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From USD 155 per day
106 ft
Max 20
At a glance...
  • Visits Maldives central atolls, some north, south tours
  • Cabins with ensuite bathrooms
  • Spacious indoor and outdoor relaxation spots
  • Sky Bar on sun deck

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MV Theia is a 32m wooden motor yacht which takes up to 20 guests on scuba cruises around the atolls of the Maldives. This includes the northern atolls as well as some central and southern atoll routes.

This distinctive red and white liveaboard boasts spacious ensuite cabins, a large saloon and comfortable outdoor lounging spots in the sun and shade. Using a dive dhoni to store and fill all your tanks means that there is extra space, peace and quiet on board the mothership.

The air-conditioned saloon with soft bench seating and bean bags is a social focal point, where guests gather to enjoy the TV, DVD and music system. You can also browse the library of magazines and books and enjoy the free Wi-fi throughout the boat. The most popular open air space is the large sundeck, particularly in the evening, when cocktails from the Sky Bar are a great way to end the day.

Free nitrox is welcome to maximise bottom times, and photographers will appreciate the dhoni’s camera table and separate rinse tank. There are also a toilet and showers on the dhoni, so you can quickly get comfortable after each dive.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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More Trip Details...

Dive experience: Required: Advanced Open Water and 50 logged dives; divers with less experience will need a dedicated guide.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, transfers to the boat from the airport, dives, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, experienced English speaking instructors (6 divers per guide), tanks, SMB, reef hook, weights and weight belts, Green Tax, 16% GST on cruise price.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 28 per day), dive insurance, dive computer (US$ 10 per day), emergency sound or visual signaling system, service charge (i.e. crew tips: US$ 120 per week), Hanifaru Bay park fee (US$ 30). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival, with equipment ordered in advance (cash - EUR, USD, CHF - or credit card - VISA or Mastercard).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, 14 litre tank (US$ 7 per day), torch (US$ 8 per day), extra dives (US$ 32), early check in and lunch US$ 48 per person, late check out and lunch US$ 48 per person. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival. Note: prices of items purchased onboard are subject to change.

How to get there: The MV Theia liveaboard normally departs from Male. The first and last nights of the cruise are spent in the harbour. Most guests arrive in the afternoon of the 1st day and will be met at the airport and transferred to the boat. Scheduled airport pick-ups are from 3 pm until the end of the day. You can arrange a morning check-in and noon lunch. Otherwise a light afternoon snack will be provided followed by dinner. Guests will disembark on the final day and be transferred to the airport during the morning. You can arrange a late check out and lunch (disembarking up to 2 pm) if required. Other final day activity packages are available.
For more details, including airlines, see our How to get to the Maldives section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 1 pm on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: 10% discount.

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 75% of the published price for their own cabin.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 5 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise free of charge (total 6+ guests), pay for 8 guests and 2 extra person can join free of charge (total 10+ guests).

Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 16 guests and 4 extra persons can join free of charge (max. 20 guests).

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
The MV Theia has a total of 10 cabins: The upper deck has 3 Seaview cabins with double/twin convertible beds, and 1 Standard cabin with a with 1 double and a single bed. There is 1 Standard cabin on the middle deck with double/twin convertible beds. There are 5 Standard cabins on the lower deck - 4 with a double and a single bed, and 1 with 3 single beds. All of the cabins feature an ensuite bathroom.

All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Windows (upper and middle deck only) or portholes (lower deck)
  • Private bathroom facilities with hot water shower, towels, toiletries and hand basin
  • Space for luggage
  • Wardrobe and mirror
  • Reading lights
  • Bedding
  • Life jackets and fire extinguishers in cabins

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew of 10 comprises:
  • Cruise Leader
  • 3 Instructors
  • Captain
  • Cook
  • Engineer
  • Maid
  • 2 Deck hands
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 - Sun deck with sun chairs, mattresses & bar - Upper deck open-air shaded area - Water dispenser

All the diving in the Maldives onboard Theia liveaboard safaris is done from an accompanying dhoni. This boat carries all the guests' dive equipment, the compressors and scuba tanks. There is a toilet and fresh water showers on board, rinse tanks and a camera table.

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
The daily dining experience on MV Theia involves a pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Snacks including fruit and biscuits are available for you to nibble on all day. The menu comprises dishes from local Maldivian and Sri Lankan cuisine plus international fare and a weekly BBQ.
  • Maldivian and International cuisine, with weekly island BBQ, weather permitting.
  • Main meals are served buffet-style in the open air dining area and consist of pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Snacks, fresh fruit, drinking water, and tea & coffee are available free of charge.
  • 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.
  • Dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notice.
Sample dishes: Curried fish with saffron rice; Fresh calamari with green salad; Vegetable tempura ...

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in 2006, refurbished annually
  • Size - 32m x 9m
  • Top speed - 12 knots
  • Cruising speed - 10 knots
  • 480 HP engine
  • 3 x (2 x 50, 1 x 30 KW) generators
  • 2 x Bauer K14 dive tank compressors
  • Nitrox system
  • 12 & 14 litre aluminium tanks with international fittings and DIN adaptors
  • Electricity 220V - 24-hours per day
  • Water capacity - unknown
  • Freshwater maker - 6,000 litres / day
  • Fuel capacity - 6,800 litres

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • 1 dhoni dive tender
  • Motorised dinghy
  • VHF, DSC and SSB radios
  • Radar
  • GPS
  • Mobile phones
  • CCTV in the engine room
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
  • Life raft
  • Life jackets in cabins
  • Fire extinguishers in cabins
  • Emergency oxygen - 21000
  • Medic first aid box

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