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Had a fantastic week diving with our guide Tracy. Boat and ground crew were their usual helpful and friendly selves. Would recommend Emperor Divers Port Ghalib to anyone.
Emperor Maldives has new exciting dive trips to sail to the southerly Maldives atolls and dive into the shark action in these out-of-the-way southern dive sites between Huvadhoo and Laamu.
From February to April, spend time away from the madding crowds and dive Foammulah and Huvadhoo on the lookout for the Indian Ocean's larger residents; tiger sharks, silver tips, grey reef sharks and whale sharks.
Guests can choose to travel either from Male to Huvadhoo to join their liveaboard or from Huvadhoo to Male. Expect to meet tiger and silver tip sharks around Foamulah. At Huvadhoo, one of the deepest lagoons in the Maldives, the currents are ideal for even more shark sightings including hopefully whale sharks and silkies, hammerheads, tiger and grey sharks spotted most of the time. There are swift channel dives with several kandus; Vilingilli, Nilandhoo, Mareehaa and Kondeey, as well as reef thila dives; Gazeera and Vaadhoo.
This itinerary suits experienced divers (100+ dives) looking for 'away from it all and different' diving with quite a focus on drift diving.
Liveaboards operating these routes are Emperor Virgo and Emperor Leo, both with fine accommodation and service as standard. Included is full board, free Nitrox, local transfers.
Non-divers are very welcome and get free snorkelling equipment + $50 voucher to spend on board.
The 7-night trip is £1978.80/€2328.00 per person sharing a standard twin berth cabin. 10-night trips are also available. Prices do not include international flights.
Emperor Maldives consistently offers value, variety, quality, service, professionalism, easy booking, handy local knowledge, flexibility and fast response to guest requests as well as popular purpose-built liveaboards.
Thank you to all our guests who have used Emperor Divers Red Sea and Emperor Maldives and shared their feedback via Feefo, a global ratings and reviews provider of genuine guest feedback.
Feefo generates feedback that you can trust. And we now have a dedicated logo to promote the fact - well, why hide lights under bushels?
NEC Dive Show 2016
22/23 October, Birmingham
We do hope you can join us. The team is ready to give you the latest on the Red Sea and the Maldives.
Alex Bryant, MD of Emperor Maldives, has over a decade's experience of diving here and will be sharing this with you at a Seminar on diving this iconic area from our BIG fleet of six liveaboards.
Entitled "#MustBeMaldives; six of the best" you'll just have to come along to discover the best of the best!
Catch him from 14.50 - 15.20 on both Saturday and Sunday in Ocean Theatre 1.
And our whole team of dive guides really are the best in the area. Ready yourself for an entertaining 30 minutes of photos, anecdotes and interesting information to inspire you! He's also happy to take any questions (well, related to diving in the Maldives, of course).
Luke Atkinson will be here too, and what tales he and Tracy have to tell of diving the Red Sea this year. It's been the best diving for a decade. Discover more first hand at the Show.
The Emperor Atoll is a fine boat - we knew what to expect as we'd been on it last year. It's small and basic, but the food is lovely and the crew are great, which suits us fine.
Twelve divers means that there's less faff kitting up and fewer divers in the water. We get the impression that over the last few years operators have been moving towards bigger/more luxurious boats. To be honest, that's not what we're really looking for.
The small, basic end of things is good for us - and who actually needs a Jacuzzi after four hours in the water? We dived with Arif, who we'd also dived with last year, and he's one of my favourite dive guides - really nice and slow. Overall good diving with a couple of excellent manta encounters.
So, overall, very satisfied! We'll probably be looking for something for Easter next year, so will be in touch shortly about that..."
Sailing into her fourth season, Emperor Leo has undergone some sweeping changes over the summer months.
With a modernised look and the use of light and bright colours, Emperor Leo will stand out in the Emperor Fleet as another ‘flagship’ liveaboard.
A newly added upper deck cabin offers outstanding ocean views, with a total of three superior cabins on the upper deck, each with direct access to the open patio area.
All cabins have undergone a transformation and offer guests a stylish and comfortable haven. With compact, modern bathrooms, the accommodation is of hotel standard and service.
Whilst features in the lounge and dining area have been updated, they reflect her traditional décor and returning guests will enjoy the fine level of improvements. Utilising the wood design of bar and dining area, the whole space welcomes the Maldivian sunlight, mirrored in the colourful accessories and luxuriously large sofas.
Not only has the boat undergone changes but in order to stay abreast of culinary expectation, Emperor’s professional chefs are interchanged across the Fleet in order to provide contemporary and innovative international cuisine.
Emperor Leo lays claim to having one of the most experienced dive guides leading the choice of trips in the Maldives; Chris Trickey. For over 15 years, Chris has headed diving trips here and he truly knows where to dive, how to dive and how to make the best out of your trip. He is renowned throughout the diving industry and guests return trip after trip specifically to dive under his guidance.
Experience and knowledge continues with the years of Maldivian maritime experience and familiarity from Captain Ahmed. Having taken command of Emperor Leo several years ago, he carries a calm and reassuring presence, sailing the boat through the Atolls whilst running the team of professional chefs, housekeepers, barmen and crew with unflappable skill.
To ensure memorable diving, it is essential to have an exceptional dhoni captain. MV Sirina accompanies Emperor Leo, acting as the diving platform from which to enjoy the magical waters and giving more room on the ‘mother ship’. Captain Niyaz, a man who hails from the southern Atolls, has navigated the Maldivian waters both north and south. His unsurpassable knowledge of the dive sites needs to be seen to be believed – his promise to direct the boat to the best possible drops is legendary.
Emperor Leo sails Best of Maldives, South Central 7 Atolls, Deep South & Southern Sharks and offers group discounts up to 20 pay and four go free.
We divers know the sea is not an aquarium and that nothing can be guaranteed, but we also know that there are certain destinations to go to for the
best chances of diving with the big stuff.
The Red Sea has always been convenient, close and with reliable clear, warm waters. It has also always had the capacity to surprise, with sightings big and small every year to delight divers. Right now though, it is on a hot streak and is delivering delights that we haven't had since the pioneer days of Red Sea diving.
Nature often has cycles but could there be another reason for such amazing diving right now? Is it due to the reduced number of, not just divers, but water users up and down the Red Sea coast since the decline in tourism due to the 2011 and 2013 uprisings? Certainly there are many fewer dive boats on each dive site compared to the peak years of the early 21st century but not only that, there are many fewer watercraft, not as many bathers, less construction on the coast, less sewage and less chemical runoff all as a consequence of lower numbers.
Plus, conservation organisations such as HEPCA have been subsidising fishermen to encourage them not to fish in breeding seasons.
Could it be that all these factors are starting to produce a positive effect on the marine environment in the Red Sea? Well, we've now had excellent diving for more than a year so we certainly think so.
This newsletter is going to showcase the phenomenal sightings we have had – and to really prove a point we will only include pictures and videos from this June and July!
September through to November usually presents the best diving year on year. Sea temperatures are an average of 28-30C while air temperatures cool a little from the hot summer. The big life loves these months, and we cannot wait to see what's in store under the waves. With good flight prices available now for those three months, come and get some of the action with a truly welcoming team of guides and crew.
What's been showing in the Red Sea theatre...
Not seen since 2014, Dennis the Dugong makes a welcome return in this video by guest, Chris Colliard.
Hammerheads at Daedalus
A theatre of delights with hammerheads and happy guests.
Daedalus & Elphinstone
Top of the tops diving, plenty of sunlight, warm water, excellent boats, professional and smiley team and affordable prices.
Elphinstone day trip
Oceanics get close up and personal in this video.
Red Sea safari
Everybody do the manta dance! Fabulous video with thanks to guest, Simon. Got your wavy arms ready?
Meet the dugong whisperer!
Dive guide Taki gets it right most of the time. Here with dugong mum and her calf with thanks to Eric and Valerie Du Pont for the photos. Magical.
The Big Friendly Giant
Happiness is waving at a whale shark. Right here in the Red Sea. Not too far to travel for an experience of a lifetime is it?
Now all you need to do is get here!
Contact our really helpful team today.
Emperor Divers has upgraded the service on two of its Red Sea boats and, as a thank you for being a frequent diver, will offer free cabin upgrades, wine and more for their guests in the Red Sea and Maldives.
From 1st September 2016, Emperor’s Red Sea service will offer complimentary red wine with dinner on all Red Sea boats, Emperor Asmaa, Emperor Superior and Emperor Elite (where this has been offered for some time).
In the Maldives a complimentary glass of wine will be provided with dinner on Emperor Serenity and Emperor Orion. As a further service enhancement the number of free places has been increased to four on Emperor Leo and Emperor Orion when booking a full charter.
As well as the Red Sea upgrades, Emperor’s new Loyalty Scheme, Friends of Emperor, recognises guests who have dived with Emperor Divers or Constellation Fleet on five or more occasions. As a thank you to loyal guests, when boarding a liveaboard in the Red Sea or Maldives, they will receive a complimentary bottle of wine per person and an Emperor gift voucher to use whilst onboard. Also, when booking, guests can ask for a free cabin upgrade and request 15 litre tanks subject to availability.
Please note: These benefits only apply to new bookings and have to be requested at the time of booking.
For more information, please contact our really helpful team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Guests love her new upgrade and here's why ...
"Outstanding week on Emperor Elite. Great boat, fantastic crew bar none, amazing dive leader. The service, food, organisation, diving and general attention to detail was truly brilliant. One of the best weeks of my life. The other divers were a lovely mix of lovely people also, so I felt truly blessed by the whole experience. Will come again, as soon as I can!"
So shared one happy guest via our Feefo feedback
The ‘want to know’ bit ...
She’s custom-designed and built to a superior standard and measures in at a pleasing 38 metres. A maximum of 24 guests relax in 11 twin-berth cabins (choice of decks) and a double master suite, all with ensuite and air conditioning.
Elite is spacious with limited free WiFi (for internet browsing and connecting with communication applications only when in signal), three sundecks, dive deck with platform, two air-conditioned lounges and air-conditioned dining room where good food and free wine with dinner is served. She has all the diving and safety equipment including two large RIBs with outboards and has FREE NITROX. And guests just love her!
Want to find out more straight from the horse's mouth?
Read this recent trip report on our Facebook and enjoy a HUGE album of fabulous photos.