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.
We offer 10 days/11 nights packages for the following dates:
20-09 till 30-09
30-09 till 10-10
20-10 till 30-10
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:
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
Staying at a tourist resort is comfortable and pleasant but also has its limitations. Because you can’t go out further than 30 minutes from the resort. You don’t see a lot of the country and the diving is limited to the 2 or 3 top dive sites and the 10 mediocre dive sites around the area.
In the special situation (like whaleshark watching) the resort dhoni goes out further, you are charged a rediculous amount and you can only get two dives in as you don’t have the time to do more.
A safariboat resolves al these problems as a safariboat sails along the best dive sites and shortens the trip with the dhoni. 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.
Most of the dive sites to ourselves
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 dive sites to ourselves. Guest who want to dive alone with their dive buddy can do this after the check dive. This is especially convenient for photo-and videographers who don’t want anybody around.
Last couple of years we operated a dozen different boats but the way the Dhinasha is managed is exceptional professional, the boat is kept in a very good shape and the crew is among the very best we have worked with in the Maldives.
Out boat 'The Dinasha'
The Dinasha is 28 meters long and 9 meters wide and has 7 cabins from which 4 cabins with a double and single bed and 3 cabins 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 Dhinasha 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 Dhinasha 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 O2 tank for emergency situations.
After the dive, the equipment remains on the dhoni and the only thing you have to do is step on to the safari boat.
Read a book, enjoy the wheater, have a drink, play a game, talk about what you have seen and what you hope to see.
Whatever you do….. make sure you love doing it!
Air conditioning, Wardrobe/Closet, Toilet paper, Dining area
Bank Transfer costs for transfers to our bankaccount in the Netherlands are to be paid by the customer