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MV Orion - Liveaboard


Built in September 2009 in the North of the Maldives, the luxurious MV Orion Liveaboard is a 135ft Diving Safari boat situated in the clear waters of the Maldives. Departures are from Male and itineraries cover many areas including Baa Atoll, North Ari Atoll, South Ari Atoll, North and South Male Atolls and Rasdhoo Atoll to mention only a few. Diving the Maldives at its very best.

Remarkably 8 of the 17 member crew were actually part of the team that built Orion Liveaboard, resulting in continuous maintenance, making MV Orion the most reliable diving vessel in structure and mechanics to sail the waters of the Maldives today.

With 4 Dive Guides, MV Orion has more guides than any other boat in the Maldives, allowing for smaller groups that are split based on experience, to maximize the experience for all. The MV Orion cabins resemble luxury 5 star hotel rooms with 4 x Twin Room - en-suite shower, 4 x Double Bed Rooms - en-suite shower, 1 x Junior Suite, Queen Bed, with extra day bed and bathtub, 3 x Twin Room - en-suite shower and 1 x Master Suite, bath tub, private external area, private 2 person Jacuzzi outside.

On board you will find an External Bar, Main Jacuzzi, Massage Room Hotel Style Reception area with Library, Kitchen, 2 x Public Toilet and Buffet and Dining Area. The pictures of the MV Oprion say it all and this is setting even higher standards than ever seen before when diving in the Maldives.

MV Orion runs trips every week from August - May.

Trips start in Male and usually last for 8 Days 7 Nights, however there are occasionally special longer trips, so please check with us at [email protected]
MV Orion does not follow a fixed route or itinerary, as the Cruise Director and Dive Guides will change the route to best fit the prevailing weather conditions, to maximize your diving experience.

Routes: The areas covered at different times of year and the highlights of those areas are listed below:
August - October:

  • Baa Atoll, Hanifaru Bay Manta Feeding Frenzy
  • Rasdhoo Atoll, Hammerhead Dive, Beautiful Reef with Pelagics
  • North Ari Atoll, Whalesharks, Grey Reef Sharks, Maaya Thila Night Dive
  • South Male Atoll, Grey Reef Sharks, Beautiful Macro Wreck
  • North Male Atoll, Paradise Manta Point Cleaning Station

November - May:

  • Rasdhoo Atoll, Hammerhead Dive, Beautiful Reef with Pelagics
  • North Ari Atoll, Grey Reef Sharks, Maaya Thila Night Dive, Multiple Manta Cleaning Stations
  • South Ari Atoll, Whalesharks, Beautiful Pinnacles
  • South Male Atoll, Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Beautiful Macro Wreck
  • Vaavu Atoll, Grey Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Other Pelagics, Traditional Maldivian Channel Diving
  • North Male Atoll, Beautiful Pinnacles

Itinerary - Best of Maldives / Season - November to May
Day 1: Airport Pick Up, Transfer to Boat, Introductions and Briefings, Equipment Preparation and Set Up. No Diving Check in from 14:00
Day 2: Dive North Male Atoll, cross to Rasdhoo
Day 3: Dive Rasdhoo & North Ari Atoll for Grey Reef Sharks & Hammerhead Sharks
Day 4: North Ari Atoll, Mantas & Famous Maaya Thila Night Dive
Day 5: South Ari Atoll for Mantas & Whalesharks
Day 6: South Ari & Male Atolls for Sharls & Pelagic action - PM Desert Island Dinner
Day 7: South Male Atoll - Male City Tour
Day 8: Check out 8:00am
Itinerary - Manta Madness / Season August to October
Day 1: Airport Pick Up, Transfer to Boat, Introductions and Briefings, Equipment Preparation and Set Up. No Diving Check in from 14:00
Day 2: Dive North Male Atoll, cross to Baa Atoll
Day 3: Dive Baa Atoll Hanifaru Bay area
Day 4: Dive Baa Atoll Hanifaru Bay area cross to Rasdhoo
Day 5: Dive Rasdhoo & North Ari Atoll
Day 6: North Ari Atoll, Mantas & Famous Maaya Thila Night Dive
Day 7: Dive North Male Atoll Manta Point - Male City Tour
Day 8: Check out 8:00am
Itinerary - Surfs Up Maldives - Full Charter Only / Season - April to October
  Choose between the world famous breaks of North & South Male Atolls. For additional fees we can bespoke trips to the Southern Atolls of Meemu, Thaa, Lammu and Gaafu Dhaalu for world class surfing without the crowds.
MV Orion Liveaboard - Maldives - Prices
Destination: Best of Maldives
Manta Madness
Surfs up Maldives (charter only)
High Season Rates: August 2011, October 2011 & December through to April 2012
Executive Suite $445 USD per person per night
Junior Suite $420 USD per person per night
Upper Deck Mini Suite $385 USD per person per night
Standard Room $350 USD per person per night

Low Season Rates: September 2011, November 2011 & May 2012
Executive Suite $338 USD per person per night
Junior Suite $312 USD per person per night
Upper Deck Mini Suite $286 USD per person per night
Standard Room $260 USD per person per night

Special Offer Group Conditions: 10 Pay - 1 Free / 16 Pay - 2 Free / 18 Pay - 4 Free

MV Orion Maldives On Board Course Price

  • EANX Nitrox, Includes materials $100 USD
  • Advanced Open Water $350 USD
  • Discover Scuba Diving $89 USD
  • Specialty Courses: Deep Diver $280 USD
  • Night Diver $180 USD
  • Open Water Diver (4 dives with Instructor) $380 USD

MV Orion Maldives Rental Equipment (USD per day)

  • Full Set- $45
  • BCD item $15
  • Regulator with octopus and gauges $20
  • Wetsuit 1.5mm $10
  • Mask/Snorkel $5
  • Torch $20
  • Fins + booties $5
 

7 Days Package Includes:

3 meals per day and snacks
Unlimited drinking water, tea & coffee
17 dives per week in total (2-3 dives per day, no diving on the first day)
Tanks, weights & Nitrox
Dive Guide services
All transfers
Bed Tax
GST 3.5% government tax on accommodation
1 BBQ night on uninhabited island (weather permitted)
Male City tour with local guide

Price does not include:

Dive gear hire
Alcohol or soda
SPA treatments
GST 3.5% tax on extras

Guests are strongly advised to have valid dive medical, travel and cancellation insurances

MV Orion Liveaboard Diving Schedule 2013-2014

Oct 2013

Departs Return Nights Route
06 Oct 13 Oct 7 Best of Maldives
13 Oct 20 Oct 7 Best of Maldives
20 Oct 27 Oct 7 Best of Maldives
27 Oct 03 Nov 7 Best of Maldives

November 2013
Departs Return Nights Route
03 Nov 10 Nov 7 Best of Maldives
10 Nov 17 Nov 7 Best of Maldives
17 Nov 24 Nov 7 Best of Maldives
24 Nov 01 May 7 Best of Maldives

December 2013
Departs Return Nights Route
01 Dec 08 Dec 7 Best of Maldives
08 Dec 15 Dec 7 Best of Maldives
15 Dec 22 Dec 7 Best of Maldives
22 Dec 29 Dec 7 Best of Maldives
29 Dec 05 Jan 7 Best of Maldives

January 2014
Departs Return Nights Route
05 Jan 12 Jan 7 Best of Maldives
12 Jan 19 Jan 7 South Central 7 Atolls
19 Jan 28 Jan 9 Deep South, Southern Sharks
28 Jan 05 Feb 9 Deep South, Southern Sharks

February 2014
Departs Return Nights Route
06 Feb 15 Feb 9 South Central 7 Atolls
15 Feb 24 Feb 9 Deep South, Southern Sharks
24 Feb 05 Mar 9 Deep South, Southern Sharks

March 2014
Departs Return Nights Route
05 Mar 14 Mar 9 South Central 7 Atolls
14 Mar 23 Mar 9 Deep South, Southern Sharks
23 Mar 30 Mar 7 Deep South, Southern Sharks
30 Mar 06 Apr 7 South Central 7 Atolls

April 2014
Departs Return Nights Route
06 Apr 13 Apr 7 South Central 7 Atolls
13 Apr 20 Apr 7 South Central 7 Atolls
20 Apr 27 Apr 7 Best of Maldives
27 Apr 04 May 7 Best of Maldives

May 2014
Departs Return Nights Route
04 May 11 May 7 Best of Maldives
11 May 18 May 7 Best of Maldives
18 May 25 May 7 Best of Maldives
25 May 01 Jun 7 Best of Maldives

July/Aug 2014
Departs Return Nights Route
27 Jul 03 Aug 7 Manta Madness Maldives
03 Aug 10 Aug 7 Pelagic Magic Maldives
10 Aug 17 Aug 7 Pelagic Magic Maldives
17 Aug 24 Aug 7 Manta Madness Maldives
24 Aug 31 Aug 7 Manta Madness Maldives

September 2014
Departs Return Nights Route
31 Aug 07 Sep 7 Pelagic Magic Maldives
07 Sep 14 Sep 7 Pelagic Magic Maldives
14 Sep 21 Sep 7 Pelagic Magic Maldives
21 Sep 28 Sep 7 Manta Madness Maldives
28 Sep 05 Oct 7 Pelagic Magic Maldives

October 2014
Departs Return Nights Route
05 Oct 12 Oct 7 Best of Maldives
12 Oct 19 Oct 7 Best of Maldives
19 Oct 26 Oct 7 Best of Maldives
26 Oct 02 Nov 7 Best of Maldives

November 2014
Departs Return Nights Route
09 Nov 16 Nov 7 Best of Maldives
16 Nov 23 Nov 7 Best of Maldives
23 Nov 30 Nov 7 Best of Maldives
30 Nov 07 Dec 7 Best of Maldives

December 2014
Departs Return Nights Route
07 Dec 14 Dec 7 Best of Maldives
14 Dec 21 Dec 7 Best of Maldives
21 Dec 28 Dec 7 Best of Maldives
28 Dec 04 Jan 15 7 Best of Maldives



Technical Details
Construction Year: 2009
Length: 133 feet/39m
Width: 33fet/12m
Cruising Speed: 14 knots
Nautical Equipment: Radar, GPS, Depth Finder
Water Supply: desalination plant 2 x 0.83 Tons/Hour
Power: 600HP Volvo engine
Dhingy: 25HP
Extra Diving boat (Dhoni): 55 feet

Language spoken on Board: English

Features:

  • Jacuzzi
  • Recliners
  • Onboard bar

Emergency Equipment: First aid kit, medical oxygen, fire extinguishers, life vests

Additional Information: Equipped with satellite phone
Equipped with Internet
Electricity: Type G / 3 Prong plugs, including 220V and 110V
Maximum capacity - Guests: 22
Crew:  Diving Crew 3 -4, Boat crew 13


Boat Layout



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