MV Emperor Explorer Maldives Liveaboard Diving Review

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Liveaboard Quick Review The MV Emperor Explorer Liveaboard is a 42m (138f) Maldives diving safari boat for up to 26 guests accommodated across 13 cabins and 13 bathrooms. This Maldives liveaboard has a customer review rating of 9.6 out of 10, is rated 'Superb', and scores 63% on the Scuba Diving Earth luxury rate.
Liveaboard Review Tips If you are looking for a superb Maldives liveaboard safari, a great choice is the MV Emperor Explorer diving liveaboard. Here's our quick 7 review tips of why you might like to book this Maldives diving liveaboard boat:
1. Customer Rating The MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard has a customer review rating of 9.6 out of 10.
2. Scuba Diving Earth Luxury Rating Summary Diver Benefits: 67%, Liveaboard Design: 56%, Cabin Luxury: 57%, Onboard Comfort: 57%, Food Luxury: 64%, Drink Luxury: 78%. This makes an average Total Lux Rating of 63% (see below under "Liveaboard Luxury Features Review" for more details).
3. Cost Per Day The MV Emperor Explorer Liveaboard costs from £227 per day ($302/€272)* .
4. Pros A quick list of the main pros of the MV Emperor Explorer Liveaboard include: aircon cabins, available for charter, caters for dietary requirements, ensuite cabins, extra flexible booking, diving courses, free nitrox, paid internet, scuba gear rental.
5. Cons A quick list of the main cons of the MV Emperor Explorer Liveaboard include: none from the main list of pros vs cons.
6. Liveaboard Capacity The MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard is 42 metres (138 feet) long, has 13 cabins and 13 bathrooms, which means it can accommodate up to 26 guests/divers.
7. Booking Itineraries The booking itineraries for the MV Emperor Explorer Liveaboard include: 8 Days/7 Nights, 15 Days/14 Nights. (But it's worth checking if more diving itineraries have been added or you can book by click here: MV Emperor Explorer).
Booking tips When booking your MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard trip to Maldives it's best to book your liveaboard first, before you book your flights. When you click the "Select Cabin" link next to your chosen itinerary and complete your details, you won't pay for your trip until Liveaboard.com confirm your booking with the operator. Liveaboard.com will email your confirmation, normally giving you 2-3 days to pay for your booking, which gives you time to book your flights to Maldives.
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* Note The above cost per day was correct at the time of producing this article. Also, the exchange rate used for GBP to USD is 1.33 and for GBP to Euro is 1.2. For an up-to-date cost for the MV Emperor Explorer Liveaboard, please visit this link: MV Emperor Explorer.
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    Liveaboard Review Highlights

    Diving Liveaboard Review Maldives MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard review in detail.
    Liveaboard Video Highlight
    Video Title Maldives Magic with the exceptional Emperor Explorer Liveaboard
    Flexible Booking This liveaboard has flexible booking terms, which means you can book with confidence knowing that this dive boat offers a free trip reschedule within 24 months if you are unable to travel due to Covid19 related restrictions (T & Cs apply).
    Nitrox Diving Free nitrox available, which means you benefit from the many advantages of nitrox diving at no extra charge. The benefits include extended bottom times so you can spend longer on each dive.
    Dietary Requirements Catered For The onboard chefs will cater for any specific dietary requirement you have. This means you can relax in the knowledge that you can enjoy the food onboard this liveaboard. (You are advised to add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form, and to limit any requests to religious beliefs or food allergies).
    Diving Courses This liveaboard offers diving courses, which means you benefit from being able to advance your diving skills. These training courses are an extra charge.
    Scuba Gear Rental You can rent scuba gear on this dive boat so you benefit from being able travel light and simply rent all your scuba equipment once onboard.
    Internet Paid internet on this liveaboard, which means you can get online on your phone or laptop for an extra charge if you need to whilst you are away.
    Ensuite Cabins Cabins on this dive boat benefit from having ensuite bathroom so you can shower and get ready in private (Check when booking that the cabin you choose has an ensuite bathroom).
    Aircon Cabins Each cabin has air-conditioning, which means you can choose your own cabin temperature for personal comfort and a good nights sleep.
    Private Charter This liveaboard is available for private charter. If you charter this dive boat you have more flexibility over the choice of dive sites, type of diving and diver numbers (Subject to the maximum number of guests onboard - see below).
    DIN Adapters If you have DIN regulators do not worry as this liveaboard has DIN to Yoke regulator adaptors onboard.
    Relaxing between dives
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    Liveaboard Luxury Features Review

    Liveaboard Luxury Features The 'Liveaboard Luxury Rating' concept is to help you choose the right diving liveaboard for your Maldives dive trip. This means you can compare this liveaboard with other liveaboards on a like-for-like basis, and makes choosing the right liveaboard much easier. The maximum rating for any liveaboard is 100%, and this rating is split between the features listed below. When choosing your liveaboard trip, I suggest you don't just consider the total 'Luxury Rating' in isolation, which for the MV Emperor Explorer is 63%, I recommend you also review each of the features the MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard has or doesn't have that are important to you.
    SDE Luxury Rating Total (Max 52/52=100%) 63%; total Scuba Diving Earth Luxury Rate (Lux Rate); The MV Emperor Explorer Liveaboard has 33 out of a total of 52 (i.e. 63%) possible benefits and features. This total percentage is an average of the following benefits and features:
    Diver Benefits (Max 9/9=100%) 67% Diver Benefits Lux Rate; The MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard has 6 out of 9 (i.e. 67%) 'Diver Benefits': DIN Adapters: YES; Dive Courses: YES; Dive Deck: NO: Gear Rental: YES; Nitrox Onboard: YES; Private Dive Guide: YES; Rinse Hoses: NO; Shaded Dive Area: NO; Tenders For Diving: YES.
    Liveaboard Design (Max 9/9=100%) 56% Liveaboard Design Lux Rate; The MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard has 5 out of 9 (i.e. 56%) 'Boat Design Features': Airconditioned Saloon: YES; Charging Stations: YES; Custom Built For Diving: YES; Indoor Saloon: YES; Leisure Deck: NO; Observation Deck: NO; Outside Showers: NO; Sun Deck: YES; Warm Showers: NO.
    Cabin Luxury (Max 7/7=100%) 57% Cabin Lux Rate; The MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard has 4 out of 7 (i.e. 57%) 'Cabin Features': Air-Conditioned Cabins: YES; Cabin Balconies: NO; Daily Housekeeping: NO; Ensuite cabins: YES; Non-smoking Cabins: YES; Seaview cabins available: YES; TV In Cabin: NO.
    Onboard Comfort (Max 7/7=100%) 57% Onboard Comfort Lux Rate; The MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard has 4 out of 7 (i.e. 57%) 'Onboard Comfort' features: Beach Towels: NO, Cabin Towels: YES; Complimentary Toiletries: YES; Deck Towels: YES; Internet: YES; Laundry Service: NO; Nearly 1 to 1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio: NO.
    Food Luxury (Max 11/11=100%) 64% Food Lux Rate; The MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard has 7 out of 11 (i.e. 64%) 'Food Features': BBQ Area: NO; Beach BBQ: YES; Buffet Style: YES; Dietary Requirements Catered For: YES; Fine Cuisine: NO; Local Food: YES; Outdoor Dining: NO; Snacks All Day: NO; Vegan Options: YES; Vegetarian Options: YES; Western Style Food: YES; (Meal options include: Full-board Option).
    Drink Luxury (Max 9/9=100%) 78% Drink Lux Rate; The MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard has 7 out of 9 (i.e. 78%) 'Drink Features': Bar: YES; Beer Available: YES; Drinking Water: YES; Fine Wines: NO; Free Soft Drinks: NO; Free Wine With Dinner: YES; Soft Drinks: YES; Tea And Coffee: YES; Wine Available: YES.
    Example of Cabins
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    Customer Reviews of Liveaboard

    Customer Reviews The MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard customer reviews listed here have been chosen for you to get a feel for the scuba diving experience you'll get.
    Customer Review

    Epic Trip! Every dive delivered amazing experiences and encounters thanks to Gabriel, Maria, Ali and Rich. The boat crew was friendly, entertaining and enjoyable to socialize with. Manta Ray night dive was a dream alongside encounters with variety of sharks and rays. Dive guides were most professional, safe and led a phenomenal adventure. Would dive with this boat and crew again!!Recommended for: 4 dives/day, crew hospitality and care, vast area covered at sea.

    Customer Review By Jason M, from: United States scored the MV Emperor Explorer 10 out of 10; Review courtesy of Liveaboard.com, for more reviews and information click here: MV Emperor Explorer.
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    Customer Review

    Amazing diving week in Maldives. It was amazing diving trip. Nothing that you might consider to be different. Starting with the pick up from the airport and bringing us back there, everything was excellently organised. Boat is very comfortable with big dinning room, comfortable rooms and dedicated bathroom. Dhoni team was super helpful and facilitated nicely our diving. Gabriel and Maria did fantastic job orchestrating the trip and visiting beautiful places above and below the ocean surface. Entire crew was friendly and made our stay awesome. We saw everything we were dreaming for like: mantas, wale shark, reef sharks and much, much more… BBQ on th island was a cherry on the pie:-) Thank you Gabriel, Maria, Rich, Fish and entire crew for fantastic trip. It is life time memory.Recommended for: 1. Very comfortable boat. 2. Friendly and professional crew. 3. Fantastic dive sites.

    Customer Review By Krasimir S, from: Bulgaria scored the MV Emperor Explorer 10 out of 10; Review courtesy of Liveaboard.com, for more reviews and information click here: MV Emperor Explorer.

    Liveaboard Itinerary

    Itinerary and videos The itineraries below for the MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard don't necessarily tie in with the videos directly below the itinerary heading. The itineraries are examples of dive trips offered by this liveaboard, and the videos are examples of videos taken when diving from the MV Emperor Explorer dive boat.
    Itinerary Option 1 Best of Maldives 7 Nights (Male - Male)
    Itinerary Option 1 Detail
    Itinerary 1 Title Diving in the Maldives on the liveaboard MV Emperor Explorer 4K - Emperor Divers - Best of Maldives.
    Itinerary Option 2 Best of Maldives 7 Nights (Male - Male)
    Itinerary Option 2 Detail
    Itinerary 2 Title Maldives Scuba Diving on Emperor Explorer Liveaboard in 4k HDR
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    Dives and Scuba Diver Experience

    Number of Dives On Trip You will be able to dive up to 32 times in total on the MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard diving trips. The number of times you dive will depend on the itinerary you select.
    Your Diver Certification Level If you choose the MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard for your scuba diving trip to The Maldives (, null_select), make sure you select the right itinerary for your diver certification level. Different itineraries include the following alternative PADI certification levels (or equivalent): No Scuba Diving Certification Needed: NO; Open Water Diver: YES; Advanced Open Water Diver: YES.
    Your Logged Dives When choosing the MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard for your dive trip to Maldives, make sure you select the right itinerary for how many logged dives you've done. Itineraries on the MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard include the following alternatives: No minimum logged dives: YES; 10 logged dives: NO; 20 logged dives: NO; 30 logged dives: YES; 40 logged dives: NO; 50 logged dives or more: NO.
    Your Diver experience If you choose the MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard for your dive trip to Maldives, make sure you select the right itinerary for your level of diver experience. Itineraries on the MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard include the following alternatives: Beginner/Novice (up to 9 logged dives): YES; Advanced Beginner (10-19 dives): NO; Intermediate Diver (20 to 29 logged dives): NO; Advanced Intermediate (30 to 39 logged dives): YES; Proficient Diver (40 to 49 logged dives): NO; Advanced Diver (more than 50 logged dives): NO.
    Type of Diving The type of diving experienced from the MV Emperor Explorer Liveaboard includes: Coral Gardens, Drift Diving, Marine Life, Night Dives, Pinnacles, Wall Diving, Warm Water Diving, Wreck Diving, Swim-Through's and Caverns.
    Underwater Scooters Onboard Underwater scooters onboard: NO.

    Marine Life Reviewed

    Marine Life Species The sea life you might see on your Maldives liveaboard dive trip depends on the time of year you choose to dive, and on which Maldives liveaboard and liveaboard itinerary you book. But ultimately the sea creatures you see when scuba diving is always down to nature itself. With these parameters in mind, the marine life you may spot when scuba diving on the MV Emperor Explorer Liveaboard in Maldives might include:
    Sharks You may see the following sharks species: Blacktip Reef Sharks, Blue Sharks, Bull Sharks, Great Hammerhead Sharks, Grey Reef Sharks, Leopard Shark, Nurse Sharks, Oceanic Whitetip Sharks, Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, Short Fin Mako Sharks, Silky Sharks, Silver Tip Sharks, Thresher Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Whale Sharks, Whitetip Reef Sharks, Zebra Shark.
    Ray Species You may see the following rays species: Blue Spotted Stingrays, Manta Rays, Mobula Rays, Spotted Eagle Rays, Sting Rays, Marble Rays.
    Fish Species You may also see the following fish species: Batfish, Barracudas, Clownfish (Anemonefish), Frogfish, Garden Eels, Giant Trevallies, Glassfish, Groupers, Humphead Parrotfish, Jack Schools, Lionfish, Moray Eels, Napoleon Wrasse, Pipefish, Porcupine Fish, Red Snappers, Reef Fish, Sailfish, Sea Horses, Spanish Mackerel, Surgeonfish, Trigger Fish, Yellowfin Tuna.
    Other Marine Life & Bird Species You may see the following marine and bird life: Barrel Sponges, Crabs, Cuttlefish, Giant Clam, Hard Corals, Jellyfish, Lobsters, Mantis Shrimp, Nudibranchs, Octopus, Soft Corals, Starfish, Turtles.
    Marine Mammal Species You might encounter the following mammals: Blue Whales, Dolphins, Pilot Whales.
    Marine Life Video
    Video Title Diving the Maldives: North & Central Atolls [4k]
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    Liveaboard Cost and Booking

    Included In The Price The price of booking the MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard includes: Airport Transfer, Beach BBQ, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels, Diving Package, Drinking Water, Environment Tax, Fuel Surcharge, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), National Park Fees, Nitrox, Port Fees, Snacks, Tea & Coffee, Wine with Dinner.
    Paid For Optional Extras The following are optional extras when you book the MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard: Alcoholic Beverages, Gratuities, Hotel Transfer, Internet, Nitrox Course, Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses, Soft Drinks.
    Paid For Required Extras The following are required extras when you book the MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard: Dive Insurance.

    Boat Capacity

    Boat Length 42 metres (138 feet).
    Maximum Guests 26
    Cabins and Bathrooms The MV Emperor Explorer dive boat has 13 cabins and 13 bathrooms.
    Cabin Types The MV Emperor Explorer has the following cabin types: double cabins, twin cabins, double cabin with one single bed.
    Family cabins onboard Family cabins onboard: NO.

    Advanced Divers

    Advanced Diver Benefits (Max 3) The MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard has 0 out of 3 (i.e. 0%) 'Advanced Diver Benefits', which include: Rebreather Support: NO; Sidemount Diving NO; Tech Diving: NO.

    Underwater Photographers

    Underwater Photographer Benefits (Max 3) The MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard has 2 out of 3 (i.e. 67%) 'Underwater Photographer Benefits', which include: Camera Room: NO; Camera Station: YES; Separate Rinse For U/W Cameras: YES.

    Non-Diver Activities

    Non-Diving Activities (Max 17) The MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard has 3 out of 17 (i.e. 18%) 'Non-Diving Activities', which include: Fishing: NO; Glass Bottom Boat: NO; Jacuzzi/Hot Tub: NO; Jet Skiing: NO; Kayaks: NO; Land Excursions: NO; Massage: YES; Naturalist Itineraries: [naturalist_Itineraries]; Naturalist Guide: NO; Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly: YES, Sauna: NO; Snorkel Equipment: NO; Spa: YES; Stand Up Paddle Boards: NO; Wakeboarding: NO; Water Skiing: NO; Yoga: NO.
    Onboard Entertainment (Max 2) The MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard has 2 out of 2 (i.e. 100%) 'Entertainment Features': Audio And Entertainment: YES; Library: YES.

    Traveller Benefits

    Travel Benefits (Max 6) The MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard has 4 out of 6 (i.e. 67%) 'Traveller Benefits', which include: Airport Transfer: YES; Available For Charter: YES, Budget Friendly: NO, Dedicated Local & International Crew: YES; Hotel Transfer: YES; Welcome Cocktails; NO.
    Languages Spoken Onboard The crew onboard the MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard are able to speak the following languages: English, French, Spanish.

    Liveaboard Summary

    Conclusion The MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard has a customer review rating of 9.6, is rated 'Superb', and scores 63% on the Scuba Diving Earth luxury rate. This Maldives liveaboard is a 42 metre (138 feet) dive boat for up to 26 guests across 13 cabins (inc. double cabins, twin cabins, double cabin with one single bed), and has 13 bathrooms. The MV Emperor Explorer Liveaboard has aircon cabins, available for charter, caters for dietary requirements, ensuite cabins, extra flexible booking, diving courses, free nitrox, paid internet, scuba gear rental. To book: MV Emperor Explorer Liveaboard prices start at £227 per day ($302/€272)*.
    More Information To discover more about the MV Emperor Explorer diving liveaboard or to check availability for your dive trip to Maldives you can do this here: MV Emperor Explorer. But if you want to compare this Maldives liveaboard with one of the other liveaboards from Maldives, please take a look at the table below. If you are only interested in Maldives liveaboards, select "Country" from the list of searchable options from first dropdown menu and type "Maldives" in the search box:
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    * Note The above cost per day was correct at the time of producing this article. Also, the exchange rate used for GBP to USD is 1.33 and for GBP to Euro is 1.2. For an up-to-date cost for the MV Emperor Explorer Liveaboard, please visit this link: MV Emperor Explorer.

    Hope you enjoyed this review about this liveaboard

    Comments or Questions If you have more questions either about snorkelling or scuba diving (or specifically about the MV Emperor Explorer Maldives Liveaboard), please comment below with your questions.
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    Have Fun & Be Safe There will also be many more pages and articles about scuba diving and scuba diving safety tips (and on snorkelling too) for you to read and learn about this fabulous sport. Please don't forget to rate the MV Emperor Explorer liveaboard above if you've already dived in Maldives from this dive boat, but also make sure you have fun and be safe.
    MV Emperor Explorer Maldives Liveaboard Diving Review

    Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been a scuba diver since diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 1989. After his first dive he trained as a BSAC diver in the UK. He attained his Diver Leader certification with BSAC. He then went on to become a scuba diving instructor, teaching others how to dive and was voted as Diving Officer and Treasurer for the Saffron Walden BSAC club too. Russell has dived all over the world, including the UK, on liveaboards in the Red Sea, the Caribbean, South Africa and the USA. Russell is experienced in all dive types, including drift diving, deep dives that involved decompression stops and recreational dives too.

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