If you're looking to explore the Maldives and are looking for a cruise that offers more then just diving, then the Yasawa Princess might just be for you! This boutique Maldives liveaboard offers plenty of scuba diving, but also focusses on virgin island blue water adventures for snorkelling and swimming: You will go beachcombing to lay the first footprint in the sand, enjoy picnics under the tropical sun and beach BBQs during the cool nights.
Each cruise runs for 2 weeks and you join for the full 2 weeks or board or depart after 1 week. You will tour the central atolls of the Maldives which includes South
Male, Felidhoo and Ari Atoll. The Itinerary is designed for both snorkelers and divers covering the best in the region. Highlights Include night snorkeling with nurse sharks, sting rays and giant trevallies, a whale shark excursion and a manta ray excursion.
There are 28 cosy air-conditioned cabins to accommodate 56 guests in 3 different categories set on 3 decks, each with their own private bathrooms. All are designed with tropical charm and modern convenience. The upper deck saloon has a book library and videos. It opens up to a large wooden dining area where a fine variety of both local and international cuisine is served buffet-style. The saloon bar offers a wide selection of fine wines, cocktails and spirits, and a variety of beers, which you can enjoy while drinking in the views. The sun deck is the place to be to catch some morning rays on the loungers laid out on the bridge.
There is an accompanying dive boat (max: 16 pax) to take you on your scheduled 2-tank dive trips. Dive equipment is available for rent, and all is thoroughly checked and maintained according to safety standards. All dives are supervised by a divemaster or instructor, and less experienced will be guided in groups. You can even learn to dive onboard - there are student programmes from introduction dives, to the open water licence and the advanced course!
The 55 metre long, steel hulled Yasawa Princess cruise ship has a relaxed and casual atmosphere, and is the ideal liveaboard option for those seeking to explore a little more than the standard dive sites of the Maldives.
Notes: Persons under the age of 12 years are not allowed onboard.
Dive experience: All divers with a full open water licence are welcome to dive onboard.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, 1 beach BBQ dinner, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from local airport, dives (as detailed in the trips above), tanks, weights and weightbelts, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max. 8 divers per guide), island visits, Male City sightseeing/shopping tour (on trips that end in Male only), Green tax, 12% GST on cruise price, 5% service charge (crew tips).
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental (full set including computer US$ 16 per day), dive insurance. Christmas/New Year cruise supplement (US$ 75 per person each). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash - EUR, GBP, USD - or credit card).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, additional dives (US$ 37 each), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 5 per dive), 15 litre tank (US$ 5 per dive), torch (US$ 5 per dive), whale shark and manta ray excursion (US$ 15 each), night snorkelling trip (US$ 15), underwater camera, underwater scooter (DPV), night fishing, spa services, early check in/late check out (US$ 83 per person per night). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: The Yasawas Princess liveaboard 2 week cruises begin and end in Male every second Monday. Guests can opt to join the full 2 week cruise, or can embark or disembark after 1 week in Maamagili, Ari Atoll for a 1 week cruise. Guests that opt for the 1 week option will need a short domestic flight from Male (MLE) to or from Maamagili (VAM). The cost of the one way flight is US$ 175. In any case, local airport to boat transfers are provided. Boarding begins at noon but the boat only leaves its anchor in the early morning of day 2.
Disembarkation is also at noon, but the boat returns to port in the late afternoon of the penultimate day. The last dive of the trip will be at around 10 am on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
For more information see our How to Get to the Maldives section.
Non-diver rate: 10% discount from the published rate.
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 25% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 9 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise free of charge (total 10+ guests).
The lower deck features 7 tastefully decorated and spacious private
quarters. Average size 142 sq ft. The middle deck has 14 cabins with warm, inviting interiors, each with its own deck window providng a beautiful view of the ocean.
Average size 117 sq ft. The bridge has 7 more cabins with deck windows that offer lovely views of the tropical seas. Average size 115 sq ft. All cabins have private bathrooms and can be tiwn or double bed.
All the cabins have:
Centralised air conditioning system with individual fans
Sea-view windows or portholes
Toilet and hot water shower, hand basin, toiletries and towels
3-pin UK style mains outlet 220 volts - 24 hours per day