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Spotlight on Emperor Leo

September 12th, 2016 Comments off

Maldives holidays MV Leo 300x200 Spotlight on Emperor LeoSailing into her fourth season, Emperor Leo has undergone some sweeping changes over the summer months.

With a modernised look and the use of light and bright colours, Emperor Leo will stand out in the Emperor Fleet as another ‘flagship’ liveaboard.

A newly added upper deck cabin offers outstanding ocean views, with a total of three superior cabins on the upper deck, each with direct access to the open patio area.

All cabins have undergone a transformation and offer guests a stylish and comfortable haven. With compact, modern bathrooms, the accommodation is of hotel standard and service.

Whilst features in the lounge and dining area have been updated, they reflect her traditional décor and returning guests will enjoy the fine level of improvements. Utilising the wood design of bar and dining area, the whole space welcomes the Maldivian sunlight, mirrored in the colourful accessories and luxuriously large sofas.

Not only has the boat undergone changes but in order to stay abreast of culinary expectation, Emperor’s professional chefs are interchanged across the Fleet in order to provide contemporary and innovative international cuisine.

Emperor Leo lays claim to having one of the most experienced dive guides leading the choice of trips in the Maldives; Chris Trickey. For over 15 years, Chris has headed diving trips here and he truly knows where to dive, how to dive and how to make the best out of your trip. He is renowned throughout the diving industry and guests return trip after trip specifically to dive under his guidance.

Experience and knowledge continues with the years of Maldivian maritime experience and familiarity from Captain Ahmed. Having taken command of Emperor Leo several years ago, he carries a calm and reassuring presence, sailing the boat through the Atolls whilst running the team of professional chefs, housekeepers, barmen and crew with unflappable skill.

To ensure memorable diving, it is essential to have an exceptional dhoni captain. MV Sirina accompanies Emperor Leo, acting as the diving platform from which to enjoy the magical waters and giving more room on the ‘mother ship’. Captain Niyaz, a man who hails from the southern Atolls, has navigated the Maldivian waters both north and south. His unsurpassable knowledge of the dive sites needs to be seen to be believed – his promise to direct the boat to the best possible drops is legendary.

Emperor Leo sails Best of Maldives, South Central 7 Atolls, Deep South & Southern Sharks and offers group discounts up to 20 pay and four go free.

Discover more about Emperor Leo and diving in the Maldives here.

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Emperor Serenity trip report | 13 – 20 August

August 29th, 2016 Comments off

Mantas galore with Emperor Serenity and guests…0816 manta from virgo 300x199 Emperor Serenity trip report | 13 – 20 August “For some of our guests it was their first personal experience with these giants of the ocean and one they would always remember.”

LANKAN MANTA POINT
Not the best of visibility but we didn’t care as that’s what mantas love! But at Lankan Point these magnificent creatures are not coming in for feeding, they are coming in to be cleaned and to socialize with other mantas coming in for the same reason. We enjoyed just a small current today and the marine life was quite exceptional, especially in this particular area where we don’t necessarily dive for the corals and fish; there were masses of fusiliers being hunted by snapping jacks and dogtooth tunas. Large numbers of snappers of every size and design added a great splash of colour. We stayed clear of the titan triggerfish who was enormous but got up close and personal with the hawksbill turtles we found digging for food on the top of the reef. Best of all was what we came for; we had a solo female manta arrive to the cleaning station and we enjoyed watching her as she gently flinched at the cleaning wrasses’ nibbles and pecks – successful in their mission to clean the parasites off her large, graceful body.

EMBUDHOO EXPRESS
Embudhoo Express lived up to its name today and we were ‘slightly’ challenged by a fast running current. This decent current brought out the bigger boys who swam against it with such ease we felt clumsy and cumbersome in our gear. We enjoyed the show put on by the numerous grey reef sharks who were soon joined by white tip reef sharks of all sizes, juveniles learning to handle the currents (and nosey divers) and older more experienced adults. When we could tear our eyes off the main predators of the site we spotted many morays – giant, leopard and one splendidly decorated honeycomb moray. A good challenging dive but it was smiles all round after.

KUDA GIRI WRECK
We all love this little wreck when we have it to ourselves! With almost perfect visibility and no current to speak of we spent time casually exploring the structure and its environs. Numerous types of shrimps went about their daily business…doing what shrimps do! On the wreck itself we found several types of moray including one free-swimming, which we don’t see too often on a day time dive. For those with alert eyes, several beautifully camouflaged scorpionfish were spotted, sitting quietly waiting for some unsuspecting prey to pass their way. Best of all had to be the large school of chevron barracudas which hung in the water at the bow of the wreck keeping a beady eye on possible lunch options.

ALIMATHA SUNSET
No matter how many times we dive at Alimatha it can still surprise us with the number of sharks who turn up to entertain us and feed and socialise. Timing it so we jumped as the sun was just slipping below the horizon, we entered the water and could immediately see large numbers of nurse sharks already there, some swimming up and down the channel, some keeping to the shallow sandy area and some doing both. These sharks are adorable. The ones who visit Alimatha are very large in size and great in number. Their eyesight is pretty poor so they are often known to unwittingly bump into and gently nudge guests as they make their way past. For some divers it can be a bit of a fright, but a wonderful experience. The nurse sharks were joined this evening by a few hunting blacktips.

KUDARAH THILA
This is such a lovely dive site at all times and with today’s gorgeous conditions it was nearly at its perfect best. We dived into this marine paradise and were engulfed by fish who created an artist’s palette of colours around us. A true Kodak moment, which lasted for the entire dive! Apart from the sharks, who were close to the thila but still in the blue, we saw an unexpected nurse shark and several very large dogtooth tunas. All around the thila there were clouds of midnight and blue-lined snappers, jacks and trevallies and clouds of the odd-looking surgeon fish. Everyone loved the pristine anemone garden in the shallows, where we spotted some lovely shrimps and even some brightly decorated nudibranchs.

MAHIBADOO
MANTAS! MANTAS! MANTAS! We were mesmerized by the mantas who arrived this morning and displayed their athletic abilities with grace, ease and absolute elegance. For some of our guests it was their first personal experience with these giants of the ocean, and one they would always remember. We were rooted to the spot watching as the mantas barrel rolled and swooped around us, almost oblivious to our excitement and bubbles. When we did finally look away we also saw some lovely nudibranchs, a few sharks and many lovely corals but the talk around the breakfast tables later was definitely the mantas!

BATHALA MAGAA
Another favourite site amongst the guides, Bathala usually manages to astound even the most seasoned of divers. The shoals of red tooth triggers who sweep along the ridge create a reef of electric blue and their frenetic energy seems to energise the fusiliers into swimming faster than normal and the snappers to arrive in huge numbers. Behind these smaller fish come the predators – the jacks, the trevallies and the tunas who arrive with only one agenda, to hunt and to eat! Today’s dive was electric with so many fish around us, so for much of the dive we just hung in the tiny current on the top of the reef and watched the fishy world go by. Then back to the incredible space and comfort of Emperor Serenity. Does life get much better than this?

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What to expect from a liveaboard holiday? We give you the lowdown – and the highlights!

June 8th, 2016 Comments off

0715 Orion bow and island 300x200 What to expect from a liveaboard holiday? We give you the lowdown   and the highlights!The Maldives is an unfeasibly beautiful country and nothing lets you experience that beauty more than a liveaboard diving holiday. With a super choice of boats, we will take you to the most iconic dive spots, islands and atolls.

The great thing about a liveaboard is that your time is spent on board whilst we sail across the warm clear waters of the Indian Ocean and dive the best dive sites. Sounds incredibly tempting doesn’t it?

Click here for an overview of what a dive safari holiday has to offer.

For more information or if you have any questions, do please talk to us directly or email us.

Spotlight on Virgo – come and meet her

May 31st, 2016 Comments off

Dive the celebrated Maldives on exclusive liveaboard, Virgo! You can cruise the atolls of Male and Ari knowing you’re getting great value on a liveaboard devoted to your diving holiday (she’s pretty good for non-divers too!).

• Upper deck cabins: 2 double/twin
• Main deck cabins: 2 double/twin
• Lower deck cabins: 5 double/twin (1 available as a Triple with a small single bed)
At a glance
• Select liveaboard for just 15 divers (18 divers from August 2016)
• Lower and upper deck twin or double cabin options
• Welcoming, spacious saloon and restaurant-style dining area
• Mouth-watering cuisine with international dishes
• Spacious saloon with internationally stocked bar
• Onboard WiFi (local charges) when in range
• FREE Nitrox

0416 virgo collage 300x300 Spotlight on Virgo   come and meet herAccommodating 18 divers over her 32m length, all her cabins have twin beds with one single cabin. All cabins are ensuite. Upper deck cabins have large windows giving amazing views to the ocean and islands beyond.

Non-divers are very welcome and get a free snorkelling kit + $50 voucher to spend on board

Decorated in light wood and contemporary style, the main deck has a large saloon with comfy sofas. The bar is fully licensed so you can enjoy your favourite tipple as the sun dips below the horizon. The upper deck has loungers for sun bathing and just kicking back.

Virgo is one of the few liveaboards in the Maldives that is rebreather friendly and supports Poseidon MKV1, AP vision and manual megaldon units.

What’s included?
• Shared cabin; 7 nights; 6 days’ diving, 3 meals a day; afternoon snacks; 1 BBQ dinner on uninhabited island (weather allowing); unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee; total of 17 dives (inc 1 night dive); guide, tanks, weights. Free Nitrox; return airport transfer; Government taxes and bed tax; Male city tour (on request); separate diving dhoni
• Not included: Flight, diving equipment, alcohol, soft drinks, juices. WiFi – 20 USD per week, payable on board

Click here to discover more on Virgo
or email our friendly, knowledgeable team today

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Spotlight on Orion – come and meet her

May 24th, 2016 Comments off

0516 Orion collage 300x300   Spotlight on Orion   come and meet herHaving been a firm favourite with Constellation Fleet, years of experience culminates in the design of this liveaboard, built with the diver in mind and yet equally attractive to the non-diver. And at a super-spacious 39 metres in length, Orion delivers hotel standards in every aspect.

• Upper deck cabins: 1 executive suite, 3 twin/double mini suites
• Lower deck cabins: 1 junior suite, 3 double, 4 twin/double

At a glance
• 5 star luxury liveaboard
• Cabins with twin or double bed options
• Suites available
• Jacuzzis
• Executive suite with private Jacuzzi
• WiFi and massage services (paid locally)
• Exceptionally large and spacious diving dhoni
• FREE Nitrox
• Small group discounts (and for large groups too!)

Non-divers are very welcome and get a free snorkelling kit + $50 voucher to spend on board

The main deck has a large lounge with sofas and equally large dining room with bar and TV whilst on the upper deck is the Jacuzzi, massage room (paid locally and subject to availability) and the main bar. The fly deck is incredibly roomy with lots of sunbeds. Wi-Fi is available, when in range, at an additional charge.
All diving takes place from her impressive 19.8m dhoni, which gives you more living space on board and gets you to the perfect dive spot every time. Orion is rebreather-friendly and offers free Nitrox, all diving and safety equipment as well as a photography charging station and four dive guides.

What’s included?
• Shared cabin; 7 nights; 6 days’ diving, 3 meals a day; afternoon snacks; 1 BBQ dinner on uninhabited island (weather allowing); unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee; total of 17 dives (inc 1 night dive); guide, tanks, weights. Free Nitrox; return airport transfer; Government taxes and bed tax; Male city tour (on request); separate diving dhoni
• Not included: Flight, diving equipment, alcohol, soft drinks, juices. WiFi – 20 USD per week, payable on board

Click here to discover more on Orion
or email our friendly, knowledgeable team today

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Brand new and setting sail this July. Meet Emperor Serenity

May 18th, 2016 Comments off

Brand new for 2016 and bringing a class of her own to the Maldivian waters, Emperor Serenity is a contemporary, spacious liveaboard where fine accommodation and service is standard. This 40 metre boat easily accommodates 26 guests in 13 well-appointed ensuite cabins all with air-con.

AT A GLAN0516 serenity collage Medium 300x300 Brand new and setting sail this July. Meet Emperor SerenityCE
High quality, contemporary liveaboard
Choice of spacious dining and relaxation areas
Visit a local island for a BBQ under the stars
Dive with manta, man-sized nurse sharks & whale sharks
FREE Nitrox
4 dive guides
Non-divers are very welcome and get a free snorkelling kit + $50 voucher to spend on board

Enjoy open air dining area at the stern of the main deck. Several sofas and tables await you inside the air-conditioned saloon for relaxing or watching TV.
The Upper deck boasts a covered and open area ideal for watching photos and footage from your diving or just relaxing, star gazing and soaking up the wonderful Maldivian atmosphere.
The sundeck is perfect for catching those sunrays or having a nap.

All diving is done from Emperor Serenity’s large dhoni tender, giving you more living space on board and getting you to the perfect dive spot every time. She is rebreather-friendly and offers free NITROX, all diving and safety equipment as well as a photography charging station and four dive guides.

Entertainment: There is a variety of nightly entertainment ranging from night dives, a BBQ on an inhabited island (subject to weather conditions and the route), watching films or simply relaxing on the sundeck comparing fish stories. A Male city tour is also included with a local guide upon request.

Book your dream diving holiday today!
Prices are per person for 7 nights sharing a twin/double cabin
30 Jul – 06 Aug         Manta Madness     1799  EUR 
06 Aug – 13 Aug        Best of Maldives    1799  EUR 
13 Aug  – 20 Aug       Manta Madness     1799  EUR 
20 Aug  – 27 Aug       Best of Maldives    1899  EUR 
27 Aug  – 03 Sep       Manta Madness      1799 EUR
03 Sep  – 10 Sep       Best of Maldives     1799  EUR

All sailings are Saturday to Saturday.

What’s included?
•    Shared cabin; 7 nights; 6 days’ diving, 3 meals a day; afternoon snacks; 1 BBQ dinner on uninhabited island (weather allowing); unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee; total of 17 dives (inc 1 night dive); guide, tanks, weights. Free Nitrox; return airport transfer; Government taxes and bed tax; Male city tour (on request); separate 19.8m diving dhoni
•    Not included: Flight, diving equipment, alcohol, soft drinks, juices. WiFi – 20 USD per week, payable on board

Click here to discover more on Emperor Serenity
or email our friendly, knowledgeable team today

Your Best Price Guarantee from us

May 10th, 2016 Comments off

Don’t pay more for your Maldives diving holiday than you need to!

 

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We are pleased to offer you our Best Price Guarantee.

With us, booking is made easy so you can focus on the really exciting bit – preparing for your next underwater adventure!

Here’s what we will do … 
We will beat any competitor’s price for the same holiday online on any boat that we offer.

How does it work? 
Send us the quote you got from another travel agent showing their price.
The quote has to show your name, the ship’s name and the travel dates.
Email the quote to info@maldivesdivetravel.com
We will get back to you with a better price.
It’s that easy to save money on your Maldives holiday!

How is this possible? 
The short and simple answer is that we sell so many holiday packages that we can negotiate the best deals for you. We already offer the most competitive prices on the Internet. However, if you find a liveaboard on another site priced lower than ours, we guarantee we’ll beat it!

Get the best experience, the best selection and the best service at the best prices available!

Please note: Best price offer is only valid for private individuals and new bookings. We reserve the right to refuse a quote as applicable for the best price guarantee offer.

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or email our friendly, knowledgeable team today

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Happy prices on Orion & Virgo – book soon

May 4th, 2016 Comments off

We aim to make diving in the Maldives as easy as possible and with these savings, it just helps to make the budget stretch that bit further.

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MV ORION
Best of Maldives
22-31 May
1944.00 USD pp

MV VIRGO
Best of Maldives
June and July – 7 night holidays
1442.00 USD pp

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Nautilus Two | Single use cabins WITH NO surcharge

April 25th, 2016 Comments off

Nautilus Two | Special offer for single cabins

0416 Nautilus Two collage 300x168 Nautilus Two | Single use cabins WITH NO surcharge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ari & South Summer Special

29 June – 07 July
8 nights
1376 EUR

Saving of 1000 EUR on usual single supplement

18 – 28 July
10 nights
1720 EUR

18 – 28 August
10 nights
1720 EUR

11 – 21 September
10 nights
1720 EUR

Saving of 1250 EUR on usual single supplement

Only valid on the mentioned dates

Too good to be true?
No, it’s for real! You get a cabin for single use on your own without a surcharge – paying just half the twin share rate. Of course, if you want to bring a buddy along then you can share the cabin!

Email our friendly, knowledgeable team today

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Pelagic Magic starts right now

April 18th, 2016 Comments off

Pelagic Magic from April – July

North Ari Atoll: Grey reef sharks, Maaya Thila night dive, Manta cleaning stations
South Ari Atoll: Whale sharks, Pinnacles

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This route takes you on a manta and whale shark expedition in the North & South Ari Atolls. Exact dive sites vary depending on diver experience levels, local conditions and where the best sightings have been.

Pelagic Magic gets you face to face with the famous whale sharks of Ari Atoll. As this itinerary devotes more time here, you are certain to get your whale shark fix. Then grab your snorkel and splash in to float feet away from whale sharks.

With around 17 dives, as well as the chance to snorkel, this is an action packed week. The sightings start right from the beginning. Manta Point (otherwise known as Lankan Finolhu) is a cleaning station with reliable manta sightings. Hafsa Thila and Maya Thila are yet more iconic dive site where sharks are plentiful. Look out for baby white tips under the large table corals. But it is at night that Maya Thila really comes alive.

Maamagili is the place to find whale sharks at this time as they follow the seasonal currents. Manta chase plankton trails too into the nearby lagoons. Discover the lush corals and schooling fish at the likes of Reethi Thila and Kuda Rah.

This is a great itinerary for everyone. No matter what your experience level this is a Maldives itinerary you can enjoy. There can be some drift diving so experience of diving in currents is advisable. Don’t forget to take your reef hook to make shark watching all the easier. Pelagic Magic runs when the pelagics sightings are at their optimum in North and South Ari.

Currents can be strong. All your diving is made from dhonis or zodiacs to give precise entry and exits points.

Find out more here

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