Blue Force One - Maldives LiveaboardInquiry
Blue Force one (Also known as MY Leo) accommodates up to 22 people in 11 excellent cabins; 7 wide double cabins, 1 Junior Suite, 1 Master Cabin and 2 Master suites.
All of them with full bathroom, hair dryer, remote control for lights and air-condition, 32’ TV with in house movies, satellite, WI-FI, in boat phone circuit, safe, bathrobes and towels.
Blue Force One (awarded by the Liveaboard Association of Maldives as Best Built Liveaboard 2014) is considered one of the top three boats in the Maldives.
It is 42 meters length x 12 meters wide, with a 700cv Caterpillar engine, 3 generators, 2 Caterpillar 65 KW and 1 Onan 27 KW, desalination plant 30 ton /day, 3 air conditioning groups.
She is also equipped with two Jacuzzis outside one in the bow and the other in the stern, 3 solariums with sunbeds and mattresses (in the bow, stern and the upper bridge), bar on the upper deck, living room with sofas, massage armchairs, 65’ TV with in house channels, satellite navigation and film system and music equipment including disco room with karaoke.
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Blue Force One - prices and what's included
Prices are per person per trip and in USD based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.
The price includes:
Transfers in & out
Accommodation in a double cabin on MBF One
Full board. Mineral water, coffee and tea
18 dives including tanks (S80 / 12L), weights and dhoni (boat)
The price does not include:
Drinks on board except water, coffee and tea
Service fee (130 USD per week), payment on board
Maldives taxes (155 USD per week), payment on board
Green Taxes: (42 USD per week), payment on board
Rental equipment (mandatory booking in advanced)
S100 / 15L tanks (35 usd per week, mandatory booking in advanced)
Nitrox (50 USD per week), payment onboard
Wifi (not available on board)
Domestic flights where applicable (Southern routes)
Male GAN USD 280 disembark / embark in Addu
Male GKK USD 255 disembark / embark in Kooddoo
***ALL THE DOMESTIC FLIGHTS ARE NON REFUNDABLE ONCE THEY ARE ISSUED ***
Single cabin supplement (one person in a cabin on their own) is an extra +80% on top of the published rate; but please check with us for the availability as this is very limited depending on the trip and week.
Booking and Cancellation Terms and Conditions for less than 10 people:
Booking deposit: 30% of your invoice total is required within 7 days of booking to confirm your booking.
Final payment of 70% is due to 90 days prior to the departure date to complete your invoice payment.
Individual bookings made less than 90 days before the departure date will be payable in full upon booking to confirm your booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
90 days before departure - non-refundable
Diving Equipment Rentals (USD) Per week
Full Set (regulator, octopus, BCD, wetsuit, mask, fins, dive computer) $ 170
Regulator with octopus $ 50
Computer $ 35
BCD $ 50
Wetsuit (shorty 3mm) $ 40
Fins (+ booties as required), mask, snorkel $ 15
Torch $ 20
Advanced OW $ 180
Nitrox $ 110
Blue Force One - cabins
Blue Force one accommodates up to 22 people in 11 excellent cabins; 7 wide double cabins, 1 Junior Suite, 1 Master Cabin and 2 Master suites.
All cabins have a full bathroom, hair dryer, remote control for lights and air-condition, 32’ TV with in house movies, satellite, WI-FI, in boat phone circuit, safe, bathrobes and towels.
The cabins are configured on these decks
1 Master Cabin with double bed, bathroom and bath (cabin 101).
6 cabins with double bed and single bed (cabins 102 to 107), bathroom and shower.
2 Master Suites with double bed, bathroom, jacuzzi for 2 people and sea view (cabin 108 & 109).
1 Junior Suite with double bed and single bed, bathroom and bath (cabin 110).
1 cabin with 2 single beds, bathroom and shower (cabin 111).
Blue Force One - itineraries
Central Atolls Classical Route
Day 1 – Saturday : Arrival at male Airport where you will be met and greeted by the boat representative.
You will be transferred to the main vessel – Maldives Blue Force One in a dhoni boat.
The boat will start sailing and the rest of the day will be used for crew introduction, safety rules and route explanation and ended with dinner onboard.
Day 2 – 7 (Sunday to Friday):
This route will go through North and South Male Atolls, Felidhoo & Ari.
Dive program will be 3 dives per day with 2 night dives a week.
Total dives: 18 dives
The Anchorage for the night will be next to desert islands or fishing villages visited with our guides if logistic allow.
Day 8 – Saturday: Disembark at Male airport at 7.00 a.m.
Check out time will be at 9 a.m.
Tranfer to airport is provided.
Maldives – Southern Hemisphere
1.Deep South Descend / Deep South Ascent: North Male, South Male, Ari, Vaavu, Meemu, Thaa, Laamu. The objectives of this trip are: Mantas and whale sharks in Ari, Pelagic canals in Vaavu, Meemu, Thaa & Laamu.
2.Southern Hemisphere (intermediate stage): Gaaf Alif, Foamulah – Addu / Addu, Foamulaj – Gaaf Alif. Embarking and disembarking in Gan & Kooddoo dpending on the stage.
The objectives: Pelagic in the deep South canals, thilas with corals like Maldives 25 years ago, Canals for shark watching, pelagic and the possibility of ocean watch.
The whale shark by night, dive with mantas and the 62 year old British Royalty shipwreck, which is 110 meters length and the biggest in Maldives.
Southern Hemisphere Cruise
Day 1 – Saturday: Upon arrival at Male airport, you will go through Emigration proceeding, Baggage claim and continue to have a connecting flight to Embarking atoll airport (timetable to be confirmed later).
When you arrive at embarking atoll airport, you will be met and greeted by the boat representative and transferred to the main vessel in a dhoni. The rest of the day will be used for check in process, crew introduction, briefing about the itinerary and starting the cruise.
Day 2 to 7 – Sunday to Friday: Southern Hemisphere Diving Cruise. Dive in Laamu, Gaaf Alif, Foamulah & Addu. Guests will do 3 dives a day including 1 or 2 night dives in the week depending on the diving conditions.
The number of daily dives could be modified, guaranteeing a total amount of 18 dives per week.
Afternoon mainland visits (if there is no night dive is programmed). After dinner several group activities are arranged or just relax onboard, games, movies, karaoke, Jacuzzi, etc…
Day 8 – Satuurday: Disembarking Atoll and back to Male.
When the trip ends, guests will take a morning flights back to Male (timetable to be confirmed).
Blue Force One - specs
Year built :2013
Length : 42 meters
Deck area :3 decks
Beam : 12 meters
Top speed : 11 Knots
Cruising speed : 9 Knots
Engines : Caterpillar 700hp
Max guests : 22 people
Number of cabins : 10
Number of bathrooms : 11 (guest use)
Tender : 2
Water capacity : 24 tons/day
Fuel capacity : 8000 liters
Fresh water maker : yes
Blue Force One - diving
The Maldives offer the best that diving and snorkelling has to offer, Manta rays are guaranteed on pretty much every trip and there are a myriad of sites where you can see these beautiful creatures of the sea.
All of our liveaboards will do the best to give you the best experience possible dependant on the current conditions on the date of your trip and our boats are liveaboards for people enthusiastic or serious about their diving but also welcome snorkellers and non-divers who will have their own separate itinerary.
One of the highlights of any Maldives safari is the possibility to see one of the gentle giants of the ocean. Whale sharks are unusually common in the Maldives and are seen nearly year round in some areas and all our liveaboards will do their utmost to give you this chance encounter of a lifetime.
Diving from a liveaboard in the Maldives is without doubt one of the cheapest and easier ways to experience the best that the Maldives has to offer and these are, in our opinion, the best liveaboards in the area in terms of value for money, comfort and quality of service.
Maldives dive sites
Type of dive: Reef dive
Description: One of the best dive sites for soft coral and fish life.
The marine life here is so abundant, that the divers have named it ‘fish soup’. The thila is in a circular shape and can be covered in a single dive at different depths, if the current is not very strong.
Type of dive: Reef dive / Night dive
Description: The thila is about 80mters in diameter.
The whole thila can be done at different depths in a single dive. There are manycaves and overhangs around the thila. The large rocks on the north eastern side have large black coral trees growing on them. The site is famous for the sharks and a great barracuda which reside here. The site can be dived at any time of the day, each with different activity going on the reef. The best chance to get close to these creatures is at night time, when they are hunting. You will see sharks, barracudas, rays and eels trying to grab a morsel.
Bathala Maaga Kanthila
Type of dive: Drift dive
Description: The northern tip of Magaa reef extends into Bathalaa Kandu and is home to a number of grey reef sharks and white-tip reef sharks. They can be seen patrolling along the reef looking for food.
Maalhos Thila (Blue Curves)
Type of dive: Drift dive / Reef dive
Description: The thila is known for the abundance of soft coral growth on the thila, particularly the blue/violet colored variety that grows on the ceiling of the caves and overhangs, thus the name ‘blue caves’. In addition a large variety of fish life can be observed here.
Type of dive: Drift dive / Channel dive
Description: The reef on the southern side of Rasdhoo drops vertically to the ocean depths. The site is home to a school of Scalloped Hammerhead sharks (sphyrna lewini). In the early hours of the morning they rise from the deep waters off the atoll into the shallower depths, accessible to divers.
South Male Atoll - some of the more popular dive sites
Guraidhoo Kandu South
Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive
Description: Since the eastern side of the channel is Open Ocean, large predatory fish can regularly be spotted here. This site is famous for sightings of sharks, schools of eagle rays and the occasional Sail fish and Hammerheads. The best condition to do the dive is when the current is flowing into the Atoll. The dive begins on the outer reef following the current into the atoll. Most of the pelagic species can be observed on the eastern side, where the reef drops off into the deep ocean.
At the end of the dive in the channel, along the reef you can find overhangs with plenty of soft coral growth and small fish.
Type of dive: Drift dive / reef dive
Description: Located in a channel, the reef is subject to strong currents at times. The ocean currents carry lot of nutrients to the reef, supporting an abundance of sea life.
The site is well renowned for the soft coral growth, turtles, diverse fish life and invertebrates found on the reef. At the reef slope you may find sharks and eagle rays.
Embudu Kandu (Express)
Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive.
Description: Similar to Guraidhoo Kandu, but more sharks are likely to be spotted here.
The currents can be very strong at times. The stronger the current however the better chance of seeing sharks. Under the guidance of an experienced dive guide, the dive can be managed done easily.
Blue Force One - faqs
Can I buy a local phone card?
Phone cards are available for sale at the airport. They are gprs enabled so you can pick your email on your phone nearly anywhere on the trip at very reasonable rates. Please make sure you tell you guest rep that you want one before you leave the airport.
What time is boarding ?
You can arrive at any time but they prefer in the morning or midday because if you arrive after 15:00 or later you could lose the check dive option on the first day. Transfer is by using a dhoni boat to MALDIVES BLUE FORCE ONE.
What is the best time to arrive in the Maldives for this ?
Before 15:00 if it is possible
What is the check out time on the last day also ?
At 07:00 am
The last dive will be at 5 or 6 am the 29th of November because is recommended to be 24 hours without diving before to take a flight
Taking a flight out after 8 am on the final day would be an ideal time.
Is there a minimum experience level to join this trip ?
It is recommended have a minimum of 50 dives and Open Water certificate
Do you also visit beaches and island on the trip ?
Yes, they usually prepare a BBQ in a desert island and visit also a fisherman village during the trip.
This service is included on the price and is a BBQ lunch
What does the “Travel insurance” involve and cover ?
The insurance covers the trip, the luggage and the luggage (till 1500€)