OCEAN SAPPHIRE I CENTRAL ATOLLS I 2019 I MALDIVES

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OCEAN SAPPHIRE I CENTRAL ATOLLS I 2019 I MALDIVES
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The Ocean Sapphire stands 3 decks tall; a beautiful and sleek yacht. With spacious cabins of maximum comfort, this beauty combines modern luxury and polished interiors of natural teak and pine. You can also pre book water sports equipment -jet skis, banana boat, wakeboard to add onto your adventure.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 18 Dives
  • Languages spoken - English
  • Central Atolls, north & south Male Atolls, Ari Atoll and Vaavu Atoll, in the summer months the Baa Atoll and the deep south Atolls
  • Amazing reefs, soft corals, drift dives
  • Turtles, mantas, whale sharks, hammerheads, thresher,  reef & guitar sharks
  • Non divers and snorkels welcome
  • Children welcome
  • Jacuzzi
  • Internet available 
  • Jet Skis Wake Boards
  • Photography facilities

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from a fully equipped Dhoni support vessel
  • Camera Charging Station, Camera Station
  • Tanks With Din Valves Din/Int Adapters Nitrox($)
  • Air-Conditioning Wi-Fi ($) Lounge/TV Area UK (3 Pin) Power Sockets
  • Snorkelling Wake boards Jet Ski Banana Boat Land Excursions
  • Food- Buffet Western and Local food Vegetarian Food water tea coffee included
  • Alcohol and soft drinks- available to purchase on board
  • Payments on board - Cash
  • Fire Alarm Fire Extinguisher Life Jackets Life Rafts Vhf Radio First Aid Kit Emergency Rafts
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OUR BOAT

The beautiful 35m Ocean Sapphire Liveaboard was custom built to deliver fantastic dive trips to some of the Maldives best locations. She is made to a high standard from wood and has a fully equipped Dhoni support vessel.

OUR CABINS

Ocean Sapphire liveaboard has 11 spacious cabins on board to cater to a maximum of 22 guests. Each cabin has air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms, the 4 top-deck double cabins also have bath tubs and big windows so you can enjoy the gorgeous view of Maldivian blue waters. These cabins are also equipped with TVs. 7 staterooms are located on the lower deck. All are en-suite and have individually controlled air conditioning. There are also wardrobes and safes in each cabin. Towels are provided in the cabins

AMENITIES

Guests will find ample space for relaxation, the air conditioned lounge and dining areas are located on the main deck of Ocean Sapphire. Here boat’s passengers can relax, watch TV or DVD. The boat has a perfectly equipped sun deck with sun loungers and jacuzzi. Spa facilities are available on board, but will need to be pre booked.

You can also pre book wake boarding, banana boat rides and jet skis.

DIVING WITH US

Diving will take place from the dedicated diving Dhoni, leaving extra room and quiet on board Ocean Sapphire. Offering 2 itineraries, guests can choose from the Best of Maldives or Magic of Mantas, both offering superb diving in the Maldives. Encounters can include beautiful corals, abundant schools of fish, whale sharks, hammerheads and of course - manta rays.

The Dive deck of Ocean Sapphire has all necessary amenities to make preparation for diving comfortably. Diving dhoni is equipped with Bauer compressor. There is also a possibility to use nitrox on board if you have EANx certification.

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 TWIN /DOUBLE CABIN – LOWER DECK

6 cabins on the lower deck are twins, 1 cabin can be converted into a family room for 3 people.This type of cabin is very spacious  and features include dressing table with chair, wardrobe, air-condition and ensuite bathroom / toilet. Towels provided

  • Size:  12m2
  • Beds: 2 Twins 
  • Max occupancy:  2/3 
  • Shareable:  Yes 
  • Private bathroom:  Yes 
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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SUITE CABIN – UPPER DECK

These 4 comfortable ocean view cabins are spacious with the curtains drawn back and the ocean in full view and features include dressing table with chair, wardrobe, air-condition, 40" LCD TV and ensuite bathroom with a bathtub / toilet. Towels provided.

  • Size:  14m2
  • Beds:  1 Queen 
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  Yes 
  • Private bathroom:  Yes 
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • For this route the boat leaves from Male and ends at Male
  • 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 transfer the airport 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 a person carrying an Ocean Sapphire 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 11:00
  • There is no diving on the first day
  • The boat departs Male 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 at 07:30 on the last day.
  • Scheduled group transfer back to Male airport is between 07:30 
  • Last possible check out is at 07:30 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. 
  • Decompression diving is not allowed in the Maldives

GENERAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Minimum 50 dives, AOWD or equivalent

Number of planned dives depending on the weather conditions are around 18 dives.

Currents in some areas of this route can be strong.

TRAVEL 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. 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, remember that the rental equipment, nitrox, other payments are made before the ship leaves port, the payments are cash. If you want to buy beers or wine for your trip on the boat you will have to tell the Cruise Director before the departure of the ship, buy and pay it at once, you can store the drinks in your cabin or in the boat's refrigerators.

DAYS 2nd to 7th Diving trip with full board and daily diving plan. You will have 18 dives in the most important dive sites on the area. On the 2nd last day in the afternoon you will arrive 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

Ocean Sapphire itineraries include all the best that Maldives has: central atolls, south and deep south atolls. Ari Atolls are famous for a variety of corals. Hammerheads and mantas are common for this area. One of the main attractions of diving in Maldives a chance of meeting whale sharks. These gorgeous animals can be spotted while diving near Vaavu Atoll. Also divers can see manta rays, threshers, and many more others during diving on central atolls. South and deep south atolls are known for unspoiled coral reefs. There is no such crowd here as on central atolls. Current are mostly strong that causes a big amount of fish.

Maldives are great at every time of the year. High season begins in November and lasts until May. Visibility is always from 15 to 30 meters. Water temperature is mostly stable. Explore Maldives on a board of comfortable modern liveaboard. 

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. It is a 7-night route including 6-dive days on board with embarkation and disembarkation at Male Airport (18 dives with 2 or 3 night dives).

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 guarateed 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

  • 7 nights accommodation Full board- Mineral water, Nescafe & tea
  • 6 days of diving (up to 3 dives per day, 1 night dive for each one week cruise)
  • 12 l tanks and weights
  • Dive guide
  • Scheduled group transfer airport - boat - airport
  • Fishing
  • Trips to the local islands and to the desert islands (some islands could require a small entrance fee)
  • Trip to Male

NOT INCLUDED

  • Green Tax - USD 6 per person per night (to be paid on board from August 2019)
  • Marine park and Port fees
  • International and domestic flights
  • Visa
  • Private transfer
  • Equipment rental
  • 15l tanks rental
  • Crew gratuities (Recommended)
  • Soft Drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Massages
  • Nitrox
  • Wifi
  • Diving courses
  • Extra dives
  • Trips to private islands (these islands usually require a small entrance fee)
  • Dinner with lobster (to be booked at least 1 week prior the beginning of the cruise)

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: 

  • If you cancel after booking is secured with payment a cancellation fee of 30% is charged
  • If you cancel 33 days before embarkation date or later (or in case of no show) a cancellation fee of 100% is charged

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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