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Dive Review of Emperor Explorer in
Maldives

Emperor Explorer: "Excellent Liveaboard trip in the Maldives", Nov, 2021,

by Graham McGregor, Kilmacolm, GB (Top Contributor Top Contributor 36 reports with 18 Helpful votes). Report 11828.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments We are a group of 6 experienced divers who have been on several liveaboards including three previous Maldives trips. Emperor Explorer is one of 6 liveaboards run by Emperor fleet in the Maldives. The was a standard "central Maldives" tour. Emperor Explorer is one of the better liveaboards we have been on. It is a large boat, with ample room for the 21 divers in 14 cabins. We had 21 divers on our trip and there was generally room for personal space if needed. The cabins are really spacious for a liveaboard with side by side single beds in most cabins - tip, avoid the cabins below deck if you can. The bathrooms are also spacious with toilet sink and separate shower. The hot water died briefly after the last dive due to the demands of all the divers but it usually came back pretty quickly. There is a large lounge where the the dive briefings took place. There was space outside on three decks where you could relax and sunbathe. There is a hot tub ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Galapagos; Socorro; Palau; Sipadan; Truk; Malapascua; Komodo; Ticao Island; Maldives; Red Sea; Caribbean; Cuba; Hawaii; Florida; Cozumel; Spain, Seychelles, Mauritius, Oman, GBR; Raja Ampat
Closest Airport Male Getting There Direct BA flight from London to Male

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 28-29°C / 82-84°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10-20 M / 33-66 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions All dives were led by a dive guide
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Plenty of power points on board for cameras ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By report author: Graham McGregor in Kilmacolm, GB at Dec 15, 2021 17:38 EST  
Should have mentioned, in addition to many Grey Reef sharks,Whitetip Reef sharks and Nurse sharks, we saw decent sized Blacktop Reef sharks (as well as the Tiger shark). Combined with the many Mantas, this was a good big pelagic trip!!
By report author: Graham McGregor in Kilmacolm, GB at Dec 21, 2021 07:49 EST  
Should have mentioned, in addition to many Grey Reef sharks,Whitetip Reef sharks and Nurse sharks, we saw decent sized Blacktop Reef sharks (as well as the Tiger shark). Combined with the many Mantas, this was a good big pelagic trip!!
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