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Princess Dhonkamana
From USD 168 per day
102 ft
Max 18
At a glance...
  • Liveaboard safaris throughout the Maldives
  • Cabins with private bathrooms
  • Jacuzzi onboard
  • Plenty of island and beach visits
  • Onboard snorkelling guide

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The M/Y Princess Dhonkamana is 31 metres long liveaboard that operates dive safaris in the Maldives. The boat operator has been organizing cruises here for more than 30 years and has a wealth of professional experience to draw upon. They have a passion for the sea and love to share this and their vast knowledge of the local marine life with guests. Safaris focus on both diving and snorkeling, and exploring some of stunning deserted islands and beaches for which the Maldives are famous.

There are 9 cabins on board, 3 of which are on the upper deck and feature sea view windows. All the cabins have private guest bathrooms, are spacious, and are tastefully and comfortably furnished. Cabins are configured as double or twin, but 2 of the cabins can be used as 3-share on whole boat charters for dive clubs and groups (for a maximum private charter capacity of 20).

There are 3 sun decks onboard Princess Dhonkamana, with plenty of sun beds, as well as a hottub Jacuzzi. The indoor saloon has a fully-stocked bar, TV, movie library, and music system. Dining take place either in the open air at the stern of the main deck, or in the indoor dining area. The food served onboard is a fusion of Italian, continental and local South Asian cuisine. The galley chefs present a different menu every day based on seafood, pasta, pizza, rice dishes (Risotto or Asian fried rice), vegetables, tropical fruit and homemade desserts.

Diving is conducted from an accompanying dhoni - a dedicated dive boat where both your scuba equipment and the compressors are stored. This not only makes the logistics of diving with the Princess Dhonkamana very simple, it also frees up a lot of space for extra relaxation, and removes the noise of filling tanks from the mother ship. So whether you seek a standard central atolls liveaboard cruise in search of whale sharks and mantas, or a safari adventure to the Deep South to find pelagic sharks and fish, you can do it in style with the Princess Dhonkamana.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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More Trip Details...

Notes: TBC ~ To be confirmed. Central atolls cruises depart and return from Male. Deep South cruises use the port of Addu. Please see the detailed itinerary description for confirmation of ports.

Dive experience: Since Princess Dhonkamana has 3 instructor/guides onboard certified divers of any experience level are welcome to join these safaris. However, for the Deep South trips all participants must be Advanced Open Water certified.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, coffee, tea, drinking water, fishing, island excursions, local airport transfers, dives (as detailed in the trips above), 3 European PADI diving instructors and a snorkelling guide, 2 guided snorkelling tours per day, tanks (12 or 15 litre), weights and weight belts, introductory dive for non-divers, Green Tax, 16% GST on cruise price.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental (per week - regs/BCD/wetsiut: US$ 191, dive computer: US$ 38, mask and fins: US$ 27 - all +16% GST, +10% S/C). diving insurance, service charge (i.e. tips US$ 98 per week), Fuvahmulah port fee (where applicable: US$ 25 per night). Unless otherwise stated, all listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only - EUR or USD).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, 28% nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 76 per week), extra dives (US$ 38, max. 3 per week), torch (US$ 14 per dive), Island entry fees. All purchases will be subject to +16% GST and +10% S/C. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival. Note: prices of items purchased onboard are subject to change.

How to get there: The marina at Malie International Airport is the main port for Dhonkamana amd cruises operate from Saturday to Saturday. For more details, including airlines, see our How to Get to the Maldives section. A boat staff member will meet and greet you at the airport, wearing a Macana Shirt. You will then be transferred to the yacht by dhoni. Boarding is at 11 am - 1 pm; late arrivals will require a private transfer (US$ 54).
If you arrive early and do not want to wait for the transfer, you can drop your luggage at the airport and visit Male City or Hulhumale and get back to the airport around 11 am. If you stay in a hotel in the Maldives the night before the cruise, we recommend asking your hotel to drop you to the airport by 10:30 am near Burger King where one of the boat staff will meet you. Please let us know which hotel are you staying at so that we can also contact the hotel to ensure your transfer is on time.
The last dive of the trip is 7 am on the penultimate day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. Disembarkation is at 7 am.
For cruises in the Deep South, a local port in Addu Atoll is used. Gan Airport (GAN) on Addu can be reached by domestic flight from Male (Maldivian Airlines) or by international flight from Colombo (Sri Lankan Airlines). We can provide domestic flights for US$ 196 each way, or you can book them directly online at www.maldivian.aero .

Non-diver rate: None, since there are plenty of activities for non-divers.

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 for their own cabin. The supplement varies depending on time of year but varies between 50-60%. Please ask us for details.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Rates for a third person sharing a cabin available for adults and children.
Pay for 8 guests and 1 additional person can join the cruise free of charge.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 17 guests and 3 additional persons can join the cruise free of charge (total 20 guests).

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 9 spacious cabins on Princess Dhonkamana. There are 3 double bed cabins on the upper deck, and 6 cabins on the lower deck - 2 with double beds ,2 with twin beds, and 2 with double and single beds. The upper deck cabins have seaview windows. All the cabins are en-suite (have private bathrooms).

All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Portholes (lower deck) or windows (upper deck)
  • Private bathroom with hot water shower and hand basin
  • Soap, towels and beach towel
  • Minibar fridge
  • Writing desk
  • Bedside lights
  • Bedside cabinet
  • Wardrobe, shelves and mirror
  • Bedding and luggage space
  • Daily housekeeping
  • 3 Prong UK-style mains outlet 230-240 volts - 24 hours per day
  • Fire alarm, life jackets and fire extinguishers
No. of bathrooms / showers - 10 / 13 - hot water

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