Theia is a deluxe standard liveaboard runs by a professional dive team from France - Dune Fleet, it offers dive liveaboard trips all around the Maldives. It can accommodate 16 - 18 guests per trip.

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Boat

Theia is a superior standard dive liveaboard with reasonable price and trustworthy team, it measures 32 meters in length and 9.41 meters in width. With powerful engines, it cruises at 10 - 12 konts per hour, and has 220-volt power on board. This beautiful liveaboard is designed to spoil onboard guests...

Theia was built in 2006 and it had a completely renovation in late 2010 and 2016, guests will comfort and luxury blended together to offering every one onboard an experience of a life time.

On the main deck, there is a spacious air conditioned lounge with a panoramic view, a bar, a flat screen TV, video, DVD, PlayStation 3 and a well stocked bookcase for entertainme. WiFi is available onboard, so you can keep on chatting with your loved ones even if you are at the sea.

Outside of the indoor lounge, there is an outdoor dining area, where the meals are served. The chef onboard will provide local delights and the freshest food onboard, breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard are a mix of Maldivian, continental and French 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.

Furthermore, on the upper deck has open air lounge areas both at the aft and the front, where guests can chat with thier dive buddies and share a drink or two while watching the sunset.

Finally, there is the sun lover’s paradise - the top sundeck, which features plenty of comfortable, cushioned lounging chairs, and there is the ‘Sky Bar’ where you can enjoy a drink while relishing the sea view. Here is where guests come for the sunbathing, enjoying an excellent view on the Maldivian islands, or watch the Maldives‘s starry sky!

Like all the other boars, 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

Theia has 8 overly spacious and comfortable guest cabins, it can accommodate 16 guests in regular trips. When chartered, it can accommodate up to 18 guests max, as 2 cabins can be converted into triple occupancy rooms.

All cabins have air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, safety deposit boxes, life jackets, wardrobe storage etc.

2 Seaview Suites :
Located on the upper deck, each cabin comes with a double bed, lots of seaview windows.

1 Superior Cabin :
Located on the main deck, this cabin comes with a double bed, lots of seaview windows.

4 Superior Cabins :
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with one double bed and one single bed side by side, portholes.

1 Deluxe Cabin :
Located on the lower deck, this cabin comes with with a double bed or two single beds side by side, plus two extra bunk beds, 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 upon avaibility
  • 15L Tanks:Available with additional cost
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Crew Number:11 - 12, include 2 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, North Maldives, South Maldives
Facilities Nitrox support, Internet, Water Toys, Fishing gear
Languages spoken English, French

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
25/05/2019 to 01/06/2019 7 nights Central Maldives Male - Male From $1,750.00 Detail

Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Central Maldives 7 nights Standard From $1,750.00

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
  • 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.


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.

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