The Maldives is an archipelago consisting of 1190 coral islands grouped into 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean southwest of India. They cover a surface of 90,000 square kilometres and the islands lie scattered over a length of 820 kilometres.
The total land area is only 298 km² of which the largest island covers 5 km². About 200 islands are inhabited and on another 88 islands tourist resorts have been established.
Liveaboard dive with The True Maldives
The True Maldives is a Maldivian company with Dutch management that is engaged in organizing adventurous diving safaris in the Maldives with an emphasis on large marine animals.
To be able to offer you the best we only organize longer trips (longer than 1 week) to be able to sail out of sync with all the other safari boats thus maximizing your dive experience.
We always have a European cruise director and a Maldivian dive guide on the boat to combine the best of both worlds.
The daily diving program consists of three dives, all on top sites and are mainly devoted to finding "big stuff".
The chances of seeing mantas and sharks is high (over the past years we have seen them during all safari's) and the chances of seeing whale sharks is also high (we have seen them during all two week safaris).
We dive on Thilas (mostly small round atoll reefs rising up from the atoll bottem), Kandu's (channels through which the ocean water flows in and out of the atolls) and Faru's (reefs).
Furthermore, we do wreck dives, night dives and drift dives.
In the ideal situation, we gradually build up the dives starting with relatively sheltered locations at the beginning of the safari so the divers can get used to the currents and we end the safari with kandu dives with lots of sharks. This, however, given the locations and tides is not always possible.
Advanced Diver Certificate minimum
Minimal requirements for our safaris is an advanced diver certificate or equivalent, a minimum of 50 logged dives and a good fysical condition. We advise you to get yourself a medical dive checkup before the safari.
Included in the trip:
- 10 nights on board of MV Dinasha or MV Haira
- Full board including unlimited water, coffee and tea
- 3 dives per day (if weather permitting)
- 1 dive on the day of arrival, 1 dive on the day before departure
- Weights, tanks (aluminium 80cuft), Dive guide services
- breakfast on the day of departure
Not included in the trip:
- Travel insurance
- Tips for the crew (7USD per day per guest, this will be added to the "bar bill" at the end of the trip)
- Local airport taxes if applicable
- From Nov 1, 2015 there are so called green taxes at 6 USD per person per night (60USD on a 10 night trip), this has to be paid in cash locally and will also be added to the "bar bill"
- Rent of dive material, please contact us in advance
- Storage of lugage at the airport on the day of departure
Dive Guide, Skipper, Airport Transfers, Boat transport, Air Tanks, Air Tank Refill, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Unbottled Water, Snacks, Park Entrance Fees, Boat trip/Ferry Fees
We organise mainly longer safaris to sail "out of sync" with 95% of the other boats who only organise one week trips. Because of this we have most divesites to ourselves. Guest who want to dive alone with their dive buddy can do this after the checkdive. This is especially convenient for photo-and videographers who don't want anybody around.
The Dinasha is 28 meter long and 9 meters wide and has 7 cabins from which 6 cabins with a double and single bed and 1 cabine with two single beds. There is an additional cabin for the dive guide. All cabins have ensuite shower and toilet and all cabins have airconditioning and a fan. The Dinasha can accommodate 14 guests.
On the upper deck there is a large sundeck with plenty of shade and on both the front- and the reardeck there is plenty of space.
The last renovation was in 2013 when all cabins were completely renewed. In 2014, the generator was replaced and is also the main engine was overhauled.
The cruising speed of the Dinasha is 12 knots.
The accompanying dhoni holds the 2 compressors with a total capacity of 530l/min and the 80cuft aluminium dive tanks. On our dhoni we also have a 40 Liter O2 tank for emergency situations.
After the dive, the equipment remains on the dhoni and the only thing you have to do is to step on to the safari boat.
Restaurant, Luggage storage
Air conditioning, Wardrobe/Closet
Toilet paper, Shower (warm and cold)
Dining area, Fridge/Refrigerator
Bank Transfer costs for transfers to our bankaccount in the Netherlands are to be paid by the customer
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