EMPEROR VIRGO I 22 - 29 SEPT 2019 I BEST OF MALDIVES I MALDIVES

EMPEROR VIRGO I 22 - 29 SEPT 2019 I BEST OF MALDIVES I 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.



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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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 Laamu Atoll and ends in Laamu Atoll
  • The closest airport is Kadhdhoo Airport (KDO)

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • Transfer from the airport is offered (see what's included/not included section for potential charges)
  • Pickup time at the airport is according to your flights. Give yourself enough time to go through immigration and pickup your bags
  • You will receive exact meeting point instructions closer to the trip date directly from the Liveaboard
  • Check in on the boat is according to your flights.
  • The boat departs Laamu Atoll in the morning on the same day
  • The trip price includes the spectacular domestic flight connections from Male to the atoll where the yacht departs and from the atoll to Male after the safari
  • 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 Laamu Atoll in the morning 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

  • The trip price includes the spectacular domestic flight connections from Male to the atoll where the yacht departs and from the atoll to Male after the safari
  • After the booking, please provide us with your international flight connection to/from Male and we will arrange the domestic flight from Male to the atoll accordingly
  • For the schedule of the internal flights, you would see http://www.maldivian.aero
  • The boat moors in port on arrival day and overnight, departing early on the morning following the check-in day
  • 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
  • European round 2-pin electrical sockets using 220 volts AC 50Hz. UK 3 pin are available
  • Toiletries are not included
  • Wi-Fi and internet is available when a mobile signal is present normally only nearby or in port
  • Please check the dive experience required for this trip

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Approx. 17 – 18 dives, Advanced Open Water You should be comfortable with drift dives. recommended having advanced experience or taking your PADI Advanced Open Water course on board to maximise your enjoyment from the trip
  • Escape the crowds of the northern atolls and hang out in some of the least developed atolls in the Maldives. Laamu, Thaa and Meemu are uninhabited islands with pristine dive sites and less crowded
  • Great encounters with mantas, potential for whale sharks at night and hammerheads in the blue, plus a variety and an abundance of fish that will make your head spin! Hammerheads are often found in Thaa, as well as whale sharks who visit the boat at night, the lights from the boat attract the krill, which in turn bring the whales sharks in close to feed.
  • When the currents are running favourably, the channel dives here are outstanding and filled with life; schooling snappers, jacks, barracuda, white tips and greys, grouper, Napoleon wrasse, turtles, eagle rays and so many more.
  • All your dives will be guided by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide
  • Night dives available during the trip

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 - 6

  • Meemu Atoll Enchanting channels with pelagic action, sailfish, grey reef sharks, eagle rays and beautiful soft coral. Manta cleaning station. Here are some possible sites you may visit: Muli Corner is one of the top dive sites in the Maldives and is always good for a surprise! The channel corner slopes down from about 16m to the channel bottom at about 35m. There are small overhangs with soft corals. Here look out for leaf fish and ribbon eels. Once on the corner divers hook up at a depth at 26-28m and just enjoy the show. Tuna, jacks, white tip sharks and grey reef sharks come in quite close. Mantas, whale shark, bull shark and sailfish have been seen here as well. With the right current you will be in big fish country. Between April and October Muli Corner is also an excellent active manta cleaning station. Vanhuravalhi Kandu is a very narrow channel with its channel edge at about 28m and can be easily crossed if the current runs the right direction. Big swarms of big fish can be seen during the cross - big eye trevallies, barracudas, huge tunas and jacks, but the highlight is definitely groups of grey reef sharks. On your way to the other side you will pass small overhangs staffed with yellow soft corals. Finishing the dive in the shallow area at the channel corner with blue strip snapper, batfish and turtles. Kurali Kandu is a sandy channel with a maximum depth of 12-16m. Here you can find some smaller coral blocks, which appear to be cleaning stations for manta and other rays coming in for some cleaning. Raadbandhihuraa Kandu, a channel in the west of the atoll with an incoming current you will be swimming in fish soup with shoals of fusiliers, surgeon fish and snappers to name but a few. The reef slopes downwards in terraces with very healthy coral life mimicking a Japanese garden! Don't forget to glance out to the blue every once in a while, to check for sharks, tunas and jacks. Thaa Atoll Thaa Atoll is among the least visited dive destinations in the Maldives. This round atoll has a combined landmass close to 9 km, with no single island larger than a square kilometre. The mesmerizingly beautiful series of 66 tiny islands that make up the atoll are surrounded by spectacularly clear water with underwater wonders and beauty yet to be discovered. Some dives have strong currents, but this brings in the pelagic such as hammerheads, whale sharks and dolphins especially at night. Expect large reefs, coral gardens, steep walls and overhangs plus action packed channels. Advanced divers can explore deep, steep walls that are decorated with coral. Here are some possible sites you may visit: Dhiyamigili Corner is most probably the site with the highest chance of spotting schooling hammerhead sharks in the Maldives. Wake up early, head out into the blue and try your luck at spotting these majestic sharks. Dhigu Giri is not a dive site, yet a great place to spot whale sharks coming up behind the boat at night. The crew set out the big spot light, which attracts the krill, which in-turn attracts the whale sharks that come in for a midnight feed. Laamu Atoll Laamu Atoll is an oval shaped southern atoll. It measures 48 km in length and 35 km in width and has some of the top dive sites in the world such as Guraidhoo and Gan; this Maldives Atoll is situated 32 km south east of Kolhumandulu Atoll and 95 km north of Huvadhoo Atoll. Laamu Atoll boasts numerous pristine dive sites with many different features like caves, steep drop offs, swim-throughs, not to mention the abundance of marine life and beautiful topography. Expect beautiful fish-filled channels with great shark encounters. Here are some possible sites you may visit: Fushi Kandu has a fantastic channel with a relatively shallow entrance at 15m allowing for an extended channel dive, which permits crossing the channel to maximise the sightings. This dive site is commonly described as Fish Soup, and it rarely disappoints with its resident grey reef sharks, barracuda, big eye jacks, and abundant fish life. Laamu Manta Point; simply relax and watch these graceful beasts do a fly-by over your head to join the queue of Manta each waiting their turn for a clean-up from cleaner wrasse, resident to an active, nearby coral block.

DAY 7

  • 2 dives in the morning depending on guest flight schedules and the 24 hour requirement before flying.

DAY 8

  • Checkout and transfers from boat after breakfast

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, snacks between meals and after dives
  • 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

  • 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
  • Rental equipment
  • Courses
  • Wifi
  • 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: 

  • 25% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 84 days prior to arrival
  • 50% will be charged if you cancel between 84 and 56 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 56 days prior to arrival

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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