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We are proud to work with Tony Backhurt’s to bring you some wonderful options in the Maldives.
The Maldives are made up of a series of atolls and islands which, barely scraping above sea level, give access to year round sun shine, white sandy beaches and tropical diving that will blow you away. The relaxed atmosphere of atoll life mean you can give in to the temptations of great diving and good living. Here the emphasis is on enjoying a fast drift dive or watching great manta as they come in to be cleaned. Whalesharks also frequent the area and grey reef shark sightings are common whatever the season. Fish school in breathtaking numbers on the edge of the drop off. Maldivian diving will not disappoint.
Need a regional departure? Fancy a stop over in Dubai? We can find the right flight combination for every trip. All flights arrive in Male, from which your final destination is only a short transfer by boat or seaplane to Kuredu and Komandoo. You can also mix and match liveaboard with shorebased options to get the right balance between world class diving and time spent enjoying the sun and beach. With so much on offer, the only problem with the Maldives is that at some point, you have to come home!
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 in the area 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.
At a massive 39 metres in length, Orion is a liveaboard that delivers hotel standards across the board. With a friendly concierge to hand 24 hours, 2 jacuzzis and even a massage room, your every creature comfort has been thought out. There are 12 cabins with a choice of twin beds or queen size doubles. There is even a master stateroom that not only has extra space but also it's own private deck area and jacuzzi. Each cabin also has its own plasma screen and DVD! The large sundeck is a perfect place to relax between dives and at the end of the day you can pull up a chair at one of the 2 bars on board and chat over the day's diving delights with fellow divers.
Orion will take you to all the classic reefs as well as some well kept secrets. The Indian Ocean is blue and always inviting at a warm 27 degrees. The dive sites mix up adrenalin pumping drift dives with gentler reef explorations so there is something for everyone to enjoy. Manta are the big highlight and frequent the waters flowing between the atolls. Whale sharks too are not uncommon in the area so keep your eyes peeled. These gentle giants share the waves with grey reef sharks, huge schools of snapper, barracuda and travallies. No 2 dives are ever the same in the Maldives and with Orion you are always in the safe hands of the experts.
Photographs courtesy of Tony Backhurst