Maldives Luxury Liveaboard

Spectacular Indian Ocean Coral Reef Diving + Manta Madness in Hanifaru Lagoon - September, 2018

Highlights /

Manta Rays, Whalesharks, Hammerheads, Huge Tuna, Giant Morays, Sailfish, Turtles, Wrecks, Weird and Wonderful Little Critters, Clear, Warm Water ++ Underwater Photography Editing Tutorials with your Tour Leader

Manta Rays - Hanifaru Lagoon

Whalesharks

Hammerheads

Giant Moray Eels

The 8 day, 7 night tour is only $AU 3,390 including 17 dives, all meals and flights ex Sydney

About The Tours

The Maldives has much to offer divers especially on a Liveaboard focusing on enjoying the spectacular diving there. We will be cruising the “North” voyage of the spectacular Indian Ocean atolls from Male, travelling in a circuitous route. Amongst the atolls we may visit are North Male, Baa and Raa Atolls and the incredible Hanifaru Lagoon. Much depends on the tides and prevailing winds on each day. 

We one will generally make three dives daily, with one or two night dives as well.

Our boat has all the comforts you could wish for, air-conditioned throughout, each of the nine cabins has it’s own ensuite. The diving is nothing short of spectacular. Manta Rays abound in the Maldives, and with so many “hot spots” to see them at, you will not be disappointed. We will also experience the cyclone feeding in Hanifaru Lagoon (snorkelling only), which is where Manta Rays congregate to feast on plankton and we are lucky enough to watch!

Maldives 8 Day, 7 night Tour (November, 2017)

The Maldives has much to offer divers especially on a Liveaboard focusing on enjoying the spectacular diving there. We will be cruising the “Classique” voyage of the spectacular Indian Ocean atolls from Male, travelling in a circuitous route.

We have specially chartered the MV Carina to venture to Baa Atoll and Hanifaru Lagoon to Snorkel and photograph the cyclonic feeding of the incredible Manta Rays, plus to enjoy the spectacular coral reef ecosystems this diverse, remote location offers.

We have chosen this time of the year for our 8 day expedition, as this is when one of Planet Ocean’s great natural phenomenons occurs. Each year the sou’west trade winds blow huge concentrations of zooplankton across the elongated, scattered atolls of the Maldives.

In the north, one these, Baa Atoll, has in its area Hanifaru Lagoon. The eastern coral reef top of Hanifaru is unusually shallow, and the plankton that is blown into Hanifaru will not cross these shallows, creating a plankton soup to collect there in the lagoon.

The fact that Hanifaru Lagoon is around the size of a football field makes what occurs here so concentrated and even the more extraordinary.

This plankton soup, naturally, attracts the plankton feeders for the concentrated feast. Over a hundred Manta Rays, together with, at times, ten to twenty Whale Sharks can congregate in the lagoon. The Manta Rays, when present and concentrated in these numbers on, will sometimes form a “cyclonic feeding” formation, this is where the Mantas line up nose to tail, and when the number of Mantas gets to around fifty, something extraordinary happens, the lead Manta catches up with last Manta in the line, catching him by the tail, and then the whole line of Mantas evolves into a spiralling, vortex, cyclone feeding frenzy.


Images from our Previous Tour

 

 

The Boat

Inlcusions: 8 day Tour - only $AU 3,290

  • All return flights ex Sydney, Melb, Bris add $50
  • 7 nights accom. twin share
  • All Meals onboard
  • 17 SCUBA dives, incl 1-2 night dives, + snorkelling in Hanifaru Lagoon
  • Experienced dive guides, air fills and cylinders
Not Included
  • Diving equipment, other than cylinders & weights
  • Meals & drinks other than specified
  • Tips & Personal Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Note: By law all divers in the Maldives need to be at a minimum ADVANCED certified, and need to have logged FIFTY dives

8 Day Tours - These wonderfully priced tours do fill up quickly so bookings are essential to secure your berth.