Consisting of 26 natural atolls; coupled with tropical climate, crystal clear waters, and great diversity of marine life resulted from the abundance of coral reefs and friendly people, the Maldives is internationally known as a diving holiday haven and one of the world’s premier dive sites. With that said, it is not difficult to see liveaboard in the Maldives would be the preferable choice for diving holidays.
Raja Ampat is known to have the richest tropical coral reef bio-diversity in the world. It has over 1000 species of fishes, 540 species of hard corals, 4.6 million hectares of reef, seagrass, beds, mangroves and rocky coastline.
Maldives has always been popular among divers for whalesharks and mantarays. Whaleshark hunting is a great experience among many divers where you try spotting it from far. It is commonly believed that the best way to the Maldives is via a liveaboard since the best dive sites are peppered throughout the atolls and not just within one particular region.
Some of the best dive sites in Asia are only accessible by liveaboards because of their sheer distance from the nearest shore. Most divers would agree that the the less commercialised and more far flung a dive destination is, the more likely you are of having better diving because of the relatively untouched marine life - take for example Raja Ampat, Komodo Islands and Maldives.