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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

December 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
11 Dec 18 Dec 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,961
18 Dec 27 Dec 9 Maldives Southern Atolls 23 US$ 3,091
January 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
25 Jan 3 Feb 9 Maldives Central Atolls 23 US$ 3,210
February 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Feb 12 Feb 9 Maldives Central Atolls 23 US$ 3,260
12 Feb 19 Feb 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 2,260
19 Feb 26 Feb 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 2,260
26 Feb 5 Mar 7 Maldives Southern Atolls 17 US$ 2,573
March 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
5 Mar 12 Mar 7 Maldives Southern Atolls 17 US$ 2,413
12 Mar 19 Mar 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 2,260
19 Mar 26 Mar 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 2,260
26 Mar 2 Apr 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 2,260
April 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Apr 12 Apr 9 Maldives Central Atolls 23 US$ 3,188
12 Apr 21 Apr 9 Maldives Central Atolls 23 US$ 3,313
21 Apr 30 Apr 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 2,906
30 Apr 7 May 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 2,260
May 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
7 May 14 May 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,780
14 May 21 May 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,780
21 May 28 May 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,993
28 May 4 Jun 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,993
July 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
30 Jul 6 Aug 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,812
August 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
20 Aug 27 Aug 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,812
27 Aug 3 Sep 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,812
September 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Sep 10 Sep 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,812
10 Sep 17 Sep 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,812
17 Sep 24 Sep 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,812
24 Sep 1 Oct 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,812
October 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
8 Oct 15 Oct 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,993
15 Oct 22 Oct 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,993
22 Oct 29 Oct 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,993
29 Oct 5 Nov 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,993
November 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
5 Nov 12 Nov 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,993
12 Nov 19 Nov 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,993
19 Nov 26 Nov 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,993
26 Nov 3 Dec 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,993
December 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Dec 10 Dec 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,993
10 Dec 17 Dec 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 1,993
17 Dec 24 Dec 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 2,313
24 Dec 31 Dec 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 2,313
31 Dec 7 Jan 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 2,313
January 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
7 Jan 14 Jan 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 2,025
14 Jan 21 Jan 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 2,025
21 Jan 28 Jan 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 2,025
28 Jan 4 Feb 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 2,025
February 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
4 Feb 11 Feb 7 Maldives Southern Atolls 17 US$ 2,626
11 Feb 18 Feb 7 Maldives Southern Atolls 17 US$ 2,626
18 Feb 25 Feb 7 Maldives Southern Atolls 17 US$ 2,626
25 Feb 4 Mar 7 Maldives Southern Atolls 17 US$ 2,626
March 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
4 Mar 11 Mar 7 Maldives Southern Atolls 17 US$ 2,626
11 Mar 18 Mar 7 Maldives Southern Atolls 17 US$ 2,626
18 Mar 25 Mar 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 2,260
25 Mar 1 Apr 7 Maldives Central Atolls 17 US$ 2,260

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More Trip Details...

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

Notes: South Central and Deep South itineraries are not for beginners and most dives will involve going to depth and diving with currents. All diving is made from dhonis to give precise entry and exit points. We recommend a minimum of 100 logged dives to join this trip.

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 (10 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weight belts, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, 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$ 90 per week), Wifi use on your device (US$ 20 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: The MV Orion liveaboard normally departs from Male. The first and last nights of the cruise are spent in the harbour. Your flight can arrive in Male at any time on the first day. There are 3 complimentary transfer timings from the airport to the boat on embarkation day; 11:00 am, 4:00 pm and 10:30 pm. Guests taking the 11:00 am transfer from the airport to the boat have to accept that the boat will not be fully cleaned or ready for boarding until 1:00 pm. 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 am).

For more information see our How to get to the Maldives section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 1.00 pm 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 diver can join in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 11 guests). Pay for 16 guests and 2 additional divers can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 18 guests). Pay for 20 guests and 4 additional divers can join the cruise in Standard cabins free of charge (total 24 guests).

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:

Customer rating - Excellent
"Luxurious liveaboard (best I've ever been on), comfortable rooms, lounging & dining areas, great food, good equipment, very knowledgeable and hospitable crew" - , Australia, 03 October 2016 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"The entire arrangement from arrival to departure was perfect and very professional. Everyone did their job and knew exactly what to do and how to cater for the guests. The boat crews both on the mother boat and the dhoni were accommodating and service minded. It was obvious that they had been working with diving and liveaboards for a long time. The food was great and varied, the accommodations were pleasant and functional, there was space to hang around if you wanted to find somewhere by yourself. The dive guides/masters were all very experienced and they managed to pick the best spots for us to get the ultimate out of our time spent." - , Norway, 29 December 2015 ...

Customer rating - Very good
"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, 10 November 2015 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"Great liveaboard with all necessary facilities. Staff were friendly and made the trip awesome." - , Bahrain, 2 November 2015 ...



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