Frequently Asked Questions
On this page we’ll answer the most frequently asked questions. If you can’t find an answer to your question here, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Our staff will gladly be of assistance with any questions regarding your dive holiday in the Maldives.
How do I get from the airport to my boat and back?
Airport transfers on the first and last day of your dive holiday are included in the price. Each boat has its own check-in and check-out schedule. You can find this information either here on our website in the detailed information on the liveaboard or in the ship’s fact sheet that will be provided with your booking details.
A member of ship crew will collect you from the airport and will take you back on the day of your departure. They will bring a sign with your ship’s name on it and thus can be easily found in the arrival hall. We will also provide you with the ship manager’s mobile number in case you need to contact them.
Please note: You will be collected and dropped off at the airport, not at your hotel or resort. Male International Airport is the central transition point for all transfers to island resorts or liveaboards. You can reach the airport via ferry from Male within about 15 minutes.
My flight doesn’t match the dates of my dive safari, what can I do?
We gladly recommend hotels in Male or resort islands nearby, where you can spend extra days. Many hotels in Male also offer dayrooms, where you can deposit your luggage or relax, while you’re waiting for your safari to start or for your flight back home.
Individual airport transfers are available at an additional cost.
How can I stay in touch with home while on safari?
GSM cell phones (900 and 1800, but not 1900!) work fine in the Maldives.
Please note that roaming charges may be very high. We suggest you contact your carrier before your departure.
Purchasing calling cards or local Sim-cards is the cheapest and easiest solution.
Some of our boats offer internet access, please find further information in the detailed ship descriptions.
I travel alone, do I have to share a cabin with someone?
If you prefer having a room to yourself, you can book a cabin for single use. About 70% of the cost for double occupancy will be charged. Find more information in the detailed ship descriptions.
If you do not mind sharing your cabin, you will be charged the regular price per person. Don’t worry, we never book guests of the opposite sex in one cabin.
There are three of us, can we share a cabin?
Cabins are designed for two, so they are not suitable for three adults. However, sharing one cabin can be the ideal solution for parents travelling with a child.
Please contact us for further information!
Can I bring my children?
Children must be at least 12 years of age and competent swimmers. We strongly advise against taking children under 12 aboard, some boats will however accept families with younger children. In case of a group booking, exceptions may be made as well.
It is crucial that families understand that living and travelling on a ship requires the compliance with certain safety guidelines. We encourage parents to discuss these guidelines and general safety aboard with their children before and during the safari.
Parents should never leave their children unsupervised!
Do I have to be an experienced diver to take part in a dive safari?
Dive safaris in the Maldives are what we like to call a „comfortable adventure“: enjoyable, exciting and challenging at the same time. A Padi Open Water certificate is the minimum requirement, though we advise you to pass the Padi Advanced Open Water certificate, so you can join the group in diving to a depth of 30m.
Otherwise you will only be able to dive to a depth of 18m.
Your first check-dive is not just a good opportunity for you to test your equipment but helps the diving instructors get an idea of the individual diving skills of members. Should a guest or instructor get the feeling that more support is needed, individual guided dives can be arranged. These will usually be charged at $10 per dive.
Guided dives are the perfect occasion to practise diving in strong currents, rapid descents and diving from a boat under the guidance of an experienced diving instructor. These skills are essential for diving in the Maldives. Especially divers with little experience in open water diving or divers who have been away from the sport for a certain amount of time can benefit from starting off their safaris with guided dives before diving with the group.
What do I have to bring with me?
We suggest packing light for your holiday in the Maldives! There is no dress code and most days you won’t even need shoes.
It is not necessary to bring towels or sheets, except maybe for one large beach towel for sunbathing.
3mm, long – to protect your knees and elbows
5mm, long – if you get chilly easily and aim for maximum protection
You will also need your passport, dive certificate, log book and cash or a credit card.
We also suggest bringing one of each of the following:
– sun hat
– sun glasses
– sun screen with a high SPF
– light summer clothes
– longer/ more conservative clothes for island visits
– books/ games/ music
CAUTION! The following things are prohibited and any attempt to import them can lead to high fines and even to imprisonment: alcohol, pork, pornographic material, drugs
How physically fit do I have to be for a safari in the Maldives?
We recommend a full health-check including ECG carried out by a diving medic before your departure.
What happens in the event of a diving accident?
Diving accidents are extremely rare in the Maldives.
This is primarily linked to these 4 simple rules:
1. maximum diving depth is 30m
2. decompression dives are prohibited
3. buddy teams have to stay together
4. equipment has to be inspected carefully and regularly
Following these simple rules drastically reduces the risk of a diving accident.
Of course, something can go wrong even if you are very careful. Our diving crews receive training on how to handle emergencies and all boats (including the diveboats) carry medical oxygen.
Experienced diving medics are available for telephone consultation at all times and decompression chambers are located in several locations throughout the Maldives.
We suggest you get a special travel insurance. Dive insurance is obligatory and DAN travel insurances can be booked aboard.
Is medication available on the liveaboards?
All boats have a first-aid kit and some basic medication aboard. Bringing your own supply of ear drops, disinfectant, plasters and after-sun balm is never a bad idea!
Do I need special vaccinations?
No, you don’t need any vaccinations for a holiday in the Maldives.
I don’t dive, will I be bored?
Diving is an important, but definitely not the only activity on a liveaboard! Non-divers can swim, fish or snorkel.
When the ship is at anchor off the coast of an island, you can visit local villages and gain an insight into Maldivian culture. If there is a resort on the island, you can also enjoy water sports or spa treatments!
Is smoking permitted aboard the boats?
Smoking is not strictly prohibited in cabins, bathrooms, as well as close to the engine room, the salon or the kitchen. You may smoke on deck.
What is the best way to pay?
In Male, on many islands and on board of all our ships you can pay with your credit card or cash with USD/ Euros.
All boats accept Mastercard and Visa. Additional expenses such as drinks or rental equipment will be paid at the end of your safari.
What about tips?
If you’ve enjoyed the safari and felt well taken care of, it is customary to leave tips for the crew. You will usually find a tip jar or tips will be collected by the ship’s manager or captain.
All tips will be split evenly among the crew (which in general consists of 11-13 members). The average recommended tip is between USD 50 – USD 150 per guest per week.
If you have any further questions, please contact us, our team will be glad to answer all your questions!