Maldives Explorer is a high standard dive liveaboard with budget price, it offers 7 nights and up to 2 weeks liveaboard trip in the Central and Southern Maldives. It can accommodate 16 guests on board.

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Boat

Maldives Explorer is built with high quality and brand new materials. It is 33.5 meters long and 10.5 meters wide, cruising at 11 knots per hour, it just started operations in September, 2016, running by a Belgium dive team.

On the main deck, there are the kitchen, both indoor and outdoor dinning areas, and a lounge area with a TV, music and WiFi.

On the upper deck is the bridge, the captain's cabin, an outdoor deck with lounge chairs. Finally, you will find a large sundeck (with and without shade) with comfortable sun loungers at the top deck. If you are looking for a little bit of privacy, a quiet corner to relax is never far away.

Maldives Explorer and its crew are waiting to please every guest in any way they can, and willing to offer the endless service during the week.

All diving is done from the dive dhoni boat, which provide comfort and function at the same time. All the diving equipment, compressors and tanks stay in the dive dhoni during the cruise, in order to keep the noise away from the main boat when filling the tanks.


Cabin

Maldives Explorer offers 7 spacious cabins for maximum 16 guests per trip.

All cabins are equipped with ensuite bathroom, air conditioning and spacious storage area.
All cabins are cleaned on a daily basis and fresh towels will be provided during the cruise.

2 Upper deck - Double Cabins :
Located on the upper deck, equipped with one double bed and seaview windows.

4 Lower deck - Twin Cabins :
Located on the lower deck, equipped with one double bed and one single bed, portholes.

1 Lower deck - Quad Cabin :
Located on the lower deck, equipped 4 separate single beds, also can be converted into 2 double beds, portholes.


Diving

  • 17 dives per week, include 1 night dive, depending on conditions.

  • No dive provided on the day of arrival and departure.

  • Only 2 dives will be provided on the day before departure.

  • All diving will provide expericed guide to lead the dive.


Other Information

  • Nitrox:Available with additional cost
  • 15L Tanks:Available, free of charge
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available, rate on request, must book in advance
  • Dive insurance:Divers travelling aboard 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:By cash (Euro/USD) ONLY
  • Crew Number:Unknown, include 2 dive guides

Itineraries

Central Maldives Regular Route :

Male - Ari - Vaavu - Male

Ari Atoll is one of the best places to enjoy all of what the Maldives has to offer. On this route, we have excellent house reefs, pinnacles and channel dives and provides excellent diving all year round. Recommended for divers of all levels.

We will start at North Male' Atoll with a check dive to Lankan Manta point depending on the flow of current (mantas usually gather at this point when the current in the channel is flowing out of atoll) where you have the chance of seeing Mantas being cleaned by blue streak cleaner wrasse. After the check we set sail to North Ari atoll.

Once we reach ari atoll the dive sites are numerous. The atoll is famous for the extensive number of thilas or pinnacles. A thila is a submerged reef usually a few metres below the surface and most of them can be circumnavigated in a single dive. Most of the pinnacles have marvellous coral growth and is home to a profusion of marine life. Some of these thilas have been designated as protected marine areas which means that fishing of any kind at these sites are prohibited. Large schools of blue line yellow snappers, tall fin batfish, oriental sweetlips and butterfly fish are common on most of the pinnacles. Pinnacles lying in the middle of a channel such as Maalhos thila has excellent soft coral growth as strong currents pass through these channels. Currents can be strong in such pinnacles, but with strong currents, come the big life including grey reef sharks, Dog toothed tuna, Barracuda and other pelagic fish congregate at these pinnacles.

There are a few wrecks in Ari atoll and Fesdhu wreck is one of the most famous dive site in this atoll. It is a small fishing vessel lying at 30 metres next to a pinnacle and the coral life on both the wreck and pinnacle are outstanding. Apart from the coral it is one of the best sites for macro photographers with different species of shrimp including boxer shrimp, mantis shrimps. Garden eels can be found all around the sandy bottom of the wreck. Other sand dwelling creatures such as flounders and sand divers can be found here too. The top of the pinnacle at fesdhu wreck is full of anemones and clownfish.

MV Kudhima or commonly known as Machafushi wreck is also a spectacular wreck with excellent coral growth. fish life on the wreck is also very good with glass fish in and around the wheel house, octopus and sometimes nurse sharks are seen lying under the wreck. Scorpion fish and stonefish can also be found and there is a nice reef with wonderful finger coral to end the dive. The ultimate highlight of Ari atoll is undeniably the night dive with Mantas, where you get to sit at about 15 metres on a sandy bottom and watch the mantas eating plankton literally in front of you. The out reef of the most southern point of Ari atoll is a place where whale sharks gather to feed all year round. Divers and snorkelers have the chance to enjoy a swim with the whale shark. Other plankton feeders such as manta rays, manta mobulars are also a common sighting at this site.

A few days of diving in Ari atoll and we make our way to Vaavu atoll. Vaavu atoll is famous for the spectacular channels. Channels are natural passes where currents flow in and out of the atolls. When the currents flow inside the atoll, grey reef sharks gather in large numbers to the channel edge. Besides the grey reef sharks, eagle rays, great barracuda, schools of big eye jacks can be found at most of the channels. Strong currents have to be expected when diving to these channels. Alimathaa in Vaavu atoll also provides an excellent night dive where you could expect to see nurse sharks (sometimes in their hundreds), black tip reef sharks, sting rays and giant jacks.

Guraidhoo corner in south male atoll is also one of the best channels in the Maldives and is a designated protected marine area due to the immense number of marine life that can be found at the channel. eagle rays and grey reef sharks are almost always present at the channel and it is famous for Napoleons. Hammerhead sharks have also been spotted here. To the North of Guraidhoo corner, we have Kan'dooma thila. Soft coral life on this pinnacle is like no other and is full of different species of fish.

More

Destinations Central Maldives, South Maldives
Facilities Internet, Jacuzzi
Languages spoken English, French, German

Schedules & routes

Prices & conditions

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Dive guide service
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Larger tank (15 L)
  • Marine park fees/Port fees
  • 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)
  • Nitrox fills

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.


South Maldives

Period : Liveaboards run trips from January to end of April, during the north east monsoon.

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 : Southwest season May-November (wet monsoon). Temperatures are around 30˚ C and humidity is 60-80%. Average daily air temperature ranges from 28°C to 34°C throughout the year.

Water : Because of the deep water surrounding the southern atolls, water temperature range from a low of 24°C to a high of 27°C.

Clothing : Light airy clothes are perfect. Be prepared for plenty of sunshine during this time 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 regular flights south to both Kadhadoo Airport and Kahdheedhoo Airport.

  • 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.

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