Season: January – April
Area Toured: Male, Vaavu, Meemu, Thaa, Laamu
Day 1 - Meet and Greet Male/Kadhdhoo Airport
Day 2 – Dive North and South Male Area
Day 3 – Dive Vaavu Atoll. Beautiful Corals
Day 4 – Dive Vaavu Atoll. Channels with action dives and Night Dive with nurse sharks
Day 5 – Dive Meemu Atoll
Day 6 – Dive Thaa Atoll
Day 7 – Dive Laamu Atoll
Day 8 – Check out at 7&9 am
Onboard MV ORION Maldives Liveaboard, we bring paradise to your doorstep.
On a typical trip, the Orion anchors at night and cruises only for a few hours during the day, but this is enough to discover real cast-away desert islands, unblemished inhabited islands and remarkable dive spots.
Passengers are usually a good international mix of young and old, divers and non-divers, and a house-party atmosphere swiftly develops. This is helped by the lack of formality in dress code that preaches nothing more than shorts by day and casual outfits at night.
Meals on board ORION are buffets with breakfast cooked to order, lunch and dinner with soup, salad, fruits and a choice of main courses. Catered special dishes can also be arranged on request. Currently there is Indonesian and Sri Lankan chefs onboard.
If you seek more than basic comfort, guaranteed good food and companions, cruising around the islands of the Maldives is the perfect idea for a holiday.
Maldives is renown for being one of the top diving destinations in Asia, and quite possibly the world. Its islands and surrounding waters are blessed with white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, teaming with an abundance of marine life, in particular, large pelagics like manta rays, tunas, giant trevallies and a variety of sharks, including whalesharks.
Although most hotels and resorts around the archipelago have in-house diving facilities, it is commonly believed that the best way to explore the underwater world of Maldives is via a dive liveaboard. As the best dive sites are peppered throughout the atolls and not just within one particular region.
Most dive sites in the Maldives have medium to strong currents. The Indian Monsoon Current through the channels between the islands, bringing along with it rich nutrients to feed the abundant marine and coral life living in its waters.
Popular dive regions include:
It is possible to dive in the Maldives all year round, however, most liveaboard operators only run regular trips between November to May. The best months for diving are thought to be between January to April, with the best weather, visibility and overall diving conditions.
It is important to note that generally speaking, lower visibility could be caused by an abundance of plankton in the water, which could also increase chances of whaleshark and manta ray sightings.
Maldives lives up to its name for being a tropical resort location all year round and has a tropical-monsoon climate. The annual average daily surface temperature ranges from 25°C (77°F) to 31°C (88°F), with March typically being the hottest month and January the coldest month. February enjoys the most sunshine with almost 10 hours of sunshine daily on average. September is usually the wettest month with the most rain.
Water temperatures remain fairly constant year round as well, usually ranging from 26°C (79°F) to 30°C (86°F).
Upon arrival at Male International Airport, you will be met by a representative from the boat holding a signage near the Airport Help Desk.
Check in times: 1.00pm onwards.
Check out times: 7.00am and 9.00am
Should you arrive prior to the start of the cruise, please kindly be at the airport at 1.00pm on the start day of the cruise.
If the route requires guests to fly out from Male to join the boat, representative will meet the guests upon their international arrival time and show them the short way to the Domestic Terminal.
The international airport of Maldives is also known as Ibrahim Nasir Male International Airport, which is accessible through most major airlines.
Male International Airport is about 10-15 minutes away from the Capital of Maldives, Male. You can get into Male from the Airport by commercial ferry (Dhoni) or speedboat, which departs almost every 15 minutes. You can purchase the ticket of the counter, which is located at the point of boarding.
Tourists are issued a 30-day visa on arrival. A valid travel document is necessary. You can obtain circumstantial visa grants through the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Male'.
01 May 2015
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