MALDIVES MASTER I 2021 I BEST OF THE MALDIVES

MALDIVES MASTER I 2021 I BEST OF THE MALDIVES
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MALDIVES MASTER. This excellent vessel is specifically laid-out so guests can spend their holidays onboard in complete relaxation. A separate tender and the largest diving dhoni in the area, services every divers needs



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 10 Nights, 30 Dives
  • Languages spoken: English
  • Male - Felidhu - Meemu - Ari - Rasdhoo - North and South Nilandhoo - Baa - Lhaviyani - Guraidhoo Kandu - South Male 
  • Explore amazing reefs and soft corals, drift dive kandus, feel the current in thilas Manta cleaning stations, whale sharks, hammerheads, reef & guitar sharks
  • Non Divers/Snorkellers welcome
  • Generous outdoor dining area, bar, sky lounge
  • Nitrox, rental equipment and dive courses on board
  • Internet free of charge - when in range

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from tender, dive guides on board
  • Tanks With Din Valves Din/Int Adapters 15L Tanks Available Nitrox ($) Rental Equipment ($)
  • Battery Charging Station Warm-Water Showers Fish Id And Diving Books
  • Land Excursions Snorkeling
  • Jacuzzi Wi-Fi (Free) Air-Conditioning Lounge/TV Area UK (3 Pin) Power Sockets Power Socket Adapters
  • Movies
  • Buffet Vegetarian Food
  • Alcohol available to purchase on board
  • Payments on board -Visa Mastercard Cash
  • Fire Alarm Fire Extinguisher
  • Life Jackets Life Rafts
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon
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Departure: 02/05/2021
Arrival: 12/05/2021
Duration: 10 nights
Spaces available: 12
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Male - Male
Departure: 03/06/2021
Arrival: 13/06/2021
Duration: 10 nights
Spaces available: 15
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Male - Male
Departure: 26/08/2021
Arrival: 05/09/2021
Duration: 10 nights
Spaces available: 16
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Male - Male
Departure: 22/09/2021
Arrival: 02/10/2021
Duration: 10 nights
Spaces available: 16
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Male - Male
Departure Arrival Duration Spaces available Harbors (Departure - Arrival)
02/05/2021 12/05/2021 10 nights 12 Male - Male
03/06/2021 13/06/2021 10 nights 15 Male - Male
26/08/2021 05/09/2021 10 nights 16 Male - Male
22/09/2021 02/10/2021 10 nights 16 Male - Male

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OUR BOAT

It’s fair to say that diving in the Maldives has something for everyone, with a variety of kandus and thilas where sightings of Reef Sharks, Manta and even Whale Sharks can be considered common place.

The 37-metre steel hulled Maldives Master was previously called Blue Voyager and has been completely refurbished in 2015. Specifically laid-out so guests can spend their holidays aboard in complete relaxation and benefiting from a separate tender and the largest diving dhoni in the area, there is more than ample space on the Maldives Master for guests to sit back and enjoy their diving cruise.

OUR CABINS

The Maldives Master can welcome up to 26 guests on board and offers three spacious Double Suites and ten Twin Cabins. 

  • DOUBLE SUITE - MAIN DECK - Spacious double suites with bathroom, air conditioning and sea view.
  • TWIN BEDS CABIN - CONTROL BRIDGE DECK - Double with small window, air conditioning and bathroom in the suite.
  • TWIN BEDS CABIN - BOTTOM DECK - Double cabin on lower deck with air conditioning, private bathroom in suite and portholes. 

AMENITIES

A generous outdoor Dining Area, Bar and Sky Lounge, and even a Jacuzzi make for a luxurious stay on board. There are many options to put your feet up after diving; take your pick from three Sundecks with comfortable seating and loungers or remain in the shaded Lounge on the Mid Deck.

FOOD ON BOARD

All meals will be served buffet-style, the onboard Chef will make sure you have a variety of dishes to choose from. Evening meals and Lunches usually consist of vegetables, rice, pasta, soup, chicken, beef or fish - whatever you choose - it is sure to be good food. Water, tea, coffee, juices, snacks between meals and after dives, soft drinks are all included in your dive package.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?

Liveaboard lifestyle is relaxed and informal. Essential items include T-shirts, shorts, swim wear, long trousers / sarong/ long skirt, sturdy footwear for island visits and a warm jacket or pullover for cooler nights. Shower gel is provided on board, however guests should bring any hair care or personal beauty products they require, along with sunscreen. We have a fully stocked first aid kit on board, but guests should bring any personal prescription medications with them (with doctor’s note).

MAIN DECK - DOUBLE SUITE CABIN

Spacious double suites cabin with bathroom, air conditioner and sea view. Shower gel is provided on board, however guests should bring any hair care or personal beauty products.

  • Size: 9 m²
  • Beds: 1 Double
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: No
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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BRIDGE DECK - TWIN CABIN

Bridge deck twin cabin with small window, air conditioning and en-suite bathroom. Shower gel is provided on board, however guests should bring any hair care or personal beauty products.

  • Size: 8 m²
  • Beds: 2 Twin
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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LOWER DECK - TWIN BED CABIN

Lower deck twin cabin with air conditioning, private en-suite bathroom and port holes. Shower gel is provided on board, however guests should bring any hair care or personal beauty products.

  • Size: 7 m²
  • Beds: 2 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)
  • Pickup time at the airport is in the afternoon. Give yourself enough time to go through immigration and pickup your bags

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • Check in on the boat is in the afternoon.
  • The earliest transfer to the liveaboard will be at 12:30pm, with a second transfer set for 16:00pm.
  • The meeting point for this will be next to Burger King in the airport terminal
  • Upon arrival to Male airport you will be greeted by a representative from Voyages Maldives. Please look out for them in the arrivals hall. They will have a sign displaying the Master Liveaboards logo.
  • There is no fixed time in which the boat leaves Male, it depends on weather, coastguard etc
  • The vessel is equipped with European (2 pin) power sockets, UK (3 pin) power sockets, Power socket adapters
  • Accepted payment methods on board: Cash, VISA, Mastercard, EUR, USD, GBP
  • DIN/INT adaptors are available on board
  • Towels and soap are included

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 Male in the evening on the second to last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is between 08:00 and 10:00 on the last day.

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • Most guests are comfortable in a 3mm or 5mm wetsuit
  • Guests are advised to bring from 250-400 USD or equivalent currency for optional extras
  • Internet is provided free of charge while the boat is in range

Must I spend an additional night in Male either side of my liveaboard trip?

  • We recommend guests spend an additional night 1 day before cruise departure so you’re well rested before the start of the cruise.
  • Disembarkation at the end of the cruise will be just before 10am.
  • If you are not remaining in the Maldives for additional nights after your cruise, please allow plenty of time for the transfer to the airport and for check-in.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • 30 Dives
  • Level required: Open Water
  • Certified to dive to a depth of 30 meters and comfortable with diving in medium to strong currents
  • If you have Open Water certification and experience with currents, we strongly suggest you complete Advanced Open Water or Deep Diver Adventure Dive either before or during your holiday
  • Dive pristine reefs, explore beautiful caves and overhangs covered with soft corals, colourful sponges, invertebrates and gorgonian fans, and experience thrilling shark dives in some of the best areas to see hammerheads and grey reef sharks
  • Many cleaning stations where cleaning wrasses and shrimps help to clean the skin of the larger animals such as sharks and manta rays
  • Thilas' formations bring water up from the ocean floor against their walls, feeding the sponges and soft corals creating an environment that supports a plethora of crustaceans and schools of resident fish.
  • Manta rays, eagle rays and a variety of sharks including the mighty whale shark
  • The clear water, brightly illuminated by the sun's rays and the great numbers of fish provides an ideal environment both for photographers and fun divers alike.

PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour.
  • During the journey to our first dive site for a check dive, please take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel and make yourself comfortable.
  • Please Note: This is a sample itinerary and nº of dives, dive sites, etc. may be subject to change due to weather conditions and other unforseeable factors

DAY 2 - 10

  • The manta ray is the largest of the rays and can be found throughout the tropical waters of the world, typically around coral reefs.
  • The nutrient-rich waters of the Maldives make a perfect environment for these beautiful marine animals and this itinerary visits some of the best dive sites in the area to find these magnificent creatures all year round.
  • This Majestic Mantas Maldives dive trip is an ideal opportunity to dive with mantas, eagle rays, and more!

DAY 11

  • After a leisurely breakfast check out and disembarkation.

Dive sites

Guraidhoo Kandu - South Male Atoll

  • Since the eastern side of the channel is open ocean, large predatory fish can regularly be spotted here. This site is famous for sightings of sharks, schools of eagle rays and the occasional sail fish and hammerheads. The best condition to do the dive is when the current is flowing into the atoll. The dive begins on the outer reef following the current into the atoll. Most of the pelagic species can be observed on the eastern side, where the reef drops off into the deep ocean. At the end of the dive in the channel, along the reef you can find overhangs with plenty of soft coral growth and small fish.

Kandooma Thila - South Male Atoll

  • Located in a channel, the reef is subject to strong currents at times. The ocean currents carry lot of nutrients to the reef, supporting an abundance of sea life. The site is well renowned for the soft coral growth, turtles, diverse fish life and invertebrates found on the reef. At the reef slope you may find sharks and eagle rays.

Mulaku Kandu - Meemu Atoll

  • The north east is peppered with submerged pinnacles covered predominantly in soft corals, whilst the west will see you surrounded by jacks and snappers. Keep an eye open for sharks and rays at 30m!

Fish Head - North Ari

  • Fish Head also known as Shark Point or Mushimasmingili Thila, fits the classic definition of a thila - a large isolated flat top reef rising sharply from the inner atoll floor at 40m to 50m to around 10m from the surface. It is one of the best sites for seeing sharks. Features a series of caves and overhangs in between where you can see thousands of blueline snapper against a backdrop of black coral bushes and large gorgonians.

Rasdhoo Madivaru - Rasdhoo

    • Rasdhoo Madivaru Corner is located in the corner of the channel into the atoll. Madivaru is famous amongst seasoned divers of the Maldives. It has one of the most spectacular and confusing reef formations found in Ari Atoll. Hammerhead sharks emerge in big numbers just before sunrise swimming in large groups. Dolphins, dog tooth tunas, along with schools of black snapper are seen at the reef edge during the early hours. Divers get an opportunity to view white tip reef sharks, pelagics, trevallys, little tunas, jacks, ribbon eels, fish leaves tunas, Napoleon wrasse and barracudas. Experience the thrilling scuba diving adventure amongst fine coral formations with the highest underwater visibility.

    Lhaviyani

    • Excellent channel diving in the north with sites closely located together. Lhaviyani Atoll hosts some of the Maldives wreck diving opportunities, including the two coral encrusted wrecks at 'The Shipyard' and the exhilarating drift dive of the Kuredu Express. A site for the more experienced diver.

    Hanifaru Bay - Baa

    • Hanifaru Bay is a marine protected uninhabited island located in the Baa Atoll of the Maldives Islands. Its size is no greater than that of a football field and yet it has become one of the hottest spots on the planet for underwater photographers. The reason for this modern day phenomenon of underwater diversity is because plankton blooms between the months of May and November - a very unusual phenomenon - attracting manta rays by the hundreds. At any one time at Hanifaru Bay, there can be up to 200 manta rays feeding off the coral reefs as well as plenty of whale sharks which do the same! Hanifaru Bay has become the world's largest manta ray feeding destinations. PLEASE NOTE: Since January 2012 scuba diving is not permitted in Hanifaru Bay, however you will be able to snorkel in this area for a $20 fee (per person for approx 45mins).

    Dhigala Haa - Baa Atoll

    • This beautiful thila in Baa Atoll is easily circumnavigated in one dive and is a favourite for shark sightings, where you can possibly see at least 6 grey reef sharks at one time. Once heavily fished, it is now a protected marine sanctuary and the fish life is prolific and varied with blue fin jacks, fusilier, blue striped and humpback snapper, batfish and schools of barracuda.

    INCLUDED

    • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, juices, snacks between meals and after dives, fresh fruit
    • Dive guides
    • Wifi
    • Airport transfer to/from the boat at scheduled times
    • Weights, Belt, 12 ltr tanks

    NOT INCLUDED

    • Green fees: 6 USD per night
    • 12% GST tax on all items purchased on board
    • Nitrox: 15 USD per day
    • Tips for the crew (recommended)
    • Full set rental equipment (BCD, regulator, wetsuit, mask, fins, DSMB and reel): 40 USD per day
    • Dive computer: 10 USD per day
    • Torch: 9 USD per day
    • 15L Tanks: 11 USD per day
    • Courses
    • Soft drinks, alcohol

    CANCELLATION POLICY

    What if I need to cancel my reservation?

    Your reservation request is free and can be cancelled at any time within the first 72 hours. During this time, you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our booking team for any other questions you may have. Once you have confirmed and paid for your booking, the following cancellation policy will apply:

    • 30 % non-refundable
    • Between 120 days and 90 days before departure = 70 % refundable
    • Less than 90 days before departure = no refund

    In case of cancellation, the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or PayPal account within 10 business days.

    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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