Emperor Leo | Maldives Liveaboard | Scuba Diving Holiday | Scuba Travel

Emperor Leo | Maldives Liveaboard | Scuba Diving Holiday - Indian Ocean

  • Guests 24
  • Rooms 12
  • Restaurants Main deck restaurant
  • Food and Drinks Western buffets meals served on the main deck
  • Facilities35m
  • Diving Up to 3 dives a day
  • Diving Extras Ask about rental gear and courses on booking
  • Internet Access Wifi available onboard - local charges apply

About Emperor Leo

Leo is light and bright Maldives liveaboard that runs weekly departures to dive the classic Best of the Maldives. She's a popular choice for those looking for a great, affordable liveaboard. Free nitrox is just one of the reasons divers love the on board package. Measuring 35m, she happily accommodates 24 divers in 12 ensuite cabins with double and twin arrangements.

Leo is a stylish boat, with contrasting wooden decor throughout the entire vessel including the cabins. There are 2 double and 2 double twin/ and 4 twin cabins on the lower deck. 3 double/twin cabins are found on the upper deck, along with the executive cabin, the largest on board. All of the cabins have air con, with en suite with hair dryers available.

The communal areas on board Leo are generous, with a large air conditioned saloon and dining area with bar. All meals and briefings are here. Spend your surface intervals drinking in the sun's ray on the fly deck. As all diving on Leo is done from the large 19.8m dhoni tender that will get you in the perfect spot for all that pelagic action each and every time. She is one of the few rebreather friendly Maldives liveaboards. Snorkellers are also welcomed on board, and will receive a free snorkelling kit and $50 on board voucher to spend. Morning, noon and night your every need is looked after onboard Leo - discover this Maldivian liveaboard for yourself.

As of 1st September 2016, Leo joined Emperor Maldives and now sails as Emperor Leo

Executive suite

The executive suite on Leo is found on the upper deck and is the largest on board. It's simple, stylish decor is open and airy, with plenty of light coming into the cabin from the surround windows. It has a large double bed with separate seating area and en-suite bathroom.

Upper deck

There are 3 upper deck cabins, all benefiting from the gorgeous sea views out of over the Indian Ocean. 2 cabins can be arranged as either a double or twin beds. 1 is a twin

Lower deck standard

The 8 lower deck standard cabins on Leo all benefit from the same decor as throughout the boat, with en suite and port hole windows. 2 cabins have double beds, 4 cabin have twin beds and the last 2 can be arranged as either a twin or double.

Boat plan

All cabins are en suite, have AC plus a fan. Hair dryers are available on board. Wifi is available for $20 per week (local charge)

Please note these prices may not include flights. Click select for the full holiday details

Covid Information for Emperor Leo

Information provided by Emperor Maldives Fleet

Last Updated: 18th SEPT 2020

Emperor Maldives is fully adhering to in the Maldives , showing the points required by the local authorities there in order to prevent the spread of Covid 19.

We are offering hand sanitizer in many stations around the boat, and taking the necessary precautions to encourage social distancing wherever possible.
The Maldives boats are large enough that there is plenty of communal space to stay distanced.
We are encouraging the use of masks in any enclosed spaces on the boat,
We are maintaining a high level of cleanliness and sanitization of all the boats throughout the trips and between each week.

Public Health Interventions to Prevent covid-19 transmission in the tourism sector (v3) - Republic of Maldives Ministry of Health

Last Updated: 18th SEPT 2020 - key highlights

Diving

A set of diving gear can be used by the tourist throughout his stay on the safari.
Recommended not to share equipment.
All customers' personal items, including clothing, towels and bathrobes should be stored in a way that avoids contact with common surfaces. Bags, boxes, containers etc could be used to store these items.
Lockers should be disinfected if used by any customer.
Customers may be encouraged to bring at least their own diving mask.
Rental masks if used for fit-testing would require disinfection.
Rental equipment should be disinfected as indicated, after each use, paying particular attention to regulators, buoyancy-controlled devices, snorkels and masks etc. After disinfection, keep the devices in closed bags for use later.
Instruct customers not to touch the cylinder valve outlet or regulator inlet when assembling and disassembling their scuba unit.
Divers should be reminded to avoid touching other divers' equipment, especially those parts that come into close contact with the diver's face and mouth.
Both in case of emergency and when performing drills, it is recommended to use an alternative gas source and avoid donating the regulator from which the diver is breathing.
Disinfect gear such as snorkelling gear, diving masks, tubing and mouth piece with 1:50 bleach solution (1 part of bleach to 49 parts of water). These objects should completely immersed in the solution for at least 5 minutes for disinfection. Rinse with water after disinfection.
In case of equipment used by a symptomatic person, they should be disinfected with 1:10 bleach solution (1 part of bleach to 9 parts of water). Rinse with water after disinfection.
Avoid use of alcohol-based solutions for cleaning of cylinders or filling hoses used for oxygen enriched air as there is a risk of causing fire or explosion.


Public health interventions for tourist vessels such as safaris

A COVID Safe plan in accordance with this guideline must be in place. COVID safe plan must include the following:
Have an SOP on how to respond to a suspected case of COVID-19 on board the vessel.
It is recommended to have a pre-designated room/cabin/quarters for isolation of a symptomatic patient. If such an arrangement is not possible, a symptomatic guest or staff should be kept in his/her room, maintain 1-meter distance from other people who reside in the room, mandatory wearing of masks by the patient and others who share the room, and take measures for personal hygiene such as frequent hand washing/ hand sanitization.
Arrangements made for laundry.
Arrangements made for waste disposal.
Availability of materials for cleaning and disinfection.
Availability of basic PPE to attend to a suspected case (face masks, face shield, gloves, disposable aprons or washable gowns)
Availability of basic first aid material including an infra-red (non-contact) thermometer.
Hand washing facility/ availability of had sanitizer.
Signage and posters displayed to promote good hygiene and COVID awareness.
All staff should be oriented regarding the COVID safe plan of the safari.
Safaris should not take tourists from multiple Resorts. Tourists who come to safaris should spend the entire duration on the safari. They should not disembark on to a resort or inhabited island. Crew are not allowed to move between the safari and a resort/island. Absence of symptoms does not guarantee that guests, passengers or crew may not be harbouring a possible infection. Due to the limited space in a safari, the relatively enclosed environment, and people living in close proximity, an outbreak in a safari/vessel is likely to easily spread among the passengers and crew. Hence restriction of movement between safaris and Resorts/islands is advised to prevent the possible transmission of COVID-19 between the Resorts/islands and safaris.
Passengers are allowed to stay in a designated transit facility prior to departure as this may be a necessity.
A mechanism should be established for provision of health care in case of medical emergencies or an ill patient who requires a doctor's consultation. This could be arranged with resort clinics or with health care facilities in the respected region.
Crew of safaris should follow the existing HPA recommendations on inter-island travel restrictions. If the crew members travel back to their island of residence, they are required to undergo a 14-day period of quarantine in the island if COVID-19 is not known to exist in the island. Crew are also not allowed to embark and disembark back and forth from Male.
During loading and unloading of supplies from islands including greater Male area, crew are not allowed to disembark and then re-embark back on to the vessel.
All staff and guests should wear masks in enclosed public spaces.
Physical distancing should be maintained where possible.
All staff should download and use the contact tracing app TraceEkee for easy contact tracing.
Tourists should be encouraged to use TaceEkee


Housekeeping

Staff entering the rooms of guests to clean the room and change the linen must wear masks, work clothes, disposable or reusable (washable) apron over the work clothes, gloves and closed shoes. If cleaning the room of a quarantined or isolated person, a face shield/goggles must be worn in addition.
The doors and windows should be kept open when cleaning, to allow for good ventilation.
Cleaning and disinfection of the rooms should also include frequently touched objects
such as doorknobs and door bars, chairs, armrests, table tops, light switches, water taps, telephones, wardrobes, TV remotes, reading lamps etc., should be done in addition.
Clean surfaces first with detergent or soap and water (or a cleaning product), then rinse with water followed by application of disinfectant.
Dilute bleach solution or EPA registered disinfectants against enveloped viruses/ SARS- Co-V 2 should be used for disinfection.
0% Alcohol can be used to wipe surfaces where the use of bleach is not suitable, e.g. metal surfaces (any other disinfectants found to be effective against coronavirus may be used as per manufacturer instructions).
Laundry In case the laundry is done other than in the safari, the dirty linen should be kept in closed water proof bags until transport to the laundry site. In the case of laundry from symptomatic persons, linen should be labelled as infectious linen.


Waste disposal

A separate area should be allocated on the vessel to keep waste until disposal.
Used masks, gloves and other waste should be discarded in a dustbin lined with a water proof bag inside it. Waste from a positive case should be collected in double bags.
Waste from a room where a person is quarantined or isolated should be labelled as infectious waste.
Waste can be unloaded at a designated WAMCO facility or if such a facility is not available in the area an arrangement should be made with nearby islands/Resorts to unload the waste for disposal. Crew are not allowed to disembark the vessel during the process.


Country Covid Travel Information

On the 15th of July 2020 Maldives reopened it's borders for international travel.

For British nationals The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises against all but essential international travel to the Maldives at the moment. We expect this to change soon. Many other countries already consider it safe for their nationals to visit the Maldives.

Effective from 10 September, all tourists and short term visitors must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival to Maldives. The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure.

All travellers travelling to and from Maldives are required to submit a self-declarative health declaration within 24 hours prior to their travel.

Traveller Health Declaration has to be filled and submitted via the online portal of Maldives Immigration, "Imuga", imuga.immigration.gov.mv.

All tourists will undergo non-intrusive temperature checks and screening on arrival to the Maldives.

All tourists are required to wear face masks and respect social distancing practices at the airport the airport, during domestic travel and in all enclosed public spaces.

Tourists are not allowed to travel to visit other islands than their resort. Liveaboards will not offer visits to local islands.

Most resorts have their own additional routines for keeping their guests safe.

If you're returning to the UK, you will need to:
provide your journey and contact details
self-isolate for 14 days

Updated 08SEP2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

The Maldives is in the Indian Ocean, a 10-14hr flight from the UK, around 370 miles southwest of Sri Lanka. It is made up of 1200 islands, stretching over 500 miles from north to south. The main arrival airport for all flights to the Maldives is Male's airport island (MLE). The Maldives is famous for its great snorkelling, manta cleaning stations, whalesharks, shark dives and fast drift dives through channels. The water remains a constant 27-28 C year round.

Covid Travel Information

On the 15th of July 2020 Maldives reopened it's borders for international travel.

For British nationals The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises against all but essential international travel to the Maldives at the moment. We expect this to change soon. Many other countries already consider it safe for their nationals to visit the Maldives.

Effective from 10 September, all tourists and short term visitors must present a negative PCR test for COVID-19 on arrival to Maldives. The test and negative PCR certificate must be issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure.

All travellers travelling to and from Maldives are required to submit a self-declarative health declaration within 24 hours prior to their travel.

Traveller Health Declaration has to be filled and submitted via the online portal of Maldives Immigration, "Imuga", imuga.immigration.gov.mv.

All tourists will undergo non-intrusive temperature checks and screening on arrival to the Maldives.

All tourists are required to wear face masks and respect social distancing practices at the airport the airport, during domestic travel and in all enclosed public spaces.

Tourists are not allowed to travel to visit other islands than their resort. Liveaboards will not offer visits to local islands.

Most resorts have their own additional routines for keeping their guests safe.

If you're returning to the UK, you will need to:
provide your journey and contact details
self-isolate for 14 days

Updated 08SEP2020

Weather and Climate

Whilst there are 2 monsoon seasons (Nov-Apr & May-Oct), the diving remains excellent year round. Diving operators will changes their dive sites in each season to find the best hot spots for the big fish! Traditionally, our summer months tend to be windier with a higher chance of rain, whilst the winter months are flatter. However, the seasons are much less predictable in reality and its a fabulous place to dive whatever time of year!

Travel

Flight options

Our holidays to the Maldives can be quoted with most major airlines. If you would like to depart from a regional UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. If you make your own flight arrangements to Male, please check the transfer arrangements before confirming your flights. Please do not finalise any flight arrangements yourself before your liveaboard space is confirmed as being held.

Stopovers

As most flights are not direct, it is simple to add a stop over en route - simply ask your travel consultant for a quote. Sri Lanka is our most popular, up coming destination - with beautiful beaches, it's a great alternative to staying in the Maldives resorts. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, why not head into the jungle for look for elephants and leopards. Or if you are a culture vulture, we highly recommend a Kandy city tour. The choice is yours! As we are able to book most major airlines to the Maldives, you can also add a stop to break up your flight. Popular locations include Dubai, Doha and Abu Dhabi.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK passport holders are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here . If transiting via Sri Lanka you must have a visa prior to travel click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in the Maldives, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please turn left from arrivals and go to the information desk at Male airport. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

Transfers

If your holiday begins in Male you will be met and taken to your boat. The transfer takes around 20mins. Many of our Maldives holidays will include either a domestic flight or seaplane transfer. It takes approx 45mins -1 hour to clear immigration and collect your baggage at Male airport. We endeavour to keep the transit between flights as short as possible and your transfer will normally take place within 3 hours of your international arrival, but please be aware, you may have to wait at the airport between flights. The domestic terminal is right next door to arrivals. This has AC, bathrooms and a small cafe. You will usually be met by a rep, who will assist you in moving between the terminals. The baggage allowance on domestic flights is typically 20kgs hold and 5kgs hand baggage. Excess baggage is charged locally $2-$5/kg. The seaplane check in desk is to your right on exiting the arrivals hall. You will check your bag in here and then be transferred to the seaplane terminal by bus. This has AC, bathrooms, a small cafe and shop. The seaplanes run regularly throughout the day and due to the way the scheduling is organised, the exact time of your seaplane cannot be confirmed prior to arrival in Male. Seaplanes do not run in the dark - the fist seaplane is around 06:00 Male time and ends around 16:00 Male time. The baggage allowance on seaplane flights is typically 20kgs hold and 5kgs hand baggage. Excess baggage is charged locally $2-$5/kg.

Departures

You will be taken back to Male airport in time for your international flight. Domestic flights and seaplanes will arrive in time for you to make your connections. Typically you will arrive at the airport 1 1/2- 2 hours before your flight time. There is currently no departure tax when leaving the Maldives.

Info

Tipping

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the guides and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

Currency

The official currency of the Maldives is the rufiyya. However, we generally recommend you take USD as this is the preferred currency for most transactions. Leo will accept euro payments, Do ensure you have smaller denominations handy as larger notes can be difficult to use. Notes should be in good condition. Credit and debit cards can be used, but do be aware of currency conversions and card surcharges. There is a 12%GST (sales tax) applied to all local payments.

Phone coverage

The Maldives has good mobile phone coverage throughout. You can purchase a local SIM card at the airport if you prefer. Leo offers free wifi (where there is phone coverage) but this can be slow. If you need internet, we recommend you make arrangements with your provider in the UK.

Plugs and electricity

Electricity is 240V - UK 3 pin plugs are commonplace, although some plugs may have 2pin European connections. Please do not leave batteries charging unattended in your cabins at any time.

Extras

Hire equipment

We offer a very wide range of rental equipment onboard Leo. Orion is rebreather friendly and have tanks, softnolime, oxygen upon request.

Extras

Leo can teach a wide range of courses on board. These must be prebooked and are paid for on board. Please speak to your travel consultant for current course prices and options

Souvenirs

At the moment there are no boat specific souvenirs for sale onboard Leo. More generic Maldivian souvenirs will be available to buy at the airport.

Nitrox/Gas

Free of charge for certified divers, subject to fill availability on board

Payments

Deposits and Balances

This holiday is a boat and Male airport transfer package only. Where needed, domestic flights are also included as part of your transfers. A typical deposit for Emperor Leo is 35% of your total holiday cost. This will be due once your holiday has been confirmed. Your balance will then be due 90 days before travel. If you are adding international flights to your booking, an admin fee will also need to be paid to confirm your flight seat. Depending on your flight option and ticketing deadline, you may need to pay in full for your flight. Your travel consultant will outline the flight payment structure at the time of booking.

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

Discounts

Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel within 24 months
5% off plus £100 bonus for repeat customers travelling within 12 months

Plus if you have dived with Emperor Divers in the Red Sea or Maldives 5 times or more, then you can enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine per person, and an Emperor gift voucher to spend locally. If you'd like a free 15lt tank or cabin upgrade, just ask at the time of booking so we can check on availability.
Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices

Included

7 or 9 nights on board Leo on a full board basis (3 meals daily plus in between dive snacks), drinking water, tea and coffee. Airport transfers will be provided and advised locally. Emperor Maldives includes 1 glass of wine with your evening meal.

You will have 3 dives/day except for the arrival and departure day, 12lt tanks, air fills, nitrox, weights and belts. This will typically include 1 or 2 night dives. Dives are guided.

The local green tax and marine park fees are prepaid.

Airport transfers will be provided and run at fixed times between the boat and airport (visa versa). When required domestic flights are also included as part of your transfers.

Excluded

You can elect to add international flights to your boat package. If you prefer to make your own flight arrangements, you must notify us of your flight arrangements at least 4 weeks prior to travel so we can make local arrangements as required. It is your responsibility to ensure your flights are booked correctly to match your land arrangements. If you are continuing your holiday in the Maldives at a resort, hotel or another liveaboard, your on-going transfers need to be arranged by you from the airport.

Additional kit hire and any on board souvenirs

12% GST is applied to all local purchases in the Maldives


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