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  • Writer's pictureEshan Joshi

Dive Into Paradise: My Incredible Liveboard Adventure!

Hey there, fellow adventurers! Buckle up for a thrilling ride as I take you through my unforgettable week-long liveaboard experience in the mesmerizing Maldives. Picture this: turquoise waters, diving up to three times a day, BBQ nights on deserted islands, and the Milky Way putting on a dazzling show above us. Let's dive right in!

Enjoying the warm beach breeze

What is a Liveaboard and Types Available Across the World:

Alright, let's start with the basics. A #liveaboard is like a floating hotel and dive center combined. You get to live on board 24x7, and the best part? No need to rush back to shore after each dive! Liveaboards come in various flavors, from luxurious yachts to budget-friendly boats. And guess what? They're not only available in the Maldives but all over the globe, offering you a chance to explore the most stunning dive sites out there.

Eligibility Criteria for Liveboards:

Now, before you jump onboard, you'll need some diving chops. Most operators require you to be a certified diver, at least an Open Water Diver. Some places might want you to have an Advanced Open Water Diver certification or higher, depending on the dive site's difficulty level.

Beyond Diving: What Else to Look Forward To:

Okay, so the diving is spectacular, but there's more to it than just that. Imagine yourself on a deserted island, the ocean breeze gently caressing your skin, and a sumptuous BBQ dinner under the stars. Ah, bliss! And don't even get me started on the night sky! The Maldives' remote location treats you to the breathtaking Milky Way, a mesmerizing sight you won't need any telescope to see.

Marine Life Encounters:

Oh boy, the marine life here is out of this world! On our dives, we encountered manta rays gliding with effortless grace, gigantic whale sharks cruising by like it's just another day, and playful dolphins showing off their underwater acrobatics. The reefs were teeming with colorful reef fish, and we even spotted moray eels peeking out of their coral hideouts. And the sea turtles! They were so chill, just gliding through the water like they owned the place.

Best Time for Maldives Liveboards:

Alright, if you're wondering when's the best time to embark on this epic adventure, listen up! From November to April, the central atolls of the Maldives are the place to be. The waters are calm, visibility is top-notch, and you stand a better chance of bumping into those majestic manta rays and gentle giant whale sharks. Plus, the weather is perfect for night dives and stargazing. So, mark those dates on your calendar! However, we visited in July, to our surprise we had a great time, and off seasons and or shoulder seasons are easy on the pockets!

A jellyfish gliding right above snorkelers

Highlights: Night Dive with Manta Rays and Snorkeling at Hanifaru Bay:

Now, here comes the juicy part - the highlights! A night dive with manta rays is nothing short of enchanting. As the sun dipped below the horizon, we ventured into the dark waters, our torches revealing the magic that lay beneath. Lo and behold, the manta rays emerged like ethereal dancers, twirling and gliding around us. It was like a dream come true, and I couldn't stop grinning from ear to ear! The torches and the giant light on our ship attracts planktons, which attract many fishes and the manta rays, and if you are lucky a whale shark too!

At Hanifaru Bay, I had the privilege of snorkeling with around 50 manta rays. Can you imagine? These gentle giants swam gracefully around us, their sheer size leaving me in awe. It was like being in a real-life documentary, witnessing nature's wonders unfold right before my eyes.

Please note, that the cost for snorkelling is over and above the liveaboard package - $25 - $30 dollars maybe more if its season time. You will need to go in batches so as to not overwhelm the mantas with people around them. The activity is carried out in a controlled manner by the maldives officials so as to conserve the feeding spot for the mantas. A designated guide will always be present to help you with the experience and keep you away from the ocean currents.

These mantas are extremely playful and unafraid to swim close to your faces, without ever touching even 1 of your floating hair strand.

Alright, my fellow adventurers, you've now glimpsed the wonder and thrill of my Maldives liveaboard experience. If you're a diving enthusiast seeking a paradise-like escape, don't miss this opportunity! From exhilarating dives to unforgettable encounters with marine giants, the Maldives liveaboard is a journey that will redefine your definition of adventure. So, grab your fins and masks, and dive into paradise! Your underwater adventure awaits!


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