Emperor Leo, Maldives

Excellent food and drinks

“From the beginning Onboarding, to the end of leaving all of it was a highlight. Do not think I could ask for more.”

Dennis D, United States United States
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  • Modern layout with double or twin cabins
  • Itineraries include The Best of the Maldives, South Central Atolls, and Deep South & Southern Sharks
  • All port, fuel, and park fees are included

The Emperor Leo liveaboard offers good value liveaboard diving year-round in the Maldives. She caters to 24 guests in 12 en-suite, air-conditioned cabins. There are eight double or twin cabins on the lower deck, three double or twin cabins on the upper deck, and one large executive suite. On the main deck is the large indoor salon with an entertainment area, bar, and dining room, which leads out to the front deck where the hot tub is. On the upper deck is an outdoor terrace to enjoy a cocktail and watch the sunset, and the upper deck has comfortable loungers for sunbathing in between dives.

The Emperor Leo dive itineraries explore some of the best dive sites in the Maldives. The ever-popular ‘Best of Maldives’ itinerary goes to the iconic sites of North Male, South Male, and Ari Atoll, where divers can enjoy channels, drifts, pinnacles, and the chance to meet mantas, whale sharks, and marine life of many varieties. Diving takes place from the diving dhoni, giving ample room for getting ready and gear storage. Nitrox is free 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.

Book online today to dive into the Maldives aboard Emperor Leo.

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Included: VAT, Environment Tax, Port Fees, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Beach BBQ, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Nitrox, Land Excursions, Snorkel Gear, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels.

Optional Extras: Dive Insurance (6 EUR per day), Travel Insurance, Gratuities (150 USD), Alcoholic Beverages (5 USD), Soft drinks (3 USD), Nitrox Course (284 USD), 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
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet
  • Available for Charter
  • Jacuzzi / Hot Tub

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Wine Available
  • 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.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rebreather Support
  • 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 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 and Safety

  • 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

  • 9.1 Superb
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Dennis D
  • United States United States
fantastic above and beyond service and dining

From the beginning Onboarding, to the end of leaving all of it was a highlight. Do not think I could ask for more.

Recommended for
Took us to see what I’ve never seen nowhere to go and very, very qualified Divers
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Victoria P
  • Australia Australia
So good I did it twice!


Recommended for
Amazing staff, great amenities and low season = more reef / less divers
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Nicholas C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
A great trip, great diving, nice boat and good weather

Seeking so many sharks close up was an unforgettable experience as was night diving with the mantas. The visibility underwater was generally outstanding and the water was so warm.

Recommended for
1. the sharks 2. the visibility 3. the boat
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Ekaterina E
  • France France

Incredible night dive and snorkel with mantas Close-up interactions with nurse sharks and a lot of shark action Informative lectures about sharks and mantas :)

Recommended for
World-class diving with pelagics, food, Jules!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Scott H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
First liveaboard and won't be my last loved every minute of it.

Tiger sharks , oceanic mantas , bull sharks , wall of reef sharks... Great food everyday.

Recommended for
Marine life , guides , crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Robert M
  • Sweden Sweden

i think we saw everything we could wish for on the dives and the service, food was incredible on the boat. also i was quite rusty in diving not been dived since 2019 but the crews professional helped me so i manage all 17 dives.

Recommended for
whaleshark swim, manta swim, the crew,
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Adrian M
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Awesome diving experience.

Special thanks to the Boat Master, Jules "Verne". Very friendly, knowledgeable, competent, funny and extremely helpful. From my experience, qualities not easy to find in one person. All the rest of the diving team and the boat crew were also very nice, friendly and helpful.

Recommended for
Diving. Diving guides. Comfortable.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Eugene W
  • Malaysia Malaysia
something special and magical

The crews were friendly, kind, experienced and knowledgeable. The briefings were amazing. Knowing the people there were so fun and the dives were perfect.

Recommended for
crew, cruise, company
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Neil P
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
My 1st liveabord

The BBQ on the beach and spending time with my young lady on her 40th Birthday And the night diving with the manta rays Snorkeling with the nurse shakes and being bumped by them 4 times

Recommended for
Cabin crew food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • roger B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Fabulous boat. The Thia and the crew and dive team we’re excellent


Recommended for
The fantastic kit and dive sites were amazing.