Maldives Live-aboard: January 2019
January 17, 2019 - January 26, 2019
About The Maldives
The Maldives is one of the top all around dive destinations on the planet. Drift over the channels, linger over the pinnacles or the drop-offs. Or the valleys of soft corals and gardens of hard corals crowded with fish, nearly always tame. Tropicals to pelagics. Snappers, morays, mantas, turtles, sharks and whalesharks.
Perhaps nowhere else in the world is the marine life as rich, diverse or colorful as in these warm waters of the Indian Ocean, stretching 470 miles across the equator, a garland shaped atoll chain dotted with countless reefs and 1,190 islands, nearly a thousand uninhabited. Encounters with 10,000 to 100,000 schooling fish or a dozen or so eagle rays is not uncommon. This is one of the most exciting places for fish photography and a nearly perfect year-round dive destination. Join me for a wonderful diving adventure!
About the Manthiri Liveaboard
Maldives, renowned for its rare and abundant marine life, is home to Manthiri, our luxurious live-aboard. Manthiri’s spacious cabins, beckoning decks and quality equipment are all rigorously well-maintained, but that’s only half of our commitment to excellence. Our other constant goal is service and an endless quest for perfection.
The gracious standard of Manthiri is evident the moment you step off the plane in Maldives. Our representative will greet you at Malé International Airport and accompany you to the transfer vessel we’ve arranged to breeze you to Manthiri.
Manthiri, our beautiful 85-foot (25.9-meter) liveaboard is powerfully built of fine tropical timber and custom-designed for dive cruises. The vessel’s wide beam of 25 feet (7.6 meters) contributes toward a stable hull, and allows room for spacious cabins. No more than twelve guests are invited on each cruise and our attentive eleven-person crew ensures that every need is met.
Our separate, specially outfitted dive tender, called a dhoni, provides a home for compressors, Nitrox systems and dive gear, creating the equivalent of a 106-foot (32.3-metre) liveaboard on the main vessel — one with just six cabins and its own gracious dive deck. With the dhoni, that’s how spacious Manthiri feels.
Fastidiously maintained and in operation for twenty years with a superb crew, Manthiri is widely acknowledged as one of the finest liveaboards in the world. Don’t just take our word for it.
- Cabins with en suite bathrooms
- Daily cabin service
- Individually controlled air-conditioning in all cabins
- Daily fresh towels in cabins
- Hot freshwater showers
- Hairdryers and toiletries in all cabins
- Electricity: British Standard 230VAC outlets requiring rectangular blade plug type G and
American Standard 110VAC outlets requiring flat blade plug type A & B
- Laptop computer for digital photographers
- Camera tables
- Freshwater camera rinse tanks
- Air-conditioning in all indoor areas
- Audio and video entertainment centre
- Delicious dining and snacks
- Icemaker and coffee maker
- Warm towels after each dive
- Dive-deck and camera assistance
- Open air sundeck with shaded area
- Twelve passengers/twelve crew
- Up to four dives per day
- Nitrox system for increased dive safety
- Two support vessels: 54-foot dive dhoni and 17-foot fiberglass tender
- Dedicated and knowledgeable dive crew
About the Diving Boat
We make every moment of your dive experience pleasurable and so we custom-built our dive tender’s 54-foot length and 45-ton displacement to provide a stable, low-sitting platform, which means that our dhoni, the Vasantha, offers the most comfortable entry for your dives.
The Vasantha’s 400-square foot (37-sq. meter) dive deck offers four exits, a rinse tank, a head, and two hot water showers for your convenience. It seats up to 14 divers with elbow room to spare.
Best of all, we’ve equipped this dive tender with two high capacity air compressors, a Nitrox compressor and sit-up tank racks that carry an assortment of tanks, 12 and 14 liter aluminum. This allows us to shift bulky dive equipment off Manthiri, giving you even more living space and luxury on the liveaboard.
Our guests’ comfort and peace of mind are the inspiration for every detail not only on Manthiri but also Vasantha. The dive boat’s crew of three delights in offering guests on-deck assistance and smilingly rinses gear after each dive, giving you even more time to relax and enjoy the ride.
How to describe the underwater experience of Maldives? Pristine. Lush. Vibrant. Extraordinary. These are the only words that come close. Uninhabited islands and waters zealously guarded by Maldivians from commercial fishing provide shelter for dazzling aquatic species in stunning numbers, awaiting discovery by divers aboard Manthiri.
The garland-shaped chain of 26 atolls, stretching 750 kilometers across the Indian Ocean southwest of India, forms a strikingly diverse eco-system. This unique habitat acts as a magnet for exuberant marine life. The emerald islands, ringed with coral and numbering more 1,190 in the archipelago, house species that run the gamut from blooming corals to big pelagics. It’s not simply the variety and drama of the species but also their sheer numbers that will astonish you. Friendly encounters with fish in the thousands, from the tiniest to the tremendous, are common experiences on the varied dive sites.
Water temperature in Maldives is an almost uniform 83º F to 85º F (28ºC to 29ºC), making dives at any time a delight. Sea breezes command two distinct seasons in Maldives, which enjoys the luxury of being a year-round dive destination. Visibility in any season is equally spectacular and, depending on current and sea conditions, can exceed 100 feet. With depths of 80 to 60 feet common all year, views of fish life are fabulous regardless of the season.
Safety is a primary concern on both of our vessels, so oxygen and essential first aid needs, although rarely needed, are handy on both vessels. Maldives is a renowned dive destination, so a recompression chamber and a hyberbaric doctor are handily accessible on Bandos Island, North Malé Atoll, close to the Airport, Kuramathi in North Ari, and Kureddu further north in Fadippolhu Atoll.
Manthiri is custom-designed for the optimal dive experience but also for comfort. The vessel’s exceptionally wide beam minimizes rocking motion and our limit of twelve guests allows for commodious cabins. Cabin configurations provide numerous options, with four spacious twins and two doubles that feature roomy queen-size beds.
All cabins are en suite, with hot-water showers, convenient hair dryers, individually controlled air-conditioning and minibars. Our dive tender allows us to transfer your dive gear off the main boat, so there’s plenty of storage in every cabin; a locker and drawers await clothes and luggage stowage is handily accessible.
Manthiri’s teak-paneled salon is one of the largest found on any vessel of this size. Relaxingly furnished with expansive, upholstered sofas, it also offers a state-of-the-art music system, DVD player, and multi-system TV/VCR with video camera viewing facilities. The camera salon is equipped with a well-lit work station, a computer for instant download of digital photos and a slide projector. Manthiri has been outfitted by professionals with underwater photographers top of mind.
When sea breezes beckon, Manthiri’s top deck is artfully arranged to accommodate both sun-worshippers and shade-seekers. Deck chairs are ideally placed for soaking in the rays, icy drink in hand, or star-gazing in the evening.
Dining on board achieves the same tempting quality and sophistication as our diving experiences. Trained at a top Maldivian resort, professional chefs Bodey and Hema ensure a sophisticated twist on the contemporary flavors of Maldives, a tasteful blend of East and West. Seasoned by ten years of serving on board Manthiri, our chefs know precisely how to pamper divers with the finest seafood, aromatic local specialities, and global cuisine, guaranteed to suit the palates of guests from around the world. Diners are further enticed by a refreshing array of fresh fruits and vegetables, delectably prepared.
Both our menu and our dining hours have been crafted to meet the needs of divers. Our chefs begin each day by offering a pre-dive mini breakfast. A full breakfast is served after divers resurface and snacks are always available between dives. So even between meals, our cuisine is delicious, abundant and invigorating.
Manthiri’s close-knit crew of eleven prides itself on providing matchless service, ensuring that all your requests and comforts are met. It is our goal to anticipate every need, from providing fresh towels after each dive to meticulous laundry service. With nearly a one-to-one passenger-to-crew ratio, we are able to ensure the matchless service for which we are renowned.
Ibrahim, our cool-headed skipper, has racked up more than thirty years of experience sailing Maldives’ islands and lagoons. Exploring the region since his teens, he’s gained an uncanny intimacy with the local waters, navigating our guests to exclusive dive spots unknown to other operations.
Dhonbé, our quiet engineer, is a painstaking professional who prides himself in maintaining the machinery to optimum condition, ensuring a safe and serene boating experience.
Having cut their teeth at a top-class resort hotel, both our waiter Madhee and house-keeper Rashad, are in a class by themselves. Our two chefs, Ammaday and Hema, hail from a similar background. Creating four-star meals, they delight in pampering guests with mouth-watering dishes and invigorating snacks each day.
Manthiri’s dive guides, Moosa and Ali, are without doubt the finest pair of dive guides found on any liveaboard .Moosa is a PADI certified diving instructor.Ali is a PADI certified Dive Master. They had logged more than 13000 dives between them in career spanning 18 years and 12 years respectively. In 2014 Moosa was honoured in the United States based Diving and Equipment Manufacturing Association’s (DEMA) Hall of Fame as the youngest instructor to have completed 8500 dives.
In addition to his role as head guide, Moosa is Manthiri’s photo pro. An acclaimed underwater photographer, Moosa is delighted to assist guests gain skills and will target advice to any level of experience. . Photographic novices are frequently surprised and always delighted by how much they can improve their underwater shots in a single trip.
Guests can rest assured that Manthiri is owner-managed, so every element of your trip is championed by office staff who share the same passion for excellence as our boat crew.
Skipper Ibrahim and dive instructor Moosa, exploring the region since their teens, have gained an uncanny intimacy with the local waters, navigating our guests to exclusive dive spots unknown to other operations.
You will be booking your own flights but we can advise you on what flights to book once we get closer and can see the flight schedule. You will be flying from Boston to Dubai to Male. You will have an overnight at the Hulhule Hotel in Male. You will get on the boat the following morning.
Cost & Payment Schedule
$4699 per person
Initial Deposit at Time of Registration $500
June 1st, 2018 $1500
August 1st, 2018 $1500
November 1st, 2018 $1199
4 Cabins with 2 Twin Beds
2 Cabins with 1 Queen Bed
- Airport transfers in Male
- 10 Days/9 Nights aboard the Manthiri based on double occupancy
- Approximately 4 dives per day or 3 day dives and 1 night dive for 8 1/2 days – approximately 30 dives
- Meals, bottled water, juices, coffee, and tea (Alcoholic and soft drinks are for sale.)
- Tanks and weight belts
- 12% Food/Services Tax (price subject to change)
- $6 per night ($60) Government Green Tax
Airfare is not included in the package price. We recommend calling Lisa at Dreamweaver Travel to book the air portion only at 800-767-3483.
- 1 Night at the Hulhule Hotel ($195 Double Occupancy)
- Crew Gratuity
- Soda, beer, wine, hard liquor
- Personal purchases
- Meals in transit
- Trip insurance