The Maldives is a flat group of low lying atolls with sweeping white sandy beaches, pristine coral reefs a rich abundance of biodiversity. Lot's of liveboard diving in the madlives is largly drift diving, conducted at a leisurely pace as the Monsoon Current gently flows through the island chain.
Some stuff you should know, before you book your liveaboard holiday in the Maldives
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The Maldives are concidered one of the best liveaboard diving destinations in the world. The dive sites are quite varied with a bit of everything being offered, from shallow coral gardens to steep walls, pumping drift dives in deep channels and there are some pretty decent wrecks too. Almost every Maldives island has a 'Manta'- or 'Shark'-point and there are huge schools of fish, abundant of reef sharks, mantas, turtles and eagle rays to be found at many of the dive sites. The best dive sites visited by liveaboards are usually found in the atoll channels and at the 'Thilas', small reefs with overhangs and caves which do not reach the water surface.
Like many areas of the world, coral bleaching has also affected the Maldives. Unfortunately, it will take some time until the reefs can be admired again in their original splendour. In general, however, the north is more affected than the south. Indeed, at South Ari Atoll there are already beautiful coral reefs appearing again, and even the soft corals have regrown extremely well.
Many Maldives liveaboards are converted 'dhonis', typical Maldives type of boat, which have been stripped bare and made into a floating dive hotel. The standard and comfort on these boats is generally simple to comfortable. There are however a few more luxury liveaboards starting to appear in the Maldives.