I'm looking for the best diving in the Maldives in November (17th to 2nd December) in the hope of having my first manta encounter.
We've dived liveaboard before and it was amazing but would prefer an itinerary that is weighted towards manta dive site areas. I'd prefer to dive with people of a similar level so we increase the chance of diving the sites for more advanced divers rather than just the local reefs so not sure whether day diving with a resort dive centre will be the best option.
Our primary reason for visiting the Maldives is to dive. Everything else, including the resort, is secondary, though a good house reef and dive centre is important. We have a maximum of budget £2k to £3k each and are travelling from the UK.
Having researched and contacted various places for info over the last two weeks, we've been recommended Baa Atoll, Ari Atoll, liveaboards, day diving and I'm a little confused to say the least.
I understand that Hani Faru is closed to divers for conservation reasons, so not sure whether we should look somewhere other than Baa Atoll.
Can anyone provide any pointers that might help me narrow down the options?