Hope Cruiser is a budget standard liveaboard, offering dive and surf trips around the Maldives according to the seasons. It can accommodate 12 guests.

Giulia Donati

18/04/2017

Amazing boat with exceptional and professional crew! We had a wonderful time on Hope Cruiser, thank you very much for this great adventure as much on board as under water!

Description

Boat

Hope Cruiser is a 26.5 meters long, 7.3 meters wide wooden liveaboard, cruises at 9 - 12 knots per hour. It has 110/220 volt power on board.

The main and upper deck is home to a few social areas, which offers both inside and outside lounging options. First, the indoor salon and dining room is quite spacious, allowing the 12 guests to be comfortable.

The salon features a complete entertainment unit as well as a small library of movies, music and books. Plus, you will notice the fully stocked corner bar in the living room, that’s where you’ll get refreshments all day and cocktails at night!

Furthermore, there are two dining area options, one is indoor as mentioned above, and the other one it at the aft of the Hope Cruiser. Also, as you walk upstairs, you will notice the sizable sundeck. Of course, it’s the favorite spot to sunbathe and take great pictures of the beautiful Maldives. The sundeck is partially shaded and displays both day beds, tables, and chairs for your convenience.

Hope Cruiser is assisted in the scuba diving operation by a 12 meters dhoni boat. This allows a quiet running of the mother ship as well as more space. The dhoni is equipped will filling stations and individual storage boxes for your gear.


Cabin

Hope Cruiser has 6 guest cabins, it can welcome up to 12 guests per trip.

All cabins have en-suite bathroom, self-control air conditioning, fan, storage area.

6 Guest Cabin :
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with one double bed and one single bed in bunk style, portholes.


Diving

  • 17 dives per week (1 night dive is included per week).
  • No dive on the embarkation and disembarkation day.
  • Only 1 - 2 dives will be provided on the last diving day.
  • All diving will provide experienced guide to lead the dive.

Other Information

  • Nitrox:Not available at the moment
  • 15L Tanks:Available with additional charge
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Technical Dive:Not available at the moment yet
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available with additional charge
  • Dive insurance:Divers must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Available with additional cost
  • Laundry Service:Not available at the moment
  • Massage Service:Not available at the moment
  • Payment on board:Cash (USD/EUR/MVR)
  • Crew Number:Unknown, include 1 - 2 dive guide(s)

Itineraries

Scuba Diving

Although the Maldives are known the world over for the stunning beaches and azure waters that typify the tropical idyll, its life beneath the water's surface is becoming ever more respected by divers in the know. The Maldives Islands have some excellent coral reefs, but it's the abundance of fish life throughout the country that sets it apart from other dive destinations. Due to the myriad channels and passages between the atolls, the currents sweep and play throughout the island chain so that nutrients are always on the move. Since the islands are scattered over a large area, and some of the best diving is found inside and outside the atolls' lagoons and in the channels in between, the best way to see the region is by liveaboard.

Water temperature in Maldives is an almost uniform 83º F to 85º F (28ºC to 32ºC), making dives at any time a delight. Sea breezes command two distinct seasons in Maldives, which enjoys the luxury of being a year-round dive destination. Southwest winds in May through October bring days of sunny weather, punctuated by brief spells of refreshing rainfall and occasional gusts. From December to April northeast winds herald drier months, when initial gusting winds calm, to bring clear and bright blue skies. November and April, by and large, are inter-season months, when the prevailing wind determines the climate.

Visibility in either season is equally spectacular and, depending on current and sea conditions, can exceed 100 feet. With depths of 80 to 60 feet common all year, views of fish life are fabulous regardless of the season. Keep in mind that the winter season in the northeast marks the busiest months in any tropical island paradise. Book early, as our warm sun, clear seas, and amazing dive experiences become the mid-winter fantasy of many tourists from colder climates.

Some resorts have good diving nearby, but if you wish for the greatest diversity and a variety of sites, the liveaboard is King.


Surfing

Hope Cruiser gives the opportunity to test some of the less recognized surf points in the atolls further away from Male’ atoll(Kaafu Atoll). The surf season coincides with the south-west monsoon and runs from mid February to November when the best swells are generated by winter low pressure systems in the southern Indian Ocean. March and April provide a combination of excellent surfing and weather conditions.

At the moment surfer’s exploring the Central Atolls have focused on the Meemu, Thaa and Laamu Atolls, each one offering a variety of waves. All three atolls have great exposure to south swells and there are plenty of reef-pass setups that will often see bigger waves than the more popular North Male Atoll. Numerous world class breaks have been discovered in the Central Atolls, mostly in the form of right-handers.

The beauty of surfing these island chains is that there are many spots within a short distance of each other and waves that will accommodate every level of surfing. So if you find a reef sucking barrel that looks rather intimidating, you will likely find a more welcoming and forgiving wave just around the corner or on the next reef pass. Naturally some spots might be more exposed to wind, but the layout of these islands and their accompanying reefs means that many breaks will be protected, ensuring clean conditions. As the only means of access to these atolls is by live aboard, those lucky enough to have ventured there have been reaping the rewards, and with nobody else around. Crowding is not an issue in the Central Atolls.

Gaafu Dhaalu/Huvadhoo Atoll is blessed with surf-infested reef passes. The optimum surf condition window is small, with the very best conditions historically occurring from February to early May each year before the winds swing.

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Destinations Central Maldives
Facilities Internet, Fishing gear
Languages spoken English

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
01/10/2022 to 08/10/2022 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
08/10/2022 to 15/10/2022 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
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22/10/2022 to 29/10/2022 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
29/10/2022 to 05/11/2022 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
05/11/2022 to 12/11/2022 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
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25/03/2023 to 01/04/2023 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
01/04/2023 to 08/04/2023 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
08/04/2023 to 15/04/2023 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
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29/04/2023 to 06/05/2023 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
07/10/2023 to 14/10/2023 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
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21/10/2023 to 28/10/2023 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
28/10/2023 to 04/11/2023 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
04/11/2023 to 11/11/2023 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
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02/12/2023 to 09/12/2023 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
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02/03/2024 to 09/03/2024 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
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30/03/2024 to 06/04/2024 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
06/04/2024 to 13/04/2024 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
13/04/2024 to 20/04/2024 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
20/04/2024 to 27/04/2024 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
27/04/2024 to 04/05/2024 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail

Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Central Maldives 7 nights Double Twin From $1,385.00

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • Green Tax $6/Night
  • GST 12%
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Dive guide service
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Land tour & Island visit
  • Boat accident insurance

Not included

  • Domestic flights
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
  • Larger tank (15 L)

Useful information

Central Maldives

Period : Liveaboards only run trips year round, with the high season being from November to May.

Visa's : Visas are not required in advance but are issued on arrival. Travelers will be issued a 30 days visa free of charge with a passport of at least 6 months validity.

Climat : Northeast Season: December-April (dry monsoon). Southwest season May-November (wet monsoon). Temperatures are around 30˚ C and humidity is 60-80%. Cyclones are rare but possible in April/May and October/November. Average daily air temperature ranges from 28°C to 34°C throughout the year.

Water : Water temps stay consistent all year round at or above 27 °C through the central atolls, sometimes even reaching a balmy 30 °C. Because visibility is so clear, it is best to wear at least a rash vest for some sun protection underwater.

Clothing : Light airy clothes are perfect. Be prepared for plenty of sunshine most of the year.

Plugs : Type G, 2-pin electrical plugs with 230 V @ 50Hz

Flights : International flights arrive directly from many locations to Male. There are reliable and extensive domestic air carriers flying to many places within the country.

  • Alcohol and pork products are prohibited. A ‘reasonable quantity’ of tobacco is permitted.
  • A local Airport Development Charge (ADC) of US$25 for all international travellers over 2 years of age may be introduced shortly.

Currency : The Local currency is the Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR/Rf), but is rarely used on tourist resorts. Most transactions are made in US Dollars but other currencies are accepted. Travelers cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted but 5% may be added for credit card transactions. Banks in Male will cash travelers cheques into US Dollars and Rufiyaa may also be purchased. ATM’s can be found in Male.

Diver's reviews (1)

Giulia Donati, 18/04/2017

Amazing boat with exceptional and professional crew! We had a wonderful time on Hope Cruiser, thank you very much for this great adventure as much on board as under water!

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