Princess Dhonkamana, Maldives



  • Flexible itineraries to showcase the best diving depending on season
  • Ample social areas and 3 sun decks
  • Large cabins with canopy beds

Join the MY Princess Dhonkamana yacht for a luxury dive or snorkel trip in the Maldives. Offering week-long itineraries, she caters to 20 guests in 9 comfortable cabins. Guests have the choice of double, twin or triple cabins, each with canopy beds, private bathroom facilities and individually controlled AC units. Spread around the yacht is ample room for rest, relaxation and socialising. There is a large indoor salon and bar where snacks are served in the evening to accompany the aperitif, and the large covered al fresco dining area is where a variety of delicious cuisine and chef-prepared dishes are served. There are also 3 sun decks and terraces with loungers and sofas spread around the boat for further relaxation.

Maldives dive itineraries with the M/Y Princess Dhonkamana explore the Central, Southern and Northern Atolls. The itineraries are flexible and are designed day by day depending on the season and what guests want to see, to be able to offer the best possible diving. Expect to see large pelagic life, lots of sharks, turtles and stunning reefs. The MY Princess Dhonkamana is accompanied by a separate diving dhoni, giving more space on board and making the dive experience much smoother.

To reserve your space aboard the MY Princess Dhonkamana yacht, call us or book online today.

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Included: VAT, Environment Tax, Port Fees, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Beach BBQ, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Fishing, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Snorkeling Guide, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: Fuel Surcharge (140 EUR), Gratuities (13 EUR per day).

Optional Extras: Dive Insurance (20-30 EUR per week), Hotel Transfer, Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Wine with Dinner, Extra Dives (35 EUR), Nitrox (70 EUR per week), Nitrox Course (200 EUR), Private Dive Guide (500 USD per trip), Rental Gear (175 EUR per week), Scuba Diving Courses (370-850 EUR), Snorkel Gear, WiFi internet (15 EUR per week).

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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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
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Naturalist Itineraries
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Nearly 1:1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Fishing

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Beach BBQ
  • Welcome Cocktails
  • Full-board Option
  • Al Fresco Dining

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
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English, French, Spanish, and Italian.

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

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Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2008
  • Length 31 meters
  • Beam 10 meters
  • Cruising speed 10 knots
  • Max guests 18
  • Number of cabins 9
  • Number of bathrooms 9
  • Tenders 1 Dhoni and 1 dive tender
  • Water capacity 400 liters per hour

Boat Navigation and Safety

Princess Dhonkamana Reviews

  • 9.5 Exceptional
  • 38 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Anthony M
  • United States United States
Great boat and wonderful food.

Mantas, sharks, frog fish and the mantis shrimp.

Recommended for
Food, diving and the overall crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Bruce K
  • United States United States
Great Trip

This was a fabulous trip with a great crew and great diving. Highly recommend.

Recommended for
Whale Sharks, Manta Rays, Amazing Night Dive
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Gillian P
  • United States United States
Absolutely Fantastic!

Manta rays and sharks, sharks, sharks and a whale shark too. So many fish and sea life. Many different types of dives and dive conditions. Great Dive Masters and boat crew, fantastic food, daily stops to deserted islands. I had such a good time, can't wait to book again.

Recommended for
The diving, the crew and shipmates, the food.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Daniel B
  • United States United States
Great trip

Tiger shark dive. Whale sharks coming to the boat at night and the mantas

Recommended for
Big cabin, great staff and amazing diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ana Sofia H
  • Portugal Portugal
Great week! Amazing dives, with very happy and helpful crew!

Excellent trip!

Recommended for
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Antine L
  • France France
best liveaboard experience ever !


Recommended for
Manta ray night dive, the italian-maldivian food, and the ayurvedic massages onboard
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Louise H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Awesome adventure!

Excellent. Should note however this is a predominantly Italian boat so be prepared if not an Italian speaker (although all guides speak English too). Food is all Italian - would be nice to have some local Maldivian food on occasion too. Other than this, trip was perfect, diving awesome. Great crew on board, Super welcoming and friendly, very well organised. I'd go back in a heartbeat!

Recommended for
Guides, food, friendliness
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Hoyoung A
  • South Korea South Korea
Very good, esp. if your an italian!!

Pros and cons... Pros 1) Food was awesome, delicious italian cuisine in the middle of the ocean every single day!! 2) Large rooms!! 3) Friendly and helpful staff, accomodated all our needs!! 4) WHALE SHARKS (more than one) and DOLPHINS!!! Cons... If you're from italy, or are fluent in italian(which I'm not), then definitely recommended. If not, some consideration may be needed, as most of the guides are italian and are not completely fluent in english (except Ali, who is a native and speaks english well enough). Overall, we had a great time!!

Recommended for
Great food, friendly staff, WHALE SHARKS!!!!
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Yann B
  • France France
Perfect trip to relax and dive

Really Nice and secure dives. The guides know their job and the places by earth. A lot of mantas, Sharks, just the whale shark was too shy to visit us underwater. We'll have toi come back

Recommended for
Really good food, the crew and the guides
  • 7.2 Good
  • Maren H
  • Germany Germany
Wonderful week aboard with amazing dives

Princess Dhonkamana is a comfortable boat. The crew is working very hard to make your stay aboard unforgettable. Diving was amazing, unique interactions with mantas and sharks. Did not really like the food, not because it was Italian but it did not appear very healthy to me. Not recommended if you are vegetarian. Most of the guests and guides are Italian, but no problem with that.

Recommended for
Comfortable boat, stunning diving adventures, beautiful island trips
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Chandrea A
  • Canada Canada
Super time, love the staff. meals tasted awesome, but way too much pasta and bread. Protein was scarce.

Seeing so many sharks, Dolphins and turtles.

Recommended for
Staff was amazing, so helpful. Loved the different islands we stopped at and loved the vast sea life😀
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Melinda F
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Great trip

Some beautiful and healthy coral too -and everywhere teaming with life. Great manta and shark action, wonderful.

Recommended for
Diving, Guides & Crew, people
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kinga S
  • South Africa South Africa
Fabulous trip, highly recommend the crew

Marco & Valter run a tight professional ship, very well organised. They make all feel very welcome. We love how excited they get about their mama's pasta:) The focus was on the best dive spots and diving, which was perfect for completing our AOW.

Recommended for
diving, atmosphere on board, relaxed
  • 10 Exceptional
  • xiaobo H
  • China China
Amazing dive trip

We saw the manta, white tips shark, nurse shark, Eagle rayan so on. Very very very good.

Recommended for
Delicious food, amazing dive point, friendly staff.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Emilio G
  • Italy Italy
Very good boat and friendly crew

Diving with sharks and night dives

Recommended for
Diving sites, crew, food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • sonia M
  • Germany Germany

Loved every single day. The will of the guides to make us have an amazing experience, adapting to our diving experience and to the daily conditions so that we can maximize the ocean experience. BRAVO!

Recommended for
Companionship, discovering, immensity of the ocean
  • 6.4 Review score
  • Rahool D
  • India India
Wonderful experience

I had a lovely stay.. good food, but unfortunately I had a bad weather situation, so diving was avarage, people there was great and would recommend to you guys.

Recommended for
Staff, Food, Diving
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Daniel B
  • Romania Romania
Nice experience but bad weather

Crew and dive masters

Recommended for
Dive team, food , friendly progr
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Tejasvi R
  • India India
Great liveaboard experience

We really enjoyed our liveaboard week with the Princess Dhonkanama travelling as a group of 3 people. The cabins and the boat itself was super nice - we loved the sun decks. the food was a standout with really delicious, multi course meals. We also loved the diving! However, we had some issues in the initial few days with the rental dive equipment (most people seem to bring their own equipment). The group seemed better set up for more experienced divers - we had a few dives which were difficult for beginners/ less experienced divers. On the whole a wonderful trip that we would highly recommend.

Recommended for
1. The boat is fantastic and extremely well maintained 2. The food is incredible! 3. The crew was just super lovely and helpful. A delight to spend time with
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Zdenko W
  • Slovakia Slovakia
Satisfaction with the ship and staff

enjoy diving - partially fulfilled except for the guide who did not hit the place twice: /

Recommended for
- visit to the islands - the food - service
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Bryce N
  • Australia Australia
Amazing food

Great value for money. Great food. Diving was fantastic following a sublet itinerary as every other live aboard. A couple of things to mention. They use steel tanks which are heavy if you're used to Aluminium. They use 28% nitrox, which is fine but I would rather more. We often got close to our NDC limits.

Recommended for
The food, the diving, did I mention the food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Agnes H
  • Austria Austria
Couldn't have been better

Awesome dive sites, perfect food, very well managed, very nice and helpful crew. We loved it!

Recommended for
The diving, the food, the guides
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Michael H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Good value for experienced divers

Never seen so many eagle rays in one place (Kandooma). Only eight divers on a boat that can take 20 - four divers per dive guide. This also meant I had a spacious cabin to myself.

Recommended for
Good value at 1. £830+€75 fuel supplement per person 2. Some exciting dives with mantas, eagle rays and plenty of sharks 3. Very good diving dhoni
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Pat H
  • Germany Germany
Best Diving of Maldives

I love the dives, on this trip, I gained more extra experience in diving. We have seen a massive group of Gray Reef Sharks at the channel dive, which is for me a mega highlight. Mantas at cleaning station ..Mantas again at night just at the back side of the boat .. Alimatha Nurse Sharks at night dive. 2 Octopuses in one dive, 2 Hawkbill Turtles in the same area. Our boat is always alone and never mixes with another liveaboard boat. We have every time all dive sites for ourselves. This boat is really know when and where to go because we have exactly see many things underwater in the right time , right place.

Recommended for
Boat .. Food .. Diving with Sharks , Mantas Madness , Eagle Rays and Giant Sting Rays
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Pat H
  • Germany Germany
Dream trip of life time

First: The boat is very beautiful, I have been on many Liveaboard and this one for the first time makes me feel really HOME. The wooden bed is in a twin cabin and I do feel super private in my own bed with a real mattress. Hot warm water for a shower after dive, a refrigerator that works very well in my cabin. A/C is work prefect also in the cabin. Second: The Food is just amazing every meal as we have three courses..starter main and dessert or fresh fruits. The food on this boat is truly excellent. Third: The Dive ..all I can say is just Wow ! our week is under the best weather in the Maldives, zero rain, best visibility underwater. I have seen the best version of diving in the Maldives on this trip I will forever remember manta madness hovering above my head at the cleaning station .. Sharks, baby sharks.. turtles .. countless blue line snappers, whale sharks, 20+ eagle rays at once schooling playing with the current. Giant moray eels of all kinds and giant sting rays etc. Forth: The Crews are the best all of them Team. Start from pick up and drop off, on the boat or during the dives. I can't thanks them the Team enough for offering me best experience of diving in Maldives. Thank you so much.

Recommended for
Food , Boat , Diving with 5 Mantas at once , Whale Sharks , Sharks and more
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Nicolas D
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Beautiful boat with incredible dives and wonderfull crew and dive guide

everything was equally beautiful and nice

Recommended for
dives, island excursions, cabin
  • 8.0 Very good
  • LAN W
  • China China
Amazing diving experience for our holiday.

You will definitely enjoy your diving experience to see whale sharks, manta, nurse sharks, white tip sharks, tremendous fish groups, and other sea creatures.

Recommended for
So excited to see big things; friendly and professional staffs; nice Italian food.
Origin: US