- Travel Info
Liveaboard: MV Leo
Duration: 8 days 7 nights
Travel Dates: 17 January 2016 - 24 January 2016
Room Type: Standard Room (Ensuite)
Promotion Price: USD1,650 (U/P: USD1,885)
Standard room only
3 meals per day, afternoon snacks
unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee
1 BBQ night on an uninhabited island (if the weather and route conditions allow)
17 dives per week in total (2-3 dives per day but no diving on the first day of the trip)
Tanks, weights, Nitrox
Dive guides service
All transfers within Maldives
Green tax and government tax
Male city tour with local guide (upon request)
Rental of diving gear
Alcohol and soda
Other services that are not listed here or above and might be requested by the guest.
- No refund, cancellation or amendments allowed upon confirmation of booking.
- In the event of no show, booking will be forfeited.
- All booking is subject to availability, a full refund will be given should the boat is fully booked.
MV LEO | Maldives Liveaboard
MV Leo Maldives is a 115 feet long and 30 feet wide liveaboard operating in the Maldives. It has a total of 10 en-suite cabins. All accommodations are air-conditioned. All cabins are en-suite with individual air-con, TV, DVD player, safe, mini bar and dryer.
The main deck of the liveaboard has a large salon with sofas, licensed bar and Jacuzzi whilst the sun deck is perfect for reflecting on the day as the sun goes down. WiFi is available when in range at an extra charge.
Diving is done from a large 19.8m diving dhoni, getting you to the perfect dive spot every time. It is one of the few Maldives dive liveaboards to offer free Nitrox.
Day 1 – Pick up and Check-in from 1.00pm at Male Airport
Day 2 – Dive North Male Atoll, cross to Baa Atoll
Day 3 – Baa Atoll - Hanifaru Bay Area
Day 4 – Baa Atoll - Hanifaru Bay Area, cross to Rasdhoo Atoll
Day 5 – Dive Rasdho Atoll and North Ari Atoll - Grey Reef Sharks and Hammerhead Sharks
Day 6 – North Ari Atoll - Mantas and night dive on the famous Maaya Thila
Day 7 – North Male Atoll - Manta Point, afternoon tour of Male city
Day 8 – Check out at 07.00am and 09.00am, Male Airport
Diving in the Maldives
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:
- Ari Atoll
- Baa Atol
- Male Atoll
- Vaavu Atoll
- Meemu Atoll
- Addu Atoll
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, 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.
Immigration and Visa
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'.