M/Y Moonima a independent liveaboard motor yacht of Maldivian construction of 30 meters that has a cruising speed of 9 knots. This means you can have easy access on dive safari holidays to some of the best atolls in the Maldives. The yacht was completely renovated, making it more eco-conscious than before, and relaunched in 2015 and it is now under new European management.
Moonima operates in and out of the port of Male and runs liveaboard diving and snorkelling cruises mostly around the central atolls but some trips venture a little further south or a little further north. All 10 of the cabins onboard the Moonima are spacious and 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. Enjoy 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 higher-end option and a comfortable liveaboard, it is a great value-for-money holiday choice. You might arrive as a guest but you will leave as part of the family!
Dive experience: On Southern Atolls trips in the Maldives: Advanced Open Water Diver and at least 50 logged dives are required; on Northern Atolls safaris in the Maldives: at least 30 logged dives and Open Water certification are required; Central & Northern Atolls trips: at least 10 logged dives and Open Water; 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), 2-3 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), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (for bookings made until 31 Dec 2022), 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 (for bookings made from 1 Jan 2023: 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: 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. 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 yacht 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 tour. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. Check out and transfer to male Airport is at 7-9 am.
Non-diver rate: 10% discount.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin, book the smaller budget cabin (cabin number 4), or pay a supplement of 50% of the published price for their own larger cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: For every 8 paid guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise free of charge.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): For every 16 paid guests and 2 additional persons can join free of charge.
There are 10 cabins on Moonima, all with private bathrooms, only 9 of which are occupied per cruise. There are 7 standard cabins on the lower deck - 5 that have a double bed and single bed (side-by-side) and 2 that have a double bed only. There are also 3 cabins on the upper deck with double beds.
One of the lower deck cabins (cabin nr 4) is smaller, without a lot of storage space, and has a double and single bed. It is in the bow of the yacht and has steps in to the cabin. It can be used as a single occupancy cabin or by close friends on a tight budget.
Enriched air nitrox - Charging station and special photographer storage space - Indoor air-conditioned dining area with bar, shop and water dispenser - Saloon with TV, video, movie library & music system - Free wi-fi 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 fruit.
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 are complimentary.
Beer (on tap), wine, spirits, Lavazza coffee, 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