Holiday Reference: TRP 34426

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: 27-29 C
  • Average Air Temp: 28-30 C
  • Average Visability: 10-25m
  • Good for:
  • Suitable for beginners: No
  • A variation of the Best of the Maldives itinerary, but with more emphasis on the sites with the best shark sightings with channel and drift dives.

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

Sharktastic channel diving in the Maldives as well as manta and whalesharks encounters - ideal if you are looking for a fresh new itinerary on your Maldives liveaboard holiday

Sharktastic Description

Sharktastic is a special itinerary packed with sharks, manta and whalesharks. Focusing on Male as well as Vaavu, Meemu and South Ari atolls, this seasonal itinerary has been designed with plenty of big fish action as you visit the Maldives' famous channel and wall dives. Hop your way through these picture perfect atolls, diving with pelagics all the way.

The adventure starts in Male with a check dive and then the channels await. These are fast moving drift dives. Descend, hook in and watch the sharks swirl around you. Keep your eyes peeled as you never know what kind of shark will pass. Grey reef and white tips are plentiful but hammerheads often make an appearance... divine! Once the dive is over simply let go and drift through the channel. Many have stunning soft corals. Our favourites include Raakeedho, Golden Wall, Miyaru Kandu and Fotteyo around North, South Male and Vaavu. There are even a couple of wreck dives! The boat then moves into Meemu, where the manta come to play. The Maldives are famed for their manta cleaning stations and watching these graceful rays swoop in to be cleaned is an experience to treasure. The pelagic sightings are not over yet though! The boat's final stop is at whaleshark central, Maamagili in South Ari. The best encounters are snorkeling so grab your gear and come face to face with the world's biggest sharks.

This is a diverse itinerary with plenty to keep pelagic lovers happy. 30 dives is the suggested minimum number of dives for this route, and you should be comfortable with drift diving. It is also a wonderful way to see more of the many of the Maldives' most famous inhabitants, but without the travelling involved in some of the southern itineraries. So if you are hankering for a itinerary that is extra special, set sail on the Five Atolls!

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Your holiday details

Save £250 Pelagics a plenty await on this special itinerary. Focus on shark encounters as you 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. 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


 

Your Personal Information


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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