Getting to Maldives

International flights arrive at Male’s (Maldives) Hulhule airport, which is on an island of its own. Many scuba divers arrive on chartered flights, but there are scheduled services with SilkAir, Singapore Air, SriLankan Airlines and Budget Tiger Air.

Transfers from the airport to your resort island are either by boat, seaplane or domestic flight, depending on the distance. If your resort requires a seaplane transfer, a few things to be aware of: the seaplanes only operate in daylight hours, so if you arrive after sunset you’ll have to stay in Male overnight before being able to transfer to your resort.

Ditto if your flight home is early in the morning – you will leave your resort the afternoon before – make sure you check with the tour operator that you will be given accommodation while you wait for your international flight. The seaplane journey in itself is an experience, as you get stunning views of the atolls – make sure you get a window seat and that you get your camera out before boarding (your hand luggage will probably be put at the back of the plane as there’s no space under or over the seats). The seaplane will usually land next to a floating platform, from which you will be picked up by boat to be taken the remaining few metres in shore to your resort.

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DIVING IN MALDIVES WITH AN AWARD WINNING LIVEABOARD

MY HONORS LEGACY

HONORS LEGACY MALDIVES LIVEABOARD is design and built in the Maldives, this stunning luxury yacht is in a class of its own. Its beautiful design and special attention to details ensure quality and luxurious comfort for all of our guests. M/Y Honors Legacy Maldives Liveaboard is one of the most elegantly built luxury motor yachts in the Maldives and is custom made for passionate water sports enthusiasts. The yacht is designed to meet and exceed the high expectation of even the weathered traveler or anyone coming to Maldives looking for a journey of a lifetime on an exclusive yacht.

This unique 33.5m long wooden vessel boasts nine modern, spacious cabins and can accommodate up to 18 guests. These luxurious cabins feature two ocean view suites (20sqm each) offering exquisite views of the beautiful Indian Ocean and a fabulous en-suite with its very own bathtub. In addition, you will find six inter-changeable superior twin or superior double cabins (12sqm each) and one superior twin cabin (12sqm). All cabins are air-conditioned with modern and comfortable interiors and fittings, en-suite bathrooms, mini bar, safe and full HD TVs.

In addition to the open-air dining area, a modern and comfortable saloon features alongside an elegantly designed indoor dining area and bar. Unwind after your dives whilst enjoying a sundowner on the spacious sun deck or chilling out in the Jacuzzi. Pamper yourself in paradise in our onboard spa where treatments are available in the dedicated treatment room or outside in the glorious Maldives sunshine.

Though not a giant, the custom design and the attention to detail makesHONORS LEGACY MALDIVES LIVEABOARD a modern day super yacht and a refreshing addition to the yacht designing circles in the Maldives. The layout of the yacht is very carefully organized to preserve as much open space as possible to give an environment of comfort for those enjoy the living aboard. Ample walkways and many seating areas are available on all the decks. The sundeck has a Jacuzzi with sun loungers aside for sunbathing and watching the many stars visible in most of the night during the cruise.

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Boat Specifications

Port of Registry/FlagMaldivesTypeMotor Yacht (M/Y)
Built Year2012Hull & ExteriorWooden hull (Tholan timber) with upper water line fully laminated with polished fiberglass
Length33.53 MetersBeam9.23 Meters
Total Displacement230 tonsEngineDaedong Marine Engine 500 HP
Power2 x Daedong Marine 50 KVA gensets, 220vCompressor3 x Coltri Sub
AirconTo all interior areas with individual controllersFuel Capacity6000 liters
Fresh Water Capacity8000 litersDesalinator Production10,000 liters per day
Cruising Speed12 knotsNavigation and CommunicationSamyung 36 miles marine radar system, Eco sounder, Compass, map, Fish finder, Global Positioning System (GPS), CB Radio, Mobile Phones, Internet, Search Light, Binoculars, Map.
Safety EquipmentAddressable fire alarm system in all rooms and public areas, fire extinguishers, life jackets and life buoysPassengers and Guests18
AccommodationTotal 9 cabins, 7 Superior Rooms & 2 Ocean View Suites for Double/Twin/Triple accommodation with Jacuzzi at the bridge deck. All cabins are air-conditioned with gorgeous interiors and trendy fittings, en-suite bathrooms with fresh hot and cold waters, mini bar, safe and Full HD TV with DVD players.Crew onboardTotal 13 Crew onboard, including Captain, Engineer, Cruise Director, Chef and Spa Therapists.
No of Tenders2 (Dive boat 55 feet and a fiberglass dingy 18 feet with 50 HP outboard engine)FacilitySpacious Lounge deck, air conditioned saloon with restaurant and bar, sun deck with bar, shades with Jacuzzi and sun pads, Spa with indoor and outdoor treatments, Boutique, Wireless Internet Access, Full HD TV and Blu-ray Disk player with surround speakers, Karaoke System, Board Games and multimedia library.
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maldives honors legacy liveaboard scuba dive diving vacation holidays
maldives honors legacy liveaboard scuba dive diving vacation holidays
maldives honors legacy liveaboard scuba dive diving vacation holidays
maldives honors legacy liveaboard scuba dive diving vacation holidays
maldives honors legacy liveaboard scuba dive diving vacation holidays
maldives honors legacy liveaboard scuba dive diving vacation holidays
Scuba Diving Holidays in Maldives has been known to the world for the stunning white beaches, the glow in the dark beaches caused by ostracod crustaceans and azure waters that typify the tropical idyll, its life beneath the water’s surface is becoming ever more respected by scuba divers in the know. The Maldive Islands have some good coral reefs, but it’s the abundance of marine life throughout the country that sets it apart from other dive destinations.

Most dives in the Maldives are drifts from liveaboards where you allow the current to move you along. Due to the myriad channels and passages between the atolls, the currents sweep and play throughout the island chain so that nutrients are always on the move. This accounts for the vast numbers of fish enjoying the passing feast and you can expect to see Napoleon wrasse, parrotfish, snappers, jacks and sweetlips at every site where the water flows.

2 main features you are likely to encounter at the dive sites in the Maldives are the current swept channels and the pinnacles that act like magnets for marine life. In the channels, you can explore the caves, caverns and overhangs where soft corals proliferate, and there is a riot of colourful sponges, invertebrates and gorgonian fans all profiting from the nutrient-rich water. There are also plenty of cleaning stations where cleaning wrasses and shrimps service the larger marine species.

Inside the atoll lagoons you often find pinnacles of rock vaulting up almost to the surface. They are known locally as ‘Thilas’ and are often bejewelled with sessile life forms. These formations bring water up from the ocean floor against their walls, feeding the sponges and soft corals that cling to its sides as well as creating an environment that supports a plethora of crustaceans and schools of resident fish.

Slightly removed from the reefs, you are likely to spot the pelagics that frequent the Maldives, including manta rays and eagle rays and a variety of sharks including the mighty whale shark. Wherever you look there is likely to be something of interest going on and for many it is in the shallows where the best of the action takes place. Here the clear water, brightly illuminated by the sun’s rays and playing host to great numbers of fish, provides an ideal environment both for photographers and fun divers alike.

During the El Niño of 1998 some shallower areas of the coral reefs were adversely affected by bleaching. However the accepted view is that while the reefs are returning to their former colourful glory, the larger marine life of the Maldives Islands has never dwindled and indeed many believe it has increased in numbers over the past few decades, at least partly as a result of the nation’s recognition of the need for conservation.

The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. It’s known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. The capital, Malé, has a busy fish market, restaurants and shops on the main road, Majeedhee Magu, and 17th-century Hukuru Miskiy (also known as Friday Mosque) made of carved white coral.
Capital: Malé
Dialing code: +960
Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa
President: Abdulla Yameen
Population: 345,023 (2013) World Bank
Official language: Dhivehi
The recommended months for confirmed liveaboard departures are from November to May but the Maldives scuba diving holiday season runs all year round. If you wish to come outside of November to May it may be more difficult to find a departure date that suits you.

The northeast monsoon (winds from the northeast) runs from the end of December to May. At this time of year the skies are blue and the lack of wind means the seas are calm. The visibility on the eastern side of the atolls is good at 20-30+m, and 15-20m on the western sides. The eastern atolls generally have the best visibility during this time too, and December to March normally enjoys the best overall visibility. This is because the currents flow through the atoll channels from east to west. Reef sharks gather in large numbers at the channel entrances on the eastern side of the atolls; whereas mantas are drawn to the western sides because plankton flows out of the channels into open sea on west at this time. The current is strongest at this time of year too.

June to November is the southwest monsoon and the above process is reversed: currents from through the channels in an easterly direction; mantas to the east, reef sharks and better visibility to the west. It is at this time when the skies are cloudier, the winds are stronger and seas a little rougher, although the season does still get nice, sunny spells. Surface swells can reach 1-2m, particularly during the rainy season in June/July, when rain falls on average 3-4 hours per day, and during the monsoon transitions in late May and early December.

Water temperature are fairly constant throughout the year at 26-29°C, except in the far south where the water temperature can drop to 24°C during the northeast monsoon.

Having said all that, like most places in the world, the seasons in the Maldives have become less predictable in recent years.

Mantas, whale sharks, turtles, reef sharks and hammerhead sharks are found in the Maldives all year round; if anything, manta rays are found in even greater numbers in the southwest monsoon. As for the other big creatures, diver encounters are dependent on non-seasonal factors: whale sharks are more frequently sighted at high tide, and hammerhead sharks ascend to shallower water at sunrise.

The exception to this is at Hanifaru Bay, usually between August and November, when hundreds of manta rays and some whale sharks gather on the eastern side of Baa, where vast plankton fields accumulate. The area has been declared a marine reserve and current regulations permit snorkeling only for a maximum of 60 persons at a time.

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