Built in 2019, Fun Azul II 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.
20 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 Fun Azul, 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.
Notes: Extra terms and conditions for new bookings during the COVID reality:
All tours departing until 31 May 2021 -
No deposit required. Full payment is required 30 days prior to the departure date. In case of cancellation within 30 days or thereafter for any reasons, credit note valid for 12 months for the future trip will be issued.
There is a social distance plan in place and maximum number of passengers are limited to 12 (normally 22 people in 11 cabins).No supplementary cost for a single use.
All tours departing 1 Jun - 31 Dec 2021 -
No deposit required. Full payment is required 45 days prior to the departure date. In case of cancellation within 45 days or thereafter for any reasons, credit note valid for 12 months for the future trip will be issued.
Dive experience: Unknown
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner (excluding first day), snacks, drinking water (1 bottle per day), hot drinks, glass of wine or soft drink with dinner, domestic flights and guesthouse accommodation when required during the package, 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 (BCD, reg, wetsuit, dive computer: US$ 10 each per day, mask/snorkel/fins: US$ 5 per day), dive insurance, Green Tax (US$ 6 per night), island charge for weekly beach dinner (US$ 2 - US$ 20), 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 bank card).
Optional extras: Additional soft drinks/drinking water and alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 20 per dive day), 15 litre tanks (US$ 15 per day), torch (US$ 10 per dive day).
How to get there: Cruises in the central atolls and northern atolls depart from Male. Boarding is at 7-11 pm, when the boat departs from port. Disembarkation is at 10 am. Male airport transfers to/from the boat are included.
Cruises in the southern atolls and deep south include the required domestic flights in their itineraries therefore these cruises also effectively begin and end at Male airport. If the boat departs from Male then boarding is at 7 pm for an 11 pm port departure. If the boat departs from one of the southern atolls then the first night will be spent in a hotel or guesthouse in Male so that you can fly early the next morning to the outer atolls, board the yacht, and begin the cruise. If the cruise ends in Male, then you will disembark at 10 am. If the cruise ends in the southern atolls, then you will disembark at 8 am in time for a domestic flight back to Male, where the trip will end at 2 pm at the latest. All local airport transfers to and from the boat, and from the Male accommodation where necessary, are provided.
The last dive on all trips will be at around 10 am on the second last day of the trip. Then the boat returns to port in the late afternoon. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
For more travel information see our How to get to the Maldives section.
Non-diver rate: US$ 200 discount from the published rate.
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 US$ 300 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): All tours departing 1 Jun - 31 Dec 2021 - Pay for 16 guests and 4 extra persons can join the cruise in a free of charge in the lowest price cabin.
There are 10 guest cabins onboard Fun Azul 2. There are 5 lower deck twin bed cabins, 1 lower deck double bed cabin, 2 main deck twin bed Master cabins, and 2 upper deck 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