Emperor Leo, Maldives



  • Modern layout with double or twin cabins
  • Itineraries include The Best of the Maldives, South Central Atolls, and Deep South & Southern Sharks

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.

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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 (225 EUR), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses (90 EUR), WiFi internet (30 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, 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

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
  • 111 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 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
  • 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
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Eddie M
  • 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!!!
  • 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
  • 8.8 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Jörn P
  • Germany Germany
Wir hatten wahnsinnig tolle Tauchgänge mit allem was man sich wünscht und die Crew hat sich an Board um alles gekümmert, damit wir einen Urlaub haben, wen wir so sicher nicht vergessen werden.

Zu den Tauchgängen kann man nur sagen: Haie, Haie, Haie, Mantas, Walhai, Schildkröten etc. was will man mehr. Strömungstauchen bis zum einfachen Entspannungstauchgang. Die kleinen Gruppen im Wasser durch die hohe Anzahl an Guides - Echt Klasse. Danke Danke an die restliche Besatzung - selten so klasse Leute gehabt. Verhungern musste keiner, das Essen war von sehr guter Qualität und für jeden was dabei. Was man sich hier hat einfallen lassen z.B. für Silvester, das Kapitainsdinner, das Barbecue am Strand. Hier gab es ein Highlight nach dem anderen - ähnlich wie unter Wasser. Wir kommen definitiv wieder!!!!!!

Recommended for
1. Die Crew - alle waren mehr als nett und haben uns einen Traumurlaub ermöglicht - vom Service, Koch bis zum Kapitän. 2. Selten so gutes Essen gehabt inkl. Auswahlliste für die Frühstückseier. 3. Die Tauchgänge waren ein Traum, nicht nur das insgesamt 4 Guides zur Verfügung standen, nein wir haben alles an Großfisch gehabt, was möglich war.