Notes: Minimum recommended age: 8 years.
Dive experience: Advanced Open Water licence or equivalent and a minimum of 50 logged dives are required. Alternatively guests must be Open Water certified, have at least 50 logged dives prior to the trip, and sign up for the Advanced Open Water Diver course onboard the cruise.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, coffee, tea, drinking water, local airport transfers, domestic flights (where required), dives (as detailed in the trips above), 32% nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, 3 English speaking divemasters, tanks, weights and weightbelt, 12% GST on cruise price.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental (US$ 190 per week), dive computer (US$ 45 per week), SMB: US$ 12 per week), diving insurance, Green Tax (US$ 6 per person per night), service charge (i.e. tips - 7 nights: US$ 100 / 10 nights: US$ 150 / 14 nights: US$ 200), 10% service charge on any items paid on board. Unless otherwise stated, all listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash - EUR/USD - or credit card - VISA/Mastercard).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks (beer, wine, liquor, cocktails), soft drinks, extra dives (US$ 30 per dive), 15 litre tank (US$ 20 per week), torch (US$ 15 per dive), introduction to diving (for non-divers), 10% service charge on any items paid on board. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Seafari Explorer usually departs from Male on its Maldives liveaboard cruises. For more information see our How to Get to the Maldives section. Guests will be welcomed outside the arrivals hall, after luggage claim and customs. A staff representative will be holding a “SEAFARI MALDIVES” board. Guests are then transferred to the yacht by dhoni (traditional Maldivian boat). If arriving early, hotel day rooms with access to a swimming pool can be arranged upon request.
For cruises in the outer atolls, Seafari will send the pre-arranged domestic tickets to guests for the necessary flights from Male to the nearest domestic airport to the port of departure. Again, guests will be greeted at the local airport arrivals hall and escorted to the yacht. The weight limit for checked baggage is 25 kg (specify 'diver' at registration), and hand luggage of 7/8 kg.
Boarding begins at 11 am and continues throughout the first day. The yacht only leaves the harbour on the following morning.
The last dive of the trip is during the morning on the penultimate day of the safari. Disembarkation is at 7:30 am, after breakfast. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: Discount of US$ 10 per night.
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 of 70% of the published price for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 10 guests and 1 additional person can join the cruise free of charge. Groups of 3 can opt to share a lower deck double cabin for a third person discount of US$ 300.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 21 guests and 3 additional persons can join the cruise free of charge (max. total 26 guests).