Emperor Explorer, Maldives



  • Contemporary, spacious 42m liveaboard
  • Onboard spa for added relaxation
  • Complimentary glass of wine with dinner
  • Free nitrox for certified divers

The luxury Emperor Explorer yacht schedules year-round dive safaris in the Maldives. Designed to meet divers' needs, Emperor Explorer comfortably accommodates 26 guests in 13 cabins. Each stateroom features a private en-suite bathroom, individually controlled AC and fan, storage space, and charging ports. There is the choice of twin or double-bed cabins and the option to upgrade to main or upper-deck rooms, which also feature stunning sea views.

Emperor Explorer Maldives has numerous social and relaxation areas around the boat. The upper deck has an open-air terrace and on the top deck is a large sundeck with loungers. The main deck is home to the air-conditioned salon with sofas and TV, and home-cooked meals with a complimentary glass of wine at dinner are served at the al-fresco dining area located at the stern.

Emperor Explorer offers a variety of itineraries around the world-class dive sites the Maldives is known for. Choose from the 'Best of the Maldives' to truly experience the magic of the Maldive Atolls and delivers 7 days of fantastic diving at the iconic sites of the North and South Male Atolls and Ari Atoll, or the ‘Hanifaru & North’ itinerary, which gives guests a chance to get up close and snorkel with giant mantas in the bay. Diving takes place from the accompanying dhoni, which has plenty of space for gear storage and kitting up and makes getting to and from the dive sites hassle-free. Complimentary nitrox is available for certified divers.

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

Required Extras: Dive Insurance (6 EUR per day).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Hotel Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, 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

  • Camera Station
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Vegan Options
  • Wine Available
  • Beach BBQ

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
  • Tenders for diving
  • 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

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Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2019
  • Length 42 meters
  • Beam 13.2 meters
  • Engines 700 Hp Doosan Daewoo
  • Max guests 26
  • Number of cabins 13
  • Number of bathrooms 13
  • Tenders 1

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones

Emperor Explorer Reviews

  • 9.2 Superb
  • 48 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jason M
  • United States United States
Epic Trip!

Every dive delivered amazing experiences and encounters thanks to Gabriel, Maria, Ali and Rich. The boat crew was friendly, entertaining and enjoyable to socialize with. Manta Ray night dive was a dream alongside encounters with variety of sharks and rays. Dive guides were most professional, safe and led a phenomenal adventure. Would dive with this boat and crew again!!

Recommended for
4 dives/day, crew hospitality and care, vast area covered at sea
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Natasa M
  • United States United States
Si spectacular;I had to stay another week

As single female ; I had my concerns doing a liveaboard in Maldives , coming from USA . I simply have no words to compliment enough the crew , the dive instructors , the hospitality , diving , food , safety , accommodation , friendliness , professionalism . I Came as a guest , and I will leave as a friend . Thank you from the bottom of my heart .

Recommended for
Crew, diving , hospitality
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Natasa M
  • United States United States
Amazing value

Swimming with whale sharks

Recommended for
Hospitality, dhoni diving , food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Colin K
  • United States United States
Amazing crew…took care of everything while smiling!!!

Mantas, whalesharks, amazing food, the bbq on the beach.

Recommended for
Dive sites, food, crew members
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Leslie W
  • United States United States
Make sure you have experience with a reef hook as the currents can be STRONG

Manta dive with about 10 in a school

Recommended for
Staff, staff, staff
  • 10 Exceptional
  • William B
  • United States United States
Incredible trip well worth the money!

Unbelievable diving with an incredible crew and well run ship. 10/10 will book with emperor again!

Recommended for
The people, the diving, and the boat
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • DANY A
  • Lebanon Lebanon
Perfect diving experience

Great diving

Recommended for
Very well organized diving, nice and new boat, great rooms
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Piotr A
  • Poland Poland
Amazing trip with Explorer

The diving trip went perfect. Food was great, people were very nice, crew and diving guides were awesome. The boat is new and in very good condition

Recommended for
food, atmosphere, diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Krasimir S
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria
Amazing diving week in Maldives

It was amazing diving trip. Nothing that you might consider to be different. Starting with the pick up from the airport and bringing us back there, everything was excellently organised. Boat is very comfortable with big dinning room, comfortable rooms and dedicated bathroom. Dhoni team was super helpful and facilitated nicely our diving. Gabriel and Maria did fantastic job orchestrating the trip and visiting beautiful places above and below the ocean surface. Entire crew was friendly and made our stay awesome. We saw everything we were dreaming for like: mantas, wale shark, reef sharks and much, much more… BBQ on th island was a cherry on the pie:-) Thank you Gabriel, Maria, Rich, Fish and entire crew for fantastic trip. It is life time memory.

Recommended for
1. Very comfortable boat. 2. Friendly and professional crew. 3. Fantastic dive sites
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • James B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Lots of opportunities to dive in fantastic locations.

Dives with manta rays and whale sharks.

Recommended for
Well organised, frequent dives (four per day most days), great accommodation.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • steffen B
  • Germany Germany
What a trip! Perfect organized due the COVID Situation and some unforgettable Dives!

Shark action at Alimatha Jetty, Manta Nightdive, The Crew and Diveguides of the Emperor Leo.

Recommended for
Operator, Dives and the People
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Kathrin S
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Great Diving, not so great covid measure

The diving on the boat was great!! The crew is very knowledgeable and always happy to help and explain things. We saw Whalesharks (3!), Manta Rays and so many sharks it was incredible! The diving conditions can be very overwhelming for a less experienced diver and even though the trip is advertised as OW with no minimum dives required, it is expected that you know how to deal with strong currents, know how to use a reef hook and deploy an SMB. None of these were the case for us so it was a steep learning curve. Our fellow divers were incredibly supportive though and we learned in no time :) The covid measures on the boat are almost nonexistent, nobody was wearing masks and even though there is hand sanitiser on the tables, we haven't seen a soul using them. I've also rarely seen the surfaces in the common rooms being cleaned with anti disinfectant. Furthermore, rooms were being shared between single travellers and when we had a positive covid case on board, there was little anyone could do to isolate the case and the rest is history.

Recommended for
Whalesharks, Manta Rays and amazing people
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Wojciech L
  • Poland Poland
Great week of exciting diving on a spanking new, sparkling clean and luxurious boat

I've been on many liveaboard boats and - when it comes to quality of service and the class of the boat this one was the best. The route covered all the highlights including manta cleaning stations, snorkeling with whale sharks, diving in channels filled with sharks and rays, beautiful coral gardens (the biggest surprise, as I had the presumption that the coral is all dead in the Maldives). Great selection of food, additional attractions like visits to uninhabited islands and fantastic atmosphere made me decide to stay with Emperor for another, unplanned week!

Recommended for
Great marine life sightings, very comfortable boat, good and various food.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Romania Romania
Great experience, definitely i would recommend it

night dive with mantas six types of sharks in one day beautiful thillas

Recommended for
the room and the bathroom were really spacious, the dive guides were flexible on our demands, the food was varied and tasty
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Mihai I
  • Romania Romania
My experience in one word:awesome!

Shark and manta encounters

Recommended for
It's been a pleased experience,meeting with the scubas guides,the wonderful sites were we dived and in general,the special places I've been visiting
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Zayn F
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Hanifaru bay was great! Excellent guides.

Mantas in hanifaru bay

Recommended for
Mantas, guides, crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Nicolas D
  • France France
Amazing liveaboard! Best crew and dive staff

Mantas, school of mobulas, whale shark, eagle rays and many grey sharks

Recommended for
Sea life, people and food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Alexander L
  • Australia Australia
everything was great, diving, crew, cabin, food. absolutely worth the money that was paid

I saw everything I wanted to see during this liveaboard diving trip: mantas, mobulas, whale shark. Amazing trip! Highly recommended for everyone.

Recommended for
dive, crew, food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Dennis B
  • Germany Germany
Perfect diving trip

The Manta Rays

Recommended for
The divesites, the weather and the crew were the best.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Cheryl H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
A luxurious boat, great diving

Whale sharks off the back of the boat. New Years eve cabin decorations and effort for the dinner 11+ mantas on one dive

Recommended for
Lots of space so never felt cramped; Great diving - whale sharks and mantas; Excellent service from the crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • 슬기 김
  • South Korea South Korea
Couldn’t have asked for more

Seeing the whale-shark and mantas. Overall, it was a magical honeymoon experience

Recommended for
People, people, people, the ship, room
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Michael J
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great week on a lovely boat with fantastic guests , good diving and good crew

The whale shark encounters and speaking with the best group of guests I have had on a liveboard. Cabin was huge and boat was very comfortable

Recommended for
Best boat I have stated, on spacious cabin. Crew good and diving great
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Matthew H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great fun but sadly let down by the food and drink

The whale shark, mantas at the back of the boat, lots of big marine life. The crew and my fellow divers

Recommended for
The crew, the guides and the diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Calina O
  • Australia Australia
Excellent all round

Unparalled warm water diving with all comforts provided for - definitely the choice for divers.

Recommended for
Focus on diving (4x a day most days), diverse sites & fab crew.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Christoph P
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Best of the maldives

One of the many highlights of this trip was the nightdive with the mantarays and the snorkeling with the waleshark. absolutely stunning! the trip was well organized, the crew was very experienced and the food delicious. 5 stars

Recommended for
Mantaray diving, food, guides
  • 7.6 Good
  • Andrew N
  • New Zealand New Zealand

Night dive with feeding mantas

Recommended for
Size of boat & relaxation areas
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Maithe V
  • Brazil Brazil
My dream travel

Dive with the sharks, whale sharrks, big rays and the divers with us... lovely all

Recommended for
Dives, crew (including all) and the boat.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Peter K
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Best trip ever

Too many to mention but the giant manta rays were amazing

Recommended for
The diving, the boat, the people
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Eric B
  • Germany Germany
Truely amazing experience and best value for the money

Manta rays, Sharks, Turtles

Recommended for
Diving comfort, cabin comfort, spatious vessel
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Selma H
  • Switzerland Switzerland
A good time

The highlight for me was getting to see reef mantas for the very first time. They're a lot bigger live than I expected, and it was really cool to get to experience that.

Recommended for
The three best things were, in order, the food, the dive sites, and the atmosphere the guides cultivated.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Romain N
  • France France
Sharktastic !!!!

Every dive is different, shark TV do to speak, Mantas, Mola Mola, sharks all sizes, whale shark, Dolphin’s by night at the back of the boat, very effusively trip, super well organised, confortable as possible ! The Mola mola was an unexpected chance :)

Recommended for
Professionnalism, confort, astonishing
  • 7.6 Good
  • Leandro S
  • Brazil Brazil
Great boat, could provide a better diving experience

Amazing boat, with very friendly staff. Our group had problems with our dive guide, who didn't seem to know the sites - we asked to change to a new guide and the boat manager promptly agreed (the guide was a contractor so wasn't a regular Emperor guide, which was weird). Half of dives were below average, but half were really good - particularly the manta cleaning stations. Despite the trip being called 'Sharktastic' there wasn't nearly as much action as we would expect - I'd suggest the boat to either rethink the trip name (VERY misleading) or revise the itinerary. All in all, a good trip on an excellent boat.

Recommended for
Spacious and luxurious boat, friendly staff and manta dives
Origin: US