Horizon III is a 36m long fiberglass twin-engine liveaboard yacht that is among the most respected and safest in the Maldives. You will venture away from the crowds to find some of the most incredible species of the Maldives. Head north to Baa Atoll for the annual manta feeding frenzy, journey south to Thaa for night time encounters with whale sharks and Felidhoo for grey reef and nurse sharks, venture to the Deep South for hammerheads, threshers and tiger sharks.
The award-winning Horizon crew have been employed for many years and create a great ambiance onboard. This is evidenced by a returning guest rate of 70%. So confident are they that their cruises will remain popular that every cruise is a confirmed departure. An experienced Ayurvedic therapist offers rejuvenating post-dive spa treatments and massages. There is an upper deck Jacuzzi where guests can relax. The 5 comfortable leisure areas, and the light and clean interior design, provide a ‘home from home’ atmosphere.
There are 12 comfortable en-suite guest cabins onboard, including deluxe cabins with sea views. The restaurant serves up delicious buffet spreads of Western and Asian cuisine, and the bar provides draught beer and a comprehensive drinks menu.
Diving activities are conducted from the accompanying and spacious 20 metre dhoni dive tender. It houses 3 compressors and the nitrox system, the weights, and diver equipment baskets, which removes a lot of clutter from the mothership. You will find a battery charging station onboard, warm water showers, and fish ID and dive reference books. Tanks can fit both DIN and international yoke valves, and are standard 12 litre and 15 litre sizes, air and nitrox. There are 4 experienced divemasters onboard the Horizon, providing one of the most attentive dive services in the Maldives.
Non-divers are welcome on the Horizon too. They can ask the crew or captain to take them to a local beach or sand bar for island hopping, participate in a free guided snorkel tour, read books, play cards or chess, or watch TV in the lounge, try fishing, relax in the Jacuzzi or enjoy a therapeutic massage. So why not come and experience a scuba diving holiday in the Maldives like no other with the Horizon III.
Notes: If you are short of time, Horizon could be the right choice for you. The liveaboard allows guests to pay for a speedboat transfer to or from Male and join or leave the cruise at any time. This means you can schedule a 3 night Maldives mini-safari at any time.
Dive experience: You should be Open Water certified (required) and have a minimum of 30 logged dives (recommended) to join a trip in the Central Atolls. You must be Advanced Open Water certified and have a minimum of 50 (recommended, 40 required) logged dives to join the Deep South tours.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, coffee, tea, drinking water, fishing, local airport transfers, dives (as detailed in the trips above), English speaking divemasters (max. 6 divers per guide), guided snorkelling tour, tanks, weights and weight belts, 16% GST on cruise price, 10% cruise service charge.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental (BCD, regulators, dive computer and SMB: US$ 255 per week, mask/fins US$ 30 per piece per week, wetsuits are not available), diving insurance, US$ 5 island fees for BBQ, Green Tax (US$ 6 per person per night). Unless otherwise stated, all listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash - EUR/USD - or credit card - VISA/Mastercard).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 112 per week), 15 litre tank (US$ 50 per week), torch (US$ 8 per dive; Keldan professional lights also available), Tiger Zoo dive fee (US$ 30), Ayurveda and massage sessions, Addu Nature Park entrance fee (optional). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Horizon's liveaboard trips usually depart from Male amd operate from Sunday to Sunday. For more information see our How to Get to the Maldives section. A boat representative will meet and greet you at the airport, wearing a Blue Horizon Shirt. You will then be transferred to the boat by dhoni. Boarding is at 11:30 am, and once everyone is onboard the yacht will depart at 12 noon.
If you arrive early and do not want to wait, you can drop your luggage at the airport and visit Male City or Hulhumale and get back to the airport around 11 am. If you stay in a hotel in the Maldives the night before the cruise, we recommend asking your hotel to drop you to the airport by 10:30 am near Burger King where one of the boat staff will meet you. Please let us know which hotel are you staying at so that we can also contact the hotel to ensure your transfer is on time.
The last dive of the trip is 7 am on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. Disembarkation is at 7 am.
For cruises in the outer atolls, local ports are used and domestic flights are often required. We will send you the additional details for these trips, but the standard times are - 11:30 am (for boarding) and 5:30 am (after disembarking).
Non-diver rate: Discount of US$ 15 per night off the full published price.
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: Pay for 5 guests and 1 additional person can join the cruise free of charge (does not apply to trips on special offer).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 19 guests and 5 additional persons can join the cruise free of charge (total 24 guests).
There are 12 cabins onboard the Horizon - on the upper deck there is 1 Master cabin and 2 Deluxe cabins, each with a queen-size double bed. On the main deck there is one small standard double/twin bed cabin and on the lower deck. there are 8 standard cabins twin beds, double beds or twin bunk beds. All cabins have private bathrooms.
All the cabins have:
Remote control air-conditioning
Private bathroom with hot water shower
Hand basin, hand wash and towels
Portholes (lower deck), windows (upper deck)
Wardrobe, shelves and mirror
Smoke detector, life jackets and fire extinguisher
Bedding and luggage space
UK-style mains outlets 220 volts/AC 50Hz - 24 hours per day
"I was not satisfied with the facilities and services provided by Blue Horizon.
1. Staff turned up 40 minutes late at pick-up time; no explanation was given when the staff finally arrived.
2. The boat floor was sticky.
3. No water supply for a few times and the water pressure was often so weak.
4. The air-conditioner broke during one night and we were forced to sleep outside.
6. We should have made a night dive but the staff told us the night dive would not be provided as there was no mantas at night; it was so ridiculous!
7. Our diving guide gave a very basic service for us underwater, and there was drift diving.
However, the food quality was fine and many of the staff were nice.
" - Vincent Ma, Hong Kong, 8 October 2023 ...
"The Horizon 3 ship is well designed, spacious and bright. The crew seemed very good and all tasks seemed to be done as needed.
The food was good but might have been a little more spicy or perhaps some special national dishes? Room care was good. The group of guests could have mixed more The ship and its maintenance are good It's a good design - better than a lot of the other live-aboard ships I saw." - MURRAY PARSONS, Sri Lanka, 25 July 2023 ...
"The whole week went well. The boat was good, the food varied and excellent and we had plenty of room being only 8 passengers out of 22. However, on the Saturday no activity was organized (snorkeling, possibly one or two dives in the morning). We all stayed on the boat waiting for any information. We were also extremely disappointed with the organization of internal flights and we had to spend a whole day in Male where there is absolutely nothing interesting to visit. Dive The World were very good, available, responsive and competent." - Ottet, Switzerland, 25 March 2023 ...