Itinerary Highlights

South Central Atolls      

  • Dive the action with speedy drift dives, mantas and sharks.
  • Thaa Atoll for possible Hammerheads and whale sharks at night.
  • Meemu Atoll; enchanting channels with pelagic action, Sailfish, sharks, Eagle rays and beautiful soft coral. Manta cleaning station.
  • Expect to see sharks, manta, sail fish, schooling fish, eagle rays, abundant macro life. Possible hammerheads and whale sharks.
  • This itinerary has a lot of drift diving so it’s best suited to more advanced divers.

Looking for action? Speedy channel dives, mantas, sharks and diving several atolls? Our guides and crew make it their business to make sure you see mantas and sharks as well as potential magical creatures coming out from the depths of the blue.

January to March is the time to join us as this is when the current in the Kandus is largely incoming from the east. There are fewer boats and we visit atolls that have very few resorts and lots of uninhabited islands. You will either join your liveaboard in Male or Huvadhoo (Koodoo), and then it’s off on our adventure.

The Channel dives of the eastern coast of the Maldives are the main order of the day. These Kandus, as they are known in the local language (Dhivehi), attract grey reef sharks, dog tooth tuna and eagle rays as standard but look out into the blue and you never know what surprises await. The outer walls and corners of the channels in Vaavu and Meemu have the bonus of beautiful overhangs draping in the blues, yellows and pinks of the majestic soft coral. Hammerheads can be found in Thaa as well as whale sharks who visit our boat at night attracted by the krill, which, in turn, are attracted by the lights. When the currents are running well, the channel dives here are outstanding. Abundant with schooling snappers, trevally, barracuda, white tips and greys, grouper, Napoleon wrasse, turtles, eagle rays and more. Laamu is an oval shaped atoll which has some of the top dive sites in the world such as Fushi Kandu & Maabaidhoo Kandu.  Huvadhu, one of the deepest lagoons in the Maldives, the currents and channels are ideal for copious grey sharks and other tantilising experiences with pelagic life. You will start or end the trip here, diving the world class Vilingilli Kandu.

This itinerary has a lot of current channel diving so it’s best suited to more advanced divers. With visibility being really good in the southern atolls, this is ideal for photographers and videographers looking for larger Pelagic action.

Fancy an extended trip? South Central matches up perfectly with Deep South Southern Sharks. Stay on board for a second trip and join us in the southern most atolls of the Maldives for even more exciting channels and adventures with pelagics from the blue

Dive Sites

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

North Male Atoll
South Male Atoll
Vaavu Atoll
Laamu Atoll
Meemu Atoll
Thaa Atoll
Male Airport
Kooddoo Airport


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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 for Onward Flight

On the last diving day, 1 dive is available in the morning whilst observing the rule of no diving within 24 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.

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.

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