Experience the "Magic of the Maldives" by liveaboard on a special Project Shark itinerary!
Cruising through the atolls of the Maldives during the peak season, we'll seek out the best diving this amazing archipelago has to offer. Three daytime dives (with a night dive offered some nights) are interspersed with a desert island BBQ and cruising through one of the most beautiful island landscapes on the planet.
Our special itinerary ten-night cruise allows us to explore multiple islands in this archipelago you may have always dreamed of visiting. Diving takes place from a large, separate "dhoni", maximizing space on board the M/V blueVoyager, as well as keeping it dry. The feel is more like a yacht than a dive boat.
This special Project Shark itinerary is hosted by marine scientist Dr. Elke Bojanowski, with whom we've previously had the pleasure of diving in the Red Sea. In addition to shark sightings, the Maldives always offers the possibility of whale sharks and multiple mantas. While such encounters are never guaranteed, the possibility of them is part of the "Magic of the Maldives". The topside scenery and schools of beautiful reef fish unique to the Indian Ocean will offer plenty to enchant you, with hope for icing on the cake.
Divers who've previously visited Maldives and dived Ari Atoll and the central islands will love this itinerary if you enjoyed the pass dives with hook-in on the eastern side of the archipelago at South Male and Vaavu/Felidhu atolls, which we will also visit.
This is NOT beginner diving! The best dives with the most shark action are deep (right up to the 30 m/99 ft maximum allowed in Maldives) and in swift incoming current in the channels ("kandu" in Maldivian). You'll need a reef hook, calm nerves, and the ability to deploy an SMB from your safety stop.
Don't miss your opportunity to explore the Maldives' best diving in the peak season in the company of gay divers and our friends on board a beautiful sailing yacht. Join us to experience Indian Ocean diving in February 2020!
Our Package Includes:
- 10 nights aboard the M/V blueVoyager in air-conditioned double occupancy staterooms with private bath
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus morning and afternoon snacks
- Water, tea, coffee, and juice
- Three dives a day, including night dives some nights
- Limited internet service on board while boat is in range
- Airport transfers on day of cruise arrival and departure
- Tanks, weights and weight belt
Not Included: Airfare to Male, Maldives and on to Kooddoo, dive gear rental if needed, hard liquor, tips (10% recommended), government taxes and fees (currently $6/night paid with final balance), any fuel surcharge if in place at time of final balance, Nitrox if desired ($150), dive accident insurance (required), and items of a personal nature. No alcoholic beverages are included in the package, though they are available for sale on board.
Maldives is a moderate Muslim country. Visitors who drink alcohol will find it available for tourists, but at a higher cost and more limited selection than most diving destinations. No tourist may bring alcohol into the country, so please don't buy from Duty Free en route. Hard liquor, beer, and wine may only be purchased from the ship's bar, so please budget accordingly if you do care to drink, and know the price of what you are buying before you order it.
If you would like to travel on miles or points, you might find this blog post very helpful: http://thepointsguy.com/2013/11/top-13-ways-to-get-to-the-maldives-using-miles-and-points/
From North America most travelers will begin travel on February 14 or 15. Plan to arrive no later than the morning of February 16 to connect to the inter-island flight to Kooddoo (GKK), one of the islands of the Huvadhoo Atoll in the south. There are a number of inexpensive hotels right on the airport island of Hulhumale if you choose to arrive a day early. Purchase your Inter-island flight on Maldivian - the non-stop at 11 am from Male to Kooddoo on February 16 is a good option. The afternoon flight works as well.
Emirates offers non-stop service to Dubai from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, New York and Toronto, with continuing service from Dubai on to Male (MLE), capital of the Maldives. Qatar Airways offers good fares as well from gateways such as Washington-Dulles, Boston, JFK, Montreal and Houston Intercontinental.
For frequent flyers on United Airlines, it's probably worth a call to United reservations to book flights that include Star Alliance partner airlines such as Turkish Airlines or Singapore Airlines.
Singapore Airlines flies to Male through Singapore. If your flight arrives at night, plan to arrive on February 15 and stay at the Hulhule Island Hotel next to the airport, or another cheaper hotel on Hulhumale island such as Fern Boquete Inn or many others.
Oneworld/American Airlines frequent flyers take note: Cathay Pacific now offers connecting service to Male via Hong Kong.
Numerous airlines and charter flights depart from Europe to Male, including British Airways, departing London Gatwick (LGW) on Friday, February 14 and returning on Thursday, February 27.
We'll depart the vessel at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Please schedule your flight home for that morning or plan to book a day room at Hulhule or in Male.
Feel free to contact us for suggestions with air travel and with hotel reservations if arriving early or staying longer.
$1000 deposit to hold space. Second payment of $700 due nine months prior to departure. Third payment of $700 due at 180 days. Balance due 120 days prior to departure. We can also arrange monthly payment plans - just ask!
How to reserve your space:
We'll place a space on courtesy hold for you and send you a confirmation e-mail.
Complete and return the trip application and waiver from the letter with your deposit by check or credit card.
Make your airline reservations. We're happy to help you find the best flights.