Hit the height of luxury at sea on the Ocean Divine 110ft dive cruiser in the Maldives. Introducing a new boat to the Maldives Dive Travel collection, Ocean Divine, for serious divers that want to sail in serious lavishness. The dive experience from the opulent boat includes the best dive sites of the Maldives, from central Manta cleaning stations to flourishing coral gardens in the most secluded parts of the country. Let’s see what adventures there are to be had and what embellishments make this a top luxury dive boat in the Maldives.
When and Where
The timing of your trip will determine the destinations and sights of your dive holiday on the Ocean Divine. In March the special, 2-week Huvadhoo Atoll trip is open for those divers that want to go to the extreme – the extreme south of the Maldives islands with abundant coral gardens and deserted island experiences. Away from the central tourist hotspot, Huvadhoo is accessed by domestic flight and the scenery is beyond the ordinary Maldives experience. Marvel over aerial views from the plane and seemingly untouched island lagoons that give a sense of just how isolated and spread out these island atolls really are.
For a more central diving trip including some of the Maldives top dive spots for mantas, whale sharks and shipwrecks, the 7- and 10-night Ari and Ari-Meemu tours are offered in April and from November to March. Check itineraries to plan your ideal trip.
From May to October the surfers come out to play. Complementary to being a Maldives diver, the Ocean Divine owner/operator is an avid surfer. During the surf season the cruiser tours are dedicated to hitting the top surf breaks and finding the best spots to catch some Maldives ocean exhilaration.
Sights and Experiences
One of the guidelines for boat passengers really says it all about the experience you’ll have on this boat: it is suggested that you don’t need to bring any shoes on board since you will be barefoot during the entire trip. No need for those pesky, clunky shoes when you’re at sea in a tropical haven; this will help you achieve that extreme state of relaxation.
Divers will suit up and dive down for 2-3 dives per day with several night dives in the mix, all taken from the separate, well-equipped dive dhoni – a 55ft, custom built dive vessel where dive gear is safely and conveniently stored during the trip. Nitrox is available and decompression dives not necessary since most of the sights are from 1-26 meters. The crew encourages drift diving to avoid damage to reefs.
When divers come up for fresh air they can experience the tropical ambiance of the Maldives. Visits to local islands like “Dhigurah” (the longest island of Ari Atoll) give the tour a glimpse of the real Maldives. After an extended time on the water it is easy to forget exactly where you are, but the local islands will let visitors see island life as Maldivians live it. Another island life experience for the group that the crew will organize is a BBQ dinner held on the beach.
Additionally, without having to set foot on land, the on board spa transports guests to a place of ultimate relaxation and the sun loungers on the top deck let passengers take in the sun, the scenery and the ocean breeze.
Service and Safety
A luxurious feel is really about the extra touches. On Ocean Divine one of those touches is the cuisine. The dinner menus sound like something out of a high-end restaurant, with style and sophistication, and the highly trained Sri Lankan chef makes sure the flavours are just as impressive. There’s a European, French theme sprinkled through the dishes, made from local and international produce and proteins. Exceptional service is a core element for the boat’s crew, not just for cuisine but for every element of the guest experience.
On par with the importance of good service are rigorous safety standards, which are dependably maintained by the crew. Divers have some mandatory requirements for their own safety, including the mandatory bearing of an emergency SMB (safety sausage), Dive alert (personal air horn), and mini-strobe light on all dives.
Open Water Diver certified divers are welcome and to accompany the certification on paper, divers should have practical experience. Diving in the Maldives requires divers to be comfortable in open water and have near perfect buoyancy since the currents often require rapid descents. These same currents also call for drift diving experience. For Nitrox certified divers, the must analyze all fills themselves and log them prior to every dive, with nitrox dive profiles planned and executed with tables or compatible computer. Nitrox certification is also offered on board for those who want to learn.
Purchasing and carrying valid insurance prior to the trip is strongly recommended (DAN, Dive Assure, Dive Safe, or other diver policies offered in your region).
World-class diving from an exquisite vessel is the experience that Ocean Divine seeks to provide to its guests. There are even some last minute deals on for the April, Ari Atoll tour, more details here.