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25 Liveaboards in the Maldives

Among the best scuba diving holidays in the world

Featured uploads in the Maldives

What you need to know about liveaboards in the Maldives

  • The Maldives have a reputation for being one of the best liveaboard vacation spots in the world. 70% of the divers who have discovered the Maldives have returned at least once!
  • The option to scuba dive from a liveaboard is undoubtedly the most suitable for the Maldives environment. The atolls of this archipelago extend more than 800 km and recognized dive sites are often far from each other. The liveaboard will allow you to easily reach these sites and increase the diversity and quality of your dives.
  • The Maldives liveaboard boats generally welcome about twenty divers in a week and you'll make about 3 dives per day. The quality of service and comfort is like the best of the most luxurious hotels of the Maldives atolls.
  • The underwater fauna is exceptional and very dense. The Maldives is home to the world's largest population of reef manta rays and the presence of whale sharks makes it a diving destination of choice.
  • The Maldives liveaboard requires a recognized scuba diving certificate for those who want to dive. It is also recommended to be comfortable with drift diving. Non-divers can partake in other activities that the boat offers, such as snorkeling (hopefully alongside a majestic manta ray or whale shark), standup paddle boarding, spa, yoga, etc.

The different itineraries offered on a Maldives liveaboard

Map of the Maldives

The Maldivian archipelago can be divided into 4 diving regions, the Northern, Central, Southern and Far Southern regions. Each liveaboard itinerary focuses on one of these areas.

The Northern region is less crowded than the Central region and offers a real sense of freedom and escape. Although manta rays are at the rendezvous, depending on the season, it's mainly small wildlife, like clown fish and moray eels, that awaits the divers. The northern atolls are dotted with colonies of very colorful soft corals. A spectacular internal flight by seaplane is often necessary. Learn more about diving in the Northern Maldives.

The Central region is the most popular for liveaboards. Its accessibility as well as the diversity of the underwater fauna make it a privileged destination. The capital Malé and its international airport are in this region. Learn more about diving in the Central Maldives region.

The Southern region has less frequented dive sites and a higher density of pelagic wildlife. This area is reserved for experienced ocean water divers, because the currents can be strong. Learn more about diving in the Southern Maldives region.

The Far South region offers a number of smaller and more technical dive sites. This region includes 2 atolls only, the atolls of Addu and Fuvahamulah, real concentrations of history, unique geography and rare species like the sunfish to meet while diving. Learn more about diving in the Far South region of Maldives.

On board accommodation

Liveaboard accommodation is usually set up in cabins for 2 divers. If you're traveling alone, you may need to share your cabin with another diver of the same sex. If you're a solo diver and want to have the cabin for yourself, the price will normally be increased by 80%. The price of the cabins varies according to the deck they are located on. Those on the upper decks are the most popular for their view outside. Each cabin usually has a private bathroom.

A typical dive day on board a Maldives liveaboard

The main activity is scuba diving. You will average 3 scuba dives per day and maybe 2 night dives during the week to experience the ocean at night. The boat crew is busy while you're admiring the ocean underwater so that everything is ready and clean when the dive is over. A typical day might look like this:

  • 6:30 am wake up
  • 7:00 am tea, coffee
  • 7:30 am briefing and 1st dive
  • 9:00 am breakfast + rest
  • 11:00 am briefing + 2nd dive
  • 12:30 pm lunch + rest
  • 3:30 pm briefing + 3rd dive
  • 6:30 pm night dive (2x per week)
  • 7:30 pm dinner

An island visit or a barbecue on a deserted beach may be organized during the week. The dives are optional and the rest periods are at your disposal for the activities offered by the boat operator (spa, jacuzzi, standup paddle, snorkeling, skin diving, further scuba diving certifications, jet ski, movie, lounge, etc.) or simply to sleep. The liveaboard will often take advantage of these rest periods to travel to the next dive sites.

Ideal seasons for a Maldives liveaboard

The majority of liveaboard dive operate from October to May, which is the best time to visit the Maldives archipelago. There are two monsoons during the year. The so-called "dry" monsoon, running from December to April, and the "wet" monsoon, running from June to November. These monsoons don't mean torrential rains but only showers that give way to the sun quite quickly. During the "dry" monsoon, these showers are smaller. The "dry" period is the most popular among scuba divers. Learn more about the Maldives diving seasons.

The different types of diving in the archipelago

The atolls have a unique underwater relief. There are 3 types of diving that can be explored. Diving on the Faru, there are reefs lining the atolls. Diving in the channels that connect the inside and outside of the atolls, and diving on the Giri or Thila, there are submerged pinnacles covered with corals and beautiful reef fish species such as the brightly coloured parrot fish. You can learn more about these underwater formations and check out the list of the main dive sites in the Maldives.

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25 LIVEABOARDS AVAILABLE IN THE MALDIVES

BLUE FORCE ONE

Price from USD 1,690
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 22
Year built: 2013

This pampering dive boat is amongst the top vessels operating in the Maldives and there is a reason why it was awarded the “Best Built Liveaboard 2014” by the Maldives Liveaboard Association: it was custom-built having in mind all the needs of both divers and non-divers.

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1 Feb - 8 Feb
Southern Hemisphere
8/7
5 places left
USD 2,290
8 Feb - 15 Feb
Southern Hemisphere
8/7
Full
USD 2,290
15 Feb - 22 Feb
Southern Hemisphere
8/7
Full
USD 2,290
22 Feb - 29 Feb
Southern Hemisphere
8/7
Full
USD 2,290
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ADORA

Price from USD 1,068
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 21
Year built: 2014

MV Adora is the 37.5 m long brand new state of the art luxury yacht, latest addition to the Maldives dive industry, it provides maximum tranquility at sea. The yacht features a large interior and exterior living space. Great detail has been given to achieve the highest standards for quietness and comfort.

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2 Feb - 9 Feb
Best of Maldives
8/7
>5 places left
USD 2,289
12 Apr - 19 Apr
Best of Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 2,289
19 Apr - 26 Apr
Best of Maldives
8/7
>5 places left
USD 2,289
26 Apr - 3 May
Best of Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 2,169
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AZALEA CRUISE

Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 18
Year built: -

This stunning 38 metres dive boat is one of the most exclusive ones, as it caters to a maximum of 18 people only, accommodated in 9 cabins, all of them with a remarkably classy decoration, en-suite bathrooms and individually controlled AC.

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EMPEROR SERENITY

Price from USD 1,596
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 26
Year built: 2016

The MV Emperor Serenity welcomes you to the Maldives - one of the most appealing and dreamed-of dive destinations in the whole wide world. This luxury boat is the high-end member of the Emperor family and it is its latest addition, as it was custom-built in 2016.

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2 Feb - 9 Feb
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
2 places left
USD 2,367
9 Feb - 16 Feb
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 2,367
16 Feb - 23 Feb
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 2,367
23 Feb - 1 Mar
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 2,367
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MV EMPEROR LEO

Price from USD 1,596
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 24
Refurbished: 2012

The stunning MV Emperor Leo is part of the Emperor fleet, a reputable family of dive boats operating in one of the best dive areas in the whole world, famous for its diverse and spectacular marine life – the unparalleled Maldives.

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1 Feb - 8 Feb
South Central Atolls
8/7
>5 places left
USD 2,032
8 Feb - 15 Feb
Deep South and Southern Sharks
8/7
Full
USD 2,740
15 Feb - 22 Feb
Deep South and Southern Sharks
8/7
Full
USD 2,740
22 Feb - 29 Feb
Deep South and Southern Sharks
8/7
Full
USD 2,740
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MV EMPEROR VOYAGER

Price from USD 1,376
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 20
Refurbished: 2014

Maldives’ waters are amongst one of the richest in terms of marine life diversity and that is part of the reason why all divers dream of exploring them. Another reason are the high standards usually found amongst dive boats in this area and the gorgeous MV Voyager – part of the famous Emperor fleet - lives up to this reputation.

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1 Feb - 8 Feb
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
2 places left
USD 2,092
8 Feb - 15 Feb
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
1 place left
USD 2,092
15 Feb - 22 Feb
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 2,092
22 Feb - 29 Feb
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
1 place left
USD 2,092
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MV EMPEROR VIRGO

Price from USD 1,541
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 18
Year built: 2012

The Maldives are a true paradise, so if you decide to explore them you should do it aboard a boat that is equally superb. The high-end yacht MV Virgo – part of the famous Emperor fleet - is the perfect option to do so!

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2 Feb - 9 Feb
South Central Atolls
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,977
9 Feb - 16 Feb
Deep South and Southern Sharks
8/7
Full
USD 2,740
23 Feb - 1 Mar
South Central Atolls
8/7
Full
USD 2,418
1 Mar - 8 Mar
Sharktastic
8/7
Full
USD 2,092
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MV EMPEROR ATOLL

Price from USD 1,211
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 12
Refurbished: 2016

No other boat in the Maldives allows you to have such a personalized and intimate experience while exploring this country’s unique underwater world as the MV Atoll!

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2 Feb - 9 Feb
Sharktastic
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,651
9 Feb - 16 Feb
Sharktastic
8/7
4 places left
USD 1,982
16 Feb - 23 Feb
Sharktastic
8/7
1 place left
USD 1,982
23 Feb - 1 Mar
Sharktastic
8/7
3 places left
USD 1,761
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OCEAN DIVINE

Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 12
Year built: 2005

The Ocean Divine offers guests a very personalized and intimate experience within an unpretentious yet luxurious atmosphere. It is owned and managed by a couple who has been organizing dive safaris in this country for more than 20 years.

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SCUBASPA YING

Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 40
Refurbished: 2015

This pampering liveaboard is the perfect holiday option for both divers and non-divers, as it offers not only scuba diving, but also yoga classes and a huge selection of indulging spa treatments from the sumptuous Asian style 300m2 onboard spa.

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AMBA

Price from USD 1,431
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 10
Refurbished: 2016

The beautiful Amba dive yacht was the pioneer explorer of some of the Maldives’ northernmost atolls and is one of the few operating in this area. It is thus the perfect option to explore this country’s dreamful underwater world away from the crowds with comfort and style.

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2 Feb - 9 Feb
North Maldives: Haa Dhaalu - Shaviyani – Noonu – Raa
8/7
Full
USD 1,541
9 Feb - 16 Feb
North Maldives: Haa Dhaalu - Shaviyani – Noonu – Raa
8/7
Full
USD 1,541
16 Feb - 23 Feb
North Maldives: Haa Alifu - Haa Dhaalu
8/7
Full
USD 1,541
23 Feb - 1 Mar
North Maldives: Haa Alifu - Haa Dhaalu
8/7
1 place left
USD 1,541
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DUKE OF YORK

Price from USD 2,310
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 21
Year built: 2010

The sophisticated Duke of York offers a perfect combination of quality, high design standards and local naval architects and engineers’ expertise. Custom-built in 2010, this beautiful vessel is the ideal option for an unforgettable holiday in the Maldives that joins adventure and relaxation like very few others do!

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2 Feb - 9 Feb
Central Atolls
8/7
2 places left
USD 2,765
9 Feb - 16 Feb
The best five / Malé-Thaa
8/7
Full
USD 2,765
16 Feb - 23 Feb
Extreme South: Laamu & Huvadhoo
8/7
Full
USD 2,765
23 Feb - 1 Mar
Extreme South: Huvadhoo
8/7
Full
USD 2,765
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CONTE MAX

Price from USD 2,100
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 21
Year built: 2004

The gorgeous Conte Max has been a favourite for many who explore the Maldives underwater world on a regular basis, as these divers know that few other vessels offer such a perfect combination of comfort, professionalism and wellbeing.

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2 Feb - 9 Feb
Extreme South: Male & Laamu
8/7
Full
USD 2,520
9 Feb - 16 Feb
Extreme South: Laamu & Huvadhoo
8/7
Full
USD 2,520
16 Feb - 23 Feb
Extreme South: Huvadhoo
8/7
3 places left
USD 2,520
23 Feb - 1 Mar
Extreme South: Huvadhoo
8/7
Full
USD 2,520
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SCUBASPA YANG

Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 40
Refurbished: 2015

This pampering liveaboard is the perfect holiday option for both divers and non-divers, as it offers not only scuba diving, but also yoga classes and a huge selection of indulging spa treatments from the sumptuous Asian style 300m2 onboard spa.

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NAUTILUS ONE

Price from USD 1,750
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 16
Refurbished: 2015

The beautiful Nautilus One is the perfect option for those wanting to explore the Maldives aboard a comfortable vessel built according to the traditional local style, thus fitting perfectly in the idyllic landscape of the archipelago.

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1 Feb - 8 Feb
South
8/7
Full
USD 1,750
8 Feb - 16 Feb
Ari & South
9/8
CHARTER ONLY
17 Feb - 1 Mar
Deep South (round trip)
14/13
1 place left
USD 3,250
2 Mar - 11 Mar
Deep South (one way)
10/9
Full
USD 2,250
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NAUTILUS TWO

Price from USD 1,912
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 24
Year built: 2007

If you are into exploring the Maldives aboard a spacious dive boat built according to the local traditional style that yet offers comfort and modern standards at the same time, the Nautilus Two liveaboard is what you are looking for!

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7 Feb - 17 Feb
Deep South (one way)
11/10
Full
USD 2,732
17 Feb - 27 Feb
Deep South (one way)
11/10
Full
USD 2,732
28 Feb - 8 Mar
Ari & South
10/9
2 places left
USD 2,459
8 Mar - 19 Mar
Deep South (round trip)
12/11
CHARTER ONLY
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SEAFARI EXPLORER

Price from USD 1,825
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 24
Year built: 2015

Explorer is a luxurious, modern 38-meter yacht that has recently became an integral part of Seafari’s legendary Maldivian fleet. The Seafari Explorer maintains the highest standards in terms of comfort and service and offers its guests a wide range of extra activities, such as snorkeling and introductory diving courses. It delivers an enjoyable cruise experience to divers and non-divers alike, making it an ideal choice for couples and families where not all members are divers yet.

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2 Feb - 9 Feb
Central atolls 7 nights
8/7
Full
USD 2,075
9 Feb - 19 Feb
Deep South Special 10 nights
11/10
>5 places left
USD 3,190
20 Feb - 1 Mar
Deep South Equator 10 nights
11/10
>5 places left
USD 3,515
1 Mar - 11 Mar
Deep South Equator 10 nights
11/10
>5 places left
USD 3,515
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HORIZON III

Price from USD 2,100
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 24
Refurbished: 2015

The Horizon III is a modern, recently renovated vessel with a long, well-established reputation among experienced scuba divers. Its knowledgeable crew chooses the best itineraries and dive sites, away from the crowds and immersed in the spectacular Maldivian marine life. Encounters with mantas, whale sharks, hammerheads, threshers, tiger sharks, and silky sharks guarantee an action-packed cruise.

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2 Feb - 9 Feb
Huvadhoo - Addu
8/7
Full
USD 2,681
2 Feb - 9 Feb
Huvadhoo - Addu
8/7
>5 places left
USD 2,681
9 Feb - 16 Feb
Huvadhoo - Addu
8/7
Full
USD 2,681
9 Feb - 16 Feb
Huvadhoo - Addu
8/7
Full
USD 2,681
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MOONIMA

Price from USD 2,075
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 16
Refurbished: 2017

Moonima is a medium-sized diving yacht that offers amazing diving safaris at a competitive price. The beautifully built and recently renovated Moonima features comfortable environments and cabins, great food and drinks, along with a dedicated professional crew It will guide you in discovering the marvels of the Maldivian reefs.

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30 Jan - 9 Feb
Deep South Special 10 nights
11/10
>5 places left
USD 3,190
9 Feb - 19 Feb
Deep South Special 10 nights
11/10
>5 places left
USD 3,190
20 Feb - 1 Mar
South and Central Atolls 10 nights
11/10
>5 places left
USD 2,860
1 Mar - 8 Mar
Central atolls 7 nights
8/7
Full
USD 2,075
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ECO BLUE

Price from USD 1,049
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 24
Refurbished: 2017

Eco Blue is a 30 metres long, wooden built classic safari yacht that has been extensively improved and reconditioned in 2017. Eco Blue’s mission is to deliver an unforgettable cruise experience while protecting the ocean and its creatures by actively promoting ecologically conscious practices. Eco Blue is a PADI dive boat offering high standards of quality and safety during the dives as well as a selection of scuba diving courses including many specialties.

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2 Feb - 9 Feb
South to Thaa atoll
8/7
2 places left
USD 2,099
9 Feb - 23 Feb
Deep South to Addu atoll
15/14
Full
USD 3,998
23 Feb - 8 Mar
Deep South to Addu atoll
15/14
Full
USD 3,998
8 Mar - 22 Mar
Central atolls
15/14
Full
USD 3,998
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BLUE SHARK ONE

Price from USD 1,899
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 18
Year built: 2002

Blue Shark One is a classic 30-metre wooden vessel that accommodates a maximum of 18 guests, making it the ideal choice for a private charter. Eco Pro Divers, the company running it, is committed to delivering high standards of quality in total respect for the environment. Blue Shark One caters to an audience of divers, snorkelers, and nature enthusiasts by offering a lot more than just the traditional diving safari; great diving in some of the Maldives' best spots, surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, accompanied by a dedicated team of professionals that truly loves the Ocean.

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2 Feb - 12 Feb
Central atolls
11/10
Full
USD 2,699
16 Feb - 23 Feb
Central atolls
8/7
Full
USD 1,899
23 Feb - 1 Mar
Central atolls
8/7
Full
USD 1,899
1 Mar - 8 Mar
Central atolls
8/7
>5 places left
USD 1,899
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SOLEIL 2

Price from USD 1,467
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 30
Year built: 2015

Soleil 2 is a large 44-metre superyacht that was built in 2015 to serve as a luxury safari boat. The vessel is spacious and elegant, equipped with all the modern comforts and the stylish exotic details of a first-class cruise yacht. Soleil 2 caters to scuba divers of all levels, with its great diving itineraries led by skilled multi-lingual instructors, and welcomes non-diving passengers by providing them with an exclusive onboard environment and engaging outdoor activities, including a free try-dive session.

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30 Jan - 6 Feb
Ari, Vaavu Atolls
8/7
CHARTER ONLY
6 Feb - 13 Feb
Ari, Vaavu Atolls
8/7
CHARTER ONLY
13 Feb - 20 Feb
Ari, Vaavu Atolls
8/7
CHARTER ONLY
20 Feb - 27 Feb
Ari, Vaavu Atolls
8/7
CHARTER ONLY
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MY HONORS LEGACY

Price from USD 1,666
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 22
Year built: 2012

Honors Legacy is a custom-built safari superyacht designed to deliver unmatched cruising comfort. From the exterior Jacuzzi and dining area, the spa facility, the modern cabins, and the stylish furniture, every detail has been studied to provide a blissful holiday experience. Choose your preferred itinerary and set sail for an unforgettable Maldivian diving adventure in ultimate style aboard the Honors Legacy.

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1 Feb - 8 Feb
Best of Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 2,156
8 Feb - 15 Feb
Best of Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 2,156
15 Feb - 22 Feb
Best of Southern Atolls
8/7
Full
USD 2,268
22 Feb - 29 Feb
Deep South
8/7
Full
USD 2,372
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FOUR SEASONS EXPLORER

Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 22
Year built: 2002

The Explorer is the flagship of the Four Seasons, operating in the Maldives as a top-of-the-line liveaboard. It delivers the same world-renowned excellence of an upscale Four Seasons resort to a maximum of 22 guests at the time, while sailing to some of the most awe-inspiring reefs of the central atolls. The unprecedented cruising comfort and the high quality of the diving and snorkeling services offered, such as the full range of PADI courses along with the regular talks with the resident marine biologist, set the Explorer in a league of its own.

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EMPEROR EXPLORER

Price from USD 1,684
Lang. spoken:
Max guests: 26
Year built: 2019

Sailing out to the best dive sites of the Maldivian atolls, MV Emperor Explorer is the latest flagship added to Emperor Divers Fleet in the Maldives. Built in 2019 to the highest standards of quality and elegance, the Emperor Explorer is a 42-metre-long beauty featuring spacious environments, comfortable cabins, and superb scuba diving capabilities. With four guides onboard, MV Emperor Explorer caters to an audience of divers of all levels – ranging from casual to committed - as well as solo travellers and snorkelers. All are welcomed with exclusive perks tailored just for them.

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12 Feb - 22 Feb
South Central Atolls
11/10
>5 places left
USD 3,248
1 Mar - 8 Mar
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
Full
USD 2,532
15 Mar - 22 Mar
The Best of the Maldives
8/7
>5 places left
USD 2,532
25 Mar - 4 Apr
The Best of the Maldives
11/10
Full
USD 2,814
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