Diving Squad Rating:
Sleek and stylish, the Emperor Serenity has great facilities and a welcoming, professional crew.
Her four experienced dive instructors will seek out multiple shark species, manta rays, whale sharks and shipwrecks for you.
Great for: Beginners, Spa, Central Maldives, Deep South Routes
Trip Lengths: 8 – 10 days
Max Guest Capacity: 26
Operates: Every month except June & Jul
Emperor Serenity’s “Best of Maldives” route is the only budget diving trip where guests need only have their open water certification and nothing else!
On this route, Emperor Serenity tours the central Maldive’s famous Male and Ari atolls, which offer an exciting and varied underwater landscape of many epic pinnacles, drop offs and deep ledges.
This is an excellent place to see reef sharks, eagle rays and other large pelagics as well as superb coral that is teaming with moray eels and reef fish.
A favourite highlight of this trip is the hammerhead shark dive. Lucky divers can even see manta rays and whale sharks!
No minimum logged dives are required, although you should be comfortable with drift dives.
Deep dive training is also recommended for a few select dives, but there are only a few of these and they and can be sat out. With other liveaboards however, you can only dive if you have 30 – 50 logged dives and usually advanced open water cert.
Deep South voyages are also available but only for experienced divers with advanced open water and 100 logged dives.
For relaxation between dives, the upper deck sports a covered and open area which is the perfect place for taking in the view and star gazing.
Going higher still, there’s a large sundeck with loungers, perfect for soaking up some rays.
Inside, guests can relax in the air conditioned salon which features a TV entertainment system and a bar. Or why not get a massage at the onboard spa?
There’s also paid internet, a well stocked library and a BBQ beach party.
All 13 of the modernly furbished cabins are equipped with ensuite showe rooms and individually controlled air conditioning. Of these, the four suites on the main and upper decks also have a king sized bed and stunning ocean views.
Although Emperor Serenity’s beginner friendly trip the “Best of Maldives” route visits the most mainstream areas of the Maldives; where you’ll likely encounter other dive boats, these dive sites still showcase some of the best of the Maldives.
For beginner divers who want to embark on a cheap liveaboard around the Maldives with only open water cert, Emperor Serenity is the very best (and only!) option.
“Everything about this trip was spectacular to me. One of the little things that stood out to me the most took place during our dive briefings.
You could see the passion for preserving our beautiful underwater world in the way the crew educated the guests on what they would see, how to conduct themselves and ways we can all help to preserve this majestic world.
I highly recommend this company and this particular crew. Gabriel and Maria are a dynamic duo and everything was executed beautifully”