Diving in the Maldives is defined by pinnacles and channels, which sweep in large marine life like whale sharks and manta rays. Liveaboards explore remote island chains scattered in the Indian Ocean.
The string of tropical atolls that make up the Maldives sit in the Indian Ocean. These atolls are home to hundreds of small, isolated islands as well as a series of channels and pinnacles where most of the diving occurs. These environments host a wide variety of life, but most divers who make the trip will want to swim with whale sharks and manta rays. While it is possible to island hop by seaplane, many areas are best accessed by diving cruise. In addition, land-based operators often struggle to reach the best dive sites due to their distance from main islands. Most liveaboard itineraries in the Maldives last 7 to 10 days, and the best time to dive the Maldives is from January to May.