Itinerary Highlights

  • Fuvahmulah; Tiger sharks, oceanic manta and thresher sharks. Oceanic Island with incredible visibility.
  • Huvadhu; Whale sharks at night, silver tips, grey reef sharks and many, many more.
  • Addu Atoll; WWII wreck HMS British Loyalty and majestic manta cleaning stations.

December to March are the best times to dive the southerly Maldivian atolls and experience the shark action in these out-of-the-way dive sites between Huvadhu and Addu (Seenu) Atolls. Spend a week away from the madding crowds and dive Addu, Fuvahmulah and Huvadhu on the lookout for the Indian Ocean’s larger residents; tiger sharks, silver tips, grey reef sharks, whale sharks and many, many more.

At Huvadhu, one of the deepest lagoons in the Maldives, the currents and channels are ideal for even more shark sightings including, hopefully, whale sharks and silkies, hammerheads and grey sharks spotted most of the time.

You will dive many of the world-class channels (kandus) here including; Vilingilli, Koodoo, Nilandhoo and Mareehaa. In Fuvahmulah you can expect to meet tiger, silky, silver tip and thresher sharks on the south plateaux.

Addu Atoll hosts the WWII wreck, HMS British Loyalty, as well as popular majestic Manta Cleaning station Maa Kandu along with a more relaxing drift dive at Demon corner to either start or end the trip with too.

Please note: At Emperor, we believe in providing as authentic an experience with nature as possible. We do not believe it is appropriate to chum/bait for, nor feed, sharks and therefore will not dive or promote the experience known as “Tiger Zoo” in Fuvahmulah Atoll. We dive Fuvahmulah and regularly encounter Tiger Sharks there, as well as at other spots on our itineraries, and we believe these offer a far more natural experience.

*Please be aware the dive sites and areas mentioned in our itineraries are not guaranteed. They are subject to change based on weather conditions and are at the discretion of our cruise director/captain. This is to ensure we provide the best sightings and activities possible during your dive experience while also prioritising your safety.

Dive Sites

Click dive site markers for detailed descriptions.

Dive sites & areas that we may visit are subject to weather conditions.

Addu Atoll
Fuvahmulah Atoll
Huvadhoo Atoll
Gan Airport

Also Important

Check Dive & Depart Port

Once onboard there will be a safety briefing, crew introduction, complete and check dive paperwork, cabin allocation and boat orientation. Our boats moor in port on arrival day departing early next morning. The first dive is a check dive near port.

Return to Port, transfer to airport and flight

On the last diving day, 1 dive is available in the morning whilst observing the rule of no diving within 18 hours of reaching altitude. We return to port at approximately 1pm and moor here overnight. There is the option of an afternoon land-visit to stretch your legs and escape the boat whilst in port. Evening-time pack up diving equipment, settle any outstanding bills ready to depart for the airport early the following morning.

Domestic flights

Domestic flights can be booked directly with Maldivian Aero ( or +960 3335544) or by using local agents Transerve Maldives ([email protected]). Alternatively, if you would like us to book your internal flights please
contact us on [email protected]
 and we will do everything we can to help. We strongly advise leaving an extra day at each end of your liveaboard trip to provide plenty of time for connecting flights.

Itinerary Experience

Advanced, 100 dives
This itinerary is not for beginners with many dives below 18m and currents that can be unpredictable and strong. We recommend that you have 100 logged dives and require that you are a Deep Diver/Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent to join this trip. Divers may find many dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience. Diving is from a dhoni to give precise entry and exit points.

To find out more about current strengths and how they are affected by the moon’s phases click here.

Learn to Dive Guarantee

Love it or your money back! When having a go at something new it’s essential that you feel confident and comfortable with the idea. The Emperor team is so certain that you’ll love learning to dive with us that, at the end of the first day of tuition if you decide not to proceed, we’ll give you your money back.

Please read our full Terms & Conditions (PDF).