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Azalea Liveaboard, Maldives

  • Rating 9.3 out of 10 9.3 Superb
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    • Nitrox available
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“The dive sites were not overcrowded and planned out incredibly well, even though that meant very early diving a couple days. The …”

Elisabeth L, Flag of United States United States

Highlights

  • Jacuzzi on the huge sundeck
  • Nitrox on board
  • Wi-Fi on board

The beautiful 38m Azalea yacht offers year-round diving to some of the Maldives' best dive and snorkel sites. Catering to a maximum of 16 guests, Azalea is tastefully decorated and offers comfort and luxury. The 9 cabins comprise 6 Superior, 2 Ocean View Jr, and 1 Ocean View-Master. All cabins offer modern fixtures, fittings, and luxurious amenities, with individually controlled AC, en-suite bathrooms, and storage space. The Jr. & Master suite offers Queen/king-sized beds with the finest Egyptian linen and stunning sea views. The Superior cabins offer twin beds, are located below deck, and offer amazing views below sea level to watch the underwater world go by. Guests will find plenty of space to relax on board. The large indoor dining area is on the main deck and leads to the al-fresco dining area. The upper deck is home to the large TV lounge and bar and goes through to the comfortable outdoor lounge area. Above this is the huge sun deck and Jacuzzi, a great place to relax and enjoy the stunning Maldivian views.

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Included: Environment Tax, Fuel Surcharge, Port Fees, Visas and Fees, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Beach BBQ, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Fishing, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Snorkeling Guide, Stand Up Paddleboard, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels, WiFi internet.

Required Extras: 27.6% VAT.

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Hotel Transfer, Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Rental Gear, Glass Bottom Boat Excursion, Jet Ski, Naturalist Guide, Wakeboarding, Water Ski, Laundry / Pressing Services, Massage, Spa, Yoga.

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Azalea Reviews

  • Rating 9.3 out of 10
  • 9.3 Superb
  1. Vessel
    9.1
  2. Crew
    8.9
  3. Food
    10.0
  4. Diving
    9.6
  5. Value
    8.9
  • Rating 9.6 out of 10
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Elisabeth L
  • Flag of United States United States

Unbelievable all around experience!

The dive sites were not overcrowded and planned out incredibly well, even though that meant very early diving a couple days. The boat was wonderful and we could not have asked for a better experience. We also enjoyed the owner and manager on our cruise as well and they went out of their way to make sure this was a great live-aboard. Thank you Azalea!

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Diving, Staff, Diving
  • Rating 9.2 out of 10
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Daniel B
  • Flag of United States United States

Better than an African safari!

Swimming with whale sharks and the nurse sharks that acted like puppies!

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Dives, crew, and service
  • Rating 8.4 out of 10
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Adam P
  • Flag of United States United States

First class cruise/dive experience from attentive staff.

I have been diving since 2000 and seeing my first whale shark was special. The manta rays didn’t disappoint. The diverse sea life was amazing. The country is one tropical island after another and it has a special tropical beauty. I kept thinking I would see the crew of the SS Minow come wandering out on the shore of these islands. The communication was pretty good considering there was a nine hour difference. The Azalea was accommodating as to where they would pick you up if you flew in the day before, as I did. I do think the price is a little high for what is offered. The Nitrox should be included as well as soft drinks. Additionally, there should be at least four dives a day offered. I couldn’t tell you how the night diving was because we only did one early evening dive. Finally, as for safety, we only had six total dive guests. There was not really any concern that a guest would not be accounted for. However, a better dive practice is to require each diver to be accounted for by requiring them to announce themselves as present before starting the dive tender and returning to the ship. The Azalea’s pictures look gorgeous. However, as with any ship at sea, maintenance is always something that is a challenge in a saltwater environment. Nothing major to report. The wood deck could use some attention. The hot water was not consistent in my cabin. However, the water for my shower was not cold and therefore it was manageable. As I said, for the price, I would have expected there to be no issues with the hot water. I still think the trip was great. There was a diver on board who had booked her second trip on this boat within the same year. This speaks volumes as to their level of satisfaction as she was already talking about doing a third trip with the Azalea before we had even departed. This was my fifth liveaboard that I have been on. Overall, it was a great experience and any negative issues are just “First World” problems.

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The three best things about this trip was the service from the staff, the tasty meals and spacious diving tender.

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