Maldives tiger shark diving – Maldives liveaboards with tiger shark tours
Are you a keen fan of scuba diving with sharks? But also are you keen to see tiger sharks in the Maldives on your dive trip there? But are there tiger sharks in Maldives? Let’s take a look…
Are there tiger sharks in Maldives in 15 seconds…
On the whole tiger sharks in the Maldives are very difficult to find. But these magnificent creatures are definitely there. Maldives tiger shark diving is best done on a liveaboard dive boat, where there are two Maldive liveaboards with specific tiger shark tours to Tiger Zoo (Fuvahmulah). These Maldives liveaboards with tiger shark diving include the Blue Shark One and the Princess Rani. But you could also take your chance on the Soleil 2 liveaboard too where there have been tiger shark sightings too.
Do you get tiger sharks in the Maldives?
But if you’re interested in scuba diving with tiger sharks in the Maldives what’s the answer? The simple answer is to get yourself on a liveaboard trip that specialises in tiger shark tours. Of which as far as I can see there are two Maldives liveaboards that do just that, as follows:
Maldives tiger shark diving from a liveaboard with tiger shark tours
There are two liveaboards with specific tiger shark tours, as follows:
- The Maldives Blue Shark One liveaboard.
- The Maldives Princess Rani liveaboard.
- Maldives Soleil 2 liveaboard.
Let’s take a look at each of these tiger shark liveaboards in more detail.
1. The Maldives Blue Shark One liveaboard
Review rated by customers 9.5 out of 10 and exceptional, the Blue Shark One liveaboard is a 30 metre (98 feet) Maldives dive boat. She accommodates up to 16 scuba divers across 9 cabins.
The Maldives Blue Shark One liveaboard was custom-built for scuba divers and has en-suite cabins with air conditioning. You’ll enjoy western and local food served buffet style served indoors and alfresco and there’s also a saloon and bar.
The scuba diving ranges from itineraries of 8 days 7 nights to 15 days 14 nights with some of the best diving in the Maldives. The chance to see whale sharks, manta rays, eagle rays and turtles. But it’s the tiger shark tour that is probably of most interest to you.
To see the full review of the Blue Shark One, please take a look at this article here: Maldives Blue Shark One liveaboard review
The Blue Shark One tiger shark tour is as follows:
Tiger Shark Special – 8 days 7 nights. On this trip there are 16 dives in total, where four can be at Tiger Zoo (Fuvahmulah) ($50 US extra per dive). Sometimes 15 or more different tiger sharks come up from the drop-off. Advanced Open Water – 80 minimum logged dives required.
A quick glimpse of Tiger Zoo (Fuvahmulah) tiger sharks in action
2. The Maldives Princess Rani liveaboard
Review rated by customers 9.4 out of 10, the Maldives Princess Rani liveaboard is 35 metre (115 feet) Maldives liveaboard accommodates up to 22 scuba divers across 10 cabins.
The Maldives Princess Rani liveaboard was custom-built for scuba divers and has en-suite cabins with air conditioning and some have sea views. Western style food served buffet style both indoors or alfresco outside and there’s also an air-conditioned saloon and bar.
The scuba diving includes itineraries of 8 days 7 nights with some of the best diving in the Maldives. The chance to see whale sharks and other sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, turtles wrecks and much much more.
But more importantly, on the tiger shark dive tour you have the chance to not only see tiger sharks, but also thresher sharks and hammerheads too. The dive is on the atoll of Fuvahmulah (Tiger Zoo), where it’s possible to dive with the large tigers that come up from the deep waters almost to the surface.
To see the full review of the Princess Rani liveaboard, please take a look at this article here: Maldives Princess Rani liveaboard review.
The Princess Rani tiger shark tour is as follows:
Tiger Shark Cruise (Addu-Fuvahmulah-Addu) – 8 days 7 nights trip. Approx. 16 dives in total. Advanced Open Water certification – 50 minimum logged dives required.
This is how an excited Canadian scuba diver explained her experience on the Princess Rani diving with tiger sharks:
Land of the tiger sharks! “Fuvamulah Island is in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Addu Atoll which is the most southern point of Maldvives. Due to the availability of food that they like, the area surrounding the island is definitely a tiger shark haven! Tiger shark is a solitary hunter,very stealth and it’s got tiger strips on it that make it very distinct and intimidating! It’s huge as it could get up to, like, 6m!
It could be a man-eater as, next to the dreaded Great White, it inflicts more attacks on human than any other shark specie! ‘Princess Rani’ liveaboard, based at Addu Atoll for part of the year, specializes in tiger shark viewing and it delivers! Keep in mind that tiger sharks are very elusive and live in the deep, yet I managed to see them in 4 of the 5 dives that I did in the area specifying as tiger shark dives!“
You can check the Princess Rani liveaboard availability and prices here.
3. The Maldives Soleil 2 liveaboard
The Soleil 2 liveaboard doesn’t have a specific tiger shark dive tour, but scuba divers have seen tiger sharks on the dives made from this Maldives liveaboard.
The Soleil 2 liveaboard is review rated 9.3 out of 10 and a ‘Superb’ rated dive boat. She is 44 metres (144 feet) in length and accommodates up to 30 divers across 15 en-suite cabins with air conditioning.
An example dive trip on the Soleil 2 includes:
Ari, Vaavu to Thaa Atoll dive trips – 8 days 7 nights. 15 dives in total. Advanced open water certification required or similar + 10 minimum logged dives. The chance to see marine life that includes large schools of grey reef sharks, nurse sharks, big schools of snappers, jack fishers, fusiliers, barracudas and dogtooth tunas. You also see eagle rays, hawks-bill turtles, napoleon wrasse and of course the magnificent manta rays, and huge whale sharks.
Within the customer reviews there are two comments which include sightings of tiger sharks, as follows:
- Nice boat, nice crews. “tiger sharks” Recommended for: cabin, staffs, meal.
- Incredible experience. “Diving with tiger sharks, mantas and whale sharks. Amazing fish life on every reef. Incredible wall dives with tons of sharks. Boat owner and crew were amazing and super helpful and friendly, even in a period where the covid-19 was affecting their business. Food on the boat was very delicious as well!” Recommended for: Diving, crew and food.
The last review is very recent being that it includes reference to Coronavirus-Covid-19. Which means that whilst there are never any guarantees you’ll see tiger sharks (even on the dedicated tiger shark tours), at least this is a current sighting.
The reason I include this last Maldives liveaboard is to highlight the fact that there are tiger sharks in the Maldives.
But also, if your reason to dive the Maldives isn’t only about tiger sharks diving, but it would be a nice extra bonus, you may prefer the set up of this last dive boat over the first two which put on specific tours.
You can check the Blue Shark One availability and prices here
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