Large & brand-new luxury Maldives liveaboard - Emperor Explorer

MV Emperor Explorer

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Specials: Nitrox & Park Fees included
Emperor Explorer Liveaboard Maldives
Maldives Maldives
Type: Liveaboard
Departs from: Gan / Kooddoo / Male
No. of guests: 26
Prices from: 2,515 USD
2,406 USD
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Emperor Explorer is the newest and largest addition to the Emperor Fleet of boats. Purpose built, huge in size, and accompanied by its tender dhoni, there is more than enough space for up to 26 extremely-lucky guests to enjoy week-long cruises around some of the best diving locations in the world. There is a good choice of luxurious & well-appointed cabins on three decks, plus plenty of relaxing communal areas both inside and out.

With 13 large and comfortable guest cabins on three decks, Emperor Explorer is able to accommodate up to 26 lucky guests. The upper deck has two twin cabins and two huge doubles. On the main deck the two double cabins are the largest on the boat and have an additional single bed, although are normally only sold to two guests. Finally, on the lower deck there are five more double cabins that have an extra single bed, plus two cabins which are fixed doubles. Every cabin has individually-controlled air conditioning, a private en suite bathroom with hot & cold freshwater showers and western toilets, a safety deposit box, and a window or portholes. The materials and décor is tasteful, modern, luxurious and practical. Solo guests are welcome to join and the team never mix genders of guests who are strangers. If you join as a solo guest and want to guarantee the large double bed, the fee is just €35/week.

main deck guest cabinExplorer’s sun deck has lots of sun loungers and chairs plus a large shaded area, meaning that guests can easily choose from topping up a tan to getting some shade while enjoying the views & breeze. At the front of the upper deck is the very-popular spa-bath, where you can really relax with unbeatable views. At the rear of the upper deck is a vast outdoor covered area with sofas & small tables. This area is perfect, and therefore very popular, for relaxing in the late afternoon and early evening, maybe with a drink and some good company. The main deck is taken up mainly by the huge air-conditioned dining room restaurant and saloon lounge, where guests enjoy delicious meals (with a glass of wine for free at dinner), and can enjoy a movie.

In case you’re thinking ‘what about the dive deck?’, Emperor Explorer uses a tender vessel, known locally as a dhoni, for all the diving. Your equipment and all the compressors are stored on the dhoni, and it transports everyone from the main boat to the dive sites. Not only does this improve the logistics and speed, it keeps all the wet gear away from the dry communal areas, and provides plenty more space on the main boat.

As standard, Emperor Explorer is fitted with brand-new, state-of-the-art navigation, communication and safety equipment. The team are trained for any situation and there is a full complement of dive staff on each cruise.

Prices & Schedule

MV Emperor Explorer Diver Prices Overview 2024 / 2025
DestinationsDuration Lower Deck Double Lower Deck Twin Upper Deck Twin Main Deck Suite Upper Deck Suite
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Best of Maldives
( 17 Dives)
7D / 7N Lower Deck Double2,515 USD Lower Deck Twin2,677 USD Upper Deck Twin2,872 USD Main Deck Suite3,002 USD Upper Deck Suite3,056 USD
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( 17 Dives)
7D / 7N Lower Deck Double3,078 USD Lower Deck Twin3,241 USD Upper Deck Twin3,436 USD Main Deck Suite3,566 USD Upper Deck Suite3,620 USD
, Foammulah Atoll, Huvadhoo Atoll
Deep South
( 18 Dives)
7D / 7N Lower Deck Double3,224 USD Lower Deck Twin3,387 USD Upper Deck Twin3,582 USD Main Deck Suite3,712 USD Upper Deck Suite3,766 USD
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Northern Highlights
( 26 Dives)
10D / 10N Lower Deck Double3,593 USD Lower Deck Twin3,826 USD Upper Deck Twin4,297 USD Main Deck Suite4,482 USD Upper Deck Suite4,563 USD
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( 26 Dives)
10D / 10N Lower Deck Double4,395 USD Lower Deck Twin4,628 USDFullFullFull
, , , , Laamu Atoll, Huvadhoo Atoll, Fuvahmulah Atoll
Southern Shark Adventure
( 34 Dives)
14D / 14N Lower Deck Double5,522 USD Lower Deck Twin5,804 USD Upper Deck Twin6,140 USD Main Deck Suite6,362 USD Upper Deck Suite6,454 USD
MV Emperor Explorer Special Offers Coming Up
Park fees & Nitrox included
We have lots of discounts for this boat. Please see schedule for details
Discounted! Park fees & Nitrox included
We have lots of discounts for this boat. Please see schedule for details
Included In The Price
Transfers to & from the airport
Transfers to and from local hotels
National park fees
Tea / coffee
Drinking water
Soft drinks
Weights & weightbelts
Standard tanks
Dive master services
Soap & Shampoo
Luggage storage
Not Included In The Price
Dive equipment
Dive computer
Night diving torch
Larger tanks
Mask and Snorkel
Open-heel fins
Full-foot fins
Tips / Gratuities
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Booking / Enquiry

There are several itineraries on Emperor Explorer. Nearly all are 7D/7N but a few are 10D/10N. Please carefully select an itinerary from the list below that matches your chosen trip on the schedule.

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
North Male Atoll, South Male Atoll, Ari Atoll, Rasdhoo Atoll, Vaavu Atoll 7 Days / 7 Nights 17 Dives

Facilites, Layout and Specifications

Facilities Available with MV Emperor Explorer
Nitrox Available
En Suite Available
Air con
TV in Cabin
Courses Available
Free Pickup
All Cabins En Suite
AV Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Double Beds Available
Shaded Sundeck
Available to Charter
MV Emperor Explorer Layout
deck plan emperor explorer
MV Emperor Explorer Specifications
Built:  2019.
Length:  42 metres.
Beam: .13.2 metres.
Draft:  2.8 metres.
Construction: Wood.
Engines: 700 Hp Doosan Daewoo.
Generators: 2 x 50 KW.
Compressors: 2 x Coltri Compressors & Nitrox
Navigation: GPS chart plotter, VHF Marina.
Fresh Water: 12 tonnes per day.
Guests: Max. 26 Guests.
Cabins: Upper deck: 2 king-size double 2 twin, Main deck: 2 x double with single bed, Lower deck: 5 x double with single bed 2 x double.
Sundeck: Deckchairs, bean bags.
Entertainment: TV/Video/DVD, library with board games.
Dinghy: Large diving dhoni tender fully equipped with compressors, tanks & oxygen kits.
Safety: Life jackets & life rafts,Oxygen/Medic, First Aid Kit.
Communication: VHF marina radio & satellite phone.
Scuba Tanks: 12 litre Aluminum tanks as standard and 15 litre Aluminum tanks on request.


PADI scuba diving courses are offered on Emperor Explorer but need to be pre-booked in most cases. Some itineraries are not suitable for beginner divers and therefore not possible to learn to dive on. Other cruises are easier, and enable you to learn to dive. For already-certified divers, advanced and speciality courses are available on request.

Contact us for more information about courses on MV Emperor Explorer

Transfer details

The Emperor team collect guests from local hotels or the airport for free on departure day. At the end of each trip the same transfers are available.

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