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$ 185, dive computer: US$ 37, mask and fins: US$ 26 - all +16% GST, +10% S/C). diving insurance, service charge (i.e. tips US$ 95 per week), fuel surcharge charge (US$ 74 per week, paid in advance), 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$ 74 per week), extra dives (US$ 37, 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.
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 information 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$ 53).
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$ 191 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).