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Carpe Vita Explorer N   Central Atolls   A short 4- hour hop on Qatar Air from Qatar (where we are living), the Maldives is a favorite of divers from Europe, Asia and the M... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
12/2013   Jeremy Cohen
250+ Dives
 
MV Maldives Princess Y   North and South Ari Atolls, Ma   The boat was wonderful with large private bathrooms and splendid accommodations. The food was equally excellant! The boat crew w... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
10/2013   Mark Etter
250+ Dives
 
Aggressor Fleet Y   [N/A]   This was our eighth live- aboard trip - - six of them w/ Aggressor Fleet. The boat, which has received rave reviews elsewhere, had ... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
4/2013   Jeffrey W Garrison
1000+ Dives
 
Aggressor Fleet Y   [N/A]   The crew was one of the best we've ever had in many Aggressor trips around the world! Everyone on the crew was outstanding and th... Full report  
4 stars
1 stars  
4/2013   Mary Marshall
500+ Dives
 
Carpe Vita Explorer Y   N & S Male N & S Ari, Vaavu   The Carpe Vita Explorer is a beautiful boat. Largest cabins I've ever enjoyed on a live aboard. Great crew with great attitude. On... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
4/2013   Thomas H Lopatin
500+ Dives
 
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Sub-Aqua Dive Centre/ Conrad Rangali N   [N/A]   I was not at Rangali primarily to dive but I did a one tank afternoon dive most days and a couple of house reef dives. We saw mant... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
1/2013   Graham McGregor
250+ Dives
 
Prodivers/ Kuredu N   [N/A]   Kuredu is one of the larger island resorts in the Maldives. As such it caters for a lot of people. In fairness it does it pretty w... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
10/2012   Graham McGregor
250+ Dives
 
Aggressor Fleet/ Bandos Island Full report Y     Flight on Condor Frankfurt to Male' was relatively inexpensive. Pick up at the airport went smoothly. I stayed at the Bandos Res... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
8/2012   David Schwab
250+ Dives
 
Explorer Ventures Carpe Vita Full report Y   [N/A]   This was my husband's and my first liveaboard and we have been told that we are now forever spoiled and will have a hard time find... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
2/2012   Marcia Wilson
<100 Dives
 
Ark Royal Dive Yacht and Spa Y   [N/A]   We had never been to the Maldives, but on learning about Hanifaru Bay, arranged this trip, on this boat, specifically for that exp... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
8/2011   John Sommerer
500+ Dives
 
Aggressor Fleet Full report Y     I went on back to back week long trips on a "Dive the World" special rate. June is NOT the best time to go, the first week it rai... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
6/2010   Wellington Lee
100+ Dives
 
Manthiri Full report N   Southern Atolls   Web interface didn't let me select that this is a liveabaord, but it is. 7 day charter is what I booked. Icelandic volcano and... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
4/2010   Curt Andrus
500+ Dives
 
MV Orion Full report Y   [N/A]   LONG trip from LAX. Singapore Air great service in coach. Note: some days flite n/ s to Singapore, others through Narita Japan, mu... Full report  
4 stars
1 stars  
1/2010   C F Ward
500+ Dives
 
Delphis/ Royal Island Full report N   Baa Atoll   Its hard to be objective about our trip to Royal Island, because we paid absolute top dollar to go during the high season, and it... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
12/2009   Sherri Dullingham
100+ Dives
 
Bandos Island Resort Full report N   [N/A]   We chose Bandos Island Resort because were were looking for a Maldives resort for a Christmas trip with both a good house reef and... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
12/2008   Sherri Dullingham
100+ Dives
 
Baani Explorer Full report Y   [N/A]   It's hard to say that this wasn't a great trip, but many people on board were unhappy about conditions. The diving was great, but... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
5/2008   Steve Maguire
250+ Dives
 
Pretty Thombili/ MY Teate Full report Y   [N/A]   The MY Teate was built as a luxury yacht, and it shows - air- conditioned throughout, teak decks outside, varnished mahogany decks ... Full report  
4 stars
1 stars  
10/2007   Don Acheson
1000+ Dives
 
Eagle Ray Full report Y   South and North Male atoll   This was our first liveaboard. We booked thinking it was a new boat, but was actually refurbished in 2006. Unfortunately they di... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
12/2006   NCD
<100 Dives
 
Reethi Rah Divers/ One & Only Reethi Rah Full report N     Reethi Rah is part of the One & Only consortium of exclusive resorts, one of two in the Maldives. Access is via sea plane from Ma... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
8/2006   David Vickery & Suzanne Leeson
500+ Dives
 
Baani Adventurer Full report Y   [N/A]   As my Great Books of the 20th Century professor used to say, "You pays your money and you takes your chances. " Rates are cheaper ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
8/2006   David Vickery & Suzanne Leeson
500+ Dives
 
Baani Adventurer Full report Y   North, South Male and Ari Atol   We went here because of the review we read in the Jan. 06 Undercurrent. We chose the Adventurer as it was the newer of the t... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
8/2006   Rich and Kathleen Rankhorn
100+ Dives
 
Manthiri Full report Y   [N/A]   In five and a half diving days, divemaster Manik delivered two Whale shark encounters, three amazing dancing manta ray shows, squa... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
4/2006   David Shem-Tov
100+ Dives
 
Pro Divers/ Komando Island Resort Full report N   Lhaviyana Atoll   Wonderful trip. We were the only Americans on Island. People could not have been nicer. long trip. +27 hours to get back to t... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
3/2006   Laura & John Purcell
250+ Dives
 
Kandu Travel/ Sultan of Maldives Full report N   Huvadhoo Atoll   The trip was organized just after the tsunami hit. Whilst there was some damage to the very large hard coral tables in some of the... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
2/2006   Flavio De Simone
100+ Dives
 
Baani Explorer Full report Y   [N/A]   The good: nice berths, spacious with clean, excellent bathrooms. Very comfortable, airy and surprisingly nice for a liveaboard. ... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
1/2006   Jonathan Bank
100+ Dives
 
Maldives Scuba Tours Full report N   [N/A]   We were looking for a destination with relatively warm water, coral and big fish. We found the Maldives which is frequented by E... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
10/2005   Jack wesolek
250+ Dives
 
Manthuri Full report Y   [N/A]   Diving was very nice. Usual dive was starting outside of a reef and flowing inside through a channel in the reef along with a mil... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
12/2002   Glenn Davis
250+ Dives
 
Eurodivers/ Club Med Kani Full report N   [N/A]   Diving is more difficult than in most warm water destinations due to strong currents and lots of surge. All divers are given oran... Full report  
4 stars
1 stars  
9/2002   Kim S
100+ Dives
 
Emperor Group N   Best of Maldives   "Over Dived and Absolute Madness"
While much has been written about global warming and the resulting damage to the reef, not a lot has been written about the impact... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
4/2019   Christhol Swanson
100+ Dives
 
Aggressor Fleet Y   [N/A]   "Not worth the trip"
Wish I'd been here 20 years ago when the coral was healthy. The combination of a massive bleaching event and the out of control c... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
1/2019   Laurel Fulton
500+ Dives
 
Carpe Vita N   [N/A]   "Good operation"
Ten day trip with REEF. org group to survey and estimate fish populations. The boat was very flexible about meeting our needs and ... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
1/2019   Laurel Fulton
500+ Dives
 
Aggressor Fleet Y   South Pinnacles   "Best of the Maldives on the Aggressor II"
This was my third Aggressor boat and the best yet. Although the Paula Aggressor with chef Shay was the best food ever. While the... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
12/2018   Gregg Backemeyer
1000+ Dives
 
M/V Emporer Leo N   [N/A]   "A week diving the "
This was a bucket list trip for me. I was also a single diver. I chose the Leo based on reviews, price and availability. M... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
12/2018   Richard Hart
250+ Dives
 
Aggressor Fleet Y   [N/A]   "Good trip to Maldive, crew needs some work"
This was the 1st cruise of the Maldive Aggressor II with a new cruise director and assistance cruise director after the boat f... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
8/2018   jeffery moore
100+ Dives
 
M/Y Blue Voyager (Maldives Master) Y   Central Atolls   "Maldives: Great Boat, Questionable Diving"
Blue Voyager and The Master Fleet are merging and while the brand is yet to be consolidated, it is a well- run organization. The 1... Full report  
3 stars
2 stars  
4/2018   Tim
1000+ Dives
 
Manthiri N   [N/A]   "Excellent service, inconsitent diving"
Three months after this trip I'm still unsure about how to rate it. I'm glad that I went but I'm not sure if I want to return to ... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
3/2017   Mr Brent Woods
500+ Dives
 
Diverland Gan/ Equator Village N   [N/A]   "Addu Atoll, Maldives Deep South"
Addu Atoll was an add- on to our trip on the Manthiri (see separate report). 11 of our group of 12 went here. Addu is the souther... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
3/2017   Mr Brent Woods
500+ Dives
 
Carpe Vita Y   [N/A]   "Boat great, diving fair"
Boat was great and crew was wonderful but I left wondering why Maldives diving is rated so highly. The Good: - The boat and ... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
1/2017   Brian Thomasson
100+ Dives
 
Aggressor Fleet Y   mid-southern atolls   "Maldives Diving Adventure"
Diving was easy, circling coral pinnacles inside the lagoons or drifting along the outside walls. Visibility inside was somewhat ... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
9/2015   Tim
1000+ Dives
 
Aggressor Fleet Y   [N/A]   "Maldives Disappointment"
Most of the reviews I have read about the Maldives Aggressor, and Aggressor fleet in general, have trended positive. I was travel... Full report  
3 stars
2 stars  
2/2015   Mike Szathmary
250+ Dives
 
Sub Aqua DiveCenter/ Conrad Rangali N   South Ari Atoll   "Fantastic resort based diving in the Maldives (South Ari atoll)"
Sub Aqua are the dive operator based at the Conrad Rangali resort in south west South Ari atoll. I have been at this resort before... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
1/2015   Graham McGregor
500+ Dives
 
Maafushi Dive and Water Sport/ Kaani Village and Spa N   Maafushi island   "Diving in Maldives"
The Good: It's an inhabited island with about 500 to 800 Maldivians living on this island. You get to mix and talk to the locals. ... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
12/2014   Andrew Colin Thompson
100+ Dives
 
Euro Divers/ Vilamendhoo Island Resort N   Ari Atoll   The Maldives is half- way around the planet from Denver, CO so it takes long flights to get there. We flew through LA, Narita, and ... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
4/2014   Henry O Ziller
250+ Dives
 
Carpe Vita Explorer Y   [N/A]   Challenging diving in heavy currents with some negative entries and use of reef hooks for most shark specific encounters. Wish we... Full report  
3 stars
2 stars  
12/2013   Ken Yee
250+ Dives
 
M/V Maldives Princess Y   [N/A]   After two days of travel and 30 hours in the air, I was hoping for much better diving than we had. I was expecting corals and fis... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
9/2013   David Bader
1000+ Dives
 
MV Orion Y   [N/A]   We wish we had known that the diving would be primarily deep channel diving as opposed to pinnacle- top reef. The website says: "T... Full report  
3 stars
1 stars  
4/2013   Mary Marshall
500+ Dives
 
Albatros Divers/ Gangehi Resort N   North Ari Atoll   We stayed at Gangehi Island Resort a few days after our week on the Maldives Aggressor (see my other review). You take a seaplane... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
3/2013   Alice Ribbens
250+ Dives
 
S/Y Maldives Siren Y   Central to Southern atolls   The Diving: this was a 10 day cruise from Male through to the southernmost major atoll (Gaafu Dhaala Atoll). The majority of di... Full report  
3 stars
2 stars  
2/2013   Philip johnston
1000+ Dives
 
S/Y Maldives Siren Y     Possibly our expectations for the 10- day trip on Maldives Siren were set too high. My wife and I thought that this, our 15th live... Full report  
3 stars
1 stars  
1/2013   Warren Sprung
500+ Dives
 
Ellaidhoo Dive Dhop/ Chaaya Ellaidhoo Resort N   Ellaidhoo Resort, North Ari   The Good: - very good house reef. I only snorkelled the house reef but was impressed by the amount of eagle rays seen on each occ... Full report  
3 stars
2 stars  
1/2013   Philip johnston
1000+ Dives
 
Ark Royal Maldives Full report Y   [N/A]   The diving conditioins were not good on our trip. We saw no mantas at Hanifaru. The visibility on most dives ranged from fair to... Full report  
3 stars
1 stars  
9/2011   Todd Lichtenstein
250+ Dives
 
Maldive Scuba Tours Full report Y   central atolls   There was some delay and confusion while waiting for representatives at the airport in Male, but it was resolved after a sho... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
4/2011   Jim Garren
250+ Dives
 
Ark Royal Full report Y   [N/A]   I had been 2 yrs previous in the Maldives and returned based on the diving that previous trip. On this trip the diving was disappo... Full report  
3 stars
1 stars  
2/2011   Frances Lewis
500+ Dives
 
Aggressor Fleet Full report Y   [N/A]   The Maldives Aggressor boat is professionally operated and certainly up to the standards of other boats in the Aggressor fleet. T... Full report  
3 stars
2 stars  
10/2010   Ken Mostello
500+ Dives
 
SUb Aqua DIve Center Full report N   south ari atoll   Spent a week at the Conrad Rangali Island in the Maldives during March 2009. Takes two day from Columbia, SC- leave on Tuesday ar... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
3/2009   Tom Kelly
1000+ Dives
 
SUb Aqua DIve Center/ conrad maldives rangali island Full report N   south ari atoll   Spent a week at the Conrad Rangali Island in the Maldives during March 2009. Takes two day from Columbia, SC- leave on Tuesday ar... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
3/2009   Tom Kelly DDS
1000+ Dives
 
Euro Divers/ Eriyadu Island Resort Full report N   Eriyadu Island Resort   Eriyadu Island Resort is primarily a German resort. But resort staff spoke English. The dive operation is German run and well run. ... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
5/2008   John Anholm
100+ Dives
 
Maldives Dive Travel Y   [N/A]   "Diving in the Maldives"
The Maldives are located off the southern tip of India and consist of a large number of small low lying tropical islands. They hav... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
7/2007   Andrew Falconer
500+ Dives
 
Manthiri Full report Y   [N/A]   We booked two back- to- back 9- day cruises on Manthiri, starting April 2. Based on reports from friends and others, we expected an ... Full report  
3 stars
2 stars  
4/2006   Beth Bruton
1000+ Dives
 
S/Y Maldives Siren Y   [N/A]   "Maldives Crowds"
24 divers; simply too many. I have been spoiled by the smaller boats in the Siren fleet. Although the Maldives always offers abu... Full report  
2 stars
5 stars  
2/2018   Oedipus
250+ Dives
 
Explorer Ventures Carpe Vita Y   central atolls   "Diving is not worth the cost or time "
We went in the prime diving time of year- - Feb & March to have the best conditions so paid full price. We had rough, windy conditions... Full report  
2 stars
1 stars  
2/2017   Gail M King
1000+ Dives
 
Dive Bandos/ Bandos Resort N   Bandos Resort and Spa   In a word: don't go. I like value, and this place didn't produce. It's hard to get to the Maldives, and once there things are exp... Full report  
2 stars
3 stars  
11/2013   Dan Benson
1000+ Dives
 
Shangrila N   [N/A]   The visit to this resort was part of a another trip. I always wanted to dive the Maldives and couldn't wait to get into the water. ... Full report  
2 stars
3 stars  
11/2013   jean miller
1000+ Dives
 
World Wide Dive & Sail/ Maldives Siren Full report Y   Northern atolls   This northern itinerary covered a lot of water, from sites near Male all the way up to Hanimadhoo, and including the famed Hanifar... Full report  
2 stars
3 stars  
9/2011   Jason Marks
500+ Dives
 
MV Orion Full report Y   [N/A]   We brought a group of 23 divers from the US for a 9- day excursion and chartered this vessel, being told that they would cater to t... Full report  
2 stars
2 stars  
5/2010   Joe Trapasso
100+ Dives
 
Peter Hughes/ Ocean Dancer Full report Y   [N/A]   We were very disappointed with the dive masters - the first was an inexperienced "dive master in training" who didn't spot much an... Full report  
2 stars
1 stars  
2/2009   Phil & Nancy Hamilton
500+ Dives
 
Blue Tribe Dive Operation/ Constance Moofushi Resort N   Southern Ari Atoll   I will begin on a positive note. The people working at the resort and dive shop are extremely friendly and willing to please. Yo... Full report  
1 stars
3 stars  
8/2014   Rose Mueller
1000+ Dives
 
Dreamcatcher 2 Full report Y   Ari and South Male Atoll   The Good - - Very comfortable boat. Lots of space for sitting, relaxing, reading and drinking. Has a bar deck with good selection o... Full report  
1 stars
4 stars  
11/2009   Jerry Tuttle
1000+ Dives
 
Aggressor Full report Y   N/A   I had a Maldives trip planned on the Aggressor (fully paid, two people) which the company cancelled without apology ten days befor... Full report  
1 stars
5 stars  
2/2009   Tracy Napp
1000+ Dives
 
Peter Hughes Full report Y   [N/A]   I realized after just returning from a great diving experience that I should have written about our terrible experience to save pe... Full report  
1 stars
1 stars  
4/2007   Lynn Hudak
250+ Dives
 
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