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Emperor Orion Liveaboard


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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Part of the reputable Emperor fleet
  • A recently refurbished vessel that has been operating in the Maldives for nearly 10 years
  • A classic in the region and a favourite for many returning customers
  • Cruises the famous central atolls of the Maldives
  • Whale Sharks, Mantas, Hammerheads and loads of other different shark species can be spotted
  • Rebreather friendly
  • Free nitrox
  • Offers non-divers a 50$ voucher to be spent on board
  • Dive from a large auxiliary boat (Dhoni)
Main specification
Year built: 2009
Lang. spoken:
Length/Width: 39m/10m
Max guests: 24

THE BOAT

The MV Emperor Orion is a classic and has been a favourite for a long time amongst the dive vessels operating in the Maldives - one of the most exquisite and sought-after dive destinations in the world. This luxury boat was custom built in 2009 having divers’ and their travel partners needs in mind and was refurbished in 2013, which made it even more comfortable and took it to a higher level of excellence.

This five star liveaboard is 39 metres long and caters to a maximum of 24 guests. Its 12 cabins are some of the largest found on a dive boat and include one executive suite (with its own hot tub and outside patio area) plus three twin/double mini suites on the upper deck, while on the lower deck there is one junior suite, three double cabins and four twin/double cabins. They are all tastefully decorated and have their own private bathroom, individual AC, TV, DVD player, safe and hair dryer.

The main deck of this stunning yacht features a large lounge with comfortable sofas, TV with movies and a library, as well as a bar and a dining room where guests are treated to a complementary glass of wine every evening with their dinner. On the shaded upper deck, relaxation and pampering are the key words, as guest can either use the hot tub, enjoy a drink from the main bar featuring a wide drink selection or indulge in a massage in the spa room (paid locally and subject to availability). For those wanting to soak up some sun, they spacious fly deck with its many sunbeds is the ideal place to do it while enjoying the exquisite Maldivian views at the same time.

While divers enjoy the delights of the Maldivian underwater world, non-divers can simply relax onboard, go kayaking or go snorkeling, as they will be treated to a free snorkeling kit, as well as to an amazing offer of $50 to spend on board. The MV Emperor Orion schedules diving cruises from August through May and delivers superior hotel standards in every aspect – that is why is has been the regular holiday choice of so many divers and their non-diving travel companions for so many years

THE DIVING

The Maldives are one of the most spectacular areas to dive worldwide and a knowledgeable and passionate team of four dive professionals will show you the wonders of its seas, home to whale sharks, the largest population of manta rays in the world and even hammerheads. This dedicated team will ensure that, no matter what your experience or expectation level is, the whole adventure will be one to remember!

All dives are done from a 20 metres auxiliary boat (a “dhoni”, as it is locally called), which provides guests with more space onboard the MV Emperor Orion, makes divers’ pick up easier and guarantees that you jump into the water right where the dive site is. The vessel is rebreather friendly, offers fully serviced dive and safety equipment as well as a photography charging station and Nitrox is available for free.

Divers wanting to join this trip do not need to have a minimum number of dives logged, but should have at least an Open Water Diver certification (in which case the maximum depth they will go to will be 18 metres) and should definitely be comfortable with drift dives, as currents can be strong. The MV Emperor Orion also offers a wide range of dive courses onboard, including specialties and even side mounting (subject to availability and itinerary). This means that guests can further their diving education while holidaying onboard this yacht, always in a fun and safe way and under the supervision of a dedicated dive instructor.

Proof of a valid dive insurance coverage from a reputable company is mandatory and those wanting to purchase it specifically for this trip can do so onboard.

WHEN TO GO

Conditions are at their best between October and May, but the diving is very good all year round, as pelagics are always present. Learn more about when to dive in the Maldives.

HOW TO GET THERE

Book your flight into Male, the country’s capital. A member of the MV Emperor Orion staff will be meeting you in Male at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. Transfers from the airport to the boat run at 11h00, 16h00 and 22h30 and are free of charge. Guests who use the 11h00 transfer have to accept that the boat will not be fully cleaned or ready. On the last day you will be back at the airport either at 07h30 or at 09h30.

ROUTES AND AVAILABILITY

The Best of the Maldives
7 nights
Embark/disembark: Malé
Whale sharks, grey reef sharks, beautiful pinnacles, manta cleaning stations, eagle rays, wrecks, channel diving, ... Read more
The Best of the Maldives
8 days / 7 nights
Departure: Malé
Arrival: Malé
Certification required: Open Water Diver or equivalent
Number of dives required: No minimum number of dives required but you should be comfortable with drift dives
Points of interest: Whale sharks, grey reef sharks, beautiful pinnacles, manta cleaning stations, eagle rays, wrecks, channel diving, ...

ROUTE DETAILS

The Best of the Maldives route aboard the MV Emperor Serenity takes you to the best and most famous dive sites of the Maldives. It does not have a fixed itinerary, as the crew plans it according to the conditions and time of the year to ensure you enjoy a dive holiday that gives you all you could wish for: channels, drifts and pinnacles where you have every chance of meeting mantas, whale sharks and huge array of mesmerising marine life. The itinerary will give you a great mix of big fish like these, smaller reef fish and abundant macro life.

Maldives has a very special underwater landscape. The country has 26 gorgeous atolls - ring-shaped coral reefs that end up encircling relatively shallow lagoons. These are usually connected to the open ocean through different points through which the water enters and exits, originating channels (called “kandu” locally) with currents rich in nutrients that feed a vast range of fish, corals, sponges, gorgonians and other marine species. Based on the reefs’ geographical formation, diving activity in the Maldives can be carried out in either these channels, in the “thilas” or “giris” (underwater rock pinnacles that develop from 30-40 metres to nearly up the surface) or in the “faru” (the edge of the atolls). Learn more about the coral reef system of the Maldives.

If you would like to learn more, the page Diving in the Maldives (Central region) will give you a good understanding about diving in this region.

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SCHEDULE

Best of Maldives - MV Emperor Serenity 8 days 7 nights schedule:

Day 1: Arrival day. Meet and greet at the airport at 11:00 / 16:00 / 22:30

Days 2-7: Diving Safari

Safari according to the planned route. Visited dive areas usually include:

  • Rasdhoo Atoll: hammerhead dive, beautiful reef with pelagics
  • North Ari Atoll: grey reef sharks, Maaya Thila night dive, multiple manta cleaning stations
  • South Ari Atoll: whale sharks, beautiful pinnacles
  • South Male Atoll: grey reef sharks, eagle rays, other pelagics, beautiful macro wreck
  • Vaavu Atoll: beautiful channels with magical soft corals and pelagic delights. Action packed night dive with nurse sharks and others
  • North Male Atoll: beautiful pinnacles

Day 8: Departure day. Check out from the yacht is at 07h00 and 09h00. Guests will be in the airport by 07h30 and 09h30 accordingly.

Price includes
  • Cabin
  • 3 meals a day; afternoon snacks;
  • 1 BBQ dinner on local island (weather allowing) 
  • Unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee
  • Total of 17 dives (inc 1 night dive)
  • Guide, 12 lt tanks, weights
  • Free Nitrox
  • Airport transfers
  • Government taxes and bed tax
  • Male city tour (on request)
  • Separate diving dhoni
  • If the route requires a domestic flight, the flight is included in the price
  • Green tax
  • DailyDive.com fees (free)
Price excludes
  • International flights
  • Rental equipment
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, juices
  • Wifi
  • Dive courses
  • Massages
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Price from
12 Aug - 19 Aug 2018
Full
USD 1,694
26 Aug - 2 Sep 2018
Full
USD 1,694
9 Sep - 16 Sep 2018
Full
USD 1,694
23 Sep - 30 Sep 2018
Full
USD 1,869
7 Oct - 14 Oct 2018
Full
USD 2,068
14 Oct - 21 Oct 2018
Full
USD 2,068
Manta Madness
7 nights
Embark/disembark: Malé
Close encounters with whale sharks, hammerheads and reef sharks are also usual and a night dive is a must do on this trip. Read more
Manta Madness
8 days / 7 nights
Departure: Malé
Arrival: Malé
Certification required: Open Water Diver or equivalent
Number of dives required: No minimum number of dives required but you should be comfortable with drift dives
Points of interest: Close encounters with whale sharks, hammerheads and reef sharks are also usual and a night dive is a must do on this trip.

ROUTE DETAILS

The “Manta Madness” route runs from July to November, when the chances of seeing manta rays swimming and looping at the dive sites are higher due to the currents that sweep plankton they feed on to the shallow lagoons. Close encounters with whale sharks, hammerheads and reef sharks are also usual and a night dive is a must do on this trip! This itinerary departs from Male and typically reaches the northern atolls of Baa (Hanifaru Bay), returning again to the Maldivian capital, but the cruise director may decide differently based on the weather and current conditions to ensure you get the most possible interactions with these big pelagics.

Maldives has a very special underwater landscape. The country has 26 gorgeous atolls - ring-shaped coral reefs that end up encircling relatively shallow lagoons. These are usually connected to the open ocean through different points through which the water enters and exits, originating channels (called “kandu” locally) with currents rich in nutrients that feed a vast range of fish, corals, sponges, gorgonians and other marine species. Based on the reefs’ geographical formation, diving activity in the Maldives can be carried out in either these channels, in the “thilas” or “giris” (underwater rock pinnacles that develop from 30-40 metres to nearly up the surface) or in the “faru” (the edge of the atolls). Learn more about the coral reef system of the Maldives.

If you would like to learn more, the page Diving in the Maldives (Central region) will give you a good understanding about diving in this region.

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SCHEDULE

“Manta Madness” 7 nights 8 days schedule (July – November)

Day 1: Arrival day Meet and greet at the airport at 11:00 / 16:00 / 22:30

Days 2-7: Diving Safari Safari according to the planned route. Visited dive areas usually include:

  • Baa atoll: Hanifaru Bay and other great dive sites
  • Rasdhoo atoll: hammerhead dive, beautiful reef with pelagics
  • North Ari Atoll: grey reef sharks, Maaya Thila night dive, multiple manta cleaning stations
  • South Male atoll: grey reef sharks, eagle rays, other pelagics, beautiful macro wreck
  • North Male atoll: beautiful pinnacles

Day 8: Departure day Check out from the yacht is at 07h00 and 09h00. Guests will be in the airport by 07h30 and 09h30 accordingly.

Price includes
  • Cabin
  • 3 meals a day; afternoon snacks;
  • 1 BBQ dinner on local island (weather allowing) 
  • Unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee
  • Total of 17 dives (inc 1 night dive)
  • Guide, 12 lt tanks, weights
  • Free Nitrox
  • Airport transfers
  • Government taxes and bed tax
  • Male city tour (on request)
  • Separate diving dhoni
  • If the route requires a domestic flight, the flight is included in the price
  • Green tax
  • DailyDive.com fees (free)
Price excludes
  • International flights
  • Rental equipment
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, juices
  • Wifi
  • Dive courses
  • Massages
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Next departures
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Price from
5 Aug - 12 Aug 2018
Full
USD 1,869
19 Aug - 26 Aug 2018
Full
USD 1,869
2 Sep - 9 Sep 2018
Full
USD 1,869
16 Sep - 23 Sep 2018
Full
USD 1,869
30 Sep - 7 Oct 2018
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BOAT FACILITIES

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Boat
Paid WiFi
Saloon
Camera station
Cabins with air conditioning
Cabins with TV
Warm water
Massage
Bar
Safe
Sunbeds
Charging stations
Non diver (snorkler) friendly
Child-friendly
Food
Local food
Western food
Buffet style
Snacks all day
Alcohol
Vegetarian options
Diving
Nitrox available
Rinse hosts
Dive deck
Dive tender
DIN adaptors
Equipment rental
Boat specification
Boat specification
Year built
2009
Max guests
24
Length
39
Width
10
Number of cabins
12
Engine
650 HP Yanmar
Cabins
Executive Suite
Executive Suite
Cabin type
Double occupancy
Maximum occupancy
2
Aircon
Yes
Private bathroom
Yes
Deck
Upper deck
The executive suite is spacious with king-sized bed, private Jacuzzi and outside patio area. All have spacious ensuites (and some of the best showers anywhere), individual air-con, TV, DVD player, safe and dryer.
Executive Suite
Junior Suite
Junior Suite
Cabin type
Double occupancy + Twin share
Maximum occupancy
2
Aircon
Yes
Private bathroom
Yes
Deck
Lower deck
All have spacious ensuites (and some of the best showers anywhere), individual air-con, TV, DVD player, safe and dryer.
Junior Suite
Standard Twin / Double Cabin
Standard Twin / Double Cabin
Cabin type
Double occupancy + Twin share
Maximum occupancy
2
Aircon
Yes
Private bathroom
Yes
Deck
Lower deck
All have spacious ensuites (and some of the best showers anywhere), individual air-con, TV, DVD player, safe and dryer.
Standard Twin / Double Cabin
Upper Deck Twin / Double cabin
Upper Deck Twin / Double cabin
Cabin type
Double occupancy + Twin share
Maximum occupancy
2
Aircon
Yes
Private bathroom
Yes
Deck
Upper deck
All have spacious ensuites (and some of the best showers anywhere), individual air-con, TV, DVD player, safe and dryer.
Upper Deck Twin / Double cabin
Double Cabin
Double Cabin
Cabin type
Double occupancy
Maximum occupancy
2
Aircon
Yes
Private bathroom
Yes
Deck
Lower deck
All have spacious ensuites (and some of the best showers anywhere), individual air-con, TV, DVD player, safe and dryer.
Double Cabin
Equipment rental
Payment on board. Can be ordered when booking
Full Equipment incl. SMB (per trip)USD 290
Mask, Fins, Wet Suit 3mm shortie, Regulator, BCD, SMB
Full Equipment incl. SMB + Dive Computer (per trip)USD 323
Mask, Fins, Wet Suit (3mm shortie), Regulator, BCD, SMB, Dive Computer
Mask (per trip)USD 33
Fins (per trip)USD 33
Wet Suit (3mm Shortie) (per trip)USD 64
Regulator (per trip)USD 129
BCD (per trip)USD 97
Dive Computer (per trip)USD 97
Torch (per trip)USD 97
Rebreather tank (per trip)USD 129
Stage S40 (5.7 ltr) (per trip)USD 129
Stage S80 (11.1 ltr) (per trip)USD 129
Side Mount SM550 (per trip)USD 129
Twin Set (2 x 12 ltr) (per trip)USD 194
15 ltr tanks (per trip)USD 97
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