Project Shark: Southern Atolls (Malé- Kooddoo)
Departure

Malé

Malé Intl (MLE)

Return

Kooddoo

Kooddoo (GKK)

10 Nights

Approx. 30 Dives

Certified to dive to a depth of 30 meters and comfortable with diving in medium to strong currents

Itinerary Highlights
  • Don’t miss the chance to join a shark adventure in the Maldives. 

  • 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 trip will offer you the opportunity to swim in an underwater paradise, inhabited by coral reefs, tropical fish, sea turtles, dolphins and pelagic fish!

  • Pristine reefs, explore beautiful caves and overhangs covered with soft corals, colorful sponges, invertebrates and gorgonian fans, and experience thrilling shark dives in some of the best areas to see hammerheads and grey reef sharks.

  • Many cleaning stations where cleaning wrasses and shrimps help to clean the skin of the larger animals such as sharks and manta rays.

  • Drift dives & negative entries required.

Program Sample

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 color 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. Project Shark is delivered by our resident marine biologist Dr Elke Bojanowski, who will conduct seminars giving divers the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the biology and behavior 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 catalog, 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 catalogs and monitoring for many shark species.

Project Shark is delivered by our resident marine biologist Dr Elke Bojanowski, who will conduct seminars giving divers the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the biology and behavior 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.

Our planned dive guide for this trip is Dr Elke Bojanowski. However, 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 our normal terms and conditions

The diving day has a typical schedule as follows:

• 06:30 - Tea, coffee and biscuits

• 07:00 - Dive 1 followed by full breakfast

• 11:00 - Dive 2 followed by lunch

• 15:00 - Dive 3 followed by homemade cakes and snacks

• 19:30 - Dinner

Itinerary Description

Please note: the itinerary above is an example of the planned route and dive sites cannot be guaranteed. All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. 

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