The True Maldives
Your adventure in the Maldives
The True Maldives is active in the Maldives for 25 years.
Organising adventurous dive safaris (liveaboards) for serious divers.
We specialise in dive safaris with large marine animals.
During 11 days and 10 nights, we do 3 dives a day (except the first and last diving day), including night, wreck, and drift dives.
Breakfast and 2 hot meals a day are included, as well as coffee, tea & snacks.
On board ‘The Dhinasha’ which is managed exceptionally professional, you will enjoy the surroundings.
The boat is kept in a very good shape and the crew is amongst the very best we have worked with in the Maldives.
I can recommend everyone to make this trip with The True Maldives because they really go for the big stuff and because they have a different sailing schedule to the other cruise boats.
You are often only with your own divers at a dive site.
It was our 3rd dive safari and I have to say it was the most beautiful with The True Maldives !!!!!
The ship Dhinasha was clean and equipped with everything you need. Air conditioning, fan, toilet / shower.
The food was delicious. Everything worked fine on the Doni, too.
prices excluding flights
CRUISE 1 2020
CRUISE 2 2020
CRUISE 3 2020
CRUISE 4 2020
CRUISE 5 2020
CRUISE 6 2020
CRUISE 7 2020
Frequently asked question (FAQ)
Below are a number of frequently asked questions. You will find more answers if you click on the button below. If your question is not listed, please contact us.
What does a daily program look like?
There are three daily dives in the program except for the first day (1 dive) and the last day (1 dive), total of 26 dives for 11 day safari (if weather permits).
At 5:45am the day starts with coffee, tea, crackers and a dive briefing.
At 6:15am we get on the dhoni for the first dive and have breakfast after.
Around 11:00am we will do the second dive followed by lunch and around 3:00pm the third dive follows.
We try to have 3 hours surface interval between dives, but in between we have to sail and anchor as well so the program may differ sometimes.
Dinner is served around 7:00pm.
We have hot meals for lunch and diner, including much (self-caught) fish.
What about Dive Equipment?
Bottles and lead weights (no soft lead) are available on the accompanying dhoni where the diving equipment is put away.
Dive Computer and Surface Marker Buoy are manditory.
Note that in a safari we do about 26 dives so make sure your battery is charged.
Using another computer in between dives is only possible after a surface interval of 24 hours so a spare battery or replacement of the battery before the start of the safari is therefore recommended.
Water temperature is between 27°C and 30°C.
A 3 mm. shorty or full suit is sufficient for most people.
A full suit is preferred as a protection against coral, rocks and plankton.
Strongly recommended for your own safety:
– Current hook
– (Tropical) gloves (see our story below)
– Strobe-light (in your jacket)
– A mirror (old cdrom in your jacket)
– Dive Torch
We don’t have a lot of spare diving equipment on the boat, mainly the most subject to wear materials such as o-rings and mouth pieces. We have a couple of spare computers, a couple of spare fins and masks and a couple of high and low pressure hoses.
We have no spare regulators or jackets ! T
orches and other electrical devices can be charged (220 volts), Dutch outlet.
We have been experimenting with gloves. Because currents can be extreme in the Maldives and sometimes we even have to climb from rock to rock it is recommended to wear gloves.
Since diving gloves are quite expensive and usually only last 2 weeks, we tried something else, namely Nitrill coated gloves.
They remain intact for a couple of weeks but rip in the end on top at the edge between cotton and the latex coating. They are an ideal replacement of the expensive diving gloves.
We give these gloves 9 out of 10 points!
Do I need a vaccination?
Vaccinations are not necessary, The country is free of malaria and very clean.
What about dive insurance
We strongly recommended to check your medical insurance or dive insurance if dive accidents are insured.
A lot of travel insurances exclude diving as a sport or limit the depth of which you can go to.
An insurance who does not do this is DAN >.
NOTE: there is a big difference between the insurance policies of DAN Europe and DAN South East Asia Pacific (for divers from Asia and Australia).
As as small company The True Maldives has one goal: Deliver the next level of dive experience for an affordable price with a personal approach.
The 2 owners of the company have build a great dive and travel experiences around the globe in the past 25 years.
We are flexible with the safari’s and we can organize safari’s for groups and for individuals.
Planning of a holiday or a business trip is important and you don’t want to have surprises when you arrive. Therefore, you can book your safari directly with the organizers and they will give that personal touch to your dive safari.
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