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MV Sting Ray

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.

Length: 31 metres / 102 foot
Beam: 9 metres / 30 foot
Cruise: 10 knots
Divers: 18
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Maldives Liveaboard, the MV Sting Ray

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.

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

March 2016
Dep: 7 Mar Ret: 21 Mar Maldives Central Atolls US$ 2,832
Dep: 21 Mar Ret: 28 Mar Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,363
Dep: 28 Mar Ret: 4 Apr Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,363
April 2016
Dep: 4 Apr Ret: 11 Apr Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,363
Dep: 11 Apr Ret: 18 Apr Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,363
Dep: 18 Apr Ret: 25 Apr Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,363
Dep: 25 Apr Ret: 1 May Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,168
May 2016
Dep: 9 May Ret: 16 May Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,372
Dep: 16 May Ret: 23 May Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,372
Dep: 23 May Ret: 30 May Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,372
July 2016
Dep: 16 Jul Ret: 23 Jul Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,260
Dep: 23 Jul Ret: 30 Jul Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,260
Dep: 30 Jul Ret: 6 Aug Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,260
August 2016
Dep: 6 Aug Ret: 13 Aug N.Male, Baa Atoll & Hanifaru Bay US$ 1,302
Dep: 13 Aug Ret: 20 Aug Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,260
Dep: 20 Aug Ret: 27 Aug N.Male, Baa Atoll & Hanifaru Bay US$ 1,302
Dep: 27 Aug Ret: 3 Sep Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,260
September 2016
Dep: 3 Sep Ret: 10 Sep Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,260
Dep: 10 Sep Ret: 17 Sep Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,260
Dep: 17 Sep Ret: 24 Sep Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,260
Dep: 24 Sep Ret: 1 Oct Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,260
October 2016
Dep: 1 Oct Ret: 8 Oct Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,512
Dep: 8 Oct Ret: 15 Oct Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,512
Dep: 15 Oct Ret: 22 Oct Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,512
Dep: 22 Oct Ret: 29 Oct Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,512
Dep: 29 Oct Ret: 5 Nov Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,512
November 2016
Dep: 5 Nov Ret: 12 Nov Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,512
Dep: 12 Nov Ret: 19 Nov Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,512
Dep: 19 Nov Ret: 26 Nov Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,512
Dep: 26 Nov Ret: 3 Dec Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,512
December 2016
Dep: 3 Dec Ret: 10 Dec Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,358
Dep: 10 Dec Ret: 17 Dec Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,358
Dep: 17 Dec Ret: 24 Dec Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,358
Dep: 24 Dec Ret: 31 Dec Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,582
Dep: 31 Dec Ret: 7 Jan Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,582
January 2017
Dep: 7 Jan Ret: 14 Jan Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,222
Dep: 14 Jan Ret: 21 Jan Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,222
Dep: 21 Jan Ret: 28 Jan Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,222
Dep: 28 Jan Ret: 4 Feb Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,222
February 2017
Dep: 4 Feb Ret: 11 Feb Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,355
Dep: 11 Feb Ret: 18 Feb Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,355
Dep: 18 Feb Ret: 25 Feb Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,355
Dep: 25 Feb Ret: 4 Mar Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,355
March 2017
Dep: 4 Mar Ret: 11 Mar Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,355
Dep: 11 Mar Ret: 18 Mar Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,355
Dep: 18 Mar Ret: 25 Mar Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,355
Dep: 25 Mar Ret: 1 Apr Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,355
April 2017
Dep: 1 Apr Ret: 8 Apr Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,355
Dep: 8 Apr Ret: 15 Apr Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,355
May 2017
Dep: 1 May Ret: 6 May Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,134
Dep: 6 May Ret: 13 May Maldives Central Atolls US$ 1,134

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More Trip Details...

Special offers: Some hot specials in February, March and April. Also, early bird discount on 2017 trips. Read more about the Sting Ray 15% specials.
Offer expires: 30 Sep 2016

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, Male sightseeing tour and island visit, 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.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (approx. US$ 290 per week, includes regulator, BCD, fins, mask, wetsuit and dive computer), dive insurance, all items purchased on board are subjected to a service charge of 10%, fuel surcharge (in case the crude oil price reaches US$ 105 per barrel, US$ 6 per person per night), Green Tax (US$ 6 per person per night) to be paid in advance, Down South Cruise fuel surcharge (approx. US$ 8 per person per night) to be paid in advance. 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, 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.

How to get there: The Sting Ray liveaboard departs from Male. The first and last nights of the cruise are spent in the harbour. Guests coming from local hotels must be at Male airport by 10 am on trip departure day. For more information see our How to Get to the Maldives section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 03.00pm 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 for 7 nights trip.

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 approx. 40% of the published price.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 9 guests and receive 1 extra space free of charge. See whole boat charter price below, equivalent to pay for 18 guests and receive 2 extra spaces free of charge.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): High Season - US$ 3,441, Low Season - US$ 3,024, Mid Season - US$ 3,651, Peak Season - US$ 3,602. For alternative trip prices, please check with us.


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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
MV Sting Ray has 9 cabins with private en-suite bathrooms, 4 double bed and 5 twin bed; all on the lower deck.

All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Private bathrooms with hot water showers and hand basins
  • Portholes
  • Bedding & towels provided
  • Cabinet, shelves & mirror
  • Reading lights
  • Space for luggage
  • 24-hour, 220v electricity supply
  • 3-pin & 2-pin plug types - adaptors are available
  • Life jackets
No. of bathrooms / showers - 9 / 9 - hot water

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew comprises:
  • Cruise Leader
  • Divemaster
  • Instructor
  • Captain
  • 2 Cooks
  • Engineer
  • 3 Deck Hands
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

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
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.
  • Catering begins at guest check-in.

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in year 2001
  • Size - 31m x 9m
  • Weight - 72 tonnes
  • Top speed - 12 knots
  • Cruising speed - 10 knots
  • 278 HP Yanmar engine
  • 2 x 30 KW Onan soundproof generators
  • 2 x L&W dive tank compressors
  • Enriched air nitrox system
  • 12 litre aluminium scuba tanks with Int and DIN fittings
  • Electricity 220V - 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 4,000 litres
  • Fresh water maker - 9,000 litres/day
  • Fuel capacity - 5,000 litres

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • 12 person capacity dinghy
  • 1 x 115 HP Yanmar Dhoni dive tender
  • VHF radio
  • Navman GPS
  • No radar
  • No depth sounder
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Searchlight & horn
  • Mobile telephone, fax & e-mail
  • MFA box and trained staff
  • Fire extinguishers & life jackets throughout
  • 23,000 litres oxygen available
  • Customer dive insurance NOT provided - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation

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Customer reviews:

"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." - , 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." - , 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!" - , 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." - , 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." - , 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!!" - , 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." - , USA ...

"All staff was friendly, helpful and always there if someone had any questions. They knew their reefs in and out. Always felt safe." - , Norway ...

"I had all my dive gears rented, my instructor Deko helped me with the right gears that fit me and also helped me in my Advanced Open Water Dives. All the staffs were kind and friendly." - , Malaysia ...

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