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The Best of Maldives route

Objectives for this route: Mantas on cleaning stations, mantas at night, nurse sharks in Vaavu, pelagic life, and schools of sharks in the channels of Meemu, Laamu, and Gaafu, whale sharks at night in Thaa, tiger and silvertip sharks in Fuvahmulah.

Our team at MALDIVES BLUE FORCE ONE has planned the liveaboard season in the Atolls of southern Maldives for the months in which the conditions are optimum for diving in this area of the country.  In 2023 the boat will start its Southern Maldives season with two exceptional 10 and 11-day liveaboards leaving from Male and ending in Fuvahmullah and viceversa.  By extending the number of days on board, this route permits us to dive on the same trip, what can possibly be considered the “BEST OF MALDIVES”.

Why is the best of Maldives?

This route is exceptional and, for the most part, off of the normal path that most liveaboards follow.  Besides the extended amount of days on board from 7 to 10 or 11, with the obvious increment of dives we will be making, what is most amazing is the quality of the sites we will be allowed to reach. The amount of life we will be able to observe: large schools of jacks, schools of grey sharks, silky sharks, whale sharks at night sometimes in the day as well, mantas, tiger and silvertip sharks, marlins, and even the occasional and elusive Oceanic Sun Fish (mola mola).  As well as the quality and exuberance of the coral reefs around here, the thilas with their spectacular reefs and the nurse sharks from Alimatha, really make this route the BEST OF MALDIVES.

 

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The Best of Maldives itinerary

January 21st to 31st 2023 (10 nights).

LIVEABOARD PROGRAM

Saturday, January 21:

MALE AIRPORT – MALDIVES BLUE FORCE ONE.

Arrival at Male airport. Pass through immigration. Pick up bags. Transfer to MALDIVES BLUE FORCE ONE.  Cabin assignment, boat briefing, dive briefing, itinerary…. live aboard begins

Sunday 22nd to Monday 30nd, January: LIVEABOARD “BEST OF MALDIVES” ROUTE 

Diving on the Atolls of Ari, Vaavu, Meemu, Thaa, Laamu, Gaafu y Fuvahmulah with an average of 3 dives per day, including night dives. Depending on the diving conditions, the number of daily dives can vary, but we guarantee a total of 27 dives for this route.

We will combine diving with visits to the islands, sunset chillouts, kayaking, paddleboarding, jacuzzi, and relax time….

Last day arriving at Gaafu, rinsing dive gear, relaxing onboard, and U.W. photo and video show of the week after dinner.

Tuesday, January 31st: GAAFU ATOLL- MALE AIRPORT

Disembarking in the morning, to the airport of Koodoo. Flight from Koodoo to Male (flight times to be determined). Arrival at Male airport.


January 31st to February 11th, 2023 (11 nights)

LIVEABOARD PROGRAM

Tuesday, January 31st: MALE AIRPORT – GAAFU ATOLL – MALDIVES BLUE FORCE ONE.

Arrival at Male airport. Pass through immigration. Pick up bags.  National terminal, check-in, and flight from Male to Koodoo. Arrival at Koodooo, bag pickup. Transfer to MALDIVES BLUE FORCE ONE.  Cabin assignment, boat briefing, dive briefing, itinerary…. live aboard begins

Wednesday 1st to Friday 10th of February: LIVEABOARD “BEST OF MALDIVES” ROUTE 

Diving on the Atolls of Ari, Vaavu, Meemu, Thaa, Laamu, Gaafu y Fuvahmulah with an average of 3 dives per day, including night dives.  Depending on the diving conditions, the number of daily dives can vary, but we guarantee a total of 30 dives for this route.

We will combine diving with visits to the islands, sunset chillouts, kayaking, paddleboarding, jacuzzi, and relax time….  Last day arriving at Male, rinsing dive gear, relaxing onboard, and U.W. photo and video show of the weeks after dinner.

Saturday 11th of February: MALE AIRPORT

Disembarking in the Male airport.  Depending on the flight times, visiting Male to see the city and do some last-minute shopping might be possible. (possibility to book a day room at the hotel either in Male or at the airport in Hulhumale )

Included

    • •Airport transfers – boat – airport •On board accommodation in a shared cabin according to the reservation made, FULL board on BLUE FORCE ONE. •Water, tea, and coffee •27 to 30 dives, depending on if is a 10 or 11 days liveaboard •S80 tank, weights, dive guides, and dive boat (Dhoni)•Dive, trip, and cancellation Insurance

Not included

    • •Flights to Male •Domestic flights from Male to Koodoo or vice versa •On board fees: Boat Taxes and fees depending on 10 or 11 days live aboard: 155$ or 170$, Green tax 60$ or 66$, Service Fee 185$ or 200$. OPTIONAL: •NITROX: 70$ or 78$ •Alcoholic beverages/refreshments •Dive gear rental or s100 rental (only possible if ordered previously) •Day room in Male (pay directly) •Any possible supplements due to increments in the price of fuel, devaluation of the currency or change in fees and taxes

Important

This route is only apt for experienced divers, hence the need to be at least an Advanced O.W or similar and have logged at least 50 dives.