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Serenity

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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VAT, Accommodation, Transfers/pickups from airport, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Dive master services, All meals, Free Nitrox

Excluded: International & Domestic Flights, diving equipment (must be pre-ordered and paid on-board), soft drinks, juices, alcohol, WiFi ($22++). NB: If a Double with single bed cabin is booked as a twin share then a €35 per week supplement is added to guarantee the double bed.

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 sun deck 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.

Manta Madnes

 

    • Departure Port: Male
    • Return Port: Male
    • Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights (Approximately 17 dives in total)
    • Experience level: Open Water – No minimum logged dives required.

    This itinerary runs around the New Moon phase when tidal ranges are greater resulting in a greater flow of plankton into the world famousHanifaru Bay, where the massive majestic mantas venture in for a feeding frenzy between July and October each year.

    We sail from Male to the northern atolls of Lhaviyani and Baa (Hanifaru Bay) and back taking in the renowned sites of Kuredu Express, Kuredu Caves.

    As well as mantas, you can get close to turtles, grey reef sharks and whitetip reef sharks. One of the big attractions is the chance to encounter mantas feeding and cleaning.

    Thanks to the currents that sweep plankton into the shallow lagoons, mantas follow in vast numbers to feed. Although diving is not permitted in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hanifaru Bay, we are allowed to go in and snorkel with these gentle giants in the lagoon. After a manta has had its feed it needs to get cleaned, so we will take you to known manta cleaning stations in both North Male, Lhaviyani and Baa Atoll. So hopefully these will give you sightings all week long. Of course, sightings can’t be guaranteed but diving at this time means your chances are high.

    Dive Area Visited

    • Hanifaru Bay and Nelivaru Thila, Dhiggu Thila and many more
    • Beautiful Pinnacles, Lankan Manta Point
    • Fushivaru Thila, Kuredu Express, and Kuredu Caves
    • No minimum number of dives needed but you should be comfortable with drift dives as currents can be strong.
    • Many of the dives on the Best of Maldives, Manta Madness and Pelagic Magic itineraries are suitable for all levels of divers, however, unpredictable and strong currents are to be expected in certain areas. Inexperienced and beginner divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience. On some dives, the recommended depth is below 18m therefore advanced or Deep Diver training is advised.
    • All diving is from dhonis or zodiacs to give precise entry and exit points. Experienced divers can dive in a buddy pair unguided.

    Complimentary shared airport pick up times are 11 am, 4 pm, & 10.30pm. Pickups can be arranged at other times from €5.

Best Of Maldives
  • Departure Port: Male
  • Return Port: Male
  • Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights (Approximately 17 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – No minimum logged dives required.

This is the Best of the Maldives – and it delivers exactly that. This is where you dive the best and most famous dive sites of the Maldives in a week of wonderful liveaboard diving across Male and Ari atolls.

Enjoy a dive holiday that gives you all you could wish for from the iconic sites of North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll. Awaiting you are channels, drifts and pinnacles where you have every chance of meeting mantas, whale sharks and mesmerising marine life of so many varieties. We 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 (and ours) for the exploring.

This itinerary gives you a marine mix of big fish such as shark and manta dives as well as reef dives, reef fish, morays and the abundant macro life. Get up close at the cleaning stations without disturbing the locals! One of the best-known dive sites is Maaya Thila; this pinnacle is approximately 30m in diameter and falls away to reveal sharks and fish aplenty.

A night dive from sheltered moorings here is a must! And the boat will also aim to find whale sharks so you can get in the water and snorkel with them…as long as they stay around long enough!

The first and last night of each trip is spent onboard at the port.

Highlights:

  • Rasdhoo Atoll: Hammerhead Dive, Beautiful Reef with Pelagics
  • North Ari Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Maaya Thila Night Dive, MultipleManta Cleaning Stations
  • South Ari Atoll: Whalesharks, Beautiful Pinnacles
  • South Male Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Beautiful Macro Wreck
  • Vaavu Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Traditional Maldivian Channel Diving
  • North Male Atoll: Beautiful Pinnacles
  • No minimum number of dives needed but you should be comfortable with drift dives as currents can be strong.
  • Many of the dives on the Best of Maldives, Manta Madness and Pelagic Magic itineraries are suitable for all levels of divers, however, unpredictable and strong currents are to be expected in certain areas. Inexperienced and beginner divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience. On some dives, the recommended depth is below 18m therefore advanced or Deep Diver training is advised.
  • All diving is from dhonis or zodiacs to give precise entry and exit points. Experienced divers can dive in a buddy pair unguided.

Complimentary shared airport pick up times are 11 am, 4 pm, & 10.30pm. Pickups can be arranged at other times from €5.

Deep South And Southern Sharks

 

    • Departure Port: Gan, Addu
    • Return Port: Khadhoo, Laamu
    • Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights (Approximately 18 dives in total)
    • Experience level: Advanced Open Water – 100 minimum logged dives required.

    February to April is the time to sail to the southerly Maldives atolls and dive into the shark action in these out-of-the-way southern dive sites between Huvadhoo and Laamu. Spend a week 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.

    From Male we take you to Huvadhoo by plane to join your liveaboard – or from Huvadhoo to Male depending on how you have chosen to dive it – and then it’s off on our adventure. Here you can 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. The night dive on the Hyatt Reef is definitely one to be experienced.

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

    Highlights:

    • Meemu Atoll: Beautiful channels with pelagic action, Sailfish, Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays and beautiful soft coral. Manta cleaning station.
    • Thaa Atoll: Hammerhead Sharks, Whale Sharks, Dolphins, Traditional Maldivian Channel Diving.
    • Laamu Atoll: Beautiful fish filled channels with great shark encounters.
    • Huvadhoo Atoll: Whale Sharks, more sharks, fast channel dives in Vilingilli Kandu area

     

    • These suit experienced divers with a minimum of 100 dives as there is a strong focus on drift diving.
    • On some dives, the recommended depth is below 18m therefore advanced or Deep Diver training is advised.
    • Unpredictable and strong currents are to be expected in certain areas. If the Cruise Director feels some dives are too challenging, you may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives.
    • All diving is from dhonis to give precise entry and exit points.
South Central 7 Atolls
  • Departure Port: Kadhdhoo
  • Return Port: Male
  • Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights (Approximately 17 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Advanced Open Water – 100 minimum logged dives required.

Looking for action? Speedy drift dives, mantas, sharks and diving 7 atolls appeal? Both MV Leo and MV Orion offer this itinerary and our guides and crew make it their business to make sure you see mantas, sharks and even a wreck.

January to March is the time to join us as this is when the current in the Kandus is largely incoming. There’s a good variety of diving from thrilling channel dives to more relaxed diving inside the atolls on Thilas or Giris.

The best thing? There are few, if no, boats as we visit atolls that have very few resorts and lots of uninhabited islands so liveaboard competition is low! The main manta activity is at Ari at this time of year but there’s a good manta cleaning station in Meemu Atoll.

Hammerheads are often found in Thaa as well as whale sharks who visit our boat at night attracted by the lights. When the currents are running well, the channel dives here are outstanding. Abundant with schooling snappers, jacks, barracuda, white tips and greys, grouper, Napoleon wrasse, turtles, eagle rays and more. Fancy a wreck dive? We can fix that for you at the Kuda Giri wreck, famous for its rare black corals and macro life complete with resident frogfish.

This itinerary has a lot of drift diving so it’s best suited to more advanced divers. With visibility being really good in the southern atolls, this is ideal for photographers for normal and macro shots.

Highlights

North Male Atoll: Beautiful Pinnacles.

South Male Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Beautiful Macro Wreck.

Vaavu Atoll: Beautiful channels with magical soft corals and pelagic delights. Action

packed night dive with Nurse Sharks and others.

Vattaru Atoll: Pristine coral reefs.

Meemu Atoll: Beautiful channels with pelagic action, Sailfish, Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle

Rays and beautiful soft coral. Manta cleaning station.

Thaa Atoll: Hammerhead Sharks, Whale Sharks, Dolphins, Traditional Maldivian Channel Diving.

Laamu Atoll: Beautiful fish filled channels with great shark encounters.

  • These suit experienced divers with a minimum of 100 dives as there is a strong focus on drift diving.
  • On some dives, the recommended depth is below 18m therefore advanced or Deep Diver training is advised.
  • Unpredictable and strong currents are to be expected in certain areas. If the Cruise Director feels some dives are too challenging, you may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives.
  • All diving is from dhonis to give precise entry and exit points.

 

  • Year built:2016
  • Length:40 meters
  • Beam:13 meters
  • Engines:1 x 600 HP Daewoo Doosan
  • Max guests:26
  • Number of cabins:13
  • Number of bathrooms:13
  • Tenders:1 x 19.8m Dhoni
  • Freshwater maker:12 tonnes per day
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Crew trained in first aid
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