Maldives Deep South - February 25th 2022 for 11 nights

Maldives Project Shark Liveaboard February 2022

Maldives

Maldives Project Shark Deep South Liveaboard Holiday

MaldivesThe Southern Maldives has to be one of the best diving holidays in the world for people who love sharks, other large pelagic, drift dives and exhilarating dives. We have also managed to get an exclusive itinerary to include Fuvahmulah, famous for its encounters with Tiger Sharks!

The Maldives is a divers paradise with tropical blue warm waters, colourful coral reefs and is home to some of the world’s most magical marine life. Moving away from the more popular northern atolls, it gives us a chance to visit dive sites that can generally only be accessed from 10 or 14-day liveaboards. On this itinerary, there is a VERY good chance of seeing Tiger Sharks, Grey Reefs, Manta Rays, Whale Sharks, Eagle Rays, Dolphins, Turtles Leopard Sharks, and Black Tips. Our chosen itinerary will take you to some of the best dive sites in the world for spotting a large selection of different sharks.

Overview

The aim of ‘Project Shark’ is to highlight the global issues facing sharks, with a Maldivian focus, as well as enjoying some of the most exciting dive sites the southern atolls have to offer. Project Shark in the Southern Maldives also includes a special focus on manta rays as they are a highlight of this destination and closely related to sharks.

This exciting trip cruises between Malé and the far south of the Maldives – taking in the finest dive areas along the way. The far south offers the opportunity to swim with hundreds of schooling sharks, vast schools of fish and squadrons of eagle rays – on top of this, the incredible hard coral reefs packed with colour and critters. And don’t worry – we’ve found manta and whale shark points! The far south offers exciting diving for experienced divers with adventure in mind. This is a stunning trip so expect some amazing scenery and varied diving.

The week will involve close encounters with sharks, manta rays and whale sharks (although these sightings cannot be guaranteed!) with the possibility to observe them in their natural habitat and donate vital information to local Maldivian marine research organisations.

You will be joined on board for the duration of the safari by our experienced blue o two Project Shark trip host, Dr Elke Bojanowski. Elke will conduct seminars giving divers the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the biology and behaviour of sharks. There will also be a chance to learn about globally endangered marine species and what as divers we can do to aid their protection.

Founder of the ‘Red Sea Sharks Trust’, experienced dive guide and marine biologist, Elke Bojanowski Ph.D, began the Longimanus Project in October 2004 and since this date she has been actively collecting underwater photographs and video-clips of Oceanic Whitetip Sharks for catalogue, review and analysis. Since 2012 the project has expanded to become Red Sea Sharks (www.redseasharks.org) and increased its scope to include Grey Reef and Silky Shark catalogues and monitoring for many shark species.

If for any reason Elke is unavailable to host this trip due to circumstances outside of our control, we will provide you with an alternative, suitably qualified and experienced dive guide. For the avoidance of doubt, any change in dive guide does not give you the right to amend, change or cancel your holiday, and any changes made will be subject to Blueotwo’s normal terms and conditions.

 

Prices

Price includes transfers to/from the airport (arrive Male and depart from Kooddoo), 10 nights boat accommodation, all meals, soft drinks and snacks, 9 days diving Project Shark: Southern Atolls. Prices are based on 2 people sharing:

Classic twin: £2226 + £47 green tax
Premium Double: £2323 + £47 green tax

M/Y Blue Voyager welcomes 26 divers on board with spacious modern comfort, providing the best Maldivian diving experience.

M/Y Blue Voyager is a 37m, steel-hulled vessel that boasts three roomy double cabins and ten twin cabins. She features an indoor dining area, a bar and sky lounge, as well as a Jacuzzi. A shaded outdoor lounge area can be found on the Mid Deck, plus four different sun decks: a viewing deck located at the front of both the Mid Deck and Upper Deck, an open air deck on the Top Deck and an ocean deck at the stern of the boat, all providing comfortable seating and loungers.

The ocean deck is a unique feature allowing guests to relax in the open air while close to the water. On many evenings the flood lights will illuminate the water just off the ocean deck to attract plankton which brings the manta rays and whale sharks. There have been many close sightings of feeding mantas and whale sharks. Have your camera ready.

One of the most outstanding features of M/Y Blue Voyager is the custom-built dhoni (diving suport vessel) Blue Shadow. This brand new 19m dhoni is spacious, fast, and equipped with all the modern conveniences that divers want. Each diver has their own station with plenty of space store their gear and kit up, and the dhoni crew are ready to assist. During the journeys to and from the dive sites, you can ascend the small stairs to the top deck to enjoy the sun and stunning views. There is a toilet with shower located inside the main deck plus two handheld showers on the back deck, and separate camera and equipment rinse tanks. A fast engine, two generators and two compressors with a nitrox membrane system mean you will enjoy a first-rate diving experience in the Maldives.

Liveaboard Only Package includes:

  • Transfers
  • Tank and weights
  • Green Tax
  • 10 nights aboard Blue Voyager
  • All meals and soft drinks
  • 3-4 dives per day
  • Tour T-shirt

Additional costs:

  • Flights. Allow £650 - £1,100 pp.
  • An additional US$ is payable on the boat as a fuel surcharge to dive with the Tiger Sharks.
  • Nitrox (optional)
  • Crew tips
  • Alcohol
  • Gift shop on board
  • The rest of the dive equipment, to be brought from the UK. This can be rented for your trip from Oyster Diving.
How do I book?

To book, please contact us directly 0808 253 3064

I don't have any of my own equipment. Can I rent it from you?

If you need to hire equipment then it is £125 from us for the entire duration including BCD, regs, weight belt, mask, fins and boots. Does not include torch, SMB or dive computer. Diving courses are available but extra charges will apply.

Are these prices set in stone?

All prices are subject to availability and may change. The earlier you book the less chance there is of any price increases!

Do I need to upgrade my travel insurance for this holiday?

If you are planning on diving while on holiday ensure that your travel insurance policy covers you for diving. Many standard travel insurance policies don’t include diving or put unrealistic depth limits and other factors within the policy so that they can avoid a payout. While diving is considered a very safe activity it is still advisable to carry out adequate insurance as accidents can and do happen. We have teamed up with DiveAssure who are providers in travel and diving insurance policies. To find out more just click on the banner below.

Oyster Diving offers and sells flight packages as the agent of ATOL holders. When you pay us for a flight package you will be supplied with an ATOL certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. For further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLcertificate.

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Maldives Project Shark Liveaboard February 2022