There is a range of cabins from Standard en-suite cabins to Executive suite, each having a TV and DVD player, with the higher priced cabins even enjoying bathtubs. The MV Orion liveaboard is beautifully finished inside with wooden floors and paneling as well as high quality furnishings.
7 night trips depart from Male and from the time of collection at the airport you will be treated to the level of hospitality one might expect of a boat that forms part of the DivEncounters Alliance. With a crew of 18 you are almost guaranteed one-on-one service and for added convenience there are several European languages spoken on board.
You can choose to relax either in the air-conditioned saloon, dining area or on the large sun deck which features a whirlpool tub and massage room. The saloon is home to the entertainment system including plasma TV, DVD and music system plus computer with internet access (variable). There is also a range of books and games to keep you entertained between dives.
Diving is conducted from a separate 20m dhoni where equipment and tanks are stored and filled with air or nitrox (free of charge) from the 2 compressors. This means no noisy tank filling on board the MV Orion. All divers are given personal tracking devices and carbon monoxide analysers for use during the trip for added safety. While there are many Maldive Islands liveaboards operating 7 night dive safaris from Male, few have the luxury and style of the Orion.
Please see above the highlighted in yellow discounted trips. There are many excellent special discounts available on this liveaboard as part of the prestigious DivEncounters Alliance. Offer expires: 31 Dec 2015
Notes: 50 logged dives are recommended to do classic itineraries (Male-Male) and 100 are recommended to do southern routes.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, and water, Male city tour with local guide (upon request), return transfers to the boat from Male Airport, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (6-7 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weightbelts, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, personal diver locator (EPIRB), carbon monoxide analysers, torches, Maldivian bed tax and GST.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 45 per day), dive insurance, fuel surcharge (if applicable) US$ 10 per person per night. Green Tax (from 1 November 2015 onwards, approx. US$ 6 per person per night) to be paid in advance, Christmas or New Year's dinner (US$50) to be paid in advance, fuel surcharge on certain trips (US$ 10 per person per night) to be paid in advance, air taxi transfer to/from Male on certain trips to be paid in advance, GST on all items and services purchased on board. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, WiFi access (US$ 20 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MV Orion normally departs from Male. The first and last nights of the cruise are spent in the harbour. For more information see our How to Get to the Maldives section. Some southern trips depart from or return to Kadhdhoo or Huvadhoo which require a domestic flight that can be booked online: Maldivian. Please let us know if you need our assistance. The last dive of the trip will be at around 12 pm on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
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 80% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 11 guests and receive 1 extra space free of charge. Pay for 15 guests and receive 2 extra spaces free of charge. Pay for 17 guests and receive 3 extra spaces free of charge. See whole boat charter price below, equivalent to pay Standard cabin price for 20 guests and receive 4 extra spaces free of charge.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Super Low Season: US$ 5,000, Low Season US$ 5,760, High Season: US$ 6,250, Super High Season US$ 7,000.
The MV Orion has a total of 12 cabins. There are 4 double/twin bed and 3 double bed Standard cabins, and a king-size Junior Suite on the lower deck. On the upper deck, there are 3 king-size Mini-Suites and an Executive Suite.
All the cabins have private en-suite bathrooms, and the Executive Suite has its own private deck and Jacuzzi.
All the liveaboard cabins have:
Windows (upper deck only) or portholes (lower deck)
Private bathroom facilities with hot water shower, towels, toiletries and hand basin
Bathtub (Executive & Junior suites only)
TV and DVD player
Wardrobe and shelves
Dressing table and mirror
24-hour, 220v electricity supply with 3-pin UK style sockets
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 - Restaurant with bar - Sun deck with sun chairs, mattresses & whirlpool tub - Upper deck open-air shaded area with bar & massage room - Water dispenser
All the diving in the Maldives onboard the Orion is done from an accompanying 20m long dhoni. This dive boat carries all the guest's dive equipment, the compressors and scuba 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.
Dining is taken very seriously on the MV Orion, with their food costs second only to fuel! Meals are prepared by the 2 on board chefs and the dining experience starts each day with a light pre-breakfast then a fully cooked breakfast after the first dive, and with lunch and dinner to follow. Meals are all buffet style and feature influences from the Maldives and international flavours including Italian and Thai food as well as a BBQ on each trip.
Maldivian, Italian and Thai cuisine are the mainstays of the menu, with weekly BBQs.
Main meals are served buffet-style in the air-conditioned restaurant and comprise pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch & 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 cruise, depending on your time of arrival.
All special diets can be catered for with prior notice.
Sample dishes: Masuni (local speciality, coconut, tuna, chili - served for breakfast with roti), Beef Lasagne, Tiramisu ...