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Diving the best sites that the Red Sea has to offer, coupled with hands on experience of life on board, it doesn’t come better than this for those who have always wanted to sample that ‘dream job’. We’re looking for enthusiastic PADI and/or SSI Divemasters/Instructors who want to learn what it’s all about and who will enjoy learning what it takes to be a liveaboard guide.

This is a volunteer unpaid position but you will gain a wealth of knowledge from our experienced staff, who look forward to welcoming you as part of the team and showing you every aspect of the dive operation on board. We’re looking for enthusiastic, customer-focused individuals who are passionate about diving and learning new skills. You must be able to speak and write English as a minimum but additional languages are an advantage. 

Emperor Divers will cover all the diving, Nitrox tanks, food, Marine Park taxes and transfers to/from the boat to Hurghada or Marsa Alam, depending on where the boat returns to, and a visa extension for four weeks after you arrive.  Where possible you will sleep in a shared cabin but where we have a full charter you may need to sleep in the saloon or, if you prefer, under the stars. You will need to arrange and pay for your own flights and preferably have your own equipment, although you can rent this from us at a discounted price if needed.

Interested? Please email your CV with current photo to quoting reference IP001.


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Custom-designed to a superior standard, Elite just got even better with a major facelift.

Improvements to her dive deck, dive platform and sun deck means there is considerably more room now to allow you to relax in comfort in between dives. Kitting up and entering/exiting the water has also been made easier thanks to the extra space.

A new contemporary spiral staircase now connects the three boat levels of the dive deck, sun deck and fly deck for seamless access.

Taking 24 guests in 11 twin-berth cabins on a choice of decks, Elite has a fabulous double master suite. All cabins are ensuite with air conditioning and there is limited free WiFi (for internet browsing and connecting with communication applications when in signal).

You can choose from a number of itineraries on Eite including South & St Johns, Simply the Best and Daedalus and Elphinstone with prices for 7 nights from £546.00 / €699.00.

» See her floorplans and up-to-date photos here



Here's how in dive guide years...

Chris 14, Mario 15, Issey 15, Alex 8, Daria 7, Arif 14, Iboo 8, Rus 7, Maseeh 5, Rauf 6

Meet a few of our fabulously knowledgeable dive guides


Chris Tricky

0316 Chris Tricky 2 crop.jpgThe Maldives' diving encyclopaedia; literally.
Chris has been diving here for 14 years.
Has an enviable fan base who respect him for ensuring every dive is special.
Maldives career started in 2002 on the famous safari boat, Keema, before joining Monsoon and then Constellation Fleet/Emperor in 2014.
Has a loyal band of constantly growing followers who quite literally follow him from boat to boat.
Known as a pioneer of the North of Maldives where he ran Monsoon, which was the first and only liveaboard for a long time.



Mario (Yoosuf Nixam)

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Emperor's key Maldivian guide.
Born and bred here, Mario has worked in dive centres and liveaboards for 15 years.
Knows better than anyone about currents and where's best for marine life sightings.
He's a giver, helping to train our guiding team and always keen to share his knowledge and experience.
Also a qualified water sports instructor taking great pride in entertaining clients above and below the waves.
Makes sure every guest yearns to return for more fun and adventure.
A true Maldivian; proud of his nation's natural gems.



Alex Bryant

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Been diving the Maldives since going with his Maldivian class mates from school in 1995.
Well known for his common sense and can-do approach.
These days getting wet less often (that's what having kids does).
But all that knowledge goes into making sure Emperor guests get the best from their trips.
Favourite dive site is Fushi Kandu in Laamu Atoll. Dive it on the South Central and Southern Sharks itineraries.
Most memorable diving moment; being in Maareehaa Kandu, Gaafu Alifu (Huvadhoo) on the Southern Sharks itinerary when a silky shark and two great hammerheads circled him and his group for 10 minutes. Scary and exciting rolled into one.

Book with the company that has the best insight to those Maldives dive sites.

And we have the largest liveaboard choice.

So much more here:



New 14-night 'Best of Maldives' on Serenity

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NEW 14-night 'Best of Maldives' on Emperor Serenity
12-26 November, 2016

Come and enjoy this longer 14-night Best of Maldives holiday - the best way to experience the magic of the Maldives covering iconic dive sites such as Male Atolls, Lhaviyani Atoll, Noonu, Raa and Baa Atolls, Rasdhoo Atoll and Ari Atolls. Combining top quality diving with the promise of 'bucket list' marine sightings and the superb hotel-style of Emperor Serenity, this is destined to be a Maldives triumph.

Emperor Serenity, Maldives


Sailing from Male, Emperor Serenity brings a class of her own with contemporary styling and plenty of space 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.

7-night trips can also be arranged on the same itinerary if the 14 night voyage is too long by using domestic flights to and from Male giving guests the choice of joining the outbound or return legs.

Included is full board, free Nitrox, around 37 dives (14-night trip), local transfers, a visit to a deserted island for a BBQ under the stars and the chance to dive with manta, whale sharks, sharks, turtles and myriad marine life as well as a City tour with local guide.

All diving is done from Emperor Serenity's large dhoni tender, giving more living space on board and getting guests to the perfect dive spot every time. Four dive guides provide a premium service. Non-divers are very welcome and get free snorkelling equipment + $50 voucher to spend on board.

14 nights = £3288/€4270 per person sharing a standard twin berth cabin

7 nights = £1644/€2135 per person sharing a standard twin berth cabin

These prices do not include international or domestic flights.

Emperor Divers 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.

For more on Emperor Serenity, visit or email

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Well-known throughout the Red Sea and at dive shows, Emperor Divers’ Regional Manager, Luke Atkinson, has been promoted to General Manager for the Red Sea in a positive step to manage the day diving and liveaboards for Emperor Divers. 

Luke, who has been with Emperor since 2009, has an enviable understanding of all things Red Sea having arrived as a dive instructor and working his way to managerial positions, although his love of diving remains at his core, particularly when taking his camera under water.

Popular with the UK, Dutch and Belgium divers, Luke is also recognised for his entertaining dive show talks. He not only understands what it is that guests want from their holidays but also knows the dive sites, marine life and local people better than many others.

Andy Telford, Emperor Divers’ Managing Director, said, "This is a real string in the bow for us and we know Luke will take on the role with his usual optimistic, ‘can-do’ demeanour. Not only does he get the best from those he works with but guests have a natural respect for his knowledge and friendly approach whilst getting the job done."

With an expanding range of liveaboards in the Maldives, Emperor Divers is enjoying a period of exciting growth and development. With a fleet of liveaboards and dive centres in the Red Sea, Emperor Maldives recently merged their liveaboards with Constellation Fleet Maldives to become the largest liveaboard operator in the area.

Luke Atkinson said, “It’s a great pleasure to take another step up with Emperor. It was always my ambition to join the company as a guide, even before 2009. I can imagine telling that fresh-faced dive instructor back in 2006, on an Emperor holiday in Sharm, that within 10 years he’d be in charge of all of this. He’d probably think I was narked; and wonder where all his hair went."

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Thanks to guest Daniel French for this fabulous video taken whilst staying for nine days on one of the new Emperor fleet liveaboards, Orion, recently on the Deep South & Southern Sharks trip.

Just look at the masses of information that Daniel has shared re the dive sites and marine life sightings! Well worth watching.

>> Watch here now

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From 1 September 2016, Emperor Maldives will operate a fleet of six boats; the new high-end Emperor Serenity, the highly regarded Emperor Orion, the popular Emperor Leo, Emperor Virgo and Emperor Voyager and the favourite with so many divers, Emperor Atoll.

Alex Bryant, founder of Constellation Fleet, explained, “It made sense for Constellation Fleet to join forces with such a highly respected brand like Emperor Divers. I have been working with Emperor for some time now and look forward to offering the same excellent service and value that both Constellation and Emperor are known for.”

“This is a merger of two well-known and popular companies who hold similar business values and philosophies”, said Andy Telford, Emperor Divers' Managing Director. “Guests will enjoy the same personal service that has made Constellation Fleet one of the first choices for liveaboard diving in the Maldives and I'm delighted to welcome Alex, who will be managing the Maldivian operation, to the Emperor team"

For more on Emperor Maldives, visit



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