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Horizon III

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The 34-meter (112-foot) Horizon III is a luxurious yacht offering spacious living & plenty of outdoor space.  She takes 24 divers & itineraries include north, central & south atolls.


ON BOARD HORIZON III


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ACCOMMODATION ... AMENITIES ... DIVING ... WHAT'S INCLUDED


  • CABIN TYPES
    3 upper deck DOUBLE staterooms
    queen bed, massage shower, bath tub & large picture windows
    9 lower deck DOUBLE / TWIN staterooms
    double bed or 2 twin beds (adjacent) & port windows
    All rooms have a private bathroom (upper deck bathrooms include a bath tub), air conditioning, a desk & a spacious storage area.

  • DIVING
    up to 3 dives per day all from the dive dhoni
    (1 night dive per week)
    12 liter alu tanks (DIN & INT valves)
    15 liter alu tanks
    (at extra cost)
    scuba gear rental (by advance request)
    nitrox avaiable
    water temperature: 78 - 82F, 25 - 28C  ...  3mm wetsuit recommended

  • WHAT'S INCLUDED
    accommodation & diving

    meals, snacks, water, tea & instant coffee
    compressed air, tanks, weights & weight belts
    BBQ on an island & local fishing gear
    land excursions within the program

    airport transfers

  • WHAT'S EXTRA
    international & domestic airfare

    soft drinks, Nespresso coffee & alcoholic beverages
    nitrox, 15 liter tanks & scuba rental gear (by advance request)
    wifi & massage treatments

    environmental tax


GREAT LAYOUT.....PLENTY OF LIGHT


Filled with light, this spacious liveaboard provides common areas, as well as guest cabins, which are airy, bright and welcoming.   And, of course, you'll expect plenty of outdoor living and will find yourself spoiled for choice with five different exterior decks offering options of shade, sun, privacy, tables, loungers with mattresses & armchairs.  The upper deck lounge also sports a Jacuzzi which affords amazing tropical island views.

On the main deck guests can enjoy the comforts of the salon & dining area,with LCD flat screen TV, DVD player, music system, and a library complete with books and board games. On this deck there is a separate storage area for each guest with a charging station for cameras, lamps and personal items.  At the stern, on this level,youo can enjoy alfresco dining.   Meals are served buffet-style either here or in the appealing interior restaurant.  There is also a well-stocked bar offering a variety of soft drinks, cocktails, selected wines, beers & liquors ... plus a handy Nespresso coffee machine.

Diving is done from the fully equipped dhoni, where all the dive equipment is stored (compressors, tanks etc.).

Depending on your itinerary and the weather, island visits & BBQs are possible .... plus, there is an on board ayurvedic massage therapist.

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SPECIFICATIONS

 Cabins: 12
Length: 34 meters (111 feet)
Width: 9 meters (29 feet)
Year Built: 2009
Year Renovated: 2015
Rental Equipment:Yes
Wi-Fi Package: Yes
Nitrox: Yes

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

 Fire Alarm
Fire Extinguisher
Life Jackets
Life Rafts
Emergency Oxygen Kit
First Aid Kits


ITINERARIES


Horizon III offers Central Atoll trips throughout much of the year but adds a few North Atolls trips to visit Baa Atoll for the manta ray event ... then spends the winter (until mid-April) in the Deep South..

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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.

Central Atolls will include some or most  of the following:

North Ari Atoll: find caves & overhangs here are home to home to a variety of fish … from dog-toothed tuna, napoleons, trevallies and barracuda to parrotfish, butterflyfish, blue face angelfish, batfish and lionfish. You’ll encounter grey reef sharks and white-tip sharks … while on the top of the reef, countless fusiliers dart around and those lovely, ever-present-in-the-Maldives blue-stripped snappers move in waves. Lovely soft corals and gorgonian fans add color … and there’s a nice little wreck …. a fishing trawler with coral growth and loads of fish and critters to add interest.

South Ari Atoll: popular for its population of whale sharks. In season you’re likely to have the opportunity to snorkel with one or more. But, whale sharks aren’t all there is. You’ll find caves and overhangs, more sharks … plus fusiliers, angelfish, tuna & jacks, large seafans, soft corals and an abundance of other marine life.

North Male Atoll: one of the finest sites in the Maldives for sighting those majestic mantas. A cleaning station here can be very busy between May and December, with cleaner wrasse anxious to get to work on their oversized friends as they sail in. It’s a bit like a busy barber shop!

South Male Atoll: a challenging thila dive here offers some lovely corals and schools of pelagic fish … plus eagle rays and sharks. Another small wreck features some good macro options.

Vaavu (Felidhe): there’s a popular channel dive here with nurse sharks as well as black tip and white tip reef sharks. A possible night dive at a jetty offers up loads of nurse sharks & sting rays. Another dive, loved by photographers in particular, is alive with soft corals in lovely hues and includes a nice variety of reef fish.

NORTHERN ATOLLS:   (Male – Male) 7 nights ...

Lhaviyani Atoll: A favorite dive for many divers looking for an adrenalin rush, the Kuredu Express at his atoll is almost always like downhill racing … and sometimes too wild to dive at all. The currents bring in nutrients and smaller fish for the big guys, who also seem to like the ride. Large groups of grey reef sharks are common … as are giant napoleon wrasses, a giant grouper, big stingrays, turtles, eels, trevally, eagle rays and sometimes a group of mobulas.

Baa Atoll: known even to non-divers, Hanifaru Bay is a UNESCO reserve designed to protect the exceptional marine life that congregates within its remarkable shores. The funnel-like bay and reef have a tidal, current action that traps plankton and other nutrients at certain times. Mantas, whale sharks and other animals arrive for a feeding frenzy unlike any other we know of. At times there can be more than 100 mantas taking part in this huge feast. In the neighborhood are other dives where you’ll find hard & soft corals and a sampling of the other Maldives characters: the turtles, the snappers, the sting rays, the sharks … and even a critter or two.

DEEP SOUTH:   (Usually Laamu to Huvadhoo or the reverse.  Requires 2 domestic flights .... between Male & Huvadhu and Laamu & Male)

Laamu Atoll:  the starting / or ending point for these journeys is Laamu, which offers deliciously calm waters, fewer channels than most Maldives atolls and great visibility.  The hard corasl provide some nice macro photo ops and the clear water pleases wide-angle photographers wishing to capture good images of large schools of fish plus sharks, eagle rays and a few mantas.

Huvadhoo Atoll:  This region of the Maldives is renowned for great visibility, a diversity of marine species and incredible pelagic action …. especially sharks. The topography is what probably hits you first … the channels, the caves, the caverns, the tunnels, the ever present Maldives thilas & some super walls & drop-offs. You’ll find nice corals on shallow reefs with vividly colored reef fish. You’ll get sting rays & eagle rays & the ubiquitous turtles of the Maldives and night dives often offer up a whale shark or two.  But, most divers come for the exhilarating drift dives through the channels with grey reef sharks, nurse sharks, oceanic black tips black tip & white tip reef sharks … plus the tempting possibility of bumping into an occasional hammerhead or tiger shark …. or of sighting silkies, bull sharks and mola mola in the blue.

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TRAVEL & CRUISE LOGISTICS


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 Horizon III.  If you arrive at the airport early and do not want to wait, you can drop your luggage at the airport and visit Male city or Hulhumale city and get back to the airport around 11 AM. If you stayed at a hotel overnight, ask the concierge to arrange a transfer back to the airport where you'll meet one of our staff.  You will be transferred to the yacht at roughly 11:30AM and the yacht leaves at 12 noon. 

Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning. Horizon III 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 certain trips which include domestic flights according to their itineraries.  Full info for these trips is available upon request.

 


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