Holiday Reference: TRP 33848

Holiday information

  • Large Maldives liveaboard with range of seasonal diving itineraries
  • Lower & upper deck cabins with twin or double bed configurations.
  • Executive suite with own private jacuzzi
  • Onboard wifi and massage services (paid locally)
  • Average Water Temp: 28 - 30 C
  • Average Air Temp: 28 - 30 C
  • Average Visability: 5 - 25m
  • Good for: Whaleshark, Manta, Reefs
  • Suitable for beginners: No
  • This is always a popular itinerary with year round departures that delivers what it says on the tin - the Best of the Maldives! Dive the classic sites that made the Maldives so famous. Focusing on the hottest sites around Male & Ari atolls, there are pelagics a plenty, with manta, sharks and even whalesharks.

Liveaboard Details

At 39m from bow to stern, Orion is a generously proportioned liveaboard. She runs a range of seasonal itineraries, covering all of the hot spots that make the Maldives such a mecca for scuba divers. It's a relaxed atmosphere on board as you sail be ...

At 39m from bow to stern, Orion is a generously proportioned liveaboard. She runs a range of seasonal itineraries, covering all of the hot spots that make the Maldives such a mecca for scuba divers. It's a relaxed atmosphere on board as you sail between the picture perfect islands and atolls that make up this island nation.

Orion sleeps 24 divers across 2 decks. The 8 standard twin or double cabins are downstairs. Up on the sun deck level are the mini suites - these are the same as the lower deck cabins in terms of size but have the added sea view. If you prefer a larger cabin, then why not opt for either of the suite upgrades. These cabins go across the width of the boat at the bow. The Junior cabin is below decks with a king sized bed and bath. The executive suite is on the upper deck and has it's own private jacuzzi, king bed and panoramic views. All of the cabins have air con, a TV and large en suite bathrooms!

As all diving takes place from the 19.8m tender dhoni that follows Orion, your liveaboard is pure living space. Your first port of call on board is the sitting area and reception room. Move forwards to the dining area with bar. Dive briefings usually take place here, as well as buffet meals. The mix of food is typically international in flavour, but the Sri Lankan chef's curries are always popular. On the upper deck you will find the jacuzzi, a small shaded seating area and even a massage room (paid locally subject to availability) alongside the main bar. Pull up a chair at the end of the day and chat over the day's diving delights with fellow divers. Chill out in the sunshine on the wide fly deck sun loungers and mattress beds.

As of 1st September 2016, Orion joined Emperor fleet and now sails as Emperor Orion

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Itinerary Details

The Best of the Maldives does just what it says - manta, whalesharks, sharks, trutles, channel dives, thilas... and so much more! Classic Maldives.

Best of the Maldives Description

The Best of the Maldives does just what it says on the tin - you dive the best and most famous dive sites of the Maldives in a single week of sublime liveaboard diving across Male and Ari atolls. This is a dive holiday in the Maldives to remember that hits all the seasonal hot spots of North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll. Dive the many channels, drifts and pinnacles, encountering the manta, whalesharks and reef residents as you go. The exact order of things is left deliberately flexible to ensure that no matter what time of year your holiday to the Maldives is, the breathtaking world underwater is unveiled in all its perfection.

Scuba Travel's Best of the Maldives itinerary aims to mix up big fish manta and shark dives with scenic reefs dives, hunting out the smallest reef fish, morays and macro life that are so abundant. Due to seasonal nature of the marine life, the exact dive sites visited on a Best of the Maldives trip may vary, but are all chosen by each of our liveaboards so you see the Maldives marine life at it's most exciting. All will usually dive North Male, South Male, South Ari and North Ari dive sites, and may stop at one (or both) of Vaavuu and Rasdhoo atolls. Cleaning stations allow you to get up close and personal with massive Maldivian manta, and dives at Manta Point, Dhonkalo Thila and Madivaru provide just such opportunities. Kandhooma thila and Medu Faru are hopt spots for eagle rays. Maaya Thila is one of the best known dive sites in the Maldives and for a good reason. This pinnacle is about 30m diameter that descends to reveal sharks and fish a plenty. Night diving here is hard to beat and should not be missed. Log yet more pelagic sightings as grey reef sharks patrol the north and south ari Atoll area. Radhiga thila, Maalhos thila and Hafsa thila are just some of the stand out dives in this area. The boat will also take some time out along the route to look for whalesharks you can snorkel with - grab your fins as these gentle giants can move fast! Maamagili Beyru is one of the best places to see whalesharks on this itinerary.

The Best of the Maldives is an ideal itinerary for any first time visitor to the Maldives. Divers should be comfortable with drift diving but no minimum no of dives is required. All diving is made from dhonis to give precision entry and exits points. Night diving is limited to sheltered moorings but well worth jumping in for. With so many excellent and remarkable sites in and around North - South Male Atolls and the Ari Atolls, the Best of the Maldives is a route that can be dived time and time again. Surely no one can tire of the jaw dropping diversity and life on display. From the tiny creatures that thrill macro lovers to the elegant and inspiring big fish, there more than enough to keep you coming back for more.

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Your holiday details

Save £250 Set sail on this popular, hotel standard Maldives liveaboard on the must do, big fish packed Best of the Maldives itinerary. Dive the seasonal hot spots from a dhoni tender with an average of 17 dives (including 1 night dive). You have 7 nights on board on a full board basis (twin/double share cabin) - upper deck cabin upgrades available. All trips are fully guided with expert guides and include 12lt tank and weights, as well as FOC nitrox. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with dinner. Excluded are alcoholic drinks, fruit juice, fizzy drinks, additional kit hire and any on board souvenirs. Please do not forget to let us know if you would like to prebook any courses on board or have any dietary requirements.

This is a BOAT ONLY holiday with return Male airport transfers and does not include any international flights. We are able to add flights with a wide range of airlines, including regional departures. Please ask your consultant for competitive quote for any flight option. Do not book any flights until your boat space is confirmed by Scuba Travel. Transfers operate at fixed times.

* prices are subject to change according to availability at the time of booking


 

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Please DO NOT book any connecting flights, insurance, or additional parts to this holiday as your trip is subject to availability and will NOT be confirmed until you have spoken with our operators. If you have any requests beyond our normal itineraries please note them in the comments and we will discuss these with you when we call to arrange your holiday.

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