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EMPEROR VIRGO I NEW YEARS EVE I 26 DEC - 2 JAN 2021 I 7 NIGHTS I BEST OF THE MALDIVES

EMPEROR VIRGO I NEW YEARS EVE I 26 DEC - 2 JAN 2021 I 7 NIGHTS I BEST OF THE MALDIVES
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Sublime, luxury yacht known for its fun and social environment. 18 Guests will enjoy fine cuisine and a well stocked bar. Cabins are extra roomy, service is impeccable. WIFI. Free Nitrox, Re-breather friendly. Experienced and attentive staff on hand to help.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 Nights, 17 - 18 Dives
  • Languages spoken English
  • Diving with the finest liveaboard dive fleet - recent refurbishments on Emperor Virgo
  • 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
  • Rebreather friendly 
  • Free Nitrox
  • Rental equipment and dive courses available
  • Non divers get free snorkelling kit + $50 voucher to spend on board.
  • Mouth-watering cuisine with international dishes, 2 well stocked international bars
  • Desirable liveaboard for just 18 guests
  • Wi-Fi available

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from dhoni
  • Tanks With Din Valves Din/Int Adapters Nitrox (Free) Rental Equipment ($)
  • Battery Charging Station Warm-Water Showers Fish Id And Diving Books
  • Spacious Dive Deck 
  • Land Excursions Snorkeling
  • Air-Conditioning Wi-Fi ($) Lounge/TV Area UK (3 Pin) Power Sockets 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 Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed) Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon
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OUR BOAT

The boat's owner, Alex Bryant as well as the liveaboard Emperor Fleet are well-regarded in the liveaboard diving world and stand for highest quality and service standards both in their boats and in their professional crews.

The liveaboard Emperor Virgo is 105 feet (32m) long. The vessel is a popular luxury liveaboard with accommodation for 18 guests. You will cruise the heavenly atolls in style while being waited on by a crew dedicated to your every need.

CABINS

It offers newly refurbished 5 Lower, 2 Upper and 2 Main Deck cabins with Twin or Double bed options, Cabin #3 can be booked as a Triple. There are large panoramic windows in the Upper and Main Deck cabins. All cabins have air conditioning and hair dryers. 1 bath, sun deck & dive towels are provided for each guest.

AMENITIES

Throughout the liveaboard Emperor Virgo, your visual senses will be appeased with the light wood décor and ambiance. This liveaboard boat is known for its fun and social environment. The large air conditioned Saloon is welcoming and has comfy sofas. Between dives, snorkeling is always available, some of the entertainment includes movies, catching up on social media when Wi-Fi is available. Perhaps you are more inclined to lounging on the completely new sun shade area on the Sun Deck, creating more shade for guests to relax under or taking a nap in your liveaboard air conditioned cabin.

For 'happy hour' or after dinner, enjoy your favorite alcoholic drink from the new Bar installed on the Upper Deck, which has created a brighter, lighter, spacious open-air Rear Deck to enjoy your post diving 'Sundowner'. Toast to a wonderful day of diving with new friends as the sun sets over the magnificent Maldives horizon.

FOOD ON BOARD

The stylish Restaurant dining area offers superb culinary delights served buffet style. Staff aboard the liveaboard Emperor Virgo understand that food plays a crucial part in the satisfaction and enjoyment of your dive vacation. The liveaboard menu was designed by Divers, because they know which food will provide the best basis for enjoyable and energy-charged diving. 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 Virgo. Special dietary requests can be honored by stating your needs on the booking form. 

DIVING WITH US 

A dive holiday aboard the spacious and comfortable liveaboard Emperor Virgo will be a Maldives dream vacation. The liveaboard Emperor Virgo hits the seasonal hot spots of North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll and sails Down to the Southern most part of the atolls for Shark specials. Experience diversity with the many channels, drifts and pinnacles and encounter Manta, Whalesharks and Reef residents as you explore this underwater paradise. 

UPPER DECK CABIN - TWIN

Located on the upper deck, this cabin has a large window giving amazing views to the ocean and islands beyond. It has 2 single beds that can be joined together to make a Queen size bed. The cabin has air conditioning, private toilet and shower. It's also equipped with a reading lights and also fire detector and alarm system. Hair dryers are available onboard.

  • Size: 12 m²
  • Beds: Double or Twin
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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LOWER DECK CABIN - TWIN/DOUBLE

The cabin is located on the lower deck and has 2 single beds that can be joined together. The cabin has, air conditioning, private toilet and shower. It's also equipped with reading lights and also fire detector and alarm system (One of the lower deck cabins can host 3 people with the third person in a small bed - at a 30% discount). There are hair dryer onboard, just ask.

  • Size: 12 m²
  • Beds: Double or Twin
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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MAIN DECK CABIN - TWIN

The cabin is located on the main deck and has a large window giving amazing views to the ocean and islands beyond. It has 2 single beds that can be joined together. The cabin has air conditioning, private toilet and shower. It's also equipped with reading lights and also fire detector and alarm system. Hair dryers are available onboard.

  • Size: 9 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)
  • Pickup time at the airport is according to your flights. Give yourself enough time to go through immigration and pickup your bags
  • 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 and are free of charge

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • Check in on the boat is according to your flights.
  • The boat departs the port in the morning on the next day
  • 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 the afternoon on the second to last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is around 07:00 on the last day.
  • Transfer to the airport is offered (see what's included/not included section for potential charges)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Toiletries are not included

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Approx. 17 – 18 dives
  • Open Water
  • +30 Dives Recommended
  • Advanced or Deep Diver training is advised. Unpredictable and strong currents are to be expected in certain areas. If the Cruise Director feels some dives are too challenging, you may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives.
  • From January to April the clean ocean water flows in from the eastern side of the Maldives. That means currents running from Sumatra, Indonesia to the Maldives bring with them not just fantastic visibility up to 40m but also a variety of pelagic surprises coming to the reef for a quick feed
  • The Channel dives of the eastern coast of the Maldives are the main order of the day. These Kandus, as they are known in the local language (Dhivehi), attract grey reef sharks, dog tooth tuna and eagle rays as standard but look out into the blue and you never know what surprises await.
  • After the adrenaline pumping channel dives of eastern Maldives we cross over to South Ari Atoll to look for the whale sharks and mantas at Maamagili and Rangali Madivaru (Dhivehi for Manta Place).
  • In this itinerary you will visit other great sites such as Kudarah Thila and Kudimaa Wreck known for its potential leaf fish and frog fish.
  • All your diving is made from dhonis or zodiacs to give precise entry and exits points.
  • Experienced divers can dive in a buddy pair unguided.

PROGRAM

DAY 1

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

DAY 2 - 6

  • Enjoy your full board diving liveaboard.
  • During the trip we will dive the best dive sites in the itinerary

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.
  • Transfer to the airport

DIVING AREAS

    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.

    South Male Atoll

    • The Male Atoll is divided into 2 sections, the North Male Atoll and the South Male Atoll. They are both located on the eastern side of the Maldives. The South Male Atoll is home to a number of tourist resorts and some of the finest scuba diving in the Maldives.
    • Kandooma Thila - A magnificent long thin pinnacle in the middle of a channel between Cocoa Corner and Kandooma Island Resort, this is one of the few channels in the Maldives where it doesn't matter which way the current is going - it will be a spectacular dive! Grey reef sharks, eagle rays are likely companions here. Due to its position in the channel, this is a dive site for advanced divers who understand the current. Magnificent overhangs with draping colourful soft coral and shark cleaning stations await those who dive this challenging but rewarding dive site.
    • Kuda Giri Wreck - This beautiful 30m long wreck lies along the side of a small pinnacle in South Male Atoll, sloping from 18m down to 33m at the stern. A great dive for macro lovers with the wreck having leaf fish, false-cheeked pipefish and other interesting little creatures to entertain. Explore the wreck and then work your way over to the shallow pinnacle that has an interesting overhang and little swim-throughs as well as a good coral garden at 5m where you can finish your safety stop.
    • Cocoa Corner (Cocoa Thila) - Cocoa Corner is a dive site that can be explored in several different ways and with the right current and conditions, it's is the best shark show around Male Atoll. Many dive guides consider crossing from Cocoa Corner to Kandooma Thila. With the right current, divers begin the dive from Cocoa Corner and while maintaining a depth of 25 to 29 metres, they swim across the current while parallel to the edge at 40 metres. This gives a natural reference that divers are maintaining the correct position while crossing to the Thila and divers are not taken too far inside the channel. The Thila lies in the middle of the channel about 15 metres from the channel edge. Here, divers will see heaps of Grey Reef Sharks from big mother sharks to newborn babies patrolling the edge of the channel together. Eagle Rays and schooling Jack Fish are also common at the beginning of the Thila. By the time divers reach the Thila, their bottom time should be running out and the best thing to do is to swim to the top of the Thila and continue diving in shallower waters. A safety balloon is a must at Cocoa Corner and divers should be prepared to make an open water safety stop.
    • Guraidhoo Kandu South is sometimes also known as Guraidhoo Corner. Currents at Guraidhoo Kandu are strong, making this a dive site appropriate only for advanced, experienced scuba divers. Gray reef sharks are common visitors at Guriadhoo Kandu when the currents are incoming, along with several pelagic species and eagle rays. Divers should be very cautious at this dive site, as the currents can pull you away from the reef and there is often underwater turbulence.

    Vaavu Atoll (Felidhoo Atoll)

    • Vaavu (or Felidhoo) Atoll is an undeveloped paradise comprised of 19 beautiful isles and the natural atolls of Felidhoo Atoll and the Vattaru Reef. It is the smallest and among the least commercialised atolls in the Maldives. The pristine, warm waters here are teeming with fish and larger marine life providing superb diving for both beginners and advanced divers.
    • Fotteyo Kandu is a favourite dive site and is considered by some to be one of the best dive sites in the Maldives due to the vast array of marine life that can be found there. The channel is narrow and features swim-throughs, small caves and large overhangs. The drop-off at the channel entrance is covered in colourful soft corals. Titan triggerfish are common here along with grey reef sharks, white tip reef sharks, tuna and barracuda.
    • Bodu Miyaru Kandu, or 'Big Shark Channel', is another top dive site and certainly lives up to its name. Dropping in at the south eastern corner you keep the reef on your left until you reach the drop off at the channel entrance which is approximately 30 metres deep. This site features small caves and numerous overhangs, and there is a sloping section on the left side of the channel covered in hard coral and some soft coral.

    Meemu Atoll

    • Excellent Channel dives with outside walls draping in yellow soft coral and teeming with sharks.
    • Also visit the famous Muli Corner for a thrilling dive with great visibility and pelagic life.

    INCLUDED

    • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, snacks between meals and after dives
    • Weight Belt
    • Dive guides
    • Nitrox
    • Island Barbecues
    • Airport transfer to/from the boat at scheduled times (3 times a day)
    • Trip to Male city
    • If itinerary includes a domestic flight, it's included in the price
    • Green fees
    • Service fees
    • GST and service tax

    NOT INCLUDED

    • Flashlight: 83 EUR per week
    • 15L Tanks: 83 EUR per week
    • Advanced Open Water: 290 EUR per course
    • Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox): EUR 143 per course
    • Full set of rental equipment including SMB and dive computer: EUR 276 per week
    • Full set of rental equipment including SMB and NO dive computer: EUR 248 per week
    • Materials, certification fees or equipment for courses
    • Courses
    • Wifi: 22 EUR per week
    • Tips for the crew (recommended)
    • Soft drinks, alcohol

    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 and 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 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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