Holiday Reference: TRP 38494

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
  • 7 nights on board Virgo on a full board basis (3 meals daily plus in between dive snacks), drinking water, tea and coffee. Emperor Maldives includes 1 glass of wine with your evening meal.
  • You will have 3 dives/day except for the arrival and departure day, 12lt tanks, air fills, nitrox, weights and belts. This will typically include 1 or 2 night dives. Dives are guided.
  • The local green tax and marine park fees are prepaid. Where needed, domestic flights are also included as part of your transfers.
  • Airport transfers will be provided and run at fixed times between the boat and airport (visa versa). When required domestic flights are also included as part of your transfers.
  • Domestic flight from Kadhdhoo to Male
  • You can elect to add international flights to your boat package. If you prefer to make your own flight arrangements, you must notify us of your flight arrangements at least 4 weeks prior to travel so we can make local arrangements as required. It is your responsibility to ensure your flights are booked correctly to match your land arrangements. If you are continuing your holiday in the Maldives at a resort, hotel or another liveaboard, your on-going transfers need to be arranged by you from the airport.
  • Additional kit hire and any on board souvenirs
  • Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the guides and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.
  • 12% GST is applied to all local purchases in 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

The Seven Southern atolls is an action packed pelagic adventure in the Maldives filled with speedy drift dives, manta, sharks and even a wreck dive in some of the Maldives least visited atolls.

Seven Southern Atolls Description

The Seven Southern Atolls itinerary is an action packed pelagic adventure in the Maldives filled with speedy drift dives, manta and sharks action. Dive no less than 7 atolls in total! Our exclusive Maldivian liveaboard stops at nothing to ensure that you see manta, sharks and even a wreck as you sail into diving perfection.

Jan - March is the season for this itinerary as the current in the Kandus is predominantly incoming in this period. The Severn Southern Atolls itinerary will focus on diving North & South Male, Vaavu, Vattaru, Meemu, Thaa and Laamu atoll. Your trip will typically include a domestic flight either at the start or end of your holiday. Depending on the boat operator and sightings, you may find that you do not dive Vaavu and Vattaru so as to spend time in South Ari atoll instead - both options boast manta cleaning stations. On longer variations of this itinerary, you may also return to Male by boat rather than a flight.

There is a good variety of diving with exciting channel dives but also more relaxed diving inside the atolls on Thilas or Giris. One of the great things is that there are few other boats en route. North and South Ari are busy during this season, but this itinerary visits atolls that have few or no resorts and many unpopulated islands. Dive in North and South Male on the picturesque Finolhu wall or at HP reef. There is even a chance to squeeze in a wreck dive at the Kuda Giri wreck, famous for the rare black corals and superb macro life... can you find the resident frog fish? There is a shallow manta cleaning station in Meemu Atoll. Hammerheads are consistently found in Thaa, and also whalesharks often come to the boat at night attracted by the lights. The channel dives in a favourable current are really spectacular. Thick with schooling snappers, jacks barracuda, hunting white tips and greys, grouper, napoleon wrasse, turtles, eagle rays etc etc. And as you finish off in Laamu, it's time to get your shark fix!

As there is a good amount of drift diving on the Seven Southern atolls itinerary it is best suited to more advanced divers. Some of the locations are remote so you must be comfortable on drift dives. The brilliant viz in the southern atolls makes it a great choice for photographers who fancy giving their wide angle lens a holiday (although there is also some phenomenal macro including ghost pipefish). If your log book could do with a fresh injection of outstanding sightings or you just want to see different bit of the Maldives, this is the itinerary to be on!

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Your holiday details

NEW YEAR SALE book by 7th Feb Get away from the crowds and discover the seldom dived sites between Male and Laamu on board the perfectly sized Virgo liveaboard. 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 free recreational nitrox. Enjoy a complementary glass of wine at dinner. To pay on board are alcoholic drinks, fruit juice, fizzy drinks, additional kit hire and any on board souvenirs. Do let us know if you would like to prebook any courses or kit hire on board, or have any dietary requirements.

Return Male airport transfers and 1 domestic flight between Male and the southern atolls are included in your package. You have booked a holiday excluding 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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