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MV Emperor Leo Liveaboard


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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Part of the reputable Emperor fleet
  • Stylish vessel with a modern layout
  • Whale Sharks, Mantas, Hammerheads and loads of other different shark species can be spotted
  • Cruises the famous central atolls of the Maldives and offers other specialised itineraries as well
  • Features a panoramic hot tub
  • Rebreather friendly
  • Free nitrox
  • Offers non-divers a 50$ voucher to be spent on board
  • Dive from a large auxiliary boat (Dhoni)
Main specification
Refurbished: 2012
Lang. spoken:
Length/Width: 35m/10m
Max guests: 24

THE BOAT

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.

This gorgeous yacht features a modern layout that ensures maximum comfort at sea, as well as a beautiful contrasting wooden décor that ads to its stylish feel. This 35 metres spacious boat caters to a maximum of 24 guests only, accommodated in 12 well-appointed cabins. On the upper deck, one executive suite and three double/twin cabins can be found; on the lower deck there are two double cabins, plus two twin/double cabins and four twin cabins. They are all modernly decorated and have their own private bathroom, as well as individually controlled AC.

After an exciting day of diving, if you wish to relax indoors you can do so on the bright and airy saloon, close to which a spacious dining area with bar can be found. The main deck also has plenty of relaxation options, since it features a large lounge with comfortable sofas, a bar with an excellent drink selection and even a hot tub! If you would rather catch some sun rays while enjoying the unique Maldivian views, you have a perfect place to do it on the sun deck.

Meals are served buffet style and the food menu was carefully designed to ensure all the delicious dishes provide the nutrition you need during a period of intense diving.

And because the MV Leo also caters for non-divers, these can simply relax onboard while an attentive crew looks after their needs, 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 DIVING

The Maldives are one of the most spectacular areas to dive worldwide and a knowledgeable and passionate team of four dive professionals will guide you through the wonders of its seas, home to whale sharks, the largest population of manta rays in the world and even hammerheads. They 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 Leo, 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 Leo also offers PADI Adventure Dives and selected specialties (subject to availability and itinerary), meaning 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 Leo 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.

If your route does not start in Male and requires a domestic flight on arrival, then you will be met by an Emperor representative where possible, and assisted with the check-in formalities for your flight. Full details will be provided at the time of booking.

ROUTES AND AVAILABILITY

The Best of the Maldives
7 nights
Embark/disembark:Malé / 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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Next departures
Availability
Price from
24 Nov - 1 Dec 2018
Full
USD 1,849
1 Dec - 8 Dec 2018
Full
USD 1,940
8 Dec - 15 Dec 2018
>5 places left
USD 1,769
15 Dec - 22 Dec 2018
4 places left
USD 1,540
29 Dec - 5 Jan 2019
Full
USD 2,111
5 Jan - 12 Jan 2019
Full
USD 1,940
Deep South and Southern Sharks
7 nights
Route between Kadhdhoo and Gan and Koodoo
Around Foamulah, you can expect to meet tiger and silver tip sharks and at Huvadhoo, one of the deepest lagoons in the Maldives, the currents are ideal for close encounters with whale sharks, silkies, hammerheads, tiger and grey sharks! The night dive on the Hyatt reef is definitely one not to be missed on this trip! Read more
Deep South and Southern Sharks
8 days / 7 nights
Route between Kadhdhoo and Gan and Koodoo
Certification required: Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent
Number of dives required: At least 100 dives logged
Points of interest: Around Foamulah, you can expect to meet tiger and silver tip sharks and at Huvadhoo, one of the deepest lagoons in the Maldives, the currents are ideal for close encounters with whale sharks, silkies, hammerheads, tiger and grey sharks! The night dive on the Hyatt reef is definitely one not to be missed on this trip!

ROUTE DETAILS

The “Deep South & Southern Sharks” itinerary runs from February to April and is the perfect choice for the most intrepid divers wanting to explore the out-of-way southernmost Maldivian atolls in search for some shark action. Around Foamulah, you can expect to meet tiger and silver tip sharks and at Huvadhoo, one of the deepest lagoons in the Maldives, the currents are ideal for close encounters with whale sharks, silkies, hammerheads, tiger and grey sharks! The night dive on the Hyatt reef is definitely one not to be missed on this trip! This route is suitable for experienced divers with 100+ who must be comfortable in strong currents, as it has a strong focus on drift diving. Please note that an intern flight is involved, as you will either be taken from Male to Huvadhoo by plane to join the liveaboard or from Huvadhoo to Male, depending on how you have chosen to dive this route.

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 Maldives (South region) will give you a good understanding about diving in this region.

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SCHEDULE

"Deep South & Southern Sharks" 7 nights 8 days schedule (February to April)

Day 1: Arrival day

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

  • Meemu Atoll: Beautiful channels with pelagic action, sailfish, grey reef sharks, eagle rays and beautiful soft coral. Manta cleaning station.
  • Thaa Atoll: hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, dolphins, traditional Maldivian channel diving.
  • Laamu Atoll: beautiful fish filled channels with great shark encounters.
  • Huvadhoo Atoll: whale sharks, more sharks, fast channel dives in Vilingilli Kandu area

Day 8: Departure day

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
Availability
Price from
Departure/Arrival
9 Feb - 16 Feb 2019
>5 places left
USD 2,728
Kadhdhoo - Gan
16 Feb - 23 Feb 2019
Full
USD 2,728
Gan - Kadhdhoo
2 Mar - 9 Mar 2019
Full
USD 2,858
Gan - Koodoo
9 Mar - 16 Mar 2019
Full
USD 2,511
Koodoo - Gan
16 Mar - 23 Mar 2019
>5 places left
USD 2,745
Gan - Koodoo
8 Feb - 15 Feb 2020
>5 places left
USD 2,727
Kadhdhoo - Gan
South Central Atolls
7 nights
Route between Malé and Koodoo and Male and Kadhdhoo
The “South Central Atolls” route takes place between January and March and is the ideal option for experienced divers looking for action, as it covers several atolls and is packed with speedy drift dives, mantas, sharks and even a wreck! Read more
South Central Atolls
8 days / 7 nights
Route between Malé and Koodoo and Male and Kadhdhoo
Certification required: Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent
Number of dives required: At least 100 dives logged
Points of interest: The “South Central Atolls” route takes place between January and March and is the ideal option for experienced divers looking for action, as it covers several atolls and is packed with speedy drift dives, mantas, sharks and even a wreck!

The South Central Atolls route takes place between January and March and is the ideal option for experienced divers looking for action, as it covers several atolls and is packed with speedy drift dives, mantas, sharks and even a wreck!

Manta activity is concentrated at Ari Atoll and there is also a great manta cleaning station on Meemu Atoll, whereas fans of hammerheads and whale sharks can often find them in Thaa. Channel dives in this area are outstanding, with loads of schooling snappers, jacks, barracuda, white tip and grey sharks, grouper, napoleon wrasses, turtles, eagle rays and much more! And if you are into wreck diving, you will have a great time exploring the Kuda Giri, famous for its rare black corals and macro life, including the resident frog fish.

One of the best things about this itinerary is that you will find a very small number of dive boats (if any!) on the visited dive sites, as it covers atolls that have very few resorts and lots of uninhabited islands – this means that quite often you will have the dive site for yourself and your group only! Also, the visibility is usually outstanding in the southern atolls, so if you are an underwater photographer of normal or macro marine life this is definitely a route that you will not want to miss!

Most dives in this itinerary involve deep and drift diving with currents, therefore it is not suitable for beginners and a minimum of 100 logged dives is recommended to join. Please note that, in order to ensure a memorable and safe dive trip, the Cruise Director will decide which are the best atolls to visit depending on the conditions, so you may not dive all of them.

Maldives have 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 Maldives (South region) will give you a good understanding about diving in this region.

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SCHEDULE

South Central Atolls 7 nights 8 days/9 nights 10 days schedule (January to March)

Day 1: Arrival day

Days 2-7/2-9: diving safari. Visited dive areas usually include:

  • North Male Atoll: 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
  • Vattaru Atoll: pristine coral reefs
  • Meemu Atoll: beautiful channels with pelagic action, sailfish, grey reef sharks, eagle rays and beautiful soft coral. Manta cleaning station
  • Thaa Atoll: hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, dolphins, traditional Maldivian channel diving.
  • Laamu Atoll: beautiful fish filled channels with great shark encounters.

Day 8/10: departure day

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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Departure/Arrival
2 Feb - 9 Feb 2019
Full
USD 2,443
Malé - Kadhdhoo
23 Mar - 30 Mar 2019
>5 places left
USD 2,465
Koodoo - Malé
1 Feb - 8 Feb 2020
>5 places left
USD 2,447
Male - Kadhdhoo
21 Mar - 28 Mar 2020
>5 places left
USD 2,447
Kadhdhoo - Male

BOAT FACILITIES

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Boat
Paid WiFi
Saloon
Camera station
Cabins with air conditioning
Cabins with TV
Warm water
Bar
Jacuzzi
Sunbeds
Charging stations
Non diver (snorkler) 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
-
Refurbished
2012
Max guests
24
Length
35
Width
10
Number of cabins
12
Engine
500 Hp Mitsubishi
Cabins
Upper deck Executive Suite
Upper deck Executive Suite
Cabin type
Double occupancy
Maximum occupancy
2
Aircon
Yes
Private bathroom
Yes
Deck
Upper deck
With a beautiful contrasting wooden décor, private bathroom and individually controlled AC.
Upper deck Executive Suite
Lower deck Double Cabin
Lower deck Double Cabin
Cabin type
Double occupancy
Maximum occupancy
2
Aircon
Yes
Private bathroom
Yes
Deck
Lower deck
With a beautiful contrasting wooden décor, private bathroom and individually controlled AC.
Lower deck Double Cabin
Upper deck Twin Cabin
Upper deck Twin Cabin
Cabin type
Twin share
Maximum occupancy
2
Aircon
Yes
Private bathroom
Yes
Deck
Upper deck
With a beautiful contrasting wooden décor, private bathroom and individually controlled AC.
Upper deck Twin Cabin
Lower Deck Twin Cabin
Lower Deck Twin Cabin
Cabin type
Twin share
Maximum occupancy
2
Aircon
Yes
Private bathroom
Yes
Deck
Lower deck
With a beautiful contrasting wooden décor, private bathroom and individually controlled AC.
Lower Deck Twin Cabin
Equipment rental
Payment on board. Can be ordered when booking
Full Equipment incl. SMB (per trip)USD 283
Mask, Fins, Wet Suit 3mm shortie, Regulator, BCD, SMB
Full Equipment incl. SMB + Dive Computer (per trip)USD 315
Mask, Fins, Wet Suit (3mm shortie), Regulator, BCD, SMB, Dive Computer
Mask (per trip)USD 32
Fins (per trip)USD 32
Wet Suit (3mm Shortie) (per trip)USD 63
Regulator (per trip)USD 126
BCD (per trip)USD 95
Dive Computer (per trip)USD 95
Torch (per trip)USD 95
Rebreather tank (per trip)USD 126
Stage S40 (5.7 ltr) (per trip)USD 126
Stage S80 (11.1 ltr) (per trip)USD 126
Side Mount SM550 (per trip)USD 126
Twin Set (2 x 12 ltr) (per trip)USD 190
15 ltr tanks (per trip)USD 95
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