Central Maldives

The Central Maldives is by far the most popular route for liveaboards, as it offers great diving, easy accessibility from Male, and can be dived year round in all weather conditions. Most of the diving in the central atolls is characterised by amazing drift diving along reefs and through channels full of big fish. Pinnacle (Thilas) diving is also common in the central Maldives, where you can drop in and hang on the front of the rock watching the show, and then finish the dive in the lee while being surround by a profuse amount marine life.

Mantas and whale sharks are always a highlight of trips to the central atolls, with the best sightings at North Male and Laamu Atolls. Mantas are frequently seen at dive sites on Ari and Vaavu Atolls, with the possibility of them showing up almost anywhere in the area at any time. Eagle rays and grey reef sharks, along with Napoleon wrasse, turtles, and a plethora of smaller fish are seen on every dive. And hammerheads are often spotted on both Vaavu and Ari Atolls just nearby many of the manta cleaning stations. The central region is a fantastic destination and ultra accessible directly from Male.

As the boats typically depart Male by mid-afternoon, it is possible to fly in directly the day of the cruise; but it is better to stay at least one night on land before departure. There are many hotels nearby the airport or in Male proper. Transfers from the airport to the boat are always included. It is prohibited to bring any alcohol into the country, but the boats are well stocked with a good variety on-board.

Recommended Diving Liveaboards


From 165 USD/Day
Stingray is a middle budget comfortable yacht that offers liveaboard trips from 7 nights and up to 2 weeks in the Central and Southern Maldives. It can accommodates 18 guests on board. MV (...)

Emperor Voyager

From 166 USD/Day
Emperor Voyager is a modern liveaboard with the comforts of home, offering diving liveaboard trips all around Maldives and provide free nitrox for divers. Liveaboard Emperor Voyager is a 30 metre (...)


From 207 USD/Day
The Theia is a 32 meters vessel. She's designed to spoil the guests. You will find comfort and luxury blended together to give you an experience of a life time. Theia has 8 comfortable en-suite (...)

Carpe Diem

From 208 USD/Day
MV Carpe Diem is a beautiful & comfortable yacht with reasonable price that offering multiple live-abord routes in the beautiful Maldives. Liveaboard MV Carpe Diem is a 35 m long motor safari (...)

Other Choices

Scubaspa Ying

From 202 USD/Day
Scubaspa Ying is a new diving liveaboard, 50m long and 11.2m wide, with an unusual concept that desired by many divers, couples and groups. Scubaspa is offering a variety of packages to fit all (...)

Maldives Blue Force One

From 211 USD/Day
Leo Force is one of the most luxurious liveaboards in Maldives, it offering different routes in the central and South of Maldives from 7 nights to 2 weeks, It can accommodates 20 guests. (...)

Emperor Serenity

From 236 USD/Day
Emperor Serenity is a brand new high quality liveaboard that offering different dive liveaboard routes in the Maldives, and it also provide free nitrox fro divers, it can accommodates up to 26 (...)

Emperor Virgo

From 174 USD/Day
Virgo is an exclusive liveaboard running by the Emperor Fleet, it offers different routes in the Maldives and can host up to 18 guests per trip. Liveaboard Virgo is the latest addition to the (...)

Emperor Orion

From 229 USD/Day
Orion is another Luxury boat part of the Emperor Fleet that host 24 pax onboard in 12 cabins. All services and amenities onboard have been made to give you confort and make your Maldives Trip a (...)

Emperor Atoll

From 180 USD/Day
Emperor Atoll is built to high, comfortable standards. Perfect as a 'liveaboard taster', it dive all around Centre of Maldives. Liveaboard Emperor Atoll measures 26 metres and accommodates 12 (...)

Seafari Explorer

From 248 USD/Day
Wonderful diving liveaboard boat operating in the Maldives, the Seafari Explorer is offering 7 and 10 nights trips in the Maldivian islands. It can accommodate up to 22 passengers on board. (...)

Soleil 2

From 218 USD/Day
The Soleil 2 is a luxurious yacht providing diving cruises in the Maldives. It can host up to 28 guests on board. Liveaboard The Soleil 2 is a luxurious superior yacht newly built in the Maldives (...)