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.

Optional Extras: Dive Insurance (6 EUR per day), Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox Course (225 EUR), Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses (90-370 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
  • 55 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Daniel P
  • Belgium Belgium
Superb diving

Whale shark, nursesharks in a row on sandy bottom

Recommended for
Well organized, dive masters knew sites well, good cabin
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Victor P
  • Australia Australia
Best liveaboard that i have been to

Manta viewing at night

Recommended for
Very organised and efficient. Cabin is clean and tidy. Dive site are amazing
  • 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
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Maithê 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Marine D
  • France France

La rencontre avec les requins baleines, nourrices, les mantas. Et une équipe au top sur un très beau bateau.

Recommended for
Mantas / Requins Baleines / Confort
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Matthieu S
  • Belgium Belgium

Pouvoir observer un marlin évoluer au-dessus de nous.

Recommended for
Les pélagiques