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 3 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.
- 10&11 nights, January, 13&23th, 2024
- EMBARKATION Male/Kooddoo
- DISEMBARKATION Kooddoo/Male
- BOAT Cruise Maldives Blue Force 3
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The Best of Maldives itinerary
January 13th to 23th 2024 (10 nights).
Saturday, January 13:
MALE AIRPORT – MALDIVES BLUE FORCE 3.
Arrival at Male airport. Pass through immigration. Pick up bags. Transfer to MALDIVES BLUE FORCE 3. Cabin assignment, boat briefing, dive briefing, itinerary…. live aboard begins
Sunday 14th to Monday 22nd, 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 relaxation 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 23nd: 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 23th to February 3rd, 2023 (11 nights)
Tuesday, January 23th: MALE AIRPORT – GAAFU ATOLL – MALDIVES BLUE FORCE 3.
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 3. Cabin assignment, boat briefing, dive briefing, itinerary…. live aboard begins
Wednesday 24th to Friday 2nd 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 relaxation time…. Last day arriving at Male, rinsing dive gear, relaxing onboard, and U.W. photo and video show of the weeks after dinner.
Saturday 3rd 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 )
- •Airport transfers – boat – airport •On board accommodation in a shared cabin according to the reservation made, FULL board on BLUE FORCE 3. •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
- •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$, Fuel taxes: $70 (for cruises departing between 1 August and 31 December 2022). OPTIONAL: •NITROX •Alcoholic beverages/refreshments •Dive gear 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
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.