Blue Shark One is a 30m wood-hull liveaboard boat that takes up to 16 guests to the best dive spots in the Maldives, whether it’s around the central, northern or southern atolls. The boat is powered by a Yanmar 350 PS engine and can cruise at 10 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 also 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 Lavazza coffee machine and a bar with chilled beer on tap.
Guests are accommodated in 9 double/twin cabins with private bathrooms on the lower deck that is wood panelled throughout. 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, 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. Blue Shark’s dive cruises are often attended by a member of the Maldives Whaleshark Research Programme, who provide fascinating insights and marine presentations.
Non-divers will have a great time too. They can go snorkelling whilst others go scuba diving, or use the onboard stand-up paddleboard (SUP) or sea kayak to explore the sand bars. Frequent beach excursions are arranged, and there will be sunset drinks on deserted islands, and a weekly beach BBQ.
Dive experience: Maldives Central & Northern Atolls trips: at least 10 logged dives required, Maldives Northern Atolls: at least 30 logged dives required, Maldives Southern Atolls: Advanced Open Water Diver and at least 50 logged dives required. All other destinations require Advanced Open Water Diver.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner (1 deserted island BBQ, weather permitting), snacks, hot drinks (excluding Lavazza), drinking water, transfers to the boat from the airport, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English speaking divemasters (8 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weight belts, 12% 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$ 290 per week), dive insurance (you will need to bring proof of this with you to show the guides when you check in), Green Tax (US$ 6 per night), 10% service charge on any items paid on board. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival, with equipment ordered in advance (cash only in Euros or US dollars).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, Lavazza coffees, 15 litre tanks (US$ 50 per week), torch (US$ 7 per day), tiger shark feed dives (led by local dive centre US$ 50 each), underwater camera, 10% service charge on any items paid on board. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Blue Shark One 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 service starts at noon when you will be met by a representative holding an Eco Pro Divers Maldives sign in front of the arrivals exit door. Later arrivals will be collected upon their arrival.
The last dive of the trip will be at around 9 am on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. Disembarkation is between 7-9 am.
For more information see our how to get to the Maldives section.
Non-diver rate: Non-divers receive a 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, pay a supplement of US$ 200 on the published price of a Standard cabin (1 cabin available) or pay a supplement of 50% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 8 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 9 guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 14 guests and and 2 additional guests can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge. Max. 18 guests on full charters.