Emperor Orion, Maldives

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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, 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 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.


Diving

  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rebreather Support
  • Rinse Hoses
  • 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.


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
  • 50 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    8.8
  2. Crew
    8.4
  3. Food
    9.1
  4. Diving
    9.2
  5. Value
    8.5
  • 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
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Sergey Z
  • Russia Russia
One of the best liveaboard!

every dive was wonderful and interesting. Experienced dive guides can find and show a lot of small and big creatures. Night dive with nurse sharks was the best. Special thanks to Gabriel for his attention to nature!

Recommended for
Perfect service, exceptional dive guides, outstanding diving
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • KRZYSZTOF P
  • 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
  • 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
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kim O
  • Denmark Denmark
Breathtaking

Sharks and rays.

Recommended for
Dives, ship, guides
  • 10 Exceptional
  • GABRIELLE W
  • Australia Australia
Incredible

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
Awesome

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
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Nilanjana M
  • India India
Absolutely fantastic!!

The visibility at each of the dive sites, the abundance of healthy corals, the sharks, the millions of beautiful fish at the reefs. The different shades of blue!!

Recommended for
1. The boat itself. 2. The entire crew - dive guides, food. 3. Destinations - excellent
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Rodney L
  • United States United States
North Maldives Dive Sites

Massive numbers of Moray eels, Manta Rays and Nurse Sharks. I have been to numerous world-wide locations and have never seen 4 eels coming out of one hole, Nurse Sharks that fat and lazy and manta’s that Swim within inches of you.

Recommended for
Eels Dive, manta night dive and nurse shark dive
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Keith H
  • United States United States
Phenomenal dives with a capable knowledgable crew.

The night dive with sharks was incredible. 40 or so nurse sharks just swimming through the group. As long as you keep your light off the sharks will come pretty close and you can still see pretty well without a light. Snorkeling with a whaleshark. Manta cleaning station. Hanging out with the crew. Having any and all needs predicted and ameliorated before I even knew I'd need them.

Recommended for
Night shark dive, personable dive masters, Whale shark snorkel.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Mikael G
  • Denmark Denmark
Total nice and first time om a Liveaboard.

This must be the night dive with Mantas and snorkeling with a whale shark. The BBQ on the island was canceled because of a rainy evening, but instead the made a very nice dinner with local food on the boat. I will defiantly make a trip on liveaboard in the Maldives in the future🤗

Recommended for
Friendly crew, delicious and variated food and nice dives.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Aurélie L
  • France France
Nice relaxing week

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
  • 8.0 Very good
  • LEIBIN L
  • China China
my best liveaboard experience

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
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Sophie R
  • France France
Perfect liveaboard

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

Recommended for
Dive spot, boat, crew
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • James E
  • United States United States
Lots of dive experiences rolled into one great week

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
  • 6.8 Review score
  • james K
  • United States United States
Maldives in march

Mantas!

Recommended for
Diving, dive guides, spacious boat
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Ian D
  • New Zealand New Zealand
Great trip and great boat crew and guides

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
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Carl E
  • United States United States
The crew was great and the diving was exciting

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
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Claude L
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Nice diving week

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

Recommended for
dive masters, doni service, variety of dives
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Alessandro V
  • Italy Italy
Great

Mantas

Recommended for
Diving, food, the company
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Alfred H
  • Switzerland Switzerland
A great experience for divers

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

Recommended for
private balcony - room 204 / friendliness/ information-briefing
  • 7.2 Good
  • ozgur T
  • Canada Canada
Over all was great

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

Recommended for
Dive team,upper deck,night shark dive
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Sophie R
  • France France
Wonderful

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

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!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • golan C
  • Israel Israel
Great experience, boat, boat crew and dives

Manta dives 4th day

Recommended for
Dives, food, boat facilities
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Ricardo Yudi N
  • Brazil Brazil
Great diving safari!

Mantas, mantas, mantas and a lot of sharks!

Recommended for
The boat, the Maldivas, the Crew!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Angela W
  • China China
Enjoyed the Week

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
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Chong P
  • Malaysia Malaysia
Awesome boat with awesome crews!

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
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Biagio S
  • Italy Italy
Magnificent

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
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Frances D
  • United States United States
The currents are not typically as strong this time of year -but it was already too much for me.

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
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Palle B
  • Denmark Denmark
Its the Best Way to Explore diving in maldivEsbjerg.

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

Recommended for
The Crew, the diving, the dive sites
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ryan W
  • South Africa South Africa
We had a great trip

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.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Settavit P
  • Thailand Thailand
Good experience

Whale shack and a school of manta rays

Recommended for
Food,Dive site and dive guide
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Matilda K
  • South Korea South Korea
Excellecnt dive guide!! Best water in the world

Thank u for the friendly crew!!

Recommended for
Whale sharks n manta. Very friendly crews. Comfortable cabin
  • 10 Exceptional
  • simon P
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Wonderful diving, very comfortable boat

Excellent

Recommended for
The diving, the diving and the diving
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Wing Lok K
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong
Exceeding expectations

Excellent

Recommended for
Great marine life, the food and the dive buddies
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Katherine N
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Wonderful

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
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Charles L
  • United States United States
Best Liveaboard!

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!
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Simon H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Holiday of a lifetime.

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
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Nicos S
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great diving little else

Diving was great. Accommodation especially the air on needs improving

Recommended for
Whale shark, nurse sharks and mantas
  • 7.2 Good
  • Maria B
  • Germany Germany
The trip was as expected.

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

Recommended for
Whaleshark, nice diving, warm water
  • 8.4 Very good
  • martine V
  • Netherlands Netherlands
wonderfull trip

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.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • christine W
  • United States United States
very good

very good

Recommended for
room was big and clean
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Chris L
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Outstanding dive trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Salvador L
  • Mexico Mexico
Good Experience

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
  • 8.0 Very good
  • JEAN DAVID T
  • Belgium Belgium
Amazing diving trip!

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
  • 8.0 Very good
  • HAOWEI S
  • China China
great

good

Recommended for
staff,food,
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Harriet M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
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.

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