Rarely Visited Dive Sites: Emperor Serenity

Emperor Serenity a mid-priced Maldives liveaboard that offers awesome value for money.

Guests can look forward to Free Nitrox as well as 2 for 1 happy hours most evenings before dinner plus a complimentary glass of wine with dinner!

Most trips explore the Central Maldives. However, on certain months; trips are made to the Deep South (usually January – March) or Far North (July – September) regions.

Great for: Value for Money, Extended Trips, Off-the-Beaten-Track Dive Itineraries, Free Wine & Happy Hour!

Trip Lengths: 7 – 14 Nights

Max Guests: 26

Price: $$ (Mid-Level)

Emperor Serenity.

The main trip offered by Emperor Serenity is the “Best of Maldives” route which explores the Central Maldives. This is the most famous Maldives diving region and is a great place to easily see manta rays, dolphins and many species of sharks including hundreds of schooling grey reef sharks plus nurse sharks, tiger sharks, hammerhead sharks and whale sharks…

However, at certain times of year; Emperor Serenity also offers (longer) trips to the more off-the-beaten-track regions of the Maldives: the South or North; where you’ll see far less other divers and probably even more sharks and manta rays. 

You can check the current Emperor Serenity schedule here – however generally speaking the South Routes are available between the months of January – March whereas the North trips are usually available around July – September. With Central Region trips offered on the other months. Most trips also include a Beach BBQ evening. 

This is a very nicely furbished liveaboard with lots of character; friendly staff and spacious areas. The upper deck has a large, partially shaded sundeck; a great place for soaking in the views and enjoying a drink (don’t forget those 2 for 1 happy hours!). 

Inside, is the air-conditioned indoor saloon and dining area where guests can relax in the lounge, pull up a stool at the bar or watch a movie on the large plasma TV.  

There are a total of 13 cabins – all have ensuite bathrooms, aircon and twin or double bed options. Standard cabins have twin or double bed options whereas the Suites on the upper deck have king sized beds and beautiful ocean views. 

Guest Feedback:

Khoa BNetherlands
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"Awesome dives, the guides really make an effort to show the best of the Maldives!"
Zafer Erdim ITurkey
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"We had a liveaboard with the Emperor Sererenity for a week in Maldives. Our room was super clean and it was tidied after every single dive. All of the crew were very kind and helped us all the time. Our dive guides Lexie and Bruno were super professional. Whenever we faced small problems in our dives, they always explained to us what we needed to do in that situation after that dive. It was so helpful to improve our diving skills! We will definetly go back and join this company with lovely guides and crew. Hyojin Kim, Zafer Erdim İnal"
Craig MUnited Kingdo
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"It is so difficult to reduce to highlights as the whole trip was a complete success.. Serenity is a stunning boat with ample space on board to feel extremely comfortable.. the staff of the Emperor company were first class and nothing was ever too much... this holiday for me was pretty much faultless... thank you"

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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.