The Maldives Princess Dhonkamana liveaboard – Overall review rating 9.4 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 Princess Dhonkamana liveaboard review, it’s possibly safe to assume you intend to dive from a liveaboard.
Maldives Princess Dhonkamana liveaboard review: A review of the Maldives Princess Dhonkamana liveaboard reveals a 31 metre (102 feet) custom-built boat for scuba divers. Sleeps 18 scuba divers over 9 cabins with ensuites, air-con and some have sea views. Western food served buffet style indoors or alfresco with an air-con saloon + bar. Dive trips of 8 days 7 nights.
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Features of Maldives Princess Dhonkamana liveaboard
The features that are included with your stay on the Maldives Princess Dhonkamana liveaboard are as follows:
- The Maldives Princess Dhonkamana liveaboard is 31 metres (102 feet) in length.
- Designed for up to 18 divers across 9 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 style food and is served buffet style and as fine cuisine and can be eaten both indoors or outside alfresco style.
- There are welcome cocktails on arrival and both wine and beer are available at an extra charge.
- Specific dietary requirements can be catered for including both vegan and vegetarian.
- Non-diver friendly for snorkeling.
- Indoor air conditioned saloon with bar.
- Scuba diving facilities include: DIN adaptors, paid-for nitrox available, a separate rinse area for your underwater camera and equipment and scuba gear rentals.
- Paid-for internet.
- There’s an on board naturalist with naturalist itineraries.
- Other activities include fishing and there’s a library.
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Maldives Princess Dhonkamana scuba diving review
The diving from the Maldives Princess Dhonkamana 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.
|Discover Liveaboard||Customer Rating||SDE Lux Rating %||Flexible Booking||Dive Courses||Dietary Requirements||Nitrox||Gear Rental|
|Review: MV Scubaspa Yang; Book: MV Scubaspa Yang||9.6||87%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: MV Emperor Explorer; Book: MV Emperor Explorer||9.6||63%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: MV Theia; Book: MV Theia||9.5||85%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: MY Princess Dhonkamana; Book: MY Princess Dhonkamana||9.5||79%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: MV Scubaspa Ying; Book: MV Scubaspa Ying||9.4||87%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: MV Sachika; Book: MV Sachika||9.4||83%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: MV Emperor Serenity; Book: MV Emperor Serenity||9.4||60%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: MV Soleil 2; Book: MV Soleil 2||9.3||96%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: MV Emperor Atoll; Book: MV Emperor Atoll||9.3||77%||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Review: MV Azalea; Book: 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 Princess Dhonkamana liveaboard:
Examples of the dive itineraries on the Princess Dhonkamana liveaboard.
- Classic Maldives – 8 days 7 nights trip. Approx. 14 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. But The Princess Dhonkamana is about including most experience levels of scuba diver.
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.
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Maldives Princess Dhonkamana liveaboard review by customers
Scuba divers that have stayed on the Maldives Princess Dhonkamana liveaboard review comments include:
- Very good boat and friendly crew;
- This was a fabulous trip with a great crew and great diving;
- Amazing dive trip;
- Fabulous trip, highly recommend the crew;
- The focus was on the best dive spots and diving, which was perfect for completing our AOW;
- Great boat and wonderful food;
- Great manta and shark action, wonderful;
- Wonderful week aboard with amazing dives;
- Perfect trip to relax and dive.
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Here’s a review by a customer who rated the Maldives Princess Dhonkamana liveaboard 10 out of 10 and 5 stars:
Absolutely Fantastic! “Manta rays and sharks, sharks, sharks and a whale shark too. So many fish and sea life. Many different types of dives and dive conditions. Great Dive Masters and boat crew, fantastic food, daily stops to deserted islands. I had such a good time, can’t wait to book again.” Recommended for: The diving, the crew and shipmates, the food.Gillian P, United States
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