The southern atolls of the Maldives are some of the least explored and untouched reefs in the entire country. Marine life is extraordinarily abundant, including large pelagic fish and sharks that visit the reefs for feeding and for the many cleaning stations around. As these atolls and islands are just at the southern edge of the country, they are more exposed to the migration routes and deep water habitat of big fish. The best season for visiting the southern atolls is from January to April, when the calmer north east monsoon dominates and weather and sea conditions are at their best.

Hammerheads can be seen year round at specific dive sites in Vaavu Atoll, and Whale Sharks are regularly seen nearby around Mulaku (Meemu) Atoll or Thaa Atoll, all south of Male. For Manta Rays it is always very common to encounter them also in Meemu Atoll. Almost all trips to the southern island group include a combination of these atolls and dive sites. Other major highlights are good chances of meeting eagle rays, sting rays and grey reef sharks on almost every dive, as well as plenty of tunas and trevally patrolling the outer reefs. All these big fish are attracted to the reefs for their profuse abundance of smaller plankton feeding fish that they hunt. There are also regular sightings of thresher sharks, oceanic white tips and tiger sharks in the southern area.

Most of the south-central trips are at least 7 days long, with deep south trips usually 10 days. Departure for the shorter central-southern trips are usually to or from Male one-way down connecting to Kadhadoo Airport on Laamu Atoll. For the very furthest southern trips, guests should take short scenic flights from Male to Kahdheedhoo Airport on Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, with liveaboard departure and return from there. Diving is usually always finished by mid-afternoon on the penultimate day, following with strict Maldivian rules that all divers obey a 24 no-fly surface interval before departing. For trips to the Southern Maldives it is recommend for a 10 day cruise to have time to explorer the region properly.

Featured boats

Soleil 2 is a luxurious yacht running by a professional dive team from France, it offers 7 nights and up to 2 weeks liveaboard trip in the Central and Southern Maldives. It can accommodate up to 28 guests on board.

Maldives Explorer is a high standard dive liveaboard with budget price, it offers 7 nights and up to 2 weeks liveaboard trip in the Central and Southern Maldives. It can accommodate 16 guests on board.

Adora is a high standard professional dive liveaboard which start operating since October 2014, it offers 7 nights and up to 2 weeks liveaboard trip in the Central and Southern Maldives. It can accommodates 21 guests on board.

Princess Haleema is a professional dive liveaboard with deluxe standards, runs by Seafari Diving Fleet, it provides various liveaboard routes in the Maldives, it can accommodate up to 22 guests per trip.

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04/11/2017 to 14/11/2017

South Maldives

Soleil 2 is a luxurious yacht running by a professional dive team from France, it offers 7 nights and up to 2 weeks liveaboard trip in the Central and Southern Maldives. It can accommodate up to 28 guests on board.

14/11/2017 to 25/11/2017

South Maldives

Soleil 2 is a luxurious yacht running by a professional dive team from France, it offers 7 nights and up to 2 weeks liveaboard trip in the Central and Southern Maldives. It can accommodate up to 28 guests on board.

10/02/2018 to 17/02/2018

South Maldives

Carpe Novo Explorer is a professional dive yacht run by Explorer Ventures Fleet, it offers different dive routes in the Maldives according to the season, it can accommodate up to 22 guests.

17/02/2018 to 24/02/2018

South Maldives

Carpe Novo Explorer is a professional dive yacht run by Explorer Ventures Fleet, it offers different dive routes in the Maldives according to the season, it can accommodate up to 22 guests.

24/02/2018 to 07/03/2018

South Maldives

Carpe Novo Explorer is a professional dive yacht run by Explorer Ventures Fleet, it offers different dive routes in the Maldives according to the season, it can accommodate up to 22 guests.

07/03/2018 to 17/03/2018

South Maldives

Carpe Novo Explorer is a professional dive yacht run by Explorer Ventures Fleet, it offers different dive routes in the Maldives according to the season, it can accommodate up to 22 guests.

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