Why you should choose Theia:

Join Theia Liveaboard to explore the crystal-clear waters and the beautiful surroundings of the Maldives.

Theia is 32m long and has 10 cabins with an accommodation capacity of 20 divers over 3 decks : 2 suites with double beds on the upper deck and 2 junior suites of which one has a panoramic seaview and 1 cabin on the main deck.
There are also 5 double-bed and single-bed cabins located on the lower deck.

The outside deck allows for a outside dining experience for an enjoyable evening dinner under the stars.
The main deck houses a spacious living room designed for comfort and relaxation with panoramic views which compliments the sun deck and the sunset from the sky bar.

Theia's itineraries will take you to the various Maldivian atolls from North to South hopefully encountering whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and incredible schools of fish during your trip.

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Theia - schedule

Theia - prices and what's included

Prices are per person per trip and 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 :
Transfers from the airport to the boat and to and from the marina.
Accommodation.
On-board guides (dive masters and instructors) accredited by government authorities.
12 liter aluminum cylinders + DIN/Int, and diving weights.
Three meals a day.
Bath towels are changed at least once during the trip, depending on the duration of the cruise.
One evening dedicated to celebrating birthdays, newlyweds or dive anniversaries.
The selected sea route will take into consideration the passengers' wishes.
A logbook map.
Soft drinks during meals (Coke and Sprite)
Nitrox

The trip price does not include :
International flights to and from Malé.
The supplement for a superior or sea view cabin.
The supplement for a single cabin.
Soft drinks such as Coke, Sprite, etc. outside meals.
Alcoholic drinks
Transfers by speed boat, airplane or seaplane depending on special routes or unscheduled arrivals and departures. (If a passenger wants to take a particular international flight, any extra cost related to the latter will be at the customer's expense).
Training, optional dives, equipment rentals and on-board services
Service charge $120 for 7 nights.
Potential Fuel surcharge
Maldivian Green Tax of 6 USD per person per day.
Dive insurance is mandatory as is your own personal dive computer (You can rent one for the trip if you do not have your own).
As well as the Mandatory Dive Insurance we highly recommend Trip and Travel Insurance on the off chance of missed or cancelled flights / lost baggage, documents, money or passport / Covid issues or any other unforeseen problems that could possibly occur.
Dive Assure Insurance offers cover for all these eventualities as well as complete Dive Insurance all in one package.

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.

Full charter:
Booking deposit:
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
Second deposit:
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
Balance due
90 days before departure - non-refundable

Theia - cabins

Theia has 10 cabins over 3 decks
Upper Deck : 4 cabins = 3 single bed suites with a possibility of double bed and 1 cabin with single and double bed.
Middle Deck : 1 cabin = 2 single beds with possibility of double bed.
Lower Deck : 5 cabins = 4 double bed with a single bed cabin and 1 cabin with removable single beds allowing to have 1 double bed + 1 single bed.
All the cabins are equipped with silent air-conditioning, shower and toilets.
The power outlets are 220V Uk style sockets.

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    Upper Deck Cabin
    There are 4 cabins on the Upper Deck, 3 single bed suites with a possibility of a double bed and 1 cabin with single and double bed.

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    Upper Deck Cabin
    There are 4 cabins on the Upper Deck, 3 single bed suites with a possibility of a double bed and 1 cabin with single and double bed.

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    Upper Deck Cabin
    here are 4 cabins on the Upper Deck, 3 single bed suites with a possibility of a double bed and 1 cabin with single and double bed.

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    Main Deck Cabin
    There is 1 cabin on the main deck that can be a double or twin cabin.

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    Lower Deck Cabin
    There are 5 cabins on the lower deck that can be a double or twin cabin.

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    Lower Deck Cabin
    There are 5 cabins on the lower deck that can be a double or twin cabin.

Lower Deck Double / Twin Cabin
Theia can accomodate 20 passengers in 10 cabins :
There are 5 cabins on the lower deck that can be a double or twin cabin.
Each cabin has air conditioning and en-suite private bathroom.

Main Deck Double / Twin Cabin
Theia can accomodate 20 passengers in 10 cabins :
There is 1 cabin on the main deck that can be a double or twin cabin.
Each cabin has air conditioning and en-suite private bathroom.

Upper Deck Double / Twin Cabin
Theia can accomodate 20 passengers in 10 cabins :
There are 4 Suite cabins on the Upper Deck that can be a double or twin cabin.
Each cabin has air conditioning and en-suite private bathroom.

Theia - itineraries

Airport Pick Up
Passengers are greeted at the airport by Theia staff, holding a Theia sign.
The meeting point will generally be outside the arrival hall after the baggage claim and customs clearance area.

Transfers
For cruises arriving and departing from Malé, passengers are transferred to the boat via the diving Dhoni leaving from the marina of Malé International Airport (duration: approximately 20 minutes).
The first transfer included in the service is at 15h00 from Malé airport.
The return transfer from the last day will be organized right after breakfast.
Those arriving before 15h00 on Saturday morning should book an "Early Check-In" at $45 per person.
If the boat is available upon arrival on Saturday morning, participants can be transferred earlier (around 11.00 am) from the airport to the boat.
The rate includes half-day on board, lunch and private transfer.

On the way back and depending on return flight schedules, guests can book a “Late Checkout” at $45 per person.
If the boat is available upon departure on Saturday afternoon, you can be transferred later (until 14.00pm) from the boat to the airport.
The rate includes half-day on board, lunch and private transfer.

Due to the many and varied itineraries we have provided links to the PDF forms for each trip

Central / South Route 7N
Central Route 10N
North Route 7N

Theia - specs

Traditional 16,5m long and 4,7m wide diving Dhoni
DIN or International
12 and 14 L tanks
Full equipment rental
Security equipment, O2, defibrillator
Hot and cold water
Silent generator

Theia - diving

Diver minimum requirements
Level 2 or Advanced Open Water Diver (AOWD) with a minimum of 50 dives is required.
An Open Water Diver (OWD) level with over 80 dives is acceptable provided an AOWD is obtained at the beginning of the stay to remain compliant with local regulations required for safari trips.
The diver without an adequate level for his own safety and that of the group (evaluated by one of the guides) may be excluded from some technically difficult dives or a private guide could be used at a cost of $160 per dive day.

Maldives diving conditions
The climate is warm year round and determined by the monsoons. The monsoons are mild and not as defined as in neighbouring countries.
The northeast monsoon starts in January and goes through the end of April.
In January and February the currents can be very strong but the big animal activity can be fantastic.
The beginning of January brings clear water to most of the region which can be over 60m (200ft) visibility.
Underwater visibility in the Maldives is determined by the tidal movements with incoming and outgoing tides.
The monsoon patterns have a significant impact on the diving. From May to October, the southeast monsoon brings more big animal action and is the ideal time to go North to places like Baa Atoll and Hanifaru bay.
The air temperature varies little with an annual average of 30C (90F) and minimum of 26C (80F), while the water temperature ranges from 26C (80F) to 30C (86F).

Diving is carried out from a purpose built “diving dhoni” that will not anchor but will follow the divers from the surface.
This is the safest and most comfortable way to dive in the Maldives due to the wind and currents.
Every diver will have their own Dive Station with their own basket where for storing their diving gear, which will always remain on the diving dhoni.
This system leaves the main boat free to handle accommodations, meals and social activities in a quiet atmosphere with more available space for you to relax in.

Most guests make up to 3 dives a day, so some sort of protection is needed.
A 3mm wetsuit is normally comfortable and adequate for most people.
There is a law in the Maldives that the depth limit is 98 feet/ 30 metres.
Your Divemaster will requires proof of certification before the first dive.
Dive insurance is mandatory as is your own personal dive computer.
(You can rent one for the trip if you do not have your own).
As well as the Mandatory Dive Insurance we highly recommend Trip and Travel Insurance on the off chance of missed or cancelled flights / lost baggage, documents, money or passport / Covid issues or any other unforeseen problems that could possibly occur.
Dive Assure Insurance offers cover for all these eventualities as well as complete Dive Insurance all in one package.

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 give you the best experience possible dependant on the current conditions on your trip and all 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 itineraries.
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 the liveaboard staff 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 easiet ways to experience the best that the Maldives has to offer and visit and discover more areas and better sites than diving from a land base.

Maldives dive sites

Kudarah Thila

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.

Maaysa Thila

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.

Rasdhoo Madivaru

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.

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.

Kandooma Thila

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.