Seafari Maldives

Now down to $1,350 per person ($475 off) and Free Nitrox on the 15-22Dec19
Please note: The minimum experience requirement for this trip in the Maldives is Advanced open water + 50 logged dives for all trips - click on the trip date to to see more information about a specific trip.
Nitrox is free on all trips for qualified divers.

Seafari Explorer caters for up to 24 passengers on-board each diving cruise in 12 luxurious cabins. The layout is flexible, so you can easily have a double bed room, or a twin shared cabin. Plus, every cabin is complete with a private bathroom, ample storage space, and air-conditioning.

Seafari Explorer is one of the top most luxurious Maldives liveaboards. The social areas are large and boast huge window panes that allow a constant panoramic view over the Maldives beautiful seascape as you sail around.

The main area is a salon and dining area and they both have enough space for everyone to gather there comfortably. Plus, the lounge features a complete entertainment system. Seafari Explorer is so spacious that everyone will get a sense of privacy, especially with 24 guests, or less, on-board!

The upper deck displays 2 covered outdoor lounges, one at the bow, and the other at the aft. Also, the top deck is a massive solarium, including a jacuzzi tub. Of course, the sundeck offers a breathtaking view over the Maldives, and plenty of loungers to lay on!
Please note: The minimum experience requirement for trips in the Maldives is Advanced open water level and 50 logged dives for all trips.
Nitrox is free on all trips for qualified divers.

Seafari Explorer - prices

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

Please note: The minimum experience requirement for trips in the Maldives is Advanced open water level and 50 logged dives for all trips.

The price includes:

Airport “meet-and-greet”, transfers to and from the airport before noon on arrival and departure days only
Domestic flights (Special Deep South and Deep South Equator)
Free nitrox 32% for certified diver
7 or 10 night in double / twin share cabin.
Full board meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner served as a buffet
All dives offered in the itinerary including 1 to 2 night dive per trip minimum
12 lit Aluminum, tanks & weights
Island hopping and BBQ on the beach (if available according to circuit)
GST 12% included

The price does not include:

Flight ticket
Green tax US$6 per night per person to be paid onboard
Alcoholic beverage
International or domestic flights
Extra dive: US$25
Equipment Rental and dive courses
Diving or travel insurance
Crew tips: recommended US$10 per day per person.
Other on board extras
Everything not described in “The price includes”



For a single cabin, non sharing, please add 60%, if you are a single diver and happy to share with another diver of the same sex the price is as stated originally.
Triple share in the Junior suite or standard cabins is -10% on the above rates for the third person.
Triple share with teenager under 18 is -20% for the teenager
Triple share with child under 12 is -50% for the child
Non divers are charged the same price but non-diver guests can enjoy for free one of these special packages:

Diving Equipment Rentals (USD) Per week
Full Set (regulator, octopus, BCD, wetsuit, mask, fins) $ 140
Regulator with octopus $ 50
Computer $ 30
BCD $ 50
Wetsuit (shorty 3mm) $ 25
Mask, Fins $ 25
Torch $ 8

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

Seafari Explorer - cabins

Seafari Explorer caters for up to 24 passengers on-board each diving cruise in 12 luxurious cabins.
The layout is flexible, so you can easily have a double bed room, or a twin shared cabin plus every cabin is complete with a private bathroom, ample storage space, and air-conditioning.
There are
7 cabins on the lower deck
1 cabin on the main deck
4 cabins on the upper deck

All cabins are equipped with private bathroom and toilets, individually controlled air conditioning and spacious storage area.
The cabins are cleaned on daily basis and fresh bath and beach towels are provided during the cruise This cabins on the main deck have a seaview window. 220v type G power outlets (recommended adapter).

Seafari Explorer - itinerary

Where is the pick up check in & check out for the boat?

For your flight times for this trip ideally you should aim to arrive before or at around 10 am on the day of departure. Please try to arrive around this time on the day of departure as the check in time on board starts from 11 am.
You will be greeted by the boat representative outside the arrival hall, after luggage claim and custom.

Beginning of the diving package or the palmée hiking activities, on the day of the scheduled departure on the cruise.

In the Maldives the default meeting point for all hotels and liveaboards is the airport so whether you are arriving from an international flight or transferring from another resort you will arrive and depart from the airport.
Check out at 7:00 a. m. Airport transfer and/or free visit of Malé. Day-use in option.


Can I buy a local phone card?

Phone cards are available for sale at the airport. They are GPRS enabled so you can pick your email on your phone nearly anywhere on the trip at very reasonable rates. Please make sure you tell you guest rep that you want one before you leave the airport.

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.

Trip itineraries

Specific itineraries depend on the time of year and the prevailing currents at that time of the year. diving in the Maldives is year round.

Central Atolls 7 Nights

This tour allows you to visit the main atolls of the Maldives in 7 days. Departing from Male North, you will embark on a journey through the atolls of South Male, Ari and Vaavu (depending on the conditions) to discover mythical sites.
The density of fish and the fauna set on the reefs are impressive. Thilas, Kandus and outer reefs offer a very varied digest of action. A constant coming and going between dives “for big” and more relaxing dives to discover the variety of the underwater fauna of the Indian Ocean.

The essential

  • 16 dives over 6 days included (possibility of additional dives)
  • Level 2, Advanced or equivalent + 50 logged dives
  • Departure and return: Male (international flights not included)

Highlights

  • Manta rays cleaning stations
  • Meeting with the whale shark
  • Sharks and rays in the Vaavu channels

North Atolls 7 Nights

The good thing in the Maldives is that “north” does not mean “cold”. 300km away from the equator, it’s hard to complain about the temperature and the dives offered by the Baa and Lhaviyani atolls, which are known as the most fishy in the country. You will visit sites that have nothing to envy to the mythical atolls of the archipelago.
This circuit is offered on a particular period of the year between July and the end of October (sometimes until mid-November). At this time, ocean currents dominated by the southwestern monsoon rush into the northern atolls and favor the concentration of plankton, attracting manta rays.

The essential

  • 15 dives on 6 days included (possibility of additional dives)
  • Level 2, Advanced or equivalent + 50 logged dives
  • Departure and return: Male (international flights not included)

Highlights

  • The mantas of Baa
  • The pelagics of Kuredu Express
  • The turtles of Lhaviyani Atoll

South and central atolls 10 nights

The 10 night tour of the central atolls offers a wide choice of some of the most famous sites in the Maldives, beyond the popular Ari atoll to meet mantas and whale sharks. If the conditions are right, your experience will be spiced up by the adrenaline dives in the Vaavu and Meemu channels.
Embark aboard one of our exceptional ships and enjoy the (re)discovery of the atolls that made the Maldives famous among divers.

The essential

  • 23 dives over 9 days included (possibility of additional dives)
  • Level 2, Advanced or equivalent + 50 logged dives
  • Departure and return: Male (international flights not included)

Highlights

  • Manta rays cleaning stations
  • Meet the whale shark
  • Gray sharks in Vaavu channels

Deep South Equator 10 nights

The “passage of the line” of the equator is a special moment for all the lovers of the sea. We propose you to live this privileged moment and especially to discover very little pongee sites which will amaze you by the density of their pelagic population and the beauty of their reefs. Set out to conquer the wild atolls of Laamu, Gaafu Alifu and Seenu and surprise your diving instinct in search of fox sharks, tigers and other pelagic schools. Rich wildlife and dives full of action for a unique trip.

The essential

  • 23 dives over 9 days included (possibility of additional dives)
  • Level 2, Advanced or equivalent + 50 logged dives
  • Departure and return: Laamu or Seenu. 2 domestic flights not included to provide

Highlights

  • The corals of Gaafu Alifu
  • The wreck of the British Loyalty
  • The range of sharks: gray, corals, whales, leopards, tiger, hammerheads…

Sharks Education Expédition

Embark on 10 days of pure emotions! Departing from Male or Laamu, you will cross the atolls of Ari, Vaavu, Meemu and Thaa and enjoy a selection of amazing sites that will make you discover extraordinary atolls where pelagic abundance and beauty of the reefs go hand in hand.
10 days of fun, 10 days of conviviality, 10 days to practice your favorite activity and to learn from our team of specialists in the region. This route can be done in both directions.

The essential

  • 16 dives over 6 days included (possibility of additional dives)
  • Level 2, Advanced or equivalent + 50 logged dives
  • Departure or return: Male or Laamu. 1 domestic flights to predict.

      Highlights
  • Manta rays cleaning stations
  • The encounter with the whale shark
  • The pelagic show in the channels

North Atolls 10 nights

The good thing in the Maldives is that “north” does not mean “cold”. 300km away from the equator, it’s hard to complain about the temperature and the dives offered by the Baa and Lhaviyani atolls, which are known as the most fishy in the country. You will visit sites that have nothing to envy to the mythical atolls of the archipelago.
This circuit is offered on a particular period of the year between July and the end of October (sometimes until mid-November). At this time, ocean currents dominated by the southwestern monsoon rush into the northern atolls and favor the concentration of plankton, attracting manta rays.

  The essential

  • 16 dives over 6 days included (possibility of additional dives)
  • Level 2, Advanced or equivalent + 50 logged dives
  • Departure and return: Male (international flights not included)

      Highlights
  • The mantas of Baa
  • The pelagics of Kuredu Express
  • The turtles of Lhaviyani Atoll
  • Male North, Lhaviyani, Noonu, Raa, Baa

Seafari Explorer - specs

Material : WOOD
Year of build : 2015
Last visit to Dry Dock :2018
Last refurbishment
Length : 38
Width : 10
Guest capacity : 24
Number of engines : 2
max speed (knots) : 11
Fuel capacity : 9000
Water capacity : 8000
Crew member : 8
Guides :4
Air compressors: 2
Nitrox compressors : 1
Dive boat : 1 dhoni 30 places
Plugs : 220V type G

Seafari Explorer - diving

The Maldives offer the best that diving and snorkelling has to offer, Manta rays are guaranteed on pretty much every trip and there are a myriad of sites where you can see these beautiful creatures of the sea.
All of our liveaboards will do the best to give you the best experience possible dependant on the current conditions on the date of your trip and our boats are liveaboards for people enthusiastic or serious about their diving but also welcome snorkellers and non-divers who will have their own separate itinerary.
One of the highlights of any Maldives safari is the possibility to see one of the gentle giants of the ocean. Whale sharks are unusually common in the Maldives and are seen nearly year round in some areas and all our liveaboards will do their utmost to give you this chance encounter of a lifetime.
Diving from a liveaboard in the Maldives is without doubt one of the cheapest and easier ways to experience the best that the Maldives has to offer and these are, in our opinion, the best liveaboards in the area in terms of value for money, comfort and quality of service.

Maldives dive sites

Ari Atoll - Some of the popular dive sites

Kudarah Thila

Type of dive: Reef dive
Description: 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.

Maaysa Thila

Type of dive: Reef dive / Night dive
Description: The thila is about 80mters in diameter.

The whole thila can be done at different depths in a single dive. There are manycaves 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 and 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
Description: 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 - some of the more popular dive sites

Guraidhoo Kandu South

Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive
Description: 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
Description: 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.

Embudu Kandu (Express)

Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive.
Description: Similar to Guraidhoo Kandu, but more sharks are likely to be spotted here. The currents can be very strong at times. The stronger the current however the better chance of seeing sharks. Under the guidance of an experienced dive guide, the dive can be managed done easily.

Seafari Explorer - schedule