The Monsoon was launched into the waters of the Maldive Islands in 2007 and is the sister ship of the Hurricane which was voted 'Best Liveaboard of the Year' 4 times in a row by readers of 'Dive' magazine. The boat is a 36.5 metre steel hulled
luxurious Maldives liveaboard operating diving tours in the Baa, Lhaviyani and newly opened Noonu atolls
in the Maldives.
Length: 37 metres / 120 foot
Beam: 8 metres / 26 foot
Cruise: 12 knots
The spacious saloon and bar are housed on the bridge deck, and it is here that you can check out your photos of the day on the plasma screen or simply take in the latest movie. For those apres-dive drinks the cocktail deck is the perfect spot to enjoy a drink whilst watching the sun set over the Maldive waters.
The main deck is home to the spacious dedicated restaurant
where you can enjoy fine Maldivian and international cuisine. There are 11 twin en-suite cabins
on board each equipped with air conditioning, music system and a minibar
. For sun lovers there are several areas of sundeck to soak up a few rays.
The boat is also well-equipped for all your tec-diving
needs including Nitrox, Heliox, pony tanks and rebreathers as well as rinse tanks and air-stream drying for cameras. If you want to join a liveaboard diving safari in the Maldives' more remote yet beautiful waters, from a boat that caters to your every need, then the MV Monsoon could be the one for you.
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Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s), (11 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weight belts, GST and Maldivian bed tax.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Seaplane transfer from Male International Airport to Kuredu Island (currently US$ 330 return, to be paid in advance), scuba equipment (US$ 345 per week), dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 10 per fill), torch (US$ 150 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: The Monsoon liveaboard tours depart from the Kuredu Island Resort. You will need to transfer from Male International Airport to Kuredu by seaplane. The flight is spectacular. For more information on getting to the Maldives, see our How to Get to the Maldives section.
Non-diver rate: None.
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 100% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 13 guests and receive 1 extra space free of charge (excluding sea plane transfer). See whole boat charter price below, equivalent to pay for 20 guests and receive 2 extra spaces free of charge (excluding sea plane transfer).
Whole boat charter rate (per night): North low season - US$ 5,418. Northern atolls - US$ 5,920.
Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 11 en-suite twin bed cabins with private bathrooms on the main and lower deck.
All the cabins have:
- Bathroom with toilet and hot water shower
- Hand basin, toiletries, towels and bathrobes
- TV, DVD player and music system
- Safety box
- Reading lights
- Bedside cabinet and mirror
- Fire detector and alarm system
- Fire extinguisher
- Twin-round pin 220V electricity
- Bedding and luggage space
No. of bathrooms / showers - 13 / 13 - hot water
Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew comprises:
- 2 Cruise Leaders
- 2 Divemasters
- 2 Captains
- 2 Mechanics
- 3 General deck hands
2 x 6 metre motorised dinghies - Camera table, with air-stream facility and separate rinse tank - Dive platform and kit up area - Upper deck air-conditioned saloon with plasma TV, video player and music system - Main deck air conditioned restaurant with bar - Sundecks with mattresses and Cocktail deck with jacuzzi
Diving is conducted from the 2 attendant dive tenders. The experience of the designers has been put to great use on the dive deck, with excellent use of space, and the facilities afforded to the guests onboard Monsoon are second to none.
Monsoon has advanced/technical diver facilities with full gas blending onboard, including a Haskel pump for boosting pressure. Enriched air nitrox, O2 and trimix are all available; and for those with rebreathers there are cylinders required for inspiration units as well as pony bottles.
Menu, Cuisine Type...
Food on board the MV Monsoon liveaboard is in keeping with the high quality of the boat and of the service you can expect as a guest on board. You will dine mostly in the restaurant which is situated on the main deck and provides a spacious and tasteful environment to enjoy an excellent variety of local Maldivian and European cuisine.
- International, Maldivian, Italian and Mexican main dishes.
- Air-conditioned restaurant buffet dining service on main deck.
- The dining service begins with dinner on the first evening of the cruise.
- Special dietary requirements can be catered for - please send advanced notice.
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are provided.
- Coffee, tea, drinking water and soft drinks are provided free of charge.
- Beer, spirits and wine are available for an extra charge.
- Built in year 2007
- Size - 36.5m x 7.8m
- Top speed - 13 knots
- Cruising speed - 12 knots
- 2 x KTA 19 engines
- 2 x 80 KW Onan generators
- 2 x K15 dive tank compressors
- Enriched Air nitrox
- 12 & 15 litre aluminium scuba tanks with DIN & Int. valves
- Electricity 220V 24 hours per day
- Water capacity - 8,000 litres
- Fresh water maker - 4,800 litres per day
- Fuel capacity - 20,000 litres
Navigation, Safety Features...
- Safety systems to Lloyds specifications
- 2 x Life rafts (40 pax.)
- 2 x 6m motorised dinghies
- VHF, MFHF and DSC radios
- 36 mile range radar
- Global positioning system
- Depth sounder
- Oxygen - 20,000 litres
- Medic first aid box
- Emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB)
- Satellite and mobile phone comms
- Full fire fighting and alarm system
- Fire extinguishers in each cabin
- Life jackets
- Customer dive insurance is NOT provided and is MANDATORY - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation
"Great and friendly service received from every crew member. Monsoon was well kept. Great itinerary as well. Food was excellent." - Anna Steyn, South Africa ...
"These people really catered to the guests and did everything to ensure that we had a good diving experience. I was met at the airport and transported to the boat directly with the boat manager, Chris who was very efficient and goal oriented. The dive staff were helpful in getting prepared for the dives and returning from the sites. The food was buffet style, plentiful, and very tasty." - Herb Glazeroff, USA ...
" Monsoon - excellent in every respect. I'd highly recommend Monsoon to anybody - totally first class! Being in the Northern Atolls was a big plus - we were always the only dive boat at the sites. There were a lot of repeat Monsoon customers on this trip and I can totally understand why, a truly fantastic trip in every respect. I would rarely consider doing the same liveaboard trip twice, but with Monsoon I may make an exception." - Timothy Salter, Australia ...