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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08 Jul 2021
Best of the Central Atolls (Male - Male)
Arrival: 08 Jul 2021
Departure: 18 Jul 2021
Days/nights: 10 Days / 11 Nights
Best of the Central Atolls (Male - Male)

Dive sites: Male Atol – Felidhu Atoll – Meemu – Ari Atoll – Rasdhoo Atoll – North and South Nilandhoo Atolls – Baa Atoll – Lhaviyani Atoll

Number of dives: Up to 3 dives a day

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 (but not all!) 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, and 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

 

Itinerary highlights:

Guraidhoo Kandu – South Male Atoll

Since the eastern side of the channel is an open ocean, you can regularly spot large predatory fish here. This site is famous for sightings of sharks, schools of eagle rays, and the occasional sailfish and hammerheads. The best condition to dive is when the current is flowing into the atoll. The dive begins on the outer reef, following the current into the atoll. You can observe most of the pelagic species on the eastern side, where the reef drops into the deep ocean. At the end of the dive in the channel, you can find overhangs with plenty of soft coral growth and small fish along the reef.

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.

Mulaku Kandu – Meemu Atoll

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

Fish Head – North Ari

Fish Head, also known as Shark Point or Mushimasmingili Thila, fits the classic definition of a thila – a large isolated flat top reef rising sharply from the inner atoll floor at 40m to 50m to around 10m from the surface. It is one of the best sites for seeing sharks. Features a series of caves and overhangs in between where you can see thousands of blueline snapper against a backdrop of black coral bushes and large gorgonians.

Rasdhoo Madivaru – Rasdhoo

Rasdhoo Madivaru Corner is located in the corner of the channel into the atoll. Madivaru is famous amongst seasoned divers of the Maldives. It has one of the most spectacular and confusing reef formations found in Ari Atoll. Hammerhead sharks emerge in big numbers just before sunrise, swimming in large groups. Dolphins, dogtooth tunas, along schools of black snapper are seen at the reef edge during the early hours. Divers get an opportunity to view white tip reef sharks, pelagics, trevallies, little tunas, jacks, ribbon eels, fish leaves tunas, Napoleon wrasse, and barracudas. Experience the thrilling scuba diving adventure amongst fine coral formations with the highest underwater visibility.

Lhaviyani

Excellent channel diving in the north with sites closely located together. Lhaviyani Atoll hosts some of the Maldives wreck diving opportunities, including the two coral-encrusted wrecks at ‘The Shipyard’ and the exhilarating drift dive of the Kuredu Express. A site for the more experienced diver.

Hanifaru Bay – Baa

Hanifaru Bay is a marine protected uninhabited island located in the Baa Atoll of the Maldives Islands. Its size is no greater than that of a football field, and yet it has become one of the hottest spots on the planet for underwater photographers. The reason for this modern-day phenomenon of underwater diversity is because plankton blooms between May and November – a very unusual sensation – attracting manta rays by the hundreds. At any one time at Hanifaru Bay, there can be up to 200 manta rays feeding off the coral reefs, as well as plenty of whale sharks that do the same! Hanifaru Bay has become the world’s largest manta ray feeding destination. PLEASE NOTE: From January 2012, scuba diving is not permitted in Hanifaru Bay. However, you will be able to snorkel in this area for a $20 fee (per person for approx 45mins).

Dhigala Haa – Baa Atoll

This beautiful thila in Baa Atoll is easily circumnavigated in one dive and is a favorite for shark sightings, where you can see at least six grey reef sharks at one time. Once heavily fished, it is now a protected marine sanctuary. The fish life is prolific and varied with blue fin jacks, fusilier, blue striped and humpback snapper, batfish, and schools of barracuda.

QUALIFICATION NEEDED: You must be certified to dive to a depth of 30 meters and be experienced and comfortable with diving in medium to strong currents. Negative entries and drift dives are to be expected. Suppose you have Open Water certification and experience with currents. In that case, we strongly suggest you complete Advanced Open Water or Deep Diver Adventure Dive either before or during your holiday so you can maximize your diving experience on board.

For Sea Spirit trips departing from Male, the Cruise Directors meet guests in the arrivals area of MLE airport (next to the Burger King) at 10 am. Therefore we strongly recommend guests arrange their international flights for morning arrival or the day before and stay overnight in a hotel to catch up on sleep with the time change.

For Blue Voyager, the Cruise Directors meet guests in the arrivals area of MLE airport (next to the Burger King) at 12:30 and 16:00, so it is best to arrange international flight arrival times accordingly (otherwise make use of the overnight hotel, HIH Day Use, airport luggage storage, etc.)

Disembarkation is usually around 8:30 am (could vary a little depending on the time of the domestic flight HAQ-MLE).

22 Aug 2021
Baa & Central Atolls (Male-Male)
Arrival: 22 Aug 2021
Departure: 29 Aug 2021
Days/nights: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Baa & Central Atolls (Male-Male)

During the cruise, you will visit various sites around North Male, Raa, and Baa Atolls. Please note that this itinerary will involve diving in currents. We strongly recommend that guests have a minimum of 50 logged dives with Nitrox certification and experience with diving in currents.

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 onboard is paramount, and we always do our best to offer diving at alternate locations should we be unable to visit those sites listed below.

Arrival airport: Male

Departure airport: Male

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, we will slightly amend the schedule.

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

Baa: Encompassing 54 islands of South Maalhasmaddu and Goidhoo Atoll. Baa Atoll is best known for Hanifaru Bay, where huge Manta Rays congregate to feed at certain times of the year, especially around a full and new moon phase when high tides and strong currents bring nutrients plankton-rich waters into the bay.

Hanifaru Bay: Hanifaru Bay is a marine protected, uninhabited island located in the Baa Atoll of the Maldives islands.

Please note: Scuba diving is not permitted in Hanifaru Bay. However, you will be able to snorkel in this area for a $20 fee (per person for approximately 45 minutes).

Dhigala Haa: This beautiful Thila in Baa Atoll is easily circumnavigated in one dive and is a favorite for shark sightings, often big numbers of grey reef sharks together.

Raa: Just north of Baa, and separated by a thick channel, Raa atoll contains a high density of Thilas within its lagoons with caves, overhangs, and drop-offs providing stunning underwater scenes of abundant marine life with colorful corals, a huge number of reef fish and a variety of pelagics including mantas and whale sharks in the summer months.

Miyaru Faru – North Male: Located on the outside corner of Thulhaagiri Kandu in North Male Atoll.

Okobe Thila – North Male: A spectacular dive site, which comprises three large reefs with various features and an abundance of different types of coral, teeming with fish.

Lions Head – North Male: This protected marine area is another great location for spotting grey reef sharks.

30 Aug 2021
Best of the Central Atolls with Baa (Male - Male)
Arrival: 30 Aug 2021
Departure: 09 Sep 2021
Days/nights: 10 Days / 11 Nights
Best of the Central Atolls with Baa (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.

11 Sep 2021
Central Atolls 7 Nights (Male/Male)
Arrival: 11 Sep 2021
Departure: 18 Sep 2021
Days/nights: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Central Atolls 7 Nights (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.

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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