Horizon 3 Liveaboard, Maldives

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Highlights

  • Dive the Best of The Maldives and Deep South where Mantas, Tiger Sharks, Hammerheads and Eagle Rays, Turtles are often seen
  • Available for individuals, small private groups and full charters
  • An onboard Massage Therapist where guests can relax and be pampered
  • Experienced & professional dive & boat crew on board willing to go the extra mile to deliver exceptional service and dive experiences
  • Separate Fully equipped Dive Dhoni with Nitrox available

The 36m Horizon 3 liveaboard caters to 25 guests in 12 en-suite cabins. Cabins are tastefully decorated with ample storage space, AC and either twin or double beds. Guests have the choice of the Standard Cabin, Deluxe or Master Deluxe. Social areas include the indoor lounge, dining and bar area with an entertainment area and board games. Meals are taken either in the indoor dining area or outdoor dining space with stunning panoramic views. A wide variety of food is freshly prepared and special dietary requests can be catered to with advance notice. For relaxation, guests can choose the sun deck with loungers, mattresses and hot tub, or can unwind with a therapeutic massage from the onboard masseuse. Guests can feel comfortable leaving their high-tech equipment onboard, as security cameras are stationed throughout the vessel for utmost security.

Diving with the Horizon 3 yacht takes place from the dedicated 18m support dhoni, with 3 crew, camera rinse & set-up stations, dive kitting up area and nitrox available for those certified. The dhoni is large enough to support more than 30 divers, leaving ample space for everyone to get kitted up and for gear storage.

Cruises vary from 7 - 14 nights and explore the central, northern and southern atolls. Trips offer the chance to see manta rays, reef sharks, eagle rays, stingrays, turtles, and even the chance of whale sharks. The crew and dive guides of the Horizon III liveaboard are some of the most experienced in the Maldives and have more than 15 years of experience diving the region. They know all the best spots to dive away from the crowds. The captain has over 30 years of experience in the Maldives, so you can rest assured that you will be visiting some of the best areas based on the local conditions.

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Included: VAT, Fuel Surcharge, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Beach BBQ, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Fishing, Land Excursions, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: Environment Tax (42 USD per trip), Visas and Fees.

Optional Extras: Hotel Transfer, Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Extra Dives, Nitrox (112-148 USD per week), Nitrox Course, Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses, Jet Ski, Kayaks (46 USD per day), Snorkel Gear, Stand Up Paddleboard, Wakeboarding, Water Ski, Laundry / Pressing Services (5 USD per item), WiFi internet (20 USD per week), Massage.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Massage
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Camera room with table and charging point
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet
  • Outside Showers
  • Family Cabins
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter
  • Kayaks
  • Stand Up Paddleboard
  • Water Ski
  • Fishing
  • Wakeboarding
  • Jet Ski

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Beach BBQ
  • Welcome Cocktails
  • Full-board Option

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.


Diving

  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Sidemount Diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English and German.


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 2009
  • Length 36 meters
  • Top speed 14 knots
  • Cruising speed 10 knots
  • Engines 2 x 360hp DOOSAN Daewoo (Dual Screw)
  • Max guests 25
  • Number of cabins 12
  • Number of bathrooms 12
  • Tenders 2
  • Fuel capacity 8 tonnes
  • Freshwater maker 2 x 6 tonnes per day Aqua Reef

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV

Horizon 3 Reviews

  • 8.5 Fabulous
  • 36 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    7.6
  2. Crew
    8.6
  3. Food
    9.6
  4. Diving
    8.9
  5. Value
    8.1
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • John B
  • United States United States
Awesome

The crew was absolutely fabulous. They made the cruise and the diving a truly memorable experience.

Recommended for
Crew, crew, crew
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Ari C
  • United States United States
The dives were beautiful, the staff made the trip. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.

Diving

Recommended for
Diving, staff, food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • DAVID H
  • United States United States
Great Experience Aboard The Horizon 3

The night dives were spectacular.

Recommended for
Friendly & Attentive Staff, Amazing Underwater Experience, and A Great Value For The Money
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • RACHEL D
  • United States United States
Amazing Trip

Every day was different and amazing in its own way. Sooo many great memories. Night diving with sharks that sat in your lap was definitely a highlight. Swimming with mantas and whale-sharks, was a blast. Meeting such a wonderful crew and passengers will definitely be a lifelong memory.

Recommended for
Diving was phenomenal, the crew was wonderful and tghe food was superb
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Christopher T
  • United States United States
Great dive guides but a boat in need of repair and upgrades

The dive guides were the best part of the trip by far! They were amazing and super friendly.

Recommended for
Dives, dive guides, and crew
  • 6.4 Review score
  • Gabriel F
  • United States United States
Great vacation. Diving not as good as expected, mainly because crew missed the currents read every single time

Seeing whale sharks and diving with tiger sharks

Recommended for
Cabin comfort, boat/diving set up, small groups diving
  • 5.2 Review score
  • Rebecca N
  • United States United States
Negative experience, cockroaches in cabin bed, skipped highlights of itinerary

The operator of the liveaboard skipped several highlights on the itinerary. They blamed it on bad weather although we had sunny skies and a smooth sea on the entire trip. We had COCKROACHES in our cabin and in our beds. No nitrox available. Our last day was supposed to be “island hopping.” The dive guides told us to go hop on Male island in the city. Very Disappointing experience!

Recommended for
Friendly boat crew
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Kelly L
  • United States United States
Wonderful diving safari in the Maldives with fun guides

Was reunited with my delayed luggage (grateful to have been able to receive it 3 days into the trip) due to a guide who was able to keep in touch with the airport as we were sailing away, Mantas!!!, catered to my vegan diet, friendly guides and staff.

Recommended for
dive sites, dive guides & staff, dietary accommodations
  • 7.6 Good
  • Elena J
  • Germany Germany
Great manta diving!

Really enjoyed a short getaway to the Maldives and the opportunity for some Manta diving and a "shark- fix". Definitely my best manta encounter so far - very curious mantas that would come and check us out and stay with us for quite a while at times. Great crew and dive guides, they really made the trip worthwhile. And I liked our cabin - one of the nicer ones I have had on a liveaboard and with a lot of storage opps. A few things to watch out for though: book your own domestic flights (a lot cheaper than via the operator); it's a very large boat - 24 divers is a bit much esp. when they only have 3 guides; you need nitrox to be able to do 3 dives a day - they charge quite a bit extra for the nitrox (112 US$ for 16 dives!) and then on most dives at least one of us didn't have a full 200 bars in our tank (this eventually got better); our standard cabin was very nice and had a lot of storage space but some of the main parts of the boat could do with maintenance (broken lounge chairs on the sundeck, some A/Cs not working); before you book it, check that it's the right season - we went end of Dec/Jan and still didn't have the right currents for the type of diving they advertise. Fuvahmulah wasn't worth it at all - no current, no sharks and very poor visibility on the baited shark dive (which also costs extra), Addu was nice actually but it's probably even better with the right type of current.

Recommended for
The lovely crew and dive guides, the mantas in Addu
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Martin S
  • Denmark Denmark
I would do it again - very pleased

Good overall atmosphere Good divemaster, nice people and good diving. Thank you all Thorsten & Martin

Recommended for
Good Divemaster & Crew - Good diving & lots to see - Nice guests on board
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Nicole H
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Very nice and helpful crew but a damn lot of trouble with the boats..

The compressor of the Dhoni was broken, the enginee of the Dhingi was broken, both electricity generators of the Horizon III were broken. We even need to sleep 1 night on a local island and could not do the trip we should. No light for whalesshark because no electricity... 2 missed dives, 1 discovery dive with nothing to see because of all the problems.. That was very disappointing.. But the crew was super nice, the rest of the dives were good and we really liked the food.

Recommended for
Good food, friendly stuff, nice dives
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Michael A
  • Denmark Denmark
Great trip with lots of action

Fish factory - Bull sharks and Lemon sharks.

Recommended for
Dive sites, friendly staff and good food.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Fernando R
  • Italy Italy
Excelent Diving and Dive Sites. Great Staff. Delicious meal and excelent Crew Service!

.- Diving with sharks and Mantas .- Dive Instructor and dive guides .- Food onboard

Recommended for
.- Dive Sites, Crew Service and value for money.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Arkadiusz D
  • Poland Poland
Great experience for decent price.

Nurse Shar zoo was quite an experience, lots of sharks, whale shark snorkeling was also a success, despite high competition from other boats. Great food and wide variety of it. Highly recommend central route.

Recommended for
Dives, food, people
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Christian R
  • Switzerland Switzerland
great safari with a boat that needs some renevation

crew is amazing. food very delocious.

Recommended for
crew, food, dived
  • 7.2 Good
  • Tamara T
  • Denmark Denmark
Great experience but unfortunately not so great boat

The dhoni broke twice during the week. At one point it was during storm with waves about 1.5-2 meters and some of us were on the water waiting for pick up for 40 mins. The air con at the main boat cabin slowly stopped being cold throughout the week, it started very cold. You have to pay 20 usd for the internet but most of the time the signal is really bad and only works when you’re on the lounge in the main deck.

Recommended for
Food, nitrox
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Ahmad H
  • United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
Very enjoyable and accomodating

Lots of marine life, very friendly group of people and very accomodating staff.

Recommended for
The staff, the dives, the food
  • 7.2 Good
  • Sylvia H
  • Germany Germany
Great crew but they should socialize a bit more with the guests

It's a nice trip to explore the less known south of the Maldives. Boat: The cabins are spacious, with a sundeck, big dining room and even a lounge area so there's loads of space to relax. Although the boat would need some improvement: Aircon in my room was leaking, half of the sun loungers on the deck were broken, the aircon in the lounge area has been turned off all the time and a couple had to change rooms due to loud noises in the morning hours. Having to pay for WiFi these days is something I didn't experience for a while (20$ a week) but what's really annoying is that it's basically just working on the main deck and not the cabins let alone the sun deck. Organization: Communication with the operator upfront took loads of time with sometimes no answer. Domestic flights they organized were more expensive than they were online and have been organized to a time that I had to leave the boat in the middle of the night at the end of the trip to catch it. Even though it was the flight operator having troubles I expect at least an email saying that they didn't forget about my inquiry and they're coming back to me as soon as possible. Even already at the boat I still had no flight number or time so I couldn't book a connecting flight. Diving: You'll see loads of manta rays at cleaning stations and reef sharks. At tiger zoo you'll get the experience to dive with tiger sharks as well. I personally didn't enjoy this one as there's loads of current pushing u against rocks and other people as everyone has been seated tight next to each other. Got a few bruises after the dive and due to sandy bottom the visability was quite bad. Still impressive animals these tiger sharks and we got a marine biologist coming to the boat to explain more which was really interesting. We experienced quite some current in our dives and even a really bad down current which caused a few people to skip dives to this special dive site as it was really challenging and frightening. We've been wreck diving as well... No visibility, poor fish live and not allowed to penetrate this was not the best dive. The dive dhoni was quite spacious and you could rent any equipment you want. Wetsuits are just shorties, my SMB was quite bad and totally entangled but I got a new one after one dive. They mounted my first stage wrong the first dive (two people including me didn't see it while buddy check). Had to deal with it under water and breathe through my octo but at least they fixed it once I got back. What the dhoni or the boat really lacked was somewhere to wash the wetsuits and therefore at the end of the week they've been smelling really bad as everyone kept hanging them just outside without rinsing. Crew: The crew was really friendly and amazing. Especially the guys working in the kitchen and behind the bar were always in a good mood and even took care of special wishes and diets as for example Soy milk or extra chillies for me. The dive guides were quite young and some if them new to the boat. They've been really nice and knew the area. All of them were local and could tell a bit more about the Maldives and the surrounding. What I was missing here was a bit more socializing with the guests. Most of them vanished after a dive and we wouldn't see them until the next dive briefing. A bit more talking to us would have been nice. For example just double check if everything is alright before a dive, check with the group if it works with the buddy checks, ask around after a dive if everything's good and talk about what we saw and how we experienced it. All in all it was a great week of diving in a nice boat with friendly people. I personally liked the north and central maldives more and I'd like to give the advice to train the guides and crew more in communication with guests to make the liveaboard even more attractive.

Recommended for
Amazing fresh food, mantas, beautiful surrounding
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Amit L
  • Israel Israel
Wonderful crew, great food, beautiful dives, some technical glitches

Was on a 7 nights trip of the central atolls. All in all a truly wonderful experience. All the crew- from the bartender to the divemasters- were extremely kind and helpful. The dives were also exquisite, and the diving team very proffesional. The rooms were quite spacious for a boat this size, and the room was cleaned on a daily basis. The common areas of the boat were also nice. The jacuzzi was not working, which I peraonally did not mind. On the downside- we were informed on arrival that there would be no nitrox, as the designated compressor is broken. Without Nitrox, we found ourselves truly edging the borders of NDL with 3 deep dives a day. Also, they had a technical issue with the dinghi, causing them to postpone the third dive of the second day to the day after. All in all, we had a great vacation and I would hearfuly recommend this boat to my friends were the nitrox compressor to be fixed.

Recommended for
Friendly crew, Great food, Large cabins
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Linda T
  • Australia Australia
Varied and exciting diving

Professional run dive organisation , staff helpful with gear set up etc, knowledgeable guide and in depth briefing provided on all dive sites. Boat crew could not have been more accommodating, food varied and plentiful... lots of tuna! Cabins tidied and cleaned twice daily with clean towels, Drinks very expensive but to be expected. On a down side , boat needs maintenance, no water initially, when fixed we mostly had luke warm showers at best mostly cold. Air con in downstairs cabins broke and was unable to be repaired leaving rooms stifling hot for sleeping in. Also very bad smell in downstairs corridor.

Recommended for
Great diving, professional well set up dhoni and crew, difference in dive sites and variety of marine life.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Nuttee R
  • Thailand Thailand
Good Diving experience in Maldive

I could see a lot of sharks and rays during this trip. if you have any problem, just let them know. They will solve the problem as soon as possible.

Recommended for
Service, good diving, various divesite
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Donghyun L
  • South Korea South Korea
Perfect to dive in Maldives

Crews were kind and professional Water is so clear and lots of fishes Diving guides were friendly and well-trained But facilities were old

Recommended for
Staffs were friendly and kind, water is so clear that i saw lots of fishes
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Anne M
  • France France
Great diving on a comfortable boat

Diving with mantas is so special! Great warm and clear water all around in the south, sharky dives in the channels. Maldives has it all!

Recommended for
Diving with mantas, crew
  • 8.4 Very good
  • miguel R
  • Ecuador Ecuador
Awesome crew, did the best they could, but unfortunately management and office was sloppy and disorganized.

Overall great experience with a very bad company and management. Even switched us boats with any previous notice.

Recommended for
Crew, experience, just a couple good dives
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Ming Jing L
  • Singapore Singapore
Good trip

The dive guides were good, service on the boat was good, trip was overall good.

Recommended for
Was good overall
Origin: US