by Mohamed Rehan
The Maldives is not only renowned for its tourist resorts, but also for the luxurious liveaboards and safari vessels. Liveaboards are an excellent choice for divers who wish to visit different diving sites, and it is also a preferred choice for those who are looking to navigate across the country during their holiday.
Many of the Maldives liveaboards offer itineraries including various excursions across world-class dive sites and visits to residential islands where historical landmarks are still visible.
If you are planning your next trip to the country, and spend your holidays on a liveaboard then check out some of the best liveaboards the country has to offer.
Winner of the South Asian Travel Awards’ Leading Liveaboard in 2016 and 2018, the Scubaspa Yang comes with an on-board yoga and an Asian style spa. The excursions onboard Scubaspa includes an authentic barbeque experience in an uninhabited sandbank, a snorkeling trip as well as dive excursions. The 50-meter long Scubaspa Yang provides liveaboard trips on a year-round basis while it is also an authorized PADI 5-star dive property.
This contemporary five-star Maldivian liveaboard is one of the highest-end cruisers gliding across the local waters. Spacious living and quality accommodation are parallel with Emperor Serenity while it provides a world-class diving itinerary with stops at North and South Ari atolls, South Male’ atoll, Vaavu as well as the North Male’ atoll. Diverse receive free nitrox and a rebreather-friendly crew and diving boat. It is also a safe haven for non-divers who will get free snorkeling kits onboard. This 40-meter beauty comes with 13 en-suite, air-conditioned cabins and can accommodate a maximum of 26 guests in a single outing.'
While the name means “Seize the Day”, this luxurious liveaboard has bagged the Leading Liveaboard Brand in 2016 for the second time in a row. Carpe Diem is the pinnacle of all-inclusive services with year-round diving cruises in the central parts of the Maldives. The vessel makes stops at Manta Point, Fish Head and Machafushi Wreck on its dive cruises. This 35-meter, sleek and magnificent liveaboard is a sister to Carpe Vita and Carpe Novo who are dominating the Indian Ocean channels with luxury standard offerings. Carpe Diem offers accommodation in 10 cabins with individual climate control systems and en-suite bathrooms. Other amenities onboard include a salon and lounge area where flat-screen TV and entertainment systems are up for use by travelers wishing to kick back a little.
The Ying half of the Scubaspa, much like its Yang half, this beauty can be easily referred to as a “luxury floating resort” that offers drift and night dives as well as yoga alfresco and snorkeling services. The Scubaspa Ying comes with an onboard Jacuzzi at the top-deck of it and a 5-star spa as well. This 50-meter overwater ‘resort’ provides excellent scuba diving experience with spat treatments. The guests can be easily swayed off of their feet and put into a ‘trance’ of luxury with the help of 30 onboard staff members who are vigil to every need of the holidaymakers.
The 43-meter Carpe Novo, which joins its sister ships Carpe Vita and Carpe Diem is a fantastic liveaboard offering top-tier diving trips across the Maldives. Carpe Novo comes with 12 luxury standard cabins and accommodates a maximum of 22 guests in one-go. The cabins come with TV and HD players and storage space with en-suite bathrooms. At the main deck, the entertainment lounge and library can be found.
Holidays in the Maldives offers several varieties of luxury tourist properties including guesthouses and liveaboards.
The liveaboards industry has been long since booming and includes a rich catalogue of excellent safari vessels with world-class services. Guests can be assured of a trip of a lifetime if they choose their vacation onboard one of these majestic floaters.