The Maldives Duke of York liveaboard – Overall review rating 8.0 out of 10 and 4.5 stars
If you’re set on scuba diving the Maldives, your next decision is whether you do resort based diving vs scuba dive from a liveaboard. But as you’re reading this Duke of York liveaboard review, it’s possibly safe to assume you intend to dive from a liveaboard.
Maldives Duke of York liveaboard review: A review of the Maldives Duke of York liveaboard reveals a 36 metre (118 feet) custom-built boat for scuba divers. Sleeps 24 divers over 10 cabins with en-suites, air- con and some have sea views. Local and western food served buffet style or fine dinning with an air-con saloon and bar. Dive trips of 8 days 7 nights.
One of the best chances for you to see whale sharks and other sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, turtles wrecks and much much more.
Features of Maldives Duke of York liveaboard
The Duke of York is more than just a liveaboard boat. She is more like a floating hotel and spa with absolute luxury than just a normal Liveaboard boat.
The features that are included with your stay on the Maldives Duke of York liveaboard are as follows:
- The Maldives Duke of York liveaboard is 36 metres (118 feet) in length.
- Designed for up to 24 divers across 10 cabins.
- Cabins have private en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning, some with sea views and there’s daily housekeeping.
- Warm water showers.
- A leisure deck, and observation deck and a sun deck for those sun-worshippers who like to relax and enjoy sunbathing in-between dives.
- Food includes local and western style food and is served buffet style and as fine cuisine and can be eaten both indoors or outside alfresco style. Plus there’s a beach BBQ.
- Both wine and beer are available at an extra charge with a fine wines selection.
- Specific dietary requirements can be catered for including both vegan and vegetarian.
- Non-diver friendly for snorkeling.
- Indoor air conditioned saloon with bar and a library.
- Scuba diving facilities include: DIN adaptors, tech diving, rebreather support, sidemount diving, free nitrox available, a camera station and separate rinse area for your underwater camera and equipment and scuba gear rentals.
- Paid-for internet.
- Other activities include kayaks.
- Family friendly with family cabins.
- Massages are available at an extra charge.
You can check the Duke of York liveaboard availability and prices here.
Maldives Duke of York scuba diving review
The diving from the Maldives Duke of York liveaboard has a good review rating and she was custom-built for scuba diving.
On this scuba diving liveaboard, you’ll be in the hands of experienced and professional crew.
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Table of Maldives liveaboards
This list of Maldives liveaboards is in descending customer rating order, followed by Scuba Diving Luxury Rating (SDE Lux Rating, see below), so the liveaboards with the highest customer rating and the best SDE lux rating will be at the top of the list. If you want to change the list order, use the “Sort by” dropdown below.
|Liveaboard main photo||Discover Liveaboard||Customer Review (Max 10)||SDE Lux Rating %||Flexible Booking||Dive Courses||Dietary Requirements||Nitrox||Gear Rental|
|Review Link: MV Scubaspa Yang; Booking Link: MV Scubaspa Yang||9.6||85%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review Link: MV Emperor Explorer; Booking Link: MV Emperor Explorer||9.6||63%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review Link: MV Theia; Booking Link: MV Theia||9.5||85%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review Link: MY Princess Dhonkamana; Booking Link: MY Princess Dhonkamana||9.5||79%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review Link: MV Scubaspa Ying; Booking Link: MV Scubaspa Ying||9.4||87%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review Link: MV Sachika; Booking Link: MV Sachika||9.4||83%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review Link: MV Emperor Serenity; Booking Link: MV Emperor Serenity||9.4||60%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review Link: MV Soleil 2; Booking Link: MV Soleil 2||9.3||96%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review Link: MV Emperor Atoll; Booking Link: MV Emperor Atoll||9.3||77%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review Link: MV Azalea; Booking Link: MV Azalea||9.3||77%||NO||YES||YES||YES||YES|
The Scuba Diving Earth Luxury Rating (SDE Lux Rating) is explained on each liveaboard review when you click the “Discover Liveaboard” link, and is my own Liveaboard Luxury Rating I’ve assigned to all liveaboards. Choosing between liveaboards is helped by customer scores, and if you get stuck choosing between two or three liveaboards, where each one has a high customer score out of 10, you can use the SDE Luxury Rating to help narrow down your choice.
Think about it like using Booking.com when searching for the best hotel. Booking.com also use a customer score where each customer rates hotels out of 10. This is similar to the liveaboard customer rating, which is also rated out of 10. But let’s say you only like to stay in hotels rated 8 and above on Booking.com, but you also want the hotel to have WIFI or parking, or to have a swimming pool etc. The features each hotel has is usually secondary to the score out of 10.
Scuba diving options on the Maldives Duke of York liveaboard:
Examples of the dive itineraries on the Duke of York liveaboard.
- Central Atolls (Male-Male) – 8 days 7 nights trip. Approx. 17 dives in total. Open Water certification – No minimum logged dives required.
Some of the diving in the Maldives are deep dives and up to 30 metres (98 feet), with currents so are drift dives and there are night dives too. But The Duke of York is about including most experience levels of scuba diver, which includes beginners as there’s no minimum logged dives requirement.
On most of these trips divers will see a variety of marine life. This includes nudibranchs, Napoleon Wrasse, moray eels, large schools of reef fish, eagle rays, various shark species including grey reef and white tip sharks, turtles, manta rays and whale sharks.
You will also get the opportunity on some trips to dive some of the most beautiful shipwrecks too.
You can check the Duke of York liveaboard availability and prices here.
Maldives Duke of York liveaboard review by customers
There is only one review so far on the Duke Of York liveaboard, which is as follows:
Comfortable boat and awesome food. “Very good diving around Fuvamullah and Addu atolls in channels. The food on board is mainly European style and is very very good. Cabins are very comfortable. Local dive guides were great. The Italian dive leader is very friendly and professional.” Recommended for: Italian food, very comfortable cabins, friendly dive leader.
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