The True Maldives is active in the Maldives for almost 20 years organising adventurous dive safaris (liveaboards) for serious divers. We specialise in quality dive safaris with large marine animals.
We mainly organise longer safaris to be out of sync with the other boats. This makes sure we hardly meet any other boats on the dive sites.
With the longer trips we are also less dependent on the weather. If we have strong winds on one day we have still enough time to catch a whale sharks.
We make 3 dives a day except first and last diving day (both 1 dive), we visit inhabited or uninhabited islands. There is the possibility for snorkelling or fishing. Of course there is still plenty of time to read a book.
We don't have a fixed route but we go where the animals are seen and what our guests want to see. In recent years, the South of the Ari Atoll has become very popular because of the large numbers of Whale Sharks.
11d/10n - 12 places available 20-30Oct 2017
Safari in the manta season (west monsoon).
Dives in this period are characterized by lots of mantas.
Top dive site in this period: Lankan Finolhu, a manta cleaning station close to the capital Male.
Whale sharks will be in the South of the Ari Atoll, sharks (blacktips, whitetips, grey reefsharks) on most divesites.
Water temp between 27C and 29C.
Most likely route: North Male Atoll-Ari Atoll -Vaavu Atoll-South Male Atoll
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Florence November 6th, 2017 - 9:11:I was very lucky to win this trip for October 2017, the trip was wonderful. First, the boat Dinasha, can welcome 14 divers, which is actually good as it allows smaller group UW. There is 9 staff on board so service to guests is high. It is a simple boat, nothing fancy but had what is necessary on board. Nice sundeck, plenty of room anywhere on the boat to rest between dives. Charging station for photographers. Library for ID UW species. Dive dhoni: reliable and young professional crew, they know how and when help the divers to make their experience as enjoyable as possible. Not over helping the divers which are comfortable enough which is very appreciable when one do not like being treated as a beginner ;) During the 10 days we were quite lucky to be almost alone on the dive sites, thanks to the expertise of Bas and his local dive guide Jeff regarding the choice of the route as well as considering the safety of all. Food was really nice, well served, quantity and choice to satisfy all. Housekeeping coming to clean the cabin on a daily basis. We could observe, mantas (in one occasion a dozen, just wonderful !!!!!), 100 of grey reef sharks in a channel dive, whale sharks, mobulas, barracudas among amazing dive sites with beautiful hard and soft corals. If wanted, there was the option to go visit local islands a couple of times as well as Malé for the last day before flying. Nowadays the offer for dive trip on a live aboard in Maldives is quite extensive, however having a small group allow to have a much more personalized experience, fitting the needs of every participant. You feel unique on this boat with the attention of Bas and the staff of Dinasha. Highly recommended! Merci Merci Merci!
Marco Treskes January 17th, 2013 - 16:56:Fantastic 14-day dive-safari. Bas and Hamid as fabulous host/guide, nice group of people, comfortable boat and a great, hospitable crew. Seen all I wished for. Sharks and manta's during day and night dives including whale shark and Manta Manta Manta!!! Thanks for an unforgettable experience. Hope to see the maldives again, who knows on Bas his own boat; Insha'allah! greetings and nice, safe dives to all!
Skipper Nguyen December 7th, 2012 - 17:03:TEEEEAAAAA, COOOOOOFFEEEEEEEE, BREEEEAAAAAAFIIIIIING.. What a fantastic way to start a day, I love it. Morning dive with such a splendid crew, Bas and Ahmit, not to say after the dive tehre's breakky (Breakfast), My fav. Tuna mixed with coconut and pankages. 14 days packed with action, REALLY worth every penny... Sharks, Mantas, Mantas.. you name it.. I'm defenitly going back to Bas new boat when he get's it.. And for the Danes, gr det, det er sindsygt lækkert, det er virkelig en FANTASTISK oplevelse, dykningen er på højt (dybt) plan, der er tale om koncentreret hardcore dykning, men hvor sikkerhed stadig er prioriteret på det højeste.. En meget erfaren Bas som leder af det hele og her er en mand som har prøvet lidt af hvert, han har sindsyg mange gode historier at fortælle og vise jer.. For the rest, just do it, don't even consider not doing it!! It's really worth it.. Best Regards Skipper , Remember.. Only love, Only Love