Maldives Seafari Explorer liveaboard review

Maldives Seafari Explorer liveaboard review
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The Maldives Seafari Explorer liveaboard – Overall review rating 9.0 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 Seafari Explorer liveaboard review, it’s possibly safe to assume you intend to dive from a liveaboard.

Maldives Seafari Explorer liveaboard review: A review of the Maldives Seafari Explorer liveaboard reveals a 38 metre (125 feet) custom-built boat for scuba divers. Sleeps 22 divers over 12 cabins with en-suites + air-con. Western + local food served buffet style indoors or alfresco with an air-con saloon + bar. Dive trips of 8 days 7 nights to 11 days 10 nights.

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

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

Features of Maldives Seafari Explorer liveaboard

Features of Maldives Seafari Explorer liveaboard
Features of Maldives Seafari Explorer liveaboard cabin review – Image courtesy of Liveaboard.com

The features that are included with your stay on the Maldives Seafari Explorer liveaboard are as follows:

  • The Maldives Seafari Explorer liveaboard is 38 metres (125 feet) in length.
  • Designed for up to 22 divers across 12 luxurious cabins.
  • Cabins have private en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning.
  • 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 fashion both indoors or outside alfresco style with free soft drinks.
  • Specific dietary requirements can be catered for.
  • Non-diver friendly for snorkeling.
  • Indoor air conditioned saloon with bar.
  • Scuba diving facilities include: DIN adaptors, free nitrox available and equipment and scuba gear rentals.
  • Camera room with table and charging point for your underwater camera and a separate rinse area.
  • Free internet.
  • Other activities on board include kayaks and stand up paddleboard.
  • Jacuzzi/hot tub on board.

You can check the Seafari Explorer liveaboard availability and prices for this Boat here.

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Maldives Seafari Explorer scuba diving review

Maldives Seafari Explorer scuba diving review
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The diving from the Maldives Seafari Explorer 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.

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Review Link: MV Adora; Booking Link: MV Adora 8.4 75% YES YES YES YES YES
Review Link: MV Seafari Explorer 2; Booking Link: MV Seafari Explorer 2 8.4 54% YES YES YES YES YES
Review Link: MV Ari Queen; Booking Link: MV Ari Queen 8.4 54% YES NO YES YES YES
Review Link: MY Duke of York; Booking Link: MY Duke of York 8 87% YES YES YES YES YES
Review Link: MY Honors Legacy; Booking Link: MY Honors Legacy 7.6 79% YES YES YES NO YES
Review Link: MV Princess Sara; Booking Link: MV Princess Sara 0 94% YES YES YES YES YES
Review Link: MV Sunseeker; Booking Link: MV Sunseeker 0 85% YES NO YES YES YES
Review Link: MV Over Reef; Booking Link: MV Over Reef 0 85% YES NO YES NO YES
Review Link: MY Fascination Yacht; Booking Link: MY Fascination Yacht 0 83% YES YES YES NO YES
Review Link: MV Mariana; Booking Link: MV Mariana 0 81% YES 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 Seafari Explorer liveaboard:

Examples of the dive itineraries on the Seafari Explorer liveaboard.

  • The Central Atolls: North Male, Ari, Vaavu and South Male Cruise 7 nights – 8 days 7 nights trip. Approx. 15 dives in total. Advanced Open Water certification – 50 minimum logged dives required.
  • The Central & South Atolls: Male, Vaavu, Meemu, Ari South – 11 days 10 nights trip. Approx. 22 dives in total. Advanced Open Water certification – 50 minimum logged dives required.
  • North Atolls of Maldives – 8 days 7 nights trip. Approx. 14 dives in total. Advanced Open Water certification – 50 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 Seafari Explorer liveaboard availability and prices for this Boat here.

Maldives Seafari Explorer liveaboard review by customers

Scuba divers that have stayed on the Maldives Seafari Explorer liveaboard review comments include:

  • Good budget safari;*
  • Good value for money;
  • Amazing week on board of a nice boat with a hospitable team!
  • Diving was organized very well, especially night diving with Mantas and the other one with nuse sharks;
  • I would recommend it to everyone;
  • Very nice cabin and great dive sites an guide!
  • The dive sites are awesome and the crew is well organized;

* Talking about a “good budget safari“, you may like to also read this article about Red Sea diving safaris too. The Red Sea has some of the best dive sites in the world, and yet the diving is still relatively cheap.

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

Amazing week on board of a nice boat with a hospitable team! “Diving was organized very well, especially night diving with Mantas and the other one with nuse sharks. The boat is comfortable, the cabins are roomy. There’s even a bathtube and separate shower in th bathroom.” Recommended for: Mantas, night diving with Mantas and with nurse sharks.

Tigran M, Russia

Video of Maldives Seafari Explorer liveaboard

Westels Diving Team – Maldives – Seafari Explorer by WildWater

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I hope you enjoyed this article about the Maldives Seafari Explorer 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 Seafari Explorer 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 Seafari Explorer 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 Seafari Explorer 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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