When is the best time to dive in the Maldives?

Welcome to our comprehensive article on the best time to dive in the Maldives. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or just starting out, the Maldives is suitable for everyone, but it’s helpful to know when to be where. In this article we describe the optimal travel time for a diving vacation in the Maldives, when you can best spot which animals and where to find them. We also discuss the popular liveaboard routes and when it’s best to sail which route. From whale sharks and manta rays to tiger sharks and hammerheads, discover the perfect time to see these fascinating marine animals. In addition, we give you the best dive sites and conditions in the Maldives by month. Get ready for an unforgettable diving trip through the Maldives!

Best time by month to dive in the Maldives

Find out in the tabs below what diving in the Maldives is like each month. From the best dive sites and liveaboard itineraries to spotting whale sharks, manta rays, tiger sharks and hammerhead sharks – here you will find everything about the optimal diving experience in the Maldives by month.

Whale shark: Best time to dive with whale sharks

Best Period: November to April. Whale sharks are most commonly seen in the central Maldives, especially around Ari Atoll. These gentle giants are present during the dry season, when visibility is excellent. You can spot whale sharks both from resorts and on liveaboard trips. Popular liveaboard itineraries such as Ari Atoll and South Male Atoll offer the best opportunities to see these majestic creatures.

Manta: Best time to dive with manta rays

Best Period: May to November Manta rays are often seen at Hanifaru Bay in the northern Maldives during the rainy season. This is the best time to spot manta rays due to the high concentrations of plankton. Both resorts and liveaboards offer access to Hanifaru Bay. Liveaboard routes through the north and central areas such as Ari Atoll are excellent for seeing manta rays.

Tiger shark: Best time to dive with tiger sharks

Best Period: January to March Tiger sharks are mostly spotted around Fuvahmulah in the south of the Maldives. These months offer the best opportunity due to calmer seas and ideal conditions. This adventure is mainly accessible via liveaboard trips, as tiger sharks are found in deep waters farther from resorts. The southern liveaboard route is ideal.

Hammerhead: Best time to dive with hammerhead sharks

Best Period: January to March Hammerhead sharks are often seen in the south of the Maldives, particularly around Fuvahmulah and Addu Atoll. These months offer the best conditions for spotting these impressive sharks. Hammerhead sharks are primarily seen on liveaboard trips, which call at deeper and more remote dive sites. The southern liveaboard route is the most convenient.

Best Time Northern Maldives Liveaboard Route

Best Period: May to November The northern route, including Hanifaru Bay, is best between May and November. This is the peak season for manta rays and whale sharks, attracted to the plankton-rich waters. The sea is usually calm, although rain can sometimes fall, making the diving experience unforgettable.

Best Time Central Maldives Liveaboard Route

Best Period: November to April The central Maldives are most popular from November to April. This dry season offers calm seas and excellent underwater visibility. Divers can enjoy diverse marine life, including large schools of fish, reef sharks and occasional whale sharks, in ideal conditions.

Best Time Southern Maldives Liveaboard Route

Best Period: January to March The southern route, including Fuvahmulah, is best from January to March. This is the ideal time for spotting tiger sharks, manta rays and hammerhead sharks. The sea is calmer, making for better diving conditions and an exciting experience for adventurous divers.

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