The MV Ari Queen is a 'basic' standard liveaboard. This spacious boat receives good feedback about the crew and diving offered and comfortably accommodates up to 22 divers in 12 air-conditioned, en-suite cabins with hot water showers.
On the lower deck there are 6 standard twin cabins (5 for guests). There are also 2 junior suites which have a double bed only. There are 2 double bedded deluxe cabins on the main deck with windows and 2 further upper-deck suite cabins, which can be adapted from twin to double, also with windows. The deluxe and main deck cabins also have a small fridge and a 32'' flat screen TV as well as individual controlled air-con. Standard cabins have centralised controlled air-con.
On deck, there is ample sun protection or space for sun lovers, a good sized dive deck and cool freshwater shower and deck level toilet. A dining lounge with comfortable seating, TV and bar, make this a boat a great choice.
Operating out of Male from Saturday to Saturday, MV Ari Queen covers the best dive sites of the central Maldivian Atolls, including Ari Atoll, while following a flexible itinerary that takes account of local diving conditions. During the seven night itinerary, Ari Queen visits several hotspots for seasonal marine life. The dive staff have an excellent record of bringing both divers and snorkellers into contact with whitetip sharks, grey sharks, manta rays, turtles, whale sharks and occasionally hammerheads.
Ari Queen operates out of Male from Saturday to Saturday, visiting dive sites around a number of the central Maldivian atolls. Typically, there will be 1 dive on the first day of a week's sailing, then 3 dives per day (including 1 night dive when applicable) and 1 dive on the final day (17 dives in total), personal no-fly times permitting. Ari Queen sometimes offers special 2 week itineraries. Please check the liveaboard availability tab.
Length: 33m, Beam: 9m, Draft: 3m, Built: 2008, Engines: 380 HPS Commins, Generators: 22 kw sound proof, Desalination plant (6 tons/day), Dive dhoni. Towels are changed twice weekly and bed linen once mid-week.
Navigation / Safety
Radio, Mobile phone, Oxygen, First aid Equipment, Life Jackets, Life Rafts, Fire System.
Book 5 divers and 1 will have a free boat space. Please ask for applicable dates.
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Schedules & prices
Price includes: 7 nights twin share standard cabin, meals full board, water, tea & coffee, 17 dives including 1 night dive during the course of the week.
Flights available with Sri Lankan, Qatar Airways, Oman Air, British Airways & charter flights - please enquire. Package price may fluctuate according to flight seat availability at time of booking.
Book 5 divers and 1 will have a free boat space. Not available on special offer trips. Please ask for applicable dates.
- Junior Suite cabin: from £98 per person per week
- Guaranteed Single Occupancy Standard cabin: from £460 per week
- Deluxe cabin: From £231 per person per week
- Suite cabin: From £420 per person per week
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, as they are sourced from Male rather than on the boat.
Guideline Equipment Prices $USD - pay locally, per week:
- Regulators: $50
- BCD: $50
- Computer: $50
- Wetsuit (3mm shortie): $50
- Torch: $5 per dive
- Nitrox: $100
- 15l tank: $75
- Fins: $35, mask $25, snorkel $20
Guideline Drinks and Sundries Prices:
- Bottle mineral water: $3
- Canned drinks: $3
- Beer: $3.50
- Wine: $20 - $30 per bottle
- Spirits: from $4
- Fresh juices: $4
- Wifi: $10 per week
Local sales & service charge payable in resort:
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 carries all cylinders, equipment and compressors.
Classic Liveaboards out of Male
Diving in the Maldives is spectacular throughout the year and one of the easiest and most satisfying ways to experience the incredible range of world class dive sites is to hop on a liveaboard departing from Male. Amba, MV Emperor Leo, MV Emperor Voyager, MV Emperor Atoll, MV Emperor Serenity, MV Keana, MV Emperor Virgo, MV Ari Queen, MV Emperor Explorer, MY Blue Voyager, MV Carpe Diem and MV Carpe Vita offer classic week long diving adventures to the best sites of the nearby atolls. These trips are known as the ‘Best of Maldives’ and follow a flexible itinerary that takes account of local diving conditions. The boats will generally operate in both North and South Male atoll, North and South Ari atoll and include time at Rasdhoo and Vaavu atolls depending on your chosen boat.
For any divers who simply want a classic week long Maldivian dive adventure with the convenience of departing and returning to Male please look for the ‘Best of’, ‘Central atolls’ or ‘Classic’ trips in the ‘Schedules & Prices’ tab.
Liveaboard Itineraries Beyond Male
Recent years have seen access to some remote atolls in the Maldives improve dramatically. Regaldive feature liveaboards that cover these exciting new atolls including Baa, Lhaviyani, Rasdhoo in the north to Meemu, Laamu and Huvadhoo and Addu in the south. These atolls represent the new ‘frontiers’ of diving in the Maldives and lie well beyond traditional tourist maps. Diving in these locations can be challenging with strong drifts and diving in the blue. Liveaboard itineraries to these areas range from 7 to 14 nights and often include a domestic flight.
SOUTH ATOLLS MALDIVES
As liveaboard operators explore further and create new itineraries, so the range of diving adventures increases. The south atolls of the Maldives are renowned for their exhilarating shark encounters and many boats sail to this region operating itineraries for the first few months of the year visiting sites in the Laamu and Huvadhoo atolls as well as Fuvamulah and Addu, the most southerly. Many of the trips offer exploratory dive sites that have been seldom dived. This is challenging and pioneering diving, characterised by waters that are abundant in the marine life one expects from the Maldives. These itineraries are best suited to experienced divers and to join, divers must be Advanced certified with a minimum of 100 logged dives.
Liveaboard itineraries in the southern atolls often begin and end in the region and involve a domestic flight from Male to reach the boat. In addition there are some extended itineraries available which begin or end in Male as the boats move to ensure they are in the best locations throughout the year offering divers the best experiences.
Liveaboard and Island Combinations Tailormade
We offer tailormade holidays to the Maldives. This means that we can organise your holiday based on your requirements. We can also offer a twin centre option of a liveaboard and island based holiday in the Maldives.
Alternatively, many guests choose to combine the incredible sights in Sri Lanka with either an island or liveaboard in the Maldives.
For Sri Lanka options, click here
Diving in the maldives
Underwater highlights on most itineraries will include a mix of reef, wreck and channel and drift dives. Expect to dive in warm water and see colourful corals and fish as well as encounters with sharks, manta rays and if you’re lucky, whale shark.
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.
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. Diving in the Maldives is regulated, as such all divers must wear a computer and carry an SMB. At some sites the recommended depth is beyond 18 metres so advanced and/or deep diver certification are required. Maximum depth on any recreational dive is 30 metres.
For anyone travelling as a group of friends, with a dive club or even an extended family there are often group deals available on the liveaboards with free spaces available and special deals for full charters. Ask the team for further details.
If you're looking for a small group diving experience but not on a liveaboard, we have a very special trip idea.Get the liveaboard experience from land with our new small group trip - Maldives Whale Shark Extravaganza. Staying at the Boutique Resort, it's the perfect base for diving with manta rays and whale sharks.
Click here for GROUP LIVEABOARD OFFERS
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.
MV Ari Queen will visit many of the Maldives’ best known dive sites whilst following a flexible itinerary that takes account of local diving conditions.
Sample Itinerary for The Best of The Maldives, South Ari Tour
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