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In February and March 2015, Indepth ran two trips to the Maldives on a luxury liveaboard cruising round North Male, South Male and Ari Atolls. Due to the success of these two trips, Indepth are offering another trip in February 2016 when we will be heading to the Deep South, an area of the Maldives rarely visited by tourists and divers so marine life flourishes.
COST £2895 per person
Includes: Return flights London to Male, 8 nights full board accommodation on vessel, visa, internal transfers, all diving, single 12lt cylinder, lead weights, tea, coffee and water, Maldivian bed taxes, and an island BBQ.
If you would like to extend your trip with a few days on land or a stopover in Sri Lanka, this can all be arranged for you.
To make the most of our trip, we have chosen a longer 8 night safari, sailing down into the wonderful world of beautiful coral formations and see the fresh-water lakes in the second largest atoll in the Maldives. Possible sightings include black tip sharks, white tip sharks, nurse sharks, sunfish (mola mola), huge ocean manta ray, spotted eagle rays, whiptail stingrays, hawksbill turtles, and whale sharks.
Huvadhoo is the second largest of the Maldivian atolls and the second largest in the world (in terms of overall surface area). It consists of a circular-shaped ring of reefs with a smaller, thumb-like, extension of at the northern end enclosing a deep central lagoon (up to 85 m in depth) that is studded throughout with numerous smaller patch reefs, coral knolls, faros and small coral islets. The outermost reefs of the atoll form a discontinuous barrier to the open ocean, made up from 40 reef segments separated from one another by deep passages connecting the open waters of the Indian Ocean with those of the interior lagoon, making for some fantastic diving and marine life sightings!
Found at the very south of the atoll just 13 miles north of the Equator, Vaadhoo Thila offers unspoilt reefs teeming with sharks. Sightings can include juvenile and adult tiger sharks, attracted to the area by channels leading in from the ocean.
One of the best dives sites in the Maldives for frequent shark sightings. This narrow channel is home to a fantastic array of marine life. Grey reef and white tip reef sharks are often spotted in large numbers, as well as eagle rays cruising by.
A rarely dived site, the local marine population in the area has flourised. Visiting pelagics with barracuda, tuna and trevally are often seen here in healthy numbers. Diving here encompasses drift and wall diving, as well as deep diving. Keep your eyes on the blue, huge numbers of sharks have been known to congregate at this exciting dive site.
We will be on M/Y blue Voyager which has been fully refurbished for her move from the Red Sea to the Maldives. The vessel is 37 metre long with a steel hulled that boasts three spacious double and ten twin cabins. She features a separate outdoor dining area, bar and sky lounge, as well as a luxurious Jacuzzi.
M/Y blue Voyager benefits from a separate tender and diving dhoni which allows for the best use of space on the liveaboard to explore the pearls of the Indian Ocean in comfort.