Emperor Atoll - Best Value Maldives Scuba Liveaboard

MV Emperor Atoll

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Emperor Atoll diving liveaboard
Maldives Maldives
Type: Liveaboard
No. of guests: 12
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Not all Maldives liveaboard cruise ships need to be large and expensive to spend time on. However, most of our Maldives diving guests still want air-conditioned en-suite cabins, the best food & service, and diving safety & professionalism. Emperor Atoll is the perfect balance of affordability, comfort & great diving, and with no more than 12 guests on board, each cruise is personal and never crowded. The boat operates from Male, offering week-long diving cruises to the best Maldives dive sites at any given time of year, all year round.

At 26m. long, Emperor Atoll is not as large as many other Maldives liveaboards, and therefore can maneuvre in smaller spaces. Sometimes divers are taken directly to the dive site and enter the crystal-clear tropical water from the dive deck at the rear of the boat, and at other times are transported on the tender ‘dhoni.’

The lower deck of the boat has 6 en suite cabins. Each has a fan, air-conditioning, a double bed & a single bunk. Therefore, couples, solo guests and friends can all enjoy the bed layout. The main deck has several communal areas, which are easily large enough for guests to find somewhere peaceful & private or congregate in a group. Depending on the weather, the delicious buffet meals are served in the large indoor dining room or outside under cover at the front of the captain’s wheelhouse. There are sofas, tables, a sundeck and large flat-screen tv & entertainment system for guests to enjoy between dives. This is ideal for showing videos and pictures of the day’s diving over a drink from the licensed bar. Wi-Fi is available at a small extra charge, when in range.

Divemaster services, Nitrox fills (for certified divers), tanks, weights & weightbelts are included in the excellent rates. Finally, due the boat’s small guest capacity, it is one of the most popular to charter for small groups to enjoy private diving cruises at The Maldives.

Prices & Schedule

MV Emperor Atoll Diver Prices Overview 2024 / 2025
DestinationsDuration Double/Twin Cabin
Boat Schedule and prices coming soon
Included In The Price
Transfers to & from the airport
Transfers to and from local hotels
National park fees
Tea / coffee
Drinking water
Soft drinks
Enviroment tax
Weights & weightbelts
Standard tanks
Dive master services
Soap & Shampoo
Luggage storage
Not Included In The Price
Dive computer
Alcoholic drinks
Dive insurance
Night diving torch
Larger tanks
Mask and Snorkel
Open-heel fins
Full-foot fins
Tips / Gratuities
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Booking / Enquiry

The itineraries below are the most-common for each trip, but these can sometimes be changed for a number of reasons. Small changes are made due to weather & sea conditions, special marine life sightings, overcrowded dive sites, local-authorities' instructions, and the needs & requests of the paying guests. The safety & comfort of all guests is most important at all times.

Itinerary Name (click the itinerary name to open) Days / Nights Number of dives

Facilites, Layout and Specifications

Facilities Available with MV Emperor Atoll
Nitrox Available
En Suite Available
Air con
Courses Available
Free Pickup
All Cabins En Suite
AV Entertainment
Double Beds Available
Shaded Sundeck
Available to Charter
Beach Transfers
MV Emperor Atoll Layout


Sun Deck


Main Deck


Cabin Deck (Lower Deck)

MV Emperor Atoll Specifications
Type: Wooden hull.
Length: 26 Metres.
Beam: 7 Metres.
Year built: 1988. (Refit every 2 years), Dry dock: 2014
Desalination: Yes.
Engine: 210 HP Yanmar.
Safety: Oxygen, Medic First Aid Kit, Life jackets & life rafts
Compressors: 2 x Bauer K14 (640lt per minute @ 230 bar) / 12 lt aluminium.
Instrumentation: GPS, Fish finder, Echo sounder, VHF/CB radio.
Camera facilities: Power sockets for battery chargers and flash, Camera rinsing tank and camera preparation area.

Lower deck: 6 x twin/double ensuite cabins, each with double bed plus single bunk

Sundeck: Sun loungers/bed mats.


PADI & SSI diving courses are available upon request, but need to be pre-booked so that the staff can prepare. Rates are also cheaper for pre-booked courses than taking a chance by deciding after boarding the boat.

Courses Prices
PADI: Adventurer Dives - Deep, Drift, Night & Wreck
80 USD
PADI: Nitrox Diver
Dive computer rental, camera rental and torch rental not included. Courses do not include materials, certification fees or equipment.
155 USD
PADI: Deep Diver
219 USD
PADI: UW Photography
Dive computer rental, camera rental and torch rental not included. Courses do not include materials, certification fees or equipment.
219 USD
PADI: Drift Diver
250 USD
PADI: Boat Diver
250 USD

Transfer details

Transfers: There are free transfers from and back to Male International Airport at the beginning and end of each cruise. These are scheduled transfers, at set times. However, there are three pick up times (11.00am, 4.00pm and 10.30pm) and two check out times (7.00am & 9.00am). The boat is moored very near to the airport and the drive is usually no more than 10-15 minutes. Guests staying at a local hotel before or after their Emperor cruise need to visit the airport to join the transfers. Those who need to be collected at a time outside the schedule can contact us or the team to arrange inexpensive private transfers.

Booking / Enquiry

Booking or enquiring is easy follow these steps
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Step 3:
We can reserve your space(s) commitment-free for up to one week
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