Blue Force One is the perfect boat for you to enjoy your diving cruise without skimping on comfort and details. At 42 metres long, modern and spacious, it was awarded as the best built liveaboard boat in 2018 by the Maldives liveaboard Association. This stunning vessel focusses on the central atolls, but also runs regular trips to the south and to Hanifaru Bay in their peak seasons.
Guest accommodations for 24 passengers are of an excellent standard and there is a choice of twin or double beds, deluxe cabins, suites and junior suites. All cabins have complete fitted bathrooms, with the suites sporting private jacuzzi bath tubs for 2 people. Meals are served buffet style, outside when the weather permits. Spreads include vegetables, chicken, beef, fish, seafood, pasta, rice, soups, fruit, and ice‐cream.
Latest generation marine technology is evident in the lighting system – for the interiors, exteriors and underwater. There are 2 guest Jacuzzis – one in the bow and one in the stern, 3 sunbathing areas with sunbeds and mattresses (in the bow, stern and the upper bridge), and an open-air bar on the upper deck. The huge saloon has sofas, armchairs, a large TV with in house channels, PC (for photo editing), a boutique, and a music and movie system. For water sports, there is a kayak, fishing, paddle SUPs, and an inflatable Jobe banana boat. Non-diving activities also include fisherman village, island and sand bar visits.
Dives will be conducted from the dhoni, an 18m long auxiliary boat where the air compressors, nitrox membrane system and all scuba equipment are stored. The dhoni is completely independent from the Blue Force One mothership, and thanks to its better maneuverability it is quite easy to access the dive spots and to collect divers from the water. The boat is now equipped with Horizon Semi-closed Rebreather units for rent. If you are already Horizon-certified then take advantage of this opportunity to extend your dive times by more than 50% and see more underwater action. If you are not qualified then the course is also available onboard, so sign up now!
Notes: The minimum recommended age for diving is 15 years‐old. All under 15s who want to dive must hold the required certification and dive accompanied by a responsible adult.
Dive experience: These dive cruises are recommended for advanced or experienced divers with 50 logged dives. Except cruises that visit the Deep South - at least 50 logged dives are mandatory.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinking water, tea and coffee, return boat-local airport transfers, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (6 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weightbelts, dive insurance.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (full set US$ 170 per week), SMB (US$ 15 per week), dive computer (US$ 35 per week), Maldives GST (US$ 155), crew tips (US$ 130), Green Tax (US$ 6 per night), Hanifaru Bay MPA fee (when visited: US$ 20). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival, with equipment ordered in advance (cash in Euros or US dollars, or bank card).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 50 per week), 15 litre tank (US$ 35 per week), torch (US$ 10 per dive).
How to get there: Blue Force One departs on 1 week cruises every Saturday. If your trip departs from Male, one of the team members will be waiting for you at the airport’s arrivals hall, holding a Blue Force sign. You should aim to arrive before noon so that you can take part in the check dive that afternoon. However, it is still possible to arrive later and board any time on Saturday. If your trip departs from Kooddoo or Gan, you should aim to arrive at Male airport before 10 am so that you can take the domestic flight to the outer atolls. A team member will be waiting for you at the airport and escort you to the boat for departure in the afternoon.
The final dive of the cruise will be in the morning of the penultimate day, then the boat will cruise back to port in the afternoon. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. Disembarkation is at 7 am. If the cruise ends in Male, you can join a complimentary city tour on the Friday afternoon. If your departure flight from the Maldives is late on Saturday, it is recommended that you use a day hotel (which can be booked on arrival). If your port of disembarkation is Kooddoo or Gan, you will need to catch a domestic flight back to Male.
For more information see our How to get to the Maldives section.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 50% of the published price. Until 30 Sep 2020: Only US$ 500 supplement.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 7 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise free of charge in the lowest price cabin (total 8-13 guests), Pay for 12 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise free of charge in the lowest price cabin (total 14+ guests),
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 19 guests and 3 extra persons can join the cruise free of charge in the lowest price cabin.
Blue Force One has 12 cabins, all with ensuite bathrooms. On the lower deck there are 6 cabins with a double and single bed, and 1 Master cabin with a double bed. On the main deck there are 2 Master Suites with a double bed (jacuzzi for 2 people and sea views). On the upper deck there is 2 Junior Suites with a double bed and single bed, and 1 cabin with 2 single beds.
All the cabins have:
Individual control air conditioning
Sea-view windows (main and upper decks) or portholes
Full bathroom with toilet and hot water shower
Hand basin, toiletries, hair dryer and towels
32' TV (except upper deck cabin)
3-pin UK style mains outlet 220 volts - 24 hours per day