North Maldives

The diving in the south is done on mainly reef slopes and steep coral covered pinnacles (called ’thilas’), along with some quality wreck dives. There is less drift and channel diving in the south as are done in other areas of the Maldives. Overall, the south offers a good combination of macro life, coral reef cover, and big fish action which can impress even the most seasoned of divers.

The northern atolls of the Maldives include Haa Alifu aka North Thiladhunmathee, Haa Dhaalu aka South Thiladhunmathee, and Shaviyani Atoll. Because of the distance from Male to these atolls (some 770 km), guests have to take short 30 minute long, very scenic flights to Hanimaadhoo in the Haa Alifu Atoll directly from Male airport.

Northern route trips in the Maldives focus mostly on diving around Haa Dhaalu Atoll, which is the most northern atoll in the Maldives. Here you can find some of the best dive sites in the entire country, with prolific fish life and good reef cover. Diving on pinnacles always includes some current on the sites, and because of this current, the fish swarm to these rocks for protection and feeding. Many reef sharks, eagle rays, napoleon wrasse, tunas, barracudas and trevally are seen regularly at these dive sites.

Further north at places like Baarah Thila on Haa Alif, divers can encounter huge numbers of mantas which come in from the blue to be cleaned by small wrasses and butterfly fish at specialized cleaning stations. During the north east monsoon from November to April, there is the possibility to see whale sharks on the western side of the atolls, where there is sometimes a large concentration of plankton blown off of the atolls. The mantas and whale sharks feed on this plankton rich water in the shallows.

Recommended Diving Liveaboards


From 169 USD/Day
The wooden 33-meter long motor yacht, Amba, has been specialising in taking guests diving since 2004. Amba was a pioneer of diving in the most northern atolls of the Maldives - Haa Alifu and (...)

Fun Azul Maldives

From 194 USD/Day
Fun Azul Maldives is the new boat of Fun Azul Fleets, launched in Maldives in late August 2013. It provides diving liveaboard trips in both Central and Deep South of Maldives according to the (...)

Dhoni Stella 1

From 360 USD/Day
Dhoni Stella 1 is a small but luxury Maldivian liveaboard, it offering 4 nights and up to 10 nights‘ trip around the Maldives, it can only accommodates 2 - 4 guests on board, perfect for small (...)

Dhoni Stella 2

From 374 USD/Day
Dhoni Stella 2 is a small but luxury Maldivian liveaboard, it offering 4 nights and up to 10 nights‘ trip around the Maldives, it can only accommodates 4 - 6 guests on board, perfect for small (...)

Other Choices

Blue Horizon 2

From 215 USD/Day
Blue Horizon II is a comfortable yacht with reasonable price that offering multiple live-abord routes in the beautiful Maldives, it welcome divers, non-divers, as well as surfers onboard. ### (...)

Nautilus One

From 201 USD/Day
Nautilus One is a traditional Maldivian boat running by Maldivian Nautilus Fleet, it offers 7 nights and up to 2 weeks liveaboard trip in the Central and Southern Maldives. It can accommodates 14 (...)

Ari Queen

From 133 USD/Day
### Liveaboard **Ari Queen** was built in 2008 and launched in the Maldives in beginning of 2009. It is a 33 meters long, 10 meters wide professional diving liveaboard. On the main deck, there is (...)

Scubaspa Yang

From 202 USD/Day
Scubaspa Yang is a "sister" boat of Scubaspa Ying, both of them run by Scubaspa Fleet. Ideal for both divers and non-divers, Scubaspa has a fully functional spa center in addition to the diving (...)