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MV Leo
From USD 178 per day
Customer rating
Very good!
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Length
35m
116 ft
Max 24
Nitrox
PADI
Wi-Fi
200% LOWEST PRICE GUARANTEE
At a glance...
  • Visits Maldives central atolls: North Male, South Male, Ari
  • All cabins with private bathrooms, TV & DVD
  • Sun deck with Jacuzzi
  • Nautilus Lifeline personal EPIRBs
  • Large boat

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The M/V Leo roars around the best dive sites of the central atolls of the Maldives, mainly North Male, South Male and Ari atoll. This 35m long motor yacht comfortably accommodates 24 divers in a range of cabins departing from Male Town for liveaboard trips of 7 nights' duration.

MV Leo boasts a large comfortable saloon where you can access the Wi-Fi, watch movies, listen to music or pick a book or two from the large library. Outdoor relaxation centres on the shaded area of the main deck or on the sun deck where sun loungers, outdoor bar service and Jacuzzi add to the comfort. There is also an air-conditioned restaurant and bar to make sure you can enjoy the range of fresh food and refreshing tipples on tour in style.

All the cabins feature ensuite bathrooms, TV, DVD, air-conditioning and minibar, so there is always space on the boat for you to feel pampered! A 20m diving dhoni accompanies the MV Leo and houses the compressors and equipment, so you don't have to hear the noise of tank filling or ever have to move your equipment from day one.

Other features that set the MV Leo apart from many other Maldives liveaboards include free nitrox, Nautilus Lifeline personal EPIRBs and carbon monoxide analysers. It is difficult to imagine what more one could want from a pure divers' liveaboard boat cruising around the paradise atolls of the Maldives.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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More Trip Details...

Special offers: For special discounted prices, check the yellow highlighted trips in the schedule above.

Notes: Maldives Central & Southern Atolls - Participants are recommended to have 30 logged dives to join this itinerary. To get the most from the trip we suggest you are certified to dive to 30 meters and be PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner (1 BBQ on deserted island weather permitting), snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, transfers to the boat from the airport, dives, experienced English speaking divemasters (6 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weight belts, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, Green Tax, Male city tour (on request).

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (full set including surface marker device and dive computer US$ 336 per week, must be pre-booked), diving insurance, GST on all items and services purchased on board. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival, with equipment ordered in advance (cash or credit card).

Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, 15 litre tanks (US$ 101 per week), Wi-Fi use on your device (US$ 22 per week).

How to get there: The MV Leo liveaboard normally departs from Male for central trips and Gan, Kadhdhoo or Koodoo for southern itineraries. The first and last nights of the cruise are spent in the harbour. Your flight can arrive at any time on the first day. There are 3 complimentary transfer timings from the airport to the boat on embarkation day; 11:00, 16:00 and 22:30 hrs. Guests taking the 11:00 hrs transfer from the airport to the boat have to accept that the boat will not be fully cleaned or ready for boarding until 13:00 hrs. A light sandwich style snack will be provided for lunch. Any other transfers required on embarkation day, other than the 3 stated above, can be arranged at a charge of approx. US$ 6 per person, this charge will be added to your booking. Group or full charter bookings with a minimum of 8 guests arriving on the same flight will not be charged the US$ 6 per person if an alternative transfer is required on embarking day (after 11:00 hrs).

For more information see our How to get to the Maldives section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 13:00 hrs on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: Non-divers receive a free snorkeling kit and a US$50 voucher to spend on board.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travelers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 80% of the published price. If there is no other same sex guest for you to share with, you will receive a cabin to yourself with no single supplement.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 10 guests and 1 extra person can join in a Standard twin/double bed cabin free of charge (total 11 guests). Pay for 16 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise in a Standard twin/double bed cabin free of charge (total 18 guests). Pay for 20 guests and 4 additional persons can join the cruise in Standard twin/double bed cabins free of charge (total guests 24).

Whole boat charter rate (per night): 2016 Low Season: US$ 3,924, 2016 High Season: US$ 4,500.


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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
The MV Leo has 8 Standard twin/double bed cabins on the lower deck: 2 with double/twin beds, 2 twin beds (side-by-side) and 2 with double beds. There are 3 Upper deck twin/double bed cabins and 1 Executive double bed suite also on the upper deck. The Executive suite features its own Jacuzzi.

All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Windows (upper deck only) or portholes (lower deck)
  • Private bathroom with toilet, hot water shower, towels, toiletries and hand basin
  • Hair dryer
  • TV and DVD player
  • Minibar
  • Wardrobe and mirror
  • Reading lights
  • Safe box
  • Bedding
  • 220V electricity supply with 3-pin UK style sockets (adaptors available)
  • Fire detectors and life jackets
  • Space for luggage
No. of bathrooms / showers - 13 / 12

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew of 12 comprises:
  • Cruise Leader/Divemaster
  • Instructor/Divemaster
  • Captain
  • 2 Cooks
  • Engineer
  • Maid
  • Stewardess
  • Deck hand
  • 3 Dhoni crew
Complimentary nitrox - Dhoni (see below) - Motorised dinghy - Saloon with TV, DVD, computer, wi-fi internet & music system - Book library, movies, games & magazines - Fish ID & diving books - Dining area with bar - Sun deck with sun chairs, mattresses & whirlpool tub - Main deck open-air shaded area with bar - Water dispenser

All the diving in the Maldives onboard the MV Leo is done from an accompanying 20m long dhoni. This dive boat carries all the guest's scuba equipment, the compressors and tanks. There is a toilet and fresh water shower on board, rinse tanks and a camera table. The dhoni also carries the emergency breathing oxygen.

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
Dining takes place in the air-conditioned dining area, with adjoining bar on the main deck. In addition to an evening island BBQ, you can enjoy 3 meals a day, plus a pre-breakfast before dive 1, all served buffet style. The menu is a blend of international cuisine and local specialties. Advanced notice should be given of dietary requirements, and the 2 cooks will do their best to cater to all such needs.
  • Maldivian and International cuisine, with weekly island BBQ.
  • Main meals are served buffet-style in the air-conditioned restaurant and comprise pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch and dinner, with snacks in between.
  • Snacks, bread/toast, fresh fruit, drinking water, and tea & coffee are available free of charge.
  • Soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits are available for purchase.
  • First meal served is lunch or dinner on the first day of the trip, depending on your time of arrival.
  • All special diets can be catered for with prior notice.
Sample dishes: Mixed Maldivian/Sri Lankan buffet; Home made pizzas ....

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in 2009, refurbished annually
  • Size - 35m x 9.5m
  • Top speed - 12 knots
  • Cruising speed - 10 knots
  • 500 HP engine
  • 2 x 40 KW generators
  • 2 x Coltri compressors
  • Nitrox system
  • 12 & 15 litre aluminium scuba tanks with international fittings and DIN adaptors
  • Electricity 220V - 24-hours per day
  • Water capacity - unknown
  • Freshwater maker - 12,000 l/day
  • Fuel capacity - unknown

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • 1 dhoni motorised tender
  • 25 HP motorised dinghy
  • CB radio
  • Radar
  • GPS
  • Mobile phones
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light & horn
  • Life jackets throughout including cabins
  • Fire detectors & extinguishers throughout
  • Emergency oxygen - 14,000 litres
  • Medic first aid box
  • Customer diving insurance is NOT provided and is MANDATORY - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation

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Customer reviews:

Customer rating - Excellent
"The Liveaboard was exceptional; professional staff, great facilities on the boat and good DM's. Can't comment on equipment as we brought our own gear." - , South Africa, 7 April 2015 ...

Customer rating - Very good
"Dive Guide Services were provided by 3 European divemasters or instructors, not local guides. They were very professional and had good knowledge and experiences in local sites. They also gave very detailed briefings before every dive. They even jumped into the water just before diving from dhoni to check the actual currents and visibility. All facilities were well maintained and cleaned. The cabin was very clean and comfort with good quality mattress and comforter. My cabin was cleaned twice a day while I and my fellow roommate were in diving." - , South Korea, 6 October 2014 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"We felt the service and experience on the liveaboard was exceptional. Cannot fault the staff members on the boat. Equipment was satisfactory." - , South Africa, 15 April 2014 ...

Customer rating - Very good
"This was my first liveaboard and I really enjoyed it. Room is big and clean, crew is very friendly and helpful, food is nice." - , China, 8 April 2014 ...


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