The Maldives Sheena liveaboard – Overall review rating 8.9 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 Sheena liveaboard review, it’s possibly safe to assume you intend to dive from a liveaboard.
Maldives Sheena liveaboard review: A review of the Maldives Sheena liveaboard reveals a 24 metre (79 feet) custom-built boat for scuba divers. Sleeps 14 scuba divers across 7 cabins with en-suites and air conditioning. Local food served buffet style indoors or alfresco with an air-con saloon and bar. Dive trips of 8 days 7 nights to 13 days 12 nights.
With a chance to see whale sharks and other sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, turtles wrecks and much much more.
Features of Maldives Sheena liveaboard
The features that are included with your stay on the Maldives Sheena liveaboard are as follows:
- The Maldives Sheena liveaboard is 24 metres (79 feet) in length.
- Designed for up to 14 divers across 7 luxurious cabins.
- Cabins have private en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning.
- Daily housekeeping.
- Warm water showers.
- A sun deck for those sun-worshippers who like to relax and enjoy sunbathing in-between dives.
- Food includes local food and is served buffet fashion both indoors or outside alfresco style.
- Specific dietary requirements can be catered for including vegetarian options.
- Indoor air conditioned saloon with bar.
- Scuba diving facilities include: DIN adaptors, paid-for nitrox available equipment and scuba gear rentals.
You can check the availability and prices for this Boat here.
Maldives Sheena scuba diving review
The diving from the Maldives Sheena liveaboard is highly rated 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 Rating Out of 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 Sheena liveaboard:
Examples of the dive itineraries on the Sheena liveaboard.
- One week/7 nights from/to Filitheyo – 8 days 7 nights trip. Approx. 17 dives in total. Advanced Open Water certification – 60 minimum logged dives required.
- Transfer Tour: Filitheyo – Male – 8 days 7 nights trip. Approx. 17 dives in total. Advanced Open Water certification – 60 minimum logged dives required.
- 12 day Trip Best of Male and Ari Atoll – 13 days 12 nights trip. Approx. 33 dives in total. Advanced Open Water certification – 60 minimum logged dives required.
- Beginner tour from Filitheyo to Male – 8 days 7 nights trip. Approx. 17 dives in total. Open Water certification – 5 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 on the Sheena you’ll see there’s a dive trip for beginner scuba divers 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.
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Maldives Sheena liveaboard review by customers
Scuba divers that have stayed on the Maldives Sheena liveaboard review comments include:
- Wonderful trip to a unique and beautiful part of the Maldives;
- Amazing! To be repeated!
- Diving was amazing! Not suited for beginners!
- Boat crew was excellent offering help but not over eager;
- Southern Atolls at its best;
- Mantas and more as well as sharks tongue were my favourite dive sites;
- Diving was phenomenal and most places there was no one else in site.
Here’s a review by a customer who rated the Maldives Sheena liveaboard 9.2 out of 10 and 4.5 stars:
Great diving in the south. “Diving was phenomenal and most places there was no one else in site. The diving felt relaxed but professional and guest focused. I never felt rushed or like we were hurried through the dive by a bored DM. On each dive we would stay until a guest was low on air or the hour was up. Ali was always happy to be diving and very helpful but not obtrusive. On a couple of occasions one of us had a bit of trouble while swimming against a hard current. He was right by your side but waiting to see if you neede him or not. Boat crew was excellent offering help but not over eager. The staff on the boat were so attentive and considerate or your individual preferences. You really only had to tell them once how you liked your coffee! Due to a staff illness there was a crew change mid week, this was seamless. I would travel on this boat again and in fact can’t wait to visit again! Mantas and more as well as sharks tongue were my favourite dive sites. So special! Mantas and more is aptly named but sharks tongue should be renamed whale sharks tongue! Consider staying at the island resort for some extended diving!Recommended forGreat staff truly a special effort made every day!” Secluded dive sites. Relaxed atmosphere.Samantha S, Canada
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