Maldives Liveaboard 2015
ultimate maldives dive safari
DATES: 30 March - 8 April, 12 - 21 April, 19 - 28th April, 12 - 21 September '15
PRICE: Currently starting @ R31 999 on the MY Stingray & R33 499 on the MY Carpe Diem
INCLUDES: 7 Nights liveaboard accommodation, all meals, 17 / 18 dive package, return international flights
BOOKING: Deposit amount of 25% of liveaboard and full flight amount upon reservation and the balance is due latest 90 days
prior to start of travel. Rates are subject to change and will be finalsed on the day that the last payment takes place
OPTIONAL EXTRA: 3 Nights land-based accommodation, all meals, return seaplane transfers @ R12 850
The Maldives offers a stunning destination with the best that diving has to offer from walls and pinnacles to drift dives in the current. Manta rays are nearly guaranteed on all trips and there are a myriad of dive sites where you can see these beautiful creatures of the sea. This chain of 1190 little coral islands includes a mass of lagoons with different depths and infinite shades of blue and turquoise, dazzling underwater coral gardens; a perfect natural combination for the ideal tropical holiday destination. These islands scattered across the Indian Ocean forms the archipelago of the Maldives. Only 201 islands are inhabited by the local people, and 83 islands are developed exclusively as tourist resorts, while the rest are uninhabited.
A liveaboard safari gives you the best experience possible dependant on the current conditions on the date of your trip. One of the highlights of any Maldives safari is the possibility to see one of the gentle giants of the ocean. Whale sharks are unusually common in the Maldives and are seen nearly year round in some areas and all our liveaboards will do their utmost to give you this chance encounter of a lifetime. Diving from a liveaboard in the Maldives is without doubt one of the best ways to experience the best that the Maldives has to offer.
* Return international flights and scheduled sea plane or road transfers
* 7 Nights accommodation on board, in air conditioned cabins in Standard Cabins with ensuite shower (with hot water) toilet,
toiletries, towels and beach towels
* The liveaboard has a spacious, dedicated dive deck for kitting up
*Two professional Live-in divemasters
* All meals, fresh snacks, tea and coffee and drinking water
* 3 Guided dives per day (depending on your arrival time in Male, weather conditions and 24 hours no diving before flying safety
rule), including one night dive
* Tanks: 11.5 and 13.5 litre Aluminium DIN / INT, weights and weight belts
* PADI Instructor (English speaking) and Dive Master Guide (English speaking) services
* Snorkelling equipment for non-divers
* BBQ on a deserted island
* Island hopping and koraoke singing
* Salsa basic workshop upon request
* Maldivian GST 6% (2012) 8% (2013)
* Maldivian Bed Tax - $8 per person per night)
* Extra Dives are charged at 25 US$ each, not including equipment rental
* Scuba Equipment rental - $220 per week
* Nitrox $100 per week
* Alcoholic, soft drinks and extra bottles of water
* Tips & gratitudes
* Personal travel, baggage and diving insurance
* Alcoholic and soft drinks on the Liveaboard
* Visa not required for South African Passport holders
* Airport Development Charge of USD 25 per person from all departing passengers above 2 years of age
(If you leave Maldives by sea port this charge will not apply)
* Maldivian Bed Tax - $8 per person per night
* All not specified in “what is included”
CARPE DIEM - THE LIVEABOARD
The liveaboard offers you a unique dive safari with a myriad of activities in the surroundings of the beautiful atolls of the Maldives. Cruising in the Maldives has never been so diverse and fun with all these activities offered on a brand new boat giving you a dream holiday of a lifetime. Activities include Scuba diving, salsa dancing, waterskiing and jetskiing, surfing, sunbathing, snorkelling, fishing and swimming in crystal clear azure waters.
The yacht is a totally new 35 m long motor safari yacht with a wooden hull, designed and built in the Madives and completed in 2008. It caters to20 guests in 10 air conditioned cabins (1 Suite, 1 Deluxe, 2 High Standard and 6 Standard Cabins)
MY STINGRAY - THE LIVEABOARD
The Sting Ray Liveaboard is a liveaboard built for divers. The boat length is 110 ft. and is conveniently designed to cater to the dive market. A minimum of 2 dive guides are always onboard. The chef prepares cuisine unparalleled and diversified, flavours from the Maldives , East and the west. sure to please all, and their fresh sashimi is always a cruise highlight! The Sting Ray Liveaboard can offer Nitrox as an added value service, on basis of availibility.
ITINERARY EXAMPLE OF LAND AND LIVEABOARD COMBO
Check in at Johannesburg International Airport for your flight departing to the Maldives
Day 2 - 9
Arrive in Male
Transfer to harbour to board liveaboard for the start of your diving safari
After breakfast disembark from the liveaboard
Transfer to Male Airport for your flight returning to Johannesburg
Alternatively transfer by sea plane for your extented stay at the Kuredu Resort & Spa
** 13 - 20 APRIL: North Male – Rasdhoo – Ari – Vaavu – South Male
** 20 - 27 APRIL: North Male – South Male – South Ari – Meemu – Vaavu – South Male
** 13 - 20 SEPTEMBER: North Male - Rasdhoo - Ari - South Male
Although it is warm throughout the year there are slight variations in the temperature during certain periods determined by the monsoons. The Northeast monsoons, from November to April is mostly dry with very little wind, while the Southwest monsoon from May to October brings some rain and wind. Being on the equator, the monsoons are mild and the temperature varies very little. The annual average daily temperature is between 30.4 and 25.4 degrees Celsius. The average rainfall is below 2m per annum.
Some useful translarions of commonly used Maldivian terminology
Atoll: A group of islands surrounded by a common reef formation
Etherevari: Sheltered area inside an Atoll
Falhu: Lagoon encircled by a reef sometimes with one or more islands inside
Faru: Large reef partially exposed at low tide
Finolhu: Island with few or no coconut trees
Futtaru: Reef where waves break
Giri: Small patch of coral a couple of meters below the surface
Kandhu: Sea inside Atoll Kandu
Kandu Olhi: Channel
Maa Kandu: Sea outside Atoll
Thila: Coral reef a few meters below the surface
ARI ATOLL- some of the popular dive sites
Type of dive: Reef dive
Description: One of the best dive sites for soft coral and fish life. The marine life here is so abundant, that the divers have named it ‘fish soup’. The thila is in a circular shape and can be covered in a single dive at different depths, if the current is not very strong.
Type of dive: Reef dive / Night dive
Description: The thila is about 80mters in diameter. The whole thila can be done at different depths in a single dive. There are manycaves and overhangs around the thila. The large rocks on the north eastern side have large black coral trees growing on them. The site is famous for the sharks and a great barracuda which reside here. The site can be dived at any time of the day, each with different activity going on the reef. The best chance to get close to these creatures is at night time, when they are hunting. You will see sharks, barracudas, rays and eels trying to grab a morsel.
BATHALA MAAGA KANTHILA
Type of dive: Drift dive
Description: The northern tip of Magaa reef extends into Bathalaa Kandu, is home to a number of grey reef sharks and white-tip reef sharks. They can be seen patrolling along the reef looking for food.
MAALHOS THILA(BLUE CURVES)
Type of dive: Drift dive / Reef dive
Description: The thila is known for the abundance of soft coral growth on the thila, particularly the blue/violet colored variety that grows on the ceiling of the caves and overhangs, thus the name ‘blue caves’. In addition a large variety of fish life can be observed here.
Type of dive: Drift dive / Channel dive
Description: The reef on the southern side of Rasdhoo drops vertically to the ocean depths. The site is home to a school of Scalloped Hammerhead sharks (sphyrna lewini). In the early hours of the morning they rise from the deep waters off the atoll into the shallower depths, accessible to divers.
SOUTH MALE ATOLL - some of the more popular dive sites
GURAIDHOO KANDU SOUTH
Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive
Description: Since the eastern side of the channel is Open Ocean, large predatory fish can regularly be spotted here. This site is famous for sightings of sharks, schools of eagle rays and the occasional Sail fish and Hammerheads. The best condition to do the dive is when the current is flowing into the Atoll. The dive begins on the outer reef following the current into the atoll. Most of the pelagic species can be observed on the eastern side, where the reef drops off into the deep ocean. At the end of the dive in the channel, along the reef you can find overhangs with plenty of soft coral growth and small fish.
Type of dive: Drift dive / reef dive
Description: Located in a channel, the reef is subject to strong currents at times. The ocean currents carry lot of nutrients to the reef, supporting an abundance of sea life. The site is well renowned for the soft coral growth, turtles, diverse fish life and invertebrates found on the reef. At the reef slope you may find sharks and eagle rays.
EMBUDU KANDU (EXPRESS)
Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive.
Description: Similar to Guraidhoo Kandu, but more sharks are likely to be spotted here.
The currents can be very strong at times. The stronger the current however the better chance of seeing sharks. Under the guidance of an experienced dive guide, the dive can be managed done easily.