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. Energetic guests can use the onboard sea kayaks and SUPs.
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.
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), tanks, weights and weight belt.
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), fins and masks (not available for rental on board), dive insurance (or payable on board), 16% GST (based on normal published price), Green Tax (US$ 6 per person per night). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (USD, Euro in cash or credit card with 3.5% bank charge).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 70 per week), internet access (US$ 50 per week), minimum gratitudes (US$ 10 per person per night, in cash only). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (USD, Euro in cash or credit card with 3.5% bank charge).
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: Pay for 6 divers and 1 extra person can join the cruise free of charge (total 7+ guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): From US$ 30,000 per week.
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
3 square-prong mains outlet 220 volts - 24 hours per day
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.
"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...
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