MALDIVES • FEBRUARY 15-24, 2018

ABOUT THE MALDIVES

The Maldives is located at the equator in the Indian Ocean. It is approximately 300 miles southwest of India. The Maldives are comprised of more than 99% sea and less than 1% of land. The country is made up of 26 natural ring-like atolls. Each atoll is made of a coral reef encircling a lagoon, with deep channels dividing the reef ring. A string of islands take their places among this atoll ring; each island has its own reef encircling the island lagoon. The reefs of the islands, alive with countless types of underwater creatures and vibrant corals, protect the islands from wind and wave action of the surrounding vast oceans.

Continent: Asia (South Aisa)
Capital Island: Male’
Total Islands: 1,190
Inhabited Islands: 187
Resort islands: 106
Population: Approx. 350,000
Time: GMT+5hrs
Industries: Tourism and Fishing
Currency: Rufiyaa (USD 1 = MRF 15.42)
Electricity: 240 AC
Official Language: Dhivehi
Working Hours: 8 am - 3 pm, Sun - Thurs

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Because they straddle the equator, the Maldives are obviously tropical, with temperatures around 75-91°F year round.  Maldives has two distinct seasons: dry season (northeast monsoon) and wet season (southwest monsoon). The dry season extends from January to March/April. The wet season is from May to November. We are going in the dry season.

 

THE HONORS LEGACY

The Honors Legacy was designed and built in the Maldives. This stunning luxury yacht is in a class of its own. Its beautiful design and special attention to detail ensures quality and luxurious comfort for all of our guests. M/Y Honors Legacy 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.

Type: Motor Yacht (M/Y) • Year Built: 2012 • Length: 110 feet /33.53 meters • Beam: 30 feet/9.23 meters • Cruising speed: 12 knots • Number of passengers: 18

ACCOMMODATION: Total 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.

NUMBER OF CREW: Total 13 Crew onboard, including Captain, Engineer, Cruise Director, Chef and Spa Therapists.

NUMBER OF TENDERS: 2 (Dive boat 55 feet and a fiberglass dingy 18 feet with 50 HP outboard engine)

FACILITIES: Spacious 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.

SUPERIOR CABINS (7 Rooms 12sqm each)
All of the Superior Cabins are situated on the accommodation deck on the yacht and all of these rooms are air-conditioned with modern and comfy interiors and fittings, en-suite bathrooms with fresh hot and cold waters, mini bar, safe and Full HD TVs.

OCEAN VIEW SUITES (2 Suites 20sqm each)
Both Ocean View Suites are located on the bridge deck. Apart from the view of the ocean direct from the room and bath room the suites comes with a bathtub and they are also furnished with modern and comfy interiors and fittings, mini bar, safe and Full HD TVs.

THE DIVING

The Maldives is one of the world’s richest coral reef areas. Over a thousand species of fish and other underwater creatures inhabit the Maldivian waters. The monsoon tides of the Indian Ocean create a collection of small marine creatures as well as microscopic plant cells. This in turn creates a hub for all kinds of underwater species who gather in these waters lured by the abundance of food. In the Maldives you will get to see everything.

Dives in the Maldives usually take place along a faru (reef), a thila or giri, on a kandu (channel) a deep chasm where the atoll meets the ocean, or on a wreck. Thila and giri are Dhivehi words for pinnacle, a reef rising up from the floor of the atoll between 120 feet at the bottom up to between 3 feet at the top. If the top of the pinnacle is deeper than 12 feet, it is called a thila. If it’s shallower, then it is known as a giri.

Diving is all conducted via a dohny or dhoni (a traditional Maldivian fishing vessel) that travels alongside the mother ship.

DEPTH: From shallow reefs to deep walls

VISIBILITY: Ranges from 65 feet to well beyond – most of the time it is very, very good. Keep in mind that if you do get soupy visibility, it's usually a good thing. There aren't any rivers to muddy the water, so it's usually plankton clouding the water, which can bring in the whale sharks. 

CURRENTS: Range from slow to ripping. They can be especially strong in the atoll passes, but this is what brings in the big stuff

WATER TEMPERATURE: Water temperatures range from 80-86°F year-round

DIVE SEASON: The diving is good all year long, but the southwest monsoon brings significant rain between April and October, especially June to August.  

SKILL LEVEL: There’s something for every diver here, from beginner to intermediate to seasoned veteran.

FEATURED CREATURES: You’ll find just about everything here, from the tiniest macro life to pelagics. The Maldives is known for its long list of thrilling big animal sightings: manta rays, eagle rays, reef sharks, moray eels, even hammerhead sharks. Chances are good you will encounter the world’s largest fish: the whale shark. Whale sharks have been a protected species since the 1990s.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

DAY 1
Dive 1: Check out dive • Dive 2: Kan thila • Dive 3: Fesdhu Lagoon (night) • Sleep at Fesdhu

DAY 2
Dive 1: Fesdhu Wreck • Dive 2: Hafsa thila • Dive 3: Kaalhibeyru thila • Dive 4: Maaya thila (night dive) • Sleep at Maaya

DAY 3
Dive 1: Maay thila • Dive 2: Fish Head • Dive 3: Lhamiyaru Gaa • Dive 4: Rahdhigaa house reef • BBQ on Rahdhigaa uninhabited island • Sleep at Rahdhigaa

DAY 4
Dive 1: Rahdhigaa Thila • Dive 2: Penetone • Dive 3: Rangali Manta Point • Dive 4: Rangali Manta Point • Sleep at Rangali

DAY 5
Whale shark search all day (snorkeling+scuba) • Sleep at maamigili

DAY 6
Dive 1: Kudarah Thila • Dive 2: Broken Rock • Dive 3: Kudimaa Wreck • Night crossing to Vaavu, approximately 3+ hrs • Sleep at Vaavu atoll Alimathaa

DAY 7
Dive 1: Kunavashi Kandu - channel dive • Dive 2: Golden Wall • Dive 3: Alimatha night dive (nurse sharks)

DAY 8
Dive 1: Miyaru Kandu - channel dive • Dive 2: Dhevan Kandu - channel dive • 3hr crossing from Vaavu Atoll to North Male after second dive • Dive 3: Villivaru giri • Island visit • Sleep at Guraadhoo

DAY 9
Dive 1: Guraidhoo corner • Dive 2 (last dive): Kandooma thila • 2hr crossing from North Male to South Male • Free afternoon aboard ship or go ashore to explore

DAY 10
Disembark 9am, transfer to day hotel. Spend the day. Transfer to airport at 8pm

 

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

**PLEASE NOTE** The dive sites below are just an example of the route taken and are not guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and local seasonal knowledge and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides.

RASDHOO MADIVARU - RASHDOO
Rasdhoo Madivaru Corner is located in the corner of the channel into the atoll. Madivaru has its fame amongst seasoned divers of the Maldives. It has one of the most spectacular reef formations found in Ari Atoll. Hammerhead sharks emerge in big numbers just before sunrise swimming in large groups. Dolphins, dog tooth tunas along with schools of black snapper are seen at the reef edge during the early hours. Divers get an opportunity to view white tip reef sharks, pelagics, trevallys, little tunas, jacks, ribbon eels, fish leaves tunas, napoleon wrasse and barracudas. Experience the thrilling scuba diving adventure amongst fine coral formations with highest underwater visibility.

GURAIDHOO KANDU - SOUTH MALE
Since the eastern side of the channel is open ocean, large predatory fish can regularly be spotted here. This site is famous for sightings of sharks, schools of eagle rays and the occasional sail fish. The best condition to do the dive is when the current is flowing into the atoll. The dive begins on the outer reef following the current into the atoll. Most of the pelagic species can be observed on the eastern side, where the reef drops off into the deep ocean. At the end of the dive in the channel, along the reef you can find overhangs with plenty of soft coral growth and small fish.

FISH HEAD - NORTH ARI
Fish Head also known as Shark Point or Mushimasmingili Thila, fits the classic definition of a thila – a large isolated flat top reef rising sharply from the inner atoll floor at 40 to 50m to around 10m from the surface. It is one of the best sites for seeing sharks. Featuring a series of caves and overhangs in between where you can see thousands of blueline snapper against a backdrop of black coral bushes and large gorgonians.

FOTTEYO KANDUL - VAAVU ATOLL
Considered by many as one of the best dive sites in the Maldives, the atoll offers pristine reefs on the eastern side and thrilling shark dives – look out for hammerheads and grey reef sharks. A more challenging dive site which is not really advised for novice divers. Reef hooks recommended.

MALUKU KANDU - MEEMU ATOLL
The north east is peppered with submerged pinnacles covered predominantly in soft corals, while the west will see you surrounded by jacks and snappers. Keep an eye open for sharks and rays at 30m!

PACKAGE INCLUDES

10 days / 9 nights aboard the Honors Legacy
9 days diving
3 dives per day + 3 night dives
Tanks • Weights/belt • Towels
Buffet breakfast, lunch & dinner
Snacks • Tea and coffee • Island BBQ
Hotel room on day of departure (Double Occ)
Group airport and resort transfers
Government goods & services tax • Parties & Surprises!

Private Transfers not included
Gratuities not included 

SUPERIOR CABIN PACKAGE (DOUBLE OCC) COST $3,295
OCEAN VIEW SUITE PACKAGE (DOUBLE OCC) COST $3,950

Available on a first-come first-serve basis

EASY PAY PLAN
With Reservation $1,000
July 1, 2017 $500
August 1, 2017 $500
September 1, 2017 $500
October 15, 2017 Balance

Prices subject to change

AIRFARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

PACKAGE EXCLUDES
International flights • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks • Equipment Rentals • Departure Tax (if applicable)
Travel insurance (recommended) • Dive insurance (required) • Crew gratuities • Massages and on board spa treatments • On-board Wi-Fi (USD 25 per person) 

We require DAN or equivalent dive accident and evacuation insurance and strongly recommend dive trip/travel and equipment insurance.
There are no refunds for lost days of diving due to weather or equipment issues.


SAMPLE FLIGHT ITINERARY AS OF AUGUST 1, 2017
COST $1250 ROUNDTRIP WITH OPTIONAL LAYOVER IN DUBAI