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Diving Holidays to The Maldives: Liveaboards and land-based trips

maldives divingThe Maldives Islands lie South West of India. Scattered across the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean where the gem-like islands of the Maldives depict the rare vision of a tropical paradise. Palm fringed islands with sparkling white beaches, turquoise lagoons, clear warm waters and coral reefs teeming with abundant varieties of marine flora and fauna, fascinates visitors as it has for thousands of years. Truly a natural wonder, the height of the islands rarely reaches above 6 feet higher than the water. The 1196 islands consist of 19 atoll formations spread over an area of 56.000 square miles. The islands are surrounded by shallow crystal clear lagoons enclosed by coral reefs. These unique islands provide visitors with one of the most breathtaking views of underwater life in the world. Formed above peaks emerging from the depths of the ocean, upon layers of both living and dead coral as well as remnants of other marine life, the islands are generally covered with dense tropical vegetation. Coconut palms tower above dense undergrowth that protect the shores from erosion. The smaller islands are sand banks under formationmaldives diving The climate is warm year round, determined by the monsoons. However, being on the equator, the monsoons are mild and not as defined as in neighbouring countries. Of the two monsoons, the South West monsoon from May to October brings more rain and wind. The North East monsoon, from November to April, is the dry season. The air temperature varies little with an annual average daily maximum of 94F and minimum of 75F, while the water temperature ranges from 82F to 86F. The annual rainfalls run around 12 inches with a total of over 2.700 hours of sunshine each year. atoll formations maldivesThe Maldives are know for their enchanted underwater world. The translation of the word " Maldives " means "Realm of the thousand islands". Of the about 1.200 islands, only 200 are inhabited by a population of mainly fishermen. Another 80 islands are set aside exclusively for tourism resort development .

Liveaboard dates 2014

To: Diving World
Subject: We're back from our amazing holiday!

 

We arrived home late last night and I wanted to send you this quick email to let you know what a truly awesome and amazing holiday we had in the Maldives...You did a fantastic job for us.

Catherine

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Diving around the Maldives

eagle raysMaldives Diving

While the Maldives certainly have some gorgeous reefs, it's the fish life that makes them an outstanding dive destination. There are three distinctly different types of diving: inside the atolls, outside the atolls and inside the channels or passes, which is where the currents are strongest and you'll find the greatest congregation of fish life. Most intriguing are the cleaning stations, found around every corner and under every ledge. Groupers, Snappers, Surgeonfish, Eels, Parrotfish, even Giant Napoleon Wrasse park casually in corners, oblivious to all (including cameras) while armies of wrasse, shrimp and other assorted cleaners pick at debris in their open gills and cavernous mouths.

whale sharkThe big attraction, however, are the schools of fish that patrol the reefs in colourful packs: Humpback and Black and White Snappers, Trevally Jacks, Barracuda, Batfish, Unicornfish, Yellowback Fusiliers and Harlequin Sweetlips almost comical in design. The reef's larger inhabitants, including sharks, rays and occasionally even Whale Sharks, are often seen cruising in the blue. This parade of awesome marine life combines with exquisite coral covered backdrops to create many of what is surely some of the world's most extraordinary dives.

Dive sites in the Maldives are widely scattered while hotel based clients only have access to a limited number of good diving spots; a far greater number can be reached on a liveaboard, making it the ideal holiday for experienced divers.

The great magic of the Maldives is the tame fish life to be found on very shallow, sun dappled reefs. This is one of the best places in the world for fish photography. The fish are intensely colourful, swarm in great numbers over the reef, and are nearly tame.

 

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Maldives Liveaboards: accommodation

DIVING WORLD'S SELECT MALDIVES LIVEABOARD TRIPS AVAILABLE ON:

MV CARPE VITA EXPLORER, MV DUKE OF YORK, MV MONSOON, MV ORION, MV CONTE MAX, MV SACHICA, PETER HUGHES OCEAN DANCER, MSY GRANDEZZA (MALDIVES AGGRESSOR), MV DREAM CATCHER II, MSY MADIVARU 7 and MSY NAUTILUS 1 & 2

MALDIVES LIVEABOARD DEPARTURES 2014

 

MV Carpe Vita Explorer - 4 dives a day as standard

 

Explorer Venture Fleet: Carpe Diem and Carpe Vita Liveaboards

MV Carpe Diem and the newly built MV Carpe Vita (artist impression above), are sleek and attractive modern style Liveaboards which promise trips around some of the Maldivian best dive sites in comfort. The main focus of these vessels is the dive industry, offering up to 4 dives per day and night dives and optimising the best itineraries during the changing Maldivian diving seasons. The Carpe Diem was the first Explorer Venture Fleet vessel to offer such a service in 2008 and the rapid and sustained success with guests have quickly led to the construction of yet better version Liveaboard the MV Carpe Vita Explorer. The Carpe Vita Explorer is a more luxurious version of the Carpe Diem,

MV Carpe Diem - 4 dives a day as standard

 

MV Carpe Diem is a 35 m wooden hull motor safari yacht designed and built in the Maldives in 2008. It has 3 decks plus a sundeck with spacious cabins, living areas and decks. Special attention has been paid to the diving with a custom built dive support vessel (Dhoni) with hot water shower and a toilet, two fresh water showers, rinse tanks, 3 compressors (Bauer and Coltri), and a Nitrox Nuvair system. All diving is conducted from the Dhoni where equipment remains during the trip.

 

Accommodation: Upper deck: 1 Kingsize bed Suite and 1 Queensize bed.  Main deck : 2 Superior standard cabins with double beds. Lower deck : 6 standard cabins with double beds and a bunk bed. All cabins have individual bathrooms with hot water. All cabins have safety deposit boxes. Only the Suite, deluxe and high standard cabins have a flat screen TV with DVD player. All cabins have individually controlled AC. Bedsheets are changed regularly and towels and bath towels are provided.

Sun deck: 115sqm partially shaded sundeck with sitting area and lounge chairs. Upper deck: Bridge area, sitting/reading area with our in house library, studio with Internet access, Phone/Email. Small but comfortable spa offering all kinds of soothing massages and other services. Fully equipped bar and open air restaurant. Main deck: Lounge, bar, wide flat screen TV, DVD player and in house music system. Tailor made camera table, ice cream fridge. Open sitting area. Platform with two showers and jetski. Island hopping along with BBQ meals on deserted islands. Fishing gears, Water Sports (O-ring / Jet ski, windsurf) Equipment rentals and PADI Courses.

Diving: All equipments (2x MCH 16 Coltri Sub (530 L/min, 18 CFM plus a Bauer M320E, Coltri Sub LP280 Rotary Silent, Nuvair Membrane) compressors are installed on our 55 feet brand new diving dhoni giving more space, minimal noise and enhanced safety to Carpe Diem itself. First aid box and oxygen onboard. The dhoni has a toilet and hot water shower, two fresh water showers at the back and fresh water camera tank.

MV Carpe Vita Explorer

MV Carpe Vita Explorer, the new upgraded sister ship of the MV Carpe Diem and the latest addition to the Explorer Ventures Fleet. The Carpe Vita Explorer  is scheduled for her first voyage on Feb. 27, 2011. Carpe Vita Explorer is a 38m sturdy wooden hull motor cruiser. She is escorted by a specially designed 61 foot well equipped diving dhoni (diving tender). As with the Carpe Diem, large bay windows are a feature of the boat so there is always plenty of natural light, especially in the saloon and in the higher standard cabins. There are also plenty of shaded outdoor areas for those who prefer the sea breezes without exposure to the sun. The sun deck itself is huge and, with shade and seating, offers some great views of the tropical Islands and emerald seas. Diving takes place from the dhoni which has 4 point of entry and egress,

Carpe Vita has 10 comfortable cabins on different decks. The cabin types are suite (2), superior (2) and standard (6). All cabins have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes and TV screens with DVD players and their own private bathrooms. All the cabins are named after a marine life creature instead of a number.

 

Suite: The very spacious suite cabins, the Whale shark and the Manta cabins are located on the upper deck. The cabins have king size (California) beds which can be separated in two super single beds (39 inches wide), a wide flat screen monitor with DVD/MP3 player, desk/chair/dresser, two hanging closets, bay windows throughout the side of the cabin, bathroom with dual sink, bath tub and separate shower cubicle.

 

Superior: The Shark and Turtle cabins located on the main deck with king size beds which can be separated in two super single beds and desk/chair/dresser, hanging closet, large windows, private en suite bathroom and shower cubicle.



Standard: A total of 6 standard cabins, Dolphin, Octopus, Lion fish, Moray Eel, Lobster and Anemone fish are located on the lower deck. All cabins have one queen size bed and an upper single bed, desk/chair, dresser, private en suite bathrooms with showers. All standard cabins have portholes.

Diving:

All equipments (2x Bauer HP 320 compressors with tailor made water cooled Nitrox system are installed on our 61 feet brand new diving dhoni giving more space, minimal noise and enhanced safety to Carpe Vita itself. First aid box and oxygen onboard. The dhoni has a toilet and hot water shower, two fresh water showers at the back and fresh water camera and wetsuit rinse tank plus camera table.

 

M/V Duke of York

The MY Duke of York marks yet another leap in luxury and yacht building standards in Maldivian Liveaboards. This yacht is the result of Italian yacht design and engineering built to plan by the best craftsmanship in the Maldives. Teak decks and other fine woods adorn this spacious vessel and her aerodynamic hull with low profile displacement assures a smooth ride even in rough seas. Her living areas inside and out offer plenty of space. The main salon and bar area is huge with a large plasma screen and comfortable sofas you would struggle to leave after a long diving day and meals to match. The Duke as she is referred to by her owners accommodates 18 passengers in 9 cabins. The cabins are en suite and air conditioned with individual thermostatic control. Six cabins below deck are fitted with a double and a single bed. Two cabins located on the upper deck have double beds, and one cabin with twin beds has it’s own balcony with access to the upper deck. The sense of luxury on board is enhanced by  professional and friendly staff, delicious cuisine and Ayurvedic spa treatments.

Technical characteristics:
Length mt 38
Breadth mt. 10
Speed of cruise 12 knots
Engines 480hp
N.2 desalinisations capacity it/h 600
N.2 generators of 75kw
Diving dhoni mt 15
Dinghy mt 5 with engine Yamaha 40 hp.
11 crew members

Diving

Most of the diving activities are launched from the 15 meters Dhoni which always follows the yacht. The “dhoni” is equipped with diving and emergency back up and sporting equipment (canoe, trawling fishing and long line fishing). A secondary motorized tender is also available.

MY Duke of York is equipped for with REBREATHER and NITROX facilities. Take your own rebreather or hire on board. We can provide, on request, cylinder oxygen / diluents for 2 and 3 lt, sofnolime 797D, booster charge for oxygen at 200bar, bail out by 5 or 7 lt with regulator. On board a highly qualified rebreather instructor isready to assist you with your first experience to dive with rebreathers or accompany you if you are already qualified. The groups will be composed of maximum 4 rebreather divers for each guide.


Itineraries

Duke of York alters the diving itinerary depending on season and it is one of the few vessels accessing the remote deep south, such as Laamu and Suvadiva atolls. During the Northeast monsoon season January to April some departures start from Kaddhoo Airport in the deep south Laamu Atoll, with exploration of remote and un dived reefs including Thaa, Meemu and Felidhoo Atolls ending the cruise in the south Male atoll. From May to October during Southwest Monsoon period the Duke of York seeks whale sharks, giant mantas and hammerhead sharks in the Ari, Baa, Raa, Laviyani, Rasdhoo atolls.
 

Special Itineraries

South –Laamu & Suvadiva Atolls (Jan to Apr)
South – Suvadiva (Huvadu Atolls)
South - (Laamu Atoll )
North - (Bhaa, Raa and Laviyani Atolls)
East-West - (Mulaku, Dhaalu and Faafu Atools). Sharks (Ari-Male south & Felidhoo Atolls)
Hammered Sharks (Rasdhoo & Felidhoo). Special Safari in Baa Atoll for Manta & Whale Sharks with many Mantas at one time (May to Oct)

MSY Siren

The 34-metre SY Maldives Siren is a handcrafted Indonesian phinisi constructed in ironwood and teak and sailing under seven sails. She is purpose-built for divers, with superb facilities for the underwater photographers as well as for the watersport enthusiast or the adventurous sailor. The boat takes up to 18 guests.

The spacious and modern air-conditioned saloon has a cocktail bar, 42-inch flat-screen TV and a computer supporting the inter-cabin network. There is plenty of space to relax on the comfortable sofas while enjoying a post-diving drink.


Delicious international and Asian cuisine is offered, with individual requirements happily catered for. Imagine enjoying a superb meal while looking out across the wide expanse of ocean from the covered outdoor dining area near the stern of the boat on the main deck.

There are eight large, en-suite, air-conditioned cabins each with its own computer and audio-visual entertainment system complete with 20-inch flat screen, high definition monitor integrated into the yacht’s network server in the saloon. Each cabin has a lavish array of luxury facilities, including hairdryers, towels and individually-controlled lighting and air-conditioning. The boat has three decks; the lower deck has all the cabins, the main deck has the dining area and the dive area, and the upper deck has the lovely sun lounge area.


 

The boat offers satellite phone facilities. Other facilities on board include a small boutique shop selling books, tee-shirts, hats and souvenirs. For those in the mood for some serious self-indulgence, why not try the massage service.

The dive area is on the main deck with space for twenty divers and further space for the dive crew. With a maximum of 16 divers on most trips, it means that the area is very spacious and allows for each diver to suit up in comfort. Each diver has his or her own place to store equipment. Divers set up their dive kit once only, at the start of the cruise. For the rest of the trip the crew will prepare your dive kit for you for every dive. Cylinders are filled in situ with air or with Nitrox (which is provided at no additional cost). The dive platform provides easy access to the two dive tenders, one of which is 5.8 metres and the other is 5.2 metres in length. Divers usually enter the water from one of the tender boats and dives are usually ‘go with the flow’ drifts with an easy climb up one of the ladders on return. The tenders are staffed by very experienced crew and they will be there to greet you at the end of the dive. The crew comprises the most experienced, multi-lingual instructors who are available to teach PADI courses from Open Water to Divemaster. They are fully trained to look after your dive and photography gear, either as much or as little as you wish. Thorough dive briefings are given before every dive, and you may elect to dive with the dive crew or with your buddy. There is a fresh water shower on the dive platform and another two showers on the same deck for post-dive rinses. Photographers and videographers have their own large rinse tank with fresh water, which is changed on a regular basis. There is a further rinse tank for computer, mask and dive light rinsing.

 

DREAM CATCHER II

 

"Dream Catcher II" offers a truly relaxed and comfortable atmosphere in luxurious surroundings with plenty of space. The Dream Catcher II also provides top class diving, delicious food and dedicated services, all with a spectacular sea view.

The cabins are spacious and made from the finest teak interiors and have the latest facilities in them, such as TV, DVD and music systems.
There is an elegant bar on the top deck which is the perfect location to sit and relax and watch the world go by, whilst enjoying a long & cooling cocktail and taking in the sunset and the ocean's breeze.
The boat itself has all the latest navigational equipment, which enables a safe and pleasant cruise, you may wish to visit uninhabited islands, local inhabited islands and sandbanks that are scattered around in the middle of the ocean, the choice is yours.


Dream Catcher II not only offers comfort and relaxation with all the modern facilities that you would require whilst in Paradise, but also one of the finest Chefs who will cater for every need. They will offer different menus everyday for you to experience. There will be fresh fruit, fresh fish and meats that will be transformed into amazing mouth-watering meals. IDD Telephone available in all suites.

 The features at Dream Catcher II are:
• Separate diving boat
• Night diving
• Unlimited diving
• Oxygen
• Equipment rental
• Professional diving instructors
• PADI courses
• Snorkel tuition (if required)

Vessel Particulars
Year built: March 2008
Hull type: Wooden
Length: 104 ft
Cruise speed: 13 knots
Propulsion: Diesel engine 400 hp

Services
Electricity Source: Soundproof generators x 2 (each 40 kw)
AC voltage: 220v
DC voltage: 12v, 24v
Desalination: x 2 plants (each 6 tonnes per day)

Accommodation & Room details
Maximum guest capacity: 17 passengers
No. of guest cabins: 7 (1 mega suite, with 1 double bed & 1 single bed, 2 panoramic suites with 1 double bed in each & 2 lower deck suites, with a double bed in each & 1 single bed in each and 2 lower deck suites with 2 single beds)
Air conditioning: Individual control
All cabins with attached toilet/bath: Yes
Hot/Cold water: Yes, 24 hours
Porthole: Yes

Facilities onboard
No. of decks: 3 (ideal for sunbathing/relaxing)
Dining rooms: 1 open or closed air restaurant (serving three FB meals a day)
Bar: 1 (serving a variety of drinks/beverages)
Boutique/Shop: 1 (selling amenities items etc)
Safe in cabins: Yes
Library: Yes
First Aid: Yes
Board games: Yes
Audio/Video facilities: TV/DVD and music systems to all cabins

 

M/Y Conte Max

Conte Max offers a synergy between luxury and wellbeing after dives. Top design and high quality standards feature on this 33-metre-long and 10-metre-wide yacht. Conte Max features 3 spacious decks/sundecks with sun loungers. There are 2 restaurants, one outdoors and one indoors, both offering menus comprising Italian and Maldivian dishes of fresh fish, although the crew is always available to satisfy the different requirements of the participants; the dinette, characterised by its fine wood furnishings and its parquet, is also a relaxing meeting point; the 4 triple cabins and the 4 double cabins are all en-suite with shower and independently controlled air conditioning; passengers can also enjoy a boutique, a library and an internet point.



The Conte Max does not just offer the comfort of any other yacht; the owners have developed a concept of cruising which combines the regenerative wellbeing inspired by such a breathtaking location as the Maldives. Conte Max is one of the very few Liveaboards offering  a small SPA specialising in Ayurvedic treatments.

The Conte Max has a crew of 8 and is backed by a 15-metre Maldivian dhoni complete with all diving equipment and other activities (canoeing, angling and trolling) and 2 big-game fishing chairs. As well as the more traditional itineraries, between January and March the Conte Max will cruises the far south Suvadiva atoll, including the pristine reefs and coral reefs of Huvadhoo Atoll and Gaafu Atoll. This is by far the most the most spectacular and adventurous diving in the Maldives, which ‘luckily’ has until now been closed to tourism.

Cabins
8 large cabins, namely:
1 suite (second deck) with one queen size bed and one single bed
4 triples with one double bed and one single bed
3 twin bed cabins. 
All cabins feature independently adjustable air conditioning and bathroom with shower cabin. 
There are no bunk beds.

Restaurant 
Outdoor dining area (in the aft part of the first deck) and indoor area which can be used in case of rain. The meals are served at the table and the menus include dishes from the Italian-international and Maldivian cuisine, mainly prepared with fresh fish, although our chefs are always ready to satisfy any of our guests’ specific requirements. Once a week a buffet of traditional Maldivian dishes is prepared.

Dinette
The indoor saloon has a bar offering a wide choice of soft drinks and spirits and a TV-DVD-Stereo area furnished with comfortable rattan sofas . All the furniture inside the yacht is made of valuable Maldivian wood, which lend the place a unique and particular feel.


 

Decks
The communal open-air spaces are on three decks and offer areas furnished with sun loungers, sun mats and deck chairs.
The decks allow guests to enjoy the breathtaking Maldivian scenery, both when sailing and while relaxing when the yacht is moored in the lagoons for the night.

Boutique
The on-board boutique offers traditional Maldivian souvenirs, gadgets and Luxury Yacht Maldives T-shirts.

IInternet & mobile phone
Internet connection is available for a fee. In each cabin guests will find a Maldivian sim card they can use, should they not have one already. Guests can however be contacted thanks to the Yacht’s own mobile phone; when booking their cruise guests will be given the number for this phone and the email address configured on the boat’s computer.

Workshop and diving & snorkelling equipment
A hiring service for diving and snorkelling equipment is available and should be requested when booking.

Tender (Diving Dhoni)
Traditional Maldivian boat accompanying the Conte Max,  equipped with 2 Coltri  MCH13 compressors
CATALINA C100(13lt) 227bar aluminium cylinders 
DIN/INT fittings and single and twin regulator 


Crew
Comprises at least 8/9 members plus 3 dive guides.
An Indian masseur is also available on board (see SPA page)

Special Itineraries

South –Laamu & Suvadiva Atolls (Jan to Apr)
South – Suvadiva (Huvadu Atolls)
South - (Laamu Atoll )
North - (Bhaa, Raa and Laviyani Atolls)
East-West - (Mulaku, Dhaalu and Faafu Atools). Sharks (Ari-Male south & Felidhoo Atolls)
Hammered Sharks (Rasdhoo & Felidhoo). Special Safari in Baa Atoll for Manta & Whale Sharks with many Mantas at one time (May to Oct)
          

M/V Monsoon

 

Monsoon was launched in May 2007. This boat is the first truly international standard steel hulled vessel to operate in the Maldives. She is not only luxurious but has been designed by people who really know Liveaboard diving.

Cabins:
There has been no compromise when it comes to providing comfort for her guests. All cabins are en suite with a small fridge, safety deposit box, TV, DVD and A/C with individual controls. Music and lighting are controlled from the bedside.


Saloon & Dining Room:
The restaurant is situated on the main deck and provides a spacious and tasteful environment to enjoy an excellent variety of local Maldivian and European cuisine. Above the restaurant on the bridge deck is the saloon and bar, a comfortable relaxation area with stereo, CD/DVD and a plasma screen for viewing the day’s digital shots and video footage or taking in a movie. The bar is stocked with wine and a selection of spirits and cocktails.

Sun Deck:
The cocktail deck provides relaxation in or out of the sun. For the real sun worshipers there are several sun decks where you can find your own place to relax. On the upper deck you will find a heated Jacuzzi.

Dive Deck:
The dive deck is fully equipped to cater for all diving needs, scuba or technical, open circuit or re-breathers, photo or video.
- Features include:
- Tanks filled in situ;
- Air-drying for cameras;
- Nitrox membrane;
- Mixing panel;
- Haskel booster pump.

Nitrox, Oxygen, Helium, Inspiration tanks, pony cylinders, sofnolime and 15 litre tanks are available by request and are subject to additional charge. There are two spacious 6m RIBs with centre consoles and a smaller inflatable for use by the crew.

M/V Orion

MV ORION is one of the latest additions to the new generation luxury cruisers in the Maldives. With its overall length of 40 meters and breadth of 10 meters the Orion Liveaboard offers spacious accommodation with wide and well appointed air conditioned cabins all en suite and built to a high specification. Each cabin is equipped with a plasma screen and DVD player. There are 12 guest rooms, each finished with the luxury and ambience of a Maldivian Luxury Resort.  Every room comprises of double/twin beds, a mini-bar, Plasma TV, Electronic Combination Safe, as well as beautifully tiled bathrooms.  4 of these cabins having the added luxury of bathtubs.  At the front of the Upper Deck is a magnificent Suite, which comes with its own private external section, complete with private open air Jacuzzi. As with most Maldivian Liveaboards Guests are usually a good international mix of young and old, divers and non-divers.

 MV Orion:

 Length: 40m

 Breadth 10m

 Engine: 600HP Volvo

 Generators: 2 x 50KVA.  Water Makers: 2

 Cabins:

There are 10 guest rooms, each finished with the luxury and ambience of a Maldivian Luxury Resort.  Every room comprises of double/twin beds, a mini-bar, Plasma TV, Electronic Combination Safe, as well as beautifully tiled bathrooms.  All 10 rooms have en suite toilet and shower facilities, with 4 of the 10 rooms having the added luxury of bathtubs.  At the front of the Upper Deck is a magnificent Presidential Suite, which comes with its own private external section, complete with private open air Jacuzzi.

  Lower Deck:

 1 Suite, 6 Double Rooms, 2 Single Rooms.

 Main Deck:

 Reception Counter, 1 Bar, Souvenir Shop, Dining Area, Wheelhouse, 2 Public Toilets.

 Upper Deck:

 1 Poolside Bar, 1 Large Jacuzzi, 1 Spa/Massage Room, 1 Public Toilet, 3 Twin Rooms,  1 Suite with private deck area and open air Jacuzzi.

Sun Deck:

Numerous Sun Loungers.

SEPARATE DIVING DHONI:

 Fully equipped 35ft Diving Dhoni complete with Oxygen Kits, 2 x L&W Compressors, 30 Tanks.

 Other Facilities:

 Wireless Internet, Massage

      B Boat Crew:     9  Dhoni Crew: 3 Diving Crew:   3 at all times with a mix of British, Maldivian,   Japanese, Italian, Spanish, and Singaporean crew, depending on the guests onboard.

 

MALDIVES AGGRESSOR (MSY GRANDEZZA)

Maldives Aggressor (Named the 'Grandezza' by it’s owner) new motor sailor franchised to the Aggressor fleet and therefore offers up to 4 dives per day. Grandezza is a 115 feet superb motorsailor, with a steel structure and is equipped with 2 powerful engines and 2 masts with 4 sails that allow to 13 knots of speed. This yacht has all the safety requirements that allowed it to be classified by the Italian Registration Body (RINA) and is an Ocean going vessel able to circumnavigate the Globe.

It is equipped with the most modern navigation devices like Radar, 2 GPS, eco sounder, SSB, VHF, satellite communication system etc. Grandezza is also equipped with 2 powerful water cooled Bauer compressors and it is able  to offer 4 dives/day for 20 divers with Nitrox.

There are 10 cabins for the guests and 4 cabins for the crew of 9 members. Each room has an individually controlled air conditioning and an en suite private bathroom.

On the spacious front deck under the canopy the guests can have the dinner, while the other meals are served in the spacious saloon. (At the back there is a large photo table and a recharging facility).

It is considered one of the best Liveaboards worldwide. Two main itineraries, the South Male and Felidhe Atolls and Rashdhoo and Ari Atolls. From May to October Grandezza accesses Baa and Lhaviyani atolls including Hanifaru Bay. Ideal for small groups with a minimum number of 8 divers to guarantee sailing.

The Maldives Aggressor also features a 55' dive tender and some of the most up to date diving facilities with up to 4 dives per day.



 

SPECIFICATIONS:
• Length: 115 feet, Steel Hull
• Beam: 26 feet
• Draft: 9 feet
• Built: 2006/2007, Bodrum (Turkey)
• Fuel Storage: 4,000 gallons
• Water Storage: 2,500 gallons
• 2 Water makers: 2,600 gallons per day; 1,300 gallons each
• Desalinator: 2 x 55 gallons/hour
• Speed: 12 knots
• Cruising Range: motor sailer, therefore, unlimited cruising range
• Certification: RINA-SOLAS built to international safety standards

EQUIPMENT:
• 2x 440 HP MAN diesel engines
• 2 x 75 kw generators
• 48 miles radar
• GPS with electronic charting
• SSB marine radio
• 2 dive compressors with cascade storage
• 55 foot dive tender
• Nitrox membrane system
• Satellite phone with e-mail
• Computer station
• 2 VHF radios
• Auto pilot, coupled with GPS
• Depth sounder
• Compass

STATEROOM FEATURES:
(10) Deluxe staterooms; (6) with one dbl/one sgl berths and (4) with two sgl berths.

 

 

MADIVARU 7

Although Madivaru 7 is one of the earliest Maldives Liveaboard it is nevertheless a yacht with unbeatable character, style and comfort. Every little detail is so well maintained and preserved. This Liveaboard is a favourite with repeat visitors, especially small groups who succumb to her charm and of course unbeatable value for money. Madivaru was completely refurbished in 2008 and is owned by the same operator as the Maldives Aggressor. 

Most of the woodwork, even the hull and decking, is made of thick teak. Many of the internal fixtures, such as lights, mirrors, bathroom fixtures, etc. were imported from Italy. The overall level of craftsmanship is superb, and Madivaru 7 is a beautiful dive vessel. A total of 16 guests are accommodated in eight double occupancy cabins. Most cabins have both a large double bed below and a single bed above. Each cabin has a porthole, high "cathedral" ceiling, very good lighting, a full-length mirror, and a good amount of storage space. All cabins have an attached private bathroom, toilet, and shower remarkably spacious by live-aboard standards. Diving is accomplished from traditional dive dhonis that accompany the cruise.

Madivaru 7 is fully air conditioned, with thermostat control in every room, and equipped with three 35 kw generators, providing both 110 and 220 volts electricity. It is also equipped with an advanced satellite communication system, sonar, GPS, water maker, ice maker, hot water, a VCR and TV for your video playback

Diving is carried out from the escorting 15 metre local diving boat, called "diving dhonie", which follows the divers from the surface. This is the safest and most comfortable way to do the diving in the Maldives. Every diver will have his own seat and his own basket where he will store his diving gear, which will always remain on the diving dhoni. The system leaves the main boat free to handle accommodations, meals and social activities in a quiet and uncluttered atmosphere.The cozy salon has dining tables, television/VCR and soft couches. Meals are served buffetstyle, with European (especially Italian), American and local cuisine. On the expansive main deck, there's plenty of room for sunbathing or shaded relaxation under a canopy; a large camera prep and storage table and E-6 processing system occupy the centre.

SPECIFICATIONS:
• Length: 33m, Wood Hull
• Beam: 10m
• Draft: 2.2m
• Built: 1996/Refurbished 2008, Bodrum (Turkey)
• Fuel Storage: 4,000 gallons
• Water Storage: 2,500 gallons
• 2 Water makers: 2,600 gallons per day; 1,300 gallons each
• Desalinator: 2 x 55 gallons/hour
• Speed: 12 knots
• Cruising Range: All Maldivian atolls
• Certification: RINA-SOLAS built to international safety standards

EQUIPMENT:
• 1x 750 HP YANMAR diesel engine
• 3 x 35 kw Onan generators
• 48 miles radar
• GPS with electronic charting
• SSB marine radio
• 2 dive compressors with cascade storage
• 15 metre Dhoni
• 1 dive tender and 1 speedboat
• Satellite phone with e-mail
• Computer station
• 2 VHF radios
• Auto pilot, coupled with GPS
• Depth sounder
• Compass

GUEST ACCOMMODATION FEATURES:
(8) Deluxe cabins en suite with one dbl/one sgl berths in each.

 

     B SACHIKA

Built and launched in 2007, the MY Sachika offers a very high standard in terms of quality and on-board service, and can be considered in the luxury category. It has three bridges and very modern infrastructure; Cabins are spacious with individually controlled air conditioning, bathrooms with showers and some with bath tubs. 3 cabins also come complete with LCD TV’s. The well organised kitchen even has its own patisserie chef on board, and guests can also benefit from the dedicated Spa facility including large Jacuzzi and the Internet centre available for use.
The diving dhoni is 15 metres long, complete with bathroom facilities, and a crew of three plus dive guide.

Technical characteristics:
Length mt 33
Breadth mt. 10
Speed of cruise 12 knots
Engine Yanmar 480hp
N.2 desalinisations capacity it/h 600
N.2 generators of 35kw
Diving dhoni mt 15
Dinghy mt 5 with engine Yamaha 40 hp.
11 crew members

Cabins:
N5 standard cabins with low beds
N1 junior suite which include: King-size bed+ single bed, bathroom with shower and bath tube.
N3 suites with king size bed, TV LCD, DVD and mini-bar
All cabins have: Air conditioner with independent regulation, Safety box, en suite bathroom, smoke alarm

Facilities:
Internet point, SPA, Jacuzzi, 2 bars, 2 coffee bars, 2 restaurants (inside and outside)
The boat is equipped with the most modern navigation systems

Diving:
N2 compressors of 16mc/h
N32 aluminium tanks 12 Lt with int/din valves
Oxygen and first aid kit
Diving equipment hire on board
PADI diving courses available on board.
Fishing equipment on board

 

 

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A super luxury yacht at a reasonable price. Carina is a 100-foot luxury liveaboard built recently with the finest of materials. She has spacious double-occupancy staterooms with en suite baths, hot water, and individually controlled air-conditioning units. Her finishing is of the highest quality.

Carina hosts three large decks in addition to ample inside and outside spaces. Her gourmet buffet restaurant offers local and international cuisine.

The diving operation is carried out from a 50-foot diving boat with the assistance of two skilled dive guides. If the divers exceed 14, a second diving boat will be provided.

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Kiru Dhooni
kiru dhooniThis is a beautiful 85-foot Turkish motor yacht built recently.

Kiru Dhooni offers eight air-conditioned staterooms, each with a king bed and an en suite bath.

A very spacious deck allows guests the choice of either eating inside or dining "al fresco", pleasantly caressed by the soothing Maldivian breezes. The crews are extremely skillful and helpful.

This combination of Maldivian splendor, fabulous diving, excellent lodging and food and wonderful service guarantees an outstanding vacation!

NOTE: This yachts guarantee departures with a minimum of 6 passengers.

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The diving operation of Kiru Dhooni, is carried out from 50-foot diving boat.

 

 

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Maldives hotels: land-based accommodation

Kuredu, Kuredu, Maldives
Kuredu is a stunning island, ideal for a tropical getaway and well suited for those looking for a relaxing holiday in an informal setting. On the western end of the island, the Sangu Resort offers romantic Jacuzzi Beach Villas and fabulous Water Villas.

Accommodation:
Beach Bungalows have thatched roofs, comfortable wicker furniture, spacious open-air bathroom with shower, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, mini-bar, safe, tea & coffee making facilities, telephone, CD player, a wooden terrace and sun loungers
Beach Villas have fine views and are larger with sitting area, wrought iron furniture, some with 4 poster bed and sundecks
Jacuzzi Beach Villas have private fenced garden and Jacuzzi
Sangu Water Villas are individually built over the lagoon and have 4 poster beds
Jacuzzi Beach Villas & Sangu Water Villa guests have their own exclusive restaurant and bar.

Facilities:
3 Main restaurants
3 Speciality restaurants (at a supplement)
Choice of bars
Swimming pool and children's pool
Fitness centre
Entertainment centre with TV room and library
Games room with table tennis, darts, pool tables, football tables
Floodlit tennis court and beach volleyball
windsurfing, catamaran sailing, and snorkelling
Spa
Dive centre
Game fishing
6 Hole floodlit golf course, driving range and putting green
Local boat excursions
Evening entertainment.

Reethi Beach, Reethi Beach Island Resort, Maldives
In a stunning and remote location, this elegant island resort prides itself on its diving opportunities in the surrounding reefs, home to mantas and whale sharks. Crystal-clear waters, fabulous white sand beaches and luxurious spa facilities create a perfect Maldivian retreat.

Accommodation:
All rooms have air-conditioning, ceiling fan, small fridge, satellite television, IDD telephone, hairdryer and terrace
Reethi Villas have part open-air bathroom with shower
Deluxe Villas are detached with a sitting area, a Maldivian swing and bathtub
Water Villas are semi-detached with CD player, tea & coffee making facilities, sitting area and private deck.

Facilities:
Choice of speciality restaurants
Bars
Swimming pool
Spa
Fitness centre (payable locally)
Tennis, squash and badminton (payable locally)
Dive centre
Watersports, including catamaran sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, canoeing and waterskiing (payable locally)
Evening entertainment.

 

Meerufenfushi

Great quality and outstanding value

On a seventy-acre island covered with tropical palms, beautiful white beaches and with attractive accommodation. The house reef offers excellent snorkelling, whilst the fantastic location provides both seclusion and great excursions.

Facilities

2 main restaurants (one for guests staying in standard rooms and Land Villas and one for those staying at The Meeru Village) • 2 a la carte restaurants including the ‘Asian Wok' offering fantastic Thai, Indian and Maldivian cuisine on the beach • Gift Shop • Jewellers • Choice of bars • Coffee shop • Swimming pool • Spa • Fitness centre • Tennis & badminton courts • Golf driving range • Dive school • Watersports, including snorkelling, windsurfing and catamarans • Kids pool • Excursions arranged locally • Evening entertainment.

Accommodation

All rooms have air conditioning, telephone, mini-bar, tea & coffee making facilities, safe, shower and terrace • Standard rooms are in terraces of 4 or 6 rooms, some with part open-air bathroom • Land Villas are in individual wooden bungalows with part open air bathrooms • Meeru Village rooms consist of Jacuzzi Villas which are as Land Villas plus an outdoor Jacuzzi, cable TV, CD player, wooden sun deck, shade pavilion and private tropical garden area • Water Villas are built partly over the lagoon and have a CD player and sun-deck with ladder into the sea • Jacuzzi Water Villas are built entirely over the water and have cable television, CD/DVD player and a Jacuzzi for two overlooking the ocean. They are in great demand, so book early! Please note guests need to be 18 years or above to stay at The Meeru Village.

Optional All Inclusive - What’s Included • Buffet style breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner daily in the main restaurant • Drinks in the main bar by the glass - selected spirits, soft drinks, beer, house wine (also available by the glass during lunch & dinner). All-inclusive bar open 1000 to 2400 • 2 Excursions per stay • 1 One hour massage per stay (adults only) • 1 Introductory scuba lesson per stay (adults only) • 1 Love boat cruise per stay inc. lunch and drinks (adults only) • Use of fitness centre (adults only) • Use of tennis court (daytime) and badminton court.

Taj Coral Reef

Silky soft white sand and a world-class spa

Part of the renowned Taj Hotel group, this tropical hideaway has a house reef with exotic species and its own shipwreck. Offering good service and exceptional attention to detail, the hotel has a rejuvenating spa and beautiful decor throughout its Lagoon and Garden Villas. Island hopping can be organised on request.

Facilities

Restaurant • 2 bars • Swimming pool • Water sports including catamaran rides, paddle boating, wind surfing, sailing, water skiing and canoeing • Dive centre • Spa offering a range of massages and therapeutic treatments • Table tennis • Billiards • Beach volleyball.

Accommodation

All rooms have one double or twin beds, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, direct dial telephone, satellite TV with in house movies, tea/coffee facilities and safe • Beach Villas are set back from the water's edge, have a private balcony, hammock and open-air shower • Lagoon Villas are built on stilts over the water, are slightly larger and have a private sun deck and bath.

Honeymoons: Couples receive flower decorations, a cake and fruit basket, one beach dinner with bottle of wine and 20% discount on all services at the Spa.

 

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A choice of the best Liveaboards and Islands to suit all budgets.

Prices include flights, transfers, airport taxes, accommodation, FB and 3 / 4 dives a day on liveaboards.

Liveaboard diving 3 / 4 dives a day. Land-based diving arranged separately. Nitrox diving and courses available.

Prices start from £1695pp. 2 weeks Liveaboard Full Board & Island All Inclusive from 2585.

 

 

CLIMATE:

The air temperature varies little with an annual average daily maximum of 94F and minimum of 75F, while the water temperature ranges from 82F to 86F.

FLIGHTS:

Sri Lankan Airlines from London Heathrow to Male.34 inch economy seat pitch. Upgrades available at a fee.
Departures every Saturday or Sunday




VISAS
Tourist visas for 30 days will be issued on arrival only and are free of charge to all visitors in possession of valid travel documents. Note that
foreign visitors who enter the Maldives must be in possession of return or onward tickets and sufficient funds to cover duration of stay


PRICES
Flights - 7 nights cruise on board your chosen M/Y - Full board basis - up to 4 dives per day during the cruise - all transfers- airport taxes. Prices from £1695.00
 
 
     
 
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