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. They take great pride in the high quality of the crew service, their dive guides, and scuba facilities.
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. There is also a sea canoe, and jetski rides can be arranged.
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, 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, toilet/shower, plus the tank compressors, 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 atolls of the Maldives - whether central, southern or northern atolls - on a liveaboard that offers a little extra luxury and comfort at an affordable price, the Princess Sara could be the right choice.
Dive experience: Open Water Diver license only is required for central and northern routes. For the Deep South route we require advanced open water diver level with a minimum of 30 registered dives.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner (1 deserted island BBQ, weather permitting), snacks, hot drinks, drinking water, island hopping, round trip transfers to the boat from the airport, dives (as detailed in the trips above), accompanied snorkelling tours, 4 experienced English speaking instructors and divemasters, 12 litre 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, incl. dive computer: US$ 230 per week), Green Tax (US$ 6 per night), cruise service charge (i.e. tips: US$ 120 per week), dive insurance (can purchase onboard). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash USD and EUR - or bank card).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 70 per week), 15 litre tanks (US$ 70 per week), torch, extra dives, 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 airport meet -and-greet service runs from 8 am - 12 noon, and the yacht leaves port around 6 pm. The last dive of the trip will be before midday on the second last day of the trip then returns to port by early afternoon. The last night of the cruise is spent in the harbour.. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. Disembarkation is between 7-9 am.
For more information see our how to get to the Maldives section.
Non-diver rate: Full price. Princess Sara offers plenty of non-diving activities.
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 70% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Third adult sharing in a triple bed cabin - 30% discount.
Pay for 10 guests and 1 extra guest can join the cruise in a triple cabin free of charge (11+ guests).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 22 guests and 2 additional guests can join in a triple cabin free of charge (max. 24 guests).
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/twin bed junior suites. The lower deck also has 2 junior suites, plus 2 deluxe cabins and 2 standard cabins - all with double/twin beds. The lower deck junior suites and deluxe cabins can be used as 3-share 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