MV ORION Maldives

Paradise on earth is partial without its underwater realm, which makes the Maldives one of the most appealing dive destinations in the world. The Maldives is warm and fascinating, and provides rich marine life with coral reefs teaming with activity, visited by schools of fish and playful dolphins.

With 26 atolls consisting of outer and inner reefs, The Maldives is one of the most diverse scuba diving destinations in the world. Amazing channel dives draw animals from the deep, which will leave you spellbound. Mountainous pinnacles (thila) rise from 35m and taper to 8m, which make them ideal for those slower, more relaxing dives.

The average water temperature is 27C (80F) and current can be strong at about 1.5 knots, which is ideal for shark and manta ray encounters. Fasten your seatbelts and glide into the blue for the most awe-inspiring experience of your life.

Cruising on MV Orion is the ideal way to discover the magic that surrounds The Maldives.

MV Orion runs trips every week from August through May. To check the schedule and up-to-date availability, please follow this link:

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The upper deck from from the Orion

Trips start in Male and usually last for 8 days, 7 nights.

MV Orion does not follow a fixed route or itinerary, as the Cruise Director and Dive Guides will change the route to best fit the prevailing weather conditions, to maximize your diving experience.

Routes:

The areas covered at different times of year and the highlights of those areas are listed below:

August – October, “Manta Madness”:

  • Baa Atoll, Hanifaru Bay and other great dive sites. (Hanifaru and Baa Atoll depending on conditions that week and up coming changes in regulations concerning this area)
  • Rasdhoo Atoll, Hammerhead Dive, Beautiful Reef with Pelagics
  • North Ari Atoll, Whalesharks, Grey Reef Sharks, Maaya Thila Night Dive
  • South Male Atoll, Grey Reef Sharks, Beautiful Macro Wreck
  • North Male Atoll, Paradise Manta Point Cleaning Station

November – May, “Best of Maldives”:

  • Rasdhoo Atoll, Hammerhead Dive, Beautiful Reef with Pelagics
  • North Ari Atoll, Grey Reef Sharks, Maaya Thila Night Dive, Multiple Manta Cleaning Stations
  • South Ari Atoll, Whalesharks, Beautiful Pinnacles
  • South Male Atoll, Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Beautiful Macro Wreck
  • Vaavu Atoll, Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Traditional Maldivian Channel Diving
  • North Male Atoll, Beautiful Pinnacles
February – March, “Deep South – Southern Sharks“: (Reccomended Min 100 Dives, Experience in Current)
  • Huvadhoo Atoll. Hammerheads, Silky Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks, Amazing corals, late night swim with the Whale Shark. Plenty of channel dives.
January – April, “South Central”: (Reccomended Min 100 Dives, Experience in Current)
  • Vaavu; Beautiful Channels with magical Soft Coral and Pelagic delights, action packed night dive with Nurse Sharks,
  • Thaa, Hammerhead Dive, Occasionally Mola Mola
  • Meemu, Beautiful Channels with pelagic action, Sailfish, Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, and Beautiful Soft Coral. Manta Cleaning Station
  • Laamu Atolls: Grey Reef Sharks, Fushi Kandu with spellbounding volume of fish life, Alex’s favourite site.

Itinerary

Day 1: Airport pick ip, transfer to boat, introductions and briefings, equipment preparation and set up. No diving
Day 2 through 6: Two to four dives per day
Day 7: Two dives, Male City tour
Day 8: Check out, transfer to airport @ 0700 & 0900 hrs  No diving

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