MV Mariana is a comfortable and spacious 30m wooden-hulled Maldives liveaboard taking up to 16 guests around the best of the central Maldives atolls, as well as trips to the northern and southern atolls. Their variety of routes, as well as their specialty cruises for families and liveaboard novices, are factors that sets this operator apart.
Eco Pro Divers Maldives champion the philosophy of combining liveaboard diving with marine conservation. For this reason, they use drinking water produced by an osmosis and mineralizing system, refillable drinking water bottles, biodegradable shampoo and shower gel, reusable bamboo straws, they offer draft beer instead of cans, and many more. They have been involved in conservation for many years and pass a little of this knowledge to divers during the detailed briefings. Also, tours are regularly joined by employees of organizations such as the Maldives Whaleshark Research Programme and Manta Trust, who offer additional interesting presentations.
The liveaboard itself is a traditional safari boat that was launched in 2015. It has a total of 9 cabins, each with its own bathroom and individual-control air conditioning. The main deck offers a fan cooled dining room and saloon area, equipped with comfortable sofas and chairs, and a cosy bar offering a range of
drinks. It comes complete with audio-visual entertainment systems and a library of books. You can also enjoy paid use of the Wi-Fi on your device. Towards the rear of the main deck, meals are often taken in the open air at a large table with heart-warming views. On the spacious sun deck you will find enough deck chairs, beanbags and plenty of space to relax.
On the diving side you can enjoy the accompanying dive dhoni where equipment is stored and tanks are filled. It features both air and nitrox compressors plus oxygen, 15 litre tanks for rent, and warm water showers. Photographers will appreciate the camera rinse tank of the dhoni, plus the saloon’s charging station with individual compartments.
Non-divers will be occupied too. There is a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and sea kayak onboard ,and non-divers can go snorkelling whilst others go diving. Frequent visits to uninhabited island are organised for beach visits, and there will be sunset drinks, and a beach BBQ every week. For budget-conscious travellers, a week-long Maldives trip on board the Mariana liveaboard could be the best way to dive in paradise without breaking the bank.
Dive experience: Required: Maldives Southern Atolls trips: Advanced Open Water Diver and at least 50 logged dives, Maldives Northern Atolls: at least 30 logged dives, Maldives Central & Northern Atolls trips: at least 10 logged dives, all other trips require Advanced Open Water Diver certification.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks (excluding Lavazza), return transfers to the boat from local airport (until 12 noon), dives (as detailed in the trips above), 2 experienced English-speaking divemasters, tanks, weights and weight belts, trips to the local islands, 16% GST on cruise price.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (full set including SMB, reef hook and dive computer US$ 300 per week), dive insurance (you will need to bring proof of this with you to show the guides when you check in), Green Tax (US$ 6 per night), service charge (i.e. crew tips: US$ 105 per week), fuel surcharge (US$ 105 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only in MVR, Euros or US dollars).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, late boat transfers (US$ 15), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 90 per week), must be pre-booked), extra dives (US$ 45), 15 litre tank (US$ 90 per week), torch (US$ 7 per day), Tiger Zoo guide surcharge (US$ 50), underwater camera, 10% service charge on any items paid on board. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: The MV Mariana liveaboard normally departs from Male. The first and last nights of the cruise are spent in the harbour, so your flight can arrive in Male at any time on the first day. The earliest airport pick up time of the day is 8:30 am, when you will be met in front of the arrivals exit door by a representative holding an Eco Pro Divers Maldives sign. Boat transfers begin at 12 moon, and later arrivals will be collected at their respective flight times.
For more information see our How to get to the Maldives section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 9 am on the second last day of the trip. Disembarkation as at 7-9 am. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
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, reserve one of the 2 dedicated single bed cabins, or pay a supplement of 50% of the published price for a larger double bed cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 8 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 9-15 guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 14 guests and and 2 additional guests can join the cruise free of charge (max. 16 guests).
Mariana has 9 guest cabins. On the lower deck there are 1 cabin with a double and a single bed, 3 cabins with twin beds, and 2 single bed cabins. On the upper deck there are 2 cabins with a double bed and single bed, and 1 cabin with a double bed. Each cabin is equipped with a private bathroom.
All the cabins have:
Portholes on lower deck, windows on upper deck
Private bathroom with hot water shower
Hand basin, toiletries, towels and bathrobes
Cabinet, shelves and mirror
Bedding and luggage space
3 square-prong mains outlet 220 volts - 24 hours per day