M/Y Moonima is a recent addition to the budget Maldives liveaboard diving scene. This wooden motor yacht of Maldivian construction of 30 meters has a cruising speed of 12 knots. This means you can have easy access on dive safari holidays to some of the best atolls of the Maldives. Moonima was completely renovated and relaunched in 2015 and is now under new Italian management who operate the excellent Sachika.
Moonima operates in and out of the port of Male and runs liveaboard diving cruises mostly around the central atolls but some trips venture a little further south or a little further north. All 8 of the spacious cabins onboard the Moonima have ensuite bathrooms as well as offering individual air conditioned comfort to the guests.
Further facilities onboard this liveaboard include 3 spacious sundecks for topping up your tan, a bar, dining area, and a saloon with DVD/TV entertainment. You can purchase internet access on the Wi-Fi router for your devices. Divers will appreciate the 12 and 15 litre tanks, fresh water showers and camera rinse tank on the accompanying dive dhoni. Your equipment and the compressors, with nitrox available, are kept on the dhoni, making the diving system on this Maldives liveaboard simple and keeping noise to a minimum. MY Moonima is not a deluxe option but as a budget but comfortable liveaboard, it is a great value-for-money holiday choice.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from Male Airport, dives (including 1 night dive), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (6-7 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weight belts, trips to the local islands and Maldivian Green Tax.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 35 per day), GST on all items and services purchased on board. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit cards).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 70 per person per cruise), additional 2nd night dive (cost dependent on number of participants), dive insurance (can be purchased on board), torches, dive computer, Wi-Fi internet (US$ 20 for 5 GB). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: M/Y Moonima liveaboard tours of the Maldives atolls depart from Male Town. The first and last nights of each cruise are spent in the harbour. Your flight can arrive in Male at any time on the first day. For more information see our How to Get to the Maldives section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 09:00 hrs on the second last day of the tour. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: None.
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 60% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Group discounts are available on request for groups of 10 or more. Please check with us.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): 2016: High Season - US$ 4,404, Low Season - US$ 3,670
Enriched air nitrox - Indoor air-conditioned dining area with bar, shop and water dispenser - Saloon with TV, video, movie library & music system - Wifi internet - Games, books and magazines - 2 Sun decks and shaded area with sun loungers and mattresses - Snorkelling
All the diving is done from the 10.5m Dhoni dive boat, equipped with rinse tanks, ladders and fresh water showers. The dhoni also houses the compressors so the main boat remains quiet even when tanks are being filled.
You can enjoy 3 meals on Moonima dive holidays, plus a pre-breakfast before dive 1. Meals consist of a balance of international favourites and local cuisine with Maldivian, Indian and Sri Lankan influences. Following each dive you can expect tasty snacks such as desserts and fresh fruits.
The cook caters for international and local cuisine.
Main meals include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between.
Snacks are available all day and consist of biscuits, toast and fruit.
Tea, coffee and drinking water (1 bottle a day) are complimentary.
Beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks and juice are available for purchase onboard.
Menus are not fixed and meals are served in the dining area or outdoors at the stern.
Special diets, including Halaal diets, are catered for with prior notice.
Each week includes an island BBQ weather permitting