Northern Lights | Dive the Maldives

Northern Lights - Indian Ocean

  • Water temp 27-29 C
  • Air Temp 28 - 30 C
  • Visibility 10-25m
  • Good for... sharks, manta and soft corals
  • Suitable for beginners No
  • Highlights This is an excellent itinerary for anyone looking to visit a different part of the Maldives, with amazing, pristine diving. Get away from the hustle to sample the very best diving between Haa Alifu and Haa Dhaalu atolls

About Northern Lights

The Northern Lights itinerary on pioneering liveaboard Amba soaks up remote and virgin dive sites in Haa Alifu and Haa Dhaalu, the northern most atoll in the Maldives. Spend your week exploring the unique sites, many of which Amba has discovered. Manta, sharks and macro await on a voyage that dives at the most exciting and beautiful sites over no less than 6 atoll systems. Sail between the remote islands and picture perfect beaches and experience for yourself the endless variety that makes the Maldives a must see diving destination.

One of main attractions to the Northern lights itinerary is the sheer diversity of the diving. There are several thila dives, where you descend onto a submerged reef, hook in and watch the action unfold. Amba thila, Thankandhoo, Nellaidhoo, Anemon Thila... these are just some of the shark spots that are waiting for you. At Baarah Blue and Maarandhoo Blue head out to look for hammerheads as the baracuda swirl on the drop off! Or experience the thrill of diving through Amba Canyon or Bodu Cave. Stop and watch manta swoop in on the reef. Or look for leopard and guitar sharks cruising along the sandy slopes.

The Northern Lights itinerary will thrill any diver - if you have never been the Maldives before cherry pick the ultimate dive sites as you journey between one adrenalin rush to the other. If you are a seasoned Maldives diver you will appreciate the endless quality of diving, stopping at only the very best sites throughout the region. Currents in the northern areas tend not to be as strong as around Male making this an accessible itinerary for all divers but do bear in mind there is some drift diving. Reef hooks are handy in the Maldives too and an essential tool for any photographers wanting to capture that awesome shark or manta shot.


Amba has pioneered diving in the more remote northern atolls of Haa Alifu, Haa Dhaalu, Baa, Raa and Noonu. Here the reefs are devoid of other dive boats. This is dive escapism at it's very best in the Maldives with an experience... MORE

Scuba Travel run the Northern lights itinerary when the season is the best for the ultimate big fish sightings.

Amba will depart for the Northern Lights itinerary is Hanimaadhoo.

Trip Duration
All of our Northern Lights trips run for 7 nights with 7 nights spent on board your liveaboard.

There are normally 2-3 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.

As your trip departs from Hanimaadhoo you will be taken to the domestic airport upon landing in Male to catch your flight to this northern most atoll. 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 Northern Lights 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.

Haa Dhaalu atoll
Look for leopard shaks in Haa Dhaalu! They often shelt from the currents at Anemone thila or Keylakuna thila. After the shark fixes, the time comes to look for manta in Haa Dhaalu.

Nellaidhoo thila is a must, especially with your camera! Manta soar above a school of bat fish and giant travellies. Macro lovers will also be delighted with the wealth of nudibranch and flabellina, espcially at Theefarido thila.

Bodu Cave is an unusual dive and easy for all experience levels. Dive through the shallow cracks as the light bounces off the walls - simply spectacular!

Haa Alifu atoll
Barrah Thila brings you face to face with schools of blackfin barracuda and Spanish mackerel. There are also yet more manta! The corals here are also some of the most beautiful with pinnacles a plenty to work your way around.

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 be taken by plane from Hanimandoo back to Male before boarding.

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