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NEW for 2017 | Deep South & Southern Sharks with Emperor Maldives

November 28th, 2016 Comments off

unbenannt 0233 shark Medium 300x180 NEW for 2017 | Deep South & Southern Sharks with Emperor MaldivesEmperor Maldives has new exciting dive trips sailing to the southerly Maldives atolls and dive into the shark action in these out-of-the-way southern dive sites between Huvadhoo and Laamu.

From February to April, spend time away from the madding crowds and dive Foammulah and Huvadhoo on the lookout for the Indian Ocean’s larger residents; tiger sharks, silver tips, grey reef sharks and whale sharks.

Guests can choose to travel either from Male to Huvadhoo to join their liveaboard or from Huvadhoo to Male. 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.

This itinerary suits experienced divers (100+ dives) looking for ‘away from it all and different’ diving with quite a focus on drift diving.

Liveaboards operating these routes are Emperor Virgo and Emperor Leo, both with fine accommodation and service as standard. Included is full board, free Nitrox, local transfers.

A video showing the amazing diving on this route can be seen here.

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

26 February – 5 March 2017
Deep South & Southern Sharks, Safari starts Kadhdhoo – Safari ends Gan
7 nights
2548 Eur

5 – 15 March 2017
Deep South & Southern Sharks, Safari starts Gan – Safari ends Kadhdhoo
10 nights
3450 Eur

15 – 25 March
South Central 7 Atolls, Safari starts Kadhdhoo, Safari ends Male
10 nights
3190 Eur

Prices do not include international flights.

Come and meet Emperor Superior

November 18th, 2016 Comments off

0816 Emperor Serenity collage 300x300  Come and meet Emperor SuperiorShe’s proving really popular with guests and is brand new this year. Emperor Serenity is a contemporary, spacious liveaboard where fine accommodation and service is standard. At 40 metres, she easily accommodates 26 guests in 13 well-appointed ensuite cabins all with air-con.

You can enjoy open air dining area on the main deck and a range of sofas and tables await you inside the air-conditioned saloon for relaxing or watching TV. A complimentary glass of wine is served with dinner.

The upper deck has a covered and open area ideal for watching photos and footage from your diving or just relaxing, star gazing and soaking up that magical Maldivian atmosphere. The sundeck is perfect for catching those sunrays or having a nap.

All diving is done from Emperor Serenity’s large dhoni giving you more living space on board and getting you to the perfect dive spot every time. And, as with all Emperor liveaboards, she offers free Nitrox.

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

Dive routes includes Best of Maldives and Manta Madness.

Save money as a group!
When 11 pay, 1 goes free!

How about these to tempt you?
3 – 10 December 2016
Best of Maldives
€1995

7 – 14 January 2017
Manta Madness
€2016

26 March – 2 April 2017
Best of Maldives
€2345

>> Watch a super video here of the boat and diving

>> Discover more about Emperor Serenity here

Come and meet Emperor Orion

November 14th, 2016 Comments off

1116 emperor orion collage with new pics bm 300x300  Come and meet Emperor OrionDesigned and built with the diver in mind and yet just as attractive to the non-diver. At a super-spacious 39 metres, Emperor Orion delivers hotel standards in every aspect. She has an executive suite, 3 twin/double mini suites, 1 junior suite, 3 double and 4 twin/double cabins taking 24 guests in comfort.

A complimentary glass of wine is served with dinner and there’s a spacious lounge and dining areas, Jacuzzi, massage room (paid locally and subject to availability) and a well-stocked bar. The fly deck is incredibly roomy with lots of sunny sunbeds. Wi-Fi is available, when in range, at an additional charge.

Emperor Orion is a super cruiser happily taking you to some of the most alluring dive sites of the Maldives.

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. Emperor Orion is rebreather-friendly and offers free Nitrox, all diving and safety equipment as well as a photography charging station and four dive guides.

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

As with all Emperor Maldives boats, there is FREE Nitrox.

Dive routes includes Best of Maldives, Manta Madness, South Central 7 Atolls and Deep South and Southern Sharks.

Save money as a group!
When 10 pay, 1 goes free!

How about these to tempt you?
27 November – 4 December 2016
AND
11 – 18 December 2016
Best of Maldives
Each trip €1883

27 December – 5 January 2017
9 nights
South Central 7 Atolls
€2997
(Please note, this trip starts in Male and ends at Laamu. Price doesn’t include domestive flights.)

3 – 12 February 2017
9 nights
South Central 7 Atolls
€3123
(Please note, this trip starts at Koodhoo and ends in Male. Price doesn’t include domestive flights.)

>> Watch a super video here of the boat and diving

>> Find out more about Emperor Orion here

Or email us today and book info@maldivesdivetravel.com

7, 9 or 12 nights of diving delights

November 8th, 2016 Comments off

1116 leo and nautilus one 300x75  7, 9 or 12 nights of diving delights

 

 

 

 

Come diving – you know you want to!

Nautilus One
11 – 21 December 2016
10 nights
Ari & South
€2250
AND
Happy New Year!
25 December – 6 January 2017
12 nights
Ari & South
€2700

Emperor Leo

26 February – 5 March 2017
7 nights
Deep South & Southern Sharks safari (starts Kadhdhoo, ends Gan)
€2478
AND
5 – 12 March 2017
7 nights
Deep South & Southern Sharks safari (starts Gan, ends Kooddoo)
€2492

Email us today and book info@maldivesdivetravel.com

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Tempting Ten-Night Diving Adventure

November 3rd, 2016 Comments off

Emperor Virgo – TEN night safari anyone?

0416 virgo collage 300x300  Tempting Ten Night Diving AdventureAs one of the six-liveaboard fleet of Emperor Maldives, here is your guarantee for memorable diving. Emperor Virgo is the perfect choice for when you want to enjoy good-value luxury, offering pretty much everything you need for a perfect getaway. The restaurant serves both western and Asian cuisine complimented with a fully equipped bar. There is also has a Jacuzzi for you to kick back and relax. WiFi is available (20US$ per week). Nitrox is included in the package price.

She welcomes 18 divers over her 32m length and all her ensuite cabins have twin beds with one single. Upper deck cabins have large windows with the most amazing views to the ocean and islands beyond.

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!).

At a glance
Select liveaboard for just 18 divers
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

Christmas in the Maldives?
18 – 25 December
Best of Maldives
1694 Euros

Ten nights in the Maldives?
Deep South & Southern Sharks
Start at Gan and finish at Kadhdhoo
5 – 15 March
3450 Euros
OR
South Central 7 Atolls
Start at Kadhdhoo and finish at Male
15 – 25 March
3190 Euros

Meet Emperor Virgo here for all the information you need (and if it’s not there, then please just ask us!)

Email us today and book info@maldivesdivetravel.com

 

Have you booked yet? Super sale on liveaboards – ends THIS Sunday, 30 October

October 27th, 2016 Comments off

What a choice for 2017!

Available to book from now until 30 October. 

EMPEROR SERENITY
Brand new, 4 dive guides, complimentary wine with dinner
Best of Maldives: August from €1,649  May & October – November from €1,819
Save up to €200 per person

EMPEROR ORION
A firm favourite, 4 dive guides, complimentary wine with dinner
South Central 7 Atolls* from €2,263
Best of Maldives from €1,669
Save up to €200 per person

EMPEROR VIRGO
Stylish, 3 dive guides, limited to only 18 guests
Pelagic Magic: June from €1,579
Best of Maldives: August from €1,374  May & December from €1,749
Save up to €150 per person

EMPEROR LEO
Good value liveaboard luxury, spacious saloon, 24 guests
Deep South & Southern Sharks* from €2,328
South Central 7 Atolls* from €2,078
Best of Maldives: June – September from €1,349  October – December from €1,469
Save up to €200 per person

EMPEROR VOYAGER
Modern liveaboard with home comforts, large outside areas
Best of Maldives from €1,399

EMPEROR ATOLL
The ‘Divers’ boat, just 12 guests, two dive guides
Best of Maldives from €1,299

*Includes one or more domestic flight to/from Male

Email us today and book info@maldivesdivetravel.com

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Emperor Orion trip report | 24 September – 2 October

October 10th, 2016 Comments off

0516 Orion collage 300x300 Emperor Orion trip report | 24 September   2 October“Our attention was soon taken away … as a perfect squadron of 10 EAGLE RAYS passed over our heads.”

This week’s guides on board Emperor Orion were the well-seasoned Boat Managers, Russ and Chris, local expert Sakeel, and relative new-comer to the Fleet, Jacky. Our discerning guests hailed from around the world including from America, Russia, UK, Australia, Czechoslovakia and Slovakia…a powerhouse of nationalities!

We started this trip on an absolute high, jumping in at LANKAN MANTA POINT and encountering 11 MANTAS! The underwater atmosphere was electric as we watched in awe as these grandiose creautures swooped and barrel-rolled in the waters in front of us whilst waiting their turn to be cleaned. For those ahead in the cleaning queue, it was impressive to watch just how quickly the little army of cleaner wrasse picked and nibbled these mammoth creatures clean. Equally interesting was to see just how sensitive these sizeable mantas are, as they twitched and trembled as the wrasses nibbled too hard. Yet again, the Orion Team set the diving bar high for the rest of the trip.

MAAYA THILA
A confirmed favourite spot amongst the entire Emperor Dive Team, Maaya Thila is host to a plethora of incredible corals, a guide-book’s worth of marine life and currents that can either be of rollercoaster speed to absolutely zilch. Today at Maaya we smiled our way through the dive as the site showed us just why it is a favourite. The giant trevallies were making the rounds of the reef and stayed away from the edge of the thila keeping an eye on all the smaller prey in the vicinity. There were, in turn, a few dogtooth tunas keeping a hungry eye on the trevallies. There was plenty of shark action in the blue as the large grey reef sharks, accompanied by white tips and a few black tips, swam back and forth in the medium current. For those diving with Chris at Maaya, they had the incredible encounter with two silvertip sharks who came racing towards the reef and then back into the blue at lightning speed. A few hearts beat a little faster for those few seconds!

Russ is a man who can describe each dive location to perfection; where you’ll jump, what you’ll see, which fish reside where but when it comes to diving at FISH HEAD his briefings are slightly shortened as he describes what we will see, “Nothing needs to be explained about this site. The name says it all. An all-time favourite with the guides.” We saw huge schools of everything, great visibility, a little current…FANTASTIC. Russ was of course, totally right!

0816 manta from virgo 300x199 Emperor Orion trip report | 24 September   2 OctoberFESDU WRECK
Another firm favourite is the delightful little wreck at Fesdu. Today’s conditions were near perfect and allowed us to thoroughly explore the structure before moving finishing the dive on the nearby reef. The two resident mantis shrimps are still burrowing their holes in the sandy bottom on the starboard side and don’t seem to mind the presence of the juvenile ribbon eel who has taken up residence a few feet away. The hordes of fish swarming around the wreck create a shimmering effect of tones of silver as the sunlight dances on their scales, really quite mesmerizing. The multitudes of glassfish are quite spectacular, and despite having a good look we cannot find the secret creatures whom they are hiding! Best of all today was seeing the recently-spotted tiny frogfish, as he tried his best to camouflage himself against the soft sponge.

There are several fish who, despite having the most intricate and beautiful colourful markings, appear to be ungainly in the water and blunder their way across reefs but still manage to raise a smile with our guests. The Napoleon wrasse. For some reason today at HIMENDHOO THILA there seemed to be a Napoleon wrasse convention as there were at least six counted throughout the dive! One group of divers were followed for almost the entire dive by one such fish who lumbered alongside them, keeping his boggly eyes trained on each guest. We also saw a few Napoleons in the deeper waters but our attention was soon taken away from these inelegant creatures as a perfect squadron of 10 EAGLE RAYS passed over our heads. This was a wonderful sight as they were beautifully silhouetted against the blue tones of the ocean.

MIYARU KANDU
What started out as a small current gradually increased in strength as the minutes ticked by all too quickly at the Kandu this morning. With the faster current came the bigger boys, including some very sizeable grey reef sharks and some aggressive looking dogtooth tunas. We hooked in in order to watch the shark show in comfort and soon saw some white tip sharks joining the group. It is always amazing to watch sharks in their natural habitat and to see how they use the water columns and current sot their advantage. Watching them today it was very obvious as to why they are the apex predator on the reef – their nonchalant demeanour is actually hiding the fact that they are watching every single movement that every marine creature is making, both on and off the reef. Their bearing is very imposing and they are simply a joy to watch. As the dive continued a few eagle rays passed swiftly overhead and, as one group were preparing to unhook and finish their dive, they were treated to the appearance of a lone manta swimming slowly by.

All too soon or trip came to an end and it was hard to believe that another week had passed. The diving was superb and all guests were extremely happy with what they had seen; a few first encounters with mantas which made for unforgettable memories. With the perfect combination of a fantastic boat, an extremely knowledgeable and personable Dive Team, delicious cuisine and an array of well-chosen beverages, another week on board Emperor Orion was a resounding success!

Find out more about Emperor Orion here.

October savings at Casa Mia, Mathiveri

October 6th, 2016 Comments off

0516 casa mia collage 300x168  October savings at Casa Mia, MathiveriBook a room at Casa Mia this October and enjoy some serious savings on all rooms

Casa Mia is a small and welcoming hotel with just 24 modern and spacious rooms. Standard and deluxe have seating areas and some have sea views.
Each has air con and either double or twin beds. Situated right on the beach front and surrounded by verdant gardens, Casa Mia is the perfect choice for escaping the humdrum of life.

The on-site dive centre is both PADI and SSI certified and diving is from a custom built ‘dhoni’.

Garden View room
Usual price 244.50 USD
You pay 172 USD
SAVE 72.50 USD per night

Beach View room
Usual price 288.30 USD
You pay 202 USD 
SAVE 86.30 USD per night

Sea View room
Usual price 300.60 USD
You pay 210 USD 
SAVE 90.60 USD per night

Beach View Deluxe room
Usual price 300.60 USD
You pay 210 USD 
SAVE 90.60 USD per night

Visit Casa Mia here and find out more

Email us today and book info@maldivesdivetravel.com

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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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