The Maldivian Dream is a 31 metre long liveaboard that specialises in extended economy cruises of 9 or more nights around the central and southern atolls. All trips depart from Male which most often avoids the need for a domestic flight at extra cost.
The motor vessel was built 2006 and refurbished 2019, and a maximum of just 18 guests are accommodated in 2-share cabins with en-suite private bathrooms on the lower and upper decks. Cards and board games are available for rainy days in the air-conditioned lounge. Meals are buffet style, with a mix of international cuisine, vegetarian-friendly choices. rice or pasta, vegetables, meat and fish.
On the operator's more attractive features are the choice of extended liveaboard routes, allowing guests to relax with more time to enjoy each atoll. There is a 9 night Central Atolls route, diving in North Male, South Male, Felidhoo, Ari and Rasdhoo atolls, and a 14-night 8 Atolls route to North and South Male, Ari, Felidhoo, Meemu, Thaa, Laamu and Gaafu atolls. The minimum number of dives are guaranteed but if weather allows, they always go the extra mile!
Diving is conducted from a separate19 metre dive dhoni boat that houses all the noisy mechanical equipment such as S80 and S100 Catalina tanks, compressors, and the membrane system that delivers free nitrox for enriched-air nitrox certified divers. The diver-to-guide ratio is 6:1, meaning quite small groups for the Maldives. There are always at least 2 instructors on each trip and nitrox courses are available onboard. Senior management are present on each cruise, bringing with them plenty of experience managing liveaboards in Egypt, Sudan and the Maldives, and delivering plenty of happy divers.
Dive experience: Open Water Diver, Enriched Air Nitrox certifications and a minimum of 30 logged dives are recommended for central atolls safaris. Advanced Open Water and 100 logged dives are required for southern and deep south cruises. Open Water Diver, Enriched Air Nitrox and 100 logged dives are required for the southern atolls. No beginners allowed!
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, complimentary glass of wine with every dinner, round trip transfers to the boat from the local airport, dives, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, experienced English speaking instructors (max. 6 divers per guide), S80/12 litre tanks, weights and weight belts, Green Tax, 16% GST on cruise price.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (incl. SMB, dive computer and reef hook (to be booked in advance): 9 night - US$ 377 , 14 night - US$ 485), reef hook, SMB, dive insurance (available for purchase onboard). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only - EUR, USD).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, other alcoholic drinks, S100/15 litre tank (9 night - US$ 86 , 14 night - US$ 140), torch (US$ 11 per day). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Maldivian Dream liveaboard safaris normally departs from Male Airport (MLE). Guests will be met at the airport at 1 pm and transferred to the boat for immediate departure. The last dive of the trip will be at around 10 am on the second last day of the trip then the boat will return to harbour. Guests will disembark at 7 am on the final day and be transferred back to the local airport. Late disembarkation is allowed until 11 am. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. For more information see our How to get to the Maldives section.
Non-diver rate: 15% discount.
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 80% of the safari price for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 6 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise free of charge (total 7+ guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 16 guests and 2 extra persons can join free of charge (18 guests).