DIVING | SURFING | LIVEABOARD

MV Orion

MV Orion is the culmination of many years experience diving in the Maldives and has been designed with the diver in mind. The guides and crews are experts at diving the Maldives with literally thousands of dives between them. Together, the team will leave no stone unturned to ensure you have an itinerary filled with the awe inspiring encounters that makes the Maldives so famous. And at a massive 39 metres in length, Orion is a liveaboard that delivers hotel standards across the board. What more could you want for your dream Maldives diving holiday?


THE CRUISE

There are 12 cabins in total and all are some of the largest cabins you will find on a liveaboard anywhere. There are 4 twin cabins which can also be set up as double beds. There are a further 4 double only cabins on the lower deck. Up on the sun deck level are the mini suites - these are the same as the lower deck cabins in terms of size but have the added sea view. There are not 1 but two suites as well for the ultimate on board upgrade. The Junior cabin is below decks and with the full width of the boat to enjoy, there is plenty of space, a king sized bed and bath. The executive suite is on the upper deck with it's own private jacuzzi , king bad and bath. All of the cabins have air con, a plasma TV and spacious en suite bathrooms with some of the best showers you will experience!

All diving takes place from the large tender dhoni that follows Orion. One of the big advantages of dhoni diving is that your liveaboard is pure living space. Orion is fitted out with a vast dining room with bar nd TV - ideal for mealtimes and briefings. On the upper deck you will find the jacuzzi and even a massage room (paid locally subject to availability) and the main bar. Pull up a chair at the end of the day and chat over the day's diving delights with fellow divers. And of course, if you want to work on your tan during the day, there is massive and wide fly deck where you can soak up the rays and sail through the gorgeous atolls of the Maldives.

Accommodation
Cabins: 12
Guests: 24
Ensuite Cabins: Yes
Individual A/C: Yes
Mini bar: No

Diving
Guides: 2
Tenders: 1
Compressors: 2
Nitrox: Yes
Rebreather Friendly: Yes
Charging Stations: Yes

Technical
Length: 39m
Breadth: 10m
Engines: 1 x 600HP
Generators: 3
Construction Material: Wood
Built Refit: 2009
Desalaination: 2000l / day

Camera Facilities
Charging stations (UK plugs) and 2 large rinse tanks on board the dive tender dhoni. Space onboard main boat for camera set up.

ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES

There are 12 guest rooms, each finished with the ambience of a Maldivian Resort. Every room comprises of double/twin beds, as well as beautifully tiled bathrooms. All 12 rooms have en suite toilet and shower facilities, with 2 of the 12 rooms having the added luxury of bathtubs. At the front of the Upper Deck is a magnificent Executive Suite, which comes with its own private external section, complete with private open air Jacuzzi.

Deck Formations:
Lower Deck:
1 Junior Suite (1 King Size Bed and 1 Single Bed), 3 Double Rooms (1 Queen Size Bed), 4 Twin/DBL Rooms (2 Single Beds or 1 Queen Size Bed).

Main Deck:
Reception Counter, 1 Bar, Dining Area, Wheelhouse, 2 Public Toilets.

Upper Deck:
1 Poolside Bar, 1 Large Jacuzzi, 1 Spa/Massage Room, 1 Public Toilet, 3 Twin/DBL Upper Deck Mini Suit Rooms, 1 Executive Suite with private deck area and open air Jacuzzi.

Sun Deck:
Numerous Sun Loungers.

The MV Orion itself is 135 feet in length and is powered by a 600HP Volvo engine.
There are 11 guest rooms, each finished with the luxury and ambience of a Maldivian Luxury Resort. Every room comprises of double/twin beds, a mini-bar, Plasma TV, Electronic Combination Safe, as well as beautifully tiled bathrooms. All of the rooms have en suite toilet and shower facilities.
One room on each deck is reserved for dive guides.

Internet Facilities
WiFi internet is available onboard, though the availability and signal strength depends on the area. Internet may be not available at some places while cruising.
Up to 1.5 GB is USD 20 per week. If you exceed the traffic you may pay extra to continue using the service. Please, ask barmen for details while onboard. Please, note, we do not provide laptops/computers/other devices to use internet onboard, you should have your own computer to use internet facility.

Dive Insurance
You may purchase your short-term dive insurance with us before arrival or onboard MV Orion. Please, contact us for more details.

DIVE BOAT

All scuba diving is done from our 45' diving dhoni. The dhoni is a traditional Maldivian boat and is the main means of transport in this island nation. For scuba diving the dhoni is more maneuverable and allows our experienced crew to take you to the most remote and beautiful reefs in the Maldives. While you are diving, the dhoni will remain close by and the crew will be ready to pick you up when you surface.

Our diving Dhoni carries all your dive gear, Oxygen kits, 30 scuba tanks, NITROX and three compressors. Fully equipped 65ft Diving Dhoani complete with Oxygen Kits, 2 x Bauer Compressors, 44 Tanks.

Dhoani Crew: 3
Diving Guides:3 (1 Italian, 1 Russian Speaking Bulgarian, 1 Maldivian)

ROUTES

ORION Routes:

Best of Maldives
Season: October – May
Day 1 – Pick up and Check In from 13 PM, Male Airport
Day 2 – Dive North Male Atoll, Cross to Rasdhoo
Day 3 – Dive Rasdhoo & North Ari Atoll (Grey Reef Sharks and Hammerhead Sharks)
Day 4 – North Ari Atoll (Mantas and Famous Maaya Thila Night Dive)
Day 5 – South Ari Atoll (Mantas & Whalesharks)
Day 6 – South Ari & Male Atolls (Sharks and Pelagic Action), Desert Island Dinner
Day 7 – South Male Atoll (Pelagic Action), Male City Tour
Day 8 – Check out 7&9am, Male Airport

Manta Madness
Season: August – October
Day 1 – Pick up and Check In from 13 PM, Male Airport
Day 2 – Dive North Male Atoll Cross to Baa Atoll
Day 3 – Baa Atoll Hanifaru Bay Area
Day 4 – Baa Atoll Hanifaru Bay Area, Cross to Rasdhoo
Day 5 – Dive Rasdhoo & North Ari Atoll (Grey Reef Sharks and Hammerhead Sharks)
Day 6 – North Ari Atoll (Mantas and Famous Maaya Thila Night Dive)
Day 7 – North Male Atoll Manta Point, Male City Tour
Day 8 – Check out 7&9am, Male Airport

Deep South
Season: February-March
Area Toured: Huvadhoo


Day 1 - Meet and Greet Kahdheedhoo Airport, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll
Day 2 - Dive Thinadhoo Area, Dhevadhoo Area, Villingilli Area
Anchor Whaleshark spot
Day 3 - Vilingilli Kandu Area
Day 4 - Nilandhoo Kandu Area
Night Dive Hyatt Reef
Day 5 - Mareehaa Kandu Area
Day 6 - Gazeera Thila, Vaadhoo Corner, Vaadhoo Thila
Day 7- Mareehaa Kandu Area
Day 8 - Kondey Kandu Area
Day 9 - Mareehaa Kandu Area
Cross to Kahdheedhoo
Day 10 - Depart from Kahdheedhoo Airport, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll

South Central
Season: January – April
Area Toured: Male, Vaavu, Meemu, Thaa, Laamu


Day 1 - Meet and Greet Male/Kadhdhoo Airport
Day 2 – Dive North and South Male Area
Day 3 – Dive Vaavu Atoll. Beautiful Corals
Day 4 – Dive Vaavu Atoll. Channels with action dives and Night Dive with nurse sharks
Day 5 – Dive Meemu Atoll
Day 6 – Dive Thaa Atoll
Day 7 – Dive Laamu Atoll
Day 8 – Check out at 7&9 am

7 days package onboard Orion includes:
- 3 meals per day, afternoon snacks
- unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee
- 17 dives per week in total (2-3 dives per day but no diving on the first day of the trip)
- tanks, weights, Nitrox
- dive guides service
- all transfers
- bed tax
- GST 8% from January 2013
- 1 BBQ night on an uninhabited island (if the weather and route conditions allow)
- Male city tour with local guide (upon request)

Price does not include:
- Dive gear
- Alcohol, soda
- SPA treatments
- GST 8% from January 2013
- other services that are not listed here or above and might be requested by the guest.

Diving Equipment Rentals (USD per Day), price does not include GST 8% from January 2013.
Full Set (regulator, octopus, BCD, wetsuit, mask, fins, SMB) USD 45
Full Set including computer USD 50
Regulator with octopus USD 20
Computer USD 15
BCD USD 15
Wetsuit 1.5mm USD 10
Mask USD 5
Fins USD 5
Torch USD 15
15 lt. tank USD 15
*NOTE: All divers must carry Surface Marker Buoy (SMB), and Dive Computer on every dive

SDI/TDI Dive Courses Price List in US Dollars, includes certification cost, does not include GST 8% after January 2013
Discover Scuba Diving USD 89
Open Water Diver Referral USD 300
Advanced open Water Diver USD 350
Nitrox Course USD 125
Night Dive Specialty USD 250
Deep Dive Specialty USD 250
Dive in the current USD 250
Perfect buoyancy USD 180
Underwater photography USD 200
Side mount course UDS 350

PRICES / ITINERARY

Schedule Availability

September 2013 (price inclusive of fuel surcharge and 8% GST)
DatesNtsItineraryRate P.NTotal P.PFree Beds
22 Sep - 29 Sep 2013 07 Pelagic Magic - start in Male, end in Male, SPECIAL SUMMER OFFER 250 USD 1750 USD 01 pax

October 2013 (price inclusive of fuel surcharge and 8% GST)
DatesNtsItineraryRate P.NTotal P.PFree Beds
06 Oct - 13 Oct 2013 07 Pelagic Magic - start and end in Male 313 USD 2191 USD 03 pax
20 Oct - 27 Oct 2013 07 Best of Maldives - start in Male, end in Male  313 USD 2191 USD 03 pax

November 2013 (price inclusive of fuel surcharge and 8% GST)
DatesNtsItineraryRate P.NTotal P.PFree Beds
03 Nov - 10 Nov 2013 07 Best of Maldives - NEW MOON 11/3/2013 350 USD 2450 USD 10 pax
10 Nov - 17 Nov 2013 07 Best of Maldives - start in Male, end in Male - FULL MOON 11/17/2013  313 USD 2191 USD 04 pax
17 Nov - 24 Nov 2013 07 Best of Maldives - start in Male, end in Male - FULL MOON 11/17/2013  313 USD 2191 USD 13 pax
24 Nov - 01 Dec 2013 07 Best of Maldives - start in Male, end in Male  313 USD 2191 USD 15 pax

December 2013 (price inclusive of fuel surcharge and 8% GST)
DatesNtsItineraryRate P.NTotal P.PFree Beds
08 Dec - 15 Dec 2013 07 Best of Maldives - start in Male, end in Male  288 USD 2016 USD 15 pax
15 Dec - 22 Dec 2013 07 Best of Maldives - start in Male, end in Male - FULL MOON 12/17/2013 288 USD 2016 USD 12 pax
22 Dec - 29 Dec 2013 07 Best of Maldives - start in Male, end in Male 350 USD 2450 USD 08 pax

January 2014 (price inclusive of fuel surcharge and 8% GST)
DatesNtsItineraryRate P.NTotal P.PFree Beds
05 Jan - 12 Jan 2014 07 Best of Maldives - start/end in Male  288 USD 2016 USD 12 pax
19 Jan - 28 Jan 2014 09 Deep South, Southern Sharks - start in Kadhdhoo Laamu, end in Koodoo, Huvadhoo Atoll  288 USD 2592 USD 05 pax

February 2014 (price inclusive of fuel surcharge and 8% GST)
DatesNtsItineraryRate P.NTotal P.PFree Beds
06 Feb - 15 Feb 2014 09 South Central - start in Kadhdhoo in Laamu atoll, end in Male. FULL MOON 2/14/2014  313 USD 2817 USD 16 pax
15 Feb - 24 Feb 2014 09 Deep South, Southern Sharks - start in Male, end in Koodoo, Huvadhoo Atoll  313 USD 2817 USD 10 pax
24 Feb - 05 Mar 2014 09 Deep South, Southern Sharks - start in Koodoo, Huvadhoo, end in Kadhdhoo, Laamu Atoll  313 USD 2817 USD 20 pax

March 2014 (price inclusive of fuel surcharge and 8% GST)
DatesNtsItineraryRate P.NTotal P.PFree Beds
05 Mar - 14 Mar 2014 09 Deep South, Southern Sharks. start in Kadhdhoo, Laamu Atoll, end Male  350 USD 3150 USD 20 pax
14 Mar - 23 Mar 2014 09 Deep South, Southern Sharks. start Male, end in Koodoo, Huvadhoo atoll. FULL MOON 3/16/2014  313 USD 2817 USD 11 pax
23 Mar - 30 Mar 2014 07 Deep South Southern Sharks. start in Koodoo, Huvadhoo, end in Kadhdhoo, Laamu atoll.  313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax
30 Mar - 06 Apr 2014 07 South Central. start in Kadhdhoo, Laamu atoll, end in Male.  313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax

April 2014 (price inclusive of fuel surcharge and 8% GST)
DatesNtsItineraryRate P.NTotal P.PFree Beds
06 Apr - 13 Apr 2014 07 South Central, start in Male, end in Kadhdhoo Laamu. 313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax
13 Apr - 20 Apr 2014 07 South central, start in Kadhdhoo Laamu, end in Male. FULL MOON 4/15/2014  313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax
20 Apr - 27 Apr 2014 07 Best of Maldives. start in Male, end in Male.  313 USD 2191 USD 16 pax
27 Apr - 04 May 2014 07 Best of Maldives. start in Male, end in Male.  313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax

May 2014 (price inclusive of fuel surcharge and 8% GST)
DatesNtsItineraryRate P.NTotal P.PFree Beds
04 May - 11 May 2014 07 Best of Maldives. start in Male, end in Male.  313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax
11 May - 18 May 2014 07 Best of Maldives. start in Male, end in Male. FULL MOON 5/14/2014  313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax
18 May - 25 May 2014 07 Best of Maldives. start in Male, end in Male.  313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax
25 May - 01 June 2014 07 Best of Maldives. start in Male, end in Male.  313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax

July 2014 (price inclusive of fuel surcharge and 8% GST)
DatesNtsItineraryRate P.NTotal P.PFree Beds
27 Jul - 03 Aug 2014 07 Manta Madness  288 USD 2016 USD 20 pax

August 2014 (price inclusive of fuel surcharge and 8% GST)
DatesNtsItineraryRate P.NTotal P.PFree Beds
03 Aug - 10 Aug 2014 07 Pelagic Magic  288 USD 2016 USD 20 pax
10 Aug - 17 Aug 2014 07 Pelagic Magic  288 USD 2016 USD 20 pax
17 Aug - 24 Aug 2014 07 Manta Madness 288 USD 2016 USD 20 pax
24 Aug - 31 Aug 2014 07 Manta Madness 288 USD 2016 USD 20 pax
31 Aug - 07 Sep 2014 07 Pelagic Magic 288 USD 2016 USD 20 pax

September 2014 (price inclusive of fuel surcharge and 8% GST)
DatesNtsItineraryRate P.NTotal P.PFree Beds
07 Sep - 14 Sep 2014 07 Pelagic Magic 288 USD 2016 USD 20 pax
14 Sep - 21 Sep 2014 07 Pelagic Magic 288 USD 2016 USD 20 pax
21 Sep - 28 Sep 2014 07 Manta Madness 288 USD 2016 USD 20 pax

October 2014 (price inclusive of fuel surcharge and 8% GST)
DatesNtsItineraryRate P.NTotal P.PFree Beds
05 Oct - 12 Oct 2014 07 Best of Maldives 313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax
12 Oct - 19 Oct 2014 07 Best of Maldives 313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax
19 Oct - 26 Oct 2014 07 Best of Maldives 313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax
26 Oct - 02 Nov 2014 07 Best of Maldives 313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax

November 2014 (price inclusive of fuel surcharge and 8% GST)
DatesNtsItineraryRate P.NTotal P.PFree Beds
02 Nov - 09 Nov 2014 07 Best of Maldives 313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax
09 Nov - 16 Nov 2014 07 Best of Maldives 313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax
16 Nov - 23 Nov 2014 07 Best of Maldives 313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax
23 Nov - 30 Nov 2014 07 Best of Maldives 313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax
30 Nov - 07 Nov 2014 07 Best of Maldives 313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax

December 2014 (price inclusive of fuel surcharge and 8% GST)
DatesNtsItineraryRate P.NTotal P.PFree Beds
07 Dec - 14 Dec 2014 07 Best of Maldives 313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax
14 Dec - 21 Dec 2014 07 Best of Maldives 313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax
21 Dec - 28 Dec 2014 07 Best of Maldives 313 USD 2191 USD 20 pax


Last updated on 09 September 2013

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