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Liveaboards in the Maldives
Maldives Liveaboards or Live Aboards, as they are sometimes known, are medium sized power boats that cruise around the Maldives, embarking on a series of water sports, principally scuba diving. The Liveaboards have a number of rooms or cabins and provide all-inclusive accommodation to guests on board. Most Maldives Liveaboards offer one- or two-week trips.
Maldives Liveaboard Season
The Maldives Liveaboard season is technically a year-round season. While there are climatic changes in the Maldives, the islands’ proximity to the equator means that water and air temperatures are always warm and scuba diving is always possible. However, depending on the time of year, the Liveaboards tend to visit different dive sites in different areas of the archipelago.
You will hear two seasons mentioned when looking into liveaboard holidays in the Maldives: the Northeast Monsoon and Southwest Monsoon Seasons. The NE Monsoon runs from December to April and the SW Monsoon from May to November. The NE Monsoon is the dryer of the two seasons. However, all marine life can be found throughout both seasons, just in different parts of the Maldives.
Maldives Liveaboard Activities
Traditionally, Maldives Liveaboard holidays are scuba diving holidays. However, other activities can be enjoyed aboard the liveaboards, including snorkeling, water skiing and banana boating. Guests aboard liveaboards also partake in dry-land activities including cultural visits to traditional Maldives villages, picnics on desert islands and shopping trips in Male. Now that surfing and fishing are become more popular in the Maldives, there are also liveaboards that offer surfing and fishing holidays.
Maldives Liveaboard Facilities
Maldives liveaboards range in comfort level from quite basic to absolutely luxurious, depending on the travelers’ budgets. There are some boats that offer in-room Jacuzzis and on-board spas, while others offer simple en-suite bathrooms. All the liveaboards offer three meals a day and a couple of snacks and have full bars, although drinks prices are not usually included in the price of the accommodation. They also have all the diving equipment, including first aid supplies and divers’ oxygen. Most liveaboards travel with another, smaller boat called a Dhoni, from which all the dives are taken and where all the diving equipment is stowed.
Maldives Liveaboard Prices
The price of a liveaboard holiday in the Maldives varies tremendously. Trips last 7 or 14 nights and depending on the boat and the season, the trip costs from around USD$1,000 to USD$1,800 per person per week, based on double occupancy. Single occupancy supplements apply. On top of this, you need to pay for your flights to the Maldives. While this may seem like an expensive trip, it is one of the most economical ways to see the Maldives. Many resorts in the archipelago charge upward of USD$500 per night and that doesn’t include the scuba diving or any activities, so a liveaboard holiday is really good value!
For more information about Maldives Liveaboards, or to book your Maldives Liveaboard Holiday, visit www.MaldivesDiveTravel.com.