Emperor Orion, Maldives

Excellent diving and guidance

“The diving, I like Russ more than the other DM. Crew was not as friendly but, very good at their jobs & always trustworthy. Bathro…”

Renee P, United States United States
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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 Executive 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.

Optional Extras: Nitrox Course (225-275 EUR per activity), Scuba Diving Courses.

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Boat features

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Custom built for diving
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Vegan Options

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
  • Rinse Hoses
  • 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 Orion Floor Plan floorplan

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 and Safety

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

Emperor Orion Reviews

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Renee P
  • United States United States
Room comfortable for two people

The diving, I like Russ more than the other DM. Crew was not as friendly but, very good at their jobs & always trustworthy. Bathroom & shower were nicer than most.

Recommended for
Diving, food, organized entries
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kipling S
  • United States United States
Great Week

The diving was fantastic even though it was off season and the visibility was a bit decrease. The coral reefs are gorgeous. The Boat manger was really great about keeping us informed and working around some of the weather issues to make sure it was a great experience overall. Safety always was a top concern of the manager and guides.

Recommended for
Diving, Boat Managers, accomodations
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Malcolm C
  • Malta Malta
Amazing South Maldives !

Schooling grey reef sharks, oceanic black tips, lots of other Pelagics, spectacular coral and visibility in Laamu

Recommended for
Great dives, good service, off the beaten path
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Chi-Chiu T
  • Singapore Singapore
A great week's diving in the Maldives

1. Seeing a total of 4 whale sharks 2. Lots of mantas 3. Lots of sharks 4. Special night dives with mantas and with nurse sharks 5. The quality of dive leadership 6. The dive sites 7. The companionship of other international divers 8. The service quality 9. The food 10. A comfortable boat and dhoni

Recommended for
Quality of dive leadership, dive sites, comfortable dive boat
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Poland Poland
nice way to see underwater Maldives

night dive with sharks and manta cleaning station

Recommended for
passion of the main dive master, friendliness of the staff, good routing
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kim O
  • Denmark Denmark

Sharks and rays.

Recommended for
Dives, ship, guides
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Australia Australia

The dives had so much to offer, but the night dive with over 100 friendly and curious grey nurse sharks was definitely the highlight.

Recommended for
Crew, dive sites, water warmth
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Lily Y
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

Night dives

Recommended for
Lux rooms friendly staff good route
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Fernando C
  • Spain Spain
Great Dive guides, Maria & Gabriel

Great dives with Maria!

Recommended for
Great guides, Great service, Great boat, Great gtoup
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Marcel B
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Superb diving in warm water

- Diving with Manta rays - Night dive with nurse sharks - Channel dives with 30+ sharks

Recommended for
Boat comfort, staff friendliness, quality of dives