The Princess Haleema is 36 metres long and one of the luxury liveaboards in the Maldives. Its sleek look and spacious decks made it winner of a most 'Photogenic Liveaboard' award in 2006. These cruises are dedicated to divers that enjoy comfort and a love of nature and aquatic sports.
The liveaboard operator has more than 30 years experience of running cruises in the Maldives and was one of the first dive companies to operate here, discovering many of the dive sites, and they still maintain the same passion for the sea. Unusually, there are 3 dive guides on each cruise, ensuring a more personal dive service than on other boats. There is a marine biologist onboard Princess Haleema who provides extra insights in to the marine life that you will see. There is a heavy emphasis on island hopping, whiich makes it a little unique. Every day, there are snokelling excursions and beach or sand bank visits to explore some of the most beautiful areas of the Maldives.
There are no less than 3 separate open air relaxation areas, one of which features 2 Jacuzzis, and there is an indoor lounge with music, TV and movie library. Meals are often taken outside when the weather permits, otherwise guests dine in the indoor dining area. The cuisine is a celebratration of Italian with local spices and fresh fish. Onboard the 2 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.
The boat was built in 2006 and renovated in 2018 so it is still a beautifully finished liveaboard vessel, and the generous 11.5m beam means there is loads of space onboard. Its professional Italian staff and the warm hospitality of the crew, who have been working onboard for many years, ensure an extraordinary experience. There are 11 cabins on board, and the 3 cabins on the upper deck feature large sea view windows. All the cabins are ensuite and are tastefully and comfortably furnished.
Since the diving is all done from a 19 metre long separate boat, the spacious dive deck has been converted to an outdoor dining and relaxation area. The best features of the Princess Haleema are the roomy outdoor relaxation areas. Reading a book in the open air upper deck, or chilling out in the Jacuzzi with a refreshing drink as the sun sets over the scattered islands of the Maldives, you will be delighted you chose a liveaboard cruise on the Princess Haleema.
Dive experience: Since Princess Haleema has 3 instructor/guides onboard certified divers of any experience level are welcome to join these safaris. However, for the Deep South trips you 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, 12% GST on cruise price.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental (per week - regs/BCD/wetsiut: US$ 203, dive computer: US$ 41, mask and fins: US$ 29 - all +12% GST, +10% S/C). diving insurance, Green Tax (US$ 6 per person per night), service charge (i.e. tips US$ 105 per week). 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$ 81 per week), exra dives (US$ 41), torch (US$ 15 per dive), Island entry fees. All price will be subject to +12% GST and +10% S/C. Rates for a third person sharing a cabin available for adults and children. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Princess Haleema departs from Male amd operate from Saturday to Saturday. For more information see our How to Get to the Maldives section. A boat representative will meet and greet you at the airport, wearing a Macana Shirt. You will then be transferred to the boat by dhoni. Boarding is at 11 am - 1 pm; late arrivals will required a private transfer (US$ 58).
If you arrive early and do not want to wait, 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 second last 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 Airilines) or by international flifht from Colombo (Sri Lankan Airlines). We can provide domestic flights for US$ 209 each way, or you can book directly on line at www.maldivian.aero .
Non-diver rate: None, as there is plenty of activitiy 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: Pay for 8 guests and 1 additional person can join the cruise free of charge,
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 19 guests and 3 additional persons can join the cruise free of charge (total 22 guests).
There are 8 spacious double or twin bed cabins on the lower deck, and on the upper deck there are 2 king-size double bed suites and 1 cabin with 2 double beds. The upper deck accommodation has large seaview windows. All of the cabins are en-suite (have private bathrooms).
All the cabins have:
Portholes (lower deck) or windows (upper deck)
Private bathroom with hot water shower and hand basin
Soap, towels and beach towel
Minibar fridge (upper deck only)
Wardrobe, shelves and mirror
Bedding and luggage space
3 Prong UK-style mains outlet 230-240 volts - 24 hours per day
Small camera room with work bench - Rinse tank for cameras and regulators - 2 jacuzzis - 56m² indoor saloon area with bar and shop - TV, video, movie library, music system - Games, books and magazines - 3 sun decks and shaded areas with sun loungers and matresses - Night fishing - Snorkelling
All the diving on the Princess Haleema is done from an accompanying 18 metre dhoni dive boat. The dhoni has a 420 HP engine, and is equipped with GPS, a depth sounder and oxygen.
PADI courses, from Scuba Diver to Divemaster, can be reserved in advance.
All meals can be enjoyed outside on deck in the cooling sea breezes. There is also a BBQ on an uninhabited island during each cruise, good weather depending.
The food consists of international favourites such as pasta, freshfish, roast chicken and salads, as well as Asian dishes such as curries and Maldivian specialties, all made with the freshest local ingredients including fresh fruit. During our inspection visit the food was fantastic and one of the best features of the cruise!
Italian and Maldivian dishes.
Table-served lunch and dinner in the open-air dining area.
Continental breackfast: juice, tea, coffee, toast, cheese, jam and marmelade, fresh made bread and cakes (on demand: eggs).
Lunch: variety of rice dishes, fresh fish, cooked fresh vegetables, salads, homemade bread, tropical fruit dessert.
Tea time: tea and coffee, homemade cakes and biscuits.
Dinner: variety of Italian pasta dishes, cooked fish or chicken, salads, homemade bread, homemade cake dessert.
Tea and coffee are provided free of charge with the meals.
All other drinks - mineral water, soft drinks, beer, wine, spirits - are chargeable on board.
Vegetarian, vegan and other special diets can be catered for - please send prior notice of your requirements.