EMPEROR LEO I OCT TO DEC 2019 I BEST OF MALDIVES

EMPEROR LEO I OCT TO DEC 2019 I BEST OF MALDIVES
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Expect a holistic approach to balance underwater experiences with a serene boat. Beautiful climate controlled Executive & Standard en-suite cabins. Good food designed by divers. Dives from dinghies, Free Nitrox. Re-breather friendly. WIFI available



HIGHLIGHTS

  • Excellent dive boat with a sensational value for money
  • Languages spoken: English, Others.
  • North & South Ari, South Male, Vaavu, North Male & the "wild south"
  • Explore amazing reefs and soft corals, drift dive kandus, feel the current in thilas
  • Manta cleaning stations, whale sharks, hammerheads, reef & guitar sharks
  • Dives from dhoni, rebreather friendly
  • BBQ on a deserted beach
  • Nitrox, internet available
  • Rental equipment & dive courses available
  • Non divers get free snorkeling kit + $50 voucher to spend on board.
  • Upper deck Jacuzzi
  • Land Excursions
  • Buffet, Vegetarian Food
  • Hot Tub/Whirlpool/Jacuzzi, Air-Conditioning Wi-Fi ($)
  • Rebreather-Friendly
  • Movies
  • Visa Mastercard Cash
  • Snorkeling

SERVICES

  • Din/Int Adapters Nitrox ($) Rental Equipment ($)
  • Battery Charging Station Warm-Water Showers Fish Id And Diving Books
  • Spacious Dive Deck. Separate Zodiac/Dhoni

FOR YOUR SAFETY

  • Fire Alarm Fire Extinguisher
  • Life Jackets Life Rafts
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit First Aid Kits Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • Vhf Radio Emergency. Positioning Radio Beacon 

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Deaperture: 12/10/2019
Arrival: 19/10/2019
Spaces available: 3
Deaperture: 19/10/2019
Arrival: 26/10/2019
Spaces available: 6
Deaperture: 26/10/2019
Arrival: 02/11/2019
Spaces available: 10
Deaperture: 09/11/2019
Arrival: 16/11/2019
Spaces available: 10
Deaperture: 14/12/2019
Arrival: 21/12/2019
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ABOUT THE MV EMPEROR LEO

Liveaboard MV Emperor Leo offers both world class diving in the central and southern Maldives and very comfortable accomodation.

The liveaboard Emperor Leo's diving activities are plentiful, providing Guided Dives, Rebreather Diving and Wreck Diving.

The love for detail that her owner instilled in her has not stopped with the design and the itineraries of the liveaboard Emperor Leo but also extends to the smallest detail in the selection of the dive spots, the services, the food menu on aboard...

As part of the Emperor Fleet, the liveaboard MV Emperor Leo and its experienced crew provide the best there is in terms of a perfect diving holiday, while attending to the comforts and high standards needed to create an exceptional diving experience.

The vessel Emperor Leo is a beautiful liveaboard, set to explore the majestic Underwater World of the Maldivian Islands.

The Emperor Leo's itineraries were arranged so the dive sites can be visited at the perfect time of year, e.g. itineraries going to the Southern Maldives are in February and March.

CABINS

The liveaboard Leo is outfitted with air-conditioning and each cabin has its own climate control. The boat has 3 types of cabins: and Twin and Double cabin combinations on the Lower and Upper Deck and an Executive Suite is also located on the Upper Deck.

Cabins have hairdryers and private bathrooms.

1 bath, sun deck & dive towels are provided for each guest.

Liveaboard Emperor Leo can accommodate up to 24 guests in its 12 cabins.

AMENITIES ON BOARD

Liveaboard Emperor Leo’s stylish, contrasting wood décor adds to the ambiance and intimacy of the vessel.

After an exhilarating diving day aboard liveaboard Emperor Leo, unwind on the Sundeck or at the Bar, enjoy fresh food or rest in your Stateroom.

The Salon areas are spacious with air conditioning, including a Dining area and a fully stocked bar.

Spend non-diving time soaking up the sunrays on the Fly Deck or recap the day in the comfort of the Jacuzzi.

Your every need is accounted for by the attentive liveaboard English-speaking staff to ensure your liveaboard dive vacation is both comfortable and relaxing.

FOOD ON BOARD

This liveaboard ship´s concept is holistic in that it wants to ensure that both, the below and above water experiences are fantastic. Part of this is also great food.

The liveaboard meals were designed by Divers because they know that the right food will provide an energy boost for subsequent dives.

The varied menus designed for fueling the action-packed dives include Western food with Vegetarian options served as a buffet.

Beer, Wine, Spirits and Cocktails are available at an extra charge on board the Emperor Leo.

Special dietary requests can be honored by stating your needs on the booking form.

LOWER DECK - TWIN OR DOUBLE CABIN

6 twin cabins and 2 double cabins available. Please state room type at time of booking.

The cabins are equipped with en-suite bathroom, individually controlled air conditioning and hair dryer. 1 Bathroom towel and 1 sunbed towel per guest. Dive towels are available on the dhoni. 

  • Size: 16 m²
  • Beds: Double or Twin
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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EXECUTIVE SUITE - UPPER DECK

This cabin is 5 star hotel standard and this executive suite is equipped with an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning and hair dryer. 1 bathroom towel and 1 sunbed towel are provided per guest. Dive towels are available on the dhoni.

  • Size: 25 m²
  • Beds: 1 Queen
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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UPPER DECK - TWIN OR DOUBLE CABIN

There are 2 twin/double cabins and 1 double cabin located on the upper deck and they equipped with en-suite bathroom, individually controlled air conditioning, hair dryer. Please state your bed type upon booking. 1 Bathroom towel and 1 sunbed towel per guest. Dive towels are available on the dhoni.

  • Size: 16 m²
  • Beds: Double or Twin
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Male and ends in Male
  • The closest airport is Male Intl (MLE)
  • A representative of the Liveaboard will be waiting for you at the Emperor arrange transfers from the airport to the boat at 11:00, 13:00 and 16:00 free of charge.
  • The meeting point is beside the Help Desk
  • Guests who use the 11:00 transfer accept that the boat will not be fully cleaned or ready.
  • If you are already in the Maldives, you should make your way to the airport for the 16:00 transfer.
  • If you do not wish to wait for one of the above transfers or you arrive after the last transfer, taxis are available at the airport for around $15, our airport representative will be happy to help you, however please note that boarding may not be possible before 13:00.

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • Check in on the boat is according to your flights.
  • The boat departs Male in the morning on the following day
  • The vessel is equipped with European (2 pin) power sockets
  • Accepted payment methods on board: VISA, Mastercard, Cash (USD), Cash (EUR), Cash (GBP), Cash
  • DIN/INT adaptors are available on board

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in the afternoon on the second to last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is around 07:00 on the last day.
  • Airport drop-off time is around 07:00

EXTRA INFO

  • A light sandwich style snack will be provided for lunch on the embarking day.
  • If you have to wait for a transfer on arrival or for a connecting domestic flight, the airport is reasonably comfortable and has a shop for local SIM cards, a post office, money changer, and a few decent coffee shops / restaurants Inc. Thai Express, Burger King and a New Noodle.
  • Transfer directly to the airport guests can opt to use the airport lounge (more information can be found: Plaza Premium Lounge) or store their bags in a lockup at the airport and spend time in Male, independently and at their leisure.
  • Longer waiting times (i.e. PM flights), guests can request to their Cruise Director onboard, day use at a hotel in Hulhumale, payable directly to the hotel on arrival.
  • No direct transfers to/from the liveaboard from/to resorts
  • The average water temperature is 29°C and a Lycra 3mm wetsuit is fine in tropical waters but some divers prefer a 5mm suit if doing more than one dive a day
  • European round 2-pin electrical sockets using 220 volts AC 50Hz. UK 3 pin are available
  • Toiletries are not included
  • Wi-Fi and internet is available when a mobile signal is present, normally only nearby or in port 

ITINERARY GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Approx. 17 – 18 dives
  • Level required: Open Water
  • You don't need a minimum number of dives but you should be comfortable with drift dives. Currents can be strong.
  • Inexperienced and beginner divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience.
  • Experienced divers can dive in a buddy pair unguided.
  • First day of diving is check dives in the morning
  • This is the Best of the Maldives, a week of wonderful liveaboard diving across Male and Ari atolls. Awaiting you are channels, drifts and pinnacles where you have every chance of meeting mantas, whale sharks and mesmerizing marine life of so many varieties
  • We don't follow an exact itinerary; flexibility is the word so that no matter what time of the year you visit, this underwater world is yours for the exploring
  • This itinerary gives you a marine mix of big fish and the abundant macro life
  • Get up close at the Manta cleaning stations without disturbing the locals
  • One of the best known dive sites is Maaya Thila
  • A night dive from sheltered moorings is a main part of your itinerary
  • The boat will also aim to find whale sharks so you can get in the water and snorkel with them
  • All your diving is made from dhonis or zodiacs to give precise entry and exits points.

TRAVEL PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Transfer to the boat
  • Check in Meet the crew Welcome briefing and Assign cabins
  • Prepare dive equipment
  • Dinner on board

DAY 2 - 6

  • Diving trip with full board (including water) and daily diving plan
  • The route will take you to North and South Male, Vaavu and Ari
  • We´ll dive the vest dive sites in each area.
  • For non divers we have activities such as: Snorkel, kayak or paddle board.
  • We´ll visit desert islands and fshermen villages if the logistic and the weather allows it.

DAY 7

  • 2 dives in the morning
  • Arrival in port after 4 pm
  • Dinner on board
  • Possibility to visit around

DAY 8

  • Complimentary Male City Tour, approximately 1 hour 30 minutes before transferring to the airport.
  • Unfortunately our trip has come to an end and we have to say goodbye, but we hope to see you again soon!

DIVE SITES

Rasdhoo Atoll: The small atoll of Rasdhoo lies off the northeastern corner of Ari Atoll proper. The atoll's main island, also called Rasdhoo, is the administrative capital of North Ari Atoll, despite not being within the natural atoll itself. Good chance to see mantas on various dive sites throughout the year.

Madivaru: (Hukrueli Faru) - Madivaru is home to a very colorful coral reef. The site is named for the abundance of manta rays seen here (Madi means manta ray in the Maldivian language Dhivehi) during the northeast monsoon season. Depths range from 25 feet to almost 100 feet, making the dive particularly interesting and varied. Manta rays are attracted to Madivaru because of the strong currents that form a whirlpool effect in the deeper parts of the site, where the manta rays can hover over the currents. The mantas are also attracted to the several cleaning stations located around Madivaru.

Hammerhead Point: Popular dive site for Maldives liveaboards. Its proximity to deep waters lends the location the best chances of getting close to these magnificent creatures. Often considered to be the highlight of many Maldives liveaboard trips.

North Ari Atoll: Diving at Ari Atoll is famous for Hammerhead sharks, manta rays and other pelagic fish are more commonly encountered around Ari Atoll and even the mighty whale shark regularly puts in appearances, especially in its marine protected areas. Although there are spots elsewhere for sharks and mantas the most reliable sites for this ever popular passing trade are located here.

South Ari Atoll: South Ari Atoll diving differs from many other areas in the Maldives since it does not feature many long stretches of barrier reef. Instead, there are a lot of thilas here where submerged pinnacles both inside and outside the atoll lagoons act as sites of marine aggregation, making for wonderful diving both in and around the pinnacles and in the kandus (channels).

South Male Atoll: Kandus, or channels, are a major feature of South Male diving. On the eastern reef wall there are 6 channels through which a huge volume of water gushes, bringing with it all the nutrients to attract large quantities of marine life.

Cocoa Thila: is South Male's most revered site. It is a large, deep water pinnacle on the outer edges of the atoll, its many ravines and overhangs provide divers with refuges in which to shelter from the strong currents that attract grey reef sharks, eagle rays and large schools of fusiliers. Larger reef fish can be observed too, such as sweetlips, snappers and groupers.

Vaavu Atoll: Vaavu Atoll boasts Fotteyo Falhu - the largest unbroken barrier reef in the Maldives. The reef is 50 km long and the easternmost point of the Maldives archipelago. Vaavu is mostly visited by liveaboards and this is undoubtedly the best way to explore these unspoilt sites. In addition, this atoll is an ideal place for manta ray sightings and they can be found in great numbers from May to July. Whale sharks are common here at certain times of year Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Traditional Maldivian Channel Diving

North Male Atoll: Also known as North Kaafu, North Male is perhaps the best known and explored diving area of the Maldives, having long been recognised as providing a great variety of scuba diving, beautiful scenery and a geographical location that makes it relatively easy to get to. North Male Atoll diving is characterised by reefs, caves, current-swept channels and drop offs. The atoll sees plenty of fish action and is generally a good area for large pelagics, with reef sharks and mantas at the front of the queue.

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, snacks between meals and after dives
  • Dive guides
  • Nitrox
  • Island Barbecues
  • Transfer to/from the airport (return)
  • If itinerary includes a domestic flight, it's included in the price
  • Trip to Male city
  • Green fees Service fees GST and service tax

NOT INCLUDED

  • Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox): USD 174 per course
  • Advanced Open Water course: USD 353 per course.
  • Full set of rental equipment including SMB and dive computer: 336 USD per trip
  • Full set of rental equipment including SMB and NO dive computer: 303 USD per trip
  • Flashlight (torch): 101 USD per trip.
  • Materials, certification fees or equipment for courses
  • Courses
  • Wifi (22 USD per trip)
  • Tips for the crew (recommended 10% price of the trip) 
  • Soft drinks, alcohol

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • 25% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 84 days prior to arrival
  • 50% will be charged if you cancel between 84 and 56 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 56 days prior to arrival

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality
  • Make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc. The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavor to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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