Moonima - Maldives LiveaboardInquiry
M/Y Moonima is a Maldivian made motor yacht (30m x 10m), one of the best “classic” superior class in the market, and with its 8 cabins comfortably accommodates 16 and more guests (using the possibility to accommodate 3 pax in some double/twin rooms).
Moonima has been completely renovated in summer 2015 to the highest standards of safety and service, offering a cozy and pleasant atmosphere with spacious cabins, lounge areas and open spaces.
They run 2 full itineraries, one for diving and one for non-divers (snorkelling, island visits etc) plus a beach barbeque by moonlight.
There are 8 standard cabins located on the lower deck, 5 of the cabins have double beds plus a single bed and can accommodate 2 guests and maximum 3 guests if required. The 2 other standard cabins have only double bed. Each cabin on the lower deck is equipped with portholes. On the upper deck there is 1 double cabin with a great view as it is equipped with a beautiful sea view window.
Please note: The minimum experience requirement for trips in the Maldives is Advanced open water level and 50 logged dives for all trips.
Moonima - schedule
Moonima - gallery
Moonima - 360° tour of the boat
Moonima - 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.
Please note: The minimum experience level requirement for trips on Mooninma is Advanced open water level and 50 logged dives for all trips.
The trip price includes:
Cruise 7 nights: Package 16 dives
Cruise 10 nights: Package 23 dives
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (in buffet style)
Mineral water, American coffee tea
Wi-Fi internet access (if available in navigation area)
Transportation to and from the airport
Nitrox to qualified divers
Maldivian GST 12%
Diving dhoni (with aluminum oxygen tanks 12 lt. And weights)
Island tours and barbecue on the beach (depending on the route)
The trip price does not include:
Drinks (apart from Mineral water, American coffee tea)
Diving equipment rent
Maldivian green tax $ 6 per person per night to pay on the boat
Tips (we suggest 10 US $ per guest per day)
Transport from and to the airport in speed boat or air in the calendar beginning of the cruise
Everything not described in “The trip price includes”
For a single cabin, non sharing, please add 60%, if you are a single diver and happy to share with another diver of the same sex the price is as stated originally.
Triple share with teenager under 18 is -20% for the teenager
Triple share with child under 12 is -50% for the child
Non divers are charged the same price but non-diver guests can enjoy for free one of these special packages:
Standard Booking and Cancellation Terms and Conditions.
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
Moonima - cabins
Double lower deck cabin
Double upper deck cabin
Double or twin lower deck cabin
Moonima - itineraries
Specific itineraries depend on the time of year and the prevailing currents at that time of the year.
1 week: - 6 days of diving.
Male North, Rasdhoo, Ari North, Ari South, Male South
Male North, Male South, Felidhoo
Male North, Ari North, Ari South, Felidhoo, Male South
Male North, Rasdhoo, Ari North, Ari South, Felidhoo, Male South
Male North, Male South, Felidhoo, Mulaku
Male North, Lhaviyani, Baa
Male North, Rasdhoo, Ari North, Ari South, Faafu, Dhaalu, Mulaku, Felidhoo, Male South
Male North, Lhaviyani, Noonu, Raa, Baa
For your flight arrival times ideally you should aim to arrive around midday on the day of departure as due to a same day turn around of the boat the guests from the trip before will be departing in the morning. The rest of the morning the boat will be being cleaned and prepared for your arrival around lunchtime. You can arrive on the day of departure as late as 10pm as the boat will not leave the Male area on the first day. Whatever time you arrive on the day of departure you will be met off your flight at the arrivals area by our boat representatives and taken to the boat, about 10 minutes from the airport.
If you would like to arrive the day before it is possible to stay in the airport hotel which is on the adjacent island (HulhulMale) as the airport (Hulhule island) or stay in another guesthouse on Hulhulemale Island for the night, we don’t recommend booking somewhere in Male as this involves a ferry ride to the next island. If you stay on Hulhulemale island your hotel will then deliver you back to the airport the following day (the day of departure) where you will be met by the boats representatives and taken directly to the ship. Please check with your hotel / guest house if this is a free transfer as some of them charge for this service. Planes do not fly late into the night so you will be able to sleep.
Moonima - specs
Moonima - 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.