Soleil 2 is a luxurious yacht runs by a professional dive team from France - Dune Fleet, it offers dive liveaboard trip all around the Maldives. It can accommodate up to 28 guests.

Marite Medina

30/01/2018

We had a wonderful stay at the Soleil 2. The boat is very comfortable and the crew is great. We had the best dives ever and saw many fish including giant mantas, rays, different sharks and the whale...

Description

Boat

Soleil 2 is a new superior dive liveaboard built in the Maldives during 2015, measuring 44 meters long and 13 meters wide, cruise at 10 - 12 knots per hour, it is perfectly shaped for cruising the Indian Ocean and the Maldivian Atolls. Behind, there is a professional dive team from France - Dune Fleet, which already been organizing diving and underwater activities in the Maldives for more than 15 years.

Soleil 2 offers large spaces dedicated to the comfort of every guest onboard. There are several areas are especially designed for you to share time with guides after amazing underwater experience:

The air-conditioned saloon will offer you a very nice place to relax with an entertainment system fully equipped with a TV, a film projector, a sound system and a DVD player. Guests also can find two spacious dinning areas: one indoor dinning room with air-conditioning located on the main deck, and the other one is located on the upper deck with open air covered seatings.

In between the meals, freshly squeezed fruit juices, milkshakes and sandwiches are available, as well as hot tea and coffee. There is a large sun deck for relaxing between dives or enjoying the amazing sunset views from the jacuzzi.

Soleil 2 provides diving from the dedicated dhoni powered with a 25HP engine and fully equipped with compressors and dive gear storage to maximise space and reduce the noise on the mother ship. The dhoni also comes with a photo/video loading station.


Cabin

Soleil 2 has 14 beautiful cabins which can comfortably accommodate up to 28 guests per trip.

All cabins are in good size, and each cabin has air conditioning, a private bathroom with shower and toilet, ample storage space, mirror, closet with coat hangers, power supply with 220 volts is available.

1 SeaView Suite :
Located on the main deck, 25sqm in size, with 2 single beds (0.9m x 2.0m), a wardrobe, a double seats sofa, a table, and lots of seaview windows.

1 SeaView Suite :
Located on the main deck, 25sqm in size, with 1 double beds (1.5m x 2.0m), a wardrobe, a double seats sofa, a table, and lots of seaview windows.

6 Balcony Suites :
Located on the upper deck, 15sqm in size, each with 2 single beds (0.9m x 2.0m) or 1 double bed (1.8m x 2.0m), a wardrobe, 2 large sea view window, and a pravite balcony.

2 Superior Cabins :
Located on the lower deck, 15sqm in size, each with 2 large single beds (1.5m x 2.0m), a wardrobe, portholes.

4 Regular Standard Cabins :
Located on the lower deck, 11sqm in size, each with 2 large single beds (1.5m x 2.0m + 1.2m x 2.0m), a wardrobe, portholes.


Diving

  • 8 days / 7 nights trip : 15 dives with min. 1 night dive

  • 11 days / 10 nights trip : 21 dives with min. 1 night dive

  • 12 days / 11 nights trip : 24 dives with min. 1 night dive

  • 15 days / 14 nights trip : 31 dives with min. 1 night dive

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

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

    • Extra dives will be charge 30 USD/person/dive

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


Other Information

  • Nitrox:Available free of charge
  • 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 for free during the cruise
  • Laundry Service:Not available at the moment
  • Massage Service:Not available at the moment
  • Payment on board:By cash (Euro/USD) or credit card
  • Crew Number:14, include 2 - 3 dive guides

Itineraries

Central Maldives Classic Route, Male - Male, 8D/7N

Day 1 - Hulhumalé : Dune’s staff will pick up at Malé International Airport and bring you to Soleil 2 for boarding. Refreshments are offered while getting information you need from our Cruise Director. Dinner will be served in the evening. As soon as all the guests are on board and settled in, we will set sail to the first dive site.

Day 2 - North Malé Atoll > Vaavu Atoll : The trip will start with discovering the dazzling long reefs or manta point (during season May to Nov only) in North Malé Atoll. Corals are abundant here, giving home to plenty of reef fish and macro species. After the day, we will cruise to Vaavu Atoll for the action packed night dive you cannot miss. There are no other experience alike as to join the nurse sharks, sting rays, and jacks in their feeding frenzy.

Day 3 - Vaavu Atoll > South Ari Atol : Small caves, large overhangs, drop-off walls, and sloping reefs covered with corals can be found in Vaavu Atoll. Titan triggerfish are common. Larger marine life such as grey reef sharks, white tip reef sharks, tunas, and barracudas are also found here. Moving west to the South Ari Atoll, you will encounter beautiful pinnacles and bigger marine life. Dive into the aquarium of mother nature, meeting the stars of the trip.

Day 4 - South Ari Atol : In the marine protected areas, our first star, the mighty whale sharks regularly show their appearances. Our crew will search for their presence and allow you a chance to snorkel or even scuba with them. Lucky or not, there are also many thilas and some wrecks in South Ari Atoll. Grey reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, moray eels, and scorpionfish can be found here. Exploring to the most, diving in and also setting foot on the paradise. Our crew will lead a visit to the nearby local island just before dinner.

Day 5 - South Ari Atoll > North Ari Atoll : Cruising never stops, moving up to the North Ari Atoll while taking the last chance to get up close easily with whale sharks. In the north, channels are wider and water is deeper, we will meet some more of the stars here. The current attracts many grey reef sharks, white tip reef sharks and even other large pelagic fish. When night falls, you will be invited to go ashore again and indulge yourself in the barbecue dinner on nearby desert island prepared by our crew.

Day 6 - North Ari Atoll : Multiple manta cleaning stations, extraordinary thilas and wreck with rich marine life are what you will dive in here. Apart from the above mentioned, you will also find eagle rays, hawksbill turtles, napoleon wrasse, school of blue-stripe snapper, batfish, and fusiliers here. The day will end with a manta night dive. Spectating the enormous manta rays feeding right in front your torch.

Day 7 - North Ari Atoll > North Malé Atoll : Dive in once more in North Ari Atoll with the pelagic life and the cruise will head back to North Malé Atoll. Here you will find stunning long reefs, small caves, colourful corals with prolific marine and reef life. Take a closer look at the squirrelfish, bannerfish, oriental sweetlips, frogfish, and nudibranchs. Meanwhile, the trip is arriving at the end. Sad to say goodbye but we all hope to see you again at Dune.

Day 8 - Hulhumalé : After breakfast, Dune's staff will drop all the guests back to Male airport around 8AM. This last day is left free. Nevertheless, for your comfort, Dune Maldives offers you the choice of: 1. A Day-Use of the Hulhule Island Hotel (on the airport island), or at a Resort close to Malé, or in a Guesthouse on the island of Hulhumalé (additional services are subject to availability); 2.A visit to Malé.

Please Note : Your last dive will be at least 24h before you take your return flight.


Typical day On board

A typical day on board our boats includes 2 to 3 dives and follows the schedule below:

06:30 am: Alarm, tea/coffee
07:00 am: Briefing for the 1st dive on the main boat and departure from the Dhoni
09:00 am: Breakfast on board the main boat
11:00 am: Briefing for the 2nd dive on the main boat and departure from the Dhoni
1:00 pm: Lunch on board the main boat
3:30 pm: Briefing for the 3rd dive on the main boat and departure from the Dhoni
5:00 pm: Snack, tea/coffee
7:00 pm: Pre-dinner drinks!
8:00 pm: Dinner

In the event of a night dive, dinner (and the pre-dinner drinks!) are obviously delayed until after the dive which takes place around 7pm.

More

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

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
16/03/2019 to 23/03/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,860.00 Detail
23/03/2019 to 30/03/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,860.00 Detail
13/04/2019 to 27/04/2019 14 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $2,770.00 Detail
13/07/2019 to 20/07/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
20/07/2019 to 27/07/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
27/07/2019 to 03/08/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
03/08/2019 to 10/08/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
10/08/2019 to 17/08/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
17/08/2019 to 24/08/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
24/08/2019 to 31/08/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
31/08/2019 to 07/09/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
07/09/2019 to 14/09/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
14/09/2019 to 21/09/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail
21/09/2019 to 28/09/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,385.00 Detail

Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Central Maldives 7 nights Standard From $1,385.00
Central Maldives 7 nights Standard Large From $1,441.00
Central Maldives 7 nights Balcony From $1,525.00
Central Maldives 7 nights Suite From $1,560.00
Central Maldives 14 nights Standard From $2,770.00
Central Maldives 14 nights Standard Large From $2,826.00
Central Maldives 14 nights Balcony From $2,910.00
Central Maldives 14 nights Suite From $2,945.00

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
  • 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
  • Dive courses on board
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
  • Larger tank (15 L)
  • 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.

Diver's reviews (2)

Marite Medina, 30/01/2018

We had a wonderful stay at the Soleil 2. The boat is very comfortable and the crew is great. We had the best dives ever and saw many fish including giant mantas, rays, different sharks and the whale shark. We couldn’t ask for more!!!! Thank a lot to all the dive guides on board because they do an excellent job!!!!

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Bruno Soler, 27/01/2017

Croisière très agréables sur un bateau spacieux et bien équipé, larges cabines, équipage sympa. Ce bateau est géré par une société française. La clientèle lors de ma croisière était pour 65℅ française et anglophone pour le reste. Il y avait toujours un briefing en français et anglais. Pour ce qui est des plongées, c'est impressionnant, j'ai eu droit aux requins, requins baleine, mantas, tortue. cependant la visibilité n'était pas exceptionnel à cause d'une météo capricieuse. Donc enchanté de ce côté là. Seul point négatif et l'odeur de gasoil sur le pont arrière, mais jusqu'à présent je n'ai pas fait de croisière sans ce désagrément.

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