Liveaboard Diving in the Maldives

Scuba Tours Worldwide are pioneers of liveaboard diving in the Maldives having operated our own boats there for many, many years. Today, we are recognised as leading experts on the Maldives and our knowledge of the area ensures that you make the right choices when planning your holiday.

We know the territory well, know all the best dive sites and continue to discover more. We are constantly reviewing our itineraries as we learn more and more about the behaviour of the amazing animals that live in these waters. Diving from one of our liveaboards is not just about visiting the sites, our cruise directors have a passion for the underwater world and are waiting to share their knowledge.

Our exciting liveaboard schedules encompass the best of the Maldives; in the Maldivian summer we travel across the Equator to the Far South, in March and April to the remote Far North to see the remarkable variety of sharks and throughout the year we offer Manta Specials, mainly in the Central Atolls. All of these regions offer superb diving and the opportunity to see an incredible range of fabulous marine life.

Diving Conditions

A support vessel

To dive safely and to reach the best dive points in and around the narrow channels and shallow reefs, you need a special type of boat adapted to local conditions. Diving takes place from our Dive Support vessels. Equipment is assembled and remains in place on the dive boat making this really easy, comfortable diving. Nitrox is available on request.

We do not operate fixed itineraries; instead each trip is planned based on local conditions, the seasons and our years of experience.

Diving is not limited; three ocean dives are planned each day, and additional dives, including night dives, are available from the main vessels. All dives are preceded by a thorough dive briefing from our Instructors/Divemasters and the guides are there to ensure you enjoy every aspect of your dive.

Life On Board

Of course, diving is the priority when on a liveaboard and your day will start early with a light snack before heading off for a pre breakfast dive. This is often the most rewarding and exciting dive of the day because at this time, the reefs are buzzing with life. You really feel you have earned your delicious cooked breakfast and can share the morning's events with fellow divers. Depending on location, the boat will up anchor and head off to a new site. The great benefit of being on a live aboard !

The second dive is taken at 11:00am, followed by lunch and a siesta or time to write up your dive logs, look at your photos or edit some video. The afternoon dive, at around 3:00pm is usually slightly more conservative and a great opportunity for photographers and critter hunters to get stuck into the macro life.

Dinner is usually at 7:00pm and a night dive is sometimes made after dinner or we might choose a dusk dive before dinner, depending on where we are.

Throughout all this diving, the boat is often steaming across channels and through the atolls to reach the best sites and to ensure the best diving opportunities. For safety, we do not travel great distances at night as navigational marks are limited in the Maldives and the reefs can be very difficult to negotiate.

Safety

All our staff are very experienced and fully trained in live aboard procedures and we have an unblemished safety record, having completed thousands of man-dives over the past 25 years. All our liveaboards and their tenders carry emergency oxygen sets and an emergency first aid kit. We insist on divers carrying a safety sausage or a dive flag which we provide and demonstrate during the "check-out" dive.

We put a great emphasis on safety and staff training aboard all our vessels. This extends through to our programme of boat maintenance and you will see a consistent schedule of boat maintenance periods throughout our season so that we can ensure these high standards are met. Maldivian Government has a strict policy of safety inspection and all our vessels comply fully with their requirements.

LIVEABOARD FAQs

Do I need to change any money to Rufia?

We would recommend that you do not change any of your money into Rufia. All the resorts and all the tourist shops accept US Dollars and it is better to take all your travelling money as US Dollars.

What sort of clothes should I pack for the liveaboard?

Life on board is very informal. All you really need are a couple of swim suits and some shorts and T shirts. The evenings are usually quite warm but we would recommend you bring a light sweater and a light waterproof. For your excursions to the inhabited islands you need to dress modestly. We would suggest that you pack your clothes into a soft bag that can be folded up and easily stored on board. And don’t forget to bring a hat and plenty of sun tan lotion to protect you from that tropical sun.

What are the air and water temperatures?

The air temperature in the Maldives is usually around 30 º and the water temperature is around 28º.

What sort of food is served on board?

The menu offers a variety of international cuisine with a touch of local style. The food can sometimes be quite spicy but if you do not like spicy food, there is always an alternative. Salads and fresh fruit are served with most meals. Please remember that the Maldives is a remote destination and all food has to be imported. Please let us know prior to you arrival if you have any special dietary requirements.

What communications are available on board?

Communications in the Maldives are generally very good with an excellent mobile network across the country. We do carry a mobile ‘phone on board the boat for emergency use and if your family need to contact you, the best way is for them to call us in the office in the UK on 01284 748010 and we will contact the boat.

Are towels supplied?

Towels are supplied for use in the cabins but we do recommend that you bring your own towel to take aboard the dive support boat for after your dive.

What sort of wet suit should I bring?

We would recommend a 3mm full suit or equivalent

What diving equipment is available for hire on board?

Kit is available for hire on board - please confirm any requirements to our Sales Team before your holiday.  

Prices for kit hire on MV Sea Spirit are listed in the General Informaiton Booklet that you received with your holiday confirmaiton paperwork.  For MY blue Voyager, please ask our Sales Team. 

What type of tanks do you have aboard?

MV Sea Spirit has aluminium 12.2L tanks.  They are adaptable for both DIN and A-clamp fittings.  

Will I be met at the airport ?

On arrival in the Maldives you will be met outside the arrivals terminal by a representative from the boat.  If you need any assistance during your holiday, the representatives are there to help you.

What about my flights?

If you are travelling through or from the UK we can arrange your flights - usually with award winning Emirates, but we will also check other operators to find you a competitive fare from your chosen UK departure point.

We can offer a flexible schedule of departures from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.  

If you arrange your own flights, you need to arrive in Male the day of the sailing departure. You will be able to join the boat in the morning or afternoon. Your departing flights needs to leave on the last day of the sailing date in the morning or afternoon. If you cannot arrange flights to tie up with the sailing dates, we can arrange hotel or resort accommodation and transfers for you until the start of the trip.

Do I need insurance?

We do ask that all guests staying on our liveaboards hold a valid insurance policy that covers them for scuba diving. We would recommend that you also have insurance for cancellation as well as general accident, medical and baggage cover.

Do I need a Visa for entry to the Maldives ?

You will be given your entry visa*, which will be valid for 30 days, on arrival to the Maldives. If you need to extend your visa, you need to make an application to the government and we can help you do this.

* Conditions of entry: you must posses a valid passport , have a valid ticket to continue the journey out of Maldives, have enough funds to cover the expenses for the duration of your stay in Maldives or have a confirmation of reservation for a resort or liveaboard. 

Do you take credit cards?

No charge is made for payment by a UK cheque or UK debit card. Due to the fee levied by credit card companies - a charge of 2% applies to payment made by a UK credit card. A charge of 3% will be added to payments made from all non-UK cards. It is also possible to pay by bank transfer. Please call our UK office for details. 

How much deposit is needed to secure my booking?

A deposit of 25% of the total package price* per person is payable when you book your holiday and the balance will be payable 12 weeks prior to departure. 

*Unless otherwise stated. For most Red Sea and Maldives liveaboard bookings made more than nine months prior to departure, the initial deposit is 10% with a futher 15% payable nine months prior to departure. 

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Boldero Road
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
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UK

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