Emperor Orion, Maldives

from US$ 195 / day
  • Internet
  • Free Nitrox
8.610 "Fabulous"   37 Verified Reviews
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    The 41m M/V Emperor Orion is a floating luxury resort in the Maldives. Emperor Orion offers a large, lavish dining room with bar and television for meals and relaxation. On the upper deck guests can relax in the Jacuzzi, get a massage and enjoy drinks at the main bar. There is also a massive fly deck for sunbathing. There are 12 cabins on board, including 1 Executive Suite, 1 Junior suite, 3 twin/double mini suites and 7 twin/double standard cabins. Each cabin has spacious en-suite bathrooms (and some of the best showers anywhere), individual AC and hair-dryer. The Exectutive Suite also features a spacious king-size bed, private hot tub and outside seating area.

    A fantastic advantage of the MV Emperor Orion is that all diving takes place from a large tender dhoni allowing for much greater space on the liveaboard. The Orion Maldives dive staff will assist guests with hassle free scuba diving at the best dive sites in the Maldives. Emperor Orion also has 4 dive guides/instructors on board to ensure maximum safety and enjoyment of all divers. The Orion crew provides each guest with superior service and the divemasters are passionate experts at diving the Maldives. Together, the team will work to ensure every guest enjoys the ultimate scuba diving holiday. The Emperor Orion schedules diving cruises from August through May.

    Book now for the ultimate, luxury Emperor Orion Maldives liveaboard diving holiday.

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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: International or domestic flights, Diving or travel insurance, Diving equipment, Soft drinks, fresh juices or alcohol, Tips for the crew, 15 litre or extra tanks, WiFi ($22++)

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    Boat features

    • Leisure Deck
    • Shaded diving deck
    • Massage
    • Daily housekeeping
    • Onboard kayaks
    • Audio & video entertainment
    • Library
    • Air Conditioned saloon
    • Aircon Cabins
    • Sun Deck
    • Indoor Saloon
    • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
    • Warm Water Showers
    • Separate rinse for u/w camera
    • Custom built for diving
    • 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
    • Free Wine w/Dinner
    • Vegan Options

    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!

    Diving

    • DIN Adaptors
    • Nitrox available
    • Rebreather Support
    • Rinse hosts
    • Tenders for diving

    The crew speaks English.

    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 Orion Floor Plan floorplan

    Accommodation

    Boat Specifications

    • Year built:2009
    • Year renovated:2012
    • Length:135 feet
    • Cruising speed:10 knots
    • Engines:600 HP Volvo
    • Max guests:24
    • Number of cabins:12
    • Number of bathrooms:15
    • Tenders:45ft Diving Dhoni

    Boat navigation, communication and safety features

    • Radar
    • GPS
    • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
    • Emergency Rafts
    • Life Vests
    • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
    • Oxygen

    Emperor Orion Reviews

    8.6
    Fabulous (out of 10)
    Average score from 37 Verified Review(s) Only people who have booked through Liveaboard.com and joined the Liveaboard can write a review.
    HAOWEI S
    China
    8.0
    Very good
    great MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in May

    good

    Recommended for

    staff,food,

    JEAN DAVID T
    Belgium
    8.0
    Very good
    Amazing diving trip! Pelagic Magic, Maldives in September

    overall great until I discovered on the last day that my cash got stolen on the boat (USD200)...

    Recommended for

    The whale sharks, the mantas and the dive guides

    Salvador L
    Mexico
    9.2
    Superb
    Good Experience MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in October

    It was a pleacent trip , with a great Cabin, the diving is not as good as I thought but was ok

    Recommended for

    The Personal, the Boat, and the views

    Chris L
    United Kingdom
    8.8
    Fabulous
    Outstanding dive trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in October

    Excellent. My only negative comment is that the junior suite room had 2 single beds. I'm way past single beds..............

    Recommended for

    1. the diving 2. the food 3. the boat

    Christine W
    United States
    8.0
    Very good
    very good MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in November

    very good

    Recommended for

    room was big and clean

    martine V
    Netherlands
    8.4
    Very good
    wonderfull trip MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in December

    it was a wonderfull trip: beautifull ship.spacious cabins,great dive guides and fantastic diving

    Recommended for

    the best thing about this liveaboard was chris trickey the cruise director and diveguide.his briefings were the best i ever had.we enjoyed them every time again.he is thorough,very funny and critical.

    Maria B
    Germany
    7.2
    Good
    The trip was as expected. MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in December

    The trip was ok. The guides Chris and Aisha were really good.

    Recommended for

    Whaleshark, nice diving, warm water

    Nicos S
    United Kingdom
    6.8
    Review score
    Great diving little else MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in December

    Diving was great. Accommodation especially the air on needs improving

    Recommended for

    Whale shark, nurse sharks and mantas

    Simon H
    United Kingdom
    8.8
    Fabulous
    Holiday of a lifetime. MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in December

    From start to finish the trip was amazing, the diving was amazing with very professional staff. Detailed briefing's before each dive. Looking at the website I had a certain standard in my mind, the boat, staff, food & diving was above my expectations. If I did this again I wouldn't hesitate to choose the Orion Liveaboard.

    Recommended for

    Very spacious boat, attentive staff & awesome diving

    Charles L
    United States
    10
    Exceptional
    Best Liveaboard! MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in December

    Loved the 7 day (best of maldives) trip! From day 1, we were impressed by the experienced crew with the schedule, the food, and the overall process. We had a pretty set schedule everyday with 3-4 dives and saw the most amazing marine life (Whale sharks, Manta rays, Guitarfish, and tons of sharks, fish, and turtles)! Moreover, the food is not bad at all with different menu everyday (hard to imagine how the chefs cook the meals for 30 people on a rocky boat)! The boat may be getting a bit older, but overall the service and the experience is amazing! Highly recommend!

    Recommended for

    1) Very experienced and amzing dive guides 2) Really experienced dhoni captain and boat crew 3) Food and people!

    Katherine N
    United Kingdom
    10
    Exceptional
    Wonderful South Central 7 Atolls (Kadhdhoo-Male), Maldives in January

    I had a great week on the MV Orion. Lots of sharks, lots of fun and really conscientious dive guides and crew. The cabins were also very comfortable and spacious. Would most certainly book this liveaboard again.

    Recommended for

    Exciting channel diving, really comfortable boat, friendly and knowledgeable staff

    Gordon K
    United States
    9.2
    Superb
    Exceeding expectations Deep South. Southern Sharks (Male-Kooddoo), Maldives in February

    Excellent

    Recommended for

    Great marine life, the food and the dive buddies

    simon P
    United Kingdom
    10
    Exceptional
    Wonderful diving, very comfortable boat Deep South. Southern Sharks (Male-Kooddoo), Maldives in March

    Excellent

    Recommended for

    The diving, the diving and the diving

    settavit P
    Thailand
    8.0
    Very good
    Good experience MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in May

    Whale shack and a school of manta rays

    Recommended for

    Food,Dive site and dive guide

    Matilda K
    South Korea
    8.0
    Very good
    Excellecnt dive guide!! Best water in the world MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in May

    Thank u for the friendly crew!!

    Recommended for

    Whale sharks n manta. Very friendly crews. Comfortable cabin

    Ryan W
    South Africa
    10
    Exceptional
    We had a great trip MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in May

    Could not have asked for a better experience or a better boat, the staff were super friendly and always available to help. Every dive was great. With the boat being so big it almost feels like you are the only person there.

    Recommended for

    The diving was great, the staff were super friendly and the food was amazing.

    Palle B
    Denmark
    8.0
    Very good
    Its the Best Way to Explore diving in maldivEsbjerg. MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in October

    The highlight was diving with mantareys, nurse sharks at night.

    Recommended for

    The Crew, the diving, the dive sites

    Frances D
    United States
    9.2
    Superb
    The currents are not typically as strong this time of year -but it was already too much for me. MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in August

    I saw many sharks, a few manta rays, a whale shark and so many different species of fish. The dive guide that was for my group - named Jackie / from Taiwan - was very professional, friendly and funny. I truly enjoyed having Jackie as my dive guide. Another highlight for me was the Spa Lady - named Alex / from The Philippines - She was very professional. I enjoyed visiting her several times for massages. Her prices are really fair and her massages were so good! The MV Orion was smooth sailing with professional crew and a wonderful Chef who cooked a lot of different types of food which always tasted good.

    Recommended for

    I saw so many sharks ( I thought there were 100+) on the one of two night dives we did and it made me so happy because that is what I really wanted to see. I very much liked that we had a dhoni boat t

    Biagio S
    Italy
    8.0
    Very good
    Magnificent MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in January

    Mantas, whale shark, nice visibility, almost no current, 2 athols in 1 week, group of new friends from US to Australia: excellent. Programming the new liveaboard for the next year ;))

    Recommended for

    Dives, Friends, Professionalism

    Pei Leen C
    Malaysia
    9.2
    Superb
    Awesome boat with awesome crews! Manta Madness, Maldives in July

    Alimatha jetty night dive was phenomenal! We saw literally 40-50 nurse sharks!

    Recommended for

    1.Great dives with good visibility and great dive guides. 2.The crews are friendly and awesome they will take care of u. 3.The boat is spacious and comfortable

    Angela W
    China
    9.2
    Superb
    Enjoyed the Week Manta Madness, Maldives in October

    This is our first liveaboard trip, which proves to be a great week of Manta Madness. We've seen mantas almost every day. Also we had impressive night dives with Manta, and lots of Nurse Sharks. And we swam with a lovely Whaleshark!

    Recommended for

    Convenience, Comfort, and Extraordinary new experience

    Ricardo Yudi N
    Brazil
    8.8
    Fabulous
    Great diving safari! MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in October

    Mantas, mantas, mantas and a lot of sharks!

    Recommended for

    The boat, the Maldivas, the Crew!

    Golan C
    Israel
    10
    Exceptional
    Great experience, boat, boat crew and dives MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in October

    Manta dives 4th day

    Recommended for

    Dives, food, boat facilities

    EUGENE L
    Ireland
    8.8
    Fabulous
    Unforgettable week in the Maldives with The Irish, French and Turks! Oh and the Thai Guide Suzy. Best of Maldives, Maldives in December

    The trip was fantastic. We had an awesome experience on the boat and met some wonderful people among the staff and guests. The dives in general were very good although the current made some tough! The night dives were amazing! 4 of us had what felt like a private manta show while doing the safety stop - went on for about 7 minutes with 2 beautiful Mantas circling the small group. The Private Jacuzzi was well used and created many funny incidents - we'll say no more.......... The staff were incredible. Very helpful and friendly especially that one from Thailand! Very good food - great spuds on the BBQ! Awesome Xmas dinner served. Overall, a great week. Thank you. Eug

    Recommended for

    Manta Rays and Sharks, The Nurse Sharks on last night dive, The Private Jacuzzi!

    Sophie R
    France
    8.0
    Very good
    Wonderful Best of Maldives, Maldives in December

    On the top : great dive sites, very versatile (channel dives, coral reef, pelagic etc.) Then, the great organization of the cruise should be mentioned. Basically guests have nothing to do except enjoying the dives, the boat and the trip. The management of the boat is perfect, the crew is super friendly, not to mention the dive guides who are experienced and extremely nice.

    Recommended for

    Dives, confort, great organisation

    Ozgur T
    Canada
    7.2
    Good
    Over all was great Best of Maldives, Maldives in December

    Barbecue on the beach night dive with nurse sharks and rays chismas night on board

    Recommended for

    Dive team,upper deck,night shark dive

    Claude L
    Switzerland
    8.4
    Very good
    Nice diving week MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in February

    Mantas... Nobulas... sharks... nice weather.. nice bunch of divers

    Recommended for

    dive masters, doni service, variety of dives

    Alessandro V
    Italy
    8.8
    Fabulous
    Great MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in February

    Mantas

    Recommended for

    Diving, food, the company

    Alfred H
    Switzerland
    8.0
    Very good
    A great experience for divers South Central 7 Atolls (Koodoo - Male), Maldives in February

    night dive For non-divers, you should have a special pricing.

    Recommended for

    private balcony - room 204 / friendliness/ information-briefing

    Carl E
    United States
    8.8
    Fabulous
    The crew was great and the diving was exciting MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in February

    Seeing the Mantas. Good companionship with the other guests. Nice underwater photo opportunities.

    Recommended for

    Nice boats, crew was friendly and professional, nice Mantas and night diving

    Ian D
    New Zealand
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Great trip and great boat crew and guides Deep South & Southern Sharks (Kadhdhoo - Koodoo), Maldives in January

    We had a great trip. There was a great group of divers and the boat and dive crew where great. Currents where stronger than expected and sadly no Whale Sharks on this trip :(

    Recommended for

    Boat crew and dive crew

    James E
    United States
    8.8
    Fabulous
    Lots of dive experiences rolled into one great week MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in March

    We were able to see mantas, whale sharks, a variety of reef sharks, sting rays, eagle rays, soft coral, hard coral and macro life all on one trip The dusk dive with the constant parade sharks and rays was a blast. Dive guide Chris was a joy. You can tell he loves diving, loves the Maldives, loves telling a great story and truly enjoys sharing his dive world with guests. He was always attentive to safety, both of his guests as well as the reef.

    Recommended for

    Variety of marine life, large comfortable ship, Dive guide Chris

    james K
    United States
    6.8
    Review score
    Maldives in march MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in March

    Mantas!

    Recommended for

    Diving, dive guides, spacious boat

    Sophie R
    France
    8.0
    Very good
    Perfect liveaboard MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in April

    Wonderful and various dive spots Comfortable and cosy boat Lovely dive guides and boat team

    Recommended for

    Dive spot, boat, crew

    LEIBIN L
    China
    8.0
    Very good
    my best liveaboard experience MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in May

    A very diversify liveaboard experience. We have travellers from almost every continent in the world. It is really glad to talk to them and share the diving experience.

    Recommended for

    communication, friends, manta

    Aurélie L
    France
    8.8
    Fabulous
    Nice relaxing week MV Orion Best of Maldives, Maldives in April

    The Emperor Orion is nice and confortable, including its doni. The crew was very careful and friendly. The dive sites are great despite the damaged corals. The only drawback was our dive guide, Sakeel, who was careless and slack. Overall, a wonderful week, with good company.

    Recommended for

    Manta Rays - Puppy Sharks - Mantis Shrimp

    Harriet M
    United Kingdom
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Beautiful trip on an amazing boat in some of the best diving in the world with a great crew making sure you have the best time possible. Deep South - Southern Shark (Kadhdhoo-Koodoo), Maldives in March

    Brilliant. Comfy and roomy cabins with great ensuites. Great food and general boat comfort, and really good dive dhoni to get the best out of the sites

    Recommended for

    Cabins, food and diving experience

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