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
  • 51 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 8.0 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
  • 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.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • DANY A
  • Lebanon Lebanon
Perfect diving experience

Great diving

Recommended for
Very well organized diving, nice and new boat, great rooms
  • 10 Exceptional
  • 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
  • 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
  • Werner G
  • Germany Germany
Perfekte Tauchsafari

Wir hatten das Glück mehrmals mit Walhaien zu schnorcheln und auch die Manta Begegnungen waren perfekt. Das Team hatte eine gute. Auf dem Weg! Für die Tauchplätze und die Teams an Board und auf dem Doni super nett und hilfsbereit

Recommended for
Ein überzeugender Tauchguide , irre Tauchplätze, super lokales Essen
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Germany Germany
Super Tauchwoche

Die Explorer ist ein sehr komfortables Schiff mit viel Platz in den Tauchpausen und komfortablen Kabinen. Der Tauchbetrieb ist gewohnt professionell wie bei anderen Emperor Schiffen. Toll dass es 3-4 TG je Tag gibt. Essen, Crew und Team war super

Recommended for
Mantas, Haie satt, tolle Crew
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Frank Z
  • Germany Germany
Ein unvergesslicher Urlaub

Begegnung mit Mantas und Walheien.

Recommended for
Boot, Crew, Wildlive