Sachika

Sachika Liveaboard, Maldives

Awarded as BEST DIVE SAFARI 2018 at the Maldives Boating Awards, Sachika Liveaboard is a top pick among the diving community because of the comfort and luxury it offers. Dive trips on Sachika are taken round the year to get pleasure from the diversity of the marine life of the northern and southern atolls of the marvelous Maldives.

Built-in 2007, the 33m long Sachika is a typical liveaboard with its wooden structure, a perfect blend of style and hospitality, giving the guests the time of their life with four open-air decks air-conditioned restaurants and bars all over the board to sit and unwind.

This dreamy cruise can be the ultimate diving holiday for avid divers. They can have the best of both worlds by enjoying luxury and adventure, with all the incredible and calming views of marine life in the Indian Ocean.

Accommodation

Custom-built especially for diving, Sachika liveaboard has ten top-notch rooms to lodge up to 20 guests. The cabins are designed to provide the guests with a relaxed, safe, and smooth sailing experience. The three-cabin options include standard cabins and junior suits on the main deck and suites on the upper deck.

Standard twin cabins can be configured with twin and double settings as per requirement. Junior suites have king-sized double and single beds.

All the cabins and suites are equipped with en-suite bathrooms/hot showers, individually controlled air-conditioning, mini-bar, and portholes to let the natural light inside the room. Besides the standard amenities, the suites also offer private Jacuzzis, personal TV, DVD players, and the ocean’s stunning views through panoramic windows.

Twin/Double Standard Cabin

Twin/Double Standard Cabin

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

Junior Suite

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

Suite

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

Comfort

MV Sachika provides ample opportunities to relax and enjoy with four decks available on and off the board. A five-person Jacuzzi on the main deck allows you to enjoy a relaxing bath in the sun or a bright night according to your liking.

Open sun decks let the sun loungers soak up the sun, or take a leisurely nap on the shaded deck and appreciate the glorious oceanic views.

A large saloon allows the guests to socialize or wind down after a long day of diving. The saloon offers facilities that include a large TV, music system, WIFI internet, movies, and book libraries, with lounging and reading space, where you can enjoy while having your favorite drinks from the bar.

Sachika Maldives also has a massage room whose services can be availed upon request. Other water activities like Seadoo underwater scooters are available for rent.

Catering

The air-conditioned, indoor restaurant at the Sachika liveaboard offers exceptionally mouthwatering buffet-style food thrice a day, including the varieties of local and international delicacies while enjoying the fantastic ocean views. A coffee bar is also located on the main deck. A 40-inch TV is available in the restaurant where you can enjoy watching your favorite DVD while savoring your dinner or sipping on your coffee.

Scuba diving trips on Sachika are conducted all year round. You can discover the most incredible pelagic and coral gardens in the northern, southern, and Central Atolls of the Maldives, with Whale sharks, Manta Rays, and regular sightings hammerheads in the exceptionally blue waters.

Night diving in the Maldives is one of the highlights of a liveaboard cruise in the Indian ocean and provided at least once a trip. One of the most popular dive sites is for a night dive is in the Ari atoll, where you can see manta rays in a shallow lagoon.

Dive trips are conducted from dhoni, the accompanying boat, which is equipped with necessities like air compressors, diving, and safety gear, and a fire alarm system to guarantee a safe and memorable diving experience for the passionate divers.

The crew consists of a professionally trained cruise director, a marine biologist, and dive guides who efficiently and constantly help you make the most out of your diving trip.

Specifications

Year built2007

Length33m

Deck area: 3 Decks

Beam: 10m

Cruising speed: 11 knots

Engines: Yanmar 480 HP

Max guests: 22

Number of cabins: 10

Number of bathrooms: 11

Tenders: 1×5 m tender “dinghy” Boston Whaler with Suzuki engine 50 hp & 1×19 m luxury Diving Dhoni with Daewoo Doosan Engine 280 HP

Water capacity: 2 desalination plants with 600 lt/h capacity

NAVIGATION, COMMUNICATION, AND SAFETY FEATURES

GPS

Radio VHF/DSC/SSB

Life Vests

Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers

Oxygen

First Aid Kits

Engine room CCTV

Sachika Liveaboard best Maldives dive safari vessel in 2018, offers diving holidays to the central atolls, Northern Atolls, and Deep South.

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09 Jan 2022
Best of Central Atolls
Arrival: 09 Jan 2022
Departure: 15 Jan 2022
Days/nights: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Best of Central Atolls

An exciting mix between submerged landscapes and breathtaking views. At the center of this long archipelago are situated, from east to west, three of the most famous atolls of Maldives: North Male, South Male, and Ari.

The cruise sets out to the south, letting new divers get used to the comfortable temperatures of these waters with the exploration of a trawler which sank three decades ago, turned into a house for the typical microfauna of these waters: needlefish and scorpionfish (Pterois Volitans) inhabiting the outside decks and clefts full of glassfish. The fishermen’s Island of Gurahidoo is surrounded by dive sites that can give rivers of currents in the past, in Dhivehi called ” Kandu “, which bring large predators like the typical white tip reef sharks and gray reef shark. Is not unusual to encounter large napoleons and green turtles (Chelonia Midas) between the protrusions of Kandooma Thila.

The crossing to the west of South Ari atoll is often accompanied by large groups of dolphins.
These waters are characterized by Rowley shoals dives, which in Dhivehi are called ” Thila ”. They are particular because of the abundance of fish and coral gardens both hard and soft. In fact, Dhangheti area is famous for its spectacular dive sites such as 5 Rocks with its blue sea fans and Kuda Thila Raa with its schools of squirrelfish and yellow striped blue snappers, soft corals, and long black coral whips.

Before sailing back to the central areas is a must to try to see, in true “safari” style, the great lord of this area, the whale shark. In the western part of the atoll, when dry winds blow from the northeast, there are several points where is easy to meet the great manta rays that come close to the reef to enjoy the many cleaning stations rich in plankton.

The journey continues to the north among the great coral tables and the famous shark point Radhigga Thila, Fish Head from the area of Maayafushi, where a night dive is a unique and unforgettable experience.

Leaving Bathala you can meet coral reefs, rich in large sharks and eagle rays, the small atoll of Rasdhoo, where in the early morning you will have the opportunity to experience the thrill of swimming in the blue ocean surrounded by bright particles of plankton, waiting to see hammerhead sharks on their return from the morning hunt.

The last afternoon is dedicated to Male, the capital of Maldives, to enjoy the vibrant colors of the fruit market and the crawling fish market and meet with some historical and cultural aspects of “the people who live without land.

Marine Life: Whale sharks, manta rays, scorpionfish, glassfish, reef sharks, Napoleon wrasse, green turtles, beautiful corals, dolphins.

Please note that the itineraries are examples only, We reserve the right to change the itinerary or specific agreed services, if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require us to do so.

The last dive will be on the penultimate day of the trip. Divers are recommended to wait for 24hours before flying after the last dive.

15 Jan 2022
Best of Central Atolls: North Male, South Male, Felidhoo, Ari
Arrival: 15 Jan 2022
Departure: 22 Jan 2022
Days/nights: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Best of Central Atolls: North Male, South Male, Felidhoo, Ari

An exciting mix between submerged landscapes and breath-taking views.

 

At the center of this long archipelago are situated, from east to west, three of the most famous atolls of Maldives: North Male , South Male and Ari.

The cruise sets out to the south, letting new divers get used to the comfortable temperatures of these waters with the exploration of a trawler which sank three decades ago, turned into a house for the typical micro fauna of these waters : needle fish and scorpion fish (Pterois volitans) inhabiting the outside decks and clefts full of glassfish.

The fishermen Island of Gurahidoo is surrounded by dive sites that can give rivers of currents in the pass, in Dhivehi called ”Kandu“, which bring large predators like the typical white tip reef sharks and grey reef shark. Is not unusual to encounter large napoleons and green turtles (Chelonia midas) between the protrusions of Kandooma Thila .

The crossing to the west of South Ari atoll is often accompanied by large groups of dolphins.

These waters are characterized by rowley shoals dives, which in Dhivehi are called “Thila”. They are particular because of the abundance of fish and coral gardens both hard and soft . In fact, Dhangheti area is famous for its spectacular dive sites such as 5 Rocks with its blue sea fans and Kuda Thila Raa with its schools of squirrelfish and yellow striped blue snappers, soft corals and long black coral whips.

Before sailing back to the central areas is a must trying to see, in true “safari” style, the great lord of this area, the whale shark.

In the western part of the atoll, when dry winds blow from the north – east, there are several points where is easy to meet the great manta rays that come close to the reef to enjoy the many cleaning station rich of plankton.

Marine Life: Whale sharks, manta rays, scorpion fish, glassfish, reef sharks, napoloan wrass, green turtles, beautiful corals, dolphins,

05 Feb 2022
The Magnificent 7 Atolls (Male to Laamu)
Arrival: 05 Feb 2022
Departure: 12 Feb 2022
Days/nights: 8 Days / 7 Nights
The Magnificent 7 Atolls (Male to Laamu)

Main Atolls: North Male – South Male – Vaavu – Meemu – Thaa – Laamu

Day 1: Check-in.

Day 2-7: Dive Sites Highlights

Male South 

  • Kandooma Thila: Marine protected the area, full of marine life as Eagle Ray, Grey Reef Shark, White Tip Shark, Tuna. This underwater mountain is well known to be a cleaning station for Grey Reef Shark. Divers have the possibility to watch sharks get clean and this is a rare behavior.

Vaavu:

  • Myaru Kandu-Devana Kandu: These two are the most famous channel dives in this atoll, channel, in general, are famous for strong incoming current and clear water. But these two have the most abundant number of sharks, mostly White Tip and Grey Reef. Tunas and Jack Fish complete the show.
  • Fotteyo Kandu: This shallow channel is famous for the outside wall, full of yellow soft coral pending from many different caves.
  • Alimatha Jetty: This night dive is world-famous for the presence of Nurse Sharks, sometimes they come in groups of more than 10 individuals. Some study says the population counts more than 80 sharks.

Meemu:

  • VanurahVali Kandu: This channel has the peculiarity to have a double edge that gives the chance to divers to cross the full channel and push all the sharks in one corner and this creates the shark sandwich that is a special event to see all of them together.
  • Kureli Manta Point: This is the only manta point of the week. So must be done. Sandy area with big blocks that give divers the feeling of walking in a moon kind landscape.

Thaa:

  • Olughiri Kandu: A big channel but very shallow, so easy to explore entirely. For the luckiest divers, here is possible to meet a resident oceanic grouper.
  • Dyamigili Corner: A long reef in the south part of the atoll that in the early morning rather than the magnificent reef, many turtles and white tip shark, sometimes give the possibility of hammerhead sharks.
  • Kalufalha Island: Here, we don’t dive but in the evening, we put a big light at the stern of the boat to attract plankton, the favorite food for the Whale Shark.

Laamu:

  • Fushi Kandu Maabahidoo Kandu: These two are the channel dives around the same island, north and south side, Maabahidoo. Both very shallow and both full of marine life that will leave guests speechless. Eagle Rays in formation, silvertip sharks, dogtooth tuna, jackfish in the school, and red snappers. The perfect end for a perfect trip.

Day 8: Check out.

This is the route during which the boat moves to the deep South. It’s a unique cruise that we do only two weeks a year in high season. This cruise is beautiful because the crossed atolls are still very wild. This cruise is dedicated to the typical Maldivian’s CHANNELS DIVES. Needs to take an additional domestic flight.

Please note that there is a possibility to do the check-out on the 6th night (Friday 5th February) in case of preference. Please enquire about the price when booking.

Domestic flight from Laamu (KDO) to Male (MLE) are available with 2 possibilities:

  • Q2 107 KDO MLE 2050 2140 (Friday, 6 nights cruise)
  • Q2 273 KDO MLE 1530 1620 (with check-out from the boat to the KDO airport in the late morning of Saturday, 7 nights cruise)
19 Feb 2022
Wild Deep South - Huvadhoo & Fuvahmulah Atolls (Huvadhoo-Huvadhoo)
Arrival: 19 Feb 2022
Departure: 26 Feb 2022
Days/nights: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Wild Deep South - Huvadhoo & Fuvahmulah Atolls (Huvadhoo-Huvadhoo)

Day 1: Usually, the schedule for the first day is connected with guests’ domestic flight landing time. Normal check-in is in the afternoon/late afternoon. Welcome onboard meeting and dinner.

Day 2

  • 06:30 Dive 1 Vilingili Giri
  • 08:30-10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Dive 2 Kooddoo Kandu
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Dive 3 Vilingili Kandu
  • 18:00 Fishing from the boat
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 3

  • 6:30 Dive 1 Kondei Kandu
  • 08:30-10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Dive 2 Nilandhoo Kandu
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 Dive 3 Marea Kandu
  • 19:00 Dinner BBQ
  • Around 2 am, the boat will start cruising to Fommulah in the open ocean.

Day 4

  • 06:30 Dive 1 Fommulah
  • 08:30-10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Dive 2 Fommulah
  • 13:00 Pranzo
  • 15:00 Dive 3 Fommulah
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 5

  • 06:30 Dive 1 Genemanafushi Beyru
  • 08:00-10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Dive 2 Gemanafushi Beyru
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Dive 3 Kureddhoo Kandu
  • 19:30 Dinner

Day 6

  • 7:00 Dive 1 Nilandhoo Kandu
  • 08:30-10:30 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Dive 2 Kooddoo Kandu
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Dive 3 Fish Tank
  • 19:30 Maldivian dinner

Day 7: Usually, the last day’s schedule is connected with the guest’s departure time. We will dive 24 hours before your flight will take off.

Rather than dive, we will bring you to visit a local fisherman island, different sandbanks, and deserted islands. All connect to dive timing and weather conditions.

Day 8: Breakfast. Check-out in the morning.

In the Maldives, all the dives sites that have “Kandu” in the name are channel dives. That means clear water, dive on the ocean edge to meet a big amount of grey reef sharks, tuna, jackfish, and sometimes dolphins and sailfish. In the deep south, some of them host a big amount of green turtles (Kooddo Kandu, Vilingili Kandu particularly); some of them have great coral gardens (such as Kureddoo Kandu, Kondei Kandu). Outside of the island of Genemanafushi, we have a good chance to meet a large group of Hammerheads Sharks, diving in the blue, drifting long an oceanic reef.

Southern than Huvadhoo, if the ocean condition is good, we can go to the ultimate Maldivian dive destination, Fommulah. This atoll is made by only one island in the middle of the Indian ocean: here, thanks to the oceanic current, we have great chances to meet tiger sharks and thresher sharks. We can spend here just one full day and make 3 dives, because there isn’t a place for night anchorage: not so uncommon to meet here oceanic mantas or whale sharks.

More than one night, we will try to attract whale sharks behind the boat with a powerful light.

Thanks to the many desert islands, we will do the barbecue on the beach in a very beautiful location, need just to pic-up an island!

This cruise is dedicated to expert divers, profiles are generally deep and with some decompression. The boat moves there for the two months of high season to join the clear water and the pelagic life of the typical Maldivian’s CHANNELS DIVES. Needs to take an additional national flight.

Internal flights Male (MLE) – Huvadhoo (airport to be defined) on arrival day and Huvadhoo (airport to be defined) – Male (MLE) on departure day required  –  425 USD per person return ticket.

Included: VAT, Fuel Surcharge, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Beach BBQ, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Fishing, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Snorkeling Guide, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

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

Optional Extras: Dive Insurance (25 USD per trip), Gratuities (70 USD per trip), Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Special Dinner, Extra Dives, Nitrox, Nitrox Course, Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses, Snorkel Gear, WiFi internet (20 USD).

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