Emperor Atoll, Maldives



  • Small boat with a maximum of 12 guests on board
  • Perfect for small groups to charter exclusively
  • Free wine with dinner and free nitrox
  • Local fees and domestic flights included (where applicable)

The 26m MV Emperor Atoll is perfect for divers who want a more personal experience diving in the Maldives. The M/V Emperor Atoll accommodates a maximum of 12 guests in 6 double or twin cabins with air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. The main deck offers a comfortable salon, a spacious seating area, and a 38” LCD flat-screen TV with a multi-system home theatre surround sound and a DVD library. There is a large, partially shaded sun deck with comfortable sun loungers and a large swim platform with ladders giving easy access to the water, so you can relax in comfort in between dives. There is only one deck, so the boat is more stable with less ‘roll’.

Emperor Atoll's itineraries cover the ‘Best of Maldives’ with 7-nights of diving around the iconic sites of North Male, South Male, and Ari Atoll. Highlights include hammerhead dives at Rasdhoo, looking for whale sharks in South Ari, and channel diving at Vaavu. The accompanying dhoni makes extra room on board and easy getting to and from the dive site. Nitrox is included for free for those certified.

Book online or contact us today to reserve your space aboard the MV Emperor Atoll Liveaboard in the Maldives.

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Included: VAT, Environment Tax, Fuel Surcharge, National Park Fees, Port Fees, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Beach BBQ, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Nitrox, Land Excursions, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: Dive Insurance (6 EUR per day), Visas and Fees.

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Hotel Transfer, Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages (5 USD), Alcoholic Drinks at Dinner (5 USD), Soft drinks (3 USD), Soft Drinks at Meal Times (3 USD), Wine with Dinner, Nitrox Course (225-275 EUR), Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses (75-378 EUR), WiFi internet (30 USD).

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Boat features

  • 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
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Leisure Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Wine Available
  • Beach BBQ
  • Full-board Option
  • 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
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Sidemount Diving
  • Shaded Diving Area
  • Free Nitrox

The crew speaks English, French, and Spanish.

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

Emperor Atoll Deck Plan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1988
  • Year renovated 2014
  • Length 26 meters
  • Beam 7 meters
  • Engines 210 Hp Yanmar
  • Max guests 12
  • Number of cabins 6
  • Number of bathrooms 6
  • Tenders 15m Dive Support Vessel ("Dhoni") until August 2015. From August 2015 a dive deck and 6m RIB/Zodiac will be used.
  • Freshwater maker 3.9 tonnes per day

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Crew trained in first aid

Emperor Atoll Reviews

  • 9.2 Superb
  • 45 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kristina A
  • United States United States
Amazing Diving and Small Group made a GREAT experience!!

The 2 night dives were excellent! The dive guides were very attentive in their explanations and making sure everyone was set for each dive. The food was INCREDIBLE! The dive sites offered a great variety and the small passenger count made it great to get to know everyone.

Recommended for
Crew/Dive Guides, Food, and the small group sizes
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Dragos H
  • United States United States
Small boat has its advantages and disadvantages.

Sharks and mantas

Recommended for
Crew, what I've seen on my dives and the weather
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Saori S
  • United States United States
Great Value

Many Manta encounters, which was awesome. Great diving sites overall, safe diving instructions, great friendly staff and great food on boat! Boat is old and simple, but well maintained and keeping clean.

Recommended for
Pricing, Great staff, Great diving sites
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Ellen B
  • United States United States
Great, affordable liveaboard!

Snorkeling and diving with a whale shark, encountering countless mantas and nurse sharks, and watching octopi during mating season

Recommended for
Experienced and kind dive guides, excellent food, kind staff
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Neil W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Professionally run with great diving

Very enjoyable, the food was good & plentiful. Chris the tour dive leader run the week professionally, safely, knowledgeable & with fun. Crew very helpful & friendly. Dive group for the week were really good.

Recommended for
dive leader, dive sites & dive group
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Taha A
  • Pakistan Pakistan
No crowds, just good diving

Fun, and exiciting

Recommended for
Food. Friendliness if staff, small size
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Iris D
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Amazing trip

We spent a amazing time on the small emperor atollboat. The room is tiny, but very clean and sweet. The crew did a great job and as well the guides. I think one of the best thing is, that the group of guets is small, so very familiar and when we were diving, there are not many others with you. I really can recommend the emperor atoll. They are well organized, we have every day lovely food, the boat was totally clean, we just spent such a good time. We are already planing our next trip with them 😊

Recommended for
Cool dive sites, great crew and great group
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Katrin O
  • Germany Germany
AMAZING WEEK that left nothing to wish for

Everything was so well organized, relaxed and easy going. The food was almost too much and too good. The crew was really friendly and the diving was great. We had all the flexibility to dive the sites and see the things we wanted to. Although the weather wasn't the best, this was only secondary because everything else was perfect end to end. I was on this trip alone and found that almost all divers were very advanced so it was fun to dive together. Thank you Emperor Atoll and thank you liveaboard.com!

Recommended for
Spectacular Diving, Exceptional food even for "difficult eaters", Great crew and guests
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Begüm W
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Outstanding diving, with the most professional and friendly crew

Breathtaking dives with sharks, rays, mantas, whalesharks. Dive guides that strive to realize divers' dreams, yet safety always first. The most helpful and positive crew that always make your day. A boat designed for real divers, small and comfortable, away from the crowds. Food so delicious words cannot describe.

Recommended for
Dives, crew, food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Weerapol W
  • Thailand Thailand
small group private trip

> manta ray swim very close to you almost touch your head then it swim sammersault > a lot of beatiful island view during the route

Recommended for
small group , private trip , a lot of beatiful island in the route
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Holger L
  • Germany Germany
Unforgettable Maledives

Mantas, sharks and relaxed atmosphere on the boat, very friendly local stuff, best food!

Recommended for
Relaxed stay on a boat of perfect size, cool Maledives, amazing fish
  • 9.2 Superb
  • James D
  • Australia Australia
Great week of drift diving and big fish!

Fast paced drift diving and ultra clear deep water. Sharks and Mantas up close. Plenty of deep diving!

Recommended for
Drift diving, channel diving, excellent vis
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Ngung Chia S
  • Singapore Singapore
Excellent dive sites for big stuffs

Excellent dives - saw many sharks (white tip, silver tip, grey reef, nursing), close contact with manta rays and eagle rays, octopus dancing and mating, swam among the fishes and you smell like a fish after some dives. Good boat - small but practical, good air con control, enough space for luggages Friendly crews and guides - professional, supporting all dives, good food provided Cons - can increase dives from 17 to 20 easily, soft drinks not included.

Recommended for
Excellent dives; Friendly crews and guides; Good food and boat
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Benny N
  • Sweden Sweden
great relaxing way to spend a vacation

manta ray, lot of Sharks, exellent food

Recommended for
easy to dive, taken to the divespots, relaxing between dives
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Sebastian D
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Swimming with a whaleshark, the manta cleaning stations, night dives with nurse sharks, ridiculous amounts of turtles, rays, sharks and everything. 10 out of 10. Emperor guides (Thomas and Rauf) know the dive sites inside out, awesome trip!

Recommended for
Diving, guides, food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Katrín J
  • Iceland Iceland
Good people and amazing experience

Seeing the mantas was the top! I had my birthday there and they supriced me with a cake and song. The guides there are calm and its all about savety and that you feel good. I learned alot from them and meet an amazing people. Good to be on a small boat then you get to know everyone better. I want and hope to do this again

Recommended for
Good dive sites, amazing guides and goof food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Michael G
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Only if you love sharks

Seeing the sharks and Manta Rays

Recommended for
Food, number of sharks and Rays other guests
  • 10 Exceptional
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Awesome trip exceeding our expectations

Eagle Rays Night Time Many A Experience..beyond words Finding out we were not 5 on the teip

Recommended for
Great Diving A really cosy boat with characters Excellent diving supported by great guides
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Hayley S
  • Canada Canada
A boat for divers

We did 17 dives in 5 days, and probably saw a shark on every one! Only feedback is that the last two days were spent decompressing, aka doing nothing in the harbour. They offered to take guests on a Male city tour but i’d have rather spent that time snorkeling or hanging out on a beach.

Recommended for
Small boat, friendly crew, lots of food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Wei Yee W
  • Singapore Singapore
Amazing liveaboard - fun, safe and professional

Small group (max 12 guests); feels more cozy. Amazing dive organisation and food every day. Loved my trip and wished it was longer....

Recommended for
Diving, Food, Organisation
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Anita F
  • Australia Australia
Fantastic trip and diving - Pelagic Magic

The manta night dive/snorkel was magical as the mantas attracted by the lights at the end of the boat were barrel rolling. We were lucky enough to snorkel with a juvenile male whale shark and saw 3 more species of sharks, white tip, black tip and grey reef and dived a shark cleaning station. Morays galore on the first dive. The crew and food was fantastic. So are the ensuite cabins. Such a good atmosphere on a small boat with a max of 12 people. The crew goes out of their way to make your stay comfortable. Sunset Beach BBQ was well organised and the food was excellent. The only downside was that there are only 2 dive guides for 12 divers and there was very little interaction between guides and divers. I can highly recommend this liveaboard and itinerary.

Recommended for
Diving, food and boat
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jaeyoun J
  • South Korea South Korea
Best diving in Maldives

Night diving with Mantas

Recommended for
Very experienced guides, Small group, Very nice diving sites
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Rasha D
  • United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates


Recommended for
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Alazne C
  • Spain Spain
A cozy, intimate and relaxed boat

There were only 6 divers on the boat and that made my stay very relaxed and with the cozy atmosphere I was looking for, as I was alone on the cabin. Also, we were very fast getting prepared to dive. The divesites were well chosen, with many sharks, mantas and much more to see. The staff was very helpful and friendly, always paying attention on our needs and keeping our cabins neat and tidy every day. The food was outstanding.

Recommended for
The small size of the boat, the food and the divesites
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Andrew C
  • Australia Australia
Great crew great food and great diving

Diving with mantas and nurse sharks on the night dives

Recommended for
Quality of food, experience and manner of the dive guides and the helpful crew.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Emma C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Diving with Manta Rays

Recommended for
Diving everyday. The food. Our fellow divers.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Patrick S
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Perfect Trip

Whaleshark, dolphins, lots of big fish, atmosphere on the boat, organisation. There was limited snorkeling opportunities during the trip but the great diving compensated well for that

Recommended for
Boat, Crew, Dive Site Planning
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Heejin J
  • South Korea South Korea
Wonderful trip!!

1. Great locations for diving 2. Good crews 3. Value for money

Recommended for
1. All crews are friendly 2. Good environment for diving 3.delicious food
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Nicolas F
  • France France
Very good experience for the first time on diving boat trip

Amazing diving experience with experienced diving guide.

Recommended for
Focused on diving, small group, flexibility
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Angus K
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Excellent experience

Eat, sleep, dive - repeat. What a way to see the Maldives.

Recommended for
Giant frogfish, ghost pipefish, whale shark
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Canada Canada
Brilliant time spent with new friends

Octopus, mantis shrimps, manta rays, whale sharks

Recommended for
The mantas, the whale shark and the marine life
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Mike B
  • Germany Germany
Manta Night at its Best

Whalshark sighting, Mantas at Night, Nursesharks

Recommended for
great team, nice small ship, excellent food
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Canada Canada
Love love love the Maldives!

The big pelagics and small critters

Recommended for
Uhm octopus, mantis shrimps, manta rays, whale sharks
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Wim B
  • Germany Germany
A large experience with a small liveboard :o)

Diving with the large pelagic species, drift dives, tète-à-tète with mantas and wale sharks. An amazing cuisine for a boat of this size, a friendly and helpful crew.

Recommended for
Intimate, personalized and great atmospher
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Chris H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
It exceeded our expectations

Several manta cleaning stations & a super last dive with 5 friendly Nurses!!

Recommended for
The guide - our diving group - the Nurse sharks!
Origin: US