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The elegant 36-metre (118-foot) Duke of York is one of the Maldives spa ships. She and sister-ship, Conte Max, have been concentrating on central atolls trips, but have added extreme south trips.

 A word from Dom :  "A real classic.  Definitely amongst my top choices in the Maldives.  Refined styling, excellent food and super guides.  Be ready to be pampered!"..... Dominick Macan


    1 upper deck DOUBLE/TWIN stateroom
    double bed or 2 twin beds & picture windows
    2 upper deck TWIN staterooms
    2 twin beds (adjacent) & picture windows
    1 main deck TWIN stateroom
    2 twin beds (adjacent) & picture windows
    4 lower deck TRIPLE staterooms
     double bed, 1 twin bed & port windows
    2 lower deck TWIN staterooms
    2 twin beds & port windows
    All staterooms have individually controlled air conditioning, private bathroom and a spacious storage area.

    up to 3 dives per day all from the dive dhoni
    12 liter alu tanks (DIN & INT valves) ... 15 liter alu tanks (at extra cost)
    scuba gear rental (by advance request)
    nitrox & re-breather support 
    single & twin regulators 
    water temperature: 78 - 82F, 25 - 28C  ...  3mm wetsuit recommended

    accommodation & diving
    meals, snacks, water, tea & coffee
    compressed air, tanks, weights & weight belts
    airport transfers

    international & domestic airfare

    alcoholic beverages
    scuba rental gear (by advance request)
    15 liter tanks
    rebreather support

    environmental tax


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Duke of York is constructed on 4 levels and is appointed with parquet flooring and teak on the main deck.

The communal open-air spaces are on three decks and offer large areas furnished with sun loungers, cushions and sun mats, both in the shade and in the sun. The decks allow guests to enjoy the breathtaking Maldivian scenery, both when sailing and while relaxing when the yacht is moored in the lagoons for the night.

The large air-conditioned indoor saloon of the Duke of York has a bar offering a wide choice of soft drinks and spirits and two comfortable sofas, which become a meeting and relaxing place for those wishing to listen to music, watch a film or read a book.  Occasionally, for special evenings, thanks to its Dolby Surround TV-Stereo system the saloon becomes a disco.

Internet connection is available for a fee and in each cabin guests will find a Maldivian sim card they can use.

Meals are served buffet-style offering Italian and Maldivian cuisine, using lots of fresh fish, and the chefs will always prepare according to guests' specific requirements.  There is a large aft-deck dining area which allows outdoor dining even in case of rain.

Duke of York offers free nitrox and is rebreather friendly.


A small SPA is available which specialises in Ayurvedic treatments. A masseur is always on board and is joined by an Italian doctor for special cruises dedicated to Ayurvedic medicine.


View the deck & cabin layout here, the yacht specifications, the equipment & safety features and itinerary maps for Duke of York liveaboard .... open



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Construction: 2010
Hull: Wood
Length: 36 meters
Breadth: 11 meters
Speed: 12 Knots
En-suite Cabins: 11


Inverter: Yes
Diving Dhoni: Yes
Dinghy: Yes
Engine: Daewoo
Canoe: Yes
Electricity: 220 volt
Air conditioning: Yes
Cylinders: 12 & 13,6 It


Telephone & radio: Yes 


First Aid: Yes/O2
Nautilus Life Line: Yes
Cardiac Defibrillator:Yes


Most of the year, Duke of York offers classic Central Atolls cruises. 

From early February through early April, she'll now be cruising the Extreme South between Huvadhoo and Laamu for some fabulous shark action.

In addition, Duke of York has several "theme" cruises each year:  scientific cruise, DAN research, wreck expedition, rebreather cruise, Manta Trust cruise, photo workshop, free diving, and a diving & wellness cruise. 


Most of the trips begin and end in Male and the closest airport is Male Intl (MLE). Pickup time at the airport is according to your flights. Give yourself enough time to go through immigration and pick up your luggage. At the exit of the terminal a crew member will meet and escort you to the Duke of York.

Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning. Duke of York docks back in Male in the evening on the second to last day and disembarkation is the following morning. Guests will then be transferred to Male airport.

This schedule is altered for Deep South trips which include a domestic flight one way.  Full info for these trips is available upon request.

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