Deep South Southern Sharks

Deep South Southern Sharks
Indian Ocean - Maldives
From £2145 inc. flights*
    
  • Sharks of all kinds!
  • Plenty of drift diving
  • Wrecks!
  • Southern Maldives
  • Remote dive sites with few divers
Our Deep South Southern Sharks itinerary will take you to down to the the southerly atolls in the Maldives on a liveaboard holiday that is anything but ordinary. Get in on the shark action of the secluded southern dive sites between Huvadhoo and Laamu. Spend a week in isolated paradise as you dive Foammulah and Huvadhoo looking for the ocean's larger inhabitants - tiger sharks, silver tips, grey reef sharks and even whalesharks.

Once you arrive in Male, the capital of the Maldives you will be whisked down to Huvadhoo by plane to join your liveaboard home for the week. Once the check dive is over, the pelagic action begins in earnest. Your next stop off point is Foammulah. Prepare to come face to face with tiger sharks and silver tip sharks. These incredible fish patrol the deep walls that surround Foamulah north and South. Your final atoll is Huvadhoo as the boat continues her journey north. The lagoon inside Huvadhoo is one of the deepest in the Maldives and the shifting currents are ideal for yet more shark sightings, including occasional whalesharks. The sightings at Huvadhoo have been incredible with no end of sharks. Silkies, hammerheads, tigers sharks and grey sharks are all seen most weeks. These are the kind of sightings that will make your dive log stand out!
The Deep South Southern Sharks atolls itinerary will suit any diver that has explored the north and central Maldives but not yet ventured this far south. Few divers travel this way and you are certain of week far from the madding crowd. Due to the remote nature of the dive sites, the Deep South Southern Sharks itinerary is more suitable for experienced divers (100+ dives) and there is a good focus on drift diving. 17 dives are on offer over a nerve tingling week that will stand out for all the right reasons. Think you have dived the Maldives? Think again!

Quick Facts

  • Average Water Temp: 28 - 30 C
  • Average Air Temp: 28 - 30 C
  • Average Visability: 10 - 25m
  • Good for: Sharks, Whalesharks, Big Fish
  • Suitable for beginners: No

Highlights

  • Our Deep South Southern Sharks itinerary will literally take you to the the southerly points of the Maldives on a liveaboard holiday that promises shark encounters thick and fast

Testimonials

  • The Deep Sharks Southern Atolls itinerary will start in January 2012 Check back for our first trip report!

This is a typical example of the Deep South Southern Sharks itinerary. The schedule is subject to change according to prevailing weather conditions and is only given as a example of what you would usually encounter during your holiday.


Scuba Travel run the Deep South Southern Sharks itinerary when the season is the best for the ultimate big fish sightings.

Embarkation
On alternating week this itinerary will start and end in different points (ie run in reverse). This will be between Huavadhoo and Laamu.

Trip Duration
All of our Deep South Southern Sharks trips run for 7 nights with 7 nights spent on board your liveaboard.

There are normally 3 dives a day apart from on your first and last day. There is usually an opportunity for a night dive during the week. There are around 17-18 dives on an average week but this can vary depending on local weather conditions.

Arrival
If your trip departs from Male you will be met on arrival from your international flight and taken directly to catch your internal flight down to Huvadhoo/Laamu. On arrival in your final destination you will be met and taken to the boat. Where possible we will try to ensure that your transfer times are kept to a minimum.

There will be a full welcome briefing on arrival and you can set your kit up. If you have prepaid any rental equipment this will be given to you on arrival. There is then your first dinner and you can settle in for the evening.

Depending on arrival times you may or may not dive on the arrival day.

A normal Deep South Southern Sharks itinerary will dive at the following areas but the exact dive sites and order will vary week by week depending on what people enjoy, where the best sightings have been and reflect diver experience levels.


The Diving
Over the course of the week you will complete 17 dives. There will usually be an opportunity for a night dive during the week but the main focus of the week will be on the awesome day diving. Remember, diving in the Maldives is legally limited to 30m and max time of 1hour.
Foammulah is perhaps the least dived of all the sites you will visit. The diving is focused on the north and south with excellent chances to see tiger sharks and hammerheads. Of all the locations, this is the most challenging and currents can be fast but the rewards are well worth it! The viz here is excellent and there are always loads of grey reefs sharks.
Huvadhoo is another brilliant location for sharks. Reef sharks are the order of the day here but keep your eyes open for the occasional passing whaleshark. Eagle rays are also common in this area. There are drift dives one after the other and normally around 4 different kind of pelagic sharks.
The Maldives in general is great for large schools of fish including snapper, barracuda and the smaller reef fish. Turtles, napoleons and morays are regular sightings on many dive sites.

Disembarkation
You will normally leave the boat after breakfast on your last day and be transferred to the airport to begin your journey home. You will need to catch a flight down from Laamu/Huvadhoo to Male (or visa versa). Please do speak to the travel consultant at the time of booking to confirm the exact last day arrangements.

Alternatively, why not add an extension at one of the many beautiful resorts in the Maldives or even a second liveaboard.


If you would like to add an extension, combine this with another product or tweak the itinerary give us a call so we can discuss your dream diving holiday.

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