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Experience the very best of the Maldives from the comfort of the M/V Leo, a stylish liveaboard offering weekly itineraries throughout the year taking in iconic and unique diving spots.

Offering great value luxury, the contrasting wooden floor décor helps distinguish this stylish, modern boat from others in the Emperor fleet. The boat accommodates 24 guests in 12 cabins located on the upper and lower decks. All are air-conditioned and have en suite facilities, include a DVD player and hairdryer. Supplements are required to secure the executive suite, a single occupancy cabin or the double bed in a twin bed cabin. Five cabins can be configured for twin or double occupancy, four are furnished with twin beds and two feature a double. The modern layout of the boat includes a spacious dining area with bar, lounge with sofas, hot tub and dedicated camera facilities on the main deck with ample space for all to relax on the sun deck.

All diving is from the accompanying 20 metre long, customised dhoni. Enjoy up to 17 dives (including one night dive) during the week, led by four local guides. 

The most popular itinerary ‘Best of Maldives’ operates for most of the year. These trips are flexible, but concentrate on dive sites in the central atolls. Expect encounters with magnificent pelagic species such as manta rays, whale sharks, hammerhead sharks and eagle rays as well as colourful soft corals, macro life and a spectacular night dive.

The boat sails south at the beginning of the year offering unique itineraries to the ‘South Central Atolls’ (Jan-Mar) and ‘Deep South and Southern Sharks’ (Feb-Apr) for more experienced divers. To join either of these trips you will need a minimum of 100 logged dives due to the nature of some of the dive sites. Expect exhilarating drift dives and encounters with plenty of pelagic species, notably several shark species, as you fly along in the strong currents. The itineraries are subject to change depending on local conditions and it’s likely you’ll be the only boat in the area.

The boat departs Malé on a Saturday for weekly trips throughout the year. The Emperor Leo is rebreather friendly and Nitrox is complimentary for qualified divers. Snorkellers are welcome.

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Key info

  • Length: 35 metres
  • Maximum guests: 24
  • Nitrox available
  • Ideal for:
    • Groups
    • Singles

Dive trips

This liveaboard is featured in the following itineraries:

Best of Maldives Liveaboard

Exclusive 2018 departures

The Best of Maldives itineraries are a firm favourite amongst divers of all abilities, with a choice of vessels and durations. Highlights include manta cleaning stations, whale shark encounters and mesmerising drift dives.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,075 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Maldives Dive Safari

Explore world-class dive sites from the comfort of a liveaboard, followed by a few days relaxation in a resort on North Malé Atoll. Highlights include manta ray and whale shark encounters in the central atolls.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,795 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip