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At a glance...
- Cruises Maldives central and southern atolls
- Maximum of 16 guests only
- Cabins with private bathrooms, TV and DVD
- Outdoor dining area
- Plenty of open air social areas
- onboard spa therapist
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The MV Ocean Divine, previously known as the Ocean Dancer, is a luxury wooden hulled boat that provides an outstanding 5-star service, unforgettable meals and, most important, amazing Maldives liveaboard diving trips. With an expert crew and guides that have a wide knowledge of the country and its waters, high levels of comfort and service quality are key components of what makes their cruises special.
Sleeping 16 divers, the boat is beautifully appointed with a huge air-conditioned saloon, where there is plenty of lounging space with Balinese style furniture as well as all the entertainment facilities you could wish for, including large plasma TV, DVD player, music system, Wi-Fi internet facilities, books and games. The yacht also has a huge sundeck area and sunset lounge, fitted with sun loungers, bean bags and comfy furniture. There is a resident Indonesian therapist who will pamper you in the spa room. It has a professional massage table where Balinese, Thai, Swedish and oil massage are available.
The liveaboard cabins are of a similarly high standard, all featuring 1 double bed and 1 single bed, telephones and high-spec ensuite bathrooms. The Ocean Suites have the added luxury of panoramic views and the added luxury of a flat screen TV and DVD player for your in-room entertainment.
The cuisine combines Asían and occidental flavours, and a barbecue dinner under the stars is arranged every week. Meals are served in the open air at the stern of the main deck, otherwise in the indoor saloon area if weather dictates.
There is a 16 metre dive boat which accompanies the Ocean Divine, and which can whisk you to the Maldives dive sites in next to no time. All diving takes place from this accompanying boat, complete with its own compressors and nitrox system, so the dive deck on the Ocean Divine has been converted to a partially shared relaxation area, providing even more space for its guests. There is also a 5m 60 HP Lomac dinghy that is used for island and beach excursions.
Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...
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Dive experience: Only open water diver license required.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, coffee, tea, drinking water, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English speaking divemasters (6 divers per guide), SMB, reef hook, tanks, weights and weight belt, 12% GST on cruise price.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment US$ 200 per week (only BCD, regulator, wetsuit, diving computer and torch are available for rent), dive insurance, port and park fees (US$ 140 per trip), Green Tax (US$ 6 per person per night). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 70 per week), internet access. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Ocean Divine's liveaboard trips depart from Male. You will be greeted at the airport at 15:00 hrs for boarding at 15:30 hrs. For more information see our How to Get to the Maldives section. Deep South Atolls cruises occasionally use the port at Addu Atoll.
The last dive of the trip will be at around 11:00 hrs on the second last day of the trip, then the yacht will return to Male by late afternoon. Disembarkation is at 09:00 hrs. 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 US$ 1,000 for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: None.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 5 309.
Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 6 14 sqm cabins on the lower deck, each having a single bed and a double bed side-by-side. There are also 2 30 sqm double bed Ocean Suites with panoramic views on the upper deck. All rooms are en-suite (have private bathrooms) and can be used for double or twin occupancy.
All the staterooms have:
- Private bathroom with hot water shower
- Hand basin, toiletries, towels and bathrobes
- TV and DVD player (Ocean Suites only)
- Double and single beds
- Reading lights
- 3 square-prong mains outlet 220 volts - 24 hours per day
- Cabinet and mirror
- Fire extinguishers
No. of bathrooms / showers - 8 / 8 - hot water
Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew comprises:
- Cruise Leader
- 2 Cooks
- 2 Engineers
Enriched air nitrox - Air-conditioned saloon and dining area with video and wi-fi internet - Shaded open-air area - Sun deck - Sunset lounge
All of the dives are made from a fully equipped 16 metre dive tender so there is no need to shift scuba gear back and forth to the main boat. The Dhoni
tender is equipped with a camera table, rinse tank, wet suit dryer, and tea & coffee facilities.
Menu, Cuisine Type...
Food is given a high priority on the Ocean Divine liveaboard. Breakfast is served to order. Lunch is served buffet style, and dinner is a fine plated affair.
In addition to the meals there are mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks to make sure you never go hungry. A midweek BBQ ashore is always possible if the weather permits.
- Maldivian and International cuisine, with weekly island BBQ.
- Main meals are enjoyed in the outdoor dining area and consist of a pre-breakfast, breakfast cooked to order, a buffet lunch and plated dinner, with snacks in between.
- Beer and wine are served as complimentary with meals.
- Snacks, bread/toast, fresh fruit, drinking water, and tea & coffee are available free of charge.
- Soft drinks, additional beer, wine and spirits are available for purchase.
- First meal served is dinner on the first day of the trip.
- All special diets can be catered for with prior notice.
- Built in year 2005, renovated in 2021
- Size - 33m x 10m
- Weight - 200 tonnes
- Top speed - 12 knots
- Cruising speed - 10 knots
- 480 HP Cummins engine
- 2 x 35 KVa Onan generators
- 3 x Bauer Mariner dive tank compressors
- Enriched air nitrox facilities
- 11 litre aluminium scuba tanks
- Electricity 220V - 24 hours per day
- Water capacity - 8,000 litres
- Fresh water maker - 10,000 litres/day
- Fuel capacity - 7,000 litres
Navigation, Safety Features...
- 16m 85 HP dive tender
- 2 x 15 HP motorised dinghies
- VHF & SSB radios
- 2 global positioning systems
- Furuno 26 mile radar
- Depth sounder
- Satellite and mobile telephones
- First aid box
- Cmap chart plotter
- Emergency oxygen - 13,000 litres
- Fire extinguishers & life jackets throughout
"The boat was fantastic with great facilities. The equipment was good. We used our own so I can't comment on the rental equipment. However, the dive boat was very nice and spacious. The staff was extremely helpful and always seemed to be right there when I needed help.
" - Stephanie Sperling
, USA, 9 March 2011...