MV Soleil II is an impressive 41m liveaboard that cruises the central, southern and northern atolls of the Maldives. All your liveaboard diving needs will be met on board this excellent 14 cabin, fibre-glass-hulled motor yacht. Up to 28 guests can be accommodated in a range of cabins, all with ensuite bathrooms and air-conditioning. Some even feature private balconies for that extra level of luxury.
This very spacious liveaboard has a huge indoor dining and saloon area, as well as outdoor options for both relaxing and enjoying your meals in the gentle tropical breezes. The indoor saloon features TV, DVD, Bluetooth speakers and music system, as well as books, magazines and board/card games. Guests often enjoy reviewing their video clips and photos on the big screen from each day of diving. You can also avail of the bar for sundowner drinks and then slip into the hot tub to relax your cares away.
Diving is done from the dhoni - the Blue Marine 7 - which houses all your gear and keeps tank-refill noise to a minimum. You can choose between 12 and 14 litre tanks. The dhoni features camera table, rinse tanks, fresh water showers and a toilet for your post-dive relief. Soleil's Maldives safaris are suitable for divers of all ability levels as the experienced dive team will always look after you. Non-divers can enjoy plenty of snorkeling as there is a 6m 60 HP motorised dinghy for reef and beach excursions.
Although it can take a large number of guests, MV Soleil II is so spacious and well laid-out, you will never feel cramped and always find a quiet spot for yourself during your Maldives liveaboard diving adventure.
Dive experience: An open water diver certification and a minimum of 20 logged dives are required to join the central atolls cruises. An advanced diver certification and 50 logged dives are required to join safaris in the Deep South.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfer to the boat from the local airport, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English speaking dive guides (5 divers per guide), SMB, reef hook, tanks, weights and weight belt, Green Tax, 12% GST on cruise price.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (incl. dive computer US$ 210 per week), diving insurance, Hanifaru Bay park fee (US$ 30). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 6 per dive), extra day dives (US$ 35 each), extra night dives (US$ 40 each), 15 litre tanks (US$ 6 per day), torch (US$ 7 per day), introduction to diving experience (for non-divers). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: The MV Soleil II liveaboard normally departs from Male. The first and last nights of the cruise are spent in the harbour. Guests arrive on the 1st day at any time and will be met at the airport (based upon their flight schedule) and transferred to the boat. Recommended pick up time is 13:30 hrs near the airport information desk or Hulumale Lakudi jetty at 14:00 hrs. Guests will disembark on the final day at 12 noon and be transferred to the airport, but it is also possible to check out earlier if necessary as the yacht returns to port on the previous afternoon at around 15:00 hrs. Early check-in/late check-out with lunch US$ 40.
For more information see our How to get to the Maldives section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 15:00 hrs on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: Non-divers receive a discount of 10%.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travelers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 30% of the published price for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 6 guests and 1 extra persons can join the cruise free of charge.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 20 guests and 4 additional persons can join the cruise free of charge (max. 28 guests).
The MV Soleil II has a total of 14 spacious 'hotel-room' cabins: The lower deck has 4 Standard cabins (19 sqm) with twin or double beds and 3 Large Standard cabins (24 sqm) with 2 queen-size beds each. The main deck has 2 Master cabins (24 sqm) with king-size double or twin bed. The upper deck has 6 Balcony cabins (13 sqm) with king-size double or twin beds and private balcony. All of the cabins feature an ensuite bathroom.
All the cabins have:
Air-conditioning and fan
Windows (upper and middle deck only) or portholes (lower deck)
Complimentary nitrox - Dhoni (see below) - Motorised dinghy - Saloon with TV, DVD, wi-fi internet & music system - Book library, movies, games & magazines - Fish ID & diving books - Restaurant with bar - Sun deck with sun chairs, mattresses & whirlpool tub - Upper deck open-air shaded area - Water dispenser
All the diving in the Maldives onboard Soleil II liveaboard safaris is done from an accompanying 19m long dhoni. This boat carries all the guests' dive equipment, the compressors and scuba tanks. There are a toilet and fresh water showers on board, rinse tanks, and a camera table.
The dining experience on MV Soleil usually begins on the day of arrival with dinner. Each day involves a pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Snacks including crackers and fruit are available all day. Influences include local, Chinese and Italian food, as well as international dishes and a BBQ weather permitting.
Maldivian and International cuisine, with weekly island BBQ.
Main meals are served buffet-style in the air-conditioned restaurant or in the open air, and comprise pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch and dinner, with snacks in between.
Snacks, bread/toast, fresh fruit, drinking water, and tea & coffee are available free of charge.
Soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits are available for purchase.
First meal served is dinner on the first day of the safari, depending on your time of arrival.
All special diets can be catered for with prior notice.
Sample dishes: Fresh fish curry with saffron rice; fried squid with pasta; vegetable fritters with fresh salad ...