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 an excellent crew, comfortable accommodation, great food and fine 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
Emperor Atoll is very well set up for diving from her dhoni and has plenty of room for your relaxation hours. The large sun deck has lounge chairs which you can set out in shade or sun according to your preference. On the main deck is a large, interior salon set up restaurant-style with 4 super-sized booths ... for relaxing or dining. You'll also find the bar here (Emperor Atoll is fully licensed to sell soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits) as well as a flat screen TV with surround sound, plenty of DVD's and a library. WiFi is available for a weekly fee but is dependent upon being in range of a signal. On the fore deck is the alfresco dining area, another comfy, booth-style arrangement. On the aft deck is a large swim platform with ladder giving easy access to the water ... and you'll find fresh-water showers and camera wash tanks here.
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.
LAYOUT & SPECS
Deck & cabin layout here, the yacht specifications, the equipment & safety features ....open
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
GPS Fish finder Echo sounder
VHF/CB radio mobile phone
Oxygen Medic First Aid Kit Life jackets, 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 plus itinerary maps. ......open
The final itinerary is, of course, always dependent upon weather, sea conditions and where the best animal sightings are at any particular time of year
Best of the Maldives - Central Atolls
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 Scheduled around the New Moon phase between July and October, this itinerary takes you to see the mantas which venture into Hanifaru Bay for a feeding frenzy.
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) 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 whale shark 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)
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 maximize 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.
International flights should be arranged to Male, Maldives. If you arrive on check-in day, you'll be met at the airport by an Emperor representative. Transfers depart from the airport to the boat at specific times during the day and are free of charge. If you do not wish to wait for one of the transfers or if you arrive after the last transfer, taxis are available at the airport. Emperor Atoll will depart early on the morning following check-in day.
On your return, after the week's diving, you'll be moored in port from mid-afternoon the day before you leave the boat. 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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