Launched in December 2005 and having undergone extensive refit in Summer 2008, MY Mariana is a very comfortable and spacious liveaboard, attractively designed in traditional Maldivian style.
Mariana accommodates a maximum of 16 +1 guests in 8 air-conditioned cabins with Lower Deck: 2 x small doubles (at bow of boat, suits singles or 'small' couple), 3 x twin (2 beds) and 1 x triple (double with single bunk, 3rd person recommended to be a smaller adult or teenager), Main Deck: 1 x twin (2 beds) and Upper Deck: 1 x double and 1 x twin (first come, first served basis). The main difference between the bow twin/double cabins is available space; bow cabins have less floor space and smaller bathroom.
All are furnished with en-suite WC and shower, adjustable air-conditioning, mini bar, a wardrobe, and luggage storage. Cabin towels are available for guests.
The main deck offers a fan cooled dining room and saloon area, equipped with comfortable sofas and chairs, and a cosy bar offering a range of drinks including beer, wine and imported spirits. You will also find audio, DVD and TV / video equipment. Mariana’s kitchen provides a variety of European, Asian and Maldivian dishes. Three meals a day are served including tea and coffee. During the seven-night itineraries, a BBQ is also organised on an uninhabited island.
Length: 28.5m, Beam: 7.5m, Draft: 3.2m, Engine: 320 HP, Generators: 2 x 60kw: 2 x KA 14 Compressors, 2 x Desalination plants, Nitrox compressor (EANx 32%).
Navigation / Safety
GPS, Oxygen, First Aid Kit, VHF Marine Radio
Mariana operates 7 and 14 night itineraries out of Male, visiting the best dive sites of the atolls comprising South & North Male, Felidhoo, Wattaru, Faafu, Ari Atolls, Rasdhoo, Baa and Raa Atoll. The route includes visits to the Marine Reserve Underwater parks, where many pelagic species can be encountered. The range and diversity of diving make this a very rewarding cruise. The itinerary is flexible and is conducted according to the local conditions, to ensure that divers get the best diving possible from the itinerary. There are up tp 3 dives per day, plus land visits where possible.
Sample Itinerary - Sunday to Sunday*
- Day 1: Easy wreck dive near Male airport, Velasaaru Caves, Embudhu Express and anchor in Velasaaru lagoon
- Day 2: Cruise to Ari Atoll (3 to 4 hours), Fish Head, Orimas Thila, Mushim Asgali anchor with possible land visit on uninhabited island
- Day 3: Pannetone, Thundufushi Thila, Dega Thila, anchor at Coral reef
- Day 4: Emas Thila, Malhoss Thila, Mujey's Thila and anchor at Freidhu lagoon
- Day 5: Feshdu Wreck, Maayya Thila, Maaya Thila night dive, anchor at Maayya Fushi
- Day 6: Miyaruga Thila, Gangehi Pass, Rashdoo Maadivaaru, anchor inside Rhashdoo
- Day 7: Rhashdoo Madivaaru dive (flight dependant), cruise back to Male Atol, arrive Male and either disembark or overnight dependant on indivudual arrangements. Those able to dive this day may dive Okobe or Nasimo Thila
*Itinerary will always be subject to local conditions at time of sail, seasonal variations and diver experience level.
Schedules & prices
Price includes: Flights with Emirates, transfers, 7 nights standard twin/double (not bow - refer below) cabin twin share, meals FB, 1.5l water day, tea, coffee & snacks, 15 dives per week, BBQ on island weather permitting. UK Regional departures with Emirates, Sri Lankan, Qatar Airways, Oman Air, British Airways & charter flights also available, please enquire. Package price may fluctuate according to flight seat availability at time of booking.
- Bow cabin reduction: £180 pppw when twin share
- Single use (bow cabin): £150 pppw (on above twin price)
- Single use (twin/dbl cabin): Please enquire
- Additional dives: $25
- Non-diver reduction: £90 pppw
- Triple share reduction (double with single): Please enquire
- Nitrox per fill: 12l - $6 / 15l - $8
- Nitrox course: $195
Whilst equipment can be organised, it is generally expected that divers will bring the majority of their kit with them. Please request any items in advance, which are payable locally, as they are sourced from Male rather than on the boat.
Guideline Equipment Rental Prices - Per dive / Per week in USD$:
- Regulators: $5 / $35
- BCD: $5 / $35
- Computer: $5 / $35
- Wetsuit (3mm shortie): $5 / $35
- Mask, Fins, Snorkel: $5 / $35
- Torch: $10 / $35
- 15l tank: $5 / $35 (limited no. of tanks available)
Guideline Drinks Prices:
- Bottle water 1.5l: $3
- Canned drinks: $2.50
- Fruit Juice: $3.50
- Beer - Draught / Can: $4.50
- Wine: $28 - $32 per bottle
- Spirits: from $4
- Ice Cream: USD $3.50
Payment on boat: Euros, USD or Swiss Franc
Local sales & service charge payable in resort:
- 10% service charge to be added
- Sales tax: 12%
Diving in the Maldives is influenced by the seasons. The quality of individual dive sites and marine parks is determined by the ebb and flow of seasonal currents, which in turn affects both the underwater visibility and the marine life. Liveaboards follow these seasonal variations, taking divers to the best sites for the time of the year.
Regaldive operate a range of liveaboards throughout the Maldives. These include classic itineraries following established routes out of Male to new itineraries in remote atolls where the dive sites have only recently been established Maldivian Liveaboards are supported by a ‘dive dhoni’ where all dives are conducted from. The dhoni which carries all cylinders, equipment and compressors.
Classic Liveaboards out of Male
Over the past thirty years an incredible range of world class dive sites have been charted in the atolls surrounding the capital, Male. MV Emperor Voyager, MV Emperor Atoll, MY Mariana, MV Ari Queen, MV Sharifa and MV Carpe Diem and MV Carpe Vita visit many of the Maldives best known dive sites following a flexible itinerary that take account of local diving conditions. The boats will generally operate in both North and South Male atoll, Felidhe and Ari atoll and some operate a limited number of special trips further afield.
Liveaboard Itineraries Beyond Male
The last two years has seen access to some remote atolls in the Maldives improve dramatically. Regaldive feature liveaboards that cover these exciting new atolls, ranging from Haa-Alifu in the far north, to Huvadhoo in the far south. These atolls represent the new ‘frontiers’ of diving in the Maldives and lie well beyond traditional tourist maps.
Far North Haa Alifu Atoll
Haa Alifu is the most northerly atoll in the Maldives. There is a sizeable local population in the atoll but virtually no tourism development. MY Amba is the first liveaboard to the atoll offering a mix of dives on charted dive sites alongside truly original exploratory diving. Access to the atoll is via Male and involves an internal sea plane flight to Hanimadhoo airport. Main Manta season in this area is September and October for the best sightings, but nearly every week there are Mantas on some of the dive sites.
Far South Meemu Atoll
Meemu, Thaa and Laamu atolls are 3 of the 5 most southerly atolls and MY Sheena, under the expert management of Werner Lau, offers an exhilarating itinerary from the island of Medhufushi. Challenging drift dives make up the majority of the 3 daily dives available on MY Sheena; as many of these islands are yet to be fully dived and explored, many of the dives will be semi-exploratory, suiting divers looking to document some untouched sites in search for the unknown.
Liveaboard and Island Combinations Tailormade
Twin-centre holidays are easily arranged. Regaldive offer flights departing every day of the week on a range of schedule airlines allowing you the flexibility to determine the duration of your holiday. Charter flights are also available, but their weekly schedule may not match the liveaboards departure days.
Diving in the Maldives can be challenging, and as such it is recommended that divers have a minimum qualification of PADI Advanced or equivalent, with 40+ logged dives, although experienced Open Water divers are not precluded. M/Y Sheena requires a minimum of 60 logged dives, but exceptions may be made on request in certain cirsumstances.
Diving is encouraged to be undertaken in individual self-sufficient buddy teams and small groups, though you may of course choose to follow the guide for ease of navigation.
Emirates via Dubai from Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow. Other regional departures may be available; supplement may apply. Regaldive's prices are currently based on Emirates. Supplements may or may not apply for other airlines dependant on seat availability.
Sri Lankan via Colombo from Heathrow, Qatar Airways via Doha from Heathrow and Manchester, Oman Air via Muscat from Heathrow, British Airways from Gatwick.
Charter Flights: Flights are direct, once a week for 7 and 14 night durations, usually flying overnight on outbound. Charter flight days may not match all the liveaboard departure days, with the exception of Carpe Diem.
Internal transfers to your liveaboard
Your boat is reached either by sea plane, speedboat transfer or internal flight from Male airport. Transfers are organised as part of your holiday package, unless requested otherwise.
Seaplane and Boat Transfers
Most liveaboards that opearate out of Male will organise a transfer using a dhoni that will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the baot. Liveaboards operating from other areas will have a either a speedbaot transfer, seaplane or pressurised flight.
If you are transferring by seaplane you should be aware of the following:
- Seaplanes do not operate a fixed departure schedule, but are planned daily according to the islands / boats requirements. The planning is carried out locally 24 hours in advance.
- Seaplanes often pick up and drop off guests from a number of islands on a single transfer run.
- Seaplanes only operate during daylight hours, generally 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
- You may have to wait for a short duration after arriving in Male. On departing, the islands will transfer you back to Male as late a local logistics on that day will allow.
- On departing your island resort your return seaplane transfer time will be confirmed the day before departure by your resort.
- If you have a late international flight departing home, it is highly advisable you ask Regaldive to reserve a day use package for you at the Hulhule hotel.
- Seaplanes are not pressurised flights.
- Seaplanes typically operate a strict weight policy of 20kg for hold luggage.
- Excess luggage is currently $2 per kilo to the island and $4 perkilo on the return.
Inter Atoll Flights - Haa Alifu
Transfers to Haa-Alifu in the North involve an internal pressurised flight from Male. This is arranged and costed as part of your travel package to the north of the Maldives, unless otherwise requested.
Hulhule Airport Hotel - Day use & overnights
International and internal flight schedules occasionally make fairly long connection times in Male Airport inevitable. The Hulehule Airport hotel offers inexpensive day packages to non-residents for use of their beach, pool, showers, left luggage and other facilities. Pre-booked packages are available with Regaldive, for day use with and without a room, and overnight stays (refer to separate webpage on Hulehule Airport hotel).
Passengers travelling to the Maldives must have six months valid on their passport from the date of return to the UK.
A free 30 day permit is given to British travellers on arrival in Male. Other nationalities should consult their consular website.
Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure. For the most up to date advice please consult your travel clinic or local GP. Further information regarding vaccinations for travel to this country can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk. There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to the Maldives, but we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and polio.
MY Mariana will visit many of the Maldives’ best known dive sites whilst following a flexible itinerary that takes account of local diving conditions.
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At a glance
- Flight time: 10.5 hours
- Water temperature: 24 - 28°C
- Highlights on-board: Comfortable and spacious
- Highlights underwater: Best sites in South and North Male