MV EMPEROR ATOLL I ALL ROUTES I MALDIVES

MV EMPEROR ATOLL I  ALL ROUTES I MALDIVES
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This vessel welcomes Beginner Divers and Snorkellers as well as Advanced Divers. With only 12 guests, this dive yacht provides an intimate and personally guided experience. Dives from Dhoni. Free Nitrox. WIFI available. Rebreather friendly.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • Languages spoken: English/ German
  • North & South Ari, South Male, Vaavu, North Male
  • Explore amazing reefs and soft corals, drift dive kandus, feel the current in thilas
  • Manta cleaning stations, whale sharks, hammerhead, reef & guitar sharks
  • Rebreather friendly 
  • Families welcome
  • Non divers get free snorkelling kit + $50 voucher to spend on board. 
  • Free nitrox.
  • Rental equipment and dive courses available
  • BBQ on a deserted beach
  • Average of 17 dives per week including night dive

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from dhoni
  • Tanks With Din Valves Din/Int Adapters Nitrox (Free) Rental Equipment ($)
  • Battery Charging Station Warm-Water Showers Fish Id And Diving Books
  • Spacious Dive Deck Rebreather-Friendly
  • Air-Conditioning Wi-Fi ($) Lounge/TV Area Uk (3 Pin) Power Sockets Power Socket Adapters
  • Snorkeling  Land Excursions
  • Buffet Alcohol Vegetarian Food
  • Movies
  • Payments on board - Visa Mastercard Cash
  • Fire Alarm Fire Extinguisher Life Jackets Life Rafts Emergency Oxygen Kit First Aid Kits Vhf Radio Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon
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OUR BOAT

The Emperor Atoll accommodates up to 12 Divers for an intimate and personally guided experience to the beauty and charm of the Maldives. For those with a small group, this is the best option for an affordable yet personalized trip to the iconic sites of North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll. Meet Mantas, Dolphins, Whale Sharks and an abundance of diverse marine life. A highly professional Cruise Director/fully qualified Dive Instructor plans and guides the diving programme to ensure you visit the very best dive sites with full dive briefings.

Emperor Atoll is a 26m wooden mono-hulled liveaboard which strives to create the perfect personalized and affordable dive vacation charter around the Central and Northern Atolls of the Maldives.

CABINS

The Emperor Atoll has 6 air-conditioned Standard cabins on the Lower Deck. All cabins contain a Double bed with a Single bed above, and en-suite private bathroom with hot shower, basin and mirror. 1 bath, sun deck and dive towels are provided for each guest.In addition, each room is equipped with a fan, portholes, wardrobe, mirror, reading lights, bedding, 220V and 2-pin socket and space for luggage. Guests will rest in comfort and privacy in their personal bedroom.

AMENITIES

Between dives, guests can relax in the air-conditioned Saloon with plush seating areas. Choices of between diving activities include TV and DVD/Music system. Guests may obtain Wi-Fi when the signal range permits. Bring your own electronic devices as there are plenty of charging points around the boat especially in the Saloon. There is an open air Dining area and the Saloon can double as a Dining area in inclement weather. Sun lovers will particularly enjoy the partially shaded Sundeck with sun loungers. If you can’t get enough of the amazing ocean sights, go for a snorkel between dives. In addition, Male City tours are available by request.

FOOD ON BOARD

To ensure Divers are properly fueled for the action-packed dives, she offers a diverse menu. Dining aboard Emperor Atoll is buffet-style. Guests can choose the air-conditioned Saloon or the open air Dining with breathtaking views of the Maldives seascape. Three meals a day will be served in addition to snacks. The Chef creates a varied menu of Chicken, Vegetables, Curry, Pasta, Salads, Local and International dishes. A weekly barbeque will take place on a deserted island under the starry sky. Dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice. Water, tea and coffee are available free of charge. Adult beverages and soft drinks are available for an extra fee.

LOWER DECK - TWIN/DOUBLE CABIN

Emperor Atoll has six twin or double en-suite cabins located in lower deck. Each has a full size double bed with a single bed above, air con and fan. Let us know if you need a twin or a double, all the cabins are made for maximum guest comfort.

  • Size: 7 m²
  • Beds: 1 Double and 1 Bunk
  • 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)

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • Pickup time at the airport is according to your flights.
  • Give yourself enough time to go through immigration and pickup your bags
  • Check in on the boat is according to your flights.
  • The boat departs Male in the morning on the following day During your trip
  • The vessel is equipped with European (2 pin) power sockets, UK (3 pin) power sockets
  • Accepted payment methods on board: VISA, Mastercard, Cash (USD), Cash (EUR), Cash (GBP), Cash
  • 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 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 INFORMATION

  • Emperor arrange transfers from the airport to the boat at 11:00, 13:00 and 16:00 and are free of charge. Guests who use the 11:00 transfer accept that the boat will not be fully cleaned or ready.
  • A light sandwich style snack will be provided for lunch. 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.
  • Guests arriving at Male Airport on the check-in day (usually Saturday) will be met by a representative, wearing an Emperor Maldives T-shirt and holding an Emperor Maldives sign. The meeting point is beside the Help Desk
  • If you are already in the Maldives, you should make your way to the airport for the 16:00 transfer.
  • The boat moors in port on arrival day and overnight, departing early on the morning following the check-in 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
  • Experienced divers can dive in a buddy pair unguided.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • 17 dives, Open Water
  • You should be comfortable with drift dives.
  • 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.
  • Welcome to one of the most appealing and dreamed dive destinations in the whole world, this is the Best of the Maldives, a week of wonderful liveaboard diving across Male and Ari atolls. Channels, drifts and pinnacles where you have every chance of meeting mantas, whale sharks and mesmerizing marine life of so many varieties
  • They 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 ready 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
  • Dive one of the best known dive sites Maaya Thila
  • 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
  • A night dive from sheltered moorings is a main part of your itinerary
  • Experienced divers can dive in a buddy pair unguided.

TRAVEL PROGRAM

On this route you will go on a manta and whaleshark hunt in the North & South Ari Atolls having crossed over from Male

DAY 1

  • Transfer to the boat Check in Meet the crew Welcome briefing Assign cabins
  • Prepare equipment
  • Snacks and dinner on board
  • Sailing very early next morning

DAY 2 - 6

Dive, Eat & Sleep for next days First day of diving is check dives in the morning Exact dive sites will vary depending on diver experience levels, local conditions and where the best sightings have been. On this route you will go on a manta and whaleshark hunt in the North & South Ari Atolls having crossed over from Male. Exact dive sites will vary depending on diver experience levels, local conditions and where the best sightings have been. They 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 Pelagic Magic gets you face to face with the famous whale sharks of Ari Atoll. As this itinerary devotes more time here, you are certain to get your whaleshark fix at Maamagili. Iconic dive follows iconic dive as you sail from Male through North Ari and then onto South Ari; your log book will fill with shark and manta sightings as well as outstanding reef dives. Then grab your snorkel and splash in to float only feet away from graceful whale sharks. Pelagics of all shapes and sizes await. The pelagic sightings start right from the beginning. Manta Point (otherwise known as Lankan Finolhu) is a cleaning station with reliable manta sightings. Just settle down and watch the manta swoop in. Hafsa Thila and Maya Thila are yet more iconic dive site where sharks are plentiful. Look out for baby white tips under the large table corals. But it is at night that Maya Thila really comes alive All your diving is made from dhonis or zodiacs to give precise entry and exits points. This is a great itinerary for everyone. No matter what your experience level this is a Maldives itinerary you can enjoy. There can be some drift diving so some experience of diving in currents in advisable. Don't forget to take your reef hook to make shark watching all the easier. Experienced divers can dive in a buddy pair unguided. Dive sites itinerary North Ari Atoll Ari Atoll (also called Alif or Alufu Atoll) is one of natural atolls of the Maldives. It is one of the biggest atolls and is located in the west of the archipelago. The almost rectangular alignment spreads the islands over an area of about 89x30 kilometres. It has been divided in two sections for administrative purposes, Northern Ari Atoll and Southern Ari Atoll. Hafsa Thila - Known for its grey reef shark cleaning station, this site is like fish soup. Pick the side with the current, drop in and swim through the fish until you see the pinnacle. If the sharks are already on top of the pinnacle then simply stay there mesmerised by the sharks in circle. Dog-tooth tuna, bonito and giant travelly shepherd the thousands of fusiliers, which creates quite a spectacle when the bonito finally decide to go for the kill and when the others follow suit you can feel the energy of thousands of fish accelerating in unison. Maaya Thila - Maaya Thila is one of the most famous dive sites in the Maldives and is known as a great spot for both daytime and night-time scuba diving. The marine life depends largely on the currents, which vary greatly; when the currents are not strong, it is an easy dive site, suitable for less experienced divers, but when currents are strong Maaya Thila is recommended for only advanced divers and they will need to use a surface balloon. Maaya Thila is most famous for the white tip reef sharks that can nearly always be seen here, both during the day and night. A night dive at Maaya Thila also allows divers to encounter moray eels, turtles, octopus and stonefish. Gangehi Kandu - Recommended only for advanced scuba divers, the Gangehi Kandu dive site is located in the northern part of the Ari Atoll. Currents here can also be an issue, and the site should only be dived when the currents are flowing into the site. Gangehi Kandu is known as one of the best dive sites in the Maldives for spotting sharks, including gray reef sharks, white tip reef sharks and the occasional leopard shark. Coral formations at this dive site are particularly colorful, and divers here can expect to see moray eels, nudibranch, mantis shrimp and trigger fish. Large pelagic species are also frequent visitors to the site. Maalhos Thila - Maalhos Thila is only suitable for experienced scuba divers because the best part of the dive site lies deeper than 25 metres. Maalhos Thila is an attractive dive spot, featuring several coral heads about 28 metres below the surface, all of which are covered with beautiful corals. Common visitors to the reef here include oriental sweetlips, white tip reef sharks and blue-lined snappers. Because of the strong currents at Maalhos Thila, a safety balloon must be deployed here to ensure the divers' safety. Mushi Mas Mingili Thila (Fish Head) - Fish Head, or Mushi Mas Mingili, is one of the most popular dive sites in Maldives. Prior to the site being declared an official Protected Marine Area by the Maldivian Government it was a common shark feeding spot among scuba divers. Marine life typically seen at Mushi Mas Mingili Thila includes gray reef sharks, white tips, napoleon wrasse, jacks and tuna. South Ari Atoll Ari Atoll (also called Alif or Alufu Atoll) is one of natural atolls of the Maldives. It is one of the biggest atolls and is located in the west of the archipelago. The almost rectangular alignment spreads the islands over an area of about 89x30 kilometres. It has been divided in two sections for administrative purposes, Northern Ari Atoll and Southern Ari Atoll. Maamigili Beyru - 11km of reef stretches along the south of Ari Atoll, which is home to whalesharks coming up for a feed. Thought to be a 'nursery' for whalesharks, the South of Ari Atoll is a place where you can find juvenile whalesharks all year round. Normally, if we find one, we snorkel with it but sometimes we get lucky and see them on the dive too! Rangali Madivaru - Madivaru is Dhivehi (Maldivian language) for Manta Point and Rangali Madivaru doesn't disappoint! As one of the best manta cleaning stations in the Maldives during the north east monsoon (December - April), this long stretch of reef starts at 8m going down to a sandy bottom at 24m - 30m. Teeming with cleaner wrasse as well at moray eels, scorpion leaf fish and lionfish. mantas come in for a clean after having a feed; and with the reef acting as one long cleaning station from 8m to 12m, this is a great site for getting photos of mantas with good light. Rahdhiga Thila - A beautiful pinnacle just 10 minutes from Rahdhiga Island and a popular stop for the 'BBQ on the Beach' under the stars. Rahdhiga Thila is impressive from the second you swim down to 30m to look at some grey reef sharks, then moving up to the overhangs with their beautiful dripping blue, yellow and orange soft coral between 8m and 18m. Then finish the dive at 3m to 6m with some impressive table-top coral for a pleasantly relaxing safety stop. Broken Rock - Named for a large broken rock at the center of this dive site, Broken Rock is home to a beautiful array of soft and hard coral formations that attract a wide variety of reef. Where the rock is broken, there is a channel that divers can swim through, giving the dive an interesting dimension. Broken Rock varies in depth from 40 to 100 feet. Sometimes, there can be very strong currents at Broken Rock, so divers should be cautious to avoid being thrown against the coral. Among the marine life often seen at Broken Rock, common sightings include the puffer fish, trigger fish, moray eels and napoleon wrasse. Kudarah Thila - Declared a "Protected Marine Area" by the Maldivian government, Kudarah Thila is a popular dive site which enjoys many incoming currents. Coral reef formations at Kudarah Thila are bright and colorful, including a variety of soft and hard corals. Thila means "Pinnacle" in Dhivehi, and at Kudarah Thila there are actually four pinnacles, which can be all visited in one dive. A swim-through at the south-east corner of the dive site makes this a particularly popular dive, as does the rich variety of marine life, which typically includes trumpet fish, snapper, gobies, dartfish, oriental sweetlips and groupers. A little further away from the reef, divers are likely to see gray reef sharks, napoleon fish and sea turtles. Pannettone (Kalhahandi Kandu) - Kalhahandi Kandu has earned the nickname Pannettone from the many Italian divers who believe it resembles the traditional Italian fruitcake. It is an attractive dive site, recommended mainly for advanced scuba divers, except for when the currents are not strong. There are some spectacular coral formations here, featuring a variety of soft and hard coral species, which attract a wide selection of fish including angelfish, basslets, butterfly fish, scorpion fish, trigger fish, puffer fish and . The corals here are in good condition and weather conditions at Pannettone mean the dive site can be explored year-round.

DAY 7

  • Last diving day 2 dives in the morning
  • Arrival in port after 4 pm
  • Dinner on board
  • Possibility to get off the boat for a look 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!

INCLUDED

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

NOT INCLUDED

  • Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox): EUR 143 per course
  • Full set of rental equipment including SMB and NO dive computer: EUR 248 per trip
  • Full set of rental equipment including SMB and dive computer: EUR 276 per trip
  • Materials, certification fees or equipment for courses
  • Rental equipment Courses Wifi (EUR 22 per trip)
  • Tips for the crew (recommended) (150 EUR per trip)
  • Soft drinks, alcohol

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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