Sachika - Maldives LiveaboardInquiry
Sachika is without doubt one of the finest liveaboards in the Maldives. She sails from the capital of Male for her one week liveaboard safaris around North and south Male atoll, Ari atoll and Vaavu atoll experiencing the best diving in the Maldives.
Sachika has 10 cabins for 20 guests consisting of 3 suites, 1 junior suite, 4 standard double or twin cabins and 2 twin cabins. She is a fully equipped luxury cruising boat and is equipped with a dhoni (a traditional Maldivian vessel) used for diving the Maldives most amazing reefs and to keep all the tanks and compressors separate so you are not bothered by the noise.
Top Class Cruising is pleased to have on board the M/Y Sachika as a cruise director, the amazing marine biologist and diving instructor Giacomo Ganda.
Along with a full dive schedule for avid divers Sachika also offers a full snorkelling itinerary for non-divers and activities like beach visits and just laying on the sand enjoying the Maldives.
Catering to Clients from all over the world she offers diving in the Maldives but also has a full itinerary for non-divers of islands visits, snorkelling, fishing and treks so whether you dive or not if you are looking to sail the Maldives in style then this is the boat for you.
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Sachika - prices and what's included
Prices are per person per night 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:
3 scuba dives per day, included 1 night dive once a week (17 dives)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (in buffet style)
Mineral water, American coffee tea 24 hours self service in the restaurant (rooms minibar’s water and every
extra bottle of water are paid at prices stated in the price list)
Transport to and from the airport
Maldivian GST 12%
Maldivian green tax $6 per person per night
Trips to the local islands and to the desert islands
Trip to Male
1 barbeque dinner on the beach
Accompanied daily snorkeling
Diving dhoni (with aluminum oxigen tanks 12 lt. and weights)
Dinghi (10 seats) with engine 50 hp
THE PRICE DOESN’T INCLUDE:
Nitrox $70 per week
Drinks (apart from Mineral water, American coffee tea)
Diving equipment’s rent ($25 a day)
Extra diving beyond the 3 dives a day
Banana riding - Seascooter
Wi-Fi internet access (guest’s own laptop or mobile phone required)
Dinner with lobster (to be booked at least 1 week prior the beginning of the cruise)
Tips (we suggest 10 US$ per guest per day)
Transport from and to the airport in speed boat or air taxi in date out of the calendar beginning/end of the cruise
Everything not described in “The price includes”
DISCOUNTS (not available for full charter):
Third bed adults - 10%
Third bed teenager (under 18 years old) - 20%
Third bed child (under 12 years old) - 50%
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 in the Junior suite or standard cabins is -10% on the above rates for the third person.
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:
"Discover Scuba Diving": you will live the adventure of “breathing underwater” and exploring the wonderful house reef with our instructor for 20-30 minutes at 5-10 m. depth - diving equipment included
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.
Balance due 90 days before your trip departure date - non-refundable.
Individual booking made less than 90 days before the departured ate are payable in full at the time of 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
Dive equipment rental charges (USD)
Items Rent per day Rent per week Loss or damage
Full set (Bcd,Reg,fins,mask, snorkel,wetsuit) 35 170
Computer - (mandatory to have) 10 50 450
Torch / Lamp 10 50 400
Jackets (BCD) 10 50 400
Regulator 10 50 130
Fins / Mask / Snorkel 5 25 100
Shortie wetsuit (3mm) 10 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
Sachika - cabins
Sachika has 10 cabins for 20 guests consisting of 3 suites on the upper deck with a great sea view, 1 junior suite, 4 standard double or twin cabins and 2 twin cabins all on the lower accomodation deck. All cabins are furnished with independent air conditioning units, mini-bar, bathroom with a spacious shower (soap, shampoo and shower gel available - hairdryers on request), fire alarm system. The standard cabins and junior suite room are equipped with portholes, while the 3 suite rooms have large panoramic windows
Suites - Upper deck #8, 9 and 10
Suites - Upper deck #8, 9 and 10
Junior suite - Lower deck #4
Junior suite - Lower deck #4
Standard cabin - double or twin - Lower deck #1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7
The lower deck corridor #1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 4 (the Junior suite)
Sachika - 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.
Sachika - specs
Maldivian made three deck wooden luxury class motoryacht built in 2007
Length 33 m
Width 10 m
Cruise speed 11 knots
Engine Yanmar 480 HP
2 desalination plants with 600 lt/h capacity
2 supersilenced generators, 35 KW each
15 m Diving dhoni
5 m dinghy
Sachika crew 11 people (professional chef + professional pastry chef)
Dhoni crew 3 people
Wi-Fi internet access in the restaurant
5 seats jacuzzi on the spacious sundeck
Hi-fi system inside and out (separate for all decks)
Inside coffee bar on restaurant deck
Open coffee bar on captain deck
All the latest navigation systems.
Air compressors 16mc/h each
29 aluminum diving tanks octopus int/din attached 12 lt. each
2 aluminum oxygen tanks mono-attached int/din 5 lt. each
Medical oxygen tank
Dive gear rental on board
It’s possible to achieve PADI certification on board or experience a try dive on the Maldives stunning reefs
Fishing equipment on board
Sachika - 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 Sachika 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.