MV Orion runs trips every week from August through May. To check the schedule and up-to-date availability, please follow this link:
Trips start in Male and usually last for 8 days, 7 nights.
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.
The areas covered at different times of year and the highlights of those areas are listed below:
August - early October, "Manta Madness"/ "Pelagic Magic" depending on the Moon Phase:
Depending on Weather and Diving conditions the Cruise Director will decide between a) Rasdhoo and North Ari or b) Lhavyani and Gaafaru
On "Pelagic Magic" route we will concentrate attention in Ari and Male Atolls looking for Mantas and Whale Sharks.
October - January, April - May, "Best of Maldives":
February - March, "Deep South - Southern Sharks": (Recommended Min 100 Dives, Experience in Current)
January - April, "South Central": (Reccomended Min 100 Dives, Experience in Current)
Typical 7 nights cruise Itinerary
Day 1: Meeting & Greeting in the airport upon guests' arrival. Our rep Roxanne (+9607432948) wears MV Orion T-Shirt and has MV Orion sign so you can easily recognize her. Transfer to the boat at 13:00. If your flights time do not match with our transfer time, please, contact us to see what other transfer time we can arrange for you. If you need to take a domestic flight to join the boat, Roxanne will meet you and show you the way to the domestic terminal. The meeting point is near the Help Desk. You can call us from there, local phone will be provided for you.
Introductions and briefings, equipment preparation and set up. No diving
06:00 Wake up call
06:30 Briefing, coffee&tea and toasts, 1st Dive
08:30 - 09:00 Breakfast
11:00 2nd Briefing and Dive
15:00 - 15:30 3rd Briefing and Dive
17:00 Afternoon tea and snacks (normally a cake)
Day 7: Two dives, Male City tour upon request and depending on the route and weather conditions
Day 8: Check out, transfer to airport @ 0700 & 0900 hrs No diving
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