Holiday Reference: TRP 34342

Holiday information

  • Be one of only 12 divers onboard at amazing prices
  • Stable single deck design - ideal if you get sea sick
  • All cabins have double bed with bunk above
  • Non divers welcome - free snorkelling kit & $50 on board voucher
  • Average Water Temp: 27-28C
  • Average Air Temp: 30C++
  • Average Visability: 10-20m
  • Good for: Mantas, Whales Sharks, nurse Sharks
  • Suitable for beginners: Confident begninners upwards
  • The Maldives Seasonal Sensations itinerary wends its way between Male and Baa atolls, cherry picking the highlight dive sites and including snorkelling at Hanivaru Bay. Brilliant for divers and snorkelers.

Liveaboard Details

Emperor Atoll is a traditional Maldives liveaboard. If you are looking for an affordable way to access the full range of dive sites in this world class destination, then look no further. She might be smaller than some of her sister ships, but her cha ...

Emperor Atoll is a traditional Maldives liveaboard. If you are looking for an affordable way to access the full range of dive sites in this world class destination, then look no further. She might be smaller than some of her sister ships, but her charm lies in her open, airy layout and warm welcome.

Emperor Atolls sleeps only 12 divers across 6 cabins. Every cabin has the same lay out with a double bed below and bunk above. All are en suite with individual air con and a fan. Her small size makes her more stable than some larger wooden boats and the group size means she never feels crowded.

On the main deck is large saloon - grab a beer from the fully stocked bar or pull up a chair to view the day's photos on the big flat screen TV. Breakfast is typically served in the saloon, but we love the open air lunches and dinners around bow table. Soak up the tropical views as you tuck into the tasty, freshly prepared meals. Head to the sun deck to top up your tan upstairs or find a shady corner to snooze between dives. All diving takes place from the 15m dhoni tender, which has bags of room for both recreational and technical divers. On Emperor Atoll itself, there is a large swim deck with fresh water showers and rinse tanks.

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Itinerary Details

The Maldives Seasonal Sensations itinerary wends its way between Male and Baa atolls, cherry picking the highlight dive sites and including snorkelling at Hanivaru Bay. Brilliant for divers and snorkelers.

Maldives Seasonal Sensations Description

The Maldives Seasonal Sensations itinerary wends its way between Male and Baa atolls, cherry picking the highlight dive sites for that season. Timing is everything - dive the east side of the atolls, when sites that are at their seasonal hottest for sharks, manta and gorgeous coral reefs. Make this time of year stand out for all the right reasons. Though the visibility is often decreased, the increased plankton means it can be the best time and place in the Maldives to see manta rays and whalesharks... more than making up for the reduced viz.

There are two ways to experience these seasonal sensations, depending on which fleet operator you chose. Emperor Fleet will embark in Male, heading right up to Baa and Lhaviyani atolls in the north, and then coming back to Male to end your trip. Carpe Fleet offers a variation of this itinerary, often including a domestic flight from the domestic airport at Dharavandhoo (Baa atoll)- only minutes away from Hanivaru. On these trips you will typically dive north Male, south Male, Vavuu, Ari and Rasdhoo. On a select number of dates, this trip will end in Maamagili as well as visiting Baa. This is a super location for whalesharks. There is a domestic flight linking Maamagili and Male. Please ask your travel consultant for more information for you exact date as to which atolls you are planned to dive.

This is also traditionally manta feeding season. Nowhere is this more evident than at Hanivaru bay. As the currents sweep plankton rich water into the shallow lagoons around the Maldives, manta and whalesharks follow in vast numbers to gorge on the feast. Due to it's protected status you can only snorkel at Hanivaru, but this normally allows you to get closer to the fast moving manta. We cannot of course guarantee manta sightings. However, our experienced boat operators run this itinerary only in the months when mantas are most likely to be in the lagoons. If the currents are running the wrong way, and manta are not in the lagoons, there are good chances that the rays will be found on nearby reefs, which will be offered as alternative dives. The exact areas visited are entirely at the boat operator discretion based on the weather and current conditions, to ensure you get the most possible interactions with manta and whalesharks.

You don't need a minimum number of dives but you should be comfortable with drift dives. Currents can be strong. All your diving is made from dhonis or zodiacs to give precise entry and exit points. It is entirely at the boat's discretion as to which sites and atolls they visit - the aim of this trip is to take you to the seasonal highlights and as such, the boat operators will pick the most productive sites possible from these atolls, but may not necessarily dive each and every atoll. Between them, our guides have decades' of experience diving the Maldives - whatever time of year! Allow them to show you a side of the Maldives that many people miss. Prepare to be blown away by the sensational seasonal dive sites!

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Your holiday details

Spend the new moon in the Maldives,sailing from Male to the northern atolls of Baa (Hanifaru Bay) and back again! There are up to 17 dives (including 1 night dive) on this far ranging itinerary. You have 7 nights on board on a full board basis (twin/double share cabin). 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. Donít 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. Flights will incur small booking fee. 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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