Diving Squad Rating:
9.8 / 10
Duke of York operates next level dive trips that involve many exciting land missions in addition to exploring some truly off the beaten track dive sites.
There’s a range of different itineraries with something for everyone; from newbies to experienced divers in pursuit of something more.
Great for: Deep South Voyages, Unique Trips, Beginners, Families, Groups of 3, Spa,
Trip Lengths: 7 – 8 days
Max Guest Capacity: 24
Operates: Jan – May & Oct – Dec
There are two “Central Maldives” options: 1) Male south – Felidhoo – Mulaku or 2) Rasdoo – Ari north – Male south.
Both trips last 8 days and are a great way of exploring the most well known diving sites of the Maldives. In my opinion, they are the same in overall quality and share a similar range of diving experiences.
For these central routes, you only need your open water certification and no logged dives, making them a great option for newbie divers!
For more experienced divers, there’s several types of “Extreme South” trips which travel all the way down to the Maldives seldom visited southern region a place renowned for rare shark species such as tiger, zebra and oceanic white tips.
These itineraries start at Huvadhoo and can take divers as far as Addu, the southernmost atoll of the Maldives. Only a handful of liveaboards make it this far, meaning you’re unlikely to spot other dive boats. New dive sites are still being discovered around here!
A minor annoyance with Duke of York’s deep south trips, is that you have to fly from Male to Kaadedhdhoo to start this trip, which isn’t included in the cost.
Although this liveaboards admin team will help you book a flight, do be aware that a round trip between these airports is about $400 per person.
Still, if you don’t mind the extra cost, the seclusion from tourist infrastructure and the pristine quality of the dive sites found around the Maldive’s south region makes it money well spent. This is what the central Maldives would have been like several decades ago.
For southern voyages, divers are required to have their open water cert and at least 30 logged dives. However, having your advanced open water cert will mean you can take part in the full range of dives.
On all trips, there are many deserted island stops and land excursions, plus a beach bbq. There’s also onboard kayaks and snorkelling equipment as well as paid internet and daily housekeeping. Free nitrox is available!
Social areas include the large indoor salon with TV & Audio entertainment system, comfortable seating and bar offering a wide selection of drinks.
Located on the main deck is the restaurant where guests can enjoy a buffet of mouth watering Italian and Maldivian cuisine.
There’s three sundecks complete with loungers, sun mats and partial shading as well as epic views. Need even more relaxation? The onboard spa has you covered where theres an impressive variety of massage services on offer.
Every cabin features individual climate control and an ensuite bathroom. There’s an assortment of bedding options such as two singles, double and triple options on request, making this a great option for families or groups of friends.
Duke of York doesn’t have so many additional activities as some other options like Azalea, nor are the cabins quite as immaculate but the range of dive trips is fantastic.
Central trips have more route options and are beginner friendly, whereas southern trips will thoroughly satisfy experienced divers looking to taste the unknown in one of the Maldive’s final diving frontiers.
“Very good diving around Fuvamullah and Addu atolls in channels. The food on board is mainly European style and is very very good. Cabins are very comfortable. Local dive guides were great. The Italian dive leader is very friendly and professional”.