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Soleil 2

Diving Squad Rating:


10 / 10!

Soleil 2 is the only cheap Maldives liveabaord that has a spa, jacuzzi and yoga all on the same vessel!

It even has cabins with private balcony options. It’s seriously mind blowing that this is the second cheapest Maldives liveaboard of all time!

What’s more, in addition to exploring the highly popular central Maldives region, Soleil 2 also operates routes to more off the beaten track regions in the Maldive’s south and deep south. 

Great for: Spa, Yoga, Jacuzzi, Private Balcony Cabin, Central Routes, South Routes, Deep South

Trip Lengths: 7 Nights.

Max Group Size: 28


  • Ari Vaavu Dive Trip: Explores the central region; known for reef sharks, eagle rays, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and manta rays as well as an impressive underwater landscape of pinnacles, caves and walls adorned with bright corals. 7 Nights. AOW Cert & 50 Logged Dives Required.


  • Deep South Dive Itinerary: Covers the Maldives deep south, south and central regions. 7 Nights. AOW & 50 Logged Dives Required.


  • Thaa Atoll Dive Trip: Covers the Maldives central and southern regions. 7 Nights. AOW & 50 Logged Dives Required.

On all routes, there are between 14 to 18 day dives and 1 or 2 night dives with the option to pay for extra dives. 

Guests can also enjoy a beach bbq, massages in the spa and yoga classes for a small extra fee.

Snorkelling guides, the jacuzzi, WiFi, land excursions and welcome cocktails are all for free!

All the cabins are exceptionally spacious and have ensuite bathrooms and ac, whilst the upper deck twin cabin has a private balcony and the main master deck is a massive suite. 

The experienced dive guides are fantastic at explaining the local marine life and keeping everyone safe on dives, whilst the upbeat staff excel at ensuring guests have a relaxing trip.

There is a large sundeck up top as well as several partially shaded chill out zones on the lower decks with beanbags and sun loungers. 

Guests can also relax in the air conditioned indoor saloon with the huge TV entertainment system and there are also two dining areas; one indoor and the other out on the top deck.

Soleil 2 diving takes place from the beautiful wooden Dhoni, which comes fully equipped with compressors and dive gear storage to maximise space on board the mothership.

Nitrox is available for certified divers and you can also pay to complete your nitrox course during the trip. 

There is just one cheaper liveaboard than Soleil 2 – the Amba and it only costs a relatively small amount less.  

Only one other cheap Maldives liveaboard has a jacuzzi – the Nautilus Two; but it doesn’t have the yoga, spa and private balcony that Soleil 2 does (at least it has kayaks though!).

In my opinion, Soleil 2 is the absolute best all round cheap Maldives liveaboard there is in terms of route, value for money, extra activities, staff and onboard amenities. 

The only people it won’t suit is inexperienced divers who’d be better of checking out the Emperor Serenity. 

Other Reviews:

Anne MFrance
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"Despite the covid crisis beginning to hit many countries, the trip went as planned very smoothly. The cruise director helped every one at the end of the cruise with their travel plans as the Maldives got locked down by the end of our week, I was very grateful for all the assistance he provided. The boat is Maldivian owned and very well managed. Great crew and very experienced dive guides showing us the best of the Maldives. I definitely recommand this boat and I hope to be back someday".
Cornelis ENetherlands
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"Diving with tiger sharks, mantas and whale sharks. Amazing fish life on every reef. Incredible wall dives with tons of sharks. Boat owner and crew were amazing and super helpful and friendly, even in a period where the covid-19 was affecting their business. Food on the boat was very delicious as well"!
Sebastian SUnited States
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"Shahid (fish man of the Maldives) and his crew provided a magnificent diving experience. I have been diving for 35 years and have not ever experienced some of the dives we had on this trip. Whale sharks, night dives with manta rays and a whole school of nurse sharks were just a few of the highlights. Food and crew were magnificent also Shahid has the magic touch and you will not be disappointed on whatever itinerary he takes you on!"

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