Emperor Serenity in the Maldives

FREE NITROX ON ALL TRIPS FOR QUALIFIED NITROX DIVERS
Book at least 4 months in advance and gain a 30 USD voucher to spend on board, a chance for a FREE upgrade on selected departures (subject to availability) and a LOW deposit of only €100, final balance due 3 months before departure.

Brand new in 2016 Emperor Serenity is a luxury modern, spacious liveaboard built to a high standard, Emperor Serenity is a 40 metre boat accommodating 26 guests in 13 cabins consisting of 2 double or twin bed cabins on the upper deck, 2 double bed cabins on the main deck, 5 double/twin bed cabins and 3 double only cabins on the lower deck.

TThe sundeck is perfect for catching those sunrays or having a nap. and the Upper deck boasts a covered and open area ideal for watching photos and footage from your diving or just relaxing, star gazing and soaking up the wonderful Maldivian atmosphere. You can enjoy open air dining area at the stern of the main deck. Several sofas and tables await you inside the air-conditioned saloon for relaxing or watching TV.

All diving is done from Emperor Serenity's large dhoni tender, giving you more living space on board and getting you to the perfect dive spot every time. She is rebreather-friendly and offers free NITROX, all diving and safety equipment as well as a photography charging station and four dive guides. Non-divers are very welcome and get a free snorkelling kit + $50 voucher to spend on board. If you are travelling alone, the double with a single bed cabins can be booked on a twin share basis with one guest using the double bed and the other the single. To guarantee the double bed, a supplement of €35 per week is charged. When the cabin is booked by a couple the single bed can be used as a sofa. A supplement is charged for the Upper and Main deck cabins, details are shown below.

Emperor Serenity - prices

Prices are per person per week and in Euros based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time year and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.

Cabin type 2017 2018
Upper deck from E 1,914 from E 2,114
Main Deck from E 1,859 from E 2,059
Lower deck from E 1,679 from E 1,879

Upper deck: €235 per person per week supplement (as shown in the prices above).
Main deck: €180 per person per week supplement (as shown in the prices above).

Included in the trip price is

Shared cabin; 7 nights; 6 days diving, 3 meals a day; afternoon snacks; 1 BBQ dinner on local island (weather allowing); unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee; total of 17 dives (inc 1 night dive); guide, tanks, weights. Free Nitrox; return airport transfer; Government taxes and bed tax; Male city tour (on request); separate diving dhoni.

Not included in the trip price is

Flight, diving equipment, alcohol, soft drinks, juices. Other services which are not listed here or above and which might be requested by the guest Anything not in the “included in the price is” segment above.

Terms and conditions:

Individual bookings:
Booking deposit:
30% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
70 % is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Balance due 90 days before your trip departure date - non-refundable.
Individual booking made less than 90 days before the departured ate are payable in full at the time of booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.

Group charter:

Booking deposit:
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
Second deposit:
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
Balance due
90 days before departure - non-refundable
90 days before departure - non-refundable

Diving Equipment Rentals (Euro) Per week
Full Set (regulator, octopus, BCD, wetsuit, mask, fins, dive computer) E 276
Regulator with octopus E 110
Computer E 83
BCD E 83
Wetsuit (shorty 3mm) E 55
Mask E 28
Fins (+ booties as required) E 28
Torch E 83

Arrival and boarding

It is recommended to fly into the Male International Airport (MLE) on the day that your charter starts. The airport is a ten-minute boat ride from the capital, Male. If you arrive on the day of your charter, you will be greeted at the airport and transported to Emperor Serenity on our Diving Dhoni. If you flyin prior to your charter date, you should meet in the airport arrival area at a pre-arranged time on the day of departure. Our Crew will have a sign that says “Emperor Serenity”. Please notify us of your arrival time and / or hotel reservations 30 days prior to travelling. Emperor Serenity anchors off Male about 15 minutes from the airport.

Passports and documentation

Visitors must have a current passport (valid for at least six months on arrival), adequate funds to support themselves and a return airline ticket to travel to the Maldives. Visas are issued upon arrival. It is the travellers’ responsibility to ensure they have the proper documentation to travel to the destination and return to their country. Please check with the appropriate consulate to ensure you have the proper documentation. Always check your passport and visa requirements. We cannot assume responsibility for passengers not having correct documentation.

Emperor Serenity - schedule

15Oct17
22Oct17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
7 spaces available
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29Oct17
05Nov17
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Best of Maldives
6 spaces available
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12Nov17
19Nov17
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5 spaces available
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19Nov17
26Nov17
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5 spaces available
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26Nov17
03Dec17
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Best of Maldives
4 spaces available
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10Dec17
17Dec17
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2 spaces available
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17Dec17
24Dec17
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7 spaces available
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31Dec17
07Jan18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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07Jan18
14Jan18
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Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
6 spaces available
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04Feb18
11Feb18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
12 spaces available
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11Feb18
18Feb18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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18Feb18
25Feb18
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Best of Maldives
4 spaces available
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25Feb18
04Mar18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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04Mar18
11Mar18
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Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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11Mar18
18Mar18
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Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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18Mar18
25Mar18
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Best of Maldives
23 spaces available
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25Mar18
01Apr18
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Best of Maldives
13 spaces available
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01Apr18
08Apr18
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Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
20 spaces available
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15Apr18
22Apr18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
5 spaces available
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06May18
13May18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
16 spaces available
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Price from 1879 Euro
13May18
20May18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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Price from 1829 Euro
20May18
27May18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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Price from 1659 Euro
27May18
03Jun18
Embark: Male
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Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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05Aug18
12Aug18
Embark: Male
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Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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12Aug18
19Aug18
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Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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19Aug18
26Aug18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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26Aug18
02Sep18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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02Sep18
09Sep18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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09Sep18
16Sep18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
22 spaces available
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16Sep18
23Sep18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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23Sep18
30Sep18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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30Sep18
07Oct18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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07Oct18
14Oct18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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14Oct18
21Oct18
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Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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21Oct18
28Oct18
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Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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28Oct18
04Nov18
Embark: Male
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Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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04Nov18
11Nov18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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11Nov18
18Nov18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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18Nov18
25Nov18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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25Nov18
02Dec18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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02Dec18
09Dec18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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Price from 1999 Euro
09Dec18
16Dec18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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16Dec18
23Dec18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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23Dec18
30Dec18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
24 spaces available
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30Dec18
06Jan19
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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06Jan19
13Jan19
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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13Jan19
20Jan19
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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20Jan19
27Jan19
Embark: Male
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Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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27Jan19
03Feb19
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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03Feb19
10Feb19
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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24Feb19
03Mar19
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
26 spaces available
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Emperor Serenity - cabins

  • Cabin 9

  • Cabin 2

  • Cabin 4

  • Cabin 10

  • Cabin 11

  • Cabin 13

Emperor Serenity - itinerary

Emperor Serenity leaves from and returns to Male but doesn’t follow a set itinerary as it’s all about the giving you the best diving possible. As you may know the Maldives has 2 very distinct currents running at different times of the year and this effects which side of the Maldives all the marine life is on at any particular time. Basically, dependant on the currents and the winds, we will select the route and dive sites.

On arrival: Guests arriving at Male Airport on the “check-in” day will be met by a representative of Emperor Maldives who will be wearing an Emperor Maldives T-Shirt and holding an Emperor Maldives sign. The meeting point is near the Help Desk.

For your flight times for this trip ideally you should aim to arrive around mid-afternoon on the day of departure as due to a same day turn around of the boat the guests from the trip before will be departing in the morning. The rest of the morning the boat will be being cleaned and prepared for your arrival around lunchtime. There are 3 complimentary transfer times from the airport to the boat on embarking day at 11:00am, 16:00pm and 22:30pm.

Guests taking the 11:00am transfer from the airport to the boat have to accept that the boat may not be fully cleaned or ready for boarding until 13:00pm. A light sandwich style snack will be provided for lunch.

Any other transfers required on embarking day, other than the 3 stated above, can be arranged at a charge of 5 EUR per person, this charge will be added to your booking invoice.

Our divemasters are very experienced in the hunt for whale sharks,

Don’t worry that you might miss the other stuff though; Emperor Serenity visits the best dive sites in the area to see sharks, mantas and all the schools of fishes and stunning reefs that the Maldives are famous for just like any other boat but we will also try really hard, and normally succeed, to find you a whale shark. It is the experience of a lifetime to swim with one of these gentle giants - don’t forget to bring your snorkel as you never know when we may run across one of these giants.

Our Best of the Maldives normal route covers dive sites in the areas of North Male - Rasdhoo - North Ari - South Ari - South Male

However we reserve the right to change it dependant on the conditions and prevaling currents.

On the last day there is a free trip around Male upon request to experience a little of the culture and life that makes this oasis in the Indian Ocean so unique and a beach BBQ evening at some point during the trip (weather dependant)..

The Best of the Maldives does just what it says on the tin - you dive the best and most famous dive sites of the Maldives in a single week of sublime liveaboard diving. This is a dive holiday in the Maldives to remember that hits all the seasonal hot spots of North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll. Dive the many channels, drifts and pinnacles, encountering the manta, whalesharks and reef residents as you go. The exact order of things is left deliberately flexible to ensure that no matter what time of year your holiday to the Maldives is, the breathtaking world underwater is unveiled in all its perfection.

Best of the Maldives itinerary aims to mix up big fish manta and shark dives with scenic reefs dives, hunting out the smallest reef fish, morays and macro life that are so abundant. Cleaning stations allow you to get up close and personal with massive Maldivian manta, and dives at Manta Point, Dhonkalo Thila and Madivaru provide just such opportunities. Maaya Thila is one of the best known dive sites in the Maldives and for a good reason. This pinnacle is about 30m diameter that descends to reveal sharks and fish a plenty. Night diving here is hard to beat and should not be missed. Log yet more pelagic sightings as grey reef sharks patrol the Ari Atoll area. The boat will also take some time out along the route to look for whalesharks you can snorkel with - grab your fins as these gentle giants can move fast! - See the dive sites

Best of Maldives itinerary 7 nights

  • Day 1 Arrive Male
  • Day 2 North Male Check Out Dive / Ari North - Night Dive (3 Dive)
  • Day 3 Ari North Fish Head (3 Dives)
  • Day 4 Ari South - Whale Shark (3 Dives)
  • Day 5 Ari South Thila Dives - Night Dive (3 Dives)
  • Day 6 South Male - Grey Sharks - BBQ Island Party (3 Dives)
  • Day 7 North Male - Manta Point - Last night Party (2 Dives)
  • Day 8 Depart Male

If you would like to arrive the day before it is possible to stay on the airport atoll (HulhuMale - NOT Male), there are a mixture of hotels and guest houses to choose from so please check booking.com and search for Hulhumale. Your hotel / guest house will then deliver you back to the airport the following day (the day of departure) where you will be met by the boats representatives at airport arrivals and taken directly to the ship which is anchored offshore near the airport, you will journey over on the dhoni (the boats 15m dive boat) to join the main ship. Please check with your hotel to see if there is any charge for this transfer as some offer it for free and some charge for this service. This is the only meeting point for the boat pick up, it is not possible to pick guests up at their respective hotels if you arrive early due to the distances involved between atolls and the time involved.

Final day

On the final evening Emperor Serenity will return to port to provision and refuel for the following charter.

Check in and out and departure

On arrival: Guests arriving at Male Airport on the “check-in” day will be met by a representative of Emperor Maldives who will be wearing an Emperor Maldives T-Shirt and holding an Emperor Maldives sign. The meeting point is near the Help Desk.

We will not be able to arrange direct transfers from the boat to resorts.The crew will transport you to the Airport to check bags into storage. If you are travelling later in the day you may consider a day room pass at a local hotel such as the Hulhule Island Hotel which is the closest to the airport. Normal day passes are for 12 hours and include use of the swimming pool, shower, towels, luggage storage etc., depending on which hotel you choose.

Emperor Serenity - specs

Tips

Gratuities are encouraged but are voluntary and based upon the quality of service your crew has provided. When settling your bill at the end of the charter, there will be 2 envelopes for gratuities, 1 for Dive Crew and 1 for Boat Crew, which will be divided equally among the respective members.

Communication

Emperor Serenity is equipped with satellite phone and internet, therefore, it is in constant communication with the outside world. In the event of an emergency, family and friends may contact you at the above numbers.

Special occassions

If there is a special occasion such as Birthday or an anniversary coming up during the trip please let us know in advance. We are delighted to arrange a cake, which will be provided complimentary by the Company.

Electricity:

Plugs are the type G and 3 prongs. Emperor Serenity has 220V and 110V to accommodate a variety of guests’ requirements.

Emperor Serenity - diving

THE DIVE SITES - Maldives diving photos

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

KUDARAH THILA

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.

MAAYA THILA

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.

RASDHOO MADIVARU

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.

KANDOOMA THILA

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.

PADI Discover Scuba Diving

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program introduces people to scuba diving in a highly supervised and relaxed manner. It dispels common misconceptions about scuba diving by letting individuals try it out and experience it for themselves. Under the guidance of a PADI professional, new divers learn basic safety concepts, how to put on equipment, swim around in a safe environment and discover a totally new world, the beautiful and peaceful underwater world.

On MV Carpe Diem the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program is conducted at an open water dive site to give you a real life experience of what Scuba Diving is all about. This experience might get you ‘hooked’ for live on diving and on exploring further the wonders of the underwater sea life.

After trying scuba diving, many will choose to pursue certification by enrolling in a PADI Open Water Diver course, for which the new divers will earn credit (they will have had the first Confined Water Dive done).