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Memorable diving encounters are experienced on board the luxurious Emperor M/V Orion as she visits the favourite and iconic sites of the Maldives' central and southern atolls throughout the year.

Designed and built for the modern day diver, this incredibly spacious 5-star liveaboard delivers hotel standards in every respect. The boat accommodates 24 guests in 12 cabins, all with en-suite bathroom, individual air conditioning, TV, DVD a safe and hairdryer. The upper deck features the executive suite furnished with a king size bed and private hot tub, and three mini suites with twin bed or double configuration. A junior suite is available on the lower deck along with three double and four twin/double bed cabins. Same sex cabins are guaranteed and the suites and upper deck cabins carry a supplement.

The flydeck is spacious and sunbeds are available. The hot tub and main bar are located on the upper deck where guests can also indulge in a massage (local charge). The main deck features a large lounge with sofas, the dining room and bar. WiFi internet access is available (when in range) for a local fee.

The boat is accompanied by a purpose built 20 metre dhoni complete with dive facilities and a charging station. The crew includes four guides plus three members dedicated to the dhoni for all your diving and snorkelling requirements. Enjoy up to 17 dives (including one night dive) during the week long itineraries.

The ‘Best of Maldives’ itinerary delivers an incredible experience. Dive the best and most famous sites across the Malé and Ari atolls. Divers must be comfortable with drift diving and the itineraries are flexible, dependent on local conditions. Expect plenty of exploring as you dive channels and pinnacles renowned for shark encounters. Manta and eagle rays, whale sharks and plenty of colourful marine life and corals are common sights.

The boat ventures south in March offering unique seven and nine night itineraries to the the ‘South Central Atolls’ which are suited to more experienced divers with a minimum of 100 logged dives due to the strong currents and depths of some sites. This is when the current in the kandus is mainly incoming and divers are rewarded with an abundance of schools of snapper, jacks, grouper, barracuda, sharks, turtles, eagle rays and so much more, especially in the Laamu Atoll.

‘Manta Madness’ itineraries are offered in August and September coinciding with the moon cycles optimising manta ray interactions. This is when mantas are most prolific especially in the areas from Malé and up to the Baa Atoll. The highlight of the itinerary is without doubt the opportunity of plentiful encounters with barrel rolling mantas and whale sharks at renowned sites.

The boat mainly departs Malé on a Sunday for weekly trips throughout the year with some unique trips offered during peak seasons for marine life encounters. The Emperor Orion is rebreather friendly and Nitrox is complimentary for qualified divers. Snorkellers are welcome.

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Key info

  • Length: 39 metres
  • Maximum guests: 24
  • Nitrox available
  • Ideal for:
    • Groups
    • Honeymooners
    • Non-divers
    • Singles

Dive trips

This liveaboard is featured in the following itineraries:

Best of Maldives Liveaboard

Dedicated departures available!

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 £1,975 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard Group 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

Baa & Raa Atolls Liveaboard

Visit these legendary Maldivian atolls by liveaboard between August and October, when they become a playground for feeding manta rays and whale sharks, putting on a spectacular show for visitors at Hanifaru Bay.

  • When to go: Aug-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 9 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,095 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Southern Maldives Liveaboard

Escape the crowds to the southern Maldives for an exceptional liveaboard experience with an air of discovery and plenty of shark encounters, including grey reef, hammerhead and silky.

  • When to go: Jan-Mar
  • Duration inc. flights: 10 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,995 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip