MV Emperor Explorer - Maldives

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This exceptional liveaboard is just 2 years old and measures an impressive 42m. She is the perfect choice for those wanting to dive the iconic sites of the Maldives whilst taking some time out to relax and be pampered. MV Explorer really does bring a class of her own to Maldivian waters.

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Twin or double cabin share
  • Full board & BBQ
  • Glass of wine with dinner
  • Up to 17 dives
  • Nitrox & Government taxes
  • Accommodates 26 divers
  • Brand new in 2019
  • Choice of dining and relaxation areas
  • Onboard Spa & sundeck
  • Diving dhoni & 4 dive guides
  • Wi-Fi (local charges) when in range

Brand NEW in 2019, Emperor Explorer brings a class of her own to the Maldivian waters. She is a contemporary, spacious liveaboard measuring 42m and accommodating 26 guests in 13 well-appointed ensuite cabins all with air-conditioning. On the upper deck there are 2 king-size double and 2 twin cabins, the main deck offers 2 double cabins with a single bed, and the lower deck comprises of 5 double cabins with a single bed and 2 standard double cabins.

There is a spa and open-air dining for guests to enjoy at the stern of the main deck, and several sofas and tables inside the air-conditioned saloon for relaxing or watching TV. A complimentary glass of wine is served with dinner. The upper deck boasts a covered, open area ideal for watching photos and footage from your diving or just relaxing, star gazing and soaking up the wonderful Maldivian sunshine.

The sundeck is the perfect place for having a reviving nap or reliving the excitement of the day’s diving with your buddies. Nitrox is free of charge, and all diving is done from Emperor Explorer's large dhoni (tender), giving you more living space on board. Four dive guides are on hand to ensure everyone experiences the best diving and underwater encounters that the Maldives has to offer.

Lower Deck Double/Twin Cabin

Lower Deck Double/Twin Cabin


  • Double and Single Bed
  • En-suite Facilities
  • Air Conditioning

There are 7 double cabins on the Lower Deck, 5 of which also have a single bed so can be booked as a twin.

Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin

Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin


  • Double and Single Bed
  • En-suite Facilities
  • Air Conditioning

There are 2 double cabins on the Main Deck, each with a single bed so can be booked as a twin cabin also.

Upper Deck Twin Stateroom

Upper Deck Twin Stateroom


  • Twin Beds
  • En-suite Facilities
  • Air Conditioning

There are 2 twin cabins on the Upper Deck.

Upper Deck En-Suite Cabin

Upper Deck En-Suite Cabin


  • Kingsize Bed
  • En-suite Facilities
  • Air Conditioning

There are 2 kingsize double cabins on the Upper Deck.

  • Deep South and Southern Sharks

    Go in search of the Indian Ocean’s largest residents in February and March when possible sightings include tiger sharks, silver tips, grey reef sharks, whale sharks, hammerheads, and silkies. Enjoy drift diving on this trip, far away from the crowds.

    Pelagics – Channels – Wreck – Manta Cleaning Stations – Whale Sharks - Drifts
  • Sharktastic

    With superb visibility up to 40m from January to April this trip is full of delights, expect the action-packed channel dives of eastern Maldives, sharks, eagle rays, stunning corals, and even whale sharks.

    Pelagics - Channels – Pinnacles – Manta Cleaning Station – Macro Wreck – Whale Sharks
  • The Best of the Maldives

    This itinerary explores the most famous sites across Male and Ari atolls. Divers can hope to meet a wonderful mix of marine life including sharks, reef fish, and morays, the boat will also aim to find whale sharks so guests can get in the water and snorkel with these magnificent creatures.

    Pelagics – Manta Ray – Pinnacles – Reefs – Macro – Drifts – Channels
  • South Central Atolls

    Visiting quieter atolls between January and March this trip is a wonderful mix of fast drift dives, sharks, and thrilling channel dives, along with some relaxed diving inside the atolls spotting turtles, schooling fish, and eagle rays to name but a few.

    Pelagics – Whale Sharks – Hammerheads – Channels – Drifts – Manta Cleaning Station – Macro Wreck

Diving the Maldives is year-round, with its hot tropical climate. The Maldives lies in the monsoon belt of the Indian Ocean and has quite a varied weather pattern although the temperature remains fairly constant. There are two monsoons, the southwest from May to October and the northeast from November to April. Generally, the southwest brings more wind and rain in June and July, and a plankton bloom in early May can cause lower visibility but attracts whale sharks and manta rays. The peak time to visit is generally November to March.

The Maldives is renowned for the large pelagics that visit the area and the reefs that form channels and lagoons, along with encounters with some of our ocean favourites such as whale sharks, mantas, eagle rays, reef sharks, nurse sharks, and hammerheads. There are also some stunning channels with beautiful soft corals, along with amazing pinnacles to be explored.

Average temperatures in Summer (May-November) Air 25-30°c / Sea 28-30°c

Average temperatures in Winter (December-April) Air 26-32°c / Sea 28-30°c

Daily indirect flights are available from many regional UK departures, operated by several airlines. Direct flights are also available at certain times of the year departing from Heathrow with a flight time of around 11 hours.

At point of enquiry our team will discuss the best priced flights and routes available for your chosen departure date. Airport transfers are included within your package.

Maldives liveaboards can easily be combined with a few nights on a resort, and often a city stopover. You do not require a VISA to enter the Maldives.

The Maldivian Rufiyaa is the currency in The Maldives although Euros and US dollars are accepted onboard, along with VISA and Mastercard.
The time difference is GMT + 5 hours
Calling code +960
Plug types are D and G
Please follow this link for up-to-date health advice and details of any vaccinations that are required before travel

Enjoy open air dining on Emperor Explorer where meals are usually buffet style offering a good variety of local and International dishes to suit everyone, local food is traditionally a bit spicy! Fish is available, mostly frozen with a few fresh catches along the way. Water, tea, and coffee are complimentary. Soft drinks, fresh juices, and alcohol (cocktails, liquors, wine, and beer) are chargeable. A complimentary glass of wine is served with dinner.

For any special dietary requests, such as vegetarian or any allergies, please speak to a member of our team. Produce is sourced locally, therefore items such as, but not limited to; wholemeal pastas or flour, gluten free products or soya substitutes are not typically available.

Emperor Explorer has a licenced bar so you can purchase alcohol on board, but please be aware importing of alcoholic beverages is prohibited by Maldivian law. Bottles containing alcohol will be confiscated at customs upon arrival.

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