The Maldives is one of the top all-around dive destinations on the planet. Drift over channels, linger over pinnacles or drop-offs, explore valleys of soft corals and gardens of hard corals crowded with fish. Marine life includes but not limited to tropicals to pelagics, morays, mantas, turtles, octopus, sharks, whalesharks and large schools of fish. Encounters with 10,000 to 100,000 schooling fish or a dozen eagle rays are not uncommon.
The Maldives is one of the top all-around dive destinations on the planet. Drift over channels, linger over pinnacles or drop-offs, explore valleys of soft corals and gardens of hard corals crowded with fish. Marine life includes but not limited to tropicals, pelagics, morays, mantas, turtles, octopus, sharks, whalesharks and large schools of fish. Encounters with 10,000 to 100,000 schooling fish or a dozen eagle rays are not uncommon. When one thinks about it, the maldives has nearly every type of marine life that is on most diver’s bucket list to see. The marine life moves around the channel of islands during the year but the beauty of experiencing the islands on a liveaboard is that we can go to where the life is! Each reef is completely unique and unlike any other experience. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and can point out a wide array of animals to you; just ask them what you would like to see and they will do their best to find it!
Perhaps nowhere else in the world is the marine life as rich, diverse or colorful as in these warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Located Southwest of India, the Maldives consists of 26 atolls stretching over 470 miles across the equator. 65 million years ago the Maldives was a volcano but when it became inactive it sank and forming the unique chain of islands. The Maldives are defined by a garland-shaped atoll chain dotted with countless reefs and 1,190 islands, nearly a thousand uninhabited. Many of the islands are actually tips of the coral reefs! This is one of the most exciting places for both fish, pelagic, and macro photography and a nearly perfect year-round dive destination. The water is typically flat calm in March, making for an exceptionally comfortable liveaboard experience. The visibility is usually spectacular and the water temp is very warm this time of the year. This is almost guaranteed to be the perfect getaway after a New England Winter!
Dive Center: Discovery Diving
The Manthiri is a beautiful 85 foot (25.9-meter) liveaboard vessel. It is built of fine tropical timber and custom-designed for dive cruises. The wide beam of 25 feet (7.6 meters) contributes toward a stable hull and allows for spacious cabins. No more than twelve guests are on each cruise and the attentive eleven-person crew ensures that every need is met.
A separate specially outfitted dive tender, called a dhoni, provides a home for all dive gear, compressors, and Nitrox systems. This dive boat also has a full bathroom with shower and one outside shower. This is a very spacious boat as four people can giant stride into the water at one time and there is a very stable ladder to get back on board.
With over 20 years of experience diving the Maldives, the crew has discovered new dive sites that are exclusive to Manthiri guests. This, along with only 12 guests per voyage, means less diver congestion in the water. The crew also knows the best times to visit certain sites to see specific marine life based upon the time of year, currents, phase of the moon, etc.
Trained at a top Maldivian resort, professional chefs ensure a sophisticated twist on the contemporary flavors of the Maldives, a tasteful blend of East and West. With ten years of serving on board Manthiri, the chefs know precisely how to pamper divers with the finest seafood, aromatic local specialties, and global cuisine guaranteed to suit the palates of guests from around the world.
Manthiri is custom designed for the optimal dive experience but also for comfort. The vessel's exceptionally wide beam minimizes rocking motion and spacious cabins for twelve guests. Cabin configurations consist of four cabins with two twin beds and two cabins with one queen-size bed. All cabins have private bathrooms with hot water showers, convenient hair dryers, individually controlled air-conditioning and minibars. There’s plenty of storage in every cabin including a locker and drawers for clothes and luggage stowage. Manthiri’s teak paneled salon is one of the largest found on any vessel of this size. This lounge area is furnished with six sofas, a music system, DVD player, and multi-system TV/VCR with video camera viewing capabilities. The camera salon is equipped with a well-lit work station, spacious tables to store cameras, and ample 230V and 110V power outlets. Manthiri has been outfitted by professionals with underwater photographers in mind. Manthiri’s top deck is arranged to accommodate both sun worshippers and shade seekers. Deck chairs are ideally placed for soaking in the rays, icy drink in hand, or star-gazing in the evening.