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Emperor Explorer Maldives liveaboard

Emperor Explorer

Maldives liveaboard

The MV Emperor Explorer is the newest member of the Emperor Maldives Fleet. Built in 2019 this luxurious liveaboard offers 13 well appointed, spacious, ensuite cabins on 3 levels, taking 26 divers in total. The Emperor Explorer has schedules that run throughout the year with mostly 7 night itineraries in the Central and Southern Atolls as well as a few longer itineraries. All trips start on Sundays, meaning flights from the UK would depart on Saturdays.

There is plenty of room for relaxing and entertainment onboard. Guests can enjoy a meal in the open air at the stern of the boat, relax in the spacious air-conditioned saloon area, sun bathe on the top deck or relax with spa treatments. There is also a camera charging station and large camera table on the Main Deck along with a TV viewing area where you can go through all of your dive images and videos.

All diving is done from a large dive dhoni with 4 dive guides and Nitrox is included for those who are Nitrox certified.

All in all the MV Emperor Explorer is a very welcome addition to our Maldives offering. The boat is beautifully crafted and with the added bonus of free Nitrox, a glass of wine with dinner, a beach bbq and spacious luxury throughout.

Getting there
Getting to the Maldives is pretty straightforward with many quality carriers stopping once en-route to Male. The most popular airlines tend to be Emirates, Qatar and Etihad who each have a short transit and arrive into your destination at a sensible hour. There are direct flights with British Airways from November to March from Gatwick, but only 3 days per week. The flight time is around 11 hours to Male from London.

Guide price: 7 nights from £1870 per person and 10 nights from £3100 per person*
Includes: Full board accommodation in a twin/double lower deck cabin, return airport transfers, unlimited tea, coffee, water, glass of wine with dinner, diving and use of tank & weights, nitrox (for those qualified).

Excludes: International flights, domestic flights, alcoholic beverages, Green Tax, crew gratuities and travel/dive insurance.

*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel for twin/double share accommodation. Please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.

Liveaboard plus Resort Island combinations
Why not combine your liveaboard trip with a stay on a beautiful Maldives island. We have contract rates for over 100 resort islands throughout the Maldives and with daily flights to the Maldives from the UK, you can choose to stay any number of days you fancy - either before or after your liveaboard trip. There are resort islands to meet all budgets and we will be happy to give advice and recommendations if you are looking for inspiration. Check our Maldives page for a selection of some of our most popular resorts.



Quick Guide: Emperor Explorer

  • 42m length

  • Max 26 passengers

  • 13 Cabins (Upper Deck) – 2 King Size Double cabins & 2 Twin cabins, (Main Deck) – 2 Twin/Double cabins, (Lower Deck) – 5 Twin/Double cabins & 2 Double cabins)

  • Recommended diver level: PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent

Accommodation & Facilities

The Emperor Explorer has 13 cabins in total for a maximum of 26 passengers. On the Upper Deck there are 2 Suites with windows and a king size double bed plus 2 Twin cabins with windows. On the Main Deck there are 2 Suites with windows, a king size double bed and a single bed. On the Lower Deck there are 5 Cabins with a double bed and a single bed, plus 2 Cabins with double bed only.

All cabins have flat screen TV, individually controlled aircon and ensuite bathroom with shower.

Single Travellers Guarantee: Emperor guarantee same sex cabin share on Emperor Explorer. If they can’t ‘room’ you with someone of the same sex then they will give you a cabin to yourself with no single supplement.

Facilities onboard include a spacious lounge on the main deck with sofas, a camera charging station and table along with tv and dvd/cd player. Meals are served in the open air on the stern of the main deck. The sun deck offers plenty of space as well as shade if you are looking to sun bath or relax and read a book. There is also a spa service on the main deck to reinvigorate those aching limbs after a busy dive day.


7 night Itineraries:-

Best of the Maldives (Rashdoo Atoll, North & South Ari Atolls, Vaavu Atoll, North & South Male Atolls).

Sharktastic (South Male Atoll, Vaavu Atoll, South Ari Atoll, Meemu Atoll)


10 night Itineraries:-

Best of the Maldives (Rashdoo Atoll, North & South Ari Atolls, Vaavu Atoll, North & South Male Atolls).

Other Emperor Maldives liveaboards


40m / 26 passengers

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30m / 20 passengers

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32m / 18 passengers

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35m / 24 passengers

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Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd

Combs Tannery
Tannery Road
IP14 2EN
United Kingdom

Office hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 5pm
Tel: 01449 535010

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