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Dive Review of Maldives Master/Blue Voyager in

Maldives Master/Blue Voyager: "Top notch, satisfying week trip on a relatively large liveaboard", Jan, 2019,

by Eric Schindler, AZ, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 18 Helpful votes). Report 10844.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Blue Voyager holds 26 passengers and we had a full house for our one week itinerary. A friendly group of Brits, we two Americans, and a couple from France. Always nice when all in the group are competent, confident, and sensitive divers. As in all Maldives liveaboard, a dhoni follows along, and holds all dive gear; all dives start from the dhoni that motors to the dive site. We did not feel that crowded despite the large group, with ample space for storage of gear, preparing for dive.
Three dives a day are standard, two night dives during the week. If you are hardcore and are looking for 4-5 dives per day, there are a few other equally nice boats to consider. But 3-4 good dives are plenty for us. Very skilled, considerate, and friendly caring cruise directors from Spain and Belgium. They conducted unique and entertaining briefings.
Food is ample, diverse, filling and among the best we have ever had on a liveaboard. Crew is also very seasoned, professional and we enjoyed our cabin and time on the boat between dives immensely. Comfortable space for all 26 of us. Liquor is of course a bit more expensive than other places (e.g. $7 for a beer, cocktails for $9 -Maldives taxes on alcohol).
With Europeans as the main customers, be prepared for a bit more smoking than on some vessels, but only in designated outdoor sections of the boat.
Master Liveaboards is a well run company it appears, and attention to detail, safety, and customers is noticed and appreciated. Such great value in Maldives, with a week in the deluxe cabin under $2500.
If you have never been to the Maldives, worth adding to your bucket list, despite the distance -- but go to Indonesia, Coral Triangle areas first as diving is incrementally better with more life and corals.
Websites Maldives Master/Blue Voyager   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Coral Triangle, Caribbean, Mexico, Pacific, etc.
Closest Airport Male Getting There Through Hong Kong from west coast.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 77-82°F / 25-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recommended surface with 50 Bar (750 PSI), not enforced
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments While I am not a photographer, many of our fellow group were experienced practitioners and few complaints were heard. Reasonable space for charging, cleaning, storage, etc. on the vessel
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