If you want to do the Maldives or if you have been before and loved it then this is the trip for you! I’m excited, I’ve never been this far south and it looks amazing! Oh yes we are going DEEP south to some of the most amazing dive sites that the Maldives has to offer. In fact we are going so far South that at the end of the 10 nights we will have to fly back to Male to catch the plane home!
We will again be aboard the M/Y Voyager, a superb Liveaboard that boasts spacious cabins, three lounges and fantastic sun decks. The vessel is superbly equipped and is superbly suitable for Non Divers who would be very welcome to join.
The ocean deck is a unique feature allowing guests to relax in the open air while being close to the water. On many evenings the flood lights will illuminate the water just off the ocean deck to attract plankton which brings the manta rays and whale sharks in. There have been many close sightings of feeding mantas and whale sharks, have your camera ready and you might even get splashed!
One of the most outstanding features of M/Y blue Voyager is the custom-built dhoni (diving suport vessel) blue Shadow. This 19-meter dhoni is spacious, fast, and equipped with all the modern conveniences that divers want.
All diving will be done from this purpose built boat. Each diver has their own station with plenty of space store their gear and kit up, and the dhoni crew are always ready to assist. During the journeys to and from the dive sites, you can ascend the small stairs to the top deck to enjoy the sun and stunning views.
Some of the itinerary highlights are:
Fushi Kandu – Laamu Atoll
One of the most popular channel dives; although relatively shallow, it stretches for 250m and white tip reef sharks are frequent visitors. So too are schools of jacks, as they surge in among tuna and eagle rays.
Olhugiri Kandu – Thaa Atoll
Schooling fish and jacks attract large numbers of white tip reef sharks. Tuna and eagle rays wait for the leftovers and the occasional large Napoleon wrasse can be seen nibbling on corals.
Mulaku Kandu – Meemu Atoll
The north east is peppered with submerged pinnacles covered predominantly in soft corals, whilst the west will see you surrounded by jacks and snappers. Keep an eye open for sharks and rays at 30m!
Guraidhoo Kandu – South Malé Atoll
Since the eastern side of the channel is open ocean, large predatory fish can regularly be spotted here. This site is famous for sightings of sharks, schools of eagle rays and the occasional sail fish and hammerheads.
The best condition to do the dive is when the current is flowing into the Atoll. The dive begins on the outer reef following the current into the atoll. Most of the pelagic species can be observed on the eastern side, where the reef drops off into the deep ocean. At the end of the dive in the channel, along the reef you can find overhangs with plenty of soft coral growth and small fish.
Kandooma Thila – South Malé Atoll
Located in a channel, the reef is subject to strong currents at times. The ocean currents carry a lot of nutrients to the reef, supporting an abundance of sea life. The site is well renowned for the soft coral growth, turtles, diverse fish life and invertebrates found on the reef. At the reef slope you may find sharks and eagle rays.
This trip is superb value, it includes; 3 stunning dives per day, all your diving, all flights (including internal) & full board on the boat. The flights will be out of Manchester & times will be confirmed later in 2018. The total trip cost is £2695 per person & to secure your place on this fantastic trip a deposit of £270 per person is required. Please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, call the office or chase me down the street. Do not miss this trip, we have 24 spaces onboard (yes two are already secured because Vic & I are going!!!) Thanks Hotch
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