Built in 2019, MV Blue is a modern and sleek 41 metre long fibreglass hulled liveboard yacht that specialises in stylish Maldives diving cruises in the pelagic-rich southern waters, to Hanifaru Bay to witness the manta feeding frenzy, and the central atolls. To make your life easier, all itineraries begin and end in Male, so all logistical headaches including flights are taken care of.
22 guests are accommodated across the 3 decks in ensuite cabins, so you have the choice of premium ocean view cabins or economy lower deck cabins. There is a spacious lounge and an open-plan sundeck.
The dining experience is one of the main features on Blue, and the food served is a mixture of Japanese, Asian, European and Maldivian. The chef prepares breakfast, lunch and dinner, and all meals are served buffet style in the saloon or al fresco on the upper deck. There is a bar facility in the saloon that offers a choice of fresh fruit juice soft drinks, cocktails, liquors, wine and beer. There will also be a beach dinner when the weather and ocean conditions permit.
To enjoy the marine life of the Maldives safely, skillful dive guides are a must so experienced instructors are onboard at all times. Guests are usually split in to 2 or 3 groups and you will normally make a couple of dives in the morning and 1 dive in the afternoon. A specialised dhoni boat is used for scuba diving to keep the liveaboard dry, clean and noise-free. The dhoni is 22m with a 255 HP engine, nitrox and air compressors. There is a guest toilet and shower, as well as the usual safety equipment such as life jackets, first aid, and a defibrillator. The mothership also has a dedicated camera room.
Dive experience: Southern Atolls liveaboard tours: Advanced Open Water and 20 logged dives are recommended:. All other routes require an open water license.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, weekly beach BBQ, drinking water, hot drinks, Green Tax, transfers to the boat from the airport, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English speaking divemasters (5 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 (US$ 35 per day), dive computer (US$ 50 per week), service charge (i.e. tips, US$ 100 per week), Hanifaru Bay park fee (only when visited - US$ 20). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash USD or EUR, or bank card (4% charge)).
Optional extras: Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 70 per dive day), torch (US$ 10 per dive day), dive insurance.
How to get there: MV Blue liveaboard trips in the Maldives depart from Male for the Central Atolls, Kadhdhoo on Laamu Atoll for the Southern Atolls, and from Kaadedhdhoo or Kooddoo on Huvadhoo Atoll for the Deep South. The first and last nights of each cruise are spent in the harbour. Check-in begins at 11 am and continues all day. Check-out is at 7:30 am on the final day. For more information see our How to Get to the Maldives section. 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.
Non-diver rate: None.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travelers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 60% per trip for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 5 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise in a free of charge in the lowest price cabin (total 6+ guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 16 guests and 4 extra persons can join the cruise in a free of charge in the lowest price cabin.
There are 11 guest cabins onboard Blue. There are 6 lower deck twin bed cabins, 1 lower deck double bed cabin, 2 main deck double/twin bed Master cabins, and 2 upper deck double/twin bed Ocean view suites. Each cabin has a private ensuite bathroom and 2m long beds.
All the cabins have:
Individual control air-conditioning
Private bathroom with hot water shower
Hand basin, toiletries, towels and hairdryer
Portholes (lower deck), windows (main and upper deck)
Universal mains outlet 220-240 volts - 24 hours per day