Mv Emperor Atoll is a mid-range popular liveaboard caters to small groups of no more than 12 guests in 6 twin-berth cabins. Dive routes are designed to show divers the "big stuff" and include "The Best of the Maldives", "Sharktastic" and "Pelagic Magic". The crew aims to give guests the very best dive holiday experience.

On the main deck is a large saloon with four separate seating and table areas as well as a 38" LCD flat screen TV with multi-system home theatre surround sound. For underwater video and photography enthusiasts, there are plenty of recharging points/edit playback facilities. WiFi is available when in range of a signal, charged per week. Our DVD and book library includes an interesting selection of marine life material.

From the aft deck, steps lead to the large, partially shaded sun deck with comfortable sun loungers. On the aft deck is a large swim platform with ladder giving easy access to the water. There are fresh water showers and camera wash tanks.

Dive sites are reached direct from the boat or by an accompanying dhoni. The Cruise Director who is a dive instructor plans and guides the diving programme to ensure you visit the very best dive sites with full dive briefings

Emperor Atoll - prices

Prices are in Euros per person and for one week based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Full pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the length of the trip and the time of year and sometimes special offers are available.

Included in the trip price is

Shared cabin; 7 nights;
6 days diving,
3 meals a day;
afternoon snacks;
1 BBQ dinner on local island (weather allowing);
unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee;
total of 17 dives (inc 1 night dive);
Free Nitrox;
return airport transfer;
Government taxes and bed tax;
Male city tour (on request);
separate diving dhoni.

Not included in the trip price is

diving equipment,
soft drinks,
15L tanks,
Wifi ($20 a week). Other services which are not listed here or above and which might be requested by the guest.
For any trips dates after the 1st Nov 15 there will be a new Green Tax started by the government @ $6 per person per night that has already been added to the prices in the schedule above.

Terms and conditions:

Individual bookings:
Booking deposit:
30% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
70 % is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Balance due 90 days before your trip departure date - non-refundable.
Individual booking made less than 90 days before the departured ate are payable in full at the time of booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.

Group charter:

Booking deposit:
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
Second deposit:
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
Balance due
90 days before departure - non-refundable

Diving Equipment Rentals (Euro) Per week
Full Set (regulator, octopus, BCD, wetsuit, mask, fins, dive computer) E 276
Regulator with octopus E 110
Computer E 83
BCD E 83
Wetsuit (shorty 3mm) E 55
Mask E 28
Fins (+ booties as required) E 28
Torch E 83

Arrival and boarding

It is recommended to fly into the Male International Airport (MLE) on the day that your charter starts. The airport is a ten-minute boat ride from the capital, Male. If you arrive on the day of your charter, you will be greeted at the airport and transported to Emperor atoll on our Diving Dhoni. If you flyin prior to your charter date, you should meet in the airport arrival area at a pre-arranged time on the day of departure. Our Crew will have a sign that says “Emperor atoll”. Please notify us of your arrival time and / or hotel reservations 30 days prior to travelling. Emperor atoll anchors off Male about 15 minutes from the airport.

Passports and documentation

Visitors must have a current passport (valid for at least six months on arrival), adequate funds to support themselves and a return airline ticket to travel to the Maldives. Visas are issued upon arrival. It is the travellers’ responsibility to ensure they have the proper documentation to travel to the destination and return to their country. Please check with the appropriate consulate to ensure you have the proper documentation. Always check your passport and visa requirements. We cannot assume responsibility for passengers not having correct documentation.

Emperor Atoll - cabins

Emperor Atoll measures 26 metres and accommodates 12 guests in 6 twin/double ensuite cabins. Each cabin has a full-size double bed with a single bed above, air-con, washbasin and fan.

Emperor Atoll - itinerary

Emperor Atoll leaves from and returns to Male but doesn’t follow a set itinerary as it’s all about the giving you the best diving possible. As you may know the Maldives has 2 very distinct currents running at different times of the year and this effects which side of the Maldives all the marine life is on at any particular time. Basically, dependant on the currents and the winds, we will select the route and dive sites.

On arrival: Guests arriving at Male Airport on the “check-in” day will be met by a representative of Emperor Maldives who will be wearing an Emperor Maldives T-Shirt and holding an Emperor Maldives sign. The meeting point is near the Help Desk.

For your flight times for this trip ideally you should aim to arrive around mid-afternoon on the day of departure as due to a same day turn around of the boat the guests from the trip before will be departing in the morning. The rest of the morning the boat will be being cleaned and prepared for your arrival around lunchtime. There are 3 complimentary transfer times from the airport to the boat on embarking day at 11:00am, 16:00pm and 22:30pm.

Guests taking the 11:00am transfer from the airport to the boat have to accept that the boat may not be fully cleaned or ready for boarding until 13:00pm. A light sandwich style snack will be provided for lunch. Any other transfers required on embarking day, other than the 3 stated above, can be arranged at a charge of 5 EUR per person, this charge will be added to your booking invoice.


  • Rasdhoo Atoll: Hammerhead Dive, Beautiful Reef with Pelagics
  • North Ari Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Maaya Thila Night Dive, Multiple Manta Cleaning Stations
  • South Ari Atoll: Whalesharks, Beautiful Pinnacles
  • South Male Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Beautiful Macro Wreck
  • Vaavu Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Traditional Maldivian Channel Diving
  • North Male Atoll: Beautiful Pinnacles SHARKASTIC
  • South Ari Atoll: Whalesharks, Beautiful Pinnacles
  • South Male Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Beautiful Macro Wreck
  • Vaavu Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Traditional Maldivian Channel Diving
  • Meemu Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Traditional Maldivian Channel Diving PELAGIC MAGIC
  • North Ari Atoll: Grey Reef Sharks, Maaya Thila Night Dive, Multiple Manta Cleaning Stations
  • South Ari Atoll: Whalesharks, Beautiful Pinnacles

If you would like to arrive the day before it is possible to stay in the airport hotel which is on the adjacent island (HulhulMale) as the airport (Hulhule island) or stay in another guesthouse on Hulhulemale Island for the night, we don’t recommend booking somewhere in Male as this involves a ferry ride to the next island. If you stay on Hulhulemale island your hotel will then deliver you back to the airport the following day (the day of departure) where you will be met by the boats representatives and taken directly to the ship. Please check with your hotel / guest house if this is a free transfer as some of them charge for this service. Planes do not fly late into the night so you will be able to sleep.

Final day

On the final evening Emperor will return to port to provision and refuel for the following charter.

Check out and departure On departure : Guests will depart from the boat at 7am and returned to the airport so the boat may be cleaned for the next incoming guests.

We will not be able to arrange direct transfers from the boat to resorts.The crew will transport you to the Airport to check bags into storage. If you are travelling later in the day you may consider a day room pass at a local hotel such as the Hulhule Island Hotel which is the closest to the airport. Normal day passes are for 12 hours and include use of the swimming pool, shower, towels, luggage storage etc., depending on which hotel you choose.

Emperor Atoll - specs

  • Type: Wooden hull - Year built: 1988 (Refit every 2 years), Dry dock: 2014
  • Length: 26m - Beam: 7m
  • Engine: 210 HP Yanmar - Generators: Yes
  • Desalination: Yes
  • Navigation and Communication: GPS, Fish finder, Echo sounder, VHF/CB radio
  • Diving facilities
  • Compressor/Tanks: 2 x Bauer K14 (640lt per minute @ 230 bar) / 12 lt aluminium
  • Nitrox diving: Yes
  • Rebreather friendly: Yes
  • Dive equipment rental: Full Dive sets available for hire + reef hooks, dive flags, dive computers
  • Safety: Oxygen/Medic First Aid Kit
  • Water Access: 15m Dive Support Vessel (“Dhoni”) until August 2015. From August 2015 a dive deck and 6m RIB/Zodiac will be used.
  • Camera facilities:Power sockets for battery chargers and flash, Camera rinsing tank and camera preparation area
  • Accommodation:
  • Lower deck: 6 x twin/double ensuite cabins, each with double bed plus single bunk
  • Salon/dining area: Yes
  • Sun decks: with sun loungers/bed mats
  • Entertainment: TV surround sound/Video/DVD
  • Additional: Lifejackets, throw rings, grab ropes, oxygen, first aid kit, safety flags for all divers, VHF, mobile * phone, CB radio
  • Towels: 2 towels per guest
  • Special diets catered for on request
  • Guests
  • Maximum 12
  • Crew
  • Boat Crew: 6
  • Diving Guides: 1-2

Emperor Atoll - diving

The climate is warm year round and determined by the monsoons. The monsoons are mild and not as defined as in neighbouring countries. The northeast monsoon starts in January and goes through the end of April. In January and February the currents can be very strong but the big animal activity can be fantastic. The beginning of January brings clear water to most of the region which can be over 60m (200ft) visibility. Underwater visibility in the Maldives is determined by the tidal movements with incoming and outgoing tides. The monsoon patterns have a significant impact on the diving. From May to October, the southeast monsoon brings more big animal action and is the ideal time to go North to places like Baa Atoll.

The air temperature varies little with an annual average of 30C (90F) and minimum of 26C (80F), while the water temperature ranges from 26C (80F) to 30C (86F).

Diving is carried out from our purpose built “diving dhoni” that will not anchor but will follow the divers from the surface. This is the safestand most comfortable way to dive in the Maldives due to the wind and currents. Every diver will have their own Dive Station with their own basket where for storing their diving gear, which will always remain on the diving dhoni. The system leaves the main boat free to handle accommodations, meals and social activities in a quiet atmosphere.

Most guests make up to 3 dives a day, so some sort of protection is needed. A 3mm wetsuit should be comfortable and adequate.

There is a law in the Maldives that the depth limit is 98 feet/ 30 metres. The Divemaster requires proof of certification before the first dive. Proof of your Dive Insurance will also be required, as well as the signing of our Waiver of Indemnity form. Every effort is made to ensure you have a safe trip. However, unforeseen circumstances can and do happen. Therefore, dive accident insurance and travel insurance are compulsory. A reasonably priced DAN Dive Insurance may be purchased onboard.

The dive sites:

Ari atoll

Kudarah thila

Type of dive: Reef dive


One of the best dive sites for soft coral and fish life. The marine life here is so abundant, that the divers have named it ‘fish soup’. The thila is in a circular shape and can be covered in a single dive at different depths, if the current is not very strong.

Maaya thila

Type of dive: Reef dive / Night dive


The thilais about 80mters in diameter. The whole thila can be done at different depths in a single dive. There are many caves and overhangs around the thila. The large rocks on the north eastern side have large black coral trees growing on them. The site is famous for the sharks and a great barracuda which reside here. The site can be dived at any time of the day, each with different activity going on the reef. The best chance to get close to these creatures is at night time, when they are hunting. You will see sharks, barracudas, rays and eels trying to grab a morsel.

Bathala maaga kanthila

Type of dive: Drift dive

Description: The northern tip of Magaa reef extends into Bathalaa Kandu, is home to a number of grey reef sharks and white-tip reef sharks. They can be seen patrolling along the reef looking for food.

Maalhos thila (Blue curves)

Type of dive:

Drift dive / Reef dive


The thila is known for the abundance of soft coral growth on the thila, particularly the blue/violet colored variety that grows on the ceiling of the caves and overhangs, thus the name ‘blue caves’. In addition a large variety of fish life can be observed here.

Rasdhoo Madivaru

Type of dive: Drift dive / Channel dive

Description: The reef on the southern side of Rasdhoo drops vertically to the ocean depths. The site is home to a school of Scalloped Hammerhead sharks (sphyrna lewini). In the early hours of the morning they rise from the deep waters off the atoll into the shallower depths, accessible to divers.

South Male atoll

Guraidhoo Kandu South

Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive


Since the eastern side of the channel is Open Ocean, large predatory fish can regularly be spotted here. This site is famous for sightings of sharks, schools of eagle rays and the occasional Sail fish and Hammerheads. The best condition to do the dive is when the current is flowing into the Atoll. The dive begins on the outer reef following the current into the atoll. Most of the pelagic species can be observed on the eastern side, where the reef drops off into the deep ocean. At the end of the dive in the channel, along the reef you can find overhangs with plenty of soft coral growth and small fish.

Kandooma thila

Type of dive:

Drift dive / reef dive


Located in a channel, the reef is subject to strong currents at times. The ocean currents carry lot of nutrients to the reef, supporting an abundance of sea life.

The site is well renowned for the soft coral growth, turtles, diverse fish life and invertebrates found on the reef. At the reef slope you may find sharks and eagle rays.

Best of the Maldives itinerary aims to mix up big fish manta and shark dives with scenic reefs dives, hunting out the smallest reef fish, morays and macro life that are so abundant. Cleaning stations allow you to get up close and personal with massive Maldivian manta, and dives at Manta Point, Dhonkalo Thila and Madivaru provide just such opportunities. Maaya Thila is one of the best known dive sites in the Maldives and for a good reason.

This pinnacle is about 30m diameter that descends to reveal sharks and fish a plenty. Night diving here is hard to beat and should not be missed. Log yet more pelagic sightings as grey reef sharks patrol the Ari Atoll area. The boat will also take some time out along the route to look for whalesharks you can snorkel with - grab your fins as these gentle giants can move fast!

Emperor Atoll - schedule