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Emperor Explorer

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The 42-meter (138-foot) Emperor Explorer sleeps 26 guests in 13 staterooms & has been operating since summer 2019.  Her itineraries include Central Atolls & Deep South Atolls.


Cabins ... diving amenities ... what's included

    2 upper deck KING staterooms

    king size bed & picture windows
    2 upper deck TWIN staterooms
    twin beds (side-by-side) & picture windows
    2 main deck TWIN/DOUBLE staterooms
    double bed, single bed and picture windows
    5 lower deck TWIN/DOUBLE staterooms

    double bed, single bed & port windows
     2 lower deck DOUBLE staterooms
    double bed & port windows
    All staterooms have ensuite bathrooms with individually controlled air conditioning and fan.

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

    accommodation & diving
    meals, snacks, coffee, tea & water
    glass of wine served with dinner
    compressed air, tanks, weights and weight belts
    nitrox & airport transfers 
    snorkelling kit for non-divers
    shore visits (when possible) 


    international & domestic airfare
    soft drinks & juices
    alcohol (except 1 glass of wine with dinner)
    scuba rental gear (by advance request)
    15 liter tanks & nitrox
    environmental tax

Tour your onboard living space


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Deck Plan ... Dive Map ... Technical Specifications

Itinerary map, deck & cabin layout, yacht specs, equipment & safety features for Emperor Explorer  .... click to open



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Central Atolls 7 night trip

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Type: Wooden hull
Year built: 2019
Length: 42 meters
Beam: 13.2 meters


Engine: 700 Hp Doosan Daewoo
Generators: 2 x 50 KW
Water Makers: 12 Tonnes/24h RO Plant


VHF radio
GPS chart plotter
full complement of navigational equipment




life jackets
life rafts

Air compressors: Yes
Nitrox diving: Yes
Dive equipment rental: Full range on offer, must be requested before arrival

SMB & dive computer compulsory on every dive, reef hooks are recommended
Safety: Oxygen/Medic First Aid Kit
Dhoni: Large diving dhoni tender fully equipped with compressors, tanks & oxygen kits

Charging stations, air gun, rinse tanks & camera table

Vast deck spaces & a spa tub

Launching in 2019, the Emperor Explorer is a contemporary, spacious liveaboard which easily accommodates 26 guests in 13 well-appointed ensuite cabins.  At the top of the boat, the sundeck is perfect for catching sunrays or enjoying a "reviving nap" on the deck chairs or bean bags.  The upper deck boasts an exterior covered area ideal for checking your photos or footage .... or just relaxing after exhilarating dives.  At the front on this deck you'll find a spa tub with sun loungers to complete your relaxation. There are also 4 staterooms on this deck - 2 kings and 2 twin or double.

On the main deck, divers will enjoy international cuisine in the very spacious dining area while several sofas and tables await you in the adjacent air-conditioned salon & bar where you can just chill with a drink or watch a DVD on the TV.  The onboard library and board games provide some non-screen entertainment.  Located at the bow end of the main deck are 2  staterooms which can be twin or double while on the lower deck you will find 7 additional staterooms.  All staterooms have small windows rather than portholes.

Non-divers are very welcome and get a free snorkelling kit + $50 voucher to spend on board.

Meal times....

The meals on board are usually buffet style with a variety of local and International dishes to suit everyone.  Local food is traditionally a bit spicy, but international options will be availabl if you prefer.  Fish is available on board, mostly frozen with a few fresh catches along the way. A complimentary glass of wine is served with dinner.  During your cruise the crew will do their best to ensure you visit a local island for a BBQ under the stars.  For any special dietary requests, such as vegetarian or any allergies, please inform us when you book.


Emperor Explorer will concentrate on the central atolls with her 7-day Best of Maldives trips which include (depending on the weather & currents) most of the following atolls: Rasdhoo Atoll, North & South Ari Atolls, Vaavu Atoll, North & South Male Atolls. In February of 2021 she has three Deep South shark itineraries scheduled, which should be incredible trips.

 Brief overview of what to expect

Emperor Explorer will operate 7-day and 10-day trips focusing on dive sites further afield. All diving is done from her large dhoni (tender), giving more living space on board and getting you to the best dive spot every time. 

All transfers to/from the liveaboard on the check-in day (usually Saturday or Sunday) will be met at Male (Velana) International Airport by a representative,  Emperor arranged transfers depart from the airport to the boat at 11:00, 13:00 and 16:00 and are free of charge.  If your route does not start in Male and you require a domestic flight on arrival, you will be met by an Emperor Representative where possible and assisted with the check-in formalities for your flight.

Emperor Explorer moors in port on arrival day and overnight, departing early on the morning following the check-in day. The boat moors in port mid-afternoon the day before departure and remains in port overnight until check-out from 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.

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