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Scubaspa Ying
From USD 241 per day
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165 ft
Max 40
At a glance...
  • Cruises Maldives central atolls and Vaavu
  • All cabins with private bathrooms
  • Combines diving with spa treatments/packages
  • Sundeck with hot tub

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Scubaspa liveaboards bring something unique to the Maldives market: combining diving and spa treatments to deliver one of the most luxurious and relaxing experiences that you can imagine. Perfect for couples where one is a scuba diver and the other loves to be pampered, or where both are looking for a combination of lovely diving plus plenty of rest and relaxation. Why get stuck on a resort when there is something for both of you on this luxury cruise?

The boat is as luxurious as you might expect from a floating spa. At 50 m in length, It is huge and beautifully furnished and far from a 'rough and ready' Maldives liveaboard. The boat can accommodate up to 40 guests with a limit of 26 divers ensuring you will dive in small groups during your cruise and have plenty of attention from your guide. There are 29 staff members ensuring your every need is catered to. This includes 6 full time spa therapists offering a variety of massages, aqua therapies, Ayurveda and beauty treatments.

There are many relaxation spots on the boat: the open air saloon with adjoining bar, air conditioned restaurant, 2 sun decks and spa areas and quiet shaded spots on various decks. There are spa rooms, a Jacuzzi on the sundeck and a Thai pavilion sundeck for spa therapies or romantic private dining. There is a range of cabins on the middle and lower deck all of which are double or twin and all feature a bed which is King size or larger. The upper deck is home to the sumptuous suites with large windows and hotel-standard finishes.

Saturday to Saturday trips are all in the central atolls and alternate between southern (South Male and Vaavu atolls) and northern (North Male, Rasdhoo, Ari atolls) routes. This means you can stay 2 weeks and each day is something new. You can choose between a diving cruise package, a spa package and a scuba-spa combi package, all for the same price.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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More Trip Details...

Special offers: Extra terms and conditions for new bookings during the COVID reality:

  • The Maldives’s tourism ministry has finalized the guidelines on reopening the borders to international tourism from 15th July 2020.
  • Tourists can enter Maldives without testing for COVID-19 nor quarantine periods. No entry Visa fee is due. Tourists will only have to complete a health declaration form.
  • Thirty-day free on-arrival visa will be issued to all tourists with a confirmed booking for a stay at any registered tourist facility in the Maldives.
  • The entire holiday has to be booked at a single facility, either resort or liveaboard.
  • All visitors to the Maldives’ are encouraged to install the contact tracing application ‘Trace Ekee’ upon or before arrival into the country.
  • 5% Early Bird Offer when you book a low season safari at least 2 months in advance.
Offer expires: 31 Dec 2021

Notes: Course and Cruise: Special dive course prices are available for those joining Scubaspa Ying cruises. Courses include: Discover Scuba Diving, Open Water Diver Advanced Open Water and specialty courses. For further details and a full list of what the price includes and excludes visit our Blog here: Scubaspa on board course specials.

Dive experience: Open water for all Maldives liveaboard cruises; except southern tours - 50 logged dives and advanced certification.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinking water, selection of specialty teas and coffees available free every morning until the end of breakfast, island excursions, yoga classes every morning (depending on availability), return boat-airport transfers, package (7 nights ['Dive package' = 15-17 dives or 'Scuba & spa package' = 6 dives and 4 spa treatments or 'Spa package' = 8 spa treatments], or 4 nights ['Dive package' = 8-9 dives or 'Scuba and spa package' = 4 dives and 2 spa treatments or 'Spa package' = 4 spa treatments]), snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (5 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): 12% GST on cruise price payable in advance, scuba equipment approx. USD 180 per week (BCD, regulators, wetsuit), dive insurance, Green Tax (USD 6 per person per night). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card). Christmas and New Year cruises are subject to 25% extra supplement.

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, hot drinks, snacks, mini-bar, dive computer, torches, domestic flights (USD 200 per person one way), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 100 per week). All items purchased on board are subjected to 10% service charge and 12% GST. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: The Scubaspa Ying liveaboard departs from Male. The first night of the cruise is spent at anchor at Bandos Island Resort (North route) or Lagoona Beach resort (South route). 4 night cruises disembark in Maamagili (Ari Atoll). The boat operator can arrange flights back to Male City if required. For more information see our How to get to the Maldives section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 13:00 hrs on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: There is no discount for non divers since they can take the spa package of 2 treatments per day.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is mandatory - single travellers must pay a supplement of 25-50% of the published price. Please ask us for details.

Dive clubs and group discounts: The 3rd person in a 3-share cabin receives 25% off the published price.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): You can charter the whole boat with as few as 16 guests and upwards. Prices start at US$ 35,995 +12%GST. Please ask us for more details.

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
On the lower deck there are 10 standard Sea Star cabins and 1 Cowrie suite. The middle deck has 3 Dolphin suites and 5 Manta suites. All cabins have double beds except the Manta Suits which can be twin or double. All cabins have en-suite (private) bathroom facilities and a main bed which is at least king size. The Sea Star cabins and Cowrie suite can be 3 share.

The cabins on the lower deck all have portholes, while those on the middle deck have large panoramic windows. The Manta suites are the largest on the boat.

All the cabins have:
  • Individual control air-conditioning
  • Bathroom with toilet and built-in hot water shower cubicle
  • Hand basin, toiletries and towels
  • Windows or portholes
  • Safety box
  • Reading lights
  • Bedside cabinet, shelves and mirror
  • Minibar (excludes Sea Star cabins)
  • Fire warning system
  • UK-style 3 pin 220V electricity, adaptor in cabin
  • Bedding and luggage space
  • Fire warning system, extinguishers in corridors
No. of bathrooms / showers - 24 / 25 - hot water

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew of 29 comprises:
  • Cruise Leader
  • 4 Dive instructor/Divemasters
  • 6 Spa therapists
  • 2 Captains
  • 3 Cooks
  • 3 Waiters
  • 3 Maids
  • Engineer
  • 3 Deck hands
  • 3 dhoni crew
The onboard spa houses 6 treatment rooms and a secluded deck for open air Thai massages. 6 professional spa therapists will offer a variety of massages, aqua therapies, Ayurveda and beauty treatments. All treatment rooms give you a beautiful view of the Indian ocean and Maldives atolls.

Motorised dive dinghy - Dive platform and kit up area - Enriched air nitrox - Dining area with bar, TV, video player, music system, computer, CD burner and internet - Movie library, books and magazines, fish ID books and card games - open air saloon with bar - 2 Sundecks shaded areas with sun chairs, Jacuzzi and sundeck spa area - 6 spa treatment rooms.

Diving is conducted from the 19m dhoni tender. The dhoni is equipped with a toilet and shower as well as ladders and rinse tanks. The dhoni also houses the compressors so the main boat remains quiet even when tanks are being filled.

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
As you might expect of a luxury holiday cruise with spa treatments and top quality diving in the Maldives, the 'fine dining' experience is a high priority onboard Scubaspa Ying. The varied menu includes influences from cuisines such as Maldivian, Sri Lankan, Thai, Chinese, Italian and Japanese as well as international dishes and each week features an island barbecue.

3 times a day you can enjoy a fine dining experience complimented by finger food service and mini-bar snacks. You can even arrange private waiter service for romantic meals in secluded areas of the boat. Specialty coffees and an extensive wine cellar including port, dessert wines, and the best vintages of Old and New World wines add to the deluxe nature of the Scubaspa Ying experience.
  • Air-conditioned restaurant and open-air dining areas with private waiter service.
  • 3 main dishes per sitting, buffet with waiter service.
  • Coffee, tea and drinking water and fruit are provided free of charge.
  • Soft drinks, fruit juices, milk shakes, mineral water and beer are available for purchase and there is a large cocktail and wine list.
  • Minibar snacks and drinks are available in cabins (except Sea Star cabins)
  • The dining service normally begins with afternoon snacks; breakfast is served on the final morning.
  • Special dietary requirements can be catered for with advanced notice.
Sample dishes: Chinese style Chicken Chow Mein, Sashimi made in Polynesian Style, Sushi Maki, California Maki, Surf & Turf - prime fillet of beef accompanied by fresh shrimps ...

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in 2013
  • Size - 50m x 11m
  • Top speed - 12 knots
  • Cruising speed - 10 knots
  • 2 x 570 HP Caterpillar engines
  • 2 x 86 KW generators
  • 2 x Bauer dive tank compressors
  • Enriched air nitrox system
  • 30 x 12 l aluminium tanks with Intl adaptors
  • Electricity 220V - 24-hours per day
  • Water capacity - 22,540 litres
  • Freshwater maker - 3,000 litres / day
  • Fuel capacity - 19,000 litres

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • 1 dhoni dive tender
  • Motorised dinghy
  • Raymarine VHF radio
  • Garmin GPS
  • No radar
  • Garmin sounder
  • Plotter
  • Mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light & horn
  • Life raft (capacity 70 people)
  • Life jackets throughout
  • Fire detectors & extinguishers throughout
  • Emergency oxygen - quantity unknown
  • Medic first aid box

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Customer reviews:

Customer rating - Excellent
"Everything was perfect, excellent: the boat, the service and the staff as well. We had a really great time there. We were absolutely satisfied." - , Hungary, 16 February 2015 ...