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This page answers the most frequently asked questions about diving on liveaboards. If your question is not answered here, please contact us. Our team will be happy to answer all questions about your dive holiday in the Maldives.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 
 

How do I get from the airport to the ship and back?

The package price includes airport transfers in the mornings of arrival and departure day. Please check the individual check-in/ check-out  times for your ship.

You will be picked up and dropped off at the airport by a member of the crew, who will be easy to spot as he/she will be holding a sign with the name of your ship. In case you need to contact the ship upon arrival, we always supply our guest with the mobile phone number of the ship manager.

You will be picked up and dropped off at the airport, not at your hotel/resort.

My flight doesn’t exactly match the cruise date, what do I do?

We can recommend hotels in Male or resort islands close by, where you can spend any extra nights. Many hotels in Male offer day rooms, which are handy if you need a place to keep your luggage and freshen up before the beginning of the cruise or your return flight.

We can also arrange individual airport transfers at different times, though these need to be charged extra.

Will I be able to stay in touch with people back home during the cruise?

You can use your GSM mobile phone (900 and 1800, not 1900) but roaming charges can be immense – it is best to check with your service provider before you go. It is usually cheapest to obtain international phone cards and use pay phones during island visits. Some of the boats have internet access for guests; please check the individual ship pages to find out more.

I am a single traveller; do I have to share a room with someone?

If you prefer to have a room to yourself, you can book single occupancy, which comes at a surcharge (usually around 80% of double occupancy, check individual ship pages for details). If you are okay to share, we might book another guest into your cabin. Not to worry, we will not book you into a room with a person of the opposite gender.

There are three of us, can we share a room?

The cabins are designed for two guests, so they are not really suitable for three adults to share. For a family with child, on the other hand, it can be a convenient arrangement.

Can I bring my children?

Children should be at least twelve years old and good swimmers. We advise guests against bringing younger children, though some boats welcome families with younger children and special arrangements can be made for group bookings.

It is important that families are aware that living/travelling on a ship requires the adherence to a number of safety rules and we encourage parents to talk about safety at sea with their children before and during the cruise.

Parents should never leave their children unattended during the cruise.

Do I have to be an experienced scuba diver to go on a liveaboard cruise?

Liveaboard diving in the Maldives is a ‘comfortable adventure’: it is convenient, exciting and challenging all at once. The minimum certification required is a PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent certificate, though we highly recommend that divers obtain at least a PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent certificate in order to be able to dive up to 30m with the rest of the group (PADI Open Water divers are only allowed to go to a maximum depth of 18m).

The initial check dive does not only serve as an opportunity to check your gear, but also for the dive guides to assess everybody’s abilities. You can always choose to book a refresher course on board and polish your skills.

    
What should I pack?
 
You can pack very lightly for a trip to the Maldives. There is no dress code and, most of the time you will not even need shoes.

It is not necessary to bring bed sheets and towels, though you might want to bring a bigger beach towel for sunbathing.

Recommended dive suits:
3mm full-length suit - to protect your knees and elbows.
5mm full-length suit - if you get cold easily and want maximum protection.
    
Obviously, you will need your passport, your diving certificate, your logbook and cash/credit cards. Furthermore, we recommend you pack the following:
 

  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • High-factor sun lotion
  • Light clothing
  • Longer/more conservative clothing for island visits
  • Sandals
  • Swim wear
  • Books/games/music


Attention! The following things are PROHIBITED and any attempt to import them could lead to heavy fines and even imprisonment:

Alcoholic beverages
Pork products
Pornographic materials
Drugs

How fit do I need to be to do a liveaboard cruise?

If you are a diver, we strongly recommend that you undergo a full physical check-up with a specialist dive doctor prior to the cruise. A consultation including an ECG (electrocardiogram, a standard heart analysis) is advisable.

What if there is a diving accident?
    
Diving accidents are extremely rare in the Maldives, mainly thanks to the following simple-to-follow rules: do not dive deeper than 30m (98 feet), do not make decompression dives, stay with your buddy, maintain and check your equipment carefully. By adhering to these simple guidelines, divers will radically reduce the risk of accidents.

Needless to say, accidents can still happen, even if all precautions have been taken. All diving staff is emergency-trained and all boats (including dive boats) carry emergency equipment such as medical oxygen. Trained diving physicians are available for phone consultations at all times and there are decompression chambers in different parts of the Maldives, with more being built.

We highly recommend getting a good travel or specialist diving insurance (such as DAN) for the trip. DAN insurances can be obtained on board.
    
Does the boat carry medication?
    
All boats have a first aid kit and some basic medication on board. However, it is never a bad idea to bring your own supply of common remedies such as eardrops, after sun lotion, band aids, etc.
    
Do I need to get any vaccinations?

No, a trip to the Maldives does not require any special vaccinations.
    
I don’t dive, will I get bored?
    
Diving is not the only activity on a liveaboard cruise and our staff takes good care of our non-diving guests. For example, we offer escorted snorkelling and Maldivian-style fishing. When anchoring by a local island, you can visit the village and get an insight into Maldivian culture.
         
Is smoking allowed?
    
Smoking is strictly prohibited in all rooms and bathrooms as well as anywhere near the machine room, the lounge and the kitchen. You can smoke in communal open-air areas.
      
How do I pay?
    
When visiting Male, you can pay with credit card or USD/Euros practically everywhere.

On board, you can pay by cash (USD/Euros) or credit card. All our boats accept MasterCard and VISA cards. Additional expenses such as drinks and rental equipment are paid at the end of the cruise.
    
Any advice on tipping?
    
If you enjoyed your trip, and feel like you were well looked after by the crew, it is common to leave a group tip at the end of the cruise. A tip box is usually in place or tips are collected by the cruise manager or captain. All tips are evenly shared between the crew members (usually between 11 and 13 crew members). An average tip would be US$50 per person per week.

If you have further questions please contact us! Our team will be happy to answer all of your questions.