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Duke of York Liveaboard, Maldives

  • Rating 9.1 out of 10 9.1 Superb
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    • Free Nitrox
  • from $ 197 / day
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“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, Flag of United States United States

Highlights

  • 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 a complete entertainment system, while the bar offers a wide choice of soft drinks and spirits.

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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), Mandatory service charge (120-140 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 (35 USD per day), Scuba Diving Courses (122-435 USD per activity), Laundry / Pressing Services, WiFi internet (30 USD per week).

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Duke of York Reviews

  • Rating 9.1 out of 10
  • 9.1 Superb
  1. Vessel
    9.0
  2. Crew
    9.5
  3. Food
    9.3
  4. Diving
    9.0
  5. Value
    8.5
  • Rating 10 out of 10
  • 10 Exceptional
  • KELLY K
  • Flag of 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.

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Service, diving and dive guides
  • Rating 8.8 out of 10
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Thomas C
  • Flag of 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.

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Strengths were the food, the comfortable boat and the professional staff.
  • Rating 8.0 out of 10
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Rene L
  • Flag of 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.

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