Duke of York Liveaboard, Maldives

Excellent crew and service

“I’ve gotten to dive many countries, this trip will be hard to beat. Schooling Mantas, Stingrays, Black Tips, Barracuda and most ot…”

KELLY K, United States United States
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  • Sea-view cabins are available
  • Restaurant quality Italian-inspired cuisine served on board
  • Cruises depart on Sunday to avoid crowds and offer a more relaxed dive experience

The M/Y Duke of York is a luxury liveaboard offering spectacular scuba diving in the turquoise waters of the Maldives. The Duke of York provides 11 spacious, luxury cabins over 3 decks to cater to 21 guests. On the lower deck are 6 double, twin or triple cabins. On the main deck is 1 twin cabin, and on the upper deck are 3 more twin cabins with ocean views. Each cabin is equipped with individual climate control and en-suite bathrooms. Social areas include the large indoor air-conditioned salon with comfortable seating, TV and full entertainment system, while the bar offers a wide choice of soft drinks and spirits.

The restaurant is located on the main deck, and guests can enjoy a buffet of freshly-prepared Italian and Maldivian cuisine. Three decks provide views with comfortable seating, including sun loungers, sun mats, and deck chairs. And for those who want some extra relaxation, an onboard spa offers massage services. The well-trained and highly attentive 13 member Duke of York crew strives to provide superior service for the perfect liveaboard diving holiday.

MY Duke of York liveaboard offers year-round itineraries to the best dive dives site in the Maldives. Nitrox is free for certified divers, and rebreather support is available. The yacht also has an underwater scooter available. Duke of York is accompanied by a dhoni, allowing ample space for gear storage and kitting up. Most Maldives liveaboard itineraries aboard the Duke of York depart on Sunday, meaning that scuba divers can enjoy the vibrant and colourful underwater ecosystem teeming with marine life away from the crowds.

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Included: VAT, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Diving Package, Nitrox, Fishing, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Snorkel Gear, Snorkeling Guide, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: Environment Tax (6 USD per day), Gratuities (115-130 USD per week).

Optional Extras: Dive Insurance, Travel Insurance, Hotel Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Beach BBQ (10-18 USD per activity), Extra Dives (40-80 USD per activity), Nitrox Course (210 USD per activity), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses (122-435 USD per activity), Laundry / Pressing Services, WiFi internet (30 USD per trip), Massage.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Massage
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Family Cabins
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Wine Available
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Beach BBQ
  • Al Fresco Dining

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
  • Tech diving
  • Rebreather Support
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Sidemount Diving
  • Shaded Diving Area
  • Free Nitrox

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

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Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2010
  • Year renovated Yearly
  • Length 36 meters
  • Beam 11 meters
  • Top speed 12 knots
  • Cruising speed 9 knots
  • Engines Daewoo 600HP
  • Max guests 25
  • Number of cabins 11
  • Number of bathrooms 11
  • Tenders Dive Dhoni
  • Water capacity 10 tons
  • Fuel capacity 8000 liters
  • Freshwater maker 12 tons per day

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits

Duke of York Reviews

  • 9.1 Superb
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • United States United States
Terrific buy for the money!

I’ve gotten to dive many countries, this trip will be hard to beat. Schooling Mantas, Stingrays, Black Tips, Barracuda and most other tropical fish you can name. They throw a beach BBQ that is next level (no spoilers) and give shore exploration opportunities. Brush up on your Italian though, primarily an Italian speaking cruise.

Recommended for
Service, diving and dive guides
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Thomas C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
An excellent liveaboard

The Duke of York is a spacious and comfortable boat with good cabins, surprisingly roomy bathrooms, a pleasant dining area, a very comfortable lounge, a reasonably priced bar and an excellent sundeck. The food, which I had thought might just be survival rations, is a fantastic buffet and excellent given it is made in a small boat kitchen with the limited produce available in the Maldives. This really made each meal feel like a luxurious part of the holiday. One of the guides mentioned that the thing he particularly likes about the boat is how very stable it is, whereas other liveaboard boats might rock around a lot. There were great little touches too, like being provided a warm face towel after returning to the main boat following each dive. One thing to note that is not made clear on this page, is that the boat is run by an Italian company and briefings, meetings and activities all run primarily in Italian with English translations available for guests. It seems common that the majority of guests are Italian with one or two English speakers. The staff and other guests worked really hard to help me with this, but it was not quite the experience I had been expecting and meant I could not communicate with quite a few people on the boat. I think the company could make this clearer on this page as there is no mention of it at all. The dives were generally very good, especially for sightings of reef sharks, sometimes even in big groups. I especially loved the dive by the dock with huge groups of rays and sharks. Our guides were very knowledgeable and keen to share that knowledge. Coral life was good on some dives, but still recovering following heat waves in earlier years in other places. There are lots of anthias, morays, lionfish and rays. I had hoped to see whale sharks and manta rays on the trip in January, but it seems like they are less easy to find at this time of year; I did not see any whale sharks but we did have a night dive where mantas were attracted with lights. I think unseasonable rough weather may have also limited the dive sites we were able to visit. With payment for full gear rental, a large tank, a few beers, taxes etc. all my additional costs came to $550, which is what I had been expecting. Overall, the Duke of York made for a really comfortable and relaxing liveaboard that really felt like a holiday.

Recommended for
Strengths were the food, the comfortable boat and the professional staff.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Rene L
  • Canada Canada
Awesome dives with attentive staff.

Dives. Island visits. Food. Adapting to my side-mount gear and non-PADI experience was unfortunately insufficient.

Recommended for
Dives, sufficient room space, overall comfort and food.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Aleksandra J
  • France France
Very good trip

Very nice crew, very useful and friendly The dives were really nice and beautiful and food was delicious

Recommended for
Guides, dives and food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • France France
Perfect dives

Was great ! Very good organisation. Staff is friendly

Recommended for
good boats, nice staff, and great dives
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Anne M
  • France France
Comfortable boat and awesome food

Very good diving around Fuvamullah and Addu atolls in channels. The food on board is mainly European style and is very very good. Cabins are very comfortable. Local dive guides were great. The Italian dive leader is very friendly and professional.

Recommended for
Italian food, very comfortable cabins, friendly dive leader
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • shigetsugu K
  • Japan Japan


Recommended for
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Marco W
  • Switzerland Switzerland

Maltas und Walhaie aus nächster Nähe. Abwechslungsreiche Dives mit unglaublicher Artenvielfalt die zu bestaunen ist. Sowie ein Silvesterdinner als krönenden Abschluss.

Recommended for
Ansteckende Lebensfreude der Crew. Super Essen. Tolle erlebnisreiche Tauchgänge!