Blue Spirit Maldives

Blue Spirit Maldives is an intimate yet traditional yacht committed to providing a more exclusive and comfortable diving experience to the guests, owing to its small capacity without compromising the fun.

A small group of divers is taken to the most excellent dive sites in the central, northern, and southern atolls, where you can have a fantastic Maldives diving experience that they will cherish for a lifetime.

A part of the Blue o Two Fleet, wooden-hulled MV Blue Spirit liveaboard is 26m long and 7m wide and offers year-round diving to the pristine atolls in style.

This dive boat provides a fine blend of comfort and adventure both off and onboard, with ample space on the decks to the luxurious accommodation, fine dining, and thrilling diving experience in the spectacular dive sites.

Accommodation

Blue Spirit is a compact, smartly built yacht yet offers ample accommodation for up to 12 guests in 6 comfortable cabins, with a range of double or twin bed settings distributed across the lower deck.

Two cabins offer double beds, which are ideal for couples. All the cabins have an impressive interior with portholes to let the light in and are fully equipped with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms with shower, wardrobes, and spare fans.

Classic Twin/Double Cabin

Classic Twin/Double Cabin

Room size: -
Max. occupancy: 2
Beds: Double and Single
Private bathroom: 1
Air conditioning: 1
WiFi in the room:
Classic Double Cabin

Classic Double Cabin

Room size: -
Max. occupancy: 2
Beds: Double
Private bathroom: 1
Air conditioning: 1
WiFi in the room:

Comfort

Blue Spirit Maldives provides adequate space and various options for indoor and outdoor relaxation and socializing. It has a massive lounge with comfortable seating, a bar, TV & DVD player with home theatre with sound system, and a mini-library.

Since Maldives atolls are heaven for the photographers because of their vivid, vibrant, and diverse aquatic life, the lounge at the Blue Spirit provides enough storage and charging ports for the cameras to facilitate the passionate photographers.

The main deck has a sundeck with the sun loungers and seating where you can laze around after a long day of diving to soak up the sun or enjoy the star-lit night while sipping on your favorite drink from the bar that is open at all times and offers a vast assortment of drinks to choose from. On the sun deck is plenty of shaded areas for those hot, sunny days where you want to relax outdoors without getting a tan.

Catering

Meals are delectably prepared by a fantastic Sri Lankan chef, who has been with the liveaboard for 15 years and serves mouth-watering international and local food.

The food is served on a table outdoors to let the guests enjoy the food while absorbing the beautiful views of the Indian Ocean. Meals can also be served in the indoor lounge, upon request, or when the weather does not allow.

Diving

Dive trips are conducted from the additional dive boat, which is called dhoni. The dhoni takes scuba divers to the beautiful dive sites to swim along and observe the magnificent mantas, eagle rays, grey reef sharks and white tip reef sharks, and brilliant coral reefs north Ari atolls, northern atolls, and the deep south of the Southern atolls of the Maldives in their full glory.

The dive dhoni guarantees the availability of diving essentials and safety gear like first aid kits, life jackets, and oxygen equipment for emergencies to ensure a safe, smooth, and comfortable diving experience for the guests.

The diving crew at the Blue Spirit consists of professionally trained dive guides, cruise directors, and members with an exceptional knowledge of the aquatic life who make sure that you get the most out of these diving trips. The shallow keel of Blue Spirit lets the liveaboard anchor closer to dive sites, minimizing the time that transportation on the dhoni takes.

Specifications

Year renovated: 2002

Length: 26m

Beam: 7m

Engines: 1 x 350 HP Daewoo

Max guests: 12

Number of cabins: 6

Number of bathrooms: 6

Tenders: 1 x 14m dive support vessel

Freshwater maker: 4 ton per day

NAVIGATION, COMMUNICATION, AND SAFETY FEATURES

GPS

Radio VHF/DSC/SSB

Life Vests

Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers

Oxygen

Satellite & mobile phones

Searchlight

Crew trained in first aid

MV Blue Spirit offers year-round liveaboard diving holidays around the Maldives with routes to the Central, Northern, and Southern Atolls.

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17 Dec 2021
Best of the Central Atolls (Male - Male)
Arrival: 17 Dec 2021
Departure: 27 Dec 2021
Days/nights: 11 Days / 10 Nights
Best of the Central Atolls (Male - Male)

This itinerary gives you ten days onboard and will include a combination of either the Central and Northern Atolls or the Central and Southern Atolls. You can expect to visit some of the following: North and South Male Atolls, Felidhoo Atoll, Meemu Atoll, Ari Atoll, Rasdhoo Atoll, North and South Nilandhoo Atolls, Baa Atoll, and Lhaviyani Atoll.

Sample itinerary:

Please note: The itinerary below is an example only and is subject to change depending on local regulations, guests’ experience, flight schedules, weather & logistics and is at the Captain’s discretion.

The diving day has a typical schedule as follows:

06:30 – Tea, coffee, and biscuits

07:00 – Dive 1 followed by full breakfast

11:00 – Dive 2 followed by lunch

15:00 – Dive 3 followed by homemade cakes and snacks

19:30 – Dinner

Activities:

Thriving reefs and corals, manta ray sightings, grouped atolls, drift diving, tropical beaches

Please Note:

The itinerary below is an example of the planned route, and dive sites cannot be guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions, and the final route is taken at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. Adverse weather can affect this route which includes several overnight sailings.

28 Dec 2021
Central Atolls (7 nights)
Arrival: 28 Dec 2021
Departure: 04 Jan 2022
Days/nights: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Central Atolls (7 nights)

This itinerary gives you ten days onboard and will include a combination of either the Central and Northern Atolls or the Central and Southern Atolls. You can expect to visit some of the following: North and South Male Atolls, Felidhoo Atoll, Meemu Atoll, Ari Atoll, Rasdhoo Atoll, North and South Nilandhoo Atolls, Baa Atoll, and Lhaviyani Atoll.

Sample itinerary:

Please note: The itinerary below is an example only and is subject to change depending on local regulations, guests’ experience, flight schedules, weather & logistics and is at the Captain’s discretion.

The diving day has a typical schedule as follows:

06:30 – Tea, coffee, and biscuits

07:00 – Dive 1 followed by full breakfast

11:00 – Dive 2 followed by lunch

15:00 – Dive 3 followed by homemade cakes and snacks

19:30 – Dinner

Activities:

Thriving reefs and corals, manta ray sightings, grouped atolls, drift diving, tropical beaches

Please Note:

The itinerary below is an example of the planned route, and dive sites cannot be guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions, and the final route is taken at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. Adverse weather can affect this route which includes several overnight sailings.

10 Jan 2022
Best of the Southern Atolls (Malé-Kooddoo)
Arrival: 10 Jan 2022
Departure: 22 Jan 2022
Days/nights: 13 Days / 12 Nights
Best of the Southern Atolls (Malé-Kooddoo)

This itinerary takes you to the fantastic dive sites in the southern part of the Maldives. You will get to visit the best dive sites around the atolls of Huvadhoo, Laamu, Thaa, Meemu, Vaavu, and South Male. Please note that this itinerary will involve diving in currents. We recommend our guests have a minimum of 50 logged dives, Nitrox certification, and experience with diving in currents. A long overnight sail is also part of this itinerary.

We wish to show you the very best diving possible, however, the number of factors determine which route the Cruise Director and Captain will choose and which dive sites we visit. Weather, tides, currents and the number of other dive vessels at a particular site all play a part in where the boat is heading to. While we attempt to ensure the number of dives, we have scheduled is fulfilled, bad weather can hinder the yacht’s ability to reach a specified dive site in good time. The safety of all on board is paramount and we always do our best in offering diving at alternate locations should we be unable to visit those sites listed below.

Arrival airport: Male

Departure airport: Male

Embarkation: Male Airport

Disembarkation: Koodoo Airport

The diving day has a typical schedule as follows:

  • Light breakfast followed by a briefing and dive 1
  • Full breakfast, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 2
  • Lunch, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 3
  • Snack, relaxation period
  • Dinner – if we offer a night/sunset dive, the schedule will be slightly amended

The following is a description of some of the dive sites we may visit during your liveaboard safari.

Fushi Kandu – Laamu Atoll

One of the most popular channels dives although, relatively shallow, it stretches for 250 m and white tip reef sharks are frequent visitors, as well as schools of jacks, tuna, and eagle rays.

Olhugiri Kandu – Thaa Atoll

Schooling fish and jacks attract large numbers of whitetip reef sharks. Tuna and eagle rays wait for the leftovers the occasional Napoleon wrasse can be seen nibbling on corals.

Mulaku Kandu – Meemu Atoll

The north east is peppered with submerged pinnacles covered predominantly with soft corals, while the western part will see you surrounded by jacks and snappers. Keep an eye out for sharks and rays at 30m!

Guraidhoo Kandu – South Male Atoll

Since the eastern side of the channel is an open ocean, large predatory fish can regularly be spotted here. This site is famous for sightings of sharks, schools of eagle rays and the occasional sailfish and hammerhead sharks. The best time to do this dive is when the current flow into the atoll. The dive begins on the outer reef, where you can drift along with the current into the atoll. Most of the pelagic species can be observed on the eastern side where the reef drops off into the deep ocean. At the end of the dive in the channel, you can find overhangs along the reef with soft corals and lots of fish.

Kandooma Thila – South Male Atoll

Located in a channel, the reef is subject to strong currents at times. The ocean currents carry a lot of nutrients to the reef, supporting an abundance of sea life. The site is well renowned for the soft coral growth, turtles, diverse fish life and invertebrates found on the reef. At the reef slope, you may find sharks and eagle rays.

Embarkation and disembarkation times may vary depending on the itinerary, so please check your cruise confirmation carefully.

If your cruise departure is from Male, transfers are organized from the airport at 12:30 & 16:00. Guests should take an international flight that arrives before these times. At these two times, the dhoni will dock right at the airport pier (almost like a boat taxi stand) and transfer the guests straight to the boat.

For this itinerary, a short domestic flight to or from Kooddoo Airport is required, which we are happy to book for you. We recommend booking an early arrival into, and a late departure from Male airport, so you can easily make the domestic connection. Upon arrival at Male airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Voyages Maldives. Please look out for them in the arrivals hall. They will have a sign displaying a blue o two logo. Voyages Maldives will advise and assist you with your onward domestic flight transfer. They also have a counter No. 34 located in the arrivals hall. If your domestic flight is scheduled to leave within 2 hours of your arrival into Male, the representative will escort you to the domestic terminal for your flight to Koodoo, from where your boat departs. if your domestic flight is scheduled to leave more than 2 hours from your arrival into Male, please check-in at the Voyages Maldives counter.

24 Jan 2022
Far South (Kooddoo - Gan)
Arrival: 24 Jan 2022
Departure: 03 Feb 2022
Days/nights: 11 Days / 10 Nights
Far South (Kooddoo - Gan)

This itinerary covers the 3 most Southern Atolls of the Maldives Archipelago offering the opportunity to dive some of the best sites they have to offer.

From Huvadhoo Atoll, across the equator to the isolated atoll of Fuvahmulah and all the way to the southernmost atoll, Addu. We wish to show you the very best diving possible. However, the number of factors determine which route the cruise director and Captain will choose and which dive sites we visit. Weather, tides, currents and the number of dive vessels at a particular site all play a part in where the boat is heading to. Whilst we attempt to ensure then number of dives we have scheduled is fulfilled, bad weather can hinder the vessel’s ability to reach a specified dive site in good time. The safety of all on board is paramount and we always do our best in offering diving at alternate locations should we be unable to visit those sites listed below.

Please note that this itinerary will involve some diving in strong currents; these dives are not suitable for novice divers. We highly recommend a minimum of Advanced Open Water certification with at least 50 logged dives, Nitrox certification and experience diving in currents.

Arrival airport: Male

Departure airport: Male

Embarkation: Gan

Disembarkation: Kooddoo

The diving day has a typical schedule as follows:

  • Light Breakfast followed by a briefing & Dive 1
  • Full Breakfast, relaxation period, briefing & Dive 2
  • Lunch, relaxation period, briefing & Dive 3
  • Snack, relaxation period
  • Dinner – if we offer a night or sunset dive, the schedule will be slightly amended

The following is an overview of the areas we may visit during your liveaboard safari with us.

Huvadhoo: Also known as Gaafu Atoll, Huvadhoo is the second largest of the Maldivian atolls and the second largest in the world (in terms of overall surface area).

Fuvahmulah: This solitary island, also commonly called Fomulac Atoll, lies within the Equatorial Channel between Huvadhoo Atoll to the north and Addu Atoll to the south.

Addu: Just south of the Equator, Addu Atoll is the most southern area of the Maldives Archipelago.

Gan Island on the southern tip of the Addu Atoll was previously a base for the British Navy during WWII, after which it was used as a base for the Royal Air Force until the British Military withdrew from the area in 1976. The old base and most of its buildings are now part of a resort, while the old RAF airstrip has been developed into what is now Gan international airport.

Itinerary Checklist:

  • Common sightings: Mantas and other pelagics
  • Reefs: Submerged reefs and channels
  • Wrecks: None
  • Night dives: Normally two-three during the week
  • Experience required: Beyond beginner
  • Currents: Varies – None to strong
  • Important Information: Drift dives and negative entries required
  • Amount of traveling: No overnight sails

The itinerary is an example of the planned route and dive sites cannot be guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route is taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. Adverse weather can affect this route which includes several overnight sailings.

Included: VAT, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Diving Package, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries.

Required Extras: Environment Tax (6 USD per day), National Park Fees.

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Hotel Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox (15-19 USD), Nitrox Course (100 USD), Rental Gear (35 USD), Scuba Diving Courses (200-250 USD).

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