Princess Dhonkamana, Maldives


M/Y Princess Dhonkamana is a 31m luxury liveaboard yacht offering dive and snorkel cruises in the Maldives. A crew of 13 work to ensure guests experience an outstanding liveaboard diving holiday.

Princess Dhonkamana Maldives features nine large double and triple cabins equipped with canopy style beds, air conditioning and en suite bathrooms. Large indoor common areas and a lounge are the perfect places for guests to unwind after an exciting day of diving. There is also a covered outdoor dining area and 3 sun decks, including a hot tub. Breakfast, lunch and dinner onboard are a mix of Maldivian, continental and Italian cuisine. All meals are served buffet style.

Scuba diving in the Maldives offers divers phenomenal discoveries in the nutrient-rich waters of the Indian Ocean. MY Princess Dhonkamana has 3 dive experts on board to assist divers with up to 3 spectacular dives per day. Scuba divers will explore amazing coral reefs drawing manta rays, whale sharks, turtles, rays and reef sharks. Princess Dhonkamana schedules diving holidays year-round.

A Princess Dhonkamana Maldives liveaboard diving holiday is a fantastic adventure. Book 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.

Optional Extras: Dive Insurance (15 EUR per trip), 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 (10 EUR per week).

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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

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Princess Dhonkamana Reviews

  • 9.5 Exceptional
  • 18 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 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.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Emilio G
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
Very good boat and friendly crew

Diving with sharks and night dives

Recommended for
Diving sites, crew, food
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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😀
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!!!!
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ana Sofia H
  • Portugal Portugal
Great week! Amazing dives, with very happy and helpful crew!

Excellent trip!

Recommended for
Origin: US