ITINERARIES

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Safety always comes first!

The itineraries may vary according to the weather conditions and will be defined only on board. For everyone’s safety, the final decision is up to the Captain and the Boat Manager! Everything possible will be done, but there is no guarantee of diving in specific sites.

CENTRAL ATOLLS - 8 Days / 7 Nights

Port of embarkation: Malé
Port of disembarkation: Malé

South Male – Felidhoo – South Ari – North Ari – North Male

3 dives per day including 1 night dive per week for a total of 17 dives

DAY 1 – Arrival (1)

Our staff will welcome you at Velanaa International Airport. By 12 noon you will be taken to the boat for refreshments, acceptance procedure and welcome briefing. In the early afternoon the check dive will take place, once back on board we will sail towards South Male where we will stop for the night.

DAY 2 – South Male> Felidhoo (3)

The first dive will take place at Velassaru, and then we will move to the Guraidhoo area where the second dive of the day will take place. To follow, navigation to Felidhoo where you can go down on a sand bank, or for those who want an extra dive (subject to a surcharge), waiting for the third dive on the program: the night dive at the Alimathà jetty.

DAY 3 – Felidhoo> Ari Atoll (3)

At the first light of dawn we’ll be preparing for a dive on a Kandu (pass) near Alimathà. With the right current and visibility you will be able to admire dozens and dozens of silver tip, white tip reef and gray sharks. A relatively simple dive: we recommend the use of an hook in order to enjoy the show at the fullest.

Before setting sail for the south-east area of ​​Ari, where the second and third dives of the day will take place, you will have the opportunity to put your feet on the ground on a Finolhu (sand bank).
Ari Atoll is a must with his beautiful dive spots where rays and sharks are in the area regardless the current’s directions. This is a favorite site of many underwater photographers who promise to deliver stunning images, from large to small coral creatures. During the day there will be the opportunity to visit the island of Dhangethi, where a barbecue dinner on the beach is planned.

DAY 4 – South Ari Atoll (3)

The highlight of the day is the search of the whale shark: before that, a beautiful shoal awaits us in the Dhangethi area.
Once the whale shark will be located, we will give you the opportunity to swim alongside it by snorkeling, followed by a dive. Occasionally you have the chance to spot the whale shark during the dive of ‘Maamiligi or Dhigurah’.
The third and last dive of the day will be near the island of Rangali: a splendid Manta Point awaits you!

Afterwards we will move for the night near Mirihi where we will try to attract the plankton with some lighthouses positioned at the stern. With a bit of luck, we will enjoy the whale shark while feeding.

DAY 5 – South Ari> Central Ari (3)

Upon awakening and after another briefing, we will embark on the Dhoni to reach another Manta Point followed by the second dive in a shoal full of coral, reef and pelagic fishes.
After lunch we will make the third dive in another shoal, one of the most beautiful in the Ari Atoll studded with soft coral, reef sharks and lots of fish: Panathone.

DAY 6 – Central Ari> North Ari (3)

Before sailing north to Fesdhoo and ending the day of diving in a wreck, we will do the first two dives in West Ari.
Immediately after dinner, the spotlights will be turned on once again at the stern with the hope of attracting the manta rays that will dance just for you. At this point all that remains is to start dressing, dive into the water and enjoy the show.

DAY 7 – North Ari> North Male (1)

At Bathala Maagau we will make the last dive of the week where you can admire magnificent schools of gray reef sharks, snappers, jacks, fusiliers, barracudas and tuna. We will then move to Hulhumale where we will give you the opportunity to go ashore and visit the Maldivian capital.

Our crew will help you rinse and wash your equipment and you can be assisted with your bags if required.

For the last night the boat will be anchored near Kurumba.

DAY 8 – Departure

After breakfast you will go through the check-out procedures and by 10 am you will be taken at the airport for your return flight. Our staff guarantees assistance for the duration of the entire holiday until the last moment of your stay in the Maldives.

 

NB: To ensure the safety of all guests on board and the crew, in the event of adverse weather and sea conditions, the itinerary described above can be changed at any time by the captain of the boat and the Boat Manager.

CENTRAL ATOLLS - 11 Days / 10 Nights

Port of embarkation: Malé
Port of disembarkation: Malé

South Male – Felidhoo – South Ari – North Ari – North Male

3 dives per day including 1/2 night dives per week for a total of 26 dives

DAY 1 – Arrival (1 dive)

Our staff will welcome you at Velanaa International Airport. By 12 noon you will be taken to the boat for refreshments, acceptance procedure and welcome briefing. In the early afternoon the check dive will take place, once back on board we will sail towards South Male where we will stop for the night.

DAY 2 – South Male> Felidhoo (3)

The first dive will take place at Velassaru, and then we will move to the Guraidhoo area where the second dive of the day will take place. To follow, navigation to Felidhoo where you can go down on a sand bank, or for those who want an extra dive (subject to a surcharge), waiting for the third dive on the program: the night dive at the Alimathà jetty.

DAY 3 – Felidhoo> Ari Atoll (3)

At the first light of dawn we’ll be preparing for a dive on a Kandu (pass) near Alimathà. With the right current and visibility you will be able to admire dozens and dozens of silver tip, white tip reef and gray sharks. A relatively simple dive: we recommend the use of an hook in order to enjoy the show at the fullest.

Before setting sail for the south-east area of ​​Ari, where the second and third dives of the day will take place, you will have the opportunity to put your feet on the ground on a Finolhu (sand bank).
Ari Atoll is a must with his beautiful dive spots where rays and sharks are in the area regardless the current’s directions. This is a favorite site of many underwater photographers who promise to deliver stunning images, from large to small coral creatures. During the day there will be the opportunity to visit the island of Dhangethi, where a barbecue dinner on the beach is planned.

DAY 4 – South Ari Atoll (3)

The highlight of the day is the search of the whale shark: before that, a beautiful shoal awaits us in the Dhangethi area.
Once the whale shark will be located, we will give you the opportunity to swim alongside it by snorkeling, followed by a dive. Occasionally you have the chance to spot the whale shark during the dive of ‘Maamiligi or Dhigurah’.
The third and last dive of the day will be near the island of Rangali: a splendid Manta Point awaits you!

Afterwards we will move for the night near Mirihi where we will try to attract the plankton with some lighthouses positioned at the stern. With a bit of luck, we will enjoy the whale shark while feeding.

DAYS 5/6 – South Ari> Central Ari (6)

Upon awakening and after another briefing, we will embark on the Dhoni to reach another Manta Point followed by the second dive in a shoal full of coral, reef and pelagic fishes.
After lunch we will make the third dive in another shoal, one of the most beautiful in the Ari Atoll studded with soft coral, reef sharks and lots of fish: Panathone.

DAYS 7/8 – Central Ari> North Ari (6)

Before sailing north to Fesdhoo and ending the day of diving in a wreck, we will do the first two dives in West Ari.
Immediately after dinner, the spotlights will be turned on once again at the stern with the hope of attracting the manta rays that will dance just for you. At this point all that remains is to start dressing, dive into the water and enjoy the show.

DAYS 9/10 – North Ari> North Male (4)

At Bathala Maagau we will make the last dive of the week where you can admire magnificent schools of gray reef sharks, snappers, jacks, fusiliers, barracudas and tuna. We will then move to Hulhumale where we will give you the opportunity to go ashore and visit the Maldivian capital.

Our crew will help you rinse and wash your equipment and you can be assisted with your bags if required.

For the last night the boat will be anchored near Kurumba.

DAY 11 – Departure

After breakfast you will go through the check-out procedures and by 10 am you will be taken at the airport for your return flight. Our staff guarantees assistance for the duration of the entire holiday until the last moment of your stay in the Maldives.

 

NB:
To ensure the safety of all guests on board and the crew, in the event of adverse weather and sea conditions, the itinerary described above can be changed at any time by the captain of the boat and the Boat Manager.

ALSO IDEAL FOR NON-DIVING GUESTS

Guests who do not practice scuba diving, on a daily basis two of the following activities are guaranteed: snorkeling, descent on a sand bank, visiting desert and inhabited islands, bottom fishing or trolling in addition to the other rental services available on board such as jet ski, slide and inflatable pool. These activities can be chosen based on what the atolls touched along the way have to offer, the weather conditions and the sea currents.

TIGER SHARK SOUTH ATOLLS

Port of embarkation: Gan
Port of disembarkation: Gan

For certified divers (minimum AOWD or equivalent) 2/3 accompanied dives per day are included, with the use of cylinders and weights (total 15/17 dives per week).

Day 1

Upon arrival in GAN, transfer to the M / Y PRINCESS SARA. Accommodation in a DOUBLE CABIN with full board, water with meals, tea and American coffee.

Day 2-7

In Fuvahmulah atoll it is possible to dive with the big tigers that rise from the deep waters almost to the surface. On the outer plateau, schools of hammerheads, gray sharks, thresher and silky sharks live. It is not difficult for them to be accompanied by an encounter with great whale sharks. These are moderately demanding dives and suitable for those who are fond of big fish.

The Addu atoll also offers special encounters among which the oceanic manta rays that live there in all seasons stand out. Here, too, it is possible to meet tiger, gray, white tip and silky sharks.

The currents coming from the ocean bring a large amount of nutrients, attracting many shoal fish, tuna, jacks, barracudas, but also fusiliers, snappers and butterfly fish. Thanks to the presence of these palatable preys, large predators such as sharks and giant groupers also come. Sometimes, with a little luck, you can also meet sailfish. Groups of dolphins swim and play around the dhony and the boat, rarer (unfortunately) is to meet them underwater!

Suvadiva has intact reefs with corals that completely cover the seabed, creating gardens of incredible beauty that can be appreciated both in scuba diving and only with fins and mask. The currents are often quite strong in these areas, and the water has carved out caves where corals, fish and invertebrates live. The amount of sharks is truly incredible as is the reef fish. Excellent for deep sea fishing (sailfish, wahoo, tuna, barracuda and lampughe) and bottom fishing (snapper, grouper etc).

The itinerary is indicative and may be subject to changes depending on the weather and sea conditions.

Day 8

Disembarkation in the morning and transfer to the airport for the return flight to Italy.

 

NB: To ensure the safety of all guests on board and the crew, in the event of adverse weather and sea conditions, the itinerary described above can be changed at any time by the captain of the boat and the Boat Manager.

FOR CERTIFIED DIVERS
(minimum AOWD or equivalent)

EXTREME SOUTH - CENTER: ADDU - MALE

Port of embarkation: Addu
Port of disembarkation: Malé

For certified divers (minimum OWD or equivalent) 2/3 accompanied dives per day are included, 1 night dive with the use of cylinders and weights (total 15/17 dives).

ATOLLS:
ADDU – FUVAHMULAH – SOUTH SUVADIVA – NORTH SUVADIVA – LAAMU – THAA – MULAK – FELIDU – SOUTH MALE

ADDU

Extraordinary visibility and an average depth of 30-35 meters characterize this beautiful atoll. In addition to being able to spot large groups of gray sharks at Shark point, this atoll also offers wreck diving such as the famous British Loyalty Wreck, a nearly 6,000-ton tanker located 30 meters deep. In this area the currents are weaker than in other atolls, therefore it is also ideal for less experienced divers. Other possible sightings: turtles, manta rays, rays and of course sharks.

FUVAHMULAH

Often in a single dive you can admire seven types of rare sharks, from the tiger shark to the elegant thresher shark, without forgetting the oceanic manta rays, whale sharks, hammerheads and mola mola (sunfish). This atoll is the only place on the planet where these sightings can be made in a natural environment.

SUVADIVA NORTH AND SOUTH

The very nice boxfish are only a small part of the underwater attractions of this area, waiting for the great encounters of this area: tiger sharks and hammerhead sharks. Caves, steep cliffs and pristine cliffs diversify this area, as do the great gorgonians, red sponges and frogfish.

LAAMU

Also ideal for less experienced divers, this atoll is famous for its few currents and crystal clear visibility. In addition, meeting with manta rays in cleaning stations is on the agenda. Other possible sightings: pipefish, reef sharks and curious groupers.

THAA

Diving suitable for beginners, but the best sites are characterized by strong currents which require experience. Famous is the diving spot called Gorgonian Garden where there are frequent sightings of manta rays, turtles and schools of fusiliers. Small and large crustaceans are very frequent, as are the colorful nudibranchs.

MULAK

Area characterized by ocean passes, manta points and internal and external reefs. Frequent sightings: nudibranchs, shrimp, soft and hard corals, gray and white tip sharks, nurse sharks, manta rays and sea eagles.

FELIDU

Characterized by its splendid channels, this place is particularly suitable for perfecting the technique of drift diving. Large schools of fusiliers and splendid coral formations, but there are also classic reef sharks and turtles. On the overhang of the passes, the more experienced and fortunate divers will be able to spot the splendid hammerhead sharks and during the rainy season it is not uncommon to spot manta rays. sea ​​eagles and butterfly fish form the frame.

SOUTH MALE

Steep walls covered with soft corals, gorgonians and sponges. This is a true color explosion show for passionate photographers. In a few months, the encounter with the graceful manta rays is accompanied by dozens of whale sharks enjoying the plankton carried by the current. Not to mention the “common” gray reef sharks or leopard, nurse, oceanic whitetip, hammerhead and much more.

 

NB: To ensure the safety of all guests on board and the crew, in the event of adverse weather and sea conditions, the itinerary described above can be changed at any time by the captain of the boat and the Boat Manager.

CENTER - EXTREME SOUTH: MALE - ADDU

Port of embarkation: Malé
Port of disembarkation: Addu

For certified divers (minimum OWD or equivalent) 2/3 accompanied dives per day are included, 1 night dive with the use of cylinders and weights (total 15/17 dives).

ATOLLS:
SOUTH MALE – FELIDU – MULAK – THAA – LAAMU – NORTH SUVADIVA – SOUTH SUVADIVA – FUVAHMULAH – ADDU

SOUTH MALE

Steep walls covered with soft corals, gorgonians and sponges. This is a true color explosion show for passionate photographers. In a few months, the encounter with the graceful manta rays is accompanied by dozens of whale sharks enjoying the plankton carried by the current. Not to mention the “common” gray reef sharks or leopard, nurse, oceanic whitetip, hammerhead and much more.

FELIDU

Characterized by its splendid channels, this place is particularly suitable for perfecting the technique of drift diving. Large schools of fusiliers and splendid coral formations, but there are also classic reef sharks and turtles. On the overhang of the passes, the more experienced and fortunate divers will be able to spot the splendid hammerhead sharks and during the rainy season it is not uncommon to spot manta rays. sea ​​eagles and butterfly fish form the frame.

MULAK

Area characterized by ocean passes, manta points and internal and external reefs. Frequent sightings: nudibranchs, shrimp, soft and hard corals, gray and white tip sharks, nurse sharks, manta rays and sea eagles.

THAA

Diving suitable for beginners, but the best sites are characterized by strong currents which require experience. Famous is the diving spot called Gorgonian Garden where there are frequent sightings of manta rays, turtles and schools of fusiliers. Small and large crustaceans are very frequent, as are the colorful nudibranchs.

LAAMU

Also ideal for less experienced divers, this atoll is famous for its few currents and crystal clear visibility. In addition, meeting with manta rays in cleaning stations is on the agenda. Other possible sightings: pipefish, reef sharks and curious groupers.

SUVADIVA NORTH AND SOUTH

The very nice boxfish are only a small part of the underwater attractions of this area, waiting for the great encounters of this area: tiger sharks and hammerhead sharks. Caves, steep cliffs and pristine cliffs diversify this area, as do the great gorgonians, red sponges and frogfish.

FUVAHMULAH

Often in a single dive you can admire seven types of rare sharks, from the tiger shark to the elegant thresher shark, without forgetting the oceanic manta rays, whale sharks, hammerheads and mola mola (sunfish). This atoll is the only place on the planet where these sightings can be made in a natural environment.

ADDU

Extraordinary visibility and an average depth of 30-35 meters characterize this beautiful atoll. In addition to being able to spot large groups of gray sharks at Shark point, this atoll also offers wreck diving such as the famous British Loyalty Wreck, a nearly 6,000-ton tanker located 30 meters deep. In this area the currents are weaker than in other atolls, therefore it is also ideal for less experienced divers. Other possible sightings: turtles, manta rays, rays and of course sharks.

 

 

NB: To ensure the safety of all guests on board and the crew, in the event of adverse weather and sea conditions, the itinerary described above can be changed at any time by the captain of the boat and the Boat Manager.

FOR CERTIFIED DIVERS
(minimum OWD or equivalent)

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MALE-SUVADIVA-MALE - 12 Nights

Port of embarkation: Malé
Port of disembarkation: Malé

3 dives per day including 2 night dives per trip for a total of 30 dives

Central-South-Central Atolls Itinerary:
Male – Felidhoo – South Ari – North Ari – Vaavu – Meemu – Thaa – Suvadiva

SOUTH MALE ATOLL
Kandooma Thila
Definitely number one in the ranking of the best dive sites in the South Male Atoll. Longthila, located in the center of the channel, offers spectacular conditions for observing gray reef sharks, white tip reef sharks, sea eagles, large schools of snapper jackfishe. with incoming and outgoing current. The north side of the pinnacle is well covered in soft corals with the reef top being home to many reef fish and green turtles. Currents can be quite strong, so negative entry and fast descent is often required.

NORTH ARI ATOLL
Maaya Thila
The thila (a pinnacle) has a diameter of about 80 meters and is considered to be one of the best night dives in the Maldives. The upper part of the coral reef at 5 meters facilitates access even with strong currents. The rising side is always very active and full of life, with fusiliers and snappers. Large fish such as jackfish, whitetip sharks, stingrays and moray eels are easily spotted. Some overhangs around the thila provide shelter for the turtles. While it has a reputation for being a night dive, it’s also quite popular during the day. A few separate coral blocks south of the thila create a tunnel and are filled with beautiful coral bushes. With the right current this is a place to spot gray reef sharks as well.

Fish Head
One of the major attractions of the atoll, not to be missed. Due to its exposure to currents it offers a rich presence of fauna and flora. Large schools of jackfish and fusiliers on the uphill side, as well as the huge amount of blue-striped snapper hiding from strong currents within the overhangs all around theathila are the highlights of the place. It is also popular for gray reef sharks, schools of barracuda and tuna fish, as well as turtles and moray eels on the upper reef.

Bathalaamaagaa Kanthila
A long coral ridge in the center of a channel, extending from the outer reef and gradually sloping down to 25 meters and deeper, and offers good conditions for observing gray reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, sea eagles and napoleons, as well as schools of fusiliers jackfishe. The dive site can be done during both inbound and outbound currents, but may be more challenging during outbound currents during the northeast monsoon. Divers are advised to hide below the depth of the upper reef to protect themselves from the current.

SOUTH ARI ATOLL
Moofushi Kandu (Manta Point)
Drift dive with the chance to spot manta rays freeing themselves above the cleaning station at a depth of approximately 14-25 meters. If manta rays are sighted, it is recommended to use the hooks and to stay as long as possible in the cleaning station. The dive site is quite popular during the northeast monsoon and could be overcrowded with divers at times. White tip reef sharks are common visitors to the deeper part of the cleaning station with blue-striped snappers and fusiliers that are resident.

Kudarah Thila
Thilafa is part of the Marine Protected Area and is often considered the most beautiful site in the atoll with exceptional diving conditions. The overhangs rich in gorgonians and the reef well covered with healthy soft corals are the highlights. It is also known for large schools of blue-striped snappers and snappers, fusiliers and jackfish. It is worthwhile to bring a torch and look inside small caves where large hidden groupers are often found. Entering the water could be challenging due to its exposure to strong currents and with the top of the reef at 15 meters negative entry is recommended.

Kudhimaa Wreck
50m long cargo ship lying on a sandy bottom about 30m deep, right next to a tourist island called Machchafushi. It was sunk in 1998 and already offers good coral growth and a large variety of species living there. Nurse sharks, batfish, stonefish, lionfish and moray eels are resident and can be spotted around the wreck. The site is well protected from the current so the only concern will be the no-decompression time as you will spend most of the time below 20 meters.

Maamigili Beyru (Whaleshark search)
Located on the southern tip of the Ari Atoll within the Marine Protected Area of the South Ari Atoll. Shallow and very easy dive which could turn into a very exciting dive as it is known as the best location in the Maldives for spot the largest fish in the world. Whale sharks can be seen swimming along the reef all year round. Most boats look for them from the surface. Once spotted, divers enter the water, descend and start swimming with them. The code of conduct for whale shark encounters must be followed and is always discussed during the briefing.

VAAVU ATOLL
Miyaru Kandu
One of the canal dives not to be missed. The site is characterized by a strong current and the list of possible encounters is impressive. Mainly gray reef sharks but also whitetip reef sharks, sea eagles, napoleons and tuna are quite common and with visibility reaching 40 meters during the northeast monsoon, it can be the highlight of the trip. The outgoing current offers worse visibility but the sharks are still there. The site is not recommended for beginners, a negative entry is often required. Most of the time is spent at depths of 26-30 meters, so it is highly recommended that you check the air and no-decompression time often.

Miyaru Kandu
Located on the south side of Alimatha Island, it is considered to be one of the best night dives in the Maldives, often being a victim of its success and resulting in overcrowding with divers. Every night there is a show performed by a large number of nurse sharks, stingrays and huge jackfish. The maximum depth will not exceed 15 meters and most of the time you will be kneeling on a sandy bottom waiting for the sharks to approach. Definitely not to be missed.

MEEMU ATOLL
Muli Corner
The reef is known for hosting many sharks during inbound currents, but also welcomes manta rays at a large cleaning station during outbound current. It is often recommended to enter the water with the BCD empty and not to waste time on the surface, especially with strong currents.

THAA ATOLL
Whaleshark point
There is no specific place where diving would warrant encountering a whale shark, but the common practice is to use a strong light in the evening on the back deck of the boat to attract zooplankton which will attract whale sharks in their turn. scuba divers with the shark on the back of the boat are rather not recommended as the bubbles could disperse the mass of the plankton. The best experience is to grab a mask, fins and gently enter the water on the side of the boat, so as not to scare the whale shark and then enjoy the view while snorkeling. Sometimes the whale shark will stay for hours. Instructions given by dive guides must be followed and a code of conduct must be followed by all snorkelers to enjoy the moment to the fullest.

SUVADIVA
Suvadiva Atoll is the largest and deepest in the Maldives, reaching up to -80 meters. Numerous desert islands emerge, covered with thousands of palm trees and surrounded by large white beaches.The sea beds are real coral gardens visible in very shallow water. Inside live a myriad of colorful fish and minnows of all sizes. Almost all of the dives take place in the ocean passes or along the corners of the pass, where the currents attract the large pelagics. You will be able to swim alongside dozens of gray and white tip sharks and, sometimes, hammer, fox or tiger sharks. The whale shark instead makes its appearance in the moonlight, under the stern, to eat the plankton attracted by the boat’s lights. Encounters with rays, eagles, turtles, dolphins are common.

 

NB:
To ensure the safety of all guests on board and the crew, in the event of adverse weather and sea conditions, the itinerary described above can be changed at any time by the captain of the boat and the Boat Manager.

ALSO IDEAL FOR NON-DIVING GUESTS

Guests who do not practice scuba diving, on a daily basis two of the following activities are guaranteed: snorkeling, descent on a sand bank, visiting desert and inhabited islands, bottom fishing or trolling in addition to the other rental services available on board such as jet ski, slide and inflatable pool. These activities can be chosen based on what the atolls touched along the way have to offer, the weather conditions and the sea currents.