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Love Sharks Week

September 28 to October 05 2024

The Maldives are home to over 26 species of sharks, and one of the only shark sanctuaries left in the world. Join us for an experience of the archipelago akin to none.


You'll get to know these often misunderstood ocean creatures, and learn how we can protect their ecosystem. There's no better way to dispel the stigma that surrounds the ocean's greatest fish than diving right in, getting up close and personal, and understanding their patterns and behaviors.

Alongside daily dives and explorations with these elegant animals, you'll also enjoy ocean talks from local NGOs' guest speakers, PADI Specialty courses, and entertainment. You'll arrive with a soft spot for sharks, and leave knowing them inside out.


Best of Maldives Itinerary: Male - Vaavu - S Ari - N Ari - Male (no domestic flight required)

The focal point of this expedition will be channel dives alongside pelagic megafauna. Since April currents are not the strongest, the itinerary provides exhilarating experiences at shark cleaning stations and deep-water encounters.

In the evening, you'll jump in for a spectacular night dive with our curious nurse sharks and stingrays, residents of the famous Alimatha Jetty.

Moving further south, we will focus mainly on blue water dives on the eastern side of the atolls, giving you the opportunity to encounter hammerhead sharks.

You'll spend a full day in the South Ari Marine Protected Area, the home of the planet's biggest fish, whale sharks, and numerous manta cleaning stations.

We finish the week with some of the must-dive sites in North Ari Atoll before cruising back to Male.

On top of daily diving you'll experience:

  • Guest speakers from the Shark Guardian.
  • Project AWARE Specialty Courses.

Love Ocean Talks

Shark Talks: Join us for a series of presentations focused on the conservation status of sharks and the threats they are facing. You'll discover the value of stable shark populations for healthy marine ecosystems and learn what personal actions you can take to protect them. The Shark Talks will cover the required theory section of your PADI AWARE Shark Conservation course.

Whale Shark Night: Spend the evening unraveling the mysteries behind these majestic creatures while also learning what part you can play in their conservation. As we discuss our favorite gentle giants, the stern platform will light up to attract whale sharks for a plankton feast.

Shark Guardian

UK Charity for shark and marine conservation worldwide

Shark Guardian is a UK Charity founded by Brendon Sing and Elizabeth Ward-Sing. Although Shark Guardian is a UK Charity, there are Shark Guardian campaigns and activities taking place worldwide, including in the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Shark Guardian educates thousands of people, mainly children, about sharks and marine life each year. Their educational team continuously hosts educational presentations and seminars in schools, dive communities, and at public events.

Brendon Sing

Brendon has been diving and researching sharks for over 20 years while achieving the highest instructor qualifications in the scuba diving industry. With his wife Liz, Brendon created Shark Guardian to share his knowledge, experience, and passion for sharks conservation. His goal is to inspire everyone worldwide to protect sharks.

PADI AWARE Specialty courses

AWARE Shark Conservation: This course will take your spark of interest in these fascinating creatures and set it alight. You'll discover the value of sharks to marine ecosystems and economies and learn about the actions you can take to dispel misconceptions and act to protect them and their habitat. During the two course dives, you'll demonstrate responsible diving practices and behaviours to minimize negative environmental impact. (To gain this PADI Specialty Certification, you must be at least 12 years old and certified as a minimum Junior Open Water Diver).

PADI Whale Shark Awareness: This course takes you on a deep dive into whale shark biology and behaviour. You'll learn about monitoring programs, research, and conservation efforts, as well as the correct diving techniques for when you find yourself in the presence of the ocean's biggest fish. During the two course dives, you'll practice identifying any whale shark distinctive features and markings, as well as fine-tune your buoyancy for a better ID photo. (To gain this PADI Specialty Certification, you must be at least 10 years old and certified as a minimum Junior Open Water Diver).

Project AWARE: In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to channel your passion for diving into protecting the dive sites you love the most. This course will provide simple diving ethics to live by and how you can make a difference when traveling, diving, taking photos, and more. This course only requires a keenness to learn.

Movie nights

If you're looking to recharge and unwind whilst still reveling in the magic of these tremendous subaquatic species, join us at the spa deck to learn more about sharks and their ecosystem.

From 'Sharks: Monsters Of The Media,' which follows scientists and activists combating the most basic and primal fears the media distilled in people, to 'Sharkwater Extinction,' an action-packed journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart as he exposes the illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it.

Other events

While the incessant rhythm of marine life carries on in the ocean below us, join us to bask in all you've discovered and experienced over a shark-themed cocktail and dinner.

Test your knowledge by taking part in our Shark Knowledge Quiz during our sunset cocktails. If quizzes aren't your thing, we also have pictures of all 26 species of Maldivian sharks waiting to be found around the boat, along with many other fun games. Of course, there are prizes!

If you're ready to take the plunge and not only immerse yourself in exhilarating adventures alongside these ocean greats but also leave having made a lasting impact on shark conservation, we can't wait to welcome you aboard.

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