Seven Southern Atolls Description
The Seven Southern Atolls itinerary is an action packed pelagic adventure in the Maldives filled with speedy drift dives, manta and sharks action. Dive no less than 7 atolls in total! Our exclusive Maldivian liveaboard stops at nothing to ensure that you see manta, sharks and even a wreck as you sail into diving perfection.
Jan - March is the season for this itinerary as the current in the Kandus is predominantly incoming in this period. The Severn Southern Atolls itinerary will focus on diving North & South Male, Vaavu, Vattaru, Meemu, Thaa and Laamu atoll. Your trip will typically include a domestic flight either at the start or end of your holiday. Depending on the boat operator and sightings, you may find that you do not dive Vaavu and Vattaru so as to spend time in South Ari atoll instead - both options boast manta cleaning stations. On longer variations of this itinerary, you may also return to Male by boat rather than a flight.
There is a good variety of diving with exciting channel dives but also more relaxed diving inside the atolls on Thilas or Giris. One of the great things is that there are few other boats en route. North and South Ari are busy during this season, but this itinerary visits atolls that have few or no resorts and many unpopulated islands. Dive in North and South Male on the picturesque Finolhu wall or at HP reef. There is even a chance to squeeze in a wreck dive at the Kuda Giri wreck, famous for the rare black corals and superb macro life... can you find the resident frog fish? There is a shallow manta cleaning station in Meemu Atoll. Hammerheads are consistently found in Thaa, and also whalesharks often come to the boat at night attracted by the lights. The channel dives in a favourable current are really spectacular. Thick with schooling snappers, jacks barracuda, hunting white tips and greys, grouper, napoleon wrasse, turtles, eagle rays etc etc. And as you finish off in Laamu, it's time to get your shark fix!
As there is a good amount of drift diving on the Seven Southern atolls itinerary it is best suited to more advanced divers. Some of the locations are remote so you must be comfortable on drift dives. The brilliant viz in the southern atolls makes it a great choice for photographers who fancy giving their wide angle lens a holiday (although there is also some phenomenal macro including ghost pipefish). If your log book could do with a fresh injection of outstanding sightings or you just want to see different bit of the Maldives, this is the itinerary to be on!
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