Building on the success of the Island Safari I, comes one of the newest and most highly regarded additions to the Maldive Islands liveaboards scene, Island Safari 2. This sleek and spacious liveaboard yacht can comfortably accommodate 24 passengers and features many of the facilities that made its sister ship so popular with divers looking for the highest quality available in the mid-price bracket.
10 air-conditioned and spacious cabins all feature large en-suite bathrooms and the modern, classy interior décor that sets this boat apart from the rest. Indoor facilities include a lounge with TV, DVD, card and board games and a well stocked book library. Also well stocked is the boutique which sells items such as souvenirs, t-shirts and toiletries. Since 14 spaces are pre-booked by a Japanese travel agency, this means that every charter throughout the year are confirmed departures, so you need not worry that your trip will be cancelled due to insufficient bookings, even during the rainy season months.
The indoor dining area and bar are tastefully furnished and provide plenty of space for passengers. The kitchen turns out expansive and tasty buffet spreads with up to 10 dishes to choose from per sitting. For those who prefer to spend time outdoors, you can choose between the breezy, shaded air at the rear of the upper deck and the sundeck where there is more room for sunlovers to spread out on the sturdy wooden sun beds and catch some rays.
Diving at the Maldivian atolls is conducted from the attendant dhoni dive tender, as is normal in the Maldives and the liveaboard trip focuses on the Ari Atoll and the dive sites that you are most likely to encounter big marine life such as hammerhead sharks, whale sharks and manta rays. The Island Safari 2 goes a step further than most in making life easy for scuba divers, with a purpose-built dive platform at the rear of the dhoni and a camera room back on board the main boat for underwater camera preparation, charging strobes and batteries.
The Island Safari staff are also a very reliable and responsive crew that genuinely go out of their way to make sure all guests are as content as can be. Welcome additions to every Maldive Islands liveaboard cruise onboard Island Safari 2 are the island visit and beach BBQ evening that add variety to the daily routine.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, 1 bottle of mineral water per day, hot drinks, dives (3 per day, except Saturday), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (10 divers per guide), tanks, weights, weight belts and GST.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment, dive insurance, any relevant fuel surcharges, bed tax USD 8 per person per night to be paid in advance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Optional extras: Return transfer to the boat from Male Airport is an extra US$ 50 per person, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, torches, dive computer. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MY Island Safari II liveaboard departs from the pier at Male International Airport. For more information see our How to Get to the Maldives section).
Non-diver rate: Approximately US$ 90 off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): Add US$ 130 per day to the published price. Applies to Standard cabins only.
Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter price below.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Regular season US$ 4,500, Peak season US$ 4,950.
On Island Safari 2 you will find 2 Honeymoon double bed suites on the upper deck. An additional 2 Junior double/twin bed suites and 6 Standard double/twin/triple bed cabins are on the lower deck. All the cabins have large private en-suite bathrooms, and the Junior and Honeymoon suites have a 2-seater couch.
All the cabins have:
Windows (upper deck only) or portholes (lower deck)
Private bathroom facilities with hot water shower, towels and hand basin
Wardrobe and shelves
Dressing table and mirror
24-hour, 220v electricity supply with 3-pin UK style sockets
Dhoni (see below) - Motorised fibreglass dinghy - Separate rinse tank for cameras - Camera room with table and charging points - Large dining area and saloon with bar, TV, DVD & sound system - Book library, games & magazines - Fish ID & diving books - Sun deck with sun chairs - Upper deck open-air shaded area - Boutique for souvenirs, printed t-shirts, apparel & toiletries
All the dives onboard Island Safari 2 in the Maldives are made from an accompanying 18m long dhoni. This liveaboard boat is equipped with a 115 HP engine and GPS and can cruise at 10 knots. The boat has a genuine dive platform at the rear and has 5 access points to the water, making entry and exit very simple. There is a toilet and 2 fresh water showers on board, and a sun deck for those that like to warm up a bit after a dive. There are also fixed wracks for securing guests' underwater cameras.
Unlike on many other dive boats, you will not be squeezed around 1 big table for dining on board Island Safari 2. Instead, your meals will be eaten at 3 large dining tables in the comfort of a modern dining room where the wooden interior and soft colourful fabrics create a very pleasant (non-boaty) atmosphere.
Island Safari 2 is equipped with a bar for relaxation and has a comfortable atmosphere in which to enjoy your rest periods.
Sri Lankan, Indian, Japanese, Italian and international cuisine are mainstays on the menu, with weekly BBQs as a variation on the theme.
Main meals comprise pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch & dinner, with snacks in between.
Biscuits, bread/toast, cereal, fresh milk, fruit, 1 large bottle of drinking water per person per day, and tea & coffee are available free of charge.
Soft drinks, extra bottled water, beer, wine and spirits are available as additional paid extras.
The menus are fixed and served buffet style in the indoor dining area.
First meal served is lunch or dinner on the first day of the trip, depending on your time of arrival.
Vegetarians, Halal and other special diets are catered for with prior notice.
Sample single-sitting buffet meal: Barracuda steaks, fried beef slices, vegetable Indian curry, Pasta Napolitana, rice, apple and carrot salad, red cabbage salad, French fries, stir-fried vegetables, chicken soup, fresh fruit and chocolate mousse.