MV ECO BLUE I 475€ DISCOUNT I 15 - 22 DEC 2019 I BEST OF MALDIVES

MV ECO BLUE I 475€ DISCOUNT I 15 - 22 DEC 2019 I  BEST OF MALDIVES
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MV Eco Blue is a comfortable, affordable newly-renovated yacht located in the Maldives. Main liveaboards concern is marine protection. An abundance of information on marine conservation on a well equipped boat.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7  Nights, 16 - 17 Dives
  • Languages spoken - English
  • Central Atolls, north & south Male Atolls, Ari Atoll and Vaavu Atoll
  • Amazing reefs, soft corals, drift dives
  • Turtles, mantas, whale sharks, hammerheads, reef & guitar sharks
  • Non divers, children  and snorkels welcome
  • Internet available 
  • Paddle Boards
  • BBQ on a desert island
  • Partnership with the Maldives Whale shark Research Programme
  • Trips commence on Sunday and finish on Sunday

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from dhoni
  • Camera rinse tanks, Battery charging stations, individual storage compartments
  • Tanks With Din Valves Din/Int Adapters Nitrox ($) Rental Equipment ($)Courses ($)
  • Air-Conditioning Wi-Fi ($) Lounge/TV Area UK (3 Pin) Power Sockets
  • Snorkeling Stand Up Paddleboard BBQ
  • Buffet Vegetarian Food, water, tea, coffee included
  • Alcohol – cocktails, liquors, wine and beer, soft drinks can be purchased on board
  • Payments on board Cash
  • Fire Alarm Fire Extinguisher
  • Life Jackets Life Rafts Vhf Radio
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OUR BOAT

Comfortable, affordable and well-equipped liveaboard is 32m long and 10m wide. The boat was built in 2002 and renovated in 2018. 

OUR CABINS 

This luxurious yacht accommodates 22 guests in 12 cabins. 8 cabins are located on the lower deck. Each has a double bed and an upper twin bed. 4 staterooms with twin beds are on the upper deck of the boat. All rooms have individual bathrooms, air conditioning and storage systems, towels and toiletries are included.

AMENITIES

There is a cozy air-conditioned salon with audio-visual entertainment systems, a library and a dining area. The MV Eco Blue has also a drinks station with beer on tap and a Lavazza coffee bar. There are three outdoor lounge areas including a large sun deck, soft outdoor seating and sturdy bean bags. 

The dive deck has two air compressors and a nitrox compressor for those divers who earned EANx certification. The support diving dhoni has separate camera storage areas, a camera table and separate camera rinse facilities. A camera and photography station is also on board.

FOOD ON BOARD

The meals are usually buffet style with a variety of dishes to suit everyone prepared in both Western and local style. Snacks are provided all day. Water, tea and coffee are complimentary. Soft drinks, fresh juices and alcohol (cocktails, liquors, wine and beer) are chargeable.

For any special dietary requests, please inform the crew prior to your arrival.

DIVING IN THE AREA

Scuba Diving around the Maldives has recently become hugely popular among the diving community. The hundreds of isolated and deserted Islands offer an enormous playground for divers to explore.

Between the Islands, there are channels connecting the Indian Ocean to the Lagoons. This water coming from the ocean is full of plankton and nutrients which, in turn, attracts an incredible marine life. The coral is beautiful in Maldives but what makes it so special is the high density of marine life!

You are likely to be able to spot Eagle Rays, Napoleon Wrasses, lots of pelagic fishes such as the Giant Trevally or the Barracuda, the magnificent Manta Rays and the very rare Whale Shark!

You will also encounter the White tip and the Grey Reef Shark, and if you are very lucky the rare Hammerhead Shark! The best location for big pelagic fishes is called the Ari Atoll and most of the liveaboards visit it.

Inside the lagoon, the shallow water has a teeming fish life with myriads of reef fishes and bright, colorful coral gardens.

The water is very clear around Maldives and you can expect a visibility ranging from 20 to 40 meters. That combined with the amazing marine life, makes Maldives an excellent destination for Underwater Photography.

STANDARD DOUBLE/TWIN CABIN - LOWER DECK

This cabin has a large double bed and a single bunk bed, individual bathroom, air conditioning, portholes and storage systems. Biodegradable shampoo and shower gel

  • Size:  - 
  • Beds:  1 Queen + 1 Bunk 
  • Max occupancy:  3 
  • Shareable:  Yes 
  • Private bathroom:  Yes 
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes 

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DOUBLE CABIN - UPPER DECK

This cabin comes with a large double bed, Sea views windows, en-suite bathrooms and storage 

  • Size:  - 
  • Beds:  1 Queen 
  • Max occupancy:  2 
  • Shareable:  No 
  • Private bathroom:  Yes 
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes 

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DE-LUXE DOUBLE CABIN 

This cabin comes with double large bed, individual controllable air conditioning and additional fan, portholes. Biodegradable shampoo and shower gel

  • Size:  - 
  • Beds:  1 Queen 
  • Max occupancy:  2 
  • Shareable:  No 
  • Private bathroom:  Yes 
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes 

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • For this route the boat leaves from Male and ends at Male
  • All the trips on this boat are from Sunday to Sunday the first Sunday embarking, the last Sunday disembarking.
  • Attention! The departure/arrival at the marina can change due to the internal logistics of the boat, the bad weather conditions of the previous week or the bad weather forecast.

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • The nearest airport is Male Intl (MLE). The best-known and easiest airport to reach is the one in the city of Male.
  • The transfer from either of the two airports to the boat and from the ship to the airport on the first and last day is INCLUDED in the price. 
  • Transfers from hotels in Male to the boat are NOT INCLUDED
  • Only transfers included are  one on boarding day and the other on disembarkation day 
  • Transfers other days that are not specified here are extras, they cost money and it is not guaranteed that the boat can do them since it is not in the program.
  • At the airport or at the hotel, a person carrying a Eco Pro Divers Maldives sign will pick you up (transfers are shared group, there may be a waiting time at the airport, depending on the flights of other passengers, transfer might need to go pick up others clients from hotels)
  • You can check in on the boat as of 12:00
  • The boat departs Male in the afternoon on the following day to go to the first diving point where a shallow dive to test the diving equipment, surface buoy, adjust each divers' group will take place

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning
  • It is your responsibility to make sure that you are respected 24 hours before flight time after your last dive
  • Once the boat arrives at port, you can get off and visit the area if you want to, dinner will be served on the boat, and the night of this day you will sleep on the boat.
  • Check out and disembarkation is between 07:00 and 09:00 on the last day.
  • Scheduled group transfer back to Male airport is between 07:00 and 09:00
  • Last possible check out is at 09:00 am and a charge for late transfer apply

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • It’s recommended to try to arrive in the Maldives in the morning of your departure day to get settled in.
  • All divers are required to use a dive computer and SMB and carry Reef Hooks for every dive and a torch each for night dives throughout their safari experience for safety reasons. 

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • 50+ dives recommended Advanced Open Water Familiarity with drift dives recommended
  • Number of planned dives depending on the weather conditions are around 16 - 17 dives.
  • Currents in some areas of this route can be strong.

PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Arrival and assistance at the airport. Collecting your luggage.  At the indicated time, transfer to the port in Male. Boarding the boat, welcome drink and presentation briefing of the boat and crew (depending on the schedule of flights will be the first day or the next day early morning). Distribution of cabins.  Overnight on board. You can take some time this day to prepare your diving equipment. The Cruise Director will tell you if you have to make any payment.

DAYS 2 to 7

  • Diving trip with full board  and daily diving plan. You will dive in the most important dive sites on the area SATURDAY afternoon you will arrival at port. Dinner and accommodation on board. Free time to enjoy the local atmosphere, shopping and/ or optional excursions in the area.

DAY 8 MALE:

  • Disembark in MALE . Transfer to the hotel or airports 

CENTRAL MALDIVES

  • Central Atolls Classical route is our weekly usual route and we do almost all year long from August to January and April and May. This is the best well-known route in Maldives but at the same time the one that offers best and most varied dives. Thanks to that, we know every detail, atoll, passage, thilas and where and when it is convenient to approach every dive zone.
  • The 4 atolls route is the ideal route if it is the first time you visit Maldives. It is the most complete one as it gathers all the diversity we can find in this archipelago, from the big pelagic fish to the wide range of species that dwell in the reefs.
  • The sight of whale sharks and manta rays is almost guaranteed. In Maldives there are two monsoons: the dry one, from November to April, and the wet one, from May to October. In any case, the climate is tropical and the sun is guaranteed in both seasons.
  • The Thilas are great mountains under the sea that we find from a depth of six meters to a maximum of thirty or fourty. The Giris are the same kind of formation but they are closer to the surface, at a depth of only three meters. There are also Farus,  that stand out of the surface of the sea regardless of the tide. The characteristic they have in common is that in all of them we can enjoy carpeted reefs full of life.
  • The last type of dives we will enjoy during life on board are the famous Kandus, “channel” in Maldivian language. It is for many the best dive in the cruise. It takes place in the space between two islands, where the ocean currents slip in the atoll, allowing the entrance of big pelagic fish. Here one can enjoy the near sight of grey sharks, whitetip sharks, carangidae and eagle rays.
  • Some dives will be done amongst the channels that are between the islands and there can be strong currents. We will do some dives to more than 20 meters. So, we recommend to be advanced or be an experienced diver. It is recommended to dive with Nitrox. Diving computer, buoy and torch for night dives are compulsory to carry with you.
  • Desert islands and typical fishermen villages are also visited to discover and enjoy a bit more of the country and if the weather allows doing so we will even dine on a desert beach.
  • Although if you are looking for relax, you can enjoy the solarium on board, All this will make this cruise an excellent and unforgettable Great Dive Travel.
  • The normal itinerary goes by North and South Male Atolls, Vaavu and Ari.

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee
  • Transfer from/to the airport (round-trip, scheduled times only)
  • Weight Belt/Weights/Tank(s)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Wifi internet
  • Green fees: USD 6 (per day)
  • 10% service charge (onboard purchases)
  • 15 liter tanks: USD 50.00 (per week)
  • Nitrox tank 90 USD per week
  • Wetsuit 40-50 USD per week
  • BCD 70 USD per week
  • Dive Computer 50 USD per week
  • Fins 15 USD per week
  • Mask 15 USD per week
  • Regulator 70 USD per week
  • SMB 15 USD per week
  • U/W video camera rental 100 USD per week
  • Current hook: USD 15 (per week)
  • Extra dives: USD 45 (per dive)
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)

CANCELLATION POLICY

What if I need to cancel my booking?

Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have. After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies: 

  • 30 % non refundable
  • Between 120 days y 90 days before trip = 70 % refundable
  • Less than 90 days before trip = 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 endeavour 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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