The Maldives is the quintessential tropical paradise. Renowned for white sandy cays, turquoise water and resorts on stilts that make you feel relaxed simply by looking at them, the Maldives boasts some of the best dive sites in the world with an abundance of marine life to match.

The Maldives are composed of 26 atolls and over 300 uninhabited islands, which make for a unique giant maze of dive sites to explore. Home to manta rays, sea turtles, all kinds of sharks (including the whale shark) along with a kaleidoscope of colourful fish life, the Maldives needs to be your next dive holiday destination. One of the best ways to dive the Maldives is on a luxurious live aboard, and we’ve found 5 of the most lavish for you.

 Ocean Divine

The incredible 'Ocean Divine'
The incredible ‘Ocean Divine’

Who needs island resorts when you’re holidaying on board this sleek dive vessel? The Ocean Divine offers 7 or 10 day cruises, and visits some of the most spectacular dive sites on offer. The crew of ten is made up of dive guides, a bar tender, top notch chef and wait for it… a highly trained masseuse. The boat is equipped with tenders, so the Ocean Divine offers some excellent drift dives. Along with a beautifully outfitted interior and exterior, this live aboard has a whole deck full of comfy sun loungers so you can top up your tan when you’re not underwater (then grab a drink from the on-board bar tender, and why not have a cheeky massage while you’re at it?)

Duke of York

View from the top. The front deck of 'Duke of York'.
View from the top. The front deck of ‘Duke of York’.

This live aboard is the first in the Maldives to be able to offer rebreather diving, along with normal recreational scuba diving. This boat spans four levels, with ten cabins and three outdoor decks to relax on. Designed only a few years ago, this live aboard was created to be a dive vessel and is specifically tailored to this need. The Duke of York has an incredible outdoor dining area, and serves traditional Maldivian or Italian buffets (just what the doctor ordered after an action packed day of diving).

Dream Catcher 2

Dream Catcher 2 shows divers the best that the Maldives has to offer, and visits sites on the Ari Atoll, North & South Malé, Vaavu Atolls, Meemu Atoll and Lhaviyani Atolls. The 7 luxury suites on board each have air conditioning, TV, DVD and a sound system so you’ll want for nothing while staying on board this boat. You can dine under the stars on board Dream Catcher 2, as it has an outdoor eating area. A fully equipped separate dive tender makes diving on this live aboard smooth and easy.

Scubaspa Ying

Diving and relaxing rituals... yes please!
Diving and relaxing rituals… yes please!

Scuba diving + a spa experience. You can thank us later. The Scubaspa Ying offers both diving and daily spa treatments, to get your adrenalin pumping and then bring it right back down again with a nourishing treatment. This live aboard has a large ‘dive dhoni’ to make your diving experience that little bit more comfortable, and to ensure accessibility to harder to reach sites. The Scubaspa Ying has a Yang to complete its’ fleet, and charters are available on both vessels.

Conte Max

'Conte Max' offers a la carte dining using the freshest local ingredients.
‘Conte Max’ offers a la carte dining using the freshest local ingredients.

This is the ultimate in relaxation. Another live aboard that combines scuba with spa treatments, Conte Max will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Making the most of it’s blissful wide open spaces, Conte Max has an outdoor eating area and three decks to laze about on. Along with spa treatments, this live aboard offers special programs that include yoga and similar wellbeing techniques that are an incredible way to unwind, especially when you have the turquoise blue waters of the Maldives as your backdrop.

Have you been on a luxury live aboard in the Maldives that isn’t mentioned here? Let us know by commenting below!

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