Maldives Deep South  

February 11-21, 2025

Embark on an Epic Dive Adventure in the Deep South of the Maldives. If you're a passionate diver seeking the ultimate underwater thrill, the Deep South of the Maldives beckons with a promise of unforgettable experiences. From January to April, this remote region between Huvadhu and Addu (Seenu) Atolls comes alive with incredible shark action and mesmerizing marine encounters.  Join us and immerse yourself in the wonders of Addu, Fuvahmulah, and Huvadhoo, where you'll have the chance to meet the Indian Ocean's most majestic residents, including tiger sharks, silver tips, grey reef sharks, and even the gentle giants – whale sharks. We'll continue our journey north, diving our way back to Malé in Laamu, Thaa, Vaavu, and Male atolls. 

Highlights of the Deep South, February 2024

February 11-21, 2025

Sharks, Sharks, Sharks, Whale Sharks & Manta Rays

Explore the Maldives' southern atolls on a carefully curated 10-night dive trip, starting in Addu, diving our way through the Deep South, Fuvahmluah, Huvadhoo, Lammu, Thaa, and heading north to the Central Atolls, including  Meemu, Vaavu, and South Male.

Group Leaders:

Kim Randall and Amanda Delaforce. Both with a wealth of travel and underwater experience. Kim is located in the US. Amanda is located in Australia. They became friends on a trip in the Maldives and have been passionate about diving, marine encounters and photography ever since. Together we have been running dive trips for the past 9 years. They look forward to sharing this unforgettable experience with you. 

Trip Information:

We have planned this route to maximize the amount of time spent diving in the Deep South with a focus on sharks (tigers, hammerheads, reef, threshers, etc) and action packed channels. We'll also dive Fuvahmulah which is famous for tiger sharks.  Visiting 9 atolls and approximately 27 dives, we'll be covering a lot of ground on our way back to Malé 

You are responsible for getting yourself to Malé International Airport (MLE). A one-way domestic flight down to Addu City (GAN International Airport) is included in the package is required in order to meet the liveaboard on Feb 11, 2025. We will board the liveaboard in the afternoon (2pm and later depending on the flight arrival time). 

Package Pricing: 

         -sleeps 2 pax (one double bed & one twin bed). (3 rooms available)

Note: This trip requires divers to have their Advanced Open Water and a minimum of 100 dives. You will want to be comfortable diving in medium current. 

Notes on the Itinerary:

The first part of the trip will have us spending our diving days in the action packed channels of the Deep South. We'll begin our journey in Addu Atoll known for a fantastic manta cleaning station along with a special visit to Fuvahmulah to dive with tiger sharks just outside Tiger Zoo.  From here we'll continue north to Huvadhoo Atoll and dive some amazing channels (Vilingilli, Koodoo, Nilandhoo, and Mareehaa), packed with lots of sharks, eagle rays, turtles, as well as attempt a blue water dive for hammerheads. Here we'll also have a chance for whale sharks (diving and at night). In 2024 Kim & the Carpe Novo Dive Team leader, Maazin got to name a new whale shark that visited the boat at night. We'll continue our journey north from Huvadhoo to Laamu Atoll looking for additional shark species, like zebra sharks & silky sharks. Laamu is also a hotspot for mantas. As we dive our way back to Male we'll head to Thaa, Meemu, Vaavu, and South Male Atolls continuing our quest for additional shark, manta and whale shark action along with the famous Alimatha tawny nurse shark nigtht dive before arriving back in Hulhumale. 

Package Includes:

The Vessel: Carpe Novo  

The MV Carpe Novo is a 42 metre long (138 feet) motor safari yacht with a wooden hull, three decks plus a sun deck. It is the newest boat of the Carpe Diem fleet, starting operation in 2016. With the upper sun deck, bar on the middle deck and rest area on the lower deck – you will be very spoilt for a week.

Superior rooms (upper deck): each have a king size bed which can be divided in two super singles and desk, dresser, hanging closet, large windows, individually controlled air conditioning systems, flat panel TV/HD player, private ensuite bathroom with shower.

Standard rooms (lower deck):  each room provides individually controlled air conditioning, one queen bed and one super single bed, desk/chair, dresser, hanging closet, TV/HD player, portholes, private ensuite bathroom with shower.

The electricity voltage onboard is 220V and international outlets are available onboard if required. If joining from the US, check that your chargers are 120V/220V compatible (most electronics- laptops, iPads, GoPros, camera battery chargers are compatible). 

For the photographers, the vessel offers a spacious camera room for setting up and charging cameras/batteries, and the crew will assist with carrying cameras to/from the dive dhoni and are trained in careful care of camera gear. 


How to secure your spot:

Please note that this trip has limited spots, so you will need to get in quick to secure your booking. The following payments will be required:

Email: Before booking, please email to check available space/rooms/cabins. You'll be provided an individual invoices and payment instructions. We recommend purchasing your flights into Male (capital) as soon as possible to secure reasonably priced flights, once you receive and invoice. 

Note: Bookings less than 100 days prior to a trip require full payment. (This can be spread out by a couple of payments within a few days of each other if needed).