Maldives Ocean Sapphire liveaboard review

The Maldives Ocean Sapphire liveaboard – Overall review rating 9.2 out of 10 and 4.5 stars

Ocean Sapphire Maldives liveaboard
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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 Ocean Sapphire liveaboard review, it’s possibly safe to assume you intend to dive from a liveaboard.

Maldives Ocean Sapphire liveaboard review: A review of the Maldives Ocean Sapphire liveaboard reveals a 35 metre (115 feet) custom-built boat for scuba divers. Sleeps 22 divers over 11 cabins with en-suites, air-con and some have sea views. Western and local food served buffet style + fine cuisine with an air-con saloon and bar. Dive trips of 8 days 7 nights.

You have the chance to see whale sharks and other sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, turtles wrecks and much much more.

Features of Maldives Ocean Sapphire liveaboard

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The features that are included with your stay on the Maldives Ocean Sapphire liveaboard are as follows:

  • The Maldives Ocean Sapphire liveaboard is 35 metres (115 feet) in length.
  • Designed for up to 22 divers across 11 cabins.
  • Cabins have private en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning, some with sea views and there’s daily housekeeping.
  • Warm water showers.
  • A sun deck for those sun-worshippers who like to relax and enjoy sunbathing in-between dives.
  • Food includes western and local style food and is served buffet style and fine cuisine eaten both indoors or outside alfresco style with paid-for fine wine selection and beer.
  • There are welcome cocktails and a beach BBQ.
  • Specific dietary requirements can be catered for including vegetarian and vegan options.
  • Non-diver friendly for snorkeling.
  • Indoor air conditioned saloon with bar.
  • Scuba diving facilities include: DIN adaptors, paid-for nitrox available and equipment and scuba gear rentals.
  • Camera station and a separate rinse area for your underwater camera.
  • Paid-for internet.
  • Other activities on board include fishing, an observation deck and an on board library.
  • On-board naturalist and naturalist itineraries.
  • Family friendly liveaboard with family cabins.

You can check the Ocean Sapphire liveaboard availability and prices here.

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Maldives Ocean Sapphire scuba diving review

Maldives Ocean Sapphire scuba diving review
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The diving from the Maldives Ocean Sapphire 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.

Search for your favourite Maldives Liveaboard here:

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.

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Liveaboard main photoDiscover LiveaboardCustomer Review (Max 10)SDE Lux Rating %Flexible BookingDive CoursesDietary RequirementsNitroxGear 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 when searching for the best hotel. 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, 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 Ocean Sapphire liveaboard:

Examples of the dive itineraries on the Ocean Sapphire liveaboard.

  • Best of Central Atolls: North Male, South Male, Felidhoo, Ari – 8 days 7 nights trip. Approx. 18 dives in total. Open Water certification – 30 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.

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 Ocean Sapphire liveaboard availability and prices here.

Maldives Ocean Sapphire liveaboard review by customers

Scuba divers that have stayed on the Maldives Ocean Sapphire liveaboard review comments include:

  • Wonderful experience, diving was phenomenal, lots of Mantas and sharks;
  • It was fabulous. The crew, dive masters, everything was brilliant;
  • Best week of my life;
  • Great experience, amazing wildlife;
  • Manta night dive, whale shark diving, sharks and giant turtles;
  • Diving, food, whole trip was just amazing.

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Here’s a review by a customer who rated the Maldives Ocean Sapphire liveaboard 10 out of 10 and 5 stars:

Amazing! Everything was very well organized and happened on time!Too many to mention. Deep dive in current on the first day with reef sharks. Night dive with Manta’s feeding. Swimming with a whale shark in Ari. Best diving trip I have been on in 15 years, with astonishing variety of sea-life. Well organized and friendly boat crew. I have already recommended Ocean Sapphire and its crew to a number of my diving friends, and will continue to do so in future.” Recommended for: Variety of Sea life. Friendly, helpful and experienced dive guides. Comfortable living conditions.

Emil D, South Africa

Video of Maldives Ocean Sapphire liveaboard

Maldives MV Ocean Sapphire liveaboard
It was a dive trip of a lifetime to Maldives on MV Ocean Sapphire, a luxurious 35m liveaboard operated by Top Class Cruising. With a group of 12 fun-loving and enthusiastic divers, we made our way to Maldives for a 8D7N dive safari, looking forward to an awesome time #diving together! With a spacious diving dhoni, beautiful cabins, cosy sundeck, jacuzzi, bar, exceptional hospitality by staff and crew and more, this liveaboard definitely exceeded our expectations!

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I hope you enjoyed this article about the Maldives Ocean Sapphire liveaboard review

I’d love to hear from you. Tell us about your adventures of diving and snorkelling. Please use the comments section below. Please also share your photos. Either from your underwater cameras or videos from your waterproof go-pro’s!

But in particular if you’ve dived either in the Maldives or in particular on the Maldives Ocean Sapphire liveaboard, please share your experiences.

If this article hasn’t answered all of your questions. If you have more questions either about snorkelling or scuba diving (or specifically about the Maldives Ocean Sapphire liveaboard review), 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.

Have fun and be safe!

Maldives Ocean Sapphire liveaboard 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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