Holiday Reference: TRP 34315

Holiday information

  • Be one of only 12 divers onboard at amazing prices
  • Stable single deck design - ideal if you get sea sick
  • All cabins have double bed with bunk above
  • Non divers welcome - free snorkelling kit & $50 on board voucher
  • Average Water Temp: 28-30C
  • Average Air Temp: 28-30C
  • Average Visability: 20m
  • Good for: Pelagics! Whalesharks in South Ari plus manta and sharks
  • Suitable for beginners: Yes
  • This itinerary has a special focus on the whalesharks of Ari atoll. Come face to face with these gorgeous beasts as you snorkel through the warm waters. Dive with Maldives' other pelagic inhabitants - manta and sharks - at the season's very best sites

Liveaboard Details

Emperor Atoll is a traditional Maldives liveaboard. If you are looking for an affordable way to access the full range of dive sites in this world class destination, then look no further. She might be smaller than some of her sister ships, but her cha ...

Emperor Atoll is a traditional Maldives liveaboard. If you are looking for an affordable way to access the full range of dive sites in this world class destination, then look no further. She might be smaller than some of her sister ships, but her charm lies in her open, airy layout and warm welcome.

Emperor Atolls sleeps only 12 divers across 6 cabins. Every cabin has the same lay out with a double bed below and bunk above. All are en suite with individual air con and a fan. Her small size makes her more stable than some larger wooden boats and the group size means she never feels crowded.

On the main deck is large saloon - grab a beer from the fully stocked bar or pull up a chair to view the day's photos on the big flat screen TV. Breakfast is typically served in the saloon, but we love the open air lunches and dinners around bow table. Soak up the tropical views as you tuck into the tasty, freshly prepared meals. Head to the sun deck to top up your tan upstairs or find a shady corner to snooze between dives. All diving takes place from the 15m dhoni tender, which has bags of room for both recreational and technical divers. On Emperor Atoll itself, there is a large swim deck with fresh water showers and rinse tanks.

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Itinerary Details

Come face to face whalesharks, manta and reef sharks in Ari Atoll, Maldives on our luxury liveaboard Orion from August to October

Pelagic Magic Description

Pelagic Magic gets you face to face with the famous whalesharks of Ari atoll. As this itinerary devotes more time in Ari atoll, you are certain to get your whaleshark fix at Maamagili. Iconic dive follows iconic dive as you sail from Male through North Ari and then onto South Ari, your log book will fill with shark and manta sightings as well as outstanding reef dives. Then grab your snorkel and splash in to float only feet away from graceful whalesharks. Pelagics of all shapes and sizes await. What more could you ask for!

With around 17 dives as well as opportunities to snorkel with the whalesharks, this is an action packed week. The pelagic sightings start right from the beginning. Manta Point (otherwise known as Lankan Finolhu) is a cleaning station with reliable manta sightings. Just settle down and watch the manta swoop in. Hafsa thila and Maya thila are yet more iconic dive site where sharks are plentiful. Look out for baby white tips under the large table corals. But it is at night that Maya thila really comes alive. Reef sharks and marble morays hunt dinner out as morays slink between the coral blocks. As you reach south Ari keep a look out for the whalesharks. Maamagili is the place to find whalesharks at this time as they follow the seasonal currents. Manta chase plankton trails too into the nearby lagoons. Between your pelagic encounters, the reef dives will not disappoint. Discover the lush corals and schooling fish at the likes of Reethi thila and Kuda Rah.

Pelagic Magic is a great itinerary for everyone. No matter what your experience level this is a Maldives itinerary you can enjoy. There can be some drift diving so some experience of diving in currents in advisable. Don't forget to take your reef hook to make shark watching all the easier. As so many of the best whaleshark encounters are snorkelling, everyone can feel the thrill of seeing these graceful sharks in their natural environment. Pelagic Magic runs when the pelagics sightings are at their optimum in North and South Ari. Don't delay - discover the biggest inhabitants of the Maldives for yourself!


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Pelagic Magic contains all the detailed information you need, a full day by day itinerary, pictures, videos, reviews, and other practical information. Or call one of our diving holiday experts on 0800 072 8221 or +44(0)1483 411590.

 


Your holiday details

Save £200 Focus on Ari atolls magnificent sharks and whalesharks on this big fish dream itinerary. There are up to 17 dives (including 1 night dive), although some dives can be substituted for more time snorkelling with the whalesharks. You have 7 nights on board on a full board basis (twin/double share cabin). All trips are fully guided with expert guides and include 12lt tank and weights, as well as FOC nitrox. Excluded are alcoholic drinks, fruit juice, fizzy drinks, additional kit hire and any on board souvenirs. Donít forget to let us know if you would like to prebook any courses on board or have any dietary requirements. This is a BOAT ONLY holiday with return Male airport transfers and does not include any international flights. We are able to add flights with a wide range of airlines, including regional departures. Flights will incur small booking fee. Please ask your consultant for competitive quote for any flight option. Do not book any flights until your boat space is confirmed by Scuba Travel. Transfers operate at fixed times.

* prices are subject to change according to availability at the time of booking


 

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