Diving Squad Rating:
9.3 / 10
The Adora runs a variety of dive trips around the Maldives, each one incorporating a unique feel that will appeal to a certain kind of scuba adventurer.
The cabins are beautifully decked out, with some options that will be ideal for a single traveller, whereas others will be ideal for couples.
Great for: Learning to Scuba Dive, Experienced Divers, Single Traveller, Manta Ray Safari, Deserted Island Stay
Trip Lengths: 8 – 11 days
Max Guest Capacity: 21
Operates: August – May
The “Best of Maldives” trip explores the Male, Ari and Felidhu atolls; the central and most famous region of the Maldives. Dive sites here are well known for reef sharks, dramatic underwater topography and big pelagics such as eagle rays, trevally, grouper, black snappers and large morays.
Then there’s the “Manta Madness” dive safari in August with manta rays, shipwrecks and the UNESCO bioregion of Baa Atoll as well as the “Liveaboard and Island Escape” trip between October – November which explores Vaavu and Meemu atolls and includes an island stay for several days and the chance to complete scuba diving courses.
There are also intermittent deep southern voyages throughout the year which last 11 days and are designed for experienced divers with advanced open water and 50 logged dives.
Throughout the various trips guests can enjoy night, wreck, drift, wall and cave diving whilst seeing iconic species like reef sharks, turtles, eagle rays and manta rays as well as a varied assortment of underwater environments with stunning hard and soft coral.
For onboard facilities, there is a modern indoor salon and bar area with a fully decked out video and audio entertainment system. Guests can soak up some rays from the cushioned sun beds atop the partially shaded sundeck which offers beautiful panoramic views.
Every cabin features an ensuite bathroom, it’s own TV and individually controlled AC. Several cabins have their own balconies and there is also a superior single room available.
The local cuisine brings tastes from India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives in addition to international dishes which also provide vegetarian and vegan options on request.
Guests can also enjoy fishing onboard, paid internet and additional activities such as snorkelling and a beach BBQ party.
“Lovely staff the visibility and weather not ideal – Would probably advise people not to chose October if this is the typical weather. visibility about 5-8 m only We saw everything though – whale shark, mantas However, We had tuna served twice a day every day.
My partner does not eat tuna and therefore chicken was his staple food. Perhaps more variation might have been possible if 19 of the 24 on board were not Israeli – but probably better to have varied more for the unlucky five !
Otherwise we thought it was an excellent cruise and could not fault the staff at all, they were absolutely wonderful – particularly Dhoni crew, divemaster, Hassan, and Barman, Lucky. thank you everyone”.