Princess Rani, Maldives

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Highlights

  • Luxury yacht offering year-round diving in the Maldives
  • Gourmet Italian inspired cuisine served on board
  • Dedicated Tiger Shark itineraries

The M/Y Princess Rani luxury liveaboard yacht offers year-round diving to the spectacular dive sites of the Maldives. She has 10 double or triple cabins equipped with four-poster beds, air conditioning, and en suite bathrooms to cater for up to 22 guests onboard. There is ample space for relaxing in-between diving and snorkelling activities, including 3 sun decks complete with comfortable loungers and beanbags, and a large indoor salon. Meals are served either at the indoor dining area or al-fresco on the main deck, with an ever-changing menu of freshly prepared, Italian-inspired cuisine.

Diving in the Maldives with Princess Rani is available all year round. There are a variety of itineraries available, including Deep South, Classic Maldives, and Tiger Shark dedicated itineraries. Diving in the Maldives offers the chance to dive with manta rays, whale sharks, reef sharks, as well as a myriad of colourful reef fish. The accompanying dhoni means plenty of room for gear storage and kitting up, as well as easy drop-off and pick-up at the dive sites. Nitrox is also available for those certified.

Join the Princess Rani Maldives liveaboard for a fantastic diving holiday. 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: Gratuities (90 EUR per week).

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).

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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
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Family Cabins
  • 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
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Fishing

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • 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.


Diving

  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rinse Hoses
  • 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 35 meters
  • Beam 11 meters
  • Cruising speed 11 knots
  • Engines 1000HP Daewoo
  • Max guests 22
  • Number of cabins 10
  • Number of bathrooms 10
  • Tenders 1 Dhoni and 1 dive tender
  • Water capacity 3'000 liters
  • Fuel capacity 4'000 liters

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Princess Rani Reviews

  • 9.1 Superb
  • 22 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    8.5
  2. Crew
    9.1
  3. Food
    9.7
  4. Diving
    9.0
  5. Value
    9.0
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Taylor L
  • United States United States
So many sharks!

So many sharks! Wonderful dive guide - great crew - flexible kitchen team preparing great food to suit all needs. Super Italian, in the very best ways. Great atmosphere. Highly recommend.

Recommended for
Great dive guide, great food and amazing dive sites
  • 10 Exceptional
  • James P
  • United States United States
Amazing

This was a great dive trip and both my wife and I enjoyed diving with princess rani. The food was great, the dive masters were knowledgeable and helpful, and the facilities were better than expected. It was nice having multiple spots outside of our room to relax between dives and our room was also really comfortable too.

Recommended for
Everything
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Andrei F
  • Romania Romania
Excellent experience and value for money

Very well organised and very nice crew. The food was an awesome surprise, the best food we've had in the maldives. The dive sites were very well picked and guided. Great to see tiger sharks, grey reef, hammerhead and also some cool small stuff.

Recommended for
food, guide, dives
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Becky Y
  • Canada Canada
Land of the tiger sharks!

Fuvamulah Island is in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Addu Atoll which is the most southern point of Maldvives. Due to the availability of food that they like, the area surrounding the island is definitely a tiger shark haven! Tiger shark is a solitary hunter,very stealth and it’s got tiger strips on it that make it very distinct and intimidating! It’s huge as it could get up to, like, 6m! It could be a man-eater as, next to the dreaded Great White, it inflicts more attacks on human than any other shark specie! ‘Princess Rani’ liveaboard, based at Addu Atoll for part of the year, specializes in tiger shark viewing and it delivers! Keep in mind that tiger sharks are very elusive and live in the deep, yet I managed to see them in 4 of the 5 dives that I did in the area specifying as tiger shark dives! For shark lover and thrill seeker like me here, the dive trip is exhilarating, to see the least! ‘Princess Rani’ is a spacious beautiful boat and has all the modern amenities, yet it’s built like a medieval Italian castle, with exposed wood everywhere, that I love! Now, like traditional South Mediterranean style, we all sat together like a big happy family and ate all the meals on this big table on the canopied terrace of the boat in the fresh air! Definitely a new experience! And the genuine Italian cuisine, is out of this world! I felt like I was at some fancy Italian restaurant for every single meal---I actually took photos on my smartphone at every mealtime and send them home to share the amazing footage with my family (Now my husband wishes he could snorkel or dive and join the ‘Princess Rani’…just for the food!). The cooking staff was also very considerate as I could not have cheese and they made sure that I was given portion without cheese whenever an Italian cheesy dish was coming up. Besides wonderful and exciting diving, liveaboard on ‘Princess Rani’ is a culinary delight— it’s definitely a trip for Foodie cum Diver/ Snorkeler! Bravo!!! At the time that I went, in late Novemeber, ‘Princess Rani’ was the only liveaboard in Addu City and the Fuvamulah Island! We had the whole of the Deep South of Maldives all to ourselves. There were no other divers…which made the tiger shark dives especially---very eerie!...I love it! On many famous dive sites in the world, there are always other divers as diving is a popular and alluring sport. Yet on this dive trip, I felt like that I had the whole ocean to our group of divers and the tiger sharks were there to greet us, not the other way around! I heard that even during other times of the year, there weren’t many dive boats there either, so this is for sure Virgin Tiger Shark Country there! Go now!

Recommended for
Tiger sharks, Italian food, had the remote dive area all to ourselves!
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Xiaobo H
  • China China
Good trip

Manta

Recommended for
Fish fish fish
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kyoungtae S
  • South Korea South Korea
Awesome

all of that Awesome

Recommended for
food,service,crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Nicholas S
  • Australia Australia
Fantastic

Excellent organization. Brilliant diving. Great crew. Superb dive master ( Shaffi). Will definitely book again with this company.

Recommended for
Crew, diving and food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Tanja Guadalupe K
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Most amazing diving trip ever!

Great organisation with pick-up from the airport and drop off at the end of the trip, dive guides with a lot of experience and great knowledge, exclusive diving spots with everything from pellagics to macro, great food

Recommended for
Exclusive dive spots, extremely friendly staff, amazing food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Agata P
  • Poland Poland
Very nice dive trip in somewhat dated boat.

Night dive with nurse sharks, swimming with whale shark from back of the boat, seeing dolphins while diving.

Recommended for
Dive guide. Diversity of marine life. Kindness and helpfulness of staff.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Janusz S
  • Poland Poland
Great trip!

Had a great trip down to Fuvahmulah and Addu. Dived with tiger sharks, mantas and even a whaleshark. Dive guides very experienced, friendly and helpful staff and great food. Can recommend this company.

Recommended for
Big fishes
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Jaymini P
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great value for money - not luxurious but very comfortable

Seeing the Tigers and Mantas and relaxing in the saloon in the evenings

Recommended for
Tiger Sharks, spacious boat and friendly staff
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Mark P
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
very friendly crew, excellent dive guides

Seeing Tiger sharks Enjoying lots of delicious pasta Meeting new people

Recommended for
Great shark experiences, good food, friendly and helpful staff
  • 5.6 Review score
  • Jörg J
  • Germany Germany
Violates several safety rules when diving, not recommended.

Whaleshark, Tigersharks

Recommended for
Cabins are large, diving boat is comfortable
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Marcus M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Simply incredible

The crew were fantastic, very friendly and accommodating to the group. Dives groups were 4-7 and our guides were great. The boat itself is lovely, cabins clean and surprisingly spacious with ensuites. The food was great, it's an Italian boat so lots of Italian food but some local and international fare as well. The best part though was the diving. On an 11 day/10 night itinerary from Male to Addu we saw: - Tiger Sharks - Scalloped Hammerheads - Whale Sharks - Manta Rays - Eagle Rays - Schooling grey reef and nurse sharks (hundreds) - 50+ turtles - Schooling Barracuda - Schooling tuna & jacks - Beautiful coral reefs (especially in the deep south) We also regularly stopped on remote islands and relaxed in the sun. You won't regret booking with them!

Recommended for
Tiger Sharks, Hammerheads and Whale Sharks
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Paloma H
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Amazing trip!!!

Staff was very attentive to the needs of the guests ( comfort on the boat, special food request). The food was really exceptional. They constantly try to please the guests with great professionalism. Dives as well as stopovers on idyllic beaches. I will say to conclude that this trip was close to perfection in every way and that I highly recommend it.

Recommended for
Crew! Food ! Boat!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Petr K
  • Czech Republic Czech Republic
The trip met high expectations in all aspects.

tigers & tiramisu :-)

Recommended for
sharks, food, pristine sites
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