Ari Queen, Maldives



  • 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
  • 35 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 8.8 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.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Becky Y
  • Canada Canada
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.
  • 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
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Alexander P
  • France France
Nice dive week

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

Recommended for
  • 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.
  • 7.2 Good
  • Paul R
  • Belgium Belgium
klassieke liveaboard in de Malediven met diverse duiken

nacht duik met haaien, nachtduik met manta's, BBQ op eiland

Recommended for
comfortabele cabin, netheid aan boord, duidelijke duik briefings