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 Felidhoo 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.
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. USD180 per week (BCD, regulators, wetsuit), dive insurance, Green Tax (USD6 per person per night), 10% service charge. 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 (USD200 per person one way), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 100 per week). 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% of the published price for a single occupancy cabin.
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.
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
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.
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 ...