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MV Orion

MV Orion is a 39m wooden hulled motor yacht operating high quality liveaboard diving cruises around the Maldives. Up to 24 divers can be comfortably accommodated on board.

Length: 39 metres / 129 foot
Beam: 11 metres / 36 foot
Cruise: 10 knots
Divers: 24
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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.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...
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Special discounted trips highlighted in yellow

May 2016
Dep: 8 May Ret: 15 May Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,470
July 2016
Dep: 31 Jul Ret: 7 Aug Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,838
August 2016
Dep: 7 Aug Ret: 14 Aug Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,838
Dep: 14 Aug Ret: 21 Aug Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,838
Dep: 21 Aug Ret: 28 Aug Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,838
Dep: 28 Aug Ret: 4 Sep Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,838
September 2016
Dep: 4 Sep Ret: 11 Sep Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,838
Dep: 11 Sep Ret: 18 Sep Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,838
Dep: 18 Sep Ret: 25 Sep Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,838
Dep: 25 Sep Ret: 2 Oct Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,838
October 2016
Dep: 2 Oct Ret: 9 Oct Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,296
Dep: 9 Oct Ret: 16 Oct Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,296
Dep: 16 Oct Ret: 23 Oct Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,296
Dep: 23 Oct Ret: 30 Oct Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,296
Dep: 30 Oct Ret: 6 Nov Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,296
November 2016
Dep: 6 Nov Ret: 13 Nov Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,296
Dep: 13 Nov Ret: 20 Nov Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,296
Dep: 20 Nov Ret: 27 Nov Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,296
Dep: 24 Nov Ret: 4 Dec Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,296
December 2016
Dep: 4 Dec Ret: 11 Dec Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,573
Dep: 11 Dec Ret: 18 Dec Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,573
Dep: 18 Dec Ret: 27 Dec Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,573
Dep: 27 Dec Ret: 5 Jan Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,573
February 2017
Dep: 12 Feb Ret: 19 Feb Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,296
Dep: 19 Feb Ret: 26 Feb Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,296
March 2017
Dep: 5 Mar Ret: 12 Mar Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,296
Dep: 12 Mar Ret: 19 Mar Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,296
Dep: 19 Mar Ret: 26 Mar Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,296
Dep: 26 Mar Ret: 2 Apr Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,296
April 2017
Dep: 2 Apr Ret: 9 Apr Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,296
Dep: 9 Apr Ret: 16 Apr Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,296
Dep: 16 Apr Ret: 23 Apr Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,296
Dep: 23 Apr Ret: 30 Apr Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,296
Dep: 30 Apr Ret: 7 May Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,838
May 2017
Dep: 7 May Ret: 14 May Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,838
Dep: 14 May Ret: 21 May Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,838
Dep: 21 May Ret: 28 May Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,838
Dep: 28 May Ret: 4 Jun Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,838

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More Trip Details...

Special offers: 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. There are also some hot specials in January, March, April and May 2016! Read more about the Orion discounted trips and the Constellation liveaboards offers
Offer expires: 22 May 2016

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, 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 (approx. US$ 56 per day, including dive computer and surface marker buoy (SMB)), dive insurance, air taxi transfer to/from Male on Southern trips to be paid in advance, fuel surcharge on Southern trips (approx. US$ 10 per person per night) to be paid in advance, Green Tax (US$ 6 per person per night) to be paid in advance, Christmas or New Year's dinner (US$ 50) 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), dive torches. 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: MaldivianOpens in a new window. 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.


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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
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:
  • Air-conditioning
  • 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
  • Cabin inter-com
  • Wardrobe and shelves
  • Dressing table and mirror
  • Reading lights
  • Bedding
  • 24-hour, 220v electricity supply with 3-pin UK style sockets
  • Fire detectors
  • Life jackets
  • Space for luggage
No. of bathrooms / showers - 14 / 12

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew of 18 comprises:
  • Cruise Leader/Divemaster
  • 2 Instructor/Dive Masters
  • 2 Captains
  • 2 Cooks
  • 1 Engineer
  • Maid
  • Masseuse
  • 2 Stewards
  • 2 Deck hands
  • 3 Others
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.

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
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 ...

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in 2009
  • Refurbished annually
  • Size - 39m x 11m
  • Weight - 150 tonnes
  • Top speed - 12 knots
  • Cruising speed - 10 knots
  • 600 HP Volvo engine
  • 3 x 55 KW Onan generators
  • 3 x Coltri dive tank compressors
  • Nitrox system
  • 12 & 15 litre aluminium tanks with international fittings and DIN adaptors
  • Electricity 220V - 24-hours per day
  • Water capacity - 10,000 litres
  • Freshwater maker - 12,000 litres / day
  • Fuel capacity - 10,000 litres
  • Waste storage tank

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • 1 dhoni dive tender
  • 1 x 15 HP Yamaha dinghy (10 person capacity)
  • ICOM & VHF radios
  • Lawrence radar
  • Huawei GPS & plotter
  • Garmin Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light & horn
  • Life jackets throughout
  • Fire detectors & extinguishers throughout
  • Emergency oxygen - 7,500 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:

"Great liveaboard with all necessary facilities. Staff were friendly and made the trip awesome." - , Bahrain ...

"Both Melissa and I had a wonderful time with the staff. The boat was clean and the staff accommodated us when our flights were delayed." - , USA ...

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