Holiday Reference: TRP 34466

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 - 30 C
  • Average Air Temp: 28 - 30 C
  • Average Visability: 10 - 25m
  • Good for: Sharks, Whalesharks, Big Fish
  • Suitable for beginners: No
  • Our Deep South Southern Sharks itinerary will literally take you to the the southerly points of the Maldives on a liveaboard holiday that aims to deliver shark encounters thick and fast. It's an ideal itinerary if you are looking to explore a new part of the Maldives

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

Our Deep South Southern Sharks itinerary will literally take you to the the southerly points of the Maldives on a liveaboard holiday that aims to deliver shark encounters thick and fast

Deep South Southern Sharks Description

Our Deep South Southern Sharks itinerary will take you to down to the the southerly atolls in the Maldives on a liveaboard holiday that is anything but ordinary. Get in on the shark action of the secluded southern dive sites around Huvadhoo area. Spend a week in isolated paradise as you dive these remote south atolls looking for the ocean's larger inhabitants - silver tips, grey reef sharks and even whalesharks.

The best way to dive the southern atolls is to combine your liveaboard with a domestic flight. All of the trips will include a domestic flight at least 1 way and the exact departure/arrival airport will vary from trip to trip. On most trips this means you will dive either between Male and Huvadhoo or Male and Gaan depending on which fleet you select. Some itineraries may require 2 domestic flights, diving between Laamu, Huvadhoo and/or Gan. On itineraries where you travel down to Gaan, you may also dive at Fommulah and Addu atolls.

On this itinerary you may dive Meemu, Thaa and Laamu, with opportunities for coral dives and a manta cleaning station, and pay special attention to Huvadhoo atoll - this is where the pelagic action begins in earnest. Prepare to come face to face with sharks. The lagoon inside Huvadhoo is one of the deepest in the Maldives and the shifting currents are ideal for shark sightings, including whalesharks. Silkies, hammerheads and grey sharks are all seen most weeks. These are the kind of sightings that will make your dive log stand out! There are speedy channel dives with several Kandus (Vilingilli, Nilandhoo, Mareehaa and Kondeey) as well as reef thila dives (Gazeera and Vaadhoo). The night dive on the Hyatt reef should not be missed!

The Deep South Southern Sharks atolls itinerary will suit any diver that has explored the north and central Maldives but not yet ventured this far south. Few divers travel this way and you are certain of week far from the madding crowd. Due to the remote nature of the dive sites, the Deep South Southern Sharks itinerary is more suitable for experienced divers (100+ dives) and there is a good focus on drift diving. This is a nerve tingling week that will stand out for all the right reasons. Think you have dived the Maldives? Think again!

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Your holiday details

Save £200 Discover the fast paced channel dives in the southern atolls between Huvadhoo and Laamu on board Emperor Virgo. This is a seasonal route for more experienced divers, offering 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 2 domestic flights between Male and the southern atolls, at the beginning and end of your holiday. This booking does not include any international flights or domestic airline excess baggage. 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.

* 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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