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Emperor Atoll

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Serious divers love the 26-meter (85-foot) Emperor Atoll, with a maximum of 12 guests there is plenty of space on board. She offers 4 different & exciting itineraries.

 A word from Dom :  "If you're looking for a spa-cruise experience, this isn't it.  If you're looking for an excellent crew, comfortable accommodation, great food and the best of Maldives diving shared with just a few other divers, Emperor Atoll should definitely be high on your list of choices.  She's long been one of my favorite liveaboards because she's all about great diving with no fuss, no muss.  Just the style I like !"..... Dominick Macan


    6 lower deck DOUBLE/TWIN cabins
    double bed, twin bed & port windows 
    All cabins feature air-conditioning plus a fan and en suite bathrooms.

    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 & rebreather friendly
    water temperature: 78 - 82F, 25 - 28C  ... 
    3mm wetsuit recommended

    accommodation & diving, meals, snacks, water, tea & coffee
    glass of wine with dinner
    compressed air, tanks, weights & weight belts
    airport transfers & taxes

    international & domestic airfare

    juices, soft drinks & alcoholic beverages
    scuba rental gear (by advance request)
    15 liter tanks
    nitrox & rebreather diving
    environmental tax


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Emperor Atoll is very well set up for diving from her dhoni and has plenty of room for your relaxation hours.  On the main deck is a large saloon with four separate seating and table areas as well as a 38" LCD flat screen TV with multi-system home-theater surround sound. The DVD and book library includes an interesting selection of marine life material.   WiFi is available when in range of a signal, charged per week.

From the aft deck, steps lead to the large, partially shaded sun deck with comfortable sun loungers. On the aft deck is a large swim platform with ladder giving easy access to the water. There are fresh water showers and camera wash tanks here.

In good weather, meals are taken on the open foredeck table and Emperor Atoll is fully licensed to sell soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits. The food is renowned for its excellent quality with an impressive variety of both local and European dishes. The chef is always happy to address special diets, but please let us know your requests in advance.

Emperor Atoll is rebreather-friendly and also offers free NITROX.  For underwater video and photography enthusiasts, there are plenty of recharging points/edit playback facilities.


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



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Type: Wooden hull
Year built: 1988 (Refit every 2 years),Dry dock: 2014
Length: 26 meters
Beam: 7 meters


Compressor/Tanks: 2 x Bauer K14 (640lt per minute @ 230 bar) / 12 lt aluminium
scuba equipment (please reserve in advance)
SMB, dive computer & reef hooks are mandatory
(SMBs & reef hooks are complimentary)
Water Access: 13m Dive Support Vessel ("Dhoni")
Power sockets for battery chargers and flash
Camera rinsing tank and camera preparation area


Engine: 210 HP Yanmar
Generators: Yes
Desalination: Yes


Fish finder
Echo sounder


VHF/CB radio
mobile phone


Medic First Aid Kit
Lifejackets, throw rings, grab ropes
safety flags for all divers


Emperor Atoll concentrates on Central Atoll trips with occasional trips to Hanifaru & North, Pelagic Magic & Sharktastic trips. 7-day trips are generally offered with occasional 10 night trips.

See the highlights of these trips on the following sample itineraries.  The final itinerary is, of course, always dependant upon weather, sea conditions and where the best animal sightings are at any particular time of year ...... read more


Sample itinerary information

Best of the Maldives - central atolls ... The Best of the Maldives itinerary will dive the most famous dive sites of the Maldives..

Rasdhoo Atoll: Hammerheads, beautiful reef with pelagics
North Ari Atoll: Grey reef sharks, maaya thila night dive, multiple manta cleaning stations
South Ari Atoll: Whale sharks, pinnacles
South Male Atoll: Grey reef sharks, eagle rays, other pelagics, macro wreck.
Vaavu Atoll: Beautiful channels with soft corals and pelagics.
North Male Atoll: Beautiful pinnacles.

Hanifaru & North Itinerary ... This itinerary is scheduled around the New Moon phase between July and October when mantas venture into the bay for a feeding frenzy.  In addition to mantas,you can get close to turtles, grey reef sharks and whitetip reef sharks.

Baa Atoll: Hanifaru Bay and Nelivaru Thila, Dhiggu Thila and more
North Male Atoll: Beautiful Pinnacles, Lankan Manta Point
Lhaviyani Atoll: Fushivaru Thila, Kuredu Express, and Kuredu Caves

Pelagic Magic (April - July)
7 days
You don't need a minimum number of dives but you should be comfortable with drift dives, as currents can be unpredictable and strong. If you are an Open Water Diver, some dives are below 18m therefore we recommend having advanced experience or taking your PADI Advanced Open Water course on board to maximise your enjoyment from the trip.

Pelagic Magic gets you face to face with the famous whale sharks of Ari Atoll. As this itinerary devotes more time here, you are certain to get your whaleshark fix at Maamagili. Iconic dive follows iconic dive as you sail from Male through North Ari and then onto South Ari;

North Ari Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Maaya Thila Night Dive, Multiple Manta Cleaning Stations
South Ari Atoll: Whale Sharks, Beautiful Pinnacles

Sharktastic - visiting 4 Atolls (January - April)
7 days
This itinerary is not for beginners. Most dives will involve going to depth and currents can be strong. We recommend you have 30 logged dives to join this trip and require that you are Deep Diver/Advanced Open Water or equivalent. If you are an Open Water Diver, some dives are below 18m therefore we recommend having advanced experience or taking your PADI Advanced Open Water course on board to maximise your enjoyment from the trip.

South Ari Atoll: Whale Sharks, Beautiful Pinnacles
South Male Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Beautiful Macro Wreck.
Vaavu Atoll: Beautiful channels with magical soft corals and pelagic delights. Action packed night dive with Nurse Sharks and others.
Meemu Atoll: Beautiful channels with pelagic action, Sailfish, Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays and beautiful soft coral. Manta cleaning station.

Travel & cruise logistics

International flights should be arranged for Male, Maldives. All the transfers on the check-in day (usually Saturday or Sunday) will be met at Male (Velana) International Airport by an Emperor representative.  Transfers depart from the airport to the boat at 11:00, 13:00 and 16:00 and are free of charge.  If you do not wish to wait for one of the above transfers or you arrive after the last transfer, taxis are available at the airport.  Emperor Atoll will depart early on the morning following the check-in day.

On your return, after the week's diving, you'll be moored in port from mid-afternoon the day before departure until departure time the next morning. Check out is at 07:00 on the last day of the cruise and guests will be in the airport by 07:30.  For guests continuing their holiday in the Maldives at a resort, hotel or another liveaboard, your on-going transfers need to be arranged by you from the airport.

If your route does not start in Male and you require a domestic flight on arrival, you will be met by an Emperor representative and assisted with the check-in formalities for your flight.

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