Rani is a high standard dive liveaboard runs by an European team, it offers dive liveaboard trips to most of the areas in Maldives, it can accommodates max. of 22 guests.

Sharon

22/12/2015

We had a great trip! Already our second time there and planned a third time! Great value for your money! Visit https://underwaterlotus.wordpress.com/2015/12/22/throwback-maldives-diving-trip/ for...

Description

Boat

Rani is a welcoming modern, spacious high standard dive liveaboard, it was built in 2008, on the island of Velidhoo in Noonu atoll. Measures 33.87 meters in length and 10 meters in breadth, with Doosan Daewoo engine, it cruises at 11 knots, it also has 220-volt power on board. This is an an ideal boat for both individual and groups.

On the main deck, there is a beautiful spacious air-conditioned lounge/indoor dining area with TV, vide recorder, DVD player, stereo player, and an assortment of movies, CDs and books. There is a bar in the lounge area as well, it can offer guests various refreshments during the cruise.

Rani will provide local delights and the freshest food onboard, breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard are a mix of Maldivian, continental and Italian cuisine. All meals are served buffet style. In the cooling atmosphere of the lounge, our resident bartender will serve up speciality drinks for all tastes.

There arae 4 ourdoor relaxing decks for guests to chat or enjoy the view during the dives: one located on the back of main deck, one on the back of the upper deck, one on the front of the main deck, and finally the top sundeck.

The upper deck provides stunning views of paradise for those working on their tan, there are many chaise chairs and mattresses for use, as well as an outdoor jacuzzi for those who looking for a special treatment.

In addition, all diving is done from the dive dhoni boat, which provide comfort and function at the same time. All the equipment stay in the dive dhoni (compressors, tanks etc.) in order to keep the noise away from the main boat when filling the tanks and cruising.


Cabin

Rani has 11 comfortable guest cabins, it can accommodate up to 22 guests per trip :

All cabins are air-conditioned and equipped with ensuite bathroom/shower, wardrobe and storage.

4 Deluxe Cabins:
Located on the upper deck, each cabin comes with a double bed, seaview windows.

5 Standard Cabins:
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with a double bed and a single bed side by side, portholes.

2 Standard Cabins:
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with two single beds side by side, portholes.


Diving

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

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

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

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


Other Informations

  • Nitrox:Available with additional cost
  • 15L Tanks:Available with additional cost
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available, rate on request
  • Dive insurance:Divers must have valid dive insurance
  • Water Sports Equipment:Fishing gear, Snorkel gear
  • 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 (USD/Euro/MVR)
  • Crew Number:13, include 2 dive guides

Itineraries

Best of Maldives

MALE NORTH-MALE SOUTH-ARI-RASDHOO
The itinerary takes place amongst the most famous Atolls of the Maldives where most of the holiday villages can be found. Therefore, it’s sometimes possible to organise a dinner on the beach of a resort or an evening at the disco. The cruise also stops at splendid desert islands and enchanting sandbanks. During the journey you will encounter many fishing islands with local cultures and you can go shopping for souvenirs. The submerged part of the Ari Atolls is now at its best for over 20 years. The reef is healthy and rich with hard and soft corals which have re-grown after the bleaching in 1998.

CENTRE Atolls

Male North-Male South-Felidu – Wattaru – Mulak – Ari - Rasdhoo This itinerary is really beautiful and visits some of the most beautiful and famous places and areas for scuba-diving in the Maldives. There are a few desert islands but they are well organised for tourists and holiday villages consenting exciting evenings in the disco, dinner on a beach, or maybe candle-lit dinner with lobster. The reef is beautiful and offers a very interesting snorkelling experience. It’s also possible to spend the afternoon shopping for a pareu (sarong) or other souvenirs in the little shops on these fishing islands.

All around Maldives

South – Male North-Ari-South-Faafu-Dhaalu-Thaa-Laamu-Mulak-Wattaru-Felidu-Male South
This itinerary is very interesting and visits many different atolls with particular characteristics. There are very few holiday villages here having opened up over the last few years. There are numerous desert islands and sandbanks which are surrounded by clear blue turquoise waters. Frequently these are deep creating wonderfully natural swimming pools for an unforgettable swim. The reefs are really beautiful and perfect for snorkelling. The fishing villages are still genuine and have conserved their local culture.

North Atolls

Male North-Ari North-Rasdhoo-Goidhoo-Baa-Raa-Noonu-Lhaviyani-Gaafaru
An itinerary which unites one of the more explored and well known areas, but which has made the Maldives famous. An area which has only recently been opened to tourism and is largely unexplored and unknown. There are splendid desert islands and sandbanks surrounded by turquoise blue lagoons and beautiful coral barrier reef rich in multi-coloured fish. It’s ideal for snorkelling. Some of the islands are just rings of sand with little vegetation and internal areas of salty water which filters through the coral and exists towards the surface. Here big amphibian crabs and pagurian crabs live. Scuba-diving here is really great and particular and snorkelling is interesting and varied.

EXTREME SOUTH

Male North-Male South-Felidu-Wattaru-Mulak-Thaa-Laamu-Suvadiva (Gaaf Alifu and Gaaf Dhaal)

MALE – LAAMU (weekly with 1 transfer by plan)
LAAMU and SUVADIVA (weekly with 2 transfers by plane)
The itinerary is so called because it moves away from the more frequented route and requires a minimum spirit of adventure and the will to learn. The Atolls to the south have been opened up to tourism over the last few years and there are very few holiday villages (some are still being built). The only way to really enjoy the beauty and magic of this area is on a cruise. Emerald coloured islands with thick vegetation of coconut palms set in a turquoise colour sea alternate with circular lagoons. Natural swimming pools of tepid and enticing waters where you can lazily spend hours being cradled by movements of the water. Fisherman live on these islands which can be a kilometre long. Sometimes the islands are so close to one another linked with a small road that you can travel by bike or pick-up lorry. The vegetation is different to that of the rest of the Maldives. It is farmed (for personal use) with fruit trees and vegetables. There are cows which produce milk for the village.

EXTREME North:

North Male – Ari-Rasdhoo-Baa-Lhavyiani-Noonu-Shavyiani-Haa Dhaal-Haa Alifu
This itinerary leaves the most remarkable and famous area of the Maldives and reaches unknown and unexplored areas. The environment in the northern Atolls is very different to that we are used to. The islands become bigger, the reef becomes deeper and it has a conformation which slopes softly down towards the ocean. There are many desert islands and beautiful sandbanks. A splendid reef for snorkelling. A holiday village has recently been opened and another is under construction. There are many fishing villages far from the tourist areas and they have maintained their local cultures.

More

Destinations Central Maldives, North Maldives, South Maldives
Facilities Nitrox support, Internet, Jacuzzi, Water Toys, Fishing gear
Languages spoken English, French, Italian

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
04/08/2019 to 11/08/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,717.87 Detail
18/08/2019 to 25/08/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,717.87 Detail
25/08/2019 to 01/09/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,483.62 Detail
28/09/2019 to 05/10/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,483.62 Detail
05/10/2019 to 12/10/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,483.62 Detail
12/10/2019 to 19/10/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,483.62 Detail
19/10/2019 to 26/10/2019 7 nights South Maldives Male - Addu From $1,483.62 Detail
26/10/2019 to 02/11/2019 7 nights South Maldives Addu - Fuvamulah From $1,717.87 Detail
02/11/2019 to 09/11/2019 7 nights South Maldives Addu - Fuvamulah From $1,717.87 Detail
09/11/2019 to 16/11/2019 7 nights South Maldives Addu - Fuvamulah From $1,717.87 Detail
16/11/2019 to 23/11/2019 7 nights South Maldives Addu - Fuvamulah From $1,717.87 Detail
23/11/2019 to 30/11/2019 7 nights South Maldives Addu - Fuvamulah From $1,717.87 Detail
30/11/2019 to 07/12/2019 7 nights South Maldives Addu - Fuvamulah From $1,717.87 Detail
07/12/2019 to 14/12/2019 7 nights South Maldives Addu - Fuvamulah From $1,717.87 Detail
14/12/2019 to 21/12/2019 7 nights South Maldives Addu - Fuvamulah From $1,717.87 Detail

Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Central Maldives 7 nights Double Twin Lower Deck From $1,483.62
Central Maldives 7 nights Double Upper Deck From $1,595.17
South Maldives 7 nights Double Twin Lower Deck From $1,483.62
South Maldives 7 nights Double Upper Deck From $1,595.17

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
  • 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)
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees/Port fees

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.


North Maldives

Period : Liveaboards to the north Maldives run trips from September through to May every year.

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 fairly consistent all year round at 27°C, though cooler water can come in from the deeper waters surrounding these northern atolls, with the temp occasionally dropping to 24°C.

Clothing : Light airy clothes are perfect. Be prepared for plenty of sunshine most of the year especially from November to May.

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

Flights : International flights arrive directly from many locations to Male. Domestic flights to and from Hanimaadhoo are needed to reach the vessels.

  • 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.

Diver's reviews (2)

Sharon, 22/12/2015

We had a great trip! Already our second time there and planned a third time! Great value for your money! Visit https://underwaterlotus.wordpress.com/2015/12/22/throwback-maldives-diving-trip/ for more review on this liveaboard and a link to a movie of this boat!

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Luiz, 14/08/2014

Me and my wife booked a week trip on this liveaboard via Dive and Cruise back in 2012, nothing can complain, all good! And Without question, that was the most spacious and well appointed liveaboard that we have experienced. Their dive tender was just as amazing, It was a very fine dive boat that I have ever experienced in 25 years of diving! And for the diving from what i can recall, was very good visibility, we had 3mm wetsuit, still remember that we saw lots of manta rays. Was very good trip!

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