Emperor Leo, Maldives

from US$ 179 / day
  • Internet
  • Free Nitrox
9.110 "Superb"   27 Verified Reviews
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    The 35m M/V Emperor Leo is a sleek luxury yacht in the Maldives. The Leo offers a large, lavish dining room with bar and television for meals and relaxation. On deck, guests can relax in the Jacuzzi, lounge on the deck chairs and enjoy drinks at the main bar. The onboard restaurant serves both western and Asian cuisine and offers a fully equipped bar. MV Emperor Leo has a selection of cabins each equipped with ensuite bathrooms, individually controlled air-con and fan. Hairdryers available on board by request. There are 8 lower deck cabins with either twin or double beds, 3 upper deck cabins and one Executive Suite.

    The best advantage of Emperor Leo is that all diving takes place from a large tender dhoni, allowing for much greater space on the liveaboard. The Leo Maldives dive staff will assist guests with hassle free scuba diving. Dive itineraries are available year-round, and explore the best dive sites in the Maldives. In February and March Emperor Leo moves to the Southern Atolls for spectacular channel diving, and the rest of the year is located around the Central Atolls for the 'Best of the Maldives'. Divers have the chance of getting up close with manta rays, sharks, turtles and whale sharks.

    The Leo crew provides each guest with superior service. Reserve your M/V Emperor Leo Maldives liveaboard diving holiday today.

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    Included: VAT, Accommodation, Complimentary toiletries, Transfers/pickups from airport, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Dive master services, All meals, Free Nitrox, Towels Provided

    Excluded: Flights (International & Domestic), Diving Equipment, Alcohol, Soft Drinks, Juices, WiFi ($22++), 15L Tanks, Crew Gratuities

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    Boat features

    • Shaded diving deck
    • Audio & video entertainment
    • Library
    • Air Conditioned saloon
    • Aircon Cabins
    • Sun Deck
    • Indoor Saloon
    • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
    • Warm Water Showers
    • Hot Tub
    • Paid Internet
    • En-Suite bathrooms

    Food & Drinks

    • Western Food
    • Local Food
    • Vegetarian Options
    • Buffet style
    • Beer available
    • Selection of wines
    • Snacks All Day

    If you have specific diet requests 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. The liveaboard serves great food and you will be hungry after a full day of diving!


    • DIN Adaptors
    • Nitrox available
    • Rebreather Support

    The crew speaks English, German, and French.

    Gear rental

    There is diving gear available to rent on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form.
    You will need to pay for the rental gear on board of the boat. Show prices

    Rental Gear Prices

    • Full Equipment:(incl. SMB & Dive Computer) $336
    • 15L tanks:$101
    • Nitrox tank:FREE
    • Fins:$34
    • Wetsuit:(3mm shortie) $68
    • Regulator:$135
    • BCD:$101
    • Dive Computer:$101
    • Nitrox Refills:FREE

    Drawings & Vessel Layouts

    Emperor Leo Deck Plan floorplan


    Boat Specifications

    • Year built:2009
    • Year renovated:2012
    • Length:35m
    • Beam:9.4m
    • Top speed:12 knots
    • Cruising speed:10 knots
    • Engines:500 HP Mitsubishi
    • Max guests:24
    • Number of cabins:12
    • Number of bathrooms:12
    • Tenders:Large diving dhoni fully equipped with compressors tanks & oxygen kits
    • Freshwater maker:9500lt/day

    Boat navigation, communication and safety features

    • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
    • Emergency Rafts
    • Life Vests
    • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
    • Oxygen
    • First Aid Kits
    • Satellite & mobile phones
    • Bilge pump alarm
    • Crew trained in first aid

    Emperor Leo Reviews

    Superb (out of 10)
    Average score from 27 Verified Review(s) Only people who have booked through LiveAboard.com and joined the liveaboard can write a review.
    Sergei T
    Great! Amazing!! The crew and guides were great! Scubadaiving was fantastic! Pelagic Magic, Maldives in August

    It was just perfect!

    Recommended for

    Mantaray, different sharks and whale shark! Guides and staff! Food!

    Maxim Y
    Great! Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in October

    Great, and Tina and Oli are really comitted..

    Recommended for

    The whale sharks, the mantas and other sharks

    Bob J
    Very good
    Very friendly and good service of the crew and good guides. Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in December

    Great experience. The service was very good. Equipment was good en reliable. Guides where very friendly, patient and secure. Food was good and had good variety. Great liveaboard for seeing the big stuff and having a luxurious time on the boat. Having the Dhoni besides the main boat makes a big difference in structure of the day and space on the main boat.

    Recommended for

    1. Seeing the big stuff; mantas, whale shark, sharks, rays, turtles. 2. Very good atmosphere with the group, crew and guides. 3. Good equipment, food and planning

    Ann-Christin M
    Review score
    Great trip Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in December

    We enjoyed the trip and specially.the dives with nurse sharks and sting rays.

    Recommended for

    Very friendly & helpful staff, very professional briefings before diving, very good with a separate donie.

    Christian M
    nice diving 5 Atolls Sharktastic, Maldives in January

    Only one was bad....Pick up service...I had have 4 h to waiting AT male air Port bevor Transfer to the boat

    Recommended for

    diving. ...food....Cocktails

    Cindi D
    United States
    My trip to Male and to the Maldives was a "lifetime experience"! Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in October

    Seeing the whale sharks, and the manta rays! Those were the two reasons that I booked the trip. The city tour to Male was a "bonus" - something that gave me a good cultural experience, and a way to see how other people in the world actually live.

    Recommended for

    1. The diving was phenomenal! 2. The crew, service, and food was great! 3. The new friendships that I made with all of the other divers on the trip. We have all exchanged emails.

    park I
    South Korea
    Very good
    Awesome Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in December

    Before i go, i'd like to see manta and whale shark. I thought if i can see them, my trip is succesful. Finally, i saw everything i want, and the sea life is really fantastic.

    Recommended for

    Food, sea life, friendly people

    Rona M
    United Kingdom
    Surpassed our expectations - best holiday yet! Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in November

    The highlights were all related to the diving, which was really incredible. We saw grey and white tip sharks, nurse sharks, manta ray, turtles, hundreds of moray eels (go to the fish factory dive near Male!), thousands of beautiful fish, octopus, whale sharks etc etc etc. The Dhoni is really comfortable and the refiller tanks are on here, so it's less noisy when on the main boat. The dhoni staff are awesome too! The main boat is really comfortable, with loads of space to chill in the lounge, and huge bean bags and a shaded area on the top sun deck. There is a separate place for smokers, which I appreciated. The cabins in the lower deck are really nice with a massive en suite shower and really comfortable bed. The upper deck cabins have more light, but I don't think the extra cost is really worth it since you don't spend much time at all in the cabin. The food was excellent on the first night, and dropped to average the rest of the nights. Still good, but not quite as good as the first night. There was always lots of food and a good variety, which is nice, but get there fast as it goes cold quickly. The dive instructors were very knowledgeable and friendly. We had excellent briefs before each dive. We had a slight issue with our instructor - I had signalled to him that I was not ok while on a dive, and was ignored. This significantly diminished my trust in him, which made me feel a little exposed and vulnerable in the water because I knew that if anything went wrong, I couldn't turn to him for help or guidance. He was often grumpy and impatient when we asked questions, which was unexpected and made us feel a little unwelcome. However, it wasn't a massive deal, and I still absolutely loved the holiday (the best one yet by far). Other than that, this was an incredible trip, and I would 100% recommend Leo and the Maldives!

    Recommended for

    1. The dive sites were varied and interesting 2. The sun deck has shade and bean bags 3. The cabins are all en suite and the bed is really comfortable

    Anne G
    United States
    Wonderful experience diving! Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in December

    The dive masters did a great job at finding us good dive sites and plans for the conditions. Maldives is known for crystal clear water, which isn't what we had, but we were able to get some incredible dives in anyway. The guides did a great job managing a group with varying skills, languages, interests, and attitudes. We saw manta rays, sharks, many turtles, fish, and so much more. An unforgettable trip! The crew made a good effort to make Christmas and New Years special while we were on the boat. Thank you Leo crew!

    Recommended for

    Great food, guides, and comfortable bed.

    Joanne T
    Pretty good experience. Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in January

    Manta rays, whale sharks and white tips . Island visit and bbq.

    Recommended for

    Manta rays, whale sharks and white tips

    Yoram R
    Better value for money than diving from the shore. Excellent in everyway Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in January

    Maaya Thila was most amazing. Most dive sites were wisely chosen Crew hospitality tops it all

    Recommended for

    Diving spots. Guidance. Comfort

    Pedro L
    Fantastic crew in a wonderful trip experience with diverse dive spots. Eva, Patrick and rest of the crew will be the best of your valuable time. Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in January

    Variaty of diving sites, well combined with an unforgettable BBQ in a island. Lots of sharks, mantas and all Maldives fishes and corals will make the best trip combination.

    Recommended for

    Crew, boat and jacuzzi!!!

    Peter S
    South Africa
    awesome Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in June

    swimming with a whale shark - diving with sharks

    Recommended for

    relaxing, value for money and great diving

    South Korea
    Good place, Great people Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in July

    Alimathaa night diving, manta cleaning station, Maya thila night diving

    Recommended for

    kind crew, great food, god weather

    Very good
    Outstanding Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in June

    having great dives with awesome people from all around the world.

    Recommended for

    Choices of Food, Cleanliness, Friendly Crew

    Nashreen S
    It was great Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in July

    Nitrox divings, food, nice people

    Recommended for

    1) Variation of dive sites 2) Food was good 3) People on the boat are nice

    South Korea
    NICE TRIP Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in July


    Recommended for

    Manta. Whaleshark. Friends

    Niklas P
    Great diving & friendly crew Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in July

    Diving at Rasdhoo and Mayaa thila.

    Recommended for

    The diving, the crew & the beautiful atolls

    Cao L
    Good board, good crew, nice diving site Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in July

    Manta, shark

    Recommended for

    1. the boat is big, not shaking that much during travel. 2. the crew is friendly 3. the diving plan is more flexible

    john C
    United Kingdom
    Awesome diving experience with superb dive guides. Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in October

    Gabriel and Maria were our dive guides for the trip who have many years experience. For them it is not just a job, it is a passion and that comes across very clearly. We saw everything we hoped to see...Mantas, eagle rays, tons of sharks including a great night dive surrounded by sharks. A whaleshark was also spotted just before he disappeared into the depths. Although we were booked on Leo boat we all were upgraded to Orion due to technical issues on Leo. All changed over in the blink of an eye and no inconvenience to anyone. Diving from a Dhoni is an added luxury to the experience as all dive gear remains on the Dhoni all week and the crew fill tanks whilst you are enjoying the plentiful food aboard the boat. We will definately use Emporer fleet again. An awesome week!

    Recommended for

    The boat, the experienced dive guides and the variety of dive sites

    Anthony M
    United Kingdom
    Truly amazing above and below the water Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in November

    Truly amazing from start to finish. We seen 7 species of sharks including the infamous whale shark. We had manta cleaning stations, 4 giant mantas on our first dive, donut couldn’t have started any better. The whole trip kept delivering and there is not one thing we would change. The crewe and the guides were fantastic. Food was also amazing and plentiful. I would recommend this trip to everybody. 100% satisfied zone more.. we had been so lucky. Big thank you to Stina our guide must of all, for the incredible guidance. A must do for every diver

    Recommended for

    Underwater life, the staff and the people we met

    Risto V
    Great diving with sharks and Mantas Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in October

    Manta cleaning station with 7 Mantas at same time. Guitar fish, reef sharks and whale shark.

    Recommended for

    Easy transfers, good dives, great crew

    Marcos B
    Mejor imposible Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in May

    Tuvimos la suerte de ver todo lo k se esperaba poder ver

    Recommended for

    El buceo, la comida y el precio

    Kenneth A
    Excellent Diving Trip with lots of on-board comfort and great diving Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in December

    Diving with the Sharks, Manta Rays and Whale Sharks

    Recommended for

    Sharks, Rays, Clear Water

    Carme R
    Ha sido una experiencia inolvidable la mejor semana de buceo de mi vida Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in December

    Ha sido una semana increíble donde hemos buceado con muchos tiburones, tortugas, mantas, rayas y todo tipo de peces y corales preciosos en Maldivas. He tenido la suerte de estar con un grupo increíble de personas que ha sido como mi familia y nos lo hemos pasado en grande. Los Dive Guides han sido muy profesionales y a la vez cercanos!! Los voy a echar de menos. Recomiendo ir en el barco Emperor Leo sin ninguna duda!

    Recommended for

    La vida submarina, los diveguides, la amabilidad, el servicio a bordo

    Nicolas T
    Une première croisière avec Emperor et pas la dernière ! Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in April

    Des plongées exceptionnelles, des mantas, un requin baleine et une eau à 30 degrés ! Un staff compétent, des cabines confortables et un service au top ! Merci encore !

    Recommended for

    Qualité-prix / Faune marine / Staff compétent

    Mona S
    Very good
    Snorkeling in Maldives Best of Maldives 7 Nights, Maldives in January

    It was a great trip for me to relax on. Not being able to dive due to a fractured eardrum snorkeling is what I always do on liveaboards and I always make sure that it is snorkelilng friendly. The first 2,5 days were not snorkeling friendly, nothing to see for a snorkeler and my mood was getting a bit down as all of the divers were seeing everything and it is not a cheap experience either. BUT then Maldives opened up even for me. The big Mantas, black tips, devil rays, whale shark, Mauri wrasses and especially the night dive experience was an extra ordinary experience as in Australia I was not allowed to jump in during the night. So all in all it was a GREAT experience..

    Recommended for

    NIGHT snorkeling with nurse sharks, comfort on boat, crew

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