MV Adora, built in 2014 is one of the newer Maldives liveaboards although it is operated by a long-established Maldivian dive company, with many years of experience operating diving charters. The stylish and stable 37m long Adora normally runs 7 night tours around the central atolls with a maximum of 21 guests on board.
MV Adora boasts 4 decks of comfort with plenty of space in which to relax and chat to other guests. The saloon/dining area is the main social spot with air-conditioning, comfortable sofas, large picture windows and a bar. Here you can enjoy the TV, DVD, music system and computer plus the books, magazines and games and the free Wi-Fi internet. There is another bar located on the large sundeck so you can enjoy sunset views with a little tipple. The sundeck is very spacious and has ample built-in comfortable bench seating both in the sun and shade.
Diving is conducted from the 20m dive dhoni which has spaces for 30 divers and has the added convenience of a fresh water shower and toilet onboard so you can rinse off and relieve yourself quickly after you surface. Complimentary nitrox is available and tanks are filled on site in the dhoni, so you can relax in peace and quiet on the mothership.
To add that little bit of extra luxury all the ensuite cabins, including the Superior single cabin, are equipped with TVs with movie and music channels plus a minibar. Spaciousness and modernity are 2 of the things that set Adora apart from many other liveaboards. It is purpose-built to meet the needs of scuba enthusiasts coming to the Maldives to eat, sleep and dive.
Dive experience: Southern Atolls trips require Advanced Open Water Diver and 100 logged dives, all other itineraries 25 logged dives.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, Male sightseeing tour and island visit, return transfers to the boat from the local airport (on the scheduled dates), Southern Atolls trips fuel surcharge, one way flight tickets (when itinerary requires: Male<->Addu, Male<->Thaa, Male<->Dharavandhoo), dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (7 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weight belts, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, and Hanifaru Bay park fee (if applicable), use of fishing gear, Green Tax, 12% GST on cruise price.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 375 per week (includes dive computer), dive insurance. Surcharge for Christmas & New Year (25 and 31 Dec cruises) US$ 30, to be paid in advance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, torch (US$ 8 per day), dive computer (US$ 12 per day), 15 litre tank (US$ 18 per day), additional dives (US$ 65). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: The MV Adora liveaboard departs from Male for central trips and from Gan for southern itineraries. Embarkation is at noon, and disembarkation at 9 am. The first and last nights of the cruise are spent in the harbour. For more information see our How to Get to the Maldives section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 3 pm on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: US$ 20 per night off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): There is a Deluxe single cabin (with a double bed but for single use). If this is unavailable, the single supplement is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 65% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 8 guests and receive 5% off the total cruise price. Pay for 11 guests and 1 extra person can join in the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 12 guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 18 guests and 3 additional persons can join the cruise in Standard cabins free of charge.
MV Adora has 11 cabins all with air-conditioning and private ensuite bathrooms. There are 6 Standard cabins on the lower deck, 4 with a double bed and single bed side-by-side and 2 with 2 single beds side-by-side. There is 1 Superior single cabin (with double bed but for single use) on the middle deck. On the upper deck there are 4 Ocean View cabins with double bed and single bed side-by-side.
All the cabins have:
Private bathrooms with hot water showers and hand basins
Windows (small ones in lower deck cabins)
Bedding & towels provided
Cabinet, shelves & mirror
TVs with movie and music channels
Space for luggage
24-hour, 220v electricity supply
3-pin square pin plug types - adaptors are available
Enriched air nitrox - Motorised dhoni dive tender - Dive deck - Saloon/ dining area with well-stocked bar, TV, DVD, music system and computer - Internet - Library with diving magazines, novels and fish ID books - board games and cards - open-air shaded area - sundeck with bar and ample in-built bench seating.
Diving is conducted from the 20m dhoni tender. The dhoni is equipped with a toilet and shower as well as ladders and rinse tanks. The dhoni also houses the compressors so the main boat remains quiet even when tanks are being filled.
You can enjoy 3 meals a day on the MV Adora dive cruises, consisting of a balance of international favourites and local cuisine with Maldivian, Indian and Sri Lankan influences. Following each dive you can expect tasty snacks such as biscuits and fresh coconuts.
The cook caters for international and local cuisine.
Main meals include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between.
Snacks are available all day and consist of biscuits, toast and fruit.
Tea, coffee and drinking water are complimentary.
Beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks and juice are available for purchase onboard.
Menus are not fixed and meals are served buffet style in the dining area.
Special diets, including Halaal diets, are catered for with prior notice.
Each week includes an island BBQ weather permitting
"The Adora boat was amazing. The beds were super comfy, rooms spacious with a full bathroom, big windows and private balcony! People we allowed to smoke everywhere on the boat which was annoying. Overall though, the Adora was great. Loved the boat, loved our dive guide." - Wendie Gibbons, Canada, 16 January 2018 ...
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