MV Virgo is one of a few stellar liveaboards from the Constellation fleet operating diving safaris around the best sites of the Maldives central atolls. Most trips are 7 nights out of Male Town, taking in North Male, South Male and Ari Atoll.
Up to 15 divers are comfortably accommodated on this 31m motor yacht where a crew of 12 will cater to your every need. You can relax in the middle deck's air conditioned saloon with TV, DVD and music system and library of books. There is also wifi available for those with their own devices (signal varies from place to place). Otherwise the sundeck is a popular spot for taking it easy between dives. There is a Jacuzzi for you to bubble away the strain of having done several beautiful dives in paradise.
Cabins include single, double and twin and are shared across the lower, middle and upper decks. All cabins have air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms as well as minibars, TVs and DVDs. The MV Virgo has all the facilities of a boat from a much higher price range and represents great value for money.
Diving is done from the accompanying dhoni and with free nitrox, Nautilus Lifeline personal EPIRBs and CO analysers, you know your safety is high on the crew's list of priorities. Photographers will appreciate the camera rinse tank and camera table on the dhoni, and everyone welcomes the post-dive fresh fruit that adds a touch of class to Virgo's cruise service.
Notes: 50 logged dives are recommended to do classic itineraries (Male-Male), and 100 logged are recommended to join the 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) (7 or 8 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$ 50 per day), dive insurance, on Southern itineraries US$ 70 per person fuel surcharge. Green Tax (from 1 November 2015 onwards, approx. US$ 6 per person per night) 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 computer. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: The M/V Virgo liveaboard departs from Male. The first and last nights of the safari are spent in the harbour. Your flight can arrive in Male at any time on the first day. For more information see our How to get to the Maldives section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 13.00pm. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: None.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): A single cabin is available. Add 80% to published price of a Standard or Deluxe cabin (where single cabin is already booked).
Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter price below, equivalent to pay for 14 divers (at standard cabin price) and receive 1 extra space free of charge.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Low Season: US$ 3,290, High Season: US$ 3,500.
The MV Virgo has a total of 8 cabins: 1 Single cabin on the main deck, 5 Standard double or twin cabins on the lower deck and 2 Deluxe double or twin cabins on the upper deck. All of the cabins feature an ensuite bathroom, TV, DVD and minbar.
All the cabins have:
Windows (upper and middle deck only) or portholes (lower deck)
Private bathroom facilities with hot water shower, towels, toiletries and hand basin
TV and DVD player
Wardrobe and mirror
24-hour, 220v electricity supply with 3-pin UK style sockets (adaptors available)
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 - Water dispenser
All the diving in the Maldives onboard Virgo liveaboard safaris is done from an accompanying 17m long dhoni. This 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.
MV Virgo takes great pride in the quality of cuisine served to its guests. The dining experience usually begins with a light lunch on the day of arrival. Each day the 2 cooks prepare a light pre-breakfast, cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals are buffet style and you can expect a range of international dishes mixed with local Maldivian specialties. Each trip features a candle-lit barbecue on a local island.
Maldivian and International cuisine, with weekly island BBQ.
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 safari, depending on your time of arrival.
All special diets can be catered for with prior notice.
Sample dishes: Maldivian vegetable curry with rice and roti; Grilled fish with pasta and fresh salad ...