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Maldives Liveaboard Holidays — Book Online Now!

December 24th, 2009 Comments off

Book your next Maldives liveaboard holiday online now!

Take advantage of Maldives Dive Travel‘s BEST PRICE GUARANTEE, last minute deals, high season special offers and everday low prices on our vast array of Maldives liveaboards!

Not only does Maldives Dive Travel offer a diverse selection of high quality liveaboards, unbeatable prices and unparalleled customer service (in both English and German), but we make booking your Maldives liveaboard holiday online a breeze!

Book your Maldives liveaboard holiday online now!

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If you’re not convinced, check out the top 5 reasons why you should book your Maldives liveaboard holiday online with Maldives Dive Travel!

Maldives Liveaboards

Maldives Dive Travel prides itself on our diverse selection of high quality liveaboards, hand picked for their adherance to our strict service and safety standards.

Check out the following Maldives liveaboards offered by Maldives Dive Travel!

Black Pearl Maldives Liveaboards

The Black Pearl liveaboard, measuring 95 feet long and 26 feet wide, offers guests seven comfortable cabins, each with air conditioner, en-suite bathroom and one double bed plus one single bed. The Black Pearl liveaboard‘s main deck is gorgeous, made entirely out of Balau wood.

The Black Pearl liveaboard offers the following diving holidays in January:

  • Monday, December 28, 2009 – Monday, January 4, 2010 – Only USD$198/person per night!
  • Monday, January 4, 2010 – Monday January 18, 2010 – Only USD$198/person per night!
  • Monday, January 25, 2010 – Monday, February 1, 2010 – Only USD$198/person per night!

Book your Maldives diving holiday in January on the Black Pearl now!

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Black Pearl Liveaboard

Carina Maldives Liveaboard

The Carina liveaboard, under the professional management of long-time diving instructors Shaahina and Gert, attracts many repeat bookings from all over the world – the ultimate reward for any high-quality safari operation. Currently, Carina is the only liveaboard in the Maldives that offers ENOS-diver-location security equipment.

The Carina liveaboard offers the following diving holidays in January:

  • Monday, December 28, 2009 – Monday, January 4, 2010 – Only USD$172/person per night!
  • Wednesday, January 6, 2010 – Wednesday, January 20, 2010 – Only USD$172/person per night!
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2010 – Wednesday, January 27, 2010 – Only USD$172/person per night!
  • Saturday, January 30, 2010 – Saturday, February 6, 2010 – Only USD$172/person per night!

Book your Maldives diving holiday in January on the Carina now!

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Carina Liveaboard

Dream Catcher II Maldives Liveaboard

The Dream Catcher II liveaboard, built in 2008, has everything: a great atmosphere, lots of space and outstanding scuba diving. Dream Catcher II liveaboard, available for single and group bookings, offers a great combination of luxurious accommodation and modern facilities that will make your scuba diving holiday in the Maldives a most memorable occasion.

The Dream Catcher II liveaboard offers the following diving holidays in January:

  • Saturday, January 30, 2010 – Saturday, February 6, 2010 – Only USD$244/person per night!

Book your Maldives diving holiday in January on the Dream Catcher II now!

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Dream Catcher II Maldives Liveaboard

Galileo Maldives Liveaboard

Certified according to the strict guidelines of German Lloyd, the Galileo liveaboard can venture further afield than the usual dive cruise routes. The owner of the Galileo liveaboard is a diving instructor, possessing 20 years diving experience in the Maldives. Choose from 423 dive spots in the on board GPS. Briefings are held in English and German.

The Galileo liveaboard offers the following diving holidays in January:

  • Monday, Jan 04, 2010 – Monday, Jan 11, 2010 – Only EUR€126/person per night!
  • Monday, Jan 11, 2010 – Monday, Jan 18, 2010 – Only EUR€126/person per night!
  • Monday, Jan 18, 2010 – Monday, Jan 25, 2010 – Only EUR€108/person per night!

Book your Maldives diving holiday in January on the Galileo now!

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Galileo Liveaboard

Island Safari 2 Royal Maldives Liveaboard

Island Safari 2 Royal liveaboard was launched in 2007 and boasts 8 deluxe rooms and 2 suites, offering up to 20 guests plenty of space and comfort for an unforgettable diving holiday! All cruise dates on offer at Maldives Dive Travel are guaranteed to take place – in other words: there is no minimum booking requirement!

The Island Safari 2 Royal liveaboard offers the following diving holidays in January:

  • Saturday, Jan 09, 2010 – Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 – Only USD$250/person per night!
  • Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 – Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 – Only USD$250/person per night!
  • Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 – Saturday, Jan 30, 2010 – Only USD$250/person per night!
  • Saturday, Jan 30, 2010 – Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 – Only USD$250/person per night!

Book your Maldives diving holiday in January on the Island Safari 2 Royal now!

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Island Safari 2 Royal Liveaboard

MV Orion Maldives Liveaboard

The MV Orion is a brand new, luxurious super cruiser eager to chaperone guests to some of the Maldives most alluring dive sites. When on board the MV Orion, guests can enjoy a library, bar, jacuzzi and top of the line massage services.

The MV Orion offers the following diving holidays in January:

  • Friday, January 8, 2010 – Monday, January 18, 2010 – Only USD$299/person per night!
  • Monday, January 18, 2010 – Monday, January 25, 2010 – Only USD$299/person per night!

Book your Maldives diving holiday in January on the MV Orion now!

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MV Orion Liveaboard

Nautilus One Maldives Liveaboard

Measuring 30 metres in length, the Nautilus One liveaboard is much more than just a safari boat. Built entirely from timber in the traditional Maldives shipbuilding style, the Nautilus One liveaboard is a true piece of art!

The Nautilus One liveaboard offers the following diving holidays in January:

  • Tuesday, January 5, 2010 – Tuesday, January 12, 2010 – Only USD$201/person per night!
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2010 – Monday, February 1, 2010 – Only USD$201/person per night!

Book your Maldives diving holiday in January on the Nautilus One now!

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Nautilus One Liveaboard

Nautilus Two Maldives Liveaboard

The Nautilus Two, measuring 43 metres in length, was built entirely out of wood, following the traditional Maldivian methods, which are not only visually appealing but have stood the test of time. The Nautilus Two features lots of room, beautiful construction, and the most modern equipment.

The Nautilus Two offers the following diving holidays in January:

  • Tuesday, January 12, 2010 – Monday, January 18, 2010 – Only USD$220/person per night!
  • Monday, January 25, 2010 – Monday, February 1, 2010 – Only USD$220/person per night!

Book your Maldives diving holiday in January on the Nautilus Two now!

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Nautilus Two Liveaboard

Stingray Maldives Liveaboard

MS Stingray is constructed from wood, combining traditional Maldivian methods and modern enginerring. The 9 comfortable cabins aboard the MS Stingray (4 with double and 5 with twin beds) are equipped with air conditioning and en-suite hot-water showers. All cabins are equipped with outside portholes.

The MS Stingray offers the following diving holidays in Janaury:

  • Monday, January 4, 2010 – Monday January 11, 2010 - Only USD$210/person per night!
  • Monday, January 11, 2010 – Monday January 18, 2010 – Only USD$210/person per night!

Book your Maldives diving holiday in January on the Stingray now!

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MS Stingray Liveaboard

Theia Maldives Liveaboard

Theia is a stylish 104-foot cruising yacht built in 2009 that offers all the amenities you would expect from a high-class Maldivian liveaboard, as well as the comfort and luxury of a private yacht. There are 8 cabins on Theia, providing accommodation for up to 18 guests. The Theia liveaboard provides scuba diving holidays each month, for either seven or ten nights, during which time guests have the opportunity to travel around the atolls of the Maldives, visiting some of the finest dive sites in the world.

The Theia offers the following diving holidays in January:

  • Monday, January 4, 2010 – Monday January 11, 2010 – Only USD$275/person per night!
  • Monday, January 11, 2010 – Monday January 18, 2010 – Only USD$262/person per night!
  • Monday, January 18, 2010 – Monday January 25, 2010 – Only USD$234/person per night!
  • Monday, January 25, 2010 – Monday February 1, 2010 – Only USD$234/person per night!

Book your Maldives diving holiday in January on the Theia now!

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Theia Liveaboard

Maldives Diving Holidays in January

December 8th, 2009 Comments off

Enjoy a diving holiday in the Maldives in January!

January in the Maldives is an ideal time of the year for a diving holiday.

January ushers in the Maldivian dry season, where the average temperature is 81°f  (27°c), with an average low temperature of  77°f (25°c) and an average high temperature of 84°f (29°c). The average precipitation in the Maldives in January is 75mm.

Check the Maldives weather forecast here!

Scuba Diving in January in the Maldives

January falls during the North East Monsoon Season in the Maldives, which normally lasts from December to April. The North East Monsoon Season also symbolizes the dry season in the Maldives, with currents running from the North East to the South West.

During this season, rainy days are uncommon and the sun is always shining, making a diving holiday to the Maldives in January a perfect escape from the cold winter weather! Imagine the envy of your colleagues as they are trudging to work in the snow as you sun yourself and scuba dive in the Maldives!

During the month of January in the Maldives, the visibility is excellent on the eastern side of the atolls and the water is warm, approximately 28 degrees Celsius, or 82.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

Although the western side of the atolls offers less visibility during January in the Maldives, this is the place to dive if you are looking for Manta Rays and Whale Sharks, the two most popular marine animals in the Maldives.  Most scuba divers return home 100% satisfied with their Maldives diving holiday as soon as they spot a Manta Ray and Whale Shark!

Diving Holidays in January in the Maldives

Maldives Dive Travel, in operation for over 20 years in the Maldives, offers guests a diverse selection of liveaboards for a January diving holiday. Also, don’t forget to check out Maldives Dive Travel’s BEST PRICE GUARANTEE!

January Diving Holiday on the Black Pearl

The Black Pearl liveaboard, measuring 95 feet long and 26 feet wide, offers guests seven comfortable cabins, each with air conditioner, en-suite bathroom and one double bed plus one single bed. The Black Pearl liveaboard‘s main deck is gorgeous, made entirely out of Balau wood.

The Black Pearl liveaboard offers the following diving holidays in January:

  • Monday, December 28, 2009 – Monday, January 4, 2010 – Only USD$198/person per night!
  • Monday, January 4, 2010 – Monday January 18, 2010  – Only USD$198/person per night!
  • Monday, January 25, 2010 – Monday, February 1, 2010 – Only USD$198/person per night!

Book your Maldives diving holiday in January on the Black Pearl now!

January Diving Holiday on the Carina

The Carina liveaboard, under the professional management of long-time diving instructors Shaahina and Gert, attracts many repeat bookings from all over the world – the ultimate reward for any high-quality safari operation. Currently, Carina is the only liveaboard in the Maldives that offers ENOS-diver-location security equipment.

The Carina liveaboard offers the following diving holidays in January:

  • Monday, December 28, 2009 – Monday, January 4, 2010 – Only USD$172/person per night!
  • Wednesday, January 6, 2010 – Wednesday, January 20, 2010 – Only USD$172/person per night!
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2010 – Wednesday, January 27, 2010 – Only USD$172/person per night!
  • Saturday, January 30, 2010 – Saturday, February 6, 2010 – Only USD$172/person per night!

Book your Maldives diving holiday in January on the Carina now!

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Carina Liveaboard

January Diving Holiday on the Dream Catcher II

The Dream Catcher II liveaboard, built in 2008, has everything: a great atmosphere, lots of space and outstanding scuba diving. Dream Catcher II liveaboard, available for single and group bookings, offers a great combination of luxurious accommodation and modern facilities that will make your scuba diving holiday in the Maldives a most memorable occasion.

The Dream Catcher II liveaboard offers the following diving holidays in January:

  • Saturday, January 30, 2010 – Saturday, February 6, 2010 – Only USD$244/person per night!

Book your Maldives diving holiday in January on the Dream Catcher II now!

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Dream Catcher II Livebaboard

January Diving Holiday on the Galileo

Certified according to the strict guidelines of German Lloyd, the Galileo liveaboard can venture further afield than the usual dive cruise routes. The owner of the Galileo liveaboard is a diving instructor, possessing 20 years diving experience in the Maldives. Choose from 423 dive spots in the on board GPS. Briefings are held in English and German.

The Galileo liveaboard offers the following diving holidays in January:

  • Monday, Jan 04, 2010 – Monday, Jan 11, 2010 – Only EUR€126/person per night!
  • Monday, Jan 11, 2010 – Monday, Jan 18, 2010 – Only EUR€126/person per night!
  • Monday, Jan 18, 2010 – Monday, Jan 25, 2010 – Only EUR€108/person per night!

Book your Maldives diving holiday in January on the Galileo now!

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Galileo Liveaboard

January Diving Holiday on the Island Safari 2 Royal

Island Safari 2 Royal liveaboard was launched in 2007 and boasts 8 deluxe rooms and 2 suites, offering up to 20 guests plenty of space and comfort for an unforgettable diving holiday! All cruise dates on offer at Maldives Dive Travel are guaranteed to take place – in other words: there is no minimum booking requirement!

The Island Safari 2 Royal liveaboard offers the following diving holidays in January:

  • Saturday, Jan 09, 2010 – Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 – Only USD$250/person per night!
  • Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 – Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 – Only USD$250/person per night!
  • Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 – Saturday, Jan 30, 2010 – Only USD$250/person per night!
  • Saturday, Jan 30, 2010 – Saturday, Feb 06, 2010 – Only USD$250/person per night!

Book your Maldives diving holiday in January on the Island Safari 2 Royal now!

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Island Safari 2 Royal Liveaboard

January Diving Holiday on the MV Orion

The MV Orion is a brand new, luxurious super cruiser eager to chaperone guests to some of the Maldives most alluring dive sites. When on board the MV Orion, guests can enjoy a library, bar, jacuzzi and top of the line massage services.

The MV Orion offers the following diving holidays in January:

  • Friday, January 8, 2010 – Monday, January 18, 2010 – Only USD$299/person per night!
  • Monday, January 18, 2010 – Monday, January 25, 2010 – Only USD$299/person per night!

Book your Maldives diving holiday in January on the MV Orion now!

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MV Orion Liveaboard

January Diving Holiday on the Nautilus One

Measuring 30 metres in length, the Nautilus One liveaboard is much more than just a safari boat. Built entirely from timber in the traditional Maldives shipbuilding style, the Nautilus One liveaboard is a true piece of art!

The Nautilus One liveaboard offers the following diving holidays in January:

  • Tuesday, January 5, 2010 – Tuesday, January 12, 2010 – Only USD$201/person per night!
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2010 – Monday, February 1, 2010 – Only USD$201/person per night!

Book your Maldives diving holiday in January on the Nautilus One now!

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Nautilus One Liveaboard

January Diving Holiday on the Nautilus Two

The Nautilus Two, measuring 43 metres in length, was built entirely out of wood, following the traditional Maldivian methods, which are not only visually appealing but have stood the test of time. The Nautilus Two features lots of room, beautiful construction, and the most modern equipment.

The Nautilus Two offers the following diving holidays in January:

  • Tuesday, January 12, 2010 – Monday, January 18, 2010 – Only USD$220/person per night!
  • Monday, January 25, 2010 – Monday, February 1, 2010 – Only USD$220/person per night!

Book your Maldives diving holiday in January on the Nautilus Two now!

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Nautilus Two Liveaboard

January Diving Holiday on the Stingray

MS Stingray is constructed from wood, combining traditional Maldivian methods and modern enginerring.  The 9 comfortable cabins aboard the MS Stingray (4 with double and 5 with twin beds) are equipped with air conditioning and en-suite hot-water showers. All cabins are equipped with outside portholes.

The MS Stingray offers the following diving holidays in Janaury:

  • Monday, January 4, 2010 – Monday January 11, 2010 - Only USD$210/person per night!
  • Monday, January 11, 2010 – Monday January 18, 2010 – Only USD$210/person per night!

Book your Maldives diving holiday in January on the Stingray now!

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Stingray Liveaboard

January Diving Holiday on the Theia

Theia is a stylish 104-foot cruising yacht built in 2009 that offers all the amenities you would expect from a high-class Maldivian liveaboard, as well as the comfort and luxury of a private yacht. There are 8 cabins on Theia, providing accommodation for up to 18 guests. The Theia liveaboard provides scuba diving holidays each month, for either seven or ten nights, during which time guests have the opportunity to travel around the atolls of the Maldives, visiting some of the finest dive sites in the world.

The Theia offers the following diving holidays in January:

  • Monday, January 4, 2010 – Monday January 11, 2010 – Only USD$275/person per night!
  • Monday, January 11, 2010 – Monday January 18, 2010 – Only USD$262/person per night!
  • Monday, January 18, 2010 – Monday January 25, 2010 – Only USD$234/person per night!
  • Monday, January 25, 2010 – Monday February 1, 2010 – Only USD$234/person per night!

Book your Maldives diving holiday in January on the Theia now!

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Theia Liveaboard

Maldives Holidays 2009

November 29th, 2009 Comments off

Maldives Liveaboard Holidays for December 2009

Take advantage of the days that remain in 2009 and treat yourself to a Maldives liveaboard holiday!

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Between Maldives Dive Travel’s BEST PRICEGUARANTEE and last minute deals, not to mention our regularly low rates, you won’t be able to resist squeezing in a Maldives livaboard holiday this 2009 holiday season!

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If you find a liveaboard on another site priced lower than ours, we guarantee we’ll beat it! Learn more about Maldives Dive Travel’s BEST PRICE GUARANTEE here!

Last Minute Maldives Liveaboard Holidays in December 2009

MV Orion Liveaboard Holiday – December 7-14:

Escape to the Maldives for a pre-Christmas diving holiday to remember. MV Orion sets sail from Male on December 7 for a great tour of the Maldives’ finest dive sites.

This seven day liveaboard holiday is just USD $1,680 per person!

MV Orion Liveaboard Holiday – December 14-21:

MV Orion departs once again on December 14 for a seven day cruise of the Maldives. Treat yourself to the scuba diving cruise of a lifetime on MV Orion, the newest and most luxurious liveaboard on offer today.

Prices for this liveaboard holiday start at just USD $1,680 per person in a standard cabin!

MV Orion Liveaboard Holiday – December 21-28:

Spend Christmas 2009 in the Maldives! Get away from the cold weather with your friends or family and experience Christmas in the sun on the MV Orion.

MV Orion Christmas liveaboard holiday just USD $1,680 per person!

Book your Maldives Holiday on MV Orion now!

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MV Orion

Stingray Liveaboard Holiday – December 1-8:

Another seven-night cruise will begin on December 1 on Stingray Liveaboard. Take advantage of this great offer, righat at the beginning of the best scuba diving season in the Maldives. Early December is an excellent time to dive in the Maldives as you are beating the crowds but seeing the best marine life.

Stingray liveaboard holiday only USD$1,218 per person

Stingray Liveaboard Holiday – December 15-22:

On December 15, MV Stingray departs once again for another fantastic seven-night scuba diving holiday around the best diving sites in the Maldives. Space is limited on this pre-Christmas getaway, so reserve your spot today.

Stingray liveaboard holiday only USD$1,218 per person

Stingray Liveaboard Holiday – December 22-28:

Escape to the Maldives and spend Christmas in the sun! The Stingray Liveaboard is offering a 6-night scuba diving holiday from December 22-28. Spend your days scuba diving, snorkeling, suntanning and relaxing in this tropical island paradise and return home rejuvenated and ready for the New Year to begin.

Stingray liveaboard holiday only USD$1,044 per person

Book your Maldives Holiday on the Stingray now!

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Stingray

Black Pearl Liveaboard Holiday – December 8 – 14:

The Black Pearl kicks off for a scuba diving adventure at the beginning of December to take advantage of some of the best scuba diving conditions of the year. This seven-night cruise departs Male on December 8. This is a great opportunity to beat some of the high-season crowds.

Black Pearl liveaboard holiday only USD$1,188 per person

Black Pearl Liveaboard Holiday – December 21 – 28:

Another seven-night trip diving safari on the Black Pearl begins on December 21st, allowing you to experience Christmas in the tropics. This is the perfect time for a scuba diving holiday in the Maldives. Depature date is confirmed.

Black Pearl liveaboard holiday only USD$1,386 per person

Book your Maldives Holiday on the Black Pearl now!

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Black Pearl

Galileo Liveaboard Holiday – December 21 – January 2:

For the ultimate scuba diving holiday in the Maldives, book a space on this 12-night scuba diving expedition on Galileo and visit the largest variety of dive sites in hte Maldives. With 12 nights available for cruising, there is no doubt you will have the opportunity to visit atolls that shorter dive safaris simply cannot include in their itineraries.

Galileo liveaboard holiday only EUR€1,296 per person

Book your Maldives Holiday on the Galileo now!

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Galileo

Low Rates for Maldives Liveaboard Holidays in December 2009

Adventurer 2 Liveaboard Holidays

  • December 7 – December 14: Only USD$1,750 per person
  • December 14 – December 21: Only USD$1,750 per person
  • December 21 – December 28: Only USD$1,750 per person

Book your Maldives Holiday on the Adventurer 2 now!

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Adventurer 2

Carina Liveaboard Holidays

  • December 13 – December 20: Only USD$1,204 per person
  • December 20 – December 27: Only USD$1,204 per person
  • December 28 – January 4: Only USD$1,204 per person

Book your Maldives Holiday on the Carina now!

Dream Catcher II Liveaboard Holidays

  • December 6 – December 13: Only USD$1,463 per person
  • December 19 – December 26: Only USD$1,498 per person

Book your Maldives Holiday on the Dream Catcher II now!

Nautilus I Liveaboard Holidays

  • December 1 – December 7: Only USD$1,206 per person

Book your Maldives Holiday on the Nautilus I now!

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Nautilus I

Nautilus II Liveaboard Holidays

  • December 1 – December 7: Only USD$1,320 per person
  • December 8 – December 21: Only USD$2,860 per person

Book your Maldives Holiday on the Nautilus II now!

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Nautilus II

-All Prices Are Subject To Change Without Notice-

Grey Reef Sharks and Eagle Rays at Guraidhoo Kandu

November 25th, 2009 Comments off

Guests aboard the Black Pearl liveaboard spot grey reef sharks and eagle rays at Guraidhoo Kandu

With the beginning of the North East Monsoon transition period, manta rays are becoming less frequent at the Lankan Manta Point cleaning station.

The Lankan Manta Point (of the North Male’ Atoll) manta ray season begins in early September and lasts until late November or early December.

Maldives Underwater Manta Flapping Wings Grey Reef Sharks and Eagle Rays at Guraidhoo Kandu

Manta Ray at Manta Point in the Maldives

Lankan Manta Point Dive

Black Pearl liveaboard dived at Lankan Manta Point for the first time this week. However, no manta rays were spotted, so the divers enjoyed the colorful Maldivian coral and selection of other reef fish that darted along the sandy ocean floor. Read about the Black Pearl’s sighting of a school of mobula rays!

Black Pearl liveaboard plans to cover South Male’ and Ari Atoll this week.

Kuda Giri Wreck and Guraidhoo Kandu Dive

After the dive at Lankan Manta Point, the Black Pearl liveaboard crossed Vaadhoo channel and arrived at the Kuda Giri Wreck for the day’s second dive. The day’s third dive took place at Guraidhoo Kandu.

With an incoming mild current, all divers saw 8 grey reef sharks, a school of 12 eagle rays and loads of white tip reef sharks.

Black Pearl live aboard will be sailing to South Ari Atoll today.

Maldives Scuba Diving Holidays 2010

November 24th, 2009 Comments off

Take advantage of Maldives Dive Travel’s BEST PRICE GUARANTEE for Maldives scuba diving holidays in 2010!

Believe it or not, 2010 is right around the corner. With the holiday season approaching at an increasingly rapid rate, you’ll be sipping champagne and setting off firecrackers as the clock strikes midnight on January 1, 2010 before you know it!

As you jot down your New Year’s resolutions for 2010 (which are surprisingly similar to those from 2009, 2008, 2007…), spice it up a bit with a Maldives scuba diving holiday!

Most likely, your list will include resolutions such as “Spend More Time with Family & Friends,” “Enjoy Life More,” and “Learn Something New,” all of which you’ll experience during a Maldives scuba diving holiday.

For example, “Learn Somthing New” on the Carina liveaboard, a beautiful ship featuring spacious rooms and lots of shaded areas on its numerous decks. The Carina is offering a special “Marine Biology Cruise” in the Maldives from February 8 – 22, 2010.

Special Marine Biology Maldives Cruise on Carina Liveaboard

Explore the Maldivian reefs under the expert guidance of two marine biologists and PADI-Certified Dive Instructors: Mary Eichler-Bilek & Leo Bilek.

In-depth dive briefings and workshops will be given in English and German throughout the cruise to help participants see the reefs and their inhabitants in a new light. A very special feature of this cruise is the opportunity of taking the Night Naturalist Specialty Course, a programme developed by Mary herself and recognised by PADI. There is also the option of obtaining the PADI – Underwater Naturalist Certification on Carina during the cruise.

Learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime Maldives scuba diving holiday here!

Maldives Dry Season

With the 2010 New Year also comes the Maldivian dry season, heralded as the best time to plan your scuba diving holiday in the Maldives.

With the 2010 New Year also comes the Maldivian dry season, heralded as the best time to plan your scuba diving holiday in the Maldives!

Don’t miss out on these special offers for 2010 — Your Maldives scuba diving holiday is right around the corner!

Also, Maldives Dive Travel is the only agency offering guests a BEST PRICE GUARANTEE. So, be confident that you’re getting the best possible prices with Maldives Dive Travel. Learn more about our Best Price Guarantee here!

Maldives Scuba Diving Holidays

MV Orion – Scuba Diving Holidays

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MV Orion Liveaboard

MV Orion Scuba Diving Holiday: January 8-18, 2010 -

Escape the January Blues and jet off to the Maldives where you will be spoilt in the comfort of the MV Orion and see some of the most amazing underwater scenery in the world.

10-day January 2010 scuba diving holiday on MV Orion  just USD $2,990 per person !

MV Orion Scuba Diving Holiday: January 18-25, 2010 -

Late January is a great time to visit the Maldives: weather conditions are still excellent, but the Christmas crowds are gone.  Take a week off work in January … there really is no better to unwind than a week on MV Orion.

7-day scuba diving holiday on MV Orion just USD $2,093 per person!

Get more information on these 2010 specials here!

Black Pearl – Scuba Diving Holidays

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Black Pearl Liveaboard

Black Pearl Scuba Diving Holiday: December 28 – January 4, 2010 -

On December 28, why not bring in the New Year with your scuba diving buddies in the Maldives, on this seven-night scuba diving adventure?  The Black Pearl special offer price has been maintained, despite the New Year festivities.

14-day scuba diving holiday on Black Pearl just USD $1.386 per person!

Black Pearl Scuba Diving Holiday: February 15 – 25, 2010 –

Later on in the season, the Black Pearl has another unbeatable offer on a ten-night scuba diving holiday in the Maldives.  February is still considered among the best months of the year in which to scuba dive in the Maldives.  Book your diving holiday of a lifetime in the Maldives next February.  This departure date is already confirmed.

10-day scuba diving holiday on Black Pearl just USD $1.980 per person!

Black Pearl Scuba Diving Holiday: February 28 – March 10, 2010 –

While the diving is good year-round in the Maldives, many believe the best conditions end around April time.  So, squeeze a trip in next March and take advantage of some of the finest scuba diving conditions in the world. This departure date is already confirmed.

10-day scuba diving holiday on Black Pearl just USD $1.980 per person!

Get more information on these 2010 specials here!

Galileo – Scuba Diving Holidays

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Galileo Liveaboard

Galileo Scuba Diving Holiday: Dec 21 – January 2, 2010

For the ultimate scuba diving holiday in the Maldives, book a space on this 12-night scuba diving expedition on Galileo and visit the largest variety of dive sites in hte Maldives.  With 12 nights available for cruising, there is no doubt you will have the opportunity to visit atolls that shorter dive safaris simply cannot include in their itineraries.

12-day scuba diving holiday on Galileo just €1.296 per person!

Get more information on these 2010 specials here!

Black Pearl Liveaboard Begins a New Week of Diving Adventures

November 24th, 2009 Comments off

Black Pearl liveaboard sets sail, commencing a new week of diving adventures in the Maldives!

Black Pearl live aboard performed its last dive of the week to Maaya Thila, North Ari Atoll. Once the dive was finished, the Black Pearl started heading back to Hulhumale’ of the North Male’ Atoll.

Maaya Thila Dive Site

The Maaya Thila dive was one of the best dives last week with regards to Maldives marine life. Although the visibility was below average, there was an abundance of fish life, where highlights included grey reef sharks, dogtooth tuna and white tip reef sharks.

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Grey Reef Shark at Maaya Thila

Visiting Male’,  Capital City of the Maldives

It took about 3 and a half hours to cross Alihuras Kandu, the channel that separates Ari Atoll and Male’ Atoll. During the crossing, the sea remained calm, allowing for an extremely pleasant and enjoyable cruise back to Male’. The clear Maldivian weather was an added bonus. After reaching Hulhumale’, the anchoring process began. Once fully anchored, the guests took off for their visit to Male’, the capital of the Maldives.

Guests Departure and Arrival

Black Pearl‘s guests from the UK departed on the morning of the 23rd, the same day the new diving group arrived, which was a total of 12 divers from Switzerland. The orientation dive began after lunch.

Farukholhu Fushi Beyru Faru, aka Faru Beyru, Dive

 Black Pearl Liveaboard Begins a New Week of Diving Adventures

Mobula Rays in the Maldives

The orientation dive at Farukholhu Fushi Beyru Faru (also called Faru Beyru) turned out to be a very exciting check dive for everyone. We saw 10 mobula rays…Absolutely unbelievable! The orientation dive to Farukholhu Fushi Beyru Faru, aka Faru Beyru, was a great start to the week! Mobula is a genus of ray in the family Myliobatidae (eagle rays). Their appearance is similar to that of manta rays, which are in the same family. The devil fish can attain a disc width of up to 5.2 meters (17 feet) and probably can weigh over a ton, second only to the manta ray in size. Despite their size, there is little known about this genus. Black Pearl recently spotted a mobula, also called devil fish, at Kandooma Thila dive site.

Black Pearl Liveaboard Searches for a Whale Shark

November 21st, 2009 Comments off

Black Pearl Liveaboard searches for a Whale Shark around the Maldivian Atolls…

After three and a half hours, the Black Pearl live aboard crossed Alihurash Kandu (name given to the channel between Male’ Atoll and Ari Atoll) and reached the Southern Ari Atoll. The weather in the Maldives has been great since day one, and has remained extremely pleasant ever since.

Dive to Omadhoo Thila

On the morning of the 19th, we performed a dive at Omadhoo Thila. The current was relatively strong, and divers had the opportunity to see eagle rays, napoleon wrasse, and dogtooth tuna.

The search for a whale shark began at about 10:00 a.m. and continued till 3:00 p.m.  Unfortunately, we did not spot the massive filter-feeder.

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Bluestripe snapper and diver

Dive to Kuda Rah Thila

The Black Pearl live aboard’s second dive was to Kuda Rah Thila (a protected marine area). With almost no current and visibility around 12 meters, divers got to explorer Kuda Rah Thila at length. With or without current, Kuda Rah Thila has an abundance of fish life and excellent coral growth. Lutjanus kasmira, commonly called bluestripe snapper, is one of the main attractions at Kuda Rah Thila.

Dive to Kudhimaa Wreck, aka Machafushi Wreck

The divers started the 20th with a morning diving at Kudhimaa Wreck, also known as Machafushi Wreck. The Kudhimaa Wreck was purposely scuttled in 1998 to provide a wreck dive for scuba divers (If you enjoy wrecks, check out Maldives Victory Wreck and the Kuda Giri Wreck). The highlights from the Kudhimaa Wreck were sting rays, eagle rays and many more.

Dive to Dhigaa Thila

The second dive of the day was to Dhigaa Thila, where the divers saw a few grey reef sharks and colorful soft coral.

BBQ on Raidhigaa Island

The excellent weather gave Black Pearl Live aboard divers a chance of enjoying a great night of BBQ dinner on Raidhigaa Island.

Black Pearl Liveaboard Dives at Kandooma Thila and Crosses Over to South Ari Atoll

November 19th, 2009 Comments off

The Black Pearl Liveaboard performed dives at popular Maldives dive site Kandooma Thila, later crossing over to the South Ari Atoll

Yesterday, the Black Pearl live aboard performed Kandooma Thila for the first dive. With a strong current flowing from west to east and visibility at around 10 to 15 meters, divers managed to spot 6 grey reef sharks.

Scuba Diving Tips for Kandooma Thila

While diving at Kandooma Thila when the currents are strong, there are few points to consider in order maximize your bottom time, reduce drifting and ensure a safe dive.

Scuba Diving Tip #1 for Kandooma Thila – Strong Outgoing Current

Firstly, if a strong outgoing current is present, then get ready for a negative entry, making sure that you have deflated all air from you BCD and that your weight belt is on. As soon as you hit the water, start your descent head first and swim to deeper waters, allowing the reef to protect you.

Scuba Diving Tip #2 for Kandooma Thila – Drifting

Secondly, don’t drift all at once. The reef is no more than 350 meters in length and you don’t want to run out of reef and abort the dive. Make a habit of stopping or hooking the reef every now and then to observe your surroundings.

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Bat Fish, Platax Teira, a fish from the Indo-West Pacific

Scuba Diving Tip #3 for Kandooma Thila – Reef

Thirdly, don’t swim away from the reef when the current is strong since you might not be able to get back to the reef. The current pushes you away from the reef when they’re strong.

Scuba Diving Tip #4 for Kandooma Thila – Surface Balloon

Lastly, be sure to carry a surface balloon and start inflating it as soon as you start your ascent or reach shallower water.

After diving, the guests snorkeled, followed by a tasty lunch. During lunch, the Black Pearl liveaboard began crossing the channel to the South Ari Atoll.

Present location of the Black Pearl live aboard is the Dhangethi Region, Southern Ari Atoll.

Black Pearl Dives at North Male Atoll at Lankan Manta Point

November 18th, 2009 Comments off

Black Pearl Dives at Lankan Manta Point of the North Male Atoll

The Black Pearl live aboard continues its scuba diving adventures in the Maldives!

Lankan Manta Point, North Male’ Atoll

Black Pearl live aboard diving started from North Male’ Atoll at Lankan Manta Point. With a mild current and visibility of 10 meters, divers from the Black Pearl observed 3 mantas at the cleaning station during the entire dive.

Kuda Giri Wreck, South Male’ Atoll

After Lankan Manta Point, the Black Pearl live aboard cruised to South Male’ Atoll and dived at Kuda Giri Wreck. With almost no current at all, divers got the chance to explore the wreck without much difficulty.

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Manta Ray over Coral in the Maldives

Guaraidhoo Region

For final anchorage, the Black Pearl live aboard was around the Guraidhoo region and will be crossing over to the South Ari Atoll today.

Maldives Weather

This week began with clear, sunny skies…Holidaying and scuba diving conditions have remained perfect!

For present weather in Maldives and a 5 day weather forecast, click here.

Weather: Apart from a few showers in the upper north province, generally favorable weather is expected to prevail over the country.

Temperature: 30° C / 86° F

Humidity: 63 %

Winds: West / north-westerly 4 – 11 knots.

Visibility: 12 km

State of the sea: Slight

Wave Height: (open sea) 1 – 3 feet

Black Pearl Live Aboard Begins a New Week of Diving Adventures

November 17th, 2009 Comments off

A new week of diving adventures begins in the Maldives on the Black Pearl live aboard…

***Make your reservation for a holiday on the Black Pearl live aboard now!***

The Black Pearl live aboard, a boat measuring 95 feet long and 26 feet wide, featuring a magnificent main deck made entirely out of Balau wood, begins a new week of fabulous diving in the Maldives. Learn more about the Black Pearl’s accomodation, diving & prices here!

Black Pearl Live Aboard Welcomes Guests from the UK

Yesterday, the Black Pearl live aboard began a new week of diving adventures, playing host to a total of 10 guests from the UK, of which 7 are divers. All arrivals were checked in and  the Black Pearl live aboard left Hulhumale’ after the orientation dive.

Orientation Dive on the Black Pearl Live Aboard

The check dive (normally the first dive you do on holiday or in new diving conditions) was performed at Beyru Faru (Farukholhu Fushi Outer Reef). Surface conditions and underwater conditions were more than perfect to perform yesterday’s check dive. The current remained mild and visibility at around 10 to 15 meters.

 Black Pearl Live Aboard Begins a New Week of Diving Adventures

Starfish Seen on the Reef in the Maldives

Diving Adventures on the Black Pearl Live Aboard

The Black Pearl live aboard anchored in Himmafushi, in the North Male’ Atoll, for the night. This week, the Black Pearl live aboard will explore the dive sites of the North and South Male’ Atolls and the Ari Atoll.

The group from the UK requested to perform 2 dives per day and daily snorkeling for the group’s non divers. They are also looking forward to visiting local islands and unihabited islands.

Current Weather Conditions in the Maldives

Weather: Generally fine

Winds: southwest / westerly 3 – 11 knots

Visibility: 12 km

State of the sea: Slight

Wave Height: (open sea) 2 – 4 feet

Get more information and Maldives weather updates here!