MV Emperor Leo

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Emperor Leo Liveaboard diving Maldives
Type Liveaboard
Departs from Male
No. of guests 24
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Emperor Leo is a wonderful Maldives diving liveaboard ship that measures 35m. in length and takes no more than 24 lucky guests on week-long diving safaris to the best diving areas of The Maldives. The boat is a little over 10 years old, but was recently refurbished (2012). Comfort & luxury at reasonable prices sums up this popular liveaboard boat. Solo travellers are welcome to join same-sex shared cabins, while most others are couples or pairs. Nitrox is available for free and several types of rebreather units can be used on these exciting Maldives diving safaris.

There are three main decks on Emperor Leo, and plenty of space for every guest to relax, move around, find some privacy, or gather in groups. Most of the cabins are on the lower deck, and a few are located on higher decks. All cabins have en suite private bathrooms, air conditioning, a safe, hairdryer and TV. The executive suite on the upper deck has a large bathtub, in addition to its shower. All cabins are clean, spacious and tastefully decorated.

Communal areas on Emperor Leo are many and varied. There are air-conditioned lounge/saloon areas and a large dining room with an internationally-stocked licensed bar. Most guests like to spend time outside though, so that they can enjoy the view and sea breeze. Emperor Leo doesn’t disappoint with its large sundeck, outdoor lounge and even a Jacuzzi at the front of the main deck.
Facilities on the boat include wi-fi, which is available at certain times during each cruise and at a reasonable rate, free Nitrox fills for certified divers, and AV entertainment for watching a movie or catching up on the day’s diving videos & photographs. There is also an extensive library of interesting books and novels in a variety of languages. The staff & crew are always on hand to help, but never intrusive. They speak good English, along with a few other languages, and are all experienced in their jobs.

To ensure that every part of this boat is used to its maximum potential and passenger comfort, Emperor Leo divers are dropped off at, and picked up from, each dive site by the large tender boat, known locally as a ‘dhoni.’ This 19.8m. support vessel is also where the dive equipment is stored, meaning that when on board the main ship you can really feel like you’re on a luxury cruise rather than a dive boat.

MV Emperor Leo Prices & Schedule

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DestinationsDuration Standard twin Standard double Deluxe twin Deluxe double Executive suite
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MV Emperor Leo Itinerary

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Emperor Leo sails throughout the year. Trips depart from and return to Male, at a port just 10 minutes’ drive from the international airport.
Depending on the time of year, the best dive sites are chosen to ensure the maximum diving enjoyment throughout each cruise. ‘The Best of The Maldives’ 8D/7N itinerary visits North Male, South Male, and Ari Atoll. The trips are suitable for all levels of diver.

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.

MV Emperor Leo Itinerary
Itinerary Name (click the itinerary name to open) Days / Nights Number of dives
Rasdhoo Atoll, North Ari Atoll, South Ari Atoll, Vaavu Atoll, North Male Atoll, South Male Atoll 8 Days / 7 Nights 17 Dives

MV Emperor Leo Facilites, Layout and Specifications

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Facilities Available with MV Emperor Leo
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 Leo Layout


Sun Deck


Top Deck


Main Deck


Lower Deck

MV Emperor Leo Specifications
Type: Wooden Hull.
Length: 35 Metres.
Beam: 9.4 Metres.
Year Referbished: 2012.
Water Makers: 9500 Lt / Day.
Engine: 500 HP Mitsubishi.
Safety: Oxygen, Medic First Aid Kit, Life Jackets & Life Rafts
Compressors: 2 X Coltri & Nitrox.
Instrumentation: VHF Radio, GPS Chart Plotter, Telephone, Mobile.
Camera Facilities: Charging Stations, Air Gun, Rinse Tanks & Camera Table.

Upper Deck: 1 Executive Suite, 1 Double/queen-sized Bed, 2 Double/twin.
Lower Deck: 2 Double, 2 Twin/double, 4 Twin.

Sundeck: Seating.

MV Emperor Leo Courses

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There is a wide range of diving courses available on Emperor Virgo, covering a variety of levels and specialities. It is important to let us know well in advance if you would like to take part in a course on the cruise so that the team can prepare the staff and materials.

Courses Prices
PADI: Adventurer Dives - Deep, Drift, Night & Wreck
86 USD
PADI: Discover Scuba Diving
Including: Equipment Included
101 USD
PADI: Nitrox Diver
Dive computer rental, camera rental and torch rental not included. Courses do not include materials, certification fees or equipment.
167 USD
PADI: Deep Diver
235 USD
PADI: UW Photography
Dive computer rental, camera rental and torch rental not included. Courses do not include materials, certification fees or equipment.
235 USD
PADI: Drift Diver
268 USD
PADI: Boat Diver
268 USD
PADI: Open Water Diver Referral
311 USD
PADI: Advanced Adventurer/Advanced Open Water
338 USD

MV Emperor Leo Transfer details

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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.

MV Emperor Leo Scheduled Transfers
8D / 7N Trips
11:00 / 16:00 / 22:30 Pick up from Male Airport : Free
11:00 / 16:00 / 22:30 Transfers ( Boat )
Departure ( near Male )
07:00 / 09:00 Return ( )
07:30 / 09:30 Drop off to Airport : Free
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