MV Eagle Ray is a familiar sight to be seen cruising around the islands and atolls of the Maldives. She is a 26 metre wooden-hulled motor yacht that can accommodate up to a maximum of 18 guests on liveaboard trips throughout the Maldive island chain, but with an emphasis on the dive sites of North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll.
The MV Eagle Ray may not be the ultimate deluxe liveaboard in the Maldives but it has a reputation for delivering a great atmosphere and has all the comforts most divers would need. All 9 cabins, which are either twins or doubles, have air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms.
The main deck is where the air conditioned saloon is located and you may choose to relax here with full audio-visual entertainment system. Meals are served in the open-air dining area. There is also a large sundeck with exposed and shaded areas.
Diving is conducted from a dhoni which is where your scuba gear will remain and which houses the compressors, keeping noise on the mother ship to a minimum.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from Male Airport, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (7 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weightbelts, Green Tax (from 1 November 2015 onwards, approx. US$ 6 per person per night).
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (approx. US$ 336 per week), dive insurance, fuel surcharge (in case the crude oil price reaches USD 100 per barrel, USD 6 per person per night), all items purchased on board are subjected to a service charge of 10%. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, torches, dive computer, additional 2nd night dive. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Eagle Ray liveaboard cruises depart from Male Town. The first and last nights of the trips are spent in the harbour. For more information see our How to Get to the Maldives section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 11.00am on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: Approximately US$ 70 off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 40% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 10 guests and receive 1 extra space free of charge.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 3,163, Mid Season - US$ 2,727, Low Season - US$ 2,279, Peak Season - US$ 3,767. For alternative trip prices, please check with us.
Motorised dhoni tender - 40mē Dive deck with rinse tank and camera table - Air-conditioned saloon and well-stocked bar - TV, DVD and music centre - Library with movies, magazines, novels, fish ID books and games - USB sticks available for internet rental - Shaded open-air relaxation & dining area - Sundeck with sun mattresses & chairs.
Buffet-style meals are served and enjoyed in the saloon or shaded area on the upper deck. Dishes consist of international cuisine with some Maldivian and other regional influences to excite your taste buds. After diving, snacks are provided throughout the day to ensure you don't go hungry.
The cook caters for international and local cuisine.
Main meals include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between.
Snacks consist of biscuits, bread/toast and fruit.
Tea, coffee and drinking water are complimentary.
Beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks and juice are available for purchase onboard.
Menus are not fixed and meals are served buffet style in the saloon/dining area.
Special diets, including Halaal diets, are catered for with prior notice.
"I was pleased over all. It was GREAT that there were only 10 divers on the boat! The crew was super friendly. Everyone was helpful. Visiting 2 islands, having a beach braai was nice, unexpected surprises, as was the 2nd to last night with the captain and his mates drumming. I found my room quite nice except for the fact that the a/c didn't work. ... The best night of food was the Maldivian food we ate. I am close to vegetarian, eating a bit of fish, so the food was not spectacular to me. I would have liked to have seen a mix of Maldivian food and veggies that went beyond shades of brown. I didn't starve and the fruit was fantastic. I didn't feel that the noting of being a vegetarian beforehand made much difference. ... We floated around the dhoni while gearing up - it was great to have that much space!! The captain of the dhoni was also excellent at dropping us on each site and plucking us from the sea, no matter what the current was like. The boat boys were great as well." - Audrey Shapiro, USA ...
"Great value for the price. Staff were friendly and helpful. Facilities were a bit dated, but functional." - Toby Chung, USA ...
"Staff were excellent, very attentive and considerate. Upper deck cabin was pretty basic, expected more (cabins in lower deck were better condition). Diving dhoni was in need of refurbishment and had compressor problems." - Tony Hough, United Kingdom ...
"The staff were great and friendly. A little unprofessional but I like that. If I wanted complete professionalism, I would have been on a more expensive boat. Maybe name tags or a staff introduction would have been nice. The scuba equipment worked. Some was good while some should be replaced with new equipment.
The general facilities owners okay. A public bathroom would be nice and a more friendly sun deck and seating at the back of the boat. Overall, I have happy with the bedrooms and shared place in the living room." - Alexander Yuspeh, USA ...