Holiday Reference: TRP 34221

Holiday information

  • Only 18 divers!
  • Lower, upper & main deck twin or double cabin options
  • Welcoming, airy saloon and restaurant style dining area
  • Outstanding on board cuisine with international dishes
  • Average Water Temp: 28-30C
  • Average Air Temp: 28-30C
  • Average Visability: 20m
  • Good for: Pelagics! Whalesharks in South Ari plus manta and sharks
  • Suitable for beginners: Yes
  • This itinerary has a special focus on the whalesharks of Ari atoll. Come face to face with these gorgeous beasts as you snorkel through the warm waters. Dive with Maldives' other pelagic inhabitants - manta and sharks - at the season's very best sites

Liveaboard Details

Virgo sleeps only 18 divers over 30m, which has made her popular with those that prefer smaller groups on board. All diving is from the support dhoni. Cruise the heavenly atolls of Male and Ari without it costing the earth on a liveaboard dedicated ...

Virgo sleeps only 18 divers over 30m, which has made her popular with those that prefer smaller groups on board. All diving is from the support dhoni. Cruise the heavenly atolls of Male and Ari without it costing the earth on a liveaboard dedicated to your diving satisfaction.

Virgo has a total of 9 cabins on board for 18 divers - there are 5 lower deck twin cabins, 2 main deck twin/double cabins and 2 sea view upper deck cabins. All have en suite bathrooms with shampoo and shower gel. The upper deck cabins have large windows to let all that Maldivian sunshine in. The cabins have a flexible arrangement so can also be made into a double bed.

The light wood decor continues throughout the vessel. On the main deck there is a large air conditioned saloon with welcoming sofas. Meals are served buffet style and seated at a large table. This is a fun, social boat to be on! The bar on board is fully licensed so you can enjoy your favourite tipple as the sun sinks over the horizon. The upper deck is a hub for most people in between dives, with loungers to relax on and enjoy the Maldives drifting by. Wifi access can be purchased on board and is limited by signal coverage in each area.

As of 1st September 2016, Virgo joined to Emperor Fleet to sail as Emperor Virgo.

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Itinerary Details

Come face to face whalesharks, manta and reef sharks in Ari Atoll, Maldives on our luxury liveaboard Orion from August to October

Pelagic Magic Description

Pelagic Magic gets you face to face with the famous whalesharks of Ari atoll. As this itinerary devotes more time in Ari atoll, you are certain to get your whaleshark 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 whalesharks. Pelagics of all shapes and sizes await. What more could you ask for!

With around 17 dives as well as opportunities to snorkel with the whalesharks, 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 whalesharks. Maamagili is the place to find whalesharks 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.

Pelagic Magic 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 in advisable. Don't forget to take your reef hook to make shark watching all the easier. As so many of the best whaleshark encounters are snorkelling, everyone can feel the thrill of seeing these graceful sharks 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!


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Your holiday details

Save £250 South Ari August to October is all about the whalesharks. Thrilling face to face encounters with whalesharks, manta and sharks on this pelagic packed Maldives liveaboard adventure! After landing in Male you will be taken to the boat. You have 7 nights on board on a full board basis (twin/double share cabin) - cabin upgrades available. Tea, coffee and water are included in your package. Emperor Atoll dives an average of 16 days dives and 1 night dive during your trip. All diving is from a dhoni tender. All marine park fees, 12lt tank and weights are included in your package as well as FOC nitrox. All trips are fully guided with 2 expert guides. Flights are typically with Sri Lankan, Emirates or Qatar although we are able to book a variety of scheduled airlines. Excluded are alcohol, fruit juice, soft drinks, additional kit hire and any on board souvenirs. Please let us know if you would like to prebook any PADI courses on board or have any dietary requirements.

* 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.