Emperor Leo, Maldives


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

Required Extras: Dive Insurance (5 EUR per day), Travel Insurance.

Optional Extras: Gratuities (150 USD), Alcoholic Beverages (5 USD), Soft drinks (3 USD), Extra Dives (290 EUR), Nitrox Course (143 EUR), Rental Gear, WiFi internet (20 USD).

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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.

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

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 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

  • 9.0 Superb
  • 50 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Lara G
  • Spain Spain
El viaje ha sido muy bueno, una experiencia que repetiré

El buceo con mantas y tiburones nodriza

Recommended for
La inmersión nocturna con las mantas, las comidas, el dhuni
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Andrew D
  • Australia Australia

Absolutely superb trip. A clean,comfortable and well maintained boat. Varied and tasty food. Friendly, obliging and discreet crew. 17 interesting and differing dives including an extraordinary night dive with mantas. Rented scuba gear in flawless condition. Exceeded our expectations. Well done and thank you all.

Recommended for
Dive variety, fish life, dive guide
  • 10 Exceptional
  • David P
  • United States United States
Best diving experience I could hope for during rainy season.

We got to enjoy diving with mantas, whale sharks and plenty of other species of sharks. The sunset dive with the nurse sharks will be hard to top when it comes to nurse shark encounters.

Recommended for
1. Crew were fantastic 2. Diving was better than I expected during the season. 3. Boat was comfortable even during a rough weather day.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jeff C
  • United States United States
One of, if not the best, dive trips I've taken.

I arrived at the Male airport around 730 AM and waited for the ride to the Leo, as expected. There was a short boat ride to the Leo from the airport. During the trip to the Leo, we were instructed to remove our SCUBA equipment from our luggage and set it up. Upon arrival to the Leo, we were given liquid refreshments along with a short briefing followed by paperwork / documentation verification and cabin assignments. Every evening we were provided times for the next morning's wake-up call, briefing, and departure times to start the dive. Along with this, the information was provided in writing on a white board in the galley/common room. The process and procedures for the briefings and times are well coordinated and thought out. The dive site briefings were as thorough as could be and included options based on water current conditions and directions. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. They did a very good job at watching the divers and making sure everyone had the best experience possible, to include matching divers based on air consumption rates and certification levels. The boat crew was phenomenal to say the least. They have the process down to a science and never missed a beat. The meals were delicious and well prepared. The boat, including our cabins, was kept clean. Any maintenance issues that popped up were handled immediately. Now for the actual diving. I was not expecting the currents in Maldives and it took some getting used to. Also, I had some weight issues, as the salinity in the Maldives is a lot less than any place I had previously been. Once I got lined out, I was good to go. For most of the dives, visibility was pretty good, 10 to 20 meters on the low side. Pelagics on every dive, with loads of reef and nurse sharks, several whale sharks and manta rays. One of the best dives of my life was at a site called Fish Head. It's a dive with nurse sharks. There were 20 to 25 of them on one dive and they acted like a cross between dolphins and puppies. The closest thing I can say as a negative is there could have been a couple of additional dives. There was only one night dive during the week. Safety is always a top priority. Reminders about No Deco limits are given before every dive. Most of the dives are between 20 and 30 meters. Everyone dives on nitrox and is required to have reef hooks and dive computers. Divers sign or initial a nitrox log before the dive and provides dive depth, time, and pressure remaining at the end of the dive as a means of accountability. So all divers are logged in and out of the water. I have been in the Caribbean, Persian Gulf, Mediterranean and Red Seas. This trip is one of the best experiences I have had in over 300 dives. It is well worth going and I look forward to going again.

Recommended for
The three best things about the trip were the staff/crew, the accommodations, and the aquatic life.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Gaetane L
  • Belgium Belgium
Amazing dives

Whale shark dive, mantas dive, nurse shark dive... a real blast!

Recommended for
Good spots, nice dive guides, spacious enough
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Oskar F
  • Sweden Sweden
An amazing experience

The variety of different marine lifes (sharks, manta rays, turtles and various reef fish) and the night dive (amazing - with full on action from predators searching the reef and all other small creatures which you rarely see during the days).

Recommended for
Diving, friendliness & service from staff and an overall great experience
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Ian T
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Excellent crew made everything easy

Dusk dive with nurse sharks

Recommended for
Sharks and manta rays; excellent crew; everything made easy
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Alistair D
  • South Africa South Africa
Good boat, great crew and fantastic diving

Channel diving with dozens of Grey Reef Sharks and Eagle Rays. Chance encounters with a Whale Shark, Mobulas, Sailfish and Dolphins. A great week of diving.

Recommended for
Diving, Accomodation, Crew
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Rachel T
  • Singapore Singapore
Comfortable, Good Food, Cleanliness could be improved.

Very lucky to have a Nurse Shark visit our boat albeit only for a few minutes. Saw plenty of reef sharks and rays. Water visibility and reef conditions were not the best.. Other diver who has been to Maldives before felt that the Northern route has better diving.

Recommended for
Efficient crew, good diving, good food
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Chieyu L
  • United States United States
Great crew and channel dives but would have liked a bit more variety.

The channel dives were great for seeing sharks and big schools of fish. The boat itself is clean and comfortable, though the below-deck rooms are kind of humid. Great crew and guides, just would have liked a bit more variety in the site selection. Corals are just so-so.

Recommended for
Divemasters were all great; Cabins comfortable and clean; Good crew
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Dale W
  • Canada Canada
Everything we expected it to be.

The diving was very good; especially the first shark dive, the first manta dive and the sunset dive. The beach BBQ was nice - unfortunately we were rained out half way through dinner, but it was still fun and a nice break from the boat. It was a very relaxed atmosphere on the boat which was just what we were looking for this trip.

Recommended for
1. Easy to get to from Bangkok (direct flight) 2. Location (what's not to like about the Maldives?) 3. A well organized itinerary and a very good crew that were available to attend to our every request.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Rick H
  • United States United States
Diving was a little different than what I expected.

The mantas were amazing. Huge nurse sharks at the jetty dive.

Recommended for
The crew is very service oriented. Excellent dive briefings. Cabins are nice sized without bunk beds!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Ilona K
  • Germany Germany
Great trip, fantastic crew

Manta dive, nurse shark dive and diving in channels

Recommended for
Dive spots, crew, food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ben P
  • Luxembourg Luxembourg

Had a great week on LEO, diving was just excellent, staff and guides super friendly and food was always very tasty. Saw mantas, sharks, rays and a whaleshark.

Recommended for
sealife diveguides food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Yannick P
  • Belgium Belgium
Great experience at an affordable price

The crew is very friendly, experienced & very approachable in case we needed anything. The boat & facilities are more than we need for such a trip. The dive equipment is very good and well maintained. Food is also very good and changes every day (buffet). Regarding the dives, it was great. They know the spots very well and you get a complete briefing before going. The night dives were the highlights of my trip!

Recommended for
Night dives, wildlife & crew
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Sylvia H
  • Germany Germany

It's been an amazing trip... rooms big and comfy, delicious food, friendly and helpful staff, bar and sun deck to relax and chat. All dive masters were friendly and did a great job showing us amazing diving spots. They even managed to arrange spontaneously everything so I could get my advanced open water course. The two night dives with sharks and rays and even mantas were two of my highlights. Having a BBQ at a local island and walk along the beach was a nice break from being on the boat. In the other evenings I also enjoyed sitting in the bar area to chat to everyone or lying on the sun deck to watch the stars.

Recommended for
great group, friendly and helpful staff, amazing food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Melody W
  • Singapore Singapore
Magical dive trip in Maldives!

Manta rays that come close to the surface at the back of the boat to play, sharks everywhere and great boat!

Recommended for
The food, the people and the amazingly attentive dive crew
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Minna K
  • Finland Finland
Diving with sharks and mantas

Great dives with plenty of marine life, incl. various sharks and mantas, BBQ on a deserted island, beautiful scenery! Very lucky with the weather too, despite the rainy season.

Recommended for
Nice dive guides & crew, exciting marine life, mantas and sharks
  • 7.2 Good
  • Jakobus (Kobus) M
  • South Africa South Africa
The dive brieflings and dive guiding was of a very high standard. But the overall service standard was not as good as other live aboards I have been on

Several mantas on a cleaning station

Recommended for
Dive briefings. Dive guidance. Nice big suite cabin
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Bertrand M
  • France France
Amazing dives

MAnta rays, White tip sharks

Recommended for
great marine life, great food, friendly crew
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Kenneth A
  • Australia Australia
Excellent Diving Trip with lots of on-board comfort and great diving

Diving with the Sharks, Manta Rays and Whale Sharks

Recommended for
Sharks, Rays, Clear Water
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Risto V
  • Finland Finland
Great diving with sharks and Mantas

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

Recommended for
Easy transfers, good dives, great crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Anthony M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Truly amazing above and below the water

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
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • john C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Awesome diving experience with superb dive guides.

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
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Cody C
  • China China
Good board, good crew, nice diving site

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
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Niklas P
  • Sweden Sweden
Great diving & friendly crew

Diving at Rasdhoo and Mayaa thila.

Recommended for
The diving, the crew & the beautiful atolls
  • 10 Exceptional
  • South Korea South Korea


Recommended for
Manta. Whaleshark. Friends
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Nashreen S
  • Japan Japan
It was great

Nitrox divings, food, nice people

Recommended for
1) Variation of dive sites 2) Food was good 3) People on the boat are nice
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Malaysia Malaysia

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

Recommended for
Choices of Food, Cleanliness, Friendly Crew
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • South Korea South Korea
Good place, Great people

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

Recommended for
kind crew, great food, god weather
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Peter S
  • South Africa South Africa

swimming with a whale shark - diving with sharks

Recommended for
relaxing, value for money and great diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Yoram R
  • Israel Israel
Better value for money than diving from the shore. Excellent in everyway

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

Recommended for
Diving spots. Guidance. Comfort
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Pedro L
  • Australia Australia
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.

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!!!
  • 7.6 Good
  • Joanne T
  • Canada Canada
Pretty good experience.

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

Recommended for
Manta rays, whale sharks and white tips
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Anne G
  • United States United States
Wonderful experience diving!

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.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Rona A
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Surpassed our expectations - best holiday yet!

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
  • 8.4 Very good
  • park I
  • South Korea South Korea

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
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Cindi D
  • United States United States
My trip to Male and to the Maldives was a "lifetime experience"!

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.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Christian M
  • Germany Germany
nice diving

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
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Ann-Christin M
  • Sweden Sweden
Great trip

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.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Bob J
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Very friendly and good service of the crew and good guides.

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
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Maxim Y
  • Bulgaria Bulgaria

Great, and Tina and Oli are really comitted..

Recommended for
The whale sharks, the mantas and other sharks
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Sergei T
  • Russia Russia
Great! Amazing!! The crew and guides were great! Scubadaiving was fantastic!

It was just perfect!

Recommended for
Mantaray, different sharks and whale shark! Guides and staff! Food!
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Mona S
  • Denmark Denmark
Snorkeling in Maldives

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