Holiday Reference: TRP 34367

Holiday information

  • Contemporary liveaboard newly built for 2016
  • Brilliant choice for diver & non divers
  • Lower & upper deck cabins with twin or double bed configurations. Suites also available
  • Al fresco dining & multiple relaxation areas throughout
  • 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 Serenity is a contemporary, spacious liveaboard where fine accommodation and service is standard. This sleek liveaboard was built in the Maldives specifically for divers. Stand out from the crowd as you moor in the picture perfect Maldivian ...

Emperor Serenity is a contemporary, spacious liveaboard where fine accommodation and service is standard. This sleek liveaboard was built in the Maldives specifically for divers. Stand out from the crowd as you moor in the picture perfect Maldivian atolls.

This 40 metre boat easily accommodates 26 guests in 13 well-appointed en-suite cabins, all with air-con. There are 5 lower deck cabins, each with double beds and a single too, as well as 3 double only cabins. On the main deck cabins you find 3 cabins with double beds and a single, and the same again on the upper deck. A supplement applies for main and upper deck cabins - please do ask your travel consultant at the time of booking about which cabin option would suit you best.

Enjoy open air dining area at the stern of the main deck. Several sofas and tables await you inside the air-conditioned saloon for relaxing or watching TV. The Upper deck boasts a covered and open area ideal for watching photos and footage from your diving or just relaxing, star gazing and soaking up the wonderful Maldivian atmosphere. The sundeck is perfect for catching some sun or having a nap. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with dinner.

All diving is done from Emperor Serenity's large 19.8m dhoni tender, giving you more living space on board and getting you to the perfect dive spot every time. She is rebreather-friendly and offers free NITROX, all diving and safety equipment as well as a photography charging station and four dive guides. Non-divers are very welcome and get a free snorkelling kit + $50 voucher to spend on board.

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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

Save £300Sail 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) - 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. 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


 

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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