Indian Ocean Dive Destinations

Indian Ocean Dive Destinations

The Indian Ocean offers some amazing diving with liveaboard cruises to the Maldives and Seychelles. Enjoy incredible marine life and fantastic beaches.

The Indian Ocean as a dive destination covers the Maldives, Andaman Islands and Seychelles. All locations in the Indian Ocean are renowned for their white sand beaches and turquoise waters.

Seychelles makes an excellent destination for divers and non-divers alike. Off the coast of Africa, its shallow reefs are teeming with tropical fish. The calm seas make for ideal conditions for all watersports including diving and snorkelling. During the liveaboard cruises, there are many land-based activities with visits to nature reserves. Guests have the perfect opportunity to see the giant tortoise habitat.

The Maldives is a famous location for interactions with larger pelagic life in its clear warm waters. There are a tremendous variety of liveaboards in the Maldives meaning there will be an ideal cruise for any diver. Each vessel can have several itineraries throughout the year, offering a superb range of dive destinations. In the atolls, there are many cleaning stations for manta rays, a highlight of any trip. The fantastic Baa Atoll has predictable whale shark encounters during the season.

The Andaman Islands are remote and pristine with very few liveaboard cruises visiting this region. The short season means that cruises can get busy as spaces are very limited in this relatively unexplored area.

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Indian Ocean Dive Destinations - 47 LIVEABOARDS

From $226 / day

Ocean Sapphire

Ocean Sapphire Liveaboard in Maldives is a 35m wooden vessel launched late in 2012. She can accommodate 22 guests on board in her seven cabins over two decks. All have ensuite bathrooms, some with a bathtub as well as showers and climate control. On the main deck is the restaurant and saloon that serves local and international cuisine. There are two bars for guests and a sundeck with comfortable loung-ers and a large jacuzzi.

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From $269 / day


Galatea Liveaboard in Seychelles & Madagascar is a 30m luxury two-masted schooner completely renovated in 2013. She can have up to 14 guests on a cruise over her seven cabins with ensuite bathrooms and climate control. The comfortable saloon has an entertainment system, and there are two sun deck and two bars. Dining is al fresco, and the cuisine is a mixture of Creole and western style. Onboard activities include diving, snorkelling, fishing and kayaking and Galatea has two support zodiacs.

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From $156 / day

Sea Pearl

Sea Pearl Liveaboard in Seychelles is a cruise on the 35m, combines the rustic charm of early twentieth century schooners with comfortable accommodation and modern amenities. She is the oldest vessel in the Silhouette Cruises fleet, having been built in 1915 in the Netherlands as a sailing-fishing vessel. In 1999, she was completely refitted and delivered to Seychelles to begin her new life. She accommodates a maximum of 20 guests in 8 air-conditioned cabins. Introductory dives and dive certification courses are offered on board.

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Best Places to Dive in the Indian Ocean

The Maldives is high on any diver's list of countries to visit and a liveaboard cruise is the perfect way to explore the dive sites in luxury.

The Seychelles offers a perfect combination of diving and nature. With both traditional and modern vessels that include terrestrial nature reserve visits on your cruise.

The Andaman Islands are the perfect place to cruise to a remote and uncrowded area with pristine reefs under marine protection.

Madagascar is a new destination for liveaboard cruises offering both Whale Sharks interactions and Humpback whale migration cruises.

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The tropical paradise of the Seychelles is an exclusive destination for a liveaboard safari. The turquoise waters have tropical reefs, walls, pinnacles and drop-offs that are swarming with fish life and covered in coral. For variety, there are also wrecks and canyons to explore on this memorable cruise.

Seychelles scuba diving destination

Explore world-class dive sites of the Maldives from the comfort of a liveaboard cruise. With walls, pinnacles and reefs, the topography is ever-changing on the multitude of dive sites on offer. Cruises offer a high chance of the larger pelagic sightings with mantas and whale sharks common through most of the year on one of the many atolls.

The remote and relatively unexplored area of The Andaman Islands offers uncrowded diving on pristine reefs. Join a cruise here to see the national animal, a dugong along with many Palegic sightings including Manta Rays and Whale sharks.

Destination Andaman Islands scuba diving

Madagascar is just opening for Liveaboard cruises, and the amazing Nosy B area offers some untouched reefs and pristine diving. Here you can observe passing whale sharks and migrating Humpback whales in the season. Liveaboards are private charters for 4 or more guests on sailing catamarans for a unique experience.

Madagascar Scuba Diving Destination