Built in 2010, the Duke of York is a 36 metre long liveaboard operating diving cruises throughout the Maldives archipelago. The yacht is European-managed by one of the most experienced operators in the country.
All cruise routes are finalised according to the weather, the season, currents, and the prevailing ocean visibility, to maximise the chances of great underwater encounters at all the chosen dive sites. Dives are conducted from an accompanying 18m traditional Maldivian boat called a dhoni. This vessel is equipped with 3 compressors and a generator, a guest bathroom, emergency oxygen and safety equipment (radio, life jackets, fire extinguishers etc). As well as being the dedicated dive boat, the dhoni allows more space on the Duke of York for guest use. The boat is rebreather-friendly, and nitrox is free of charge for EANx-certified divers! Non-divers will have the opportunity of a free try dive during the safari! For additional guest safety, Nautilus Lifelines are available, as well as a defibrillator for emergencies.
The Duke of York liveaboard can accommodate up to 25 guests in 11 cabins, but normally there are no more than 20. Cabins feature stand-alone beds (no bunk beds), and each has its own private bathroom. One of the best features of Duke of York is that it has a single cabin - a rare find on Maldives liveaboard cruises!
There is an al-fresco, and an indoor dining area (used when it rains). Meals are served buffet style and the menu includes Italian, international and Maldivian cuisines, often using freshly caught fish, although the chefs are always willing to cook up something to satisfy any guest need. Once a week during an evening there is an island beach dinner. The indoor saloon also has a bar offering a wide choice of soft drinks and spirits, and a TV/DVD area furnished with comfortable sofas.
Duke of York has a spa room on the upper deck. The spa specialises in Ayurveda treatments, an ancient therapy that dates back over 6,000 years. Fresh oil and herb preparations are used to purify the body and relax the mind. A masseur is always at hand to meet your needs.
There are open-air social areas on 3 of the decks, furnished with sun loungers, bean bags, and deck chairs. The decks allow guests to enjoy the awesome scenery of the Maldives, both when sailing and while relaxing when the yacht is moored during surface intervals and at night.
Dive experience: Open Water Divers are welcome onboard.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, coffee, tea, drinking water, fishing, local airport transfers, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, dives (as detailed in the trips above), 4 English speaking divemasters, snorkelling guide, Nautilus Lifeline, tanks, weights and weight belts, 16% GST on cruise price. Free Discover Scuba Scuba Diving experience for non-divers.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (incl dive computer US$ 200 per week). dive computer (US$ 80 per week), dive insurance, Green Tax (US$ 6 per night), service charge (i.e. tips US$ 120 per week, paid in advance). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, beach dinner (approx. US$ 18), 15 litre tank (US$ 70 per week), torch (US$ 15 per dive), extra dives (US$ 40 each), private dive guide, Ayurveda and wellness treatments. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Duke of York's liveaboard cruises usually depart from Male. Boarding is flexible but usually starts at 11 am. Guests are transported from the airport to the yacht by dhoni. The boat departs from the port once all guests are on board. The last dive of the trip will be during the morning on the penultimate day of the cruise. Disembarkation is at 8 am. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
For trips that use ports in the Outer Atolls, the operator prefers to arrange the necessary domestic morning flights for clients. This is so that they can arrange for all guests to arrive at the same time and so the cruise can start at the earliest opportunity.
For more information see our How to Get to the Maldives section.
Non-diver rate: US$ 80 per week discount off the full published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): There is one cabin (cabin nr 4, lower deck) which can be reserved as a single cabin . Otherwise, this is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 80% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Third person sharing a cabin with 2 friends: US$ 1,550 per week. Child (2-11 years old) joining 2 adults in a cabin: US$ 450 per week.
Pay for 9 guests and 1 additional person can join the cruise free of charge (total 10+ guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 18 guests and 3 additional persons can join free of charge (total 21+ guests).
There are 11 cabins onboard the Duke of York. 3 on the upper deck - 2 with twin beds and 1 with double/twin bed. 8 on the lower deck - 3 are twin bed, 4 can be used as double, twin or triple share, and 1 cabin can be used for single occupancy. All cabins have private bathrooms.
All the cabins have:
Individual control air-conditioning
Private bathroom with hot water shower
Hand basin, toiletries, towels and bathrobes
Portholes (lower deck), windows (main and upper deck)
Cabinet and mirror
Fire extinguishers and life jackets
UK-style mains outlet 220 volts - 24 hours per day