Ocean Sapphire - Maldives LiveaboardInquiry
Ocean Sapphire is a Maldivian made motor yacht (35m x 10m), luxury class and with its 11 cabins comfortably accommodates 22 and more guests for Full Charter.
The Ocean Sapphire stands 3 decks tall; a beautiful and sleek yacht made for the sapphire ocean. With spacious cabins of maximum comfort, this beauty combines modern luxury and polished interiors of natural teak and pine.
She accomodates 22 persons, on the lower deck houses 7 Spacious Cabins; the main deck houses a restaurant and Sala, and the Upper deck houses 4 rooms each with double beds and a bathtub and on the top deck lies a Jacuzzi large enough to accommodate 6 people, sun beds and showers.
The restaurant welcomes you with a buffet of both international and of local flavors and the bar will fix you the cocktail of your choice.
The yacht was built in 2012 and was renovated during summer 2018, with the highest standards in safety and service, offering cozy and pleasant atmosphere with its spacious cabins, lounge areas and open spaces, ready to start the new season under the direct management of an Italian cruise manager.
Ocean Sapphire - gallery
Ocean Sapphire - 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 trip price includes:
3 scuba dives per day (except the check-in day and the last 24 hours before the flight from Maldives), included 1 scuba dive by night once a week (so the day of the night dive the dives will be 2 during day time + the night dive)
Full Board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (in buffet style)
Mineral water, Nescafe & tea
Transport from and to the airport
Maldivian “Green Tax”
Trips to the local islands and to the desert islands (some islands could require a small entrance fee)
Trip to Male
Accompanied daily snorkeling
1 barbeque dinner on the beach (if weather conditions are good – it could be requested a small entrance fee for the rent of the barbeque place on the island)
Diving dhoni (with tanks, weights and belts)
The trip price does not include:
Dive equipment rental charges
Medical and diving insurance (DAN temporary diving insurance can be stipulated directly onboard)
Diving equipment’s rent - Diving courses - Extra dives
Wi-Fi internet access
Dinner with lobster (to be booked at least 1 week prior the beginning of the cruise)
Tips to liveaboard staff (at guests discretion)
Transport from and to the airport in date out of the calendar beginning/end of the cruise
Everything else not described in “The price includes”
Terms and conditions:
30% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
70 % is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Individual bookings made less than 90 days before the departure date are payable in full at the time of the 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
Dive equipment rental charges (USD) - Per Day / Per WeekFull set (Bcd,Reg,fins,mask, snorkel,wetsuit) - $35 / $170
Computer - (mandatory to have) - $50 / $450
Torch / Lamp - $50 / $400
Jackets (BCD) - $50 / $400
Regulator - $50 / $130
Fins / Mask / Snorkel - $25 / $100
Shortie wetsuit (3mm) - $40 /$180
PADI Dive course price list
PADI on-board diving course prices USD $
Discover scuba diving 75
Scuba diver 300*
Open water diver 450*
Advanced open water 270*
Rescue diver 500*
Bubble maker 150
plus certification expenses and course materials - Us$ 120
** plus certification expenses and course materials - US$ 50
Where is the pick up for the boat?
In the Maldives the default meeting point for all hotels and liveaboards is the airport so whether you are arriving from an international flight or transfering from another resort you will arrive and depart from the airport which is 100 metres from the port where the dhoni will transfer you to your liveaboard.
Will I be met when I arrive?
You will be met off your flight or resort transfer as per your details you provide to us at the time of booking your trip and returned to the airport at the end of your liveaboard.
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 will we arrive at the boat?
The boat stays in Male for the first day so dependant on what time you land and we transfer you to the boat
Ocean Sapphire - cabins
Ocean Sapphire houses total 11 Cabins with the following bedding configuration:
Upper Deck 4 suite with king-size bed, monitor LCD with CD/DVD player (maximum for 2 pax)
Lower Deck 5 standard double/twin cabins with a king-size double bed + a single bed (maximum for 3 pax, but recommended for 2 pax)
Lower deck 2 standard twin cabins with two single beds (maximum for 2 pax)
All cabins are furnished with independent air conditioner, safe box, bathroom with spacious shower boxes (soap and shower gel available – hairdryers on request), fire alarm system.
Standard cabins are equipped with portholes, while the 4 suite rooms have large panoramic ocean view windows
Ocean Sapphire - itineraries
Specific itineraries depend on the time of year and the prevailing currents at that time of the year. diving in the Maldives is year round.
Best of the Maldives - North Male, South Male, Felidhoo and Ari atoll
1 week: - 6 days of diving.
SATURDAY (arrival day) – if all the guests of the week (so not only these specific guests) arrive in the morning there could be a check dive in North Male atoll (Kurumba House Reef), otherwise with arrivals in the afternoon or evening the first check dive will be the morning after
SUNDAY – possible check-dive (or second dive of the week, see above note) in North Male atoll (Lankan Paradise) – cross to South Male atoll - second dive of the day in South Male atoll (Kandooma Thila) – cross to Felidhoo atoll – possible sand bank in the afternoon (Alimath sandbank) – third dive in Felidhoo atoll (Alimatha Jetty, night dive with sharks)
MONDAY – first dive in Felidhoo atoll (Myaru Kandu) – cross to Ari atoll, South part – second and third dive in Ari atoll (Five Rocks and Kuda Rah Thila) – possible sunset fishing with diving
TUESDAY (Ari atoll, from South part to central part) – 3 dives (Kudi Maa “wreck”, Sun Island Beyru, Rhaddhigga Thila) – search of the Whale Shark in the late morning - possible desert island (Raddhigga) after the 3 dives for the end of afternoon and sunset and possible BBQ party on the island (weather permitting) – island cost around 5 USD per person.
WEDNESDAY – (Ari atoll, from central part to North-West part) – 3 dives (Moofushi corner 1, Moofushi corner 2, Fesdhoo “wreck”) + possible extra night dive (Fesdhoo Lagoon, payment onboard depending by number of participants) searching for the manta rays.
THURSDAY – (Ari atoll, central North part) – 3 dives (Fish Head 1, Fish Head 2, Maayathila) + possible extra night dive (Maayathila “by night”, payment onboard depending by number of participants) – possible nice desert island in the morning (and in the early afternoon).
FRIDAY (number of dives * will depend by the flight time of guests on the day after as we have to consider 24 hours “no fly” before departure – please remember that check-out time from the boat the day after will be in any case at around 7.30) – first dive in Ari atoll, North – East side (Bathala Maga Kan thila) – cross to South Male atoll – second dive, if any * (Lagoona caves) – cross to North Male atoll – third dive, if any * (to be defined).
SATURDAY (departure day) – check-out to the airport at around 7.30
Magnificent 7 atolls
The sunny high way to the Southern part of Maldives touch seven atolls from North Male to Laamu.
This trip dive kind is mainly focus on channel dives, clear water and “ big stuff” as white tip sharks, grey reef sharks, eagle rays, barracuda, tuna, napoleon wrasse and the magical night encounter with the gentle giant whale shark.
During the cruising we will touch deserted islands with virgin lagoons and beautiful untouched reefs. Due to the small amount of touristic resort and safari boats, these waters are really fishy, and often groups of bottle nose dolphin come play in front of the boat prow.
The large marine life, in the typical dry season clear water, guarantees unforgettable underwater meetings and charged-up dives.
Wild Deep South
In Maldives all the dives site that have “kandu” in the name are channel dives. That means clear water, dive on the ocean edge to meet a big amount of grey reef sharks, tuna, jack fish and sometime dolphins and sail fish. In deep south some of them host a big amount of green turtles (Kooddo Kandu, Vilingili Kandu partucularly); some of them has great coral gardens (such as Kureddoo Kandu, Kondei Kandu).
Outside of the island of Genemanafushi we have good chance to meet large group of Hammerheads Sharks, diving in the blue, drifting long an oceanic reef. Southern than Huvadhoo, if the ocean condition are good, we can go to the ultimate Maldivian dive destination, Fommulah. This atoll is made by only one island in the middle of the Indian ocean: here, thanks to the oceanic current, we have great chances to meet tiger sharks and thresher sharks. We can spend here just one full day and make 3 dives, because there isn’t a place for night anchorage: not so uncommon to meet here oceanic mantas or whale sharks. More than one night we will try to attract whale shark behind the boat with a powerful light. Thanks to the many desert islands, we will do the barbecue on the beach in a very beautiful location, need just to pic-up an island!
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.
Ocean Sapphire - specs
Maldivian made three decks (+ accommodation lower deck) wooden motor yacht
Built in 2012
Length 35 m
Width 10 m
Cruise speed 11 knots
Engine Daewoo 480 HP
2 desalination plants with 12000 lt/day capacity
2 x 50 KW sound proof generators
Ocean Sapphire + diving dhoni crew 14 pax (including 1 Italian Cruise Director/Diving Instructor/Marine Biologist + 2 Italian Diving Instructors + 1 Maldivian Dive Masters)
Languages spoken onboard: English, Italian, Dhivehi
2 standard twin cabins (on accommodation deck) with two single beds (maximum for 2 pax)
5 standard double/twin cabins (on accommodation deck), very spacious, with a king-size double bed + a single bed (maximum for 3 pax, but recommended for 2 pax)
1 junior suite (on accommodation deck) with king-size bed + single bed, bathroom with shower box and bath tub (maximum for 3 pax, but recommended for 2 pax)
4 suite (on upper deck) with king-size bed, monitor LCD with CD/DVD player (maximum for 2 pax)
All cabins are furnished with independent air conditioner, safe box, bathroom with spacious shower boxes (soap and shower gel available – hairdryers on request), fire alarm system.
Standard cabins and the junior suite are equipped with portholes, while the 3 suite rooms have large panoramic ocean view windows
Services and facilities (some of them are not included in the cruise price and need an extra payment onboard):
An indoor air-conditioned restaurant on main deck with food buffet
Full Board buffet style, with bottled mineral water, American coffee & tea included free of charge
Indoor coffee corner in the restaurant area
Amazing panoramic lounge bar on captain’s deck
A fine selection of Italian and International beverages, wines and liquors
Lounge area at prow on main deck
Spacious sundeck with sunbeds, a 8 seat Jacuzzi and a shower
Wi-Fi internet access (on request) in the main lounge
40-inch LCD monitor and CD/DVD player in the restaurant
3 independent hi-fi systems on each deck
Maldivian fishing equipment on board
Dinner on the beach (weather permitting)
3 air compressors
NITROX (on extra charge)
25 aluminium diving tanks int/din mono valve (11 lt and 13 lt)
3 steel diving tanks int/din mono valve 15 lt. each (on extra charge)
Weights, weights’ belts and safety sausages
2 medical oxygen tanks, 46 lt.
Dive gear rental on board
It’s possible to achieve PADI diving courses’ certificates on board
Ocean Sapphire - diving
A Maldives liveaboard diving safari is without doubt the best way to explore these magificent Atolls.
Maldives safaris trips are available for individual bookings and /or for full charter cruises. Spaces and dates are limited so advance booking is recommended.The diverse itinerary of the liveaboard gives you the opportunity to visit many of the varied atolls and experience many types of underwater landscapes in just one trip!
If your partner is a non-diver Ocean Sapphire has an comprehensive itinerary for non-divers involving island visits, trips to local villages, treks and fishing tours to keep your partner busy whilst you explore the big blue.
Diving Seasons in the Maldives - The best Time for Diving in the Maldives
*January to April are considered the best months for diving.
*May and June can have unstable weather, and odd cloudy days are possible until September.
*October and November tend to have clearer weather, but visibility can be slightly reduced because of abundant plankton in the water that attracts the big fishes, good time for whale sharks.
*December can have windy weather and rain.
Maldives diving Courses
If you have never been diving before, or want to continue your diving education then why not take a diving course, our PADI certified instructors can offer you scuba instruction from PADI’s Discover diving course, through to the Divemaster program.
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.