Emperor Explorer, Maldives

Excellent food and drinks

“We were on our first dive by 6:30 a.m each morning. The staff was amazing and every detail was cared for to make a smooth 4 dives …”

Beth F, United States United States
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  • Contemporary, spacious 42m liveaboard
  • Onboard spa for added relaxation
  • Complimentary glass of wine with dinner
  • Free nitrox for certified divers
  • All port, fuel, and park fees are included

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 for which the Maldives are known. Choose from the 'Best of the Maldives' to truly experience the magic of the Maldive Atolls and deliver 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, making getting to and from the dive sites hassle-free. Complimentary nitrox is available for certified divers.

Trips aboard Emperor liveaboards include all port and park fees, free Nitrox, and even complimentary wine, while you will never be charged extra for itinerary or fuel surcharges. What you see is what you pay.

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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 (284 USD), Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses (101-466 USD), WiFi internet (31 USD).

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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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

#deckplan floorplan

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
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Beth F
  • United States United States
Wonderful experience with Emperor Explorer

We were on our first dive by 6:30 a.m each morning. The staff was amazing and every detail was cared for to make a smooth 4 dives during our day.

Recommended for
Diving, new friends and good food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • June H
  • Japan Japan
Unforgettable Dive Adventure

This was my first liveaboard experience, and I'm so glad I went with Emperor Explorer! The boat was in awesome shape, the crew were super friendly and helpful, and the food was seriously tasty. But what really made it special was the focus on diving! We had 20 dives in total, which is three more than most other boats offer. Dive Director Emma was amazing—she's the most experienced and caring dive pro I've ever met. From her first briefing, we felt totally safe, and by the end of the trip, we were all big fans. Plus, I made some great friends along the way. Can't wait to hop on board with the Emperor fleet again for more adventures!

Recommended for
Focus on diving, professional guides, boat and crew
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Michael J
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great boat, great crew and great week diving

Channel diving in strong currents with loads of sharks, some great dives with mantas as well. Mixture of guests was great again and lots of laughter

Recommended for
Boat is very good, crew/dive guides couldn’t do any more, sharks and mantas
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Taiwan Taiwan

The crew service is excellent. The dive guides are very professional. It's very comfortable to be able to shower after each dive. The dive boat is spacious and comfortable. The rooms are large and comfortable, and the bathroom space is also ample. The public areas are luxurious, clean, and comfortable.

Recommended for
Manta night dive, dive with nurse shark, dive with whale shark
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Heather S
  • Canada Canada
Incredible trip to Deep South

Deep South Maldives - if you wanna see sharks this is the SPOT. Only downside is beach bbq is advertised, this is not the case Deep South, this is a central itinerary (i did Leo central prior to south). 4 dives a day which was excellent, be prepared this is a channel heavy trip, so if you want macro maybe stick to central. Fish factory was INCREDIBLE - hundreds of sharks everywhere, several species on a single dive. No hidden fees which was awesome. We had Charlie as our guide and she was spectacular. Would return, 10/10. Boat manager was a bit odd , we asked if we could do the manta cleaning station twice and he was somewhat passive aggressive about it, but we got the whole boat on board and we lucked out and saw 8 mantas at any given time. First day is basically check dives, but it's smart given the heavy current throughout the trip.

Recommended for
Sharks, comfort, safety.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Ahmad R
  • Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
Highly Recommended

The trip was well organised with high level of safety and comfort. All the crew and dive guides were professional and friendly. The selected dive sites were excellent. Food was good and sufficient. I only wished to approve my logged dives electronically in SSI application by an SSI professional but that was not possible.

Recommended for
/1/ Organisation with high level of safety and comfort. /2/ Dive Guides and Crew. /3/ Dive Sites.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Guy M
  • France France
First time I see whale shark

To swim with mantas

Recommended for
Mes meilleures PLONGEEs
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Guy M
  • France France
First time I see whale shark

To swim with mantas

Recommended for
Mes meilleures PLONGEEs
  • 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