The M/V Sting Ray is one of the longest-established and most well known of the less expensive Maldives liveaboards. With a length of 31m and a beam of 9m this is quite a spacious liveaboard boat and can accommodate up to 18 guests on diving cruises around the best that the Maldives has to offer, particularly around North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll.
You can chill out in the saloon that comes complete with entertainment facilities and bar, as well as books, games and magazines. Sunbathers and shade-seekers will both enjoy the partially covered sundeck. And with 10 staff on board each cruise you can expect plenty of personal attention.
Cabins are all double or twin share and enjoy air conditioning and private en-suite bathrooms with hot water showers. All of the cabins are on the lower deck. All liveaboard diving is done from the dhoni where your dive equipment remains so the compressors can fill your tanks from a distance leaving the MV Sting Ray a spacious and noise-free zone. Nitrox can be provided to all EANx certified divers onboard Sting Ray.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from Male Airport, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (6 divers per guide), tanks, weights and weightbelts, Green Tax (from 1 November 2015 onwards, approx. US$ 6 per person per night).
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (approx. US$ 336 per week), dive insurance, all items purchased on board are subjected to a service charge of 10%. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox (US$ 8 per fill), torches, dive computer, additional 2nd night dive. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: The Sting Ray liveaboard 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. The last dive of the trip will be at around 15 pm on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: Approximately US$ 70 off the published price.
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 40% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 10 guests and receive 1 extra space free of charge. See whole boat charter price below, equivalent to pay for 16 guests and receive 2 extra spaces free of charge.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 3,152, Low Season - US$ 2,608, Mid Season - US$ 2,768, Peak Season - US$ 3,392. For alternative trip prices, please check with us.
Nitrox - Motorised dhoni dive tender - 50m² Diving deck with fresh water shower - Camera table & rinse tanks - 35m² saloon with well-stocked bar, TV, DVD and music centre - Dedicated air-conditioned dining area - Internet - Library with diving magazines, novels and fish ID books - Chess, games and cards - 20m² open-air shaded area - 15m² sundeck with sun mattresses & chairs.
You can enjoy 3 meals a day on the MV Sting Ray dive cruises, consisting of a balance of international and local cusine with influences from the Maldives, Sri Lanka and India. After each dive you can expect tasty snacks such as fresh coconuts and biscuits.
The cook caters for international and local cuisine.
Main meals include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between.
Snacks are available all day and consist of biscuits, toast and fruit.
Tea, coffee and drinking water are complimentary.
Beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks and juice are available for purchase onboard.
Menus are not fixed and meals are served buffet style in the dining area.
Special diets, including Halaal diets, are catered for with prior notice.
"The staff on Sting Ray is absolutely fantastic, very helpful and responsible. The whole crew worked so well the trip is beyond my expectations. The cook is absolutely amazing - food served is of restaurant quality." - Bonnie Yiu, Australia ...
"Great value for money. Staff is awesome, do everything to serve and please you apart from having fun with us. I went alone and I made a lot of new friends and felt really good." - Andressa Loss, Brazil ...
"It was not the most luxurious boat, I'm sure, in the Maldives but the crew was good, food was decent and of course diving was very good which made for a good trip ... and they saved me from a night spent at the airport (did an early pick up) which was truly great. Had a great time in Maldives - diving was unbeatable - so good that it made the Red Sea (Dahab) last week seem boring in comparison!" - Jules Hsin-I Lin, USA ...
"The staff of the boat was very friendly and helpful. The boat had all the usual amenities. However, the boat is starting to show some wear-and-tear and the cabins are a bit small. The food was good but tended to focus on carbohydrates too much with rice, pasta and potatoes dominating. The dive sites were good although some damage to the corals was clearly visible. We were fortunate to see all the large fish including whale shark, manta and grey reef sharks. However, the sites were sometimes a bit crowded." - Mathias Eick, Germany ...
"I have had a good experience on my onboard liveaboard safari in the Maldives with MV Sting Ray. All the crew have been friendly and helpful on dives and during the day on board. The facilities and the boat in general are good and the same with the rental equipment." - Miguel Alberto Elorza Pardo, Spain ...
"The equipment was up to date, the boat was clean although it could use a little bit of revamping, particularly in the rooms. The staff was amazing and pleasant. The guides were very reliable, even when Corine had a little panic they were ready to act quickly and efficently! Amazing!!" - Carl Coutier, Canada ...
"The entire crew/ staff was very professional, friendly, helpful, and accomodating from beginning to the end of the trip, the boat and accommodations were very nice, clean, and well kept." - Lawrence Davis, USA ...
"All staff was friendly, helpful and always there if someone had any questions. They knew their reefs in and out. Always felt safe." - Tine Arentz Floysvik, Norway ...