to see hammerhead sharks along the wall of Madivaru. The S/Y Maldives Siren then moves on to spend 3 days exploring the reefs, wrecks and canyons of the northern and southern Ari Atolls. Grey reef sharks can be seen at a variety of of sites along with schools of snappers and baracuda. Eagle rays are amongst the common sightings. Whale sharks and mantas can be seen also. Shark action continues at Mulaku (Meemu) Atoll where it is possible to see nurse sharks, reef sharks and huge rays before the your liveaboard trip moves southwards into Thaa Atoll. The lack of resorts at Thaa make this an ideal spot for liveaboard diving. Passing through a northern kandu the yacht will stop at a number of sites in the central and eastern part of the atoll before moving southwards to Laamu Atoll. Our final days of diving are spent around Laamu Atoll where whale sharks come to visit our liveaboard home at night providing our guests with the opportunity for some snokelling activity!Disembark on day 11 at Kadhdhoo airport for your return flight to Male.
Trips also depart from Kadhdhoo and end in Male following the same diving program in reverse order.
August to November - 10 nights from 3100 Euro Our 10-night itinerary takes you from Male Atoll to Ari, Noonu , Lhaviyani and Baa atolls for encounters with large pelagics. Offering a mix of kandus, thilas and wreck dives you can expect to Dive and snorkel with eagle rays, whale sharks, schools of grey reef sharks and manta rays along with schools of travelly jack and numerous smaller creatures such as frogfish and the Maldivian sponge snail.
Stopping first at South Male Atoll for 3 dives at the Kuda Giri Wreck and thilas before crossing to Ari Atoll known for its abundant fish life. Schools of batfish, eagle rays and reef sharks, some fast drift dives and the colourful shipwreck of Machchafushi are all to be expected. Whale sharks are also known to frequent the area too! Heading northwards we arrive at Rasdhoo for 2 dives at the famous Madivaru Kandu, before we continue the journey to Baa Atoll. In the morning we plan for a snorkelling excursion* in the now famous Hanifaru Bay, where manta rays and whale sharks have been known to visit to take advantage of the plankton bloom. We spend the day diving at some of the popular sites of Siren Fleet guests, in Noonu Atoll, where leopard sharks and guitar rays have been found. Lhaviyani Atoll is where we dive at "The Shipyard" wrecks home to schools of colourful reef fish and the exhilarating Kuredu Express; aptly named for its strong currents. Crossing the channel we return to Baa Atoll where our liveaboard safari will culminate. Disembark on day 11 at Dharavandoo Airport for your short return flight to Male.
* Specific days are allocated to liveaboards for the snorkelling excursion in Hanifaru Bay, should our arrival fall on a non-liveaboard day your cruise director will adjust the itinerary appropriately to allow for snorkelling in the bay at an alternative time. Trips also depart from Baa Atoll and end in Male following the same diving program in reverse order.
January to March - 10 nights from 3100 EuroThe Southern Itinerary spends 10 days exploring the Huvadhoo Atoll in depth. The channels provide unspoiled reefs which teem with fish life. Large pelagics can be seen as divers drift along on the current which passes through. Eagle rays are frequent visitors to many of our sites and divers have also spotted mola mola here. We also spend time diving some of the shallower lagoons full of a wonderful array of colourful reef fish and some unusual creatures.
Departing from and returning to Kooddoo, i nthe north-east of HUvadhoo ( Gaafu) Atoll our 10 night dive safari takes you around the entire circumferance of and into the heart of the atoll. The S/Y Maldives Siren stops at a variety of kandus where reef sharks, eagle rays and the cute but agressive "nemo" can be found. Further north on the eastern side of the atoll we encounter large schools of tunas, jacks and snappers, along with colourful coral groupers, angelfish, puffers and trigger fish. In the far north its time for more shark action with grey reef and white tips found at Vilingili Kandu. We then venture inside the atoll to explore the coral gardens and 'giris'. The above water scenery rivals that of the underwater and its a great opportunity to take the kayaks out for a paddle. Enjoy up to 32 channel, wall and thila dives before disembarking on day 11 for the return flight to Male.
Reach Kooddoo via short domestic flight from Male and our Siren Fleet team will be there to greet you.
January to April - 10 nights from 3100 EuroOur central/southern itinerary takes you from Male to the atolls of Vaavu, Mulaku, Thaa and Huvadhoo. There are numerous deep channels or kandus to dive all offering divers the opportunity to observe large pelagics such as white tip and grey reef sharks, eagle and manta rays. We visit a variety of walls and coral gardens and there are also plenty of opportunities for macro critter hunting.
Departing from Male, our 10 night liveaboard dive safari takes you first to South Male Atoll to dive the Kuda Giri wreck with its schools of glass fish.= then southwards to Felidhoo Atoll, where we dive to the deep caves hunting for grey reef sharks that can be found within, as well as the marine protected area of Devana Kandu. Mulaku (Meemu) Atoll, offers one of the most exhilarating night dives at The Jetty; divers simply rest on the bottom and watch rays and nurse sharks hunting. We also make several day days at a variety of kandus and thilas. The S/Y Maldives Siren continues southwards on to Thaa and Laamu atolls for encounters with grey reef sharks and other large pelagics, including Napoleon wrasse and eagle rays. Whale sharks are also known to visit the yacht in the night so guests should be prepared for some midnight snorkelling action! The remote atoll of Huvadhoo is the yacht's final stop. This is channel diving at its best with currents bringing schools of barracuda and tuna along with several shark species. We spend our last 2 days of diving in the far south before disembarking on day 11 at Kooddoo airport for your return flight to Male.
Trips also depart from Kooddoo and end in Male following the same diving program in reverse order.
For our first stop on our 7-night or 10-night safaris, we opt for Rashdhoo Atoll, where Madivaru Kandu turns up grey reef sharks and often schools of eagle rays. Ari Atoll offers a wide range of dive sites and we spend up to 4 days diving here. Sightings of reef sharks are common at Panettone & Kan Thila, along with Napoleon wrasse, schools of Moorish idols & red-toothed trigger fish at Rahdhigga Reef. Barracuda and giant trevally gather in large numbers, whilst lucky divers can spy guitar sharks and marble rays at Fish Head.Moving into Meemu (Vaavu) Atoll we drift dive along reef walls covered with soft corals, at Rakheedhoo and Fotteyo Kandu where eagle rays and numerous turtles can be seen. A night dive with nurse sharks at "The Jetty" adds to the exhilaration and a relaxing dive in the sheltered coral garden of Fotteyo Reef gives great variety to the many channels we dive throughout the trip. Our trip culminates with dives in Felidhoo & South Male atolls where the Kuda Giri wrecks attracts a plethora of marine life and frogfish can be spotted.
The Maldives has two very distinct seasons. The “dry season” runs from January through to March, also known as the Northeast Monsoon. The “wet season” is from mid-May until November, and known as the Southwest Monsoon. Throughout the year the climate remains almost constant with average temperatures of 30°C (86°F), giving sunny days and light winds in the evenings. Thunderstorms can occur during the southwest monsoon and you will experience cloudy days – however the rain can be a relief from the high temperatures.Water temperatures are broadly similar throughout the region; and rarely vary beyond 27-30°C (81-86°F). Most guests find that a 3mm shorty and possibly a rash vest is suitable. However, for guests who feel the cold easily, especially with repeated diving, then we recommend to bring your own 5mm. In short bring what you feel most comfortable in.
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