Blue Shark II is a 32m wood-hull liveaboard boat that takes up to 20 guests to the best dive spots in the Maldives, whether it’s around the central, northern or southern atolls. The boat was constructed in 2008 and is powered by a Yanmar 350 PS engine and can cruise at 12 knots.
Blue Shark is a comfortable yet economy option for diving in the Maldives. The social areas include an air-conditioned saloon, as well as a partially shaded upper social area and sundeck replete with loungers and bean bags. The saloon acts as the dining area, where buffet style meals are served, and features an entertainment system and a library of books. There is also a coffee machine and a bar with chilled beer on tap.
Guests are accommodated in 10 double/twin spacious cabins with private bathrooms on the lower and upper decks. All cabins offer both air-conditioning and fans for personal comfort. Cabins are stocked with biodegradable shampoo and shower gel, and guests are issued with a refillable aluminium water bottle for the duration of the trip and metal drinking straws in order to reduce waste. You can also make use of the onboard wifi for cruise connectivity from your cabin or from the social areas onboard.
All diving activities are conducted from the accompanying 60 ft (18m) dhoni, where equipment is stored and tanks are filled. It features the tank compressors, free enriched air nitrox for EANx-certified divers, plus emergency oxygen, camera storage and rinse tanks. There is also a camera rinse tank on the dhoni so that underwater photographers can keep their equipment in tiptop condition between dives. Non-divers will have a great time too. They can go snorkelling whilst others go scuba diving. Frequent beach excursions are arranged, and there will be sunset drinks on deserted islands, and a weekly beach BBQ.
Dive experience: Divers must have: at least 30+ logged dives. Advanced certification is recommended. Anyone failing to meet these criteria can take the advanced open water course onboard.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner (1 deserted island BBQ, weather permitting), snacks, hot drinks, drinking water, boat/airport round trip transfers, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English speaking divemasters (8 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weight belts, 10% service charge (i.e. tips), 16% GST on cruise price.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental (full set including SMB, reef hook and dive computer US$ 240 per week), dive insurance (available onboard), Green Tax (US$ 6 per night), fuel surcharge (US$ 15 per night). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival, with equipment ordered in advance (bank card or cash in Euros or US dollars).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, coffee machine, 15 litre tanks (US$ 90 per week), torch (US$ 7 per day), tiger shark feed dives (led by local dive centre US$ 50 each), underwater camera. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Blue Shark II normally uses the harbour at Male Airport as its port for liveaboard cruises. The first and last nights of the cruise are spent in the harbour. Your flight can arrive in Male at any time on the first day. Airport meet and greet and check-in service starts at 12 noon when you will be met by a liveaboard representative in front of the arrivals exit door according to your flight arrival time.
The last dive of the trip will be early afternoon on the second last day of the trip. Disembarkation is at 7 am. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
For more information see our how to get to the Maldives section.
Non-diver rate: 10% discount from the published rate.
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 US$ 30 per night for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 5 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 6+ guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Approx. pay for 17 guests and and 3 additional guests can join the cruise free of charge.
On the lower deck there are 7 cabins with a lower double bed and upper single bed, and 1 Super Deluxe cabin with a double bed. On the upper deck there are 2 Deluxe cabins with double beds. All the cabins have en-suite bathrooms.
All the cabins have:
Individual controlled air-conditioning
Portholes on lower deck, windows on upper deck
Private bathroom with hot water shower
Hand basin, toiletries, towels and beach towels
Wardrobe and mirror
3 square-prong mains outlet (UK style) 220 volts - 24 hours per day
"We saw magnificent underwater wildlife diving from Blue Shark in the Maldives earlier this month. That was the main purpose of the trip and it met or exceeded expectations. Other than the diving, we were completely spoiled with excellent food, clean cabins, nice dive guides, etc.
There was one tiny mishap in that I missed out on one dive due equipment failure just before the dive, so that it couldn't be replaced in time. But that one small bit in an otherwise great week of diving was not very important." - Peter Klaver, Netherlands, 28 March 2022 ...
"Very friendly and helpful staff that tries their best." - Marcin Pawel Reif, Poland, 14 February 2022 ...
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