Scuba Travel Holiday Details | TRP 40653

Holiday Reference: TRP 40653

Holiday information

  • Launched Autumn 2019
  • 3 choice of cabin grades to pick from
  • Spa treatments on request
  • Enjoy complimentary wine with your evening meal
  • 7 or 10 nights on board Emperor Explorer on a full board basis (3 meals daily plus in between dive snacks), drinking water, tea and coffee and a complimentary glass of wine with dinner
  • You will have up to 4 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 has been prepaid
  • 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
  • Please see the on board extras tab for a more comprehensive list of local charges. 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.
  • Excluded from your package are any rental kit hire or on board souvenirs

Liveaboard Details

Launched in the Autumn of 2019, Emperor Explorer sees 2 world class fleets combine their knowledge and expertise into one stunning liveaboard. Offering contemporary and spacious accommodation, she will wow with the excellent service both fleets are k ...

Launched in the Autumn of 2019, Emperor Explorer sees 2 world class fleets combine their knowledge and expertise into one stunning liveaboard. Offering contemporary and spacious accommodation, she will wow with the excellent service both fleets are known for. Sail away on this beautiful boat for a 7 or 10 night itinerary around the best sites the Maldives has to offer. She will be one of the only liveaboards to offer up to 4 dives a day, plus free nitrox and wine with your evening meal. What's not to love?

At 42m from bow to stern, Emperor Explorer accommodates 26 divers with room to spare. The upper deck has two suites with a double bed and two twin cabins. The main deck carries two suites with double/single bed. The lower deck contains five double/twin cabins with double/single bed and two cabins with a double bed. There are 3 main cabin grades to chose from. All twin cabin options are side by side beds, not bunks. Simply ask your travel consultant at the time of booking if you have a specific cabin request.

As all of your diving takes place from the large dhoni tender, the communal spaces on board are generous and well thought out. The upper deck boasts a covered, open area ideal for watching photos and footage from your diving or just relaxing, star gazing and soaking up the wonderful Maldivian ambience. The sundeck is perfect for catching those sunrays or having a reviving nap. 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. And of course, there is a spa service on the main deck (additional charges apply locally)

Are you planning to snorkel not dive? Enjoy a free snorkelling kit + $50 voucher to spend on board.

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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!

Want to know more about Seven Southern Atolls?

Seven Southern Atolls 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

Emperor Explorer is a contemporary, spacious liveaboard that offers upto 4 dives a day and free nitrox! Dive into the shark action on the southern dive sites between Male and Laamu. This is a seasonal route for more experienced divers. You have 10 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. 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 domestic flights 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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