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We're only as good as the people who dive with us

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Which is why we are so VERY proud
to share guests' words with you

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Thanks to our guests who take the time to feedback their Emperor experience! It means a great deal to be able to pass these on to all the team and crew.

These are for Emperor Maldives liveaboards but there are so many more for our Emperor family at Feefo.

Robert Brown | Emperor Voyager
I was very pleased with all aspects or my liveaboard tour of the Maldives. The crew, guides, food and accommodation were all excellent. I wouldn't hesitate to book another liveaboard with Emperor in the future.

Trusted Customer | Emperor Serenity
Utterly outstanding trip! The boat, Serenity, was impeccable, the staff on the boat were fantastic, attentive, polite and lovely characters. The dive guides were impeccable, Gabriel is incredibly experienced and so much fun to talk to and to learn from. I would absolutely recommend them to anyone.

Ashley Sutherland | Emperor Serenity
Highly, highly recommended!! Couldn't fault anything, amazing service from all of the team!

Norman Donachie | Emperor Serenity
The best liveaboard. I could not find a fault in anything. Boat, cabin, bathroom, meals spot on. Guides and crew so friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Excellent service.

Trusted Customer | Emperor Voyager
A brilliant trip. Everything about this trip went well. The organisation was efficient. The dive masters and instructors were experienced and friendly in their approach, coping brilliantly with a group of divers ranging from very experienced to the relatively new to the sport. Particular praise to Chris for his leadership. And we saw everything - whale sharks, manta rays, nursing sharks. Just brilliant.

» Read many more at Feefo here.



Komodo National Park

7 - 11 night trips | July to October

Komodo National Park

The Komodo National Park is renowned for the excellent quality and variety of diving. Water temperatures change between the north and south of the Park. In the north we have the black sands of the Sangeang Volcano with its critters and bubble flows and the reefs around Gili Banta. The south provides cooler temperatures with manta action and nutrient rich reefs. The central section provides reefs and small islands teeming with life fed. Add to this the chance to see the famous Komodo Dragon in its natural habitat, beautiful beaches, look-outs to climb and you have a paradise both below and above the water.



Raja Ampat

7 - 12 night trips | December to May

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat, which in Indonesian means the Four Kings, is a Marine Park world renowned for being the epicentre of marine biodiversity. The park covers a large area with approximately 170 nautical miles separating the northern and southern extremities. It would be possible to dive for weeks and weeks without seeing the same sites twice.



Raja Ampat & Banda Islands

12 night trips | May & October

Raja Ampat & Banda Islands

The Ambon to Sorong cruise is special because it takes in two magnificent regions in the one cruise. Beginning in Ambon we head to the Banda Islands (original Spice Islands) before rounding the east coast of Seram and rejoining the south and central sections of Raja Ampat. The Banda Islands offer the opportunity for some pelagic action, hopefully hammerheads too, before diving arguably one of the best dive locations worldwide, South Raja Ampat. This cruise will take in the Banda Islands plus the Southern and Central sections of Raja Ampat.



Banda Sea

12 night trips | October

Banda Sea

This is for those with the spirit of adventure as we set sail to rarely dived sites, islands and atolls. There are several ways to cross the Banda Sea and this depends mostly on the weather and the depths of the thermoclines for the hammerhead sharks. Seldom-dived sites, active volcanoes, hammerheads and pelagic action, plus a visit to the mythical Banda Islands (original Spice Islands) make this a once in a lifetime cruise.
Please note: There are 600-700 nautical miles to cover during this 12-night cruise. We are mostly diving three dives a day and then travelling at night. This cruise is not advised for people who get very sea sick or who are unable to sleep whilst the boat is under way. For those with a bit of salty seadog in you, you are definitely looking at the right itinerary.



Discover so much more on our website or email our wonderfully helpful Reservations Team and make use of all their amazing knowledge.

Lawson Wood to join Duxy on unique Red Sea photo trip

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South for Winter with                                              Duxy and Lawson Wood


Talk about value for money. Not only will you reap the benefits of sharing photo tips with Paul 'Duxy' Duxfield, but now the legendary Lawson Wood is on the same trip!

Lawson has made his passion his career and you can tap into some of the passion this November. He has published over 50 books including the Underwater Guide to the Red Sea, so he knows a thing or two. He is also a co-founder of the Marine Conservation Society, found of the first Marine Reserve at St Abbs and Eyemouth in Scotland and made history in becoming the first person to be a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society - and there's a whole lot more but we'll leave that to Lawson to share with you on the trip.

One last thing, Lawson has lived and worked in the Red Sea for many years so you can imagine the depth of knowledge and tales he has to tell. Join Duxy and Lawson on this unique trip - who knows when you'll get another chance!

South for Winter with Duxy and Lawson Wood
Emperor Superior
30 November - 7 December 2018
€1049 / £923





Read why this part of the world holds such an appeal
with words straight from a recent guest - thanks Sherry!

The Komodo National Park is world renowned for the excellent quality and variety of diving. In the north we have the black sands of the Sangeang Volcano with its critters and bubble flows and the reefs around Gili Banta. The south provides cooler temperatures with manta action and nutrient rich reefs with ocean flow from the Indian Ocean. The central section give you reefs and small islands teeming with life fed by the currents running between the islands of Komodo and Rinca.

Add to this the chance to see the famous Komodo Dragon in its natural habitat, beautiful beaches, look-outs to climb and you have a paradise both below and above the water.



Our recent guest, Sherry Wright, loved her diving holiday in Komodo from Emperor Raja's what she had to say:

"The Emperor Raja Laut is newly renovated and is in beautiful shape. The day-to-day operations including dives were run smoothly. The crew were all really helpful and friendly.

All the crew took turns helping with entering and exiting the dinghies, handling the equipment, and making our dives great. Sophie and Flo were superb hosts and divemasters. I loved that they sat with us for meals and hung around chatting with us when they didn't have tasks to do. I felt like they became friends.

My luggage including dive gear all got left behind in Bali and I was supplied with very new rental gear. I felt very supported as people chipped in to lend me things that I normally would have had. As for the diving, the sites were great! The reefs were some of the healthiest I've seen. Flo, Sophie, and Downey were very clear and specific about dive plans, entries, dealing with currents, etc. I was in Sophie's group, and I was amazed and grateful for her ability to spot the smallest little macro creatures and still keep an eye on the blue.

I had a fabulous week and highly recommend the boat and the Komodo itinerary."

Discover more here

Feeling impulsive? Great offer for 13th September
13/09/2018 - 20/09/2018
Emperor Raja Laut
£2186 / €2484

OR book early for great offers next year in July and August
Emperor Raja Laut
£2023 / €2299

All are on the beautiful and recently updated Emperor Raja Laut.

Please note: As of 1st January 2019, our prices are inclusive; no hidden taxes, park or port fees. The price you see is the price you pay!

How do I get there?
We have made it so easy for you. Just read this....

Or have a chat with our equally delightful Reservations Team. You can email too!




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Best of the Maldives
All year round
Rasdhoo Atoll: Hammerhead dive, Beautiful reef with pelagics
North Ari Atoll: Grey reef sharks, Maaya Thila night dive, Multiple manta cleaning stations
South Ari Atoll: Whale sharks, beautiful pinnacles
South Male Atoll: Grey reef sharks, Eagle rays, other pelagics, beautiful macro wreck
Vaavu Atoll: Beautiful channels with magical soft corals and pelagic delights. Action packed night dive with Nurse sharks and others
North Male Atoll: Beautiful pinnacles

Central Explorer
May – October
Meemu Atoll: Enchanting channels with pelagic action, sailfish, grey reef sharks, eagle rays, soft coral, manta cleaning station
Thaa Atoll: Hammerhead sharks, whale sharks at nightLaamu Atoll: Beautiful fish filled channels, great shark encounters

Manta Madness
July – October
Baa Atoll: Hanifaru Bay and Nelivaru Thila, Dhiggu Thila and many more
North Male Atoll: Beautiful pinnacles, Lankan Manta Point
Lhaviyani Atoll: Fushivaru Thila, Kuredu Express, Kuredu Caves

Sharktastic - visiting 4 Atolls
January – April
South Ari Atoll: Whale sharks, pinnacles
South Male Atoll: Grey reef sharks, eagle rays, other pelagics, macro wreck
Vaavu Atoll: Beautiful channels, magical soft corals, pelagic delights. Action packed night dive with nurse sharks and others
Meemu Atoll: Channels with pelagic action, sailfish, grey reef sharks, eagle rays, soft coral. Manta cleaning station

South Central Atolls
January - March
North Male Atoll (Check Dive): Beautiful Pinnacles & House Reefs
South Male Atoll: Grey reef sharks, eagle rays, other pelagics, beautiful macro wreck
Vaavu Atoll: Channels, magical soft corals, pelagic delights. Action packed night dive with nurse sharks and others
Meemu Atoll: Enchanting channels with pelagic action, sailfish, grey reef sharks, eagle rays, beautiful soft coral, manta cleaning station
Thaa Atoll: Hammerhead sharks, whale sharks at night
Laamu Atoll: Beautiful fish filled channels, great shark encounters

Deep South & Southern Sharks
February & March
Laamu Atoll: Beautiful fish filled channels; great shark encounters
Huvadhoo Atoll: Whale sharks at night, grey reef sharks, oceanic black tip sharks, fast and exciting channel dives, silky sharks, great hammerheads, mola-mola, bull sharks from time to time
Foammulah Island/Atoll: Tiger sharks, oceanic manta, thresher sharks. Oceanic Island rising from the deep with incredible visibility
Addu Atoll: Most southern atoll of the Maldives; used to be a British Royal Air Force base

Pelagic Magic
April – July
North Ari Atoll: Grey reef sharks, Maaya Thila night dive, multiple manta cleaning stations
South Ari Atoll: Whale sharks, beautiful pinnacles


Speak to our Reservations Team today and get on your way!


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You know you've got things right when guests send you this...
"Thank you to our wonderful Divemaster, Donny, and to Florence, Sophie and the crew for a wonder week aboard the Raja Laut this past week. The diving was challenging, exciting and beautiful. Thanks to Flo and Sophie, who provided guidance and knowledge to give us the confidence to dive those currents. The entire crew was wonderful and the food was awesome! I will highly recommend The Raja Laut. 

PS. I may have left my iPhone 5 at the charging station.  
PPS. Florence rushed over to give me my iPhone. I never expected that! Thank you so much! What a great customer experience."
Lianne and Randy Broadworth 


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Here are just two from many Feefo feedbacks we've been getting:

Sylvia & Les Randall Coles
Dived with Emperor Marsa Alam

"Excellent diving & service yet again. Professional dive centre & boat crew.
We have been diving with Emperor Divers Marsa Alam for 9 years plus & as always we get excellent service with excellent diving. Both dive boats are excellent but Captain Mohammad and his excellent crew must be congratulated. Cook is brilliant with lovely lunches & hot chocolate drinks are given out after a dive, all deck hands are always keen to help & look after the guests well. We very much appreciate the extra help they give us as older divers!

Captain Mohammad is a font of knowledge & it is amazing how over the last 15 years our lives have crossed many times before ... He runs a very efficient boat & deserves praise & a thank you.

All the dive guides are great & safety is always paramount. Taki, Liza & the two Egyptian guides (I apologise for not writing down your names. Sorry.) and  Paul. All of them will always try & find something extra on a dive. Lovely memories. The very large pod of Spinner dolphins Captain Mohammad spotted & slowed the boat for us all to observe these wonderful creatures who came to play in the bow waves. Feather tail Ray & Eagle Rays at the end of 2 dives & turtles & a myriad of Red Sea marine life etc.

Thank you to ALL staff including bottle fillers, drivers, office staff and thank you to Tracy & Luke Atkinson for their hard work in making Marsa Alam dive centre run so efficiently & be so friendly."

David Greener
Dived the Red Sea on Emperor Echo

"Marvellous all round.
Great varied dive itinerary. Knowledgeable, friendly & professional guides. Safety first was always paramount. Boat was in great condition. All round service was excellent. Thank you, we'd certainly book with Emperor again!"


Emperor Atoll's amazing 'Sharktastic' video!

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Andreas Schumacher took this fabulous video whilst on
Emperor Atoll's Sharktastic trip and wrote this report …
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"We started in North Malé to South Malé then further south to Vaavu and Meemu and back to Malé.
In Alimatha we had our first shark encounters on the first day. We saw many very big nurse sharks, huge sting rays and some black tip sharks. A spectacular dive.
In Meemu Atoll we had quite good current with big schools of jacks, eagle rays and many young grey reef sharks. Using a reef hook made this dive quite comfortable and drifiting into the channel was just fun! No wonder why the call Vanhuravalhi Kandu 'Happy corner'. In the channels we spotted some turtles and saw plenty of colourful anemones with their clown fish.
After sharks sightings on almost every dive we dove Kurali and watched some manta rays getting cleaned.
In Vaavu we had gorgeous soft corals in Fotteyo and Golden Wall. We were accompanied by some curious batfish, barracudas and turtles. On a night dive we had tons of small stuff like nudibranches, ghost-pipe fish, cleaning shrimps, mating octopus and a Spanish dancer!
Emperor Atoll is the smallest Emperor Liveaboard in the Maldives. I really love the salon that looks like a british library and with only 12 guests it was a very both friendly and familiar. The Crew is just lovely and made this trip unforgettable! High recommended company."

Emperor Asmaa's Red Sea Rave Reviews

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Emperor Asmaa


Emperor Asmaa is the Red Sea 'Divers' boat with no more than 20 guests on board. She offers a superb 'family' atmosphere from guides and crew and you know we always operate to high Emperor safety and service standards.

Why not come and try our Red Sea Sharks itineraries where we get you in front of the action wherever it is. Or how about our trips to the Deep South giving you 21+ dives in a single week. Then there's the FREE Nitrox, WiFi and red wine at dinner. Perfect!

Read just a couple of recent rave reviews for our lovely liveaboard...

Carol Young
This was my 5th red sea trip with Emperor and they always provide excellent service, knowledge of dive sites and overall professionalism. Cannot rate too highly.

Morten Larsen
The crew did a perfect job. The guides made all the dives a good experience, with the possibility for making our own dives with a good briefing.

Email our incredibly friendly and helpful team at


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This from Rebecca Cooley:
"I just love dealing with Emperor! From the guys in reservations to the team on board its always a real pleasure dealing with their staff. The quality of the food, boat and diving is always excellent. And the level of communication from start to final transfers makes organising for a group much easier. This year we went with the Emperor Superior for their 'Get Wrecked' trip and I couldn't have faulted a single thing.
The staff were all brilliant at both their own jobs and at keeping the holiday makers happy; which can't be as easy as they make it look. The crew were faultless in their duties, the food was excellent and the dive guides (MoMo & Roberto) were patient, funny, very knowledgeable and a real pleasure to dive with. They really helped all the divers with tips and information and all the crew and guides always had a smile and a story.
It was a brilliant week and you have another 15 guests who will have no hesitation to recommend Emperor for any trips. We look forward to our next Emperor adventure soon."
And this from Aoife Hughes:
"Without a doubt I would return to them again. I thought their service was outstanding. They were all so kind and friendly the second we came on board... By the end of the week, I had felt so close to them that it felt like they were friends rather than staff. It was an unreal experience and I am definitely returning to them again."
And Owen Hughes:
"Great diving, food, staff and experience. The best vacation I have ever had. I was spoiled rotten for a week and had great diving experiences."
And last but not least, Pierce Lynch
(this was so lovingly long, we had to cut it a bit):
"Where do I start, everything was beyond my expectations.This is my 5th safari to the Red Sea and my first with the Emperor fleet.The wisdom, knowledge and understanding of Mo-Mo is an asset to any safari,a  true gent and his smile is worth seeing...Roberto, a fantastic diver, yoga instructor and a spirit of life is what people need on a safari...
The food, the food, oh the food.Wonderful, mouth watering...My highest commendations to the chefs.
The dive area is a dream to walk into for people who are not used to a safari like this.The lads are always on hand and close by for anything required. This trip to my partner, myself and every diver there will never be forgotten. All of the crew of the Emperor Superior will always share a place in our hearts. To us a very special, professional and loving group of people that I am happy I spent time to get to know them. I'll be back and so will Abi,that's a promise."



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