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Serenity: a stunning diving holiday in the Maldives

Maldives liveaboard Serenity made its maiden cruise to the central atolls in 2016. The 40-metre Serenity has a 13-metre beam and can comfortably accommodate 26 guests in 13 cabins. It has a spacious layout, built to Western standards of comfort and is a fantastic addition to the Emperor fleet. Serenity makes week-long diving cruises along the central atolls of the Maldives. Enjoy a diving holiday that gives you all you dreamt of from the iconic sites of North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll. You are about to experience the magnificent channels, drifts and pinnacles of the Maldives first hand.

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Included: VAT, Accommodation, Complimentary toiletries, Transfers/pickups from airport, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Dive master services, All meals, Free Nitrox, Towels Provided

Excluded: International or domestic flights, Diving or travel insurance, Diving equipment, Soft drinks, fresh juices or alcohol, Tips for the crew, 15 litre or extra tanks, WiFi ($22++)

Accommodation

Serenity liveaboard comfortably accommodates 26 guests in 13 cabins spread out over three decks. The upper deck cabins have a double bed and additional single bed that you might prefer to use as a sofa. The two cabins on the main deck have double and single beds. The cabins on both these decks have large windows to give you a marvellous view over the Maldives. Two of the five cabins on the lower deck have double and single beds and 3 have just a double. These lower deck cabins have portholes to let in some natural light.

All cabins have the same features with en-suite bathrooms, individual air-conditioning and plenty of storage space.

Comfort

Serenity is just that, the serene base to catch your breath between dives and take in all the beauty of the Maldives and its marine life. Chill out on one of the comfortable sofas in the spacious air-conditioned lounge on the main deck where you can relax or watch TV. Hang out at the bar and share your diving experiences with travelling companions. During the day, the open and partly shaded upper deck is fantastic for soaking up the incredible Maldivian atmosphere. In the evenings, it is perfect for watching the sun go down over the horizon and then gazing at the clear, star-filled sky. We mustn’t forget to mention the wonderful sundeck where you can lie on a sunbed and work on that perfect tan or take a rejuvenating nap before your next dive.

Catering

Diving takes stamina, and the best way to keep your energy levels up is with good food. The onboard chef uses delicious, fresh ingredients to provide four buffet-style meals with a mix of delicious Asian and Western cuisine every day. Coffee and tea are available all day.

Diving

The perfect points of entry and exit for your dive, are from the large Dhoni that follows Serenity around the Maldives. During the trip, you can also store all your equipment here, so you have more space on board for maximum comfort. Serenity is rebreather friendly. You can dive with air, and for certified divers free Nitrox is available. Large freshwater buckets are also available to rinse dive equipment such as cameras, dive computers and fins.

Many of the dives are suitable for all levels of divers, however, unpredictable and strong currents can be expected in certain areas. The recommended depth for some dives is below 18m, and advanced or Deep Diver training is advised. Some dives may be too challenging for inexperienced and beginner divers; the Cruise Director may ask them to skip them.

ITINERARIES

These are example itineraries to give you an indication of the liveaboard cruises. The final cruise might be different due to weather, sea conditions and/or guest experience. The final call is always with the boat manager and the captain of the liveaboard. This to ensure your safety as well as to give you a dive holiday never to forget.

Best of Maldives
  • Departure Port: Male
  • Return Port: Male
  • Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights (Approximately 20 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – No minimum logged dives required.

Itinerary highlights
Welcome to one of the most appealing and dreamed-of dive destinations in the whole wide world. With 26 atolls, the diving is at a drift pace with currents carrying you along in waters that simply surge with nutrients, attracting the richness of marine life for which the Maldives is best known.
This is the Best of the Maldives, a week of wonderful liveaboard diving across Male and Ari atolls. Awaiting you are channels, drifts and pinnacles where you have every chance of meeting mantas, whale sharks and mesmerizing marine life of so many varieties
They don’t follow an exact itinerary; flexibility is the word so that no matter what time of the year you visit, this underwater world is yours for the exploring, this itinerary gives you a marine mix of big fish and the abundant macro life

Day 1
Transfer to the boat, Check in, Meet the crew, Welcome briefing, Assign cabins, Prepare dive equipment, Dinner on board

Day 2 – 6
Rasdhoo Atoll
The small atoll of Rasdhoo lies off the northeastern corner of Ari Atoll proper. The atoll’s main island, also called Rasdhoo, is the administrative capital of North Ari Atoll, despite not being within the natural atoll itself. Good chance to see mantas on various dive sites throughout the year.
Madivaru (Hukrueli Faru) – Madivaru is home to a very colorful coral reef. The site is named for the abundance of manta rays seen here (Madi means manta ray in the Maldivian language Dhivehi) during the northeast monsoon season. Depths range from 25 feet to almost 100 feet, making the dive particularly interesting and varied. Manta rays are attracted to Madivaru because of the strong currents that form a whirlpool effect in the deeper parts of the site, where the manta rays can hover over the currents. The mantas are also attracted to the several cleaning stations located around Madivaru.
Hammerhead Point – Popular dive site for Maldives liveaboards. Its proximity to deep waters lends the location the best chances of getting close to these magnificent creatures. Often considered to be the highlight of many Maldives liveaboard trips.

North Ari Atoll
Diving at Ari Atoll is famous for Hammerhead sharks, manta rays and other pelagic fish are more commonly encountered around Ari Atoll and even the mighty whale shark regularly puts in appearances, especially in its marine protected areas.
Although there are spots elsewhere for sharks and mantas the most reliable sites for this ever popular passing trade are located here.

South Ari Atoll
South Ari Atoll diving differs from many other areas in the Maldives since it does not feature many long stretches of barrier reef. Instead, there are a lot of thilas here where submerged pinnacles both inside and outside the atoll lagoons act as sites of marine aggregation, making for wonderful diving both in and around the pinnacles and in the kandus (channels).

South Male Atoll
Kandus, or channels, are a major feature of South Male diving. On the eastern reef wall there are 6 channels through which a huge volume of water gushes, bringing with it all the nutrients to attract large quantities of marine life.
Cocoa Thila is South Male’s most revered site. It is a large, deep water pinnacle on the outer edges of the atoll, its many ravines and overhangs provide divers with refuges in which to shelter from the strong currents that attract grey reef sharks, eagle rays and large schools of fusiliers. Larger reef fish can be observed too, such as sweetlips, snappers and groupers.

Vaavu Atoll
Vaavu Atoll boasts Fotteyo Falhu – the largest unbroken barrier reef in the Maldives. The reef is 50 km long and the easternmost point of the Maldives archipelago. Vaavu is mostly visited by liveaboards and this is undoubtedly the best way to explore these unspoilt sites.
In addition, this atoll is an ideal place for manta ray sightings and they can be found in great numbers from May to July. Whale sharks are common here at certain times of year

North Male Atoll
Also known as North Kaafu, North Male is perhaps the best known and explored diving area of the Maldives, having long been recognised as providing a great variety of scuba diving, beautiful scenery and a geographical location that makes it relatively easy to get to.
North Male Atoll diving is characterised by reefs, caves, current-swept channels and drop offs. The atoll sees plenty of fish action and is generally a good area for large pelagics, with reef sharks and mantas at the front of the queue.

Day 7
Boat arrives in Male at around 16:00, Dinner is on board, You can always go to town for a visit

Day 8
Complimentary Male City Tour, approximately 1 hour 30 minutes before transferring to the airport.

  • Year built: 2009
  • Year Renovated: 2012
  • Length: 135 feet
  • Cruising speed: 10 knots
  • Engines: 600 HP Volvo
  • Max guests: 24
  • Number of cabins: 12
  • Number of bathrooms: 15
  • Tenders: 45ft Diving Dhoni
  • Radar
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
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