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Maldives | Emperor Leo Trip Report | 11 – 18 May
Report by Bernie McAteer

Emperor Leo guests arrived to a boat with space for everyone and, as we enter low season, nine guests took full  advantage of the extra space.

The first day began with a check dive in North Male before crossing to North Ari for two dives on Maaya Thila in the afternoon. The sunset dive was amazing; the guides agreed it was one of the best dives they had done there with grey reef sharks circling, the fusiliers schooling everywhere and the trevallies chasing after the big schools of silversides that completely covered the pinnacle. Emperor Leo was moored in Maaya lagoon and as light faded we kept our fingers crossed for a manta in the lights at the back of the boat, we were not disappointed and a small manta appeared feeding in the boat lights. Divers descended to watch the beautiful creature barrel-rolling to feed on the plankton. Giovanna and Krystal also had time to complete their PADI Enriched air course as the evening drew to a close!

The wind picked up on the second day but it was still enough for a manta dive and the always relaxing Dhiga Thila before a brief BBQ beach run. Rain cut short the visit but everyone still enjoyed the delicious dinner on board and Polka and Chinmay invited us all to celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary. Congratulations!

The following morning wind and rain restricted us to the Dangheti area, which is by far the best place to be, and two dives kept the atmosphere on board buzzing. The weather broke in the morning and we made four dives on the best sites that Ari Atoll can offer. The highlight of the day was a whale shark!

Last day of the trip and we moved again. We delayed the morning dive to increase the chance for some mantas and had 'Mantanado' on Mahibadhoo Gaa; 10 mantas circling the cleaning station was a truly wonderful way to finish the trip. We did not allow the wind and rain to dampen our spirits and ended on a real high after experiencing some of the best dives of the season.

Feel like diving the Maldives? Discover more here.

NEW Emperor Indonesia set to launch

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Emperor Raja Laut, Indonesia

Emperor Divers is excited to announce the birth of Emperor Indonesia and the launch of MY Emperor Raja Laut in September 2017. A strong team will see Emperor teaming up with Andrew Laughlin, who has spent the last 10 years building and managing Indonesian liveaboards and has over 30 years' experience in the diving and yachting industry. He is also a PADI Master Instructor and Yacht Master.

Raja Laut, which means King of the Sea in Bahasa Indonesian, is a beautiful traditional Dutch Schooner style sailing yacht built in south Sulawesi in 2005. She has spent much of the last 12 years sailing around Southeast Asia for private charter; we are honoured to have her as our introductory boat in the magical Indonesian archipelago.

With 12 berths, the attention to detail and the level of service expected from our 7 crew and 3 dive guides will leave guests wanting to return time and time again.

MY Emperor Raja Laut will be taking us to the world-renowned diving areas of Raja Ampat, Triton Bay, the Banda Sea and Komodo National Park. Expect to play with mantas, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and pygmy seahorses as well as Komodo Dragons on land. Indonesia offers riches for all and is a truly magical place.

Itineraries will vary from 7 to 12 nights and start from USD 390 per person per night.

Keep your eyes peeled for more details in the coming weeks as spaces are expected to sell fast.

reservations@emperordivers.comWant to know more? Email reservations@emperordivers.com

 

 

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So far this year, Emperor Maldives has reported a large number of sightings of whale sharks making their casual, gentle, relaxed way to the back of the boats as they moor for night-time. Not unusual, but certainly gratifying for the guests aboard these spacious liveaboards. And the manta have been around in abundance for both divers and snorkellers.

The 2017/18 season is already shaping up to be a memorable one. We have exciting dive trips sailing a range of routes from ‘Best of the Maldives’ to the ‘Deep South and Southern Sharks’ that, while not guaranteeing to see whalesharks, certainly know how to get the best chance thanks to the intimate local knowledge of their dive guides.

The Maldives certainly has its seasons but when diving, the need for blue skies and constant sunshine diminishes in the face of scoring that bucket-list dive destination. With its gentle climate and year-round temperatures between 26 degrees C-30 degrees C, there is an itinerary to suit divers of all levels and, this is good too, for those who don’t dive.

Our liveaboards are spacious with sun decks, some with jacuzzis, private patios and lend themselves perfectly to snorkelling, swimming and just letting the world go by. Indeed, non-divers are so welcome they get free snorkelling equipment and a $50 voucher to spend on board.

All six Emperor Maldives liveaboards offer fine accommodation and service. Included is full board, free nitrox and local transfers.

Seven-night trips start from £1,091 per person sharing a standard twin berth cabin. Ten-night trips are also available. Prices do not include international flights. Up to four free places are on offer for group bookings.

Email our wonderfully helpful Reservations team at reservations@emperordivers.com

 

EASTER FLASH SALE – up to 30% off LIVEABOARDS
ONLY until 18 April

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HUGE savings on Maldives liveaboards this summer PLUS some winter warmers for the Red Sea.

Look for our ‘RED’ hot sailings.

Up to 30% discount has been applied on selected summer sailings.

For example - how about this in our Easter Super Sale? Emperor Orion sailing the Best of Maldives for (wait for it) just £974 / €1119. Save on selected dates but you need to book by 18 April. Enjoy those Easter eggs then come diving!

Check out our offer pages during Emperor’s Flash Sale: www.emperormaldives.com/liveaboards-schedule-offers.php

NOTES and OFFER TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Discount has already been applied to prices on the Schedule page
  • All the above offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.
  • Valid on new bookings received until 18 April.  
  • Liveaboard offer prices are available on a limited number of places per sailing and subject to availability.
  • Groups and full charters can be extended on application.
  • All bookings taken under a special offer are non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be redeemed against another service.  Normal payment terms apply. Cancellations made any time after payment is received normal cancellation policy applies.

    Now is the time to dive the Red Sea and the Maldives. More diving for less - win/win!

    Email reservations@emperordivers.com TODAY and book your saving!

EASTER FLASH SALE – up to 30% off LIVEABOARDS
from NOW until 18 April

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HUGE savings on Maldives liveaboards this summer PLUS some winter warmers for the Red Sea.

Look for our ‘RED’ hot sailings.

Up to 30% discount has been applied on selected summer sailings.

Check out our offer pages during Emperor’s Flash Sale: www.emperormaldives.com/liveaboards-schedule-offers.php

NOTES and OFFER TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • Discount has already been applied to prices on the Schedule page
  • All the above offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.
  • Valid on new bookings received until 18 April.  
  • Liveaboard offer prices are available on a limited number of places per sailing and subject to availability.
  • Groups and full charters can be extended on application.
  • All bookings taken under a special offer are non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be redeemed against another service.  Normal payment terms apply. Cancellations made any time after payment is received normal cancellation policy applies.

    Now is the time to dive the Red Sea and the Maldives. More diving for less - win/win!

    Email reservations@emperordivers.com TODAY and book your saving!

Emperor Serenity

She was brand new last year and brings a class of her own to the Maldivian waters. Emperor Serenity is a contemporary, spacious liveaboard where fine accommodation and service is standard.

This 40 metre boat easily accommodates 26 guests in 13 well-appointed ensuite cabins all with air-con.

Reasons to choose Emperor Serenity

  • High quality, contemporary liveaboard
  • Choice of spacious dining and relaxation areas
  • Visit a local island for a BBQ under the stars
  • Dive with manta, man-sized nurse sharks & whale sharks
  • FREE Nitrox
  • 4 dive guides
  • Free wine with dinner
  • Large dhoni giving more living space on board
  • Non-divers are welcome and get a free snorkelling kit + $50 voucher to spend on board
  • Group discounts
  • Prices from £1565 / €1799

How about these?

April
16/04 - 23/04   Emperor Serenity   Best of Maldives   £1739/€1999

May
07/05 - 14/05   Emperor Serenity   Best of Maldives   £1565/€1799
14/05 - 21/05   Emperor Serenity   Best of Maldives   £1565/€1799
28/05 - 04/06   Emperor Serenity   Best of Maldives   £1565/€1799

» Click here to discover more about Emperor Serenity + more photos and a video

 

** Make sure you ask the right questions when choosing your liveaboard **

Space: No final frontiers here. Make sure there's enough for all guests with enough decks to relax on.
TICK Serenity

Dive deck: Make sure there's enough space to kit up and keep your equipment.
TICK Serenity (separate diving dhoni, perfect!)

Eating: Is the food of good quality and are there enough snacks throughout the day? Complementary drinks are a bonus.
TICK Serenity (even free wine with dinner)

If you have any questions at all, do contact our friendly, helpful team at reservations@emperordivers.com.

Red Sea & Maldives liveaboard special offers

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Red Sea Liveaboard Savings - FREE Nitrox

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FREE NITROX on all Emperor Red Sea and Maldives liveaboards.

01 - 08 June | Emperor Asmaa
Safaga, Brothers & Elphinstone
From Marsa Ghalib to Hurghada
€849 / £730

03 - 10 June | Emperor Superior
Get Wrecked
From/to Hurghada
€749 / £644

22 - 29 June | Emperor Superior
Reefs & Wrecks
From/to Hurghada
€749 / £644

 

Maldives Liveaboard Savings - FREE Nitrox

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FREE NITROX on all Emperor Red Sea and Maldives liveaboards.

April
09/04 - 16/04   Emperor Serenity   Best of Maldives   £1870/€2149
15/04 - 22/04   Emperor Voyager   Best of Maldives   £1478/€1699
16/04 - 23/04   Emperor Virgo   Best of Maldives   £1652/€1899
16/04 - 23/04   Emperor Serenity   Best of Maldives   £1739/€1999
21/04 - 30/04   Emperor Orion   Best of Maldives   £1739/€1999
22/04 - 29/04   Emperor Voyager   Best of Maldives   £1478/€1699
23/04 - 30/04   Emperor Virgo   Best of Maldives   £1652/1899

May
07/05 - 14/05   Emperor Serenity   Best of Maldives   £1565/€1799
13/05 - 20/05   Emperor Leo   Best of Maldives   £1217/€1399
14/05 - 21/05   Emperor Orion   Best of Maldives   £1348/€1549
14/05 - 21/05   Emperor Serenity   Best of Maldives   £1565/€1799
28/05 - 04/06   Emperor Orion   Best of Maldives   £1348/€1549
28/05 - 04/06   Emperor Serenity   Best of Maldives   £1565/€1799

» Click here for the full list of offers for a variety of dates or Book online here

FREE Red Sea and Maldives Photo Workshops

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Photo Workshop with Jordi Chias

 

Jordi Chias, who will once again be sharing his vast experience and these popular workshops for FREE!

Maldives:
3 - 10 December 2017 | Emperor Orion | Best of Maldives
OR
10 - 17 December 2017 | Emperor Serenity | Best of Maldives
Prices start from €1869 / £1607

Red Sea:
3 - 10 November & 10 - 17 November 2017 | Emperor Elite | Simply the Best
Prices start from €1049 / £903

What do you get? Jordi will be on board offering a FREE mini Photography Workshop to improve underwater and general photography.

With lots of work published, among them the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Jordi has a wealth of knowledge that you can tap into during the week. More here: www.uwaterphoto.com.

Make the most of this fantastic opportunity to hone photography talents for free!

» For more information, visit here

6 jolly good reasons to dive the Maldives

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Ever wondered what it's like to dive the Maldives? Here you go!

 

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·         Iconic diving; mantas, whale sharks, sharks, rays, dolphins and lagoons

·         Fabulous choice of six liveaboards. From high-end Emperor Serenity to small but welcoming Emperor Atoll

·         Highly experienced dive guides, crew and chefs

·         Over 99 years of hand-on experience means we know those dive sites and where to find those mantas and whale sharks

·         Great food, free wine on selected liveaboards

·         Separate diving dhoni; diving gear is stored and looked after here so more room on the liveaboard and no carting of equipment

 

» More information, photos and places to dive right here

Red Sea Liveaboard

Here's your choice of great itineraries, with a mix suitable for most levels of diver.

And did you know? We have a 21+ DIVES and MAX itinerary, which means if an itinerary has a 21+ DIVES then divers have managed 21 or more dives on a 7-day safari.

From Hurghada:

From Marsa Ghalib (Port Ghalib):

» Email our friendly, knowledgeable team today.


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