Built in 2018, and at 40m, with 4 power generators and a 600 HP marine engine that generates a cruising speed of 15 knots, Princess Sara is an impressive and modern luxury liveaboard diving yacht that focuses on safaris around the Maldives central atolls.
There are 12 boat crew onboard Princess Sara, ensuring the needs of guests are always taken care of. As well as diving and snorkelling with whale sharks, manta rays and hammerhead sharks, these tours offer island hopping excursions, and plenty of opportunities to relax, either soaking in the tropical sunshine on the expansive sun deck, or cooling off in the open-air Jacuzzi. For fun seekers who like to make bit of a splash, there is also an inflatable water slide onboard.
With 10 cabins in 5 categories of luxury, across 3 different decks, guests have great flexibility in their accommodation and budget choices. All cabins have private bathrooms, minibar, wi-fi, TV and movie facilities. The suites and deluxe cabins also have their own Jacuzzi hottub.
All diving activities are conducted from the accompanying 70 ft (21m) dhoni, where equipment is stored and tanks are filled. It features enough space for 30 divers, plus the tank compressors, plus emergency oxygen, and camera storage. There is also a camera rinse tank so that underwater photographers can keep their equipment in tip-top condition between dives. For those travellers seeking to explore the central atolls of the Maldives on a liveaboard that offers a little extra luxury and comfort, the Princess Sara could be the right choice.
Dive experience: Maldives Atolls: at least 10 logged dives and Open Water Diver license required.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner (1 deserted island BBQ, weather permitting), snacks, hot drinks, drinking water (1 litre per day), fishing, trawling, island hopping, transfers to the boat from the airport, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English speaking divemasters (8 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weight belts, 12% GST on cruise price.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental (full set: US$ 300 per week), dive computer (US$ 100 per week), dive/medical/travel insurance, Green Tax (US$ 6 per night), service charge (i.e. tips, minimum of US$ 100 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash - Euros or US dollars or VISA credit card).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 80 per week), 15 litre tanks (US$ 50 per week), torch (US$ 10 per day), extra dives (US$ 40 per night), any entrance fees for island visits. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Princess Sara normally uses the port at Male Airport for its liveaboard cruises. The first and last nights of the cruise are spent in the harbour. Your flight can arrive in Male at any time on the first day. The airport meet -and-greet service runs all day as per scheduled guest flight arrival times. The yacht will be readyfor boarding from 2 pm onwards.
The last dive of the trip will be at around 9 am on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. Disembarkation is at 10 am.
For more information see our how to get to the Maldives section.
Non-diver rate: Non-divers receive a 10% discount from the published rate.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin, pay a supplement of US$ 200 on the published price of a Standard cabin (1 cabin available) or pay a supplement of 50% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 8 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 9 guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 14 guests and and 2 additional guests can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge.
There are 10 en-suite guest cabins on Princess Sara. The upper deck has 2 Master double bed suites The main deck has 2 double bed junior suites. The lower deck also has 2 junior suites (twin bed), plus 2 twin bed deluxe cabins and 2 twin bed standard cabins.
All the rooms have:
Remote control air-conditioning
Portholes on lower deck, windows on main and upper decks
Private bathroom with hot water shower
Jacuzzi bathtub (except standard cabins)
Hand basin, toiletries, towels bathrobes
TV, movies and wi-fi (suites have widescreen TVs)
Cabinet, shelves and mirror
Bedding and luggage space
3 square-prong mains outlet (UK style) 220 volts - 24 hours per day