Ari Queen, Maldives


The MV Ari Queen Liveaboard offers year round dive trips to some of the Maldives most famous Atolls. Explore the North & South Male Atolls, the Ari Atolls to see Manta Rays, Rasdhoo – famous for Hammerhead Sharks and even Felidhoo and Meemu Atolls. The experienced dive guides are on hand to make this a memorable diving vacation in the Maldives.

Topside the M/V Ari Queen has 10 staterooms catering to a maximum of 24 guests. Six twin cabins on the lower deck feature double and single beds. The main deck has two Deluxe cabins and the upper deck has 2 Suites. The Deluxe and Suites benefit from sea views, small fridge and flat screen TV. All cabins feature individually controlled A/C, warm water showers, wardrobe and storage space.

For relaxation there is a large indoor saloon on the main deck with comfortable seating area with entertainment system or dining area, where 3 delicious meals will be served daily. On the upper deck guests can relax in the seating area in front of the bridge, relax on loungers on the sun deck, or enjoy a sundowner whilst taking in the beautiful Maldives views at the open air bar.

The 15 experienced and professional crew of the MV Ari Queen Maldives are on hand to help you to create a memorable vacation. Call us or book online today.

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Included: VAT, Accommodation, Transfers/pickups from airport, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Dive master services, All meals, Towels Provided

Excluded: Flights, Additional Dives : $ 45/- per person per dive, Minimum of 4 Divers, Nitrox : $ 10/- per dive or $ 100/- per week, which ever is less, Entrance Fee for BBQ island : $ 7/- per person, Wi-Fi access up to 2 GB per week: $ 10/- per person}, Diving Courses, Dive Insurance, Tips for boat crew (suggested USD 50 pp), Dinner with Lobster: $ 65/- per Dinner for 1 to 2 person, Mineral Water, Canned Drinks, Beer, Wine, Liquor, Spirits & Fresh Juice $ 4/- and above, Equipment Rental, Note: All prices on Drinks are subject to 10% Service Charge.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

* Extra fees are shown per person and are subject to change.

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Boat features

  • Shaded diving deck
  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • TV in cabins
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Separate rinse for u/w camera
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • Paid Internet
  • En-Suite bathrooms

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Selection of wines
  • Snacks All Day

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Sidemount Diving

The crew speaks English.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available to rent on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form.
You will need to pay for the rental gear on board of the boat. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

Ari Queen Deck Plan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2009
  • Length 33m
  • Beam 9m
  • Top speed 14knots
  • Engines 380 HPS Commins
  • Max guests 20
  • Number of cabins 10
  • Number of bathrooms 10
  • Water capacity 9000L per day
  • Fuel capacity 6000L per day

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Search light
  • Crew trained in first aid

Ari Queen Reviews

  • 8.5 Fabulous
  • 23 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Cara W
  • New Zealand New Zealand
Unforgettable manta diving

All round amazing experience with manta dives and whale shark spotting on more than one occasion

Recommended for
The diving, most of the staff were amazing and I got my own room
  • 6.0 Review score
  • golan C
  • Israel Israel
Very good diving experience. Boat can do much better with the small details.

Dives where very good, food and service onboard too. First 24 hours without hot water in the shower and had to ask a few times to repair. Boat ran out of beer to days to the end. They could have participated and avoid the discomfort. When you’re on vacation, especially a costly one, you expect everything to be perfect. Generally we had the feeling we had to ask everything more than a couple of times if we wanted it to happen.

Recommended for
Vacation. Dives. Food
  • 8.0 Very good
  • mijung B
  • South Korea South Korea

definitely dive sites, most point were good

Recommended for
crew, dive site, wifi available
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Sebastien P
  • France France
Great diving and great boat

Mantas Nurse Sharks Wrecks

Recommended for
Diving, boat, crew
  • 6.4 Review score
  • Joshua G
  • Canada Canada
Ari Queen is neither great nor terrible and is a decent way to enjoy the Maldives.

The trip was off to a slow start by spending the first day in Male port. Things improved once we headed out and got to enjoy South Male and Ari atolls. The dive sites seemed to either be for large pelagics (jacks, sharks, rays) or reef. There are some good coral spots and large schools of fish and of course mantas are great. This boat would benefit from an "outside perspective" as the local manager and divemaster Hugo has room for improvement. The boat is in good shape although lacking some attention to detail. This isn't a fancy operation but the crew does their job. If the price is good and you're focused on the diving than this is right, but if you enjoy more niceties than perhaps not.

Recommended for
Diving, Diverse group of guests, variety of sites.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Aaron R
  • United States United States
Good value for the money

Hassan my DM was fun to dive with, and the crew is very hard working. I was pleasantly surprised by the space in my room and common areas, for the price relative to other liveaboards. Where I was disappointed is in the communication before and during the trip. And feeling rushed at times. I didn't mind the ship's itinerary but I wish I knew it ahead of time. I tried contacting the liveaboard staff in advance, but emails and messages were ignored ( as a middleman, did a good job of helping me where they could.) For instance, it would have helped me to know that the boat departed Male on Saturday morning and returned back Friday afternoon, as I could have planned my flights better. With that said, the liveaboard was a good value for the money.

Recommended for
The dives, hard working crew, plenty of space
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Bingnan J
  • China China
The divetrip was awesome.

We saw 6 mantas in just one dive,more than 10 nurse shark in night dive.At some dive sites the water was very clear we saw eagle rays flying around and groups of yellow fin fishes.We also saw several turtles some octopus and lobsters. The temperature is always 28 degree and the current is medium,you will have a lot of fun. The food onboard was good and you will have 5 meals per day. After all the trip was awesome and it's value for money.

Recommended for
Crew service was perfect,Cabin was comfort,Diving was marvellous.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Sara D
  • Italy Italy
Personalized service great crew and amazing diving experience!

We really appreciated that the crew staff aloud us to do all the diving excursions taking care of eight months daughter. They were friendly, reliable and very helpful. Something to improve is the boat that although is comfortable it needs some renovation 😃

Recommended for
Diving sites, quality of the crew service and seafood
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Becky Y
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong
I’ve never seen so many sharks just swimming around (and they are not feeding)  40+ of them!

Going into my cabin in the hold of ‘Ari Queen’ is like walking into a modern hotel room, with 2 beds, not bunk beds. If you don’t look at the round porthole, you’d never guess that you are on a dive boat! The light fixtures, color scheme, the modern bathroom and the ample storage area are great. Even though I was sharing the room with another diver, I never felt that it was cramped. And there were ample of convenient electrical outlets in the room for the 2 of us who had camera, torches, cell phones, etc. to charge at all times. Very nice design! We had wonderful crew and dive masters. We had very thorough dive briefing with charts, maps and drawings and detailed explanations...for every dive! And if something needed to be fixed, the crew would get right on with it efficiently. Now, the kitchen staff especially impressed me as our large group of divers were very diverse and some have very strict dietary requirement and they needed food cooked in separate pots and pans and prepare differently from the rest of us for every single meal. Yet, the kitchen staff took it in stride and did it perfectly for a whole week, with no mistake or complaints and everyone was happy and well fed! Bravo, guys! A really well-run boat! I truly believe that ‘Ari Queen’ attracts nice people who keep coming back to the same liveaboard over and over again! The divers I’ve met on other liveaboards were also friendly people, but frictions did occur from time to time, Yet, on Ari Queeen, everyone got along famously, even though we were all from different backgrounds and spoke different languages! Our love of diving tied us together and it was such a special and warm experience that I’d go back to ‘Ari Queen’ just to be with my fellow divers and the terrific crew again!

Recommended for
Cabin like a hotel room, crew especially the kitchen staff , friendliness of my fellow divers.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Dean G
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Excellent boat

Load of Mantas (not just at cleaning stations), Whale Sharks, lots of sharks and turtles. Evidence that marine protection works compared to other places we've been.

Recommended for
Diversity of marine life, boat atmosphere, relaxed diving
  • 7.6 Good
  • samantha S
  • Canada Canada
Last minute Steal!

This was a wonderful trip worth every penny! I would do it again! Below is the nitty gritty of the boat and the trip: Diving was very nice. The sites are very crowded however, I think a bit of communication with other boats could help with this. There were unfortunately cockroaches on the boat. In the rooms and on the buffet :/ . At times I felt very rushed around and found it a bit difficult to relax in this setting. It felt a bit like being pushed through a dive machine. The diving was very safe boat crew seemed professional and experienced if a bit stiff. Our DM Sara was an exception to this seems very professional but very friendly and relaxed. I think she achieved a better balance of professional and companionable.

Recommended for
Great Diving!Sara was a wonderful DM and great company- I hope to dive with her again ? Seeing my first whale shark and Manta
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Liz P
  • New Zealand New Zealand
Best way to see the maldives

Really enjoyed the night dive with the nurse sharks. Great comfortable and spacious boat

Recommended for
Sharks on every dive, variety of dive sites, relaxing
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Alexander P
  • France France
Nice dive week

super night dive at Alimatha Island jetty - with nurse sharks, jacks and rays.

Recommended for
  • 7.2 Good
  • Zoé G
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Great week and amazing dives

We spent a great week with amazing 17 dives, 2 night dives among them. Plenty of grey reef, white tip and nurse sharks, quite each dive we saw several of them. 3 dives with manta rays, and twice eagle rays. We dived an interesting wreck also. The boat is quite large with nice rooms and plenty of space for relaxing. The crew was very kind and helpful. The diving conditions and briefing are for experienced divers, particularly with the current, some inexperienced divers were slightly left without much assistance.

Recommended for
The dives, the boat configuration, the crew
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • ishwar A
  • India India
An amazing experience

One of the better Liveaboard I have been on . The deletion of dive sites were top notch. Despite the rain and the bad weather playing it’s hanky panky we still had such an amazing time and would most definite recommend this live aboard to divers who want to experience the beauty of the central atolls of the Maldives . Thank you Hugo and Sara got Making this trip so memorable . I promise I will return soon

Recommended for
The selection of dive sites. The care for details and the care for safety
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Tomer L
  • Israel Israel
A great week on the Ari Queen

The divings are amazing!

Recommended for
Diving Staff Comfort
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Urica L
  • United States United States
The Ari Queen is great value for money for world class diving!

1. Diving - pelagics, healthy reefs, varied sites, easy/challenging 2. The scenery - most beautiful place in the world 3. The dive guides and staff - very professional and fun to be around 4. The value for money - excellent 5. The experience of living on a boat to see the Maldives

Recommended for
1. The diving 2. The route 3. The service
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Stefan L
  • Sweden Sweden
Great diving, all crew on the boat where really professional,comfortable boat

Very helpful staff, diving and all divers on the boat. Good organisation.

Recommended for
Mantas, whale shark, food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Igor R
  • Israel Israel

Night dive with 100 sharks and sting rays

Recommended for
locations, instructor experience, great room
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Claude L
  • Australia Australia
Best diving holiday ever.

Every dive we saw sharks. Whale shark, Mantas, rays & turtles. Alimatha Island jetty - night dive with 100 + nurse sharks, jacks and rays. Great beach BBQ. The boat offered great relaxation areas.

Recommended for
Great dive sites.Great divemasters and crew. Very comfortable boat.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Graziella E
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Wonderful experience, I hope to do it again some day...

The nightdive with then sharks and rays; the bbq on the eiland, diving around South Ari Atoll; the manta ray coming in the evening to our boat; the amazing crew, who was always ready to fullfill any wishes; diving in the currents and seeing lots of sharks...and much more. The price made it possible for me to join; it is about the maximum I can afford...

Recommended for
Diving, very nice friendly crew with good service, and the boat and cabin comfort (including the nice hot shower).