May 2016 Archives

Russ Cheetham


Russ Cheetham2.jpegRuss has been diving since 1994 and, in 2005, decided to exchange his London police uniform for a wetsuit and become a full-time dive instructor. Since then, he has worked in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Maldives. Luckily, the Maldivian islands must have stolen his heart as he has been diving here for the last six years and has no plans to leave anytime soon.

With his years of experience, his extensive knowledge of the dive sites and his positive and friendly nature, he is the perfect person to guide you in your dream Maldives diving holiday.

For the last three years, he has been seamlessly managing Orion liveaboard and has a dedicated group of return guests who love to dive and spend time with him.

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Take a choice of two directions and get the best of diving the Maldives either way. Join Emperor Maldives for 7 nights from 12 - 19 or 19 - 26 November for a Best of Maldives with a difference on the new hotel-style liveaboard, Emperor Serenity. Combining the best of iconic dive sites, this route allows guests to enjoy a bounty of diving.

On the first week, 12 - 19 November, guests can dive the North Male Atoll, including Lankan Manta Point, as Serenity makes her way to Daravandhoo Island. Here guests disembark and take a short domestic flight to Male for homeward flights.

Guests joining Serenity at Daravandhoo Island can expect to dive North Ari Atoll, famous for the Maaya Thila night diving and South Ari Atoll with the strongest chance of seeing whale sharks. Serenity then makes her way to Male where guests disembark.

For a feast of diving, guests can opt for the full 14 night trip from 12 - 26 November.

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 with air-con so even a two-week holiday just won’t feel long enough.

Included is full board, free Nitrox, local transfers, visit to a deserted island for a BBQ under the stars and the chance to dive with manta, whale sharks, sharks, turtles and 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.

The 7-night trip is from £1699/€2179 per person sharing a lower deck standard twin berth cabin. Prices are boat only and include a one-way domestic flight to/from Male. The cost for 14 nights is for boat only at £3330/€4270 per person sharing a lower deck standard twin berth cabin and operates Male back to Male.

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.

For more on Emperor Serenity, visit or email

Dolphin delights at Marsa Alam, Elphinstone

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Enjoy this beautiful video of dolphins by the boat, Isa, with the Marsa Alam team on the way to Elphinstone recently.

Guests also saw a hammerhead and grey reef shark and divers taking a third dive of the day had Dyson the dugong swim past them on Farsha Sahab. It was dive guide, Boody's, really lucky day - and our guests were rather happy too!

There are many ways to get to Elphinstone with us; either privately guided, on a course such as Drift Speciality or even AOW dives.

Email us and join us soon.


Dolphin video


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Super Red Sea savings this June - hurry!

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Red Sea Liveaboard Savings

FREE NITROX on all Emperor Red Sea and Maldives liveaboards.

17 – 24 June | Emperor Elite

South & St Johns
from Marsa Ghalib
£545 / €699

17 – 24 June | Emperor Asmaa
Brothers & Elphinstone
from Marsa Ghalib
£545 / €699

17 – 24 June | Emperor Superior
Get Wrecked
from Hurghada
£545 / €699

24 June – 1 July | Emperor Superior
Reefs & Wrecks
from Hurghada
£545 / €699

08 - 15 July | Emperor Elite
NEW Southern Sharks
from Marsa Ghalib
£624 / €799



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

Book online here

Dive the Maldives! Super savings this June

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Sail away on Emperor Voyager or Emperor Atoll throughout June
and save up to £250/320 Euros


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18/06 - 25/06

Emperor Voyager     
Best of Maldives      
SAVE £235/300 Euros

25/06 - 02/07
Emperor Voyager     
Best of Maldives      
SAVE £235/300 Euros

25/06 - 02/07
Emperor Atoll           
Pelagic Magic          
SAVE £250/320 Euros

Included: 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); guide, tanks, weights. Free Nitrox; return airport transfer; Government taxes and bed tax; Male city tour (on request); separate diving dhoni.
Not included: Flight, diving equipment, alcohol, soft drinks, juices.

For more, email



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