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Diving and swimming among hundreds of fishes and corals in the beautiful crystalline waters of the Maldives is a must for all passionate divers; doing it on board of a comfortable cruising yacht is by far the best way to enjoy this underwater paradise getting the best out of it with the less efforts.

Thanks to a long cruising experience Luxury Yacht Maldives fleet is studied to fulfil all guests’ expectations; the yachts will take you through the best itineraries to reveal the best places at the right periods of the year.

In Maldives you will be amazed by schools of grey reef sharks, undisturbed manta rays dancing around among the divers, underwater caves covered by coloured soft corals and gorgonians or giant Napoleon fish big as a human being.

All this is in the most world famous underwater paradise.

As far as the dives are concerned, the choice is immense, but it is important to know the currents and the tides very well in order to chose the best side of the atoll and the right dive site according to the period

of the year; all factors that influence the quality of the dive itself.


Albatros Top Boat diving Team has a long experience and the necessary instruments to take you in the best spots of these enchanted places.

In the Maldives the various dive sites can be classified among 4 major dive types:

  • Dives along the external reef of the atoll
  • Dives on the ‘thilas’ in the atoll lagoons
  • Dives in ‘passes’
  • Wreck dives

Along the coral reef, on the external side of the atoll you will be surrounded by a multitude of coral fishes, Napoleon fish, turtles, sharks and lots of other big pelagic fish, like tuna, jack fish and barracudas. These dives are usually ‘drift diving’.

Inside the lagoon on ‘Thilas’ (underwater coral pinnacles) the water is generally shallower and the top of the "Thilas" starts between 5 to 15 metres underneath the surface.

Thilas are madreporic formations emerging from the sandy bottom of the sea, with a rich variety of marine life hiding in small caves and anfracts.

Dives on Thilas are generally suitable also for beginners.

Thilas are very often ideal spots for night dives as well (a part from those located in passes or subject to strong currents). Thilas provide day organisms with a place to hide during the night.

It is very common to spot trigger fishes hidden in the reef cavities with only their tail out, or big green turtles sleeping on massive madrepores, coloured parrot fishes wrapped around in their slimy cocoon. Their mucus creates this thick cocoon enveloping the parrotfish as it settles down to rest at night. It takes about an hour for the parrotfish to complete this process. The foul smell of the mucus serves to deter predatory species that hunt by smell. All this amazing marine life is surrounded by bioluminescent phytoplankton creating a surreal experience.

Some of the Maldivian Thilas are considered to be among the 10 best dives sites in the world; Malhos Thila is a good example.
     

Dives in oceanic ‘passes’ are mostly appreciated by expert divers looking for strong emotions; these spots offer amazing encounters with pelagic fish of massive dimensions. ‘Passes’ are channels connecting the smooth and quite waters of the lagoons with the open ocean, the ‘doorway’ to the atoll; here the currents are strong and bring lots of food to all kind of pelagic which congregates in the area.

Be prepared to experience a lot of action with the savvy guides of Luxury Yacht Maldives diving Team!

Last but not least are dives on shipwrecks, which cannot be missed in the Maldives and amaze most of the divers.

Dives on wrecks offer a chance to discover how the marine life adapts to the submersed ships creating a small ecosystem for larvae to grow into invertebrates, but also as perfect hiding place for a variety of fishes.

In the Maldivian archipelago there are mainly two major seasons, the dry one (monsoon from north-east) and the wet one (monsoon from south-west). During the dry season, from December to May, generally the sea is calm and the sky is crystal blue, while during the wet season, from June to November, there might be some more rainy days along with strong wind and rough sea.

As far as the dives are concerned it is very important to take into consideration the currents direction. The North-East monsoon pushes the plankton West, while the South-West monsoon towards East.

Therefore on one side of the atolls the water is full of plankton and opaque, but with the chance to meet manta rays, whale sharks and lots more; while on the other side of the atoll is the perfect place to take amazing pictures of the quite and turquoise blue waters typical of the Maldivian atolls.

For all these reasons in order to have the chance to watch manta rays during the North-East monsoon the best place is the West side of the atolls, while during the South-West monsoon the best is the East side.

In the Maldives the interrelations between the currents, the tides and the monsoon winds are quite tangled; therefore a thorough knowledge of the natural environment is a must to enjoy in safety the dives in this wonderful paradise. Albatros Top Boat diving Team will help you discover all the underwater mysteries.

The boat leader will explain you all the varieties and choices offered on the liveaboard cruise; you will be free to choose the right one for you.

The itineraries will be custom made (weather permitting) according to the guests’ expectations.

Those who chose to spend a relaxing holiday on a resort will have the opportunity to enjoy all day dive sites around the area from the island, while those who chose for a liveaboard cruise will be in different dive sites hopping from one atoll to the other being directly on the chosen dive site. Once you have your dive gear ready you just need to jump in the crystal clear waters in order to turn your dreams into reality.
 
 


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The archipelago of the Maldives: geography and territory The Maldives are an oblong ring-shaped double-range of large atolls. The archipelago of the Maldives is located in the Indian Ocean, mostly just north and slightly south of the Equator, between 7°6’30” latitude north and 0°41’48” latitude south and between 72°32’30” and 73°45’54” longitude east. The Maldives comprise 26 atolls stretching north to south for about 764 km. and east to west for about 128 km. India is about 595 km. away from the archipelago to the north, Sri Lanka about 670 km. to the north-west and the Chagos islands about 550 km. to the south. The atolls comprise a circular coral reef which contains the internal lagoon around and within which the numerous islands of various sizes are clustered. The 26 atolls include a total of 1,190 coral islands covered in vegetation.

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