One of Regaldive's most popular holiday destinations, the Maldives is a picture-postcard paradise. Above water, stunningly beautiful white sand beaches which epitomise relaxation contrast with the exhilirating underwater realm that offers some of the finest diving to be found anywhere in the world. Adrenaline-charged drifts, amazing quantities of colourful fish and chance encounters with pelagics - mantas, whale sharks and shark species - are the order of the day here; and with the island nation of the Maldives covering some 35,000 square miles of the Indian Ocean, what better way to explore than by liveaboard.
Joining a liveaboard safari really does give you the flexibility to experience Maldives diving at its best if you can abandon the island castaway dream. Maldives diving is completely defined by currents and liveaboard itineraries are designed to take advantage of seasonal fluctuations to take in the sites that offer the best diving at that moment in time. Add to this the fact that you can visit a number of different atolls on a single itinerary, some with little or no tourism development, and you can see why a liveaboard option is a great choice for divers who are mostly interested in diving... and diving only.
Regaldive offer a choice of liveaboard vessels in the Maldives catering to a diverse range of budgets and diving needs. If you're thinking of a luxury boat with plenty of space and all mod-cons, take a look at MV Carpe Diem. This beautiful 35m boat has its own fully equipped diving dhoni and caters to just 20 guests on each trip. Carpe Diem offers a choice of seven or 10 night itineraries throughout the year that are uniquely designed around the prevailing currents, seasons and pelagic migration patterns.
During the winter season (November - May) most of the trips start and end in Male and concentrate on Ari Atoll with either an extension to the South or to the North. The Southern extensions to Felidhu and Meemu atolls or further are mostly known for their channel dives to see lots of sharks and are best chosen by experienced divers. The Northern extension to Baa, Lhaviyani and Noonu atolls concentrate more on a large variety of fish and good coral life.
During the summer season (July - October) Carpe Diem continues with its usual trips to Ari Atoll and also follows special 7 and 10 night dive trips to Baa and Raa atoll. The main focus on visiting Baa atoll during this period is to observe the famous manta rays while feeding in the marine protected Hanifaru Bay. This unihabited island has become one of the hottest places on the planet to witness manta rays in their hundreds, who are attracted to feed by the mass plankton blooming between the months of May and November. It is due to this phenomenon that Hanifaru Bay has become known as the world’s largest manta ray feeding destination.
Want to find out more? Watch this incredible video of Carpe Diem in action in the Maldives and call Regaldive on 01353 659999 to book your place for 2015!