Ari Queen, Maldives

Excellent food and drinks

“Alejandra, Fire, Hugo, and Captain Adam are the best! The rest of the crew is awesome as well. I cannot say enough about the profe…”

Scott P, United States United States
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  • Year-round dive trips
  • Famous Maldives Atolls
  • Nitrox on board
  • Wi-Fi on board

The Ari Queen Liveaboard offers year-round dive trips to some of the Maldives' most famous Atolls. Explore the North & South Male Atolls and 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 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 Suites benefit from sea views, a small fridge, and a TV. All cabins feature individually controlled A/C, warm water showers, wardrobes, and storage space.

For relaxation, there is a large indoor saloon on the main deck with a comfortable seating area with an 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 while enjoying 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. Book online today.

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Included: VAT, Environment Tax, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Fishing, Land Excursions, Snorkeling Guide, Cabin Towels.

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Special Dinner (65 USD), Extra Dives (45 USD per tank), Nitrox, Rental Gear, WiFi internet (10 USD).

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.

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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
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet

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 on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. 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

  • 8.3 Very good
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Scott P
  • United States United States
Amazing Alejandra, Fire, Hugo, and Captain Adam are the best!

Alejandra, Fire, Hugo, and Captain Adam are the best! The rest of the crew is awesome as well. I cannot say enough about the professionalism that comes with the employees of this boat. They went above an beyond to make everyone's trip amazing. Manta Ray night dive was incredible as well as the Shark and Stingray night dive. Owner take note: Alejandra is awesome!

Recommended for
Staff, Staff, Staff.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Paul C
  • United States United States
First Liveaboard: Well worth it!

Of course the diving was the main highlight: lots of sharks, including up close and personal chances with nurse sharks on a night dive, manta rays, and lots of barracuda, tuna, Big eye trevally, moray and honeycomb eels, porcupine and puffer fish, bat fish, blue stripe snappers, Hawksbill turtles, etc. I really enjoyed the night dives. One night, there were several mantas feeding on plankton attracted to the surface by lights on the back of the boat and it was possible to get in the water to watch them and take pictures. The boat itself was very comfortable; even the "budget" type rooms on the lower deck were fairly spacious with their own bathroom/showers, air con and closet storage space. The boat staff, especially the kitchen/dining staff were very kind and professional. The dive guests were quite diverse and interesting to talk with: from Finland, Sweden, Italy, Israel, Australia, the USA, Japan, and Russia. We did a total of 17 dives, with one optional dive. One couple from Italy was making their 5th trip on this dive boat! Overall, this was a great value for the money and well worth it! It was my first liveaboard, but it won't be my last! I'm hooked (excuse the pun)!

Recommended for
The diving was very good, the food onboard was delicious, and the convenience of the "dhoni" dive boat was great!
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Théophane B
  • France France
Amazing experience

Bull shark on the first dive, night dive with manta rays, nurse sharks and pastenague rays

Recommended for
Crew service, friendliness, dives
  • 6.8 Review score
  • andre V
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Decent but not so well organised

-very cracking boat -no nitrox -big storm at night

Recommended for
food, the weather and visibility
  • 5.2 Review score
  • Sandra S
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

The sunset dive with giant manta's, the dive with nurse sharks and the dive with a large shoal of yellow snappers, the variety of fish and Tiger shark.

Recommended for
The climate, the clear turquoise water and some of the dives
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Joaquin R
  • Spain Spain
friendliness & organization = triumph

Check dive: Tiger shark & bull shar All the week: Sharks and more sharks Amazing !!!!

Recommended for
Guide, crew and organization
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Eunbe K
  • South Korea South Korea
reasonable mid-price liveaboard

it was generally good. Crews were doing their best, however, the weather was terrible for first few days so I can't have the best experience. And I felt that guiding was one-way communication(we miss diving location twice).. and some of rooms had small problems(no hot water, smells.. )

Recommended for
food was great and crews were kind
  • 7.6 Good
  • YUN X
  • China China
cost-effective trip

staff were super nice and responsible. room is always keep clean.

Recommended for
nice staff, clean room, warm shower water
  • 7.2 Good
  • Emily B
  • Canada Canada
Good value for money

One afternoon a group of nurse sharks swam right underneath the boat and we jumped in the water to snorkel with them. Amazing!

Recommended for
Nurse sharks night dive, drift dives and good food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Usei S
  • Japan Japan
No manta ,no whale shark, but enjoy

The weather is not good, but I enjoyed my diving.I think Air Queen provides quality service. And it's affordable. I think I'll patronize the ship next time.

Recommended for
Crew, boat, service