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MV Emperor Atoll

Great value for money in the Maldives.

The MV Emperor Atoll is the ideal taster for those looking for their first liveaboard adventure offering high and comfortable standards, an outstanding itinerary and unforgettable underwater sightings.

The MV Emperor Atoll offers a personalised welcome to a maximum of 12 divers travelling as individuals or as part of a small group. Built to high standards, she measures 26 metres and accommodates divers in its 6 twin berth cabins, all equipped with air-conditioning and private bathrooms. The saloon on the main deck with 4 separate seating and table areas, a LCD flat screen and a multi-system home theatre surround sound is the ideal place, especially if you are a videographer or a photographer as you can use the recharging points around as well as edit or play back your underwater footage.

The food served aboard the MV Emperor Atoll is renowned for its excellent quality with an impressive variety of both local and European dishes and the fully licenced bar means you can always enjoy a beer, a glass of wine and a range of spirits available for sale. In good weather, meals are served on the open foredeck table. If you have any special dietary needs, be sure to tell us in advance as this can be accommodated by the chef and its team.

The aft deck has a large swim platform, fresh water showers, camera wash tanks and a ladder giving easy access to the water. Dive sites are reached directly from the boat or by the accompanying dhoni and dives are directed by a highly professional Cruise Director and crew of instructors and guides.

Maldivian authorities state that the maximum depth for diving is restricted to 30 metres. All divers are required to carry a Surface Marker Buoy (SMB) and a dive computer on every dive (available for rental aboard with advanced notice).

The Ultimate Diving team will offer you the best flight connections at the time of booking at an additional cost.

Standard Twin Stateroom

The Emperor Atoll has 6 twin cabins which are all ensuite and equipped with air conditioning and a fan.

  • Beds are arranged with a double bed (lower) and a single bed (upper) bunk style
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Air conditioning and a fan

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This is the Best of the Maldives - and it delivers exactly that. This is where you dive the best and most famous dive sites of the Maldives in a week of wonderful liveaboard diving across Male and Ari atolls.

Enjoy a dive holiday that gives you all you could wish for from the iconic sites of North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll. Awaiting you are channels, drifts and pinnacles where you have every chance of meeting mantas, whale sharks and mesmerising marine life of so many varieties. We don't follow an exact itinerary; flexibility is the word so that no matter what time of the year you visit, this underwater world is yours (and ours) for the exploring.

Rasdhoo Atoll: Hammerhead Dive, Beautiful Reef with Pelagics
North Ari Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Maaya Thila Night Dive, Multiple Manta Cleaning Stations
South Ari Atoll: Whale Sharks, Beautiful Pinnacles
South Male Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Beautiful Macro Wreck.
Vaavu Atoll: Beautiful channels with magical soft corals and pelagic delights. Action packed night dive with Nurse Sharks and others.
North Male Atoll: Beautiful Pinnacles.

Look out for the Indian Ocean's larger residents on this trip around some of the gorgeous atolls of the Maldives.

You can expect to meet tiger and silver tip sharks around Foamulah. At Huvadhoo, one of the deepest lagoons in the Maldives, the currents are ideal for even more shark sightings including hopefully whale sharks and silkies, hammerheads, tiger and grey sharks spotted most of the time. There are swift channel dives with several kandus; Vilingilli, Nilandhoo, Mareehaa and Kondeey, as well as reef thila dives; Gazeera and Vaadhoo. The night dive on the Hyatt Reef is definitely one to be experienced.

MV Leo is a stylish boat with contrasting wooden decor throughout. The main deck has a large lounge with sofas, licensed bar and Jacuzzi whilst the sun deck is perfect for reflecting on the day as the sun goes down. She has a bright and airy saloon and a spacious dining area with bar. Measuring 35m, she happily accommodates 24 divers in 12 ensuite cabins. Built with the diver in mind, the MV Orion equally offers a welcome attraction to the non-diver. And at a super-spacious 39 metres in length, Orion delivers hotel standards in every aspect. Her 12 cabins are some of the largest you will find on a liveaboard anywhere, accommodating 24 guests.

Every thrill seekers dream... Sharktastic visits 4 Atolls from January to April. Enjoy whale sharks, beautiful pinnicles, grey reef sharks, nurse sharks, Eagle rays the list goes on....

From January to April the waters around South Male and Ari Atoll as well as Meemu and Vaavu Atoll flow in from the eastern side of the Maldives which means that the currents from Sumatra, Indonesia to the Maldives bring not just fantastic visibility of up to 40 metres but also a variety of pelagic surprises coming to the reef for a quick feed.

The channel dives of the eastern coast of the Maldives are the main order of the day where you will enjoy grey reef sharks, dog tooth tuna and eagle rays as standard but look out into the blue as you never know what surprises you may have.

After the adrenaline pumping channel dives of eastern Maldives we cross over to South Ari Atoll to look for the whale sharks and mantas.

Please note: You don't need a minimum number of dives but you should be comfortable with drift dives. All your diving will be conducted from dhonis to give precise entry and exits points.

Every divers dream..... Pelagic Magic will take you on a manta and whale shark journey to the North & South Ari Atolls having crossed over from Male.

From April to July this route will take you on a manta and whale shark hunt in the North and South Ari Atolls having crossed over from Male. Pelagic Magic gets you face to face with the famous whale sharks of Ari Atoll and you are certain to get your whale shark and manta fix.

This is a great itinerary for everyone, regardless of experience level is this is a Maldives itinerary you can enjoy. As so many of the best whale shark encounters are snorkelling, everyone can feel the thrill of seeing these graceful creatures in their natural environment

Please note: You don't need a minimum number of dives but you should be comfortable with drift dives. All your diving will be conducted from dhonis to give precise entry and exits points. Exact dive sites will vary depending on diver experience levels, local conditions and where the best sightings have been.

Join in the world famous Manta Madness at Hanifaru Bay, where massive majestic mantas venture in for a feeding frenzy between July and October each year.

This seasonal route will take you on a manta adventure to the northern atolls and back again with a weekly departure from Male. As well as mantas, you can get up close and personal with whale sharks, hammerheads and reef sharks. Manta rays and whale sharks follow in vast numbers the plankton that is swept into the shallow lagoons to feed. The dive sites selected for this itinerary will allow you to see mantas swim and hopefully give you all week long sightings.

Built with the diver in mind, the MV Orion offers an equally welcome attraction to the non-diver. And at a super-spacious 39 metres in length, Orion delivers hotel standards in every aspect. Her 12 cabins are some of the largest you will find on a liveaboard anywhere, accommodating 24 guests.

Vessel Details

Guest Numbers 12
Length & Beam 26 metres long and 7 metres Beam
Engines 210 HP Yanmar
Generators Yes
Number of Cabins 6 twin cabins with en-suite bathroom and air conditioning
Entertainment Home theatre system available and library
Single Supplement 80%
NITROX Available FREE of charge for qualified divers
Equipment Rental Scuba diving equipment rentals available at USD50 per day
Medical Oxygen & First Aid Oxygen system with 100% demand /Medic First Aid Kit
Dive Deck Dive sites are reached direct from the boat’s large swim platform or by an accompanying dhoni. After August 2015 Emperor Atoll will have a dive deck and operate a 6m Zodiac.
Mask Pre-Paid EUR15 - on board EUR18
Fins Pre-Paid EUR20 - on board EUR23
Wet suit Pre-Paid EUR50 - on board EUR57
Regulator Pre-paid EUR 70 on board Eur80
BCD Pre-paid EUR70 on board Eur80
Dive computer Pre-paid EUR15 on board Eur18
Torch Pre-paid EUR50 on board Eur57

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Friday, 06 December 2013

Fabulous Fiji by Marcelina Jesus on Sport Diver Magazine

Lured by the promise of world-class reefs and adrenaline-fueled shark encounters Marcelina Jesus ventures to the wild islands of Fiji.

Fabulous Fiji by Marcelina Jesus on Sport Diver Magazine

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Broken Rock

Ari Atoll, Maldives

Beside Kudarah Thila this is most probably the most, well known dive site in south-Ari atoll. A 2m wide Canyon splits this small thila in two parts, from the west towards east side, which gives this reef its name. This Canyon is the main attraction, on this wonderful submerged reef, covered in soft corals. On the north side at a depth of around 25-30m are two big coral blocks with overhangs, and beautiful fan corals which (torchlight recommended!) are well worth a visit. The top reef has intact hard coral growth and with some luck, even a leaf fish can be spotted along with a variety of marine life. Depth and strong currents make this thila suitable for experienced divers only - watch your no-decompression limits!

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 35m

Kudarah Thila

Ari Atoll, Maldives

The most famous dive site in south Ari-Atoll and has already, in 1995, become a “Protected Marine Area.” A wonderful small reef, with lot’s of soft corals and an abundant fish life makes all dives an unforgettable experience. There is an arch to dive through on the west side and the two big overhangs on the east side are typical marks on this unique dive site. Thousands of blue stripped snappers cover the reef like a yellow carpet and big blue fin jack fish can be watched while hunting the smaller fusiliers. Also white tip reef sharks can sometimes be seen. Definitely one of the best dive sites in south Ari-Atoll!

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Manta Point

Ari Atoll, Maldives

Regularly an encounter with the giant manta rays is common on this reef, from December until April the big manta rays can be watched during there feeding and cleaning procedure in cleaning stations on the top reef. A close approach is possible, but don’t touch or chase them; otherwise they will disappear in the blue. The reef itself drops on the east side steep down to 25m where the sand bottom starts. The big overhangs at 20m are a good start of the dive before you go shallower and follow the reef edge on the 12m area where the mantas can be seen most of the time. The reef top has nice marine life, moray eels, octopuses, lion fish and a few napoleons make this place, even without manta rays a real adventure.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 25m

Banana Reef

Male Atoll, Maldives

Banana Reef, named after the C-shape of the reef is around 100 meters in length. The reef is in front of the channel where fresh current enriches the reef with plankton it carries attracting also pelagic.

The most exciting part of the reef is at the north-eastern side of the reef where big spectacular rocks starting from a depth of 30 meters rising up to 12 meters below the surface.

Schools of Banner fish can be seen just at the start of the dive, a lot of hunting takes place in this area of the dive site where dog-toothed tuna and several species of Jackfish can be seen chasing their next pray.

As you drift in you will come across some caves and gutters and a series of overhangs. This area of the reef slopes down and after few minutes you will drift in the biggest overhang in Banana Reef where the top starts at 10 meters and drops to 20meters. This overhang is fully covered with soft coral on its ceiling and for the pleasure and amazement of the divers, a huge school of Blue line snappers is always inside letting you approach them very closely.

Banana Reef is ideal to do with a Small to a medium current but can become tricky as the current stream increase. It is both suitable for beginners and the most experienced divers and is a photographers’ heaven.

The famous French movie the Big Blue boasts some screen shots of the dive site.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

HP Reef

Male Atoll, Maldives

This is one of the 15 Protected Marine dive sites of the Maldives, located in North Male’ Atoll south of Girifushi Island.

This reef about 100 meters across is an amazing reef with beautiful corals, overhangs, caves, outcrops, a swim through and loaded with the best fish life making it one of the most exciting dives in North Male’ Atoll.

It is best recommended to dive here with a small or a medium current as the site is not big enough to drift along for an entire dive. With out going currents divers may start the dive jumping in the blue and drifting with the current towards the Reef while keeping with the left hand shoulder to it. The top of the dive site can be a spectacular place to be as the pelagic tend to hunt here; It includes Tuna, giant trevellys with schooling big every travelly and also eagle rays.

As you drift in you will come across a butterfly shaped rock with overhangs reaching depths of 25-30 meters. Under the over hangs it is really beautiful with red soft corals on the ceiling. In this overhang you can see a chimney-like formation; while keeping on drifting you will come across more coral outcrops and overhangs at depths ranging from 18 to 25 meters. As you ascend shallower you will find the top reef colonized by many Sea Anemone clown fishes.

Large coral and good fish life makes it ideal for divers to spend the end of the dive on the top reef. Care should be taken while diving on this site which is more recommended for advanced divers with good buoyancy as the coral is very fragile and with strong currents it can become a tricky dive site.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Lankan

Male Atoll, Maldives

This site is towards the southern part of the main reef of the Island Lankan Finolhlu.

The top of the reef is at an average of 12 meters of depth where it slopes down to the bottom to a depth of 25-30 meters. With an ingoing current you could start the dive while keeping the reef to the right hand shoulder. You have the possibilities to see white tip sharks and hawks bill turtles. Towards the south corner the dive site become exciting as there are a lot of red snappers and giant travelly. But this is during the months of May until November that the dive site will offer you its best: a lot of zoo plankton gets carried to the reef due to the reef configuration there is a “cleaning station” where the Manta Rays are often present.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 25m

Gangehi Kandu

Ari Atoll, Maldives

Gangehi Kandu is a channel in the north-west outrim reef of the North Ari Atoll. The boat trip is around 50 minutes. Here you should only dive if there is incoming current. Also some experience is needed. Divers will go down to a depth of 25-30m on the northwest edge of the channel and watch the sharks resting in the sand. Then swim along the reef on the left shoulder direction east and there we find an 80m long crack in the wall at 25-20m. In this crack you see soft corals in different colours, stingrays, groupers, and glassfish. Be careful with your buoyancy if you swim under the overhang and watch the computer for the Nodecolimit! After this crack: sometimes leopard sharks on the sandy bottom.

Usually divers can spot white tip sharks, grey reef sharks, and stingrays on the sandy bottom in the middle of the channel. Sometimes there are lying leopard sharks on the sand. On the reef you may find turtles, mantis shrimps, slugs, different groupers, trigger fish, cleaner shrimps and boxer shrimps. There are glassfish, stingrays, moray eels and lobster in the caves.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Hafza Thila

Ari Atoll, Maldives

Hafza Thila is in the middle of the Atoll, 35 minutes south from Velidhu. Normally there is not a lot of current. You can easily dive around the thila two times during one dive, but take your time. There are nice overhangs on each side, in which you can find stingrays, morays and scorpion fish. Don’t stay too long in the deep area, because the top reef is not very shallow (10 - 12m) and you might run out of time! Save some time for the top reef, there are very nice hard corals!

A huge variety of marine life can be expected here. Batfish, blue striped snapper and barracudas are schooling in the blue. Big sharks, jackfish and trevallys are hunting in the current. Watch out for turtles on the top reef and try to find some scorpion fish and stonefish! You may find octopus, slugs and shrimps in the beautiful hard corals of the top reef.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Maaldhos Thila

Ari Atoll, Maldives

Two hours of boat trip in the southwest of Velidhu is Maalhos Thila, otherwise known as "Blue Caves". This is really one of the best dive sites in the Maldives! Plenty of caves and overhangs in the south part (20-30m) and the soft corals are overgrowing all! It looks like a huge cake with white and pink whip! The ceilings are covered in soft corals in a mixture of colours, mostly white but also blue and violet - the decorated caves make a surreal back drop for underwater photographers. In the south there are a few big blocks 20m apart of the main reef.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Muli Corner

Meemu Atoll, Maldives

The Muli Corner dive site is a sloping hard coral reef down to drop-off into the big blue. Here divers can dive the aquarium with a cleaner station for mantas, huge variety of species of large coral fish; trigger fish, surgeons, sweetlips, fusiliers, white tip reef sharks, and the whale shark.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Guraidhoo Corner

Male Atoll, Maldives

The Guraidhoo Corner lies on the east side of the South Male’ Atoll, outside of the reef. Nearby islands are Losfushi, Guraidhoo and Kandooma. On the edges of the channel, at depths ranging from 25 to 30 meters, you will have the best chances to observe great many grey reef sharks, local school of eagle rays, large hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and. Guraidhoo Corner is also home to large schools of oriental sweetlips, bannerfish and large black-and-white striped snappers.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 30m

Kuda Giri Wreck

Male Atoll, Maldives

Kuda Giri is a pretty ten year old wreck that requires a short swim to reach it. Here you will have the opportunity to see lots of glassfish in the holds,titan triggerfish, shrimps inside a funnel and lobsters hiding in the wreck. This excellent wreck is situated at about 25 metres from a well established reef with lots of small caves and overhangs.

  • Min Dives: 9
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth: 31m
Dates Duration Route Room Type Price
30 Sep 2018
7 Oct 2018
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,458
7 Oct 2018
14 Oct 2018
7 Nights Manta Madness Standard Twin Stateroom £1,760
14 Oct 2018
21 Oct 2018
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,238
21 Oct 2018
28 Oct 2018
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,238
11 Nov 2018
18 Nov 2018
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,281
18 Nov 2018
25 Nov 2018
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,760
2 Dec 2018
9 Dec 2018
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,110
9 Dec 2018
16 Dec 2018
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,110
16 Dec 2018
23 Dec 2018
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,110
23 Dec 2018
30 Dec 2018
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,366
30 Dec 2018
6 Jan 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,794
6 Jan 2019
13 Jan 2019
7 Nights Sharktastic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,760
13 Jan 2019
20 Jan 2019
7 Nights Sharktastic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,110
27 Jan 2019
3 Feb 2019
7 Nights Sharktastic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,341
3 Feb 2019
10 Feb 2019
7 Nights Sharktastic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,537
17 Feb 2019
24 Feb 2019
7 Nights Sharktastic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,537
24 Feb 2019
3 Mar 2019
7 Nights Sharktastic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,537
3 Mar 2019
10 Mar 2019
7 Nights Sharktastic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,537
17 Mar 2019
24 Mar 2019
7 Nights Sharktastic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,537
31 Mar 2019
7 Apr 2019
7 Nights Sharktastic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,537
7 Apr 2019
14 Apr 2019
7 Nights Sharktastic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,366
21 Apr 2019
28 Apr 2019
7 Nights Sharktastic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,366
28 Apr 2019
5 May 2019
7 Nights Sharktastic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,366
5 May 2019
12 May 2019
7 Nights Pelagic Magic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,229
12 May 2019
19 May 2019
7 Nights Pelagic Magic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,229
19 May 2019
26 May 2019
7 Nights Pelagic Magic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,229
26 May 2019
2 Jun 2019
7 Nights Pelagic Magic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,229
2 Jun 2019
9 Jun 2019
7 Nights Pelagic Magic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,067
9 Jun 2019
16 Jun 2019
7 Nights Pelagic Magic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,067
16 Jun 2019
23 Jun 2019
7 Nights Pelagic Magic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,067
23 Jun 2019
30 Jun 2019
7 Nights Pelagic Magic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,067
30 Jun 2019
7 Jul 2019
7 Nights Pelagic Magic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,067
1 Sep 2019
8 Sep 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,067
8 Sep 2019
15 Sep 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,067
15 Sep 2019
22 Sep 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,067
22 Sep 2019
29 Sep 2019
7 Nights Deep South and Southern Sharks Standard Twin Stateroom £1,110
29 Sep 2019
6 Oct 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,110
6 Oct 2019
13 Oct 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,238
13 Oct 2019
20 Oct 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,238
20 Oct 2019
27 Oct 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,238
27 Oct 2019
3 Nov 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,238
3 Nov 2019
10 Nov 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,238
10 Nov 2019
17 Nov 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,238
17 Nov 2019
24 Nov 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,238
24 Nov 2019
1 Dec 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,238
1 Dec 2019
8 Dec 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,110
8 Dec 2019
15 Dec 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,110
15 Dec 2019
22 Dec 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,110
22 Dec 2019
29 Dec 2019
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,366
29 Dec 2019
5 Jan 2020
7 Nights Best of the Maldives Standard Twin Stateroom £1,366
5 Jan 2020
12 Jan 2020
7 Nights Sharktastic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,458
12 Jan 2020
19 Jan 2020
7 Nights Sharktastic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,458
19 Jan 2020
26 Jan 2020
7 Nights Sharktastic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,625
26 Jan 2020
2 Feb 2020
7 Nights Sharktastic Standard Twin Stateroom £1,625