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December to March are the best months to dive in the southern Maldives atolls and enjoy shark action at these secluded dive spots between Huvadhu and Addu (Seenu) atolls. Spend a week away from the crowds and dive Addu, Fuvahmulah and Huvadhu in search of the largest inhabitants of the Indian Ocean: tiger sharks, silvertips, gray reef sharks, whale sharks and many, many more.

At Huvadhu, one of the deepest lagoons in the Maldives, the currents and channels are ideal for spotting even more sharks, including, if you're lucky, whale sharks and silky sharks, hammerheads and grayish sharks sighted most of the time. You will explore many of the world-class canals (kandus) here such as Vilingilli, Koodoo, Nilandhoo and Mareehaa. 

In Fuvahmulah, you can expect to encounter tiger, silky, silvertip and thresher sharks on the southern plateaus. Addu Atoll is home to the World War II shipwreck HMS British Loyalty, as well as the popular and majestic Maa Kandu manta ray cleaning station, along with a relaxing drift dive at Demon Corner to start or end the trip. 

Please note: We believe in providing as authentic an experience as possible with nature. We do not consider it appropriate to bait or feed sharks, so we do not dive or promote the experience known as "Tiger Zoo" at Fuvahmulah Atoll. We dive at Fuvahmulah and regularly encounter tiger sharks, as well as at other points on our routes, and believe they offer a much more natural experience.

Included in the price:

  • Green Tax: $6 per person per night.
  • GST Tax rate 12% of services included.
  • 7 nights aboard the Emperor fleet. 
  • Full board: Unlimited water, tea and coffee.
  • Assistance at the airport and transfer to the ship.
  • Approximately 17/18 dives.
  • FREE Nitrox (subject to availability). 
  • Barbecue on a local island. Subject to weather conditions.

Not included in the price:

  • Plane tickets.
  • Tips: 10% of the cruise amount.
  • Diving equipment.
  • Travel insurance, assistance and cancellation.
  • Diving Insurance.
  • Any service not indicated in “the price includes”.
Dive Check and Departure: Once on board, a safety briefing will be conducted, the crew will be introduced, dive documents will be completed and reviewed, cabins will be assigned, and a boat orientation will be provided. Our ships dock at the port on the day of arrival, leaving early the next day. The first dive is a check dive near the port.

On the last day of diving, a morning dive is available, respecting the rule of no diving within 18 hours of the return flight. We returned to the port at approximately 1PM. and we docked here overnight. There is the option of an afternoon shore visit to stretch your legs and get off the ship while we are in port.
This itinerary is not suitable for beginners, as all dives are at depths greater than 18 meters and currents can be unpredictable and strong. We recommend that you have at least 100 logged dives and require that you be a Deep Diver or Advanced Diver or equivalent to join this trip. Divers may find many dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to refrain from dives that are not suitable for their diving experience. Diving is done from a Dhoni to provide precise entry and exit points.
Diving in the Maldives is highly dependent on currents as this is when we get the most exciting dives. Currents can vary from very gentle to extremely strong. Many dive sites transform with medium to strong currents, giving us many opportunities to encounter sharks, horse mackerel and schools of reef fish.

The real 'action' occurs when the current rushes against the Thila (pinnacle) or towards the mouth of a canal. Divers who need to reach this point may have to descend quickly (sometimes with a negative dive) and use their legs to move against the current. Therefore, a good level of fitness is required to enjoy the best action.

Moon phase, seasonal changes, and incoming or outgoing currents have a large impact on current strength and visibility. Visibility is variable and can range from 10 to 30 meters or more depending on conditions, current and season.

· During the northeast monsoon (approximately November to April), dive sites on the eastern side of an atoll have good visibility, while the western side has reduced visibility.

· During the southwest monsoon (approximately May to November), the opposite is true.
Mantas migrate with these seasons and are most often found in areas with reduced visibility.

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