Chat with us, powered by LiveChat

Emperor Atoll

EMPEROR ATOLL; TAILORMADE PERSONAL CRUISES IN THE MALDIVES.

The MV Emperor Atoll is a relative small Maldivian leisure vessel for only 12 guests. Exactly this feature explains the great popularity of our liveaboard. We organize personalized and affordable dive vacations for small groups and families. A crew of 10 will guarantee personal attention for all passengers. Our week-long cruises will show you to the best atolls and dive sites around. Don’t miss out and book your holiday with us today!

SCHEDULE

Step 1. Choose your preferred departure date – Step 2. Select your destination – step 3. Green is the Available date


Searching Availability…


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

Excluded: Flights (International or Domestic), diving equipment, alcohol, soft drinks, juices, Crew Gratuities, WiFi ($22++)

ACCOMMODATION

Our guests are accommodated in 6 air-conditioned cabins on the lower deck (7 sqm). All rooms are double or twin bed with an extra bunk bed. Private en-suite bathrooms have hot and cold showers, washbasins and mirrors. In addition, each room has a fan, portholes, storage space, reading lights and 220V outlets.

COMFORT

Our liveaboard has recently been renovated and modernized. The stylish combination of tropical woods and marine blue textile contribute to the onboard ambience of elegance and homeliness. The main deck features a cosy salon with big flat screen TV and entertainment system. We have a large sun deck with canopy and loungers for your après dive unwinding and reloading. A platform with ladders gives easy access to the ocean for snorkelling and swimming. Internet is available when in range.

CATERING

Our kitchen is renowned for its excellent quality. We serve a variety of delicious local and European dishes in intimate buffet style. Meals can be enjoyed indoor and outdoor. During the cruise, a festive dinner party will take place on a deserted island. Water, tea and coffee are available free of charge. We are fully licensed to sell soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits. Special alimentary requests can be catered for with prior notice.

DIVING

Scuba sports in the Maldives can range from comfortable recreational to exhilarating drift diving. The underwater seascape with shallow lagoons, deep channels, pinnacles and coral reefs are enormously prolific. Divers are bound to swim with the big pelagic fish and observe the colourful demersal sea life near the bottom. Dive sites are reached directly from the boat or by an accompanying dhoni, to make diving as easy and comfortable as possible. 2 fully qualified dive instructors will assure a great diving experience. All diving facilities are present. A rental service, free nitrox and special courses are at your disposal. Island hopping tours can be joined, including a visit to Male city.

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.

Sharkastic
  • Departure Port: Male
  • Return Port: Male
  • Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights (Approximately 17 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – 30 minimum logged dives required.

In this period the clean ocean water flows in from the eastern side of the Maldives. That means currents running from Sumatra, Indonesia to the Maldives bring with them not just fantastic visibility up to 40m but also a variety of pelagic surprises coming to the reef for a quick feed.

The Channel dives off the Eastern coast of the Maldives are the main order of the day. These Kandus, as they are known in the local language (Dhivehi), attract grey reef sharks, dogtooth tuna and eagle rays as standard but look out into the blue and you never know what surprises await. The outer walls and corners of the channels in Vaavu and Meemu have the added bonus of beautiful overhangs draping in the blues, yellows and pinks of the majestic soft coral.

After the adrenaline pumping channel dives of eastern Maldive,s we cross over to South Ari Atoll to look for the whale sharks and mantas at Maamagili and Rangali Madivaru (Dhivehi for Manta Place) among other great sites such as Kudarah Thila and Kudimaa Wreck known for its potential leaf fish and frogfish.

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

Highlights:

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

Meemu Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Traditional Maldivian Channel Diving

  • Not suitable for beginner divers. We recommend 30 logged dives as there is a strong current 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.

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

Pelagic Magic
  • Departure Port: Male
  • Return Port: Male
  • Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights (Approximately 21 dives in total)
  • Experience level: Open Water – No minimum logged dives required.

On this route, we take you on a manta and whale shark journey to the North & South Ari Atolls having crossed over from Male. Exact dive sites will vary depending on diver experience levels, local conditions and where the best sightings have been.

Pelagic Magic gets you face to face with the famous whale sharks of Ari Atoll. As this itinerary devotes more time here, you are certain to get your whale shark fix at Maamagili. Iconic dive follows iconic dive as you sail from Male through North Ari and then onto South Ari; your log book will fill with shark and manta sightings as well as outstanding reef dives. Then grab your snorkel and splash in to float only feet away from graceful whale sharks. Pelagics of all shapes and sizes await.

With around 17 dives, as well as opportunities to snorkel with the whale sharks, this is an action-packed week. The pelagic sightings start right from the beginning. Manta Point (otherwise known as Lankan Finolhu) is a cleaning station with reliable manta sightings. Just settle down and watch the manta swoop in. Hafsa Thila and Maya Thila are yet more iconic dive site where sharks are plentiful. Look out for baby white tips under the large table corals. But it is at night that Maya Thila really comes alive. Reef sharks and marble morays hunt dinner out as morays slink between the coral blocks.

As you reach South Ari keep a look out for the whale sharks. Maamagili is the place to find whale sharks at this time as they follow the seasonal currents. Manta chase plankton trails too into the nearby lagoons. Between your pelagic encounters, the reef dives will not disappoint. Discover the lush corals and schooling fish at the likes of Reethi Thila and Kuda Rah.

This is a great itinerary for everyone. No matter what your experience level this is a Maldives itinerary you can enjoy. There can be some drift diving so some experience of diving in currents is advisable. Don’t forget to take your reef hook to make shark watching all the easier. As so many of the best whale shark encounters are snorkelling, everyone can feel the thrill of seeing these graceful creatures in their natural environment. Pelagic Magic runs when the pelagics sightings are at their optimum in North and South Ari. Don’t delay – discover the biggest inhabitants of the Maldives for yourself.

Highlights

  • Grey Reef Sharks, Maaya Thila Night Dive, Multiple Manta Cleaning Stations
  • Whale Sharks, 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.
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 to 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.

Manta Madness
  • Departure Port: Male
  • Return Port: Male
  • Length: 8 Days / 7 Nights (Approximately 21 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.

  • Year built: 1988
  • Year Renovated: 2014
  • Length: 26 meters
  • Beam: 7 meters
  • Engines: 210 Hp Yanmar
  • Max guests: 12
  • Number of cabins: 6
  • Number of bathrooms: 6
  • Tenders: 6m RIB/Zodiac
  • Freshwater maker: 3.9 tonnes per day
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Crew trained in first aid
RSS
EMAIL
FACEBOOK
FACEBOOK
GOOGLE
GOOGLE
https://www.asialiveaboard.com/our-liveaboards/emperor-atoll">