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New as of 2019, Emperor Explorer is the latest addition to the mighty Emperor Fleet.
She runs several dive safaris around the Maldives, most of which are beginner friendly. This is a spacious and well facilitated yacht with excellent extra facilities.
Great for: Couples, Spa, Non-Divers, Beginners, Big Groups
Trip Lengths: 8 – 11 days.
Max Guest Capacity: 26
Operates: August – May
The “best of Maldives” route is by far the most frequently occurring trip and explores the Male and Ari atolls around the Maldive’s central region.
Diving highlights include hammerhead dives, manta cleaning stations, channel diving, night dives and a wreck dive.
You only need to have your open water certification, with no additional logged dives for this trip. That said, it’s better to also have your advanced open water certification in order to be able to take part in the wreck, deep and night dives as well!
There’s also the “northern hi-lites” trip which travels as far as Baa atoll – or the “Deep South” trip which ventures to Gan atoll.
Whilst neither of these “north” or “south” trips travel as far in their respective direction as some other liveaboards do, they still offer the chance to enjoy dive the central Maldives region whilst also enjoying additional diving highlights.
One of the coolest features of Emperor Explorer is the onboard spa where massage services await. Non-divers receive a free snorkelling kit and a $50 voucher to spend on board. There is also 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 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 soak up some rays.
There is also a well stocked library, paid internet and al-fresco dining. 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 most 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.
“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!!”