Emperor Orion - Best Maldives Diving Liveaboard Yacht

MV Emperor Orion

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Emperor orion liveaboard
Maldives Maldives
Type: Liveaboard
No. of guests: 24
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Maldives diving guests want the most luxurious boats while enjoying Maldives diving, regarded by many as the best diving in the world. Emperor Orion ticks all the right boxes for divers and non-divers who want to enjoy luxury Maldives diving cruises without breaking the bank. There is free Nitrox for certified divers, private & communal Jacuzzis on board, optional massage and wifi, fine dining, and lots of large areas to relax in private or socialize with other guests.

Emperor Orion is a large boat (nearly 40m. long) but has a maximum guest capacity of just 24 in twin & double cabins and luxury suites. All cabins have en suite bathrooms, individually-controlled air conditioning, TV & DVD, hair dryer, safe and plenty of space to move around and store luggage. There are 10 cabins (in a combination of twins and doubles) and two luxury suites. The Executive Suite even has its own private Jacuzzi and outdoor deck area.

Although most Emperor Orion guests join the week-long cruises to enjoy some of the best scuba diving in the world, on-board luxury and use of space is not compromised by the activities or a dive deck. Instead, diving guests are taken to the entry point of each dive site by the 20m.-long tender boat (dhoni). The Emperor Divers crew and dive staff all speak English and are trained to high levels of customer service, diving safety and ensuring that every guest enjoys a Maldives diving cruise to remember for a lifetime.
The on-board luxury and facilities are so good on Emperor Orion, that guests could be forgiven for skipping the occasional dive to enjoy more time on the boat. There are vast air-conditioned communal areas for dining and enjoying a drink from the bar, as well as a huge sundeck and an outdoor Jacuzzi with an unbeatable view. There really isn’t a better diving ship cruising the best dive areas of The Maldives. 5-Star luxury diving cruises and some of the best diving in the world is available between August and May every year at rates which are much more affordable than you might expect. This period is known as the 'Maldives diving season.'

Prices & Schedule

MV Emperor Orion Diver Prices Overview 2024 / 2025
DestinationsDuration Twin / Double Cabin Upper Deck Twin / Double Junior Suite Executive Suite
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Facilites, Layout and Specifications

Facilities Available with MV Emperor Orion
Nitrox Available
Air con
TV in Cabin
Courses Available
Suitable for Children
All Cabins En Suite
AV Entertainment
Vegetarian Food Available
Double Beds Available
Shaded Sundeck
Available to Charter
MV Emperor Orion Layout


Sun Deck


Upper deck


Main Deck


Lower Deck

MV Emperor Orion Specifications
Type: Wooden hull.
Length: 39 Metres.
Beam: 10 Metres.
Draft: 2.13 Metres.
Water Makers: 2000 L / per day.
Engine: 650 HP Yanmar.
Safety: Oxygen, Medic First Aid Kit, Life jackets & life rafts
Compressors: 2 x Bauer Compressors and Nitrox.
Instrumentation: VHF radio, GPS chart plotter, Telephone, Mobile.
Camera facilities: Charging stations, air gun, rinse tanks & camera table.
Cabins: Ensuite, DVD, hair dryer and air con.
Sundeck: Loungers, sunbeds.


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. Liveaboard Maldives dive courses are excellent value, too.

Courses Prices
PADI: Adventurer Dives - Deep, Drift, Night & Wreck
80 USD
PADI: Discover Scuba Diving
Including: Equipment Included
94 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
PADI: Open Water Diver Referral
290 USD
PADI: Advanced Adventurer/Advanced Open Water
(5 Dives)
315 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. Efficient transfers at each end of a diving Maldives cruise are important to maximise convenience & enjoyment.

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