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Maldives Liveaboards Including Local Flights

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If you are looking to book a Maldives liveaboard with flights, whilst there are no Maldives liveaboards that include international flights to Male, there are a few that include local flights when the liveaboard leaves from a remote atoll.

There are three Maldives liveaboards that include local flights in the price of booking the liveaboard trip, which include the MV Emperor Serenity, MV Emperor Virgo and the MV Emperor Voyager. The cost of the local flights are only included on liveaboard itineraries that leave from remote atolls.

Whilst the itineraries on these three Maldives liveaboards mostly depart from Male, where local flights are unnecessary, some of the itineraries require a local flight.

For example, the Deep South & Southern Shark (Koodoo – Gan) with the MV Emperor Voyager Liveaboard where you’ll enjoy spotting the Indian Ocean’s larger sharks including tiger sharks, silver tips, grey reef sharks, and whale sharks. Included in the liveaboard trip cost is a local flight from Male to Huvadhoo where you join your liveaboard.

Alternatively, the Deep South & Southern Shark (Male – Gan) trip on the MV Emperor Serenity liveaboard finishes in Gan, where you’ll fly back to Male to pick up your international flight home.

The best way to dive anywhere in the world is by a scuba diving liveaboard. You can check the latest and best deals on liveaboards using the following window:

Table of Maldives liveaboards including local flights

The following table of Maldives liveaboards including local flights is in descending customer rating order, followed by Scuba Diving Luxury Rating (SDE Lux Rating, see below), so the Maldives 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.

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Discover LiveaboardCustomer RatingSDE Lux Rating %Liveaboard prosLiveaboard consItinerariesFlexible Booking
Review: MV Emperor Serenity; Book: MV Emperor Serenity 9.4 60% aircon cabins, caters for dietary requirements, ensuite cabins, extra flexible booking, diving courses, free nitrox, paid internet, scuba gear rental not available for charter 8 Days/7 Nights, 15 Days/14 Nights YES
Review: MV Emperor Virgo; Book: MV Emperor Virgo 9.1 58% aircon cabins, available for charter, caters for dietary requirements, ensuite cabins, extra flexible booking, diving courses, free nitrox, paid internet, scuba gear rental none from the main list of pros vs cons 8 Days/7 Nights YES
Review: MV Emperor Voyager; Book: MV Emperor Voyager 9 54% aircon cabins, available for charter, caters for dietary requirements, ensuite cabins, extra flexible booking, diving courses, free nitrox, paid internet, scuba gear rental none from the main list of pros vs cons 8 Days/7 Nights YES

To help you better choose between these three Maldives liveaboards that include local flights, this comparison table will help with what each liveaboard has onboard:

Maldives liveaboards including local flights comparison table

Discover LiveaboardReview: MV Emperor Serenity; Book: MV Emperor SerenityReview: MV Emperor Virgo; Book: MV Emperor VirgoReview: MV Emperor Voyager; Book: MV Emperor Voyager
Customer Rating9.49.19
Customer Ratingis rated 'Superb'is rated 'Superb'is rated 'Superb'
SDE Lux Rating %60%58%54%
Diver Benefits %56%56%56%
Liveaboard Design %56%67%56%
Cabin Luxury %43%43%43%
Onboard Comfort %43%43%43%
Food Luxury %64%45%55%
Drink Luxury %89%89%67%
Flexible BookingYESYESYES
Itineraries8 Days/7 Nights, 15 Days/14 Nights8 Days/7 Nights8 Days/7 Nights
Dietary RequirementsYESYESYES
Liveaboard Diving
Shaded dive areaNONONO
Max Guests/Cabins/Baths26/13/1318/9/920/10/10
Relaxing between dives
Vegan OptionsNONONO
Vegetarian OptionsNOYESNO
Meal OptionsAl Fresco Dining, Full-board OptionFull-board OptionAl Fresco Dining, Full-board Option
Western style foodYESYESYES
Beer availableYESYESYES
Wine availableYESYESYES
Example of Cabins
Aircon CabinsYESYESYES
Ensuite CabinsYESYESYES
TV in cabinNONONO
Family CabinsNONONO
Jet skiingNONONO
Stand-up paddle boardsNONONO
Water skiingNONONO
Rebreather supportYESYESYES
Sidemount divingNONONO
Tech divingNONONO

What is SDE Lux Rating %

The column headed “SDE Lux Rating %” is my own Liveaboard Luxury Rating which I’ve assigned to all liveaboards. To discover how the rating is calculated for your chosen liveaboard dive boat, click the liveaboard name link in the “Discover Liveaboard” column above (also this is explained in more detail below).

To help you to choose the right diving liveaboard for you, the “Scuba Diving Earth Liveaboard Luxury Rating” (SDE Lux Rating) means you can compare each liveaboard with other liveaboards on a like-for-like basis. This makes choosing the right liveaboard much easier.

The maximum rating for any liveaboard is 100%, and this rating is split between the 6 features listed below:

  1. Diver benefits: A higher ‘diver benefits‘ score means there are more features specifically for scuba divers. These include onboard nitrox, dive courses, gear rental etc.
  2. Liveaboard design features: The higher the ‘liveaboard design features‘ score, the more the dive boat has been designed with scuba divers in mind. This includes whether the dive boat was custom built for divers, if it has charging stations, outside showers etc.
  3. Cabin luxury: A high score in ‘cabin luxury‘ means the cabins on the liveaboard offer better features. These might include ensuite cabins, air-conditioning, daily housekeeping, seaviews, TVs etc.
  4. Onboard comfort: A high score in ‘onboard comfort‘ means there are more onboard features to make your dive trip feel more luxurious. These include what towels are provided on the liveaboard (always important for travelling light), complimentary toiletries, crew ratios etc.
  5. Food luxury: If you are a foodie then ‘food luxury‘ will be important to you, as a high score on this rating will mean there’s more on offer. These might include the type of food served onboard, the dietary requirements catered for, vegan food, vegetarian food, buffet style, fine dining etc.
  6. Drink luxury: If you like a drink in the evenings you may look for a higher score in ‘drink luxury‘ score, but this score also includes drinking water and soft drinks too.

The “SDE Luxury Rating Total” is calculated by adding the totals from each of the above features and benefits. The higher the SDE Luxury Rating, the more features and benefits the liveaboard has, which leads on nicely to how to use the SDE Luxury Rating. search Maldives-scroll

How to use the SDE Luxury Rating score

When choosing the liveaboard dive boat for you, your decision is helped by customer scores, which is how the liveaboards in the above table are sorted in descending order.

If you are stuck choosing between two or three of these liveaboards, where each one has a high customer score out of 10 and that have itineraries you like, use the SDE Luxury Rating score to help narrow down your choice.

Think about it like using when searching for the best hotel to stay at. 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 9 and above on, but you also want the hotel to have WIFI or parking, or to have a swimming pool etc. The features each hotel has is secondary to the score out of 10.

In the case of liveaboards, the SDE Lux Rating system can also be used as a secondary tool in the same way to help you determine which liveaboard offers the best features to suit you.

Each of the liveaboards linked-to from the above table will be individually scored. Which means that if cabin luxury is important to you, focus on this score to help you choose your liveaboard. But if diver benefits are your top priority, use this score first, and so on.

I hope you enjoyed this article about Maldives liveaboards including local flights

If this article hasn’t answered all of your questions. If you have more questions either about snorkelling or scuba diving (or specifically about Maldives liveaboards including local flights), please comment below with your questions.

There will also be many more articles about scuba and scuba diving safety tips (and on snorkelling too) for you to read and learn about this fabulous sport.

Maldives Liveaboards Including Local Flights

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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