There’s a reason this is the most often requested and often run Maldivian liveaboard itinerary! Fish life galore (over 1000 species are found in the Maldives), nudibranchs, sea turtles, whale sharks, and more mean something for everyone’s wish list. Photographers will be hard-pressed to decide between macro and wide-angle lenses! On this popular itinerary, divers experience a sampling of the many extraordinary types of sites including lush thilas (reef mounts), manta cleaning stations, deep channel dives. Visiting Rasdhoo, North & South Ari, Vaavu and North & South Male Atolls it’s easy to see why many guests choose this for their first Maldivian adventure and then return!
You don't need a minimum number of dives for this itinerary but you should be comfortable with drift diving, as currents can be unpredictable and strong. If you are an Open Water Diver, some dives are below 18m, therefore, we recommend having advanced experience or taking your PADI Advanced Open Water course on board to maximize your enjoyment. Inexperienced and beginner divers may find some dives challenging and may be asked by the Cruise Director to skip dives that are not suitable for their diving experience. All diving is made from dhonis to give precise entry and exit points.
Days aboard Emperor Explorer generally involve a cold breakfast from 6:00 am followed by a first morning dive, Full breakfast, second-morning dive, lunch around 12:00 pm, one or two afternoon dives (depending on the itinerary) and dinner at 6:30 or 7:00 pm. On the day or days when night dives are offered, dinner is typically around 8:00 pm.