Diving Squad Rating:
9.7 / 10
Blue Voyager runs several fantastic dive tours through the Maldives, including shark or manta ray themed diving safaris as well as trips that explore further north in the Maldives than any other liveaboard.
She has a formidable array of social spaces, decked out with various lavish relaxation and entertainment facilities as well as some cabins that are suitable for singles whereas others are ideal for couples.
Great for: Far North Expeditions, Variety of Itineraries, Singles, Value for Money
Trip Lengths: 8 – 13 days.
Max Guest Capacity: 24
Operates: All year except July
The “Best of the Central Atolls” route covers the vavuu and ari atolls, which are included in most other liveaboards central Maldives routes.
However, this itinerary also explores a good mix of additional central atolls, which are not always covered by other liveaboards, including Baa, Nilandhoo and Lhaviyani atolls.
Throughout the year, there are intermittent “Manta Trust Expedition”, trips which are specifically timed to coincide with the most productive monsoon winds and lunar currents, which strongly influence the movements and feeding habits of reef manta rays.
Another favourite option is the “Project Shark” safari to the south Maldives where many exciting species of shark can be discovered.
With this trip, guests are joined by Dr Elke Bojanowski; experienced dive guide and marine biologist, who founded the “Red Sea Sharks Trust” project and continues to monitor, record and promotes awareness of sharks.
Blue Voyager also offers a very special “Best of the Northern Atolls” tour which ventures all the way up to the Maldives far northern outskirts – Haa Alifu, Haa Daalhu and Shaviyani atolls.
These atolls are comprised of a single chain of widely spaced islands which clears deep blue waters filled with reef sharks and rays, small thilas adorned with colourful sponges and mighty ledges that are adorned in exquisite coral that is teaming with reef fish.
There is a stylish inside bar and lounge area with seating and large plasma TV, an indoor dining hall, 2 upper sun decks – one with a hot tub as well as a sun bathing area at the bow of the boat.
Underwater photographers can take advantage of the camera station, with table and charging point plus a separate rinse for U/W camera gear.
There are 13 spacious cabins with ensuite bathrooms, mini refrigerators and their own tv’s. Three of these cabins are doubles , whilst ten are twins.
Each single bed in the twin cabins can be booked separately, making this liveaboard a great choice for singles, pairs of friends or couples alike.
Amazingly, Blue Voyager is a fair bit cheaper than the other mid-price liveaboards, despite offering the greatest variety of diving safaris around the Maldives and many cool social areas.
The only real setback, is that this liveaboard can feel a little more crowded than some other options. However, this does result in a friendly and social onboard atmosphere.
All in all, although not quite as luxurious as some of the other options, Blue Voyager is still a very comfortable and spacious yacht and she operates some of the absolute coolest tours from a diving perspective.
If variety and overall quality of dive sites are your main priority, Blue Voyager is one of the absolute best Maldives liveaboard.
“The boat was of a high quality – modern, clean, large and comfortable. Although the boat was full, we always could find space somewhere to relax. Crew were really attentive, with literally help for everything.
The diving was both mind-blowing and average in turns, depending on the conditions, but the dive guides had a good balance of showing things and letting people explore with their buddy.
I would consider diving with Blue O Two again. Thanks of course to Albert and Sophie, who made the trip relaxed and fun – thanks for hooking me up Diving Squad”!