5 of the best Maldives dive liveaboards

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5 of the best Maldives dive liveaboards

If you want your next holiday to be filled with great diving with fantastic clarity, in one of the world’s best locations, with sightings of magnificent creatures like manta rays, whale sharks and a wealth of different shark species, then a Maldives dive liveaboard is just what you need! Hop between amazing dive sites onboard a luxury vessel where your every whim is catered for, leaving you only to eat, dive, sleep and repeat. It doesn’t get any better than that but with so many boats to choose from, selecting the right liveaboard for your needs can be a daunting experience. That is why the team at Planet Dive Holidays recently spent some time visiting each and every boat to be able you to make the right choice for your holiday.

Here is our pick of five of the best Maldives liveaboards:



Exclusive decadence is what makes the Azalea unique. Previously used as a private vessel, it is this homely, personalised appeal that is the hallmark of the Azalea. Onboard you can indulge in luxury accommodation combined with world-class cuisine. At 38-metres long, the Azalea features three main decks, an additional sun deck, a tv lounge and an on board jacuzzi. The dedicated dive team is always on hand to make sure you enjoy the ultimate scuba diving holiday, offering only the best fully serviced equipment and Nitrox. 


Blue Force One


When it comes to world class service at an affordable price, few liveaboard boats in the Maldives can beat the Blue Force One. Offering amazing value for money combined with luxury and comfort, the Blue Force One features 10 beautifully designed cabins that provide accommodation for just 20 guests. The boat also offers a number of unique itineraries to suit any needs, including some amazing shark diving trips, a freediving experience with champion Miguel Lozano, dedication manta expeditions, underwater photography courses and even a family-friendly snorkelling and diving cruise.




The Scubaspa is the perfect choice for the ultimate diving honeymoon or a romantic getaway with a non-diving partner. With a fully-equipped and exquisite onboard spa you can choose from a variety of packages including dive only, spa only or an indulgent mix of diving and spa treatments. But the 5-star appeal of the Scubaspa doesn’t stop there – this luxurious vessel also features beautiful suites with amazing views, a gym, jacuzzi, four spacious decks including a deck that hosts sunset cocktails, live concerts and an open-air cinema for evening entertainment. With a crew of 35 on each yacht, guests benefit from a high staff to guest ratio, including four spa therapists, a yoga master, four chefs and a photographer/videographer to capture lasting memories.




Launched as recently as 2016, the Serenity brings a class of her own to the Maldivian waters. This 40-metre contemporary, spacious liveaboard offers gorgeous accommodation combined with a high level of service. All diving is done from her large dhoni tender, giving you more living space on board and getting you to the perfect dive spot every time. Free underwater photography workshops with the highly acclaimed photographer, Jordi Chias, are offered on select departure dates for those looking to improve their skills!


Carpe Novo


The Carpe Novo accommodated just 21 guests and is one of the newest boats in the Maldives. Offering twelve cabins on three luxurious decks and amazing cuisine prepared by a fantastic Sri Lankan chef, the Carpe Novo provides the atmosphere of a small boutique hotel on the water. She offers three dives per day within a schedule of itineraries taking in the best diving that the Maldives has to offer.


Contact us to speak to our experts who will be able to recommend a Maldives liveaboard itinerary that matches the perfect boat with your diving requirements and holiday expectations. You can also take advantage of our extensive knowledge of the Maldives island resorts to add a land-based resort extension either before or after your liveaboard trip.