Time for the MALDIVES AGAIN... 10 DAYS aboard the NEW EMPEROR EXPLORER!!!
We are WAY overdue for DIVING THE MALDIVES AGAIN! Time for you to help us decide if we are diving in the
2021 or 2022. Since 2021 is now loaded up with rescheduled trips from 2020... we will now look at doing this trip in 2022 or 2023. We have a rare 10 day charter which is hard to get but so great because its so far to go but I gotta lock the dates in ASAP so let us know when YOU prefer we go!!!
PRICING for 10 day Charter before early booking specials etc:
Feb-Mar 2021 $3895 lower level to $4295 Suite Upper Level per person d/o
Jan, Apr, Oct, Nov 2021 $3595 lower level to $3995 Suite Upper Level per person d/o
May - Sept 2021 $3295 lower level to $3695 Suite Upper Level per person d/o
Dec 2021 $3295 lower level to $3695 Suite Upper Level per person d/o
2022 Pricing will be approx $200-300 more per price point
2023 Pricing will be approx $400-$600 more than 2021 pricing
Diving in the Maldives
Scuba diving in the Maldives is among the world’s best – hard and soft corals, swim-throughs, and myriad pelagics. Particularly, the Maldives’ waters support the world’s largest known population of reef manta rays, and whale sharks are also seen year-round. Making it a dream destination for divers from all over the world.
The Maldives is also known for unique underwater topography encompassing outer and inner reefs, small coral pinnacles known as thilas, caverns and walls. Divers will experience many awe-inspiring moments with life underwater ranging from the largest living fish species, the whale shark, to beautifully colored flatworms, anemones, turtles and copious amounts of reef fish.
With hundreds of dive sites spread over numerous atolls, liveaboard diving in the Maldives has something to please even the most discerning and well-traveled divers. Abundant, vibrant, and prolific sites make for stunning photographs and videographers. In addition to the bucket-list central atoll itineraries, this large, comfortable vessel offers specialty itineraries that feature remote atolls, exhilarating channel diving and the chance to see elusive thresher sharks!
Scuba diving in the Maldives is outstanding year-round, and temperatures vary only slightly. Being located on the the equatorial belt, severe storms are rare, however, there are two distinct monsoon seasons. Our specially designed central atoll itineraries cruise between the East and West sides of the islands during the Southwest monsoon season (May-October), and the Northeast monsoon season (November-April). Both timeframes possess uniquely different characteristics that can greatly influence what you see, and how you dive. Regardless of which itinerary you choose, both, and the four daily dives, will convince you that the Maldives’ reputation as a premier diving destination is well merited. It is little wonder why divers return home basking in amazement from the beauty in the Maldives.
CHOOSE AN ITINERARY:
Where: Rasdhoo, North & South Ari, Vaavu and North & South Male Atolls
When: All year
Trip Length: 10 and 7 nights
Airport code: Male (MLE)
There’s a reason this is the most often requested and often run Maldivian liveaboard itinerary! Fish life galore (over 1000 species are found in the Maldives), nudibranchs, sea turtles, whale sharks, and more mean something for everyone’s wish list. Photographers will be hard pressed to decide between macro and wide-angle lenses! On this popular itinerary, divers experience a sampling of the many extraordinary types of sites including lush thilas (reef mounts), manta cleaning stations, deep channel dives. It’s easy to see why many guests choose this for their first Maldivian adventure, and then return!
You don't need a minimum number of dives for this itinerary but you should be comfortable with drift diving, as currents can be unpredictable and strong. If you are an Open Water Diver, some dives are below 18m therefore we recommend having advanced experience or taking your PADI Advanced Open Water course on board to maximize your enjoyment. Inexperienced and beginner divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience. All diving is made from dhonis to give precise entry and exit points.
Where: North Male, Lhaviyani, Baa, Rasdhoo and North Ari Atolls
When: July – October
Trip length: 10 nights
Airport code: Male (MLE)
The Northern Hi-Lights itinerary is a must-do! It combines the most popular sites from ‘The Best of the Maldives’ itineraries with northern atolls Lhaviyani and Baa where you may have the chance to discover beautiful pinnacles, mysterious caves, vibrant reefs, abundant macro life, and famous manta cleaning stations. Some of the best channel dives in the Maldives are in the Northern atolls where there is a much higher chance of seeing reef sharks, whale sharks and manta rays. Bonus itinerary highlights include a stop in Rasdhoo Atoll, aka hammerhead central, and Hanifaru Bay for close up manta encounters at cleaning stations. Although sightings aren’t guaranteed, the Northern Hi-Lights itinerary is a diver’s best chance at being face-to-face with these famed giants (all week long!).
On this Maldives itinerary, you don't need a minimum number of dives but you should be comfortable with drift diving. Currents can be strong. All your diving is made from dhonis to give precise entry and exit points. Experienced divers can dive in a buddy pair unguided.
WHO'S INTERESTED AND WHEN: (tell us time of year or even the month and which year...21 or 22 AND tell us the itinerary you prefer)
- Kamala aka WreckWench anytime as long as it does not conflict with the TRIPS ALREADY booked HERE.
- Karen (snorkel pkg option if available) 2022
- Tomi aka Tickledone 2022 (no thanksgiving) or 2023 (no Christmas)
- Ed: I am fine late Oct into early Feb, minus Christmas. I should probably avoid Jan 23, as birthdays are important to my other half. If Diane joins me, Nov 30 is out for her, as her other half would not be happy with her spending her birthday with me instead of him. Ed
Edited by WreckWench, 29 June 2020 - 11:43 AM.