Holiday Reference: TRP 39408

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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Come face to face whalesharks, manta and reef sharks in Ari Atoll, Maldives on our luxury liveaboard Orion from August to October

Pelagic Magic Description

Pelagic Magic gets you face to face with the famous whalesharks of Ari atoll. As this itinerary devotes more time in Ari atoll, you are certain to get your whaleshark fix at Maamagili. Iconic dive follows iconic dive as you sail from Male through North Ari and then onto South Ari, your log book will fill with shark and manta sightings as well as outstanding reef dives. Then grab your snorkel and splash in to float only feet away from graceful whalesharks. Pelagics of all shapes and sizes await. What more could you ask for!

With around 17 dives as well as opportunities to snorkel with the whalesharks, this is an action packed week. The pelagic sightings start right from the beginning. Manta Point (otherwise known as Lankan Finolhu) is a cleaning station with reliable manta sightings. Just settle down and watch the manta swoop in. Hafsa thila and Maya thila are yet more iconic dive site where sharks are plentiful. Look out for baby white tips under the large table corals. But it is at night that Maya thila really comes alive. Reef sharks and marble morays hunt dinner out as morays slink between the coral blocks. As you reach south Ari keep a look out for the whalesharks. Maamagili is the place to find whalesharks at this time as they follow the seasonal currents. Manta chase plankton trails too into the nearby lagoons. Between your pelagic encounters, the reef dives will not disappoint. Discover the lush corals and schooling fish at the likes of Reethi thila and Kuda Rah.

Pelagic Magic is a great itinerary for everyone. No matter what your experience level this is a Maldives itinerary you can enjoy. There can be some drift diving so some experience of diving in currents in advisable. Don't forget to take your reef hook to make shark watching all the easier. As so many of the best whaleshark encounters are snorkelling, everyone can feel the thrill of seeing these graceful sharks in their natural environment. Pelagic Magic runs when the pelagics sightings are at their optimum in North and South Ari. Don't delay - discover the biggest inhabitants of the Maldives for yourself!


Want to know more about Pelagic Magic?

Pelagic Magic contains all the detailed information you need, a full day by day itinerary, pictures, videos, reviews, and other practical information. Or call one of our diving holiday experts on 0800 072 8221 or +44(0)1483 411590.

 


Your holiday details

Save £100 Spend more time in South Ari on this pelagic packed Maldives liveaboard adventure! 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.

You have booked a holiday excluding international flights, with return Male airport transfers. 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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