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Emperor Explorer

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New as of 2019, Emperor Explorer is the latest addition to the highly reputable Emperor Fleet.

She runs several dive safaris through the Maldives’ central, south, deep south and northern regions. 

For the “best of Maldives” trip, guests need only their Open Water Cert, making it a good choice for newbie divers. 

Great for: Less Experienced Divers, Spa, Central, South, Deep South, North Routes. 

Trip Lengths: 7 – 10 nights. 

Max Guest Capacity: 26

Emperor Explorer at sea.


  • Best of Maldives:
    Central Regions. 7 Nights.
    Guests require Open Water Cert + 0 Logged Dives.

  • South Central:
    Central & South. 10 nights.
    AOW Cert + 100 Logged Dives.

  • Deep South & Southern Shark:
    South & Deep South. 7 – 10 nights. 
    AOW Cert + 100 Logged Dives.

  • Hanifaru & North: (infrequent)
    Central & North. 10 Nights.
    OW Cert + 0 Logged Dives. 

Guests only need their open water certification and no logged dives for the “Best of Maldives” trip. However, you will need to be confident with drift diving, as currents can be strong! 

For an extra charge, it is possible to hire a private dive guide and pay for private dive courses throughout the trip! 

Diving highlights include whale sharks, hammerhead shark dives, manta ray cleaning stations, reef sharks, fast pace drift dives, night dives and a dramatic underwater landscape of caves, walls, overhangs and many thilas. 

Don’t forget, you can check out our main page on Maldives diving for a detailed description of each region!

One of the coolest onboard features of Emperor Explorer is the spa, where you can be pampered with massage treatment by the highly trained staff. 

Non-divers receive a free snorkelling kit and a $50 voucher to spend onboard. 

There is a beach bbq party on almost every trip. 

The stylish, air conditioned bar is a great place to kick back with a drink in hand and it’s also right by the large TV. 

On the upper deck is an open air terrace, perfect for taking in the stunning views. Meanwhile, on the top deck is a large sundeck with comfortable loungers from which to catch some rays. 

Emperor Explorer accommodates up to 26 guests in 13 luxurious cabins all of which feature ensuite bathrooms, AC and charging ports. 

This is one of the more affordable mid-price Maldives liveaboards and by far the best choice for groups with non-divers thanks to the non-diver privileges, spa and beach bbq.

She may not be quite as luxurious as ScubaSpa Yang or Adora but she does offer excellent value for money. 

The diving trips are fun and enjoyable – they may not be as off the beaten track as those of Blue Voyager or Carpe Novo, but a good mix of favourite dive sites are provided nonetheless. 

Check out the video below to get a better idea of what going on a liveaboard trip with Emperor Explorer is all about!

jacuzzi and sun deck.
Double cabin of the emperor explorer.

Other Features:

  • Camera Station w. separate rinse for u/w camera

  • Audio & video entertainment

  • Bar

  • Non-smoking rooms

  • Charging stations

  • Available for charter

  • Seaview cabins

  • Dedicated local and international crew

  • Snorkelling equipment

Jason M from the United States said:

“Every dive delivered amazing experiences and encounters thanks to Gabriel, Maria, Ali and Rich. The boat crew was friendly, entertaining and enjoyable to socialize with.

Manta Ray night dive was a dream alongside encounters with variety of sharks and rays. Dive guides were most professional, safe and led a phenomenal adventure. Would dive with this boat and crew again!!”

Written by:



Scuba fanatic, travel ecstatic and loveable rogue. A rootless divemaster and perpetual adrenaline-junky, Alex holds the esteemed rank of Grand Admiral of the Diving Squad; a title he most nobly awarded to himself. A scuba-junky since 2014, he's dived much of the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, Red Sea, Ireland, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. It's hard to say where he'll pop up next for he never settles; forever a leaf on the wind... or perhaps a lone bubble blasted along on the current.