Fascination is a charming 5 star luxury Falcon fiberglass hulled motor yacht. With twin 820 HP engines and a top speed of 20 knots, it operates week-long liveaboard diving cruises around the islands and atolls of central Maldives, Vaavu and Thaa atolls. At 20m long and taking just 6 guests, it is an ideal choice for small groups or families and special occasions. Built in 2008, Fascination used to be chartered by celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival, but now you can spend your vacation onboard this superb vessel, marveling at playful dolphins, groups of mantas and sting rays, majestic eagle rays, friendly sea turtles, harmless nurse sharks, curious blacktip reef sharks, the famous whale sharks, and multitudes of colourful fish.
On these highly personalised trips, you can swim in the turquoise crystal-like waters, sunbathe on white sand island beaches, visit local islands and fishing villages to discover the local culture and indulge in the Maldivian way of life. Surfing, wakeboarding, fishing can also be pre-arranged for guests.
The top qualified chef will introduce you to Maldivian cuisine, as well as a few international dishes. Typical food includes grilled fish, fresh vegetables, calamari and lemon rice, Asian fish soup, chicken curry and steamed rice, coconut tuna salad, tuna sashimi, fresh fruit. You can also enjoy the homemade bread and cakes, which are baked every morning, and fresh desserts.
The air-conditioned saloon lounge on Fascination has a cozy atmosphere and is furnished with a cream leather sofa and coral pattern designer cushions, and equipped with a TV and DVD player, CDs, films, music system, board games, wifi, a bar with a large selection of wines, alcohol and cocktails, a fridge with soft drinks, and an elegant dining table. Guest accommodations are 3 air-conditioned en-suite cabins below deck: one has a king-sized bed, and the other 2 have twin or double beds.
The outdoor area has a teak table and chairs with comfortable cushions, and a cream leather bench. Often meals are served here, weather permitting.
There are 2 staircases leading down to a large swimming platform with 2 hot fresh water showers and a swim ladder. The platform is now used for scuba diving activities. There is also a top deck sun lounge area.
The yacht has all the necessary safety and navigational equipment to assure you of a fun-filled and safe experience. This is includes a 16 ft / 5m accompanying tender, GPS/depth sounder, VHF/DSC/SSB radios, EPIRB, emergency oxygen, first aid, satellite and cellular phones, life jackets, fire alarm and extinguishers, bilge pump alarm, searchlight, and emergency flares. So all-in-all, you should be in safe hands and have an unforgettable and fascinating Maldives liveaboard adventure.
Dive experience: An Open Water Diver license is required to join Fascination's dive cruises.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner (1 deserted island BBQ, weather permitting), snacks, hot drinks, drinking water (1 litre per day), fishing, trawling, island hopping, 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, fishing, snorkelling, island and sand bank excursions, 12% GST on cruise price.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental (full set: US$ 300 per week), dive computer (US$ 100 per week), dive insurance, Green Tax (US$ 6 per night), 10% cruise service charge (i.e. tips). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash - Euros or US dollars, or credit card).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 80 per week), 15 litre tanks (US$ 50 per week), torch (US$ 10 per day), use of wakeboard. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Fascination uses the port at Male Airport for its Maldives liveaboard trips. 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. The airport meet -and-greet service runs all day as per scheduled guest flight arrival times; there will be a yacht representative with a board and photo of the the yacht Fascination. If all the guests arrive in good time, the yacht will depart to a nearby snorkeling area.
The last dive on the second last day of the trip will be arranged at an appropriate time for guests to safely board their flights. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. Disembarkation is at 10 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, or pay a supplement of 50% of the published price for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: None.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Multiply the above per person prices by 6.