Soleil 2, Maldives

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Newly built in the Maldives in 2015, the 44m Soleil 2 is a perfect design for cruising the Maldives atolls. The spacious Soleil 2 liveaboard has 14 cabins to cater to a maximum of 28 guests. Each cabin is fully equipped with air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold showers. The air-conditioned saloon offers guests a comfortable place to relax with a TV and entertainment system. There are two spacious dining areas, indoor with AC or on the top deck with open air covered seating. There is also a large sun deck for relaxing in between dives or enjoying the sunset views.

Diving with the Soleil 2 takes place from the dedicated diving Dhoni, fully equipped with compressors and dive gear storage to maximise space and quiet on board the mother ship. The Soleil 2 liveaboard offers divers the chance to explore some of the best sites the Maldives has to offer, from the classic central atolls with manta rays and beautiful reefs, to the less explored northern and southern atolls, rich in life with good chances of seeing large pelagic animals.

Let the experienced and professional crew aboard the Soleil 2 liveaboard help you to create a Maldives diving vacation to remember. Call or book online today.


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Included: VAT, Accommodation, Complimentary toiletries, Transfers/pickups from airport, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Dive master services, All meals, Possible fuel surcharge, Towels Provided, Kayaks

Excluded: Air fares, beverages and personal laundry, clients’ personal insurance, airport departure tax, Domestic transport charges, fines imposed due to negligence of Maldivian laws & regulation, Staff tips or service charge. (Per person per night $10), Early check-in and check-Out, Fees on inhabited island (only where required by some inhabited island, usually around 5 – 10 $ per person), Hanifaru Bay fees (only when the itinerary is to Baa Atoll), Special event rate like wedding and honey-moon and another special event request, Some of the water sports, Soft drinks, Beer & wines, other Alcohol or Any other item purchase from the shop, Steel tank 14 – 15 liters $ 6 per tank per day. (Normally we serve 11-12liters aluminum tanks), Dive Equipment Rental, Dive torch 7$ per day, Extra diving, day dive 35 $ per dive per person and night dive 40$ per dive per person, Nitrox = 6 $ per tank per filling, Movie of your cruise 50$

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Boat features

  • Laundry Service
  • Massage
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Separate rinse for u/w camera
  • Camera room with table and charging point
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • Paid Internet
  • En-Suite bathrooms

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Selection of wines
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Snacks All Day
  • 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
  • Rinse hosts
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving

The crew speaks English, Japanese, and Italian.


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

Deck Plan Soleil 2 Liveaboard floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built November 2015
  • Length 44m
  • Beam 12m
  • Cruising speed 12 knots
  • Max guests 30
  • Number of cabins 15
  • Number of bathrooms 15
  • Tenders 1 Diving Dhoni
  • Fuel capacity 8 tons
  • Freshwater maker 8 tons

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV

Soleil 2 Reviews

  • 9.1 Superb
  • 30 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    9.6
  2. Crew
    8.3
  3. Food
    9.6
  4. Diving
    9.0
  5. Value
    9.3
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Matthew S
  • Singapore Singapore
Excellent diving with friendly guides and crew

We were lucky to see most of the large marine creatures that Maldives has to offer - whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins, stingrays, nurse sharks, white tip sharks, and grey reef sharks, all in a space of 6 days of diving. Our guides Aslam, Faya, Kiko and Kimi were very knowledgeable of the sites and the sea conditions, hence greatly increasing our chances of sighting these creatures. We will be back again.

Recommended for
Varied and numerous dive sites, large and clean room, awesome staff
  • 7.2 Good
  • Laura S
  • Singapore Singapore
Fantastic trip

Great dives, great and spacious room!

Recommended for
Room, diving, staff service
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Amelie F
  • France France
Simply splendid !

Each and every one of our dives !!

Recommended for
Crew, rooms and continuous sea surrounding
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Frank M
  • United States United States
Great Value

This is a very large dive boat with lots of deck room to spread out on. I think getting a balcony room was worth it. Great dive guides and lots of marine life! No whale sharks on this trip, but tons of mantas and sharks. Some of the best diving of my life!

Recommended for
Big boat, Great guides, Amazing diving
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Philip G
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Fantastic Diving, Boat & Crew

Manta Rays on many dives, including a night dive Sharks, White Tip & Grey reef shark and Nurse Sharks Sting rays, Eagle Rays. Snorkelling with Whale Shark. Soleil 2 is a large, spacious and very well equipped boat Crew & Guides were very friendly, helpful & knowledgeable Food and service was superb.

Recommended for
Large spacious Cabin, Fantastic Diving, Good Guides
  • 10 Exceptional
  • James D
  • Canada Canada
Fabulous week of diving

Whale sharks! Manta rays and sharks were in such abundance that it became almost common place to see them. So much variety and colour in fish life that it was a truly wonderful experience.

Recommended for
Dive guides were extremely well organized and professional, great group of divers, very nice accommodations
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Mona S
  • Denmark Denmark
Big liveabboard mainly French guests

I am a snorkeler w perforated eardrum, so I only go on liveaboards to snorkel and this was the first one where there were no guide with me in the water during the whole trip. Which is both a great experience but also you feel like you need somebody that knows the reef/current etc to have with you and it is a pain in the butt to hold a "safety boat"/ring with you instead of you being able to swim freely. But did see great marinelife as always, and that is why I always come back to MAldives. Food was one of the best I have experienced out 4 liveaboards while in Maldives they serve FRESH juice in the morning as one of the only boats in same price level. Sometimes seafood large shrimps and calimari etc and variated dinners and breakfast and most of the time RIPE fresh fruit for dessert. Would like to have had the local tuna/coconut option everyday for breakfast but we only had it once - a pitty when we are in MAldives. Great with the balcony rooms really nice to relax when you want to get away, because it it such a big boat 30 people can be a bit overwhelming. And as it is a French company expect a lot of French that don't speak English so they keep to them selves. Crew is very polite but dhoni crew does not speak English so when you don't have a guide nor crew that speaks English it can be a bit challenging.

Recommended for
Spacy room w balcony, Politeness of crew, Food option
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Vikki L
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great trip

The diving was spectacular and the boat was really nice, spacious and comfortable. The crew were friendly and helpful and the chef provided good vegan food that was very tasty.

Recommended for
Manta Rays, whale shark and spacious boat
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • JING Z
  • China China
Excellent for my first liveaboard experience with Solei II

This is my first liveaboard experience, I'm so happy to be with Soleil II in Maldives. The cabin is very spacious with great facilities. and all the crew members are very friendly, they helped me to setup diving equipment before each diving. My diving guide Yoann is also a lovely guy, he's very professional and made me a safe and great diving experience in Maldives. Thanks Soleil II!

Recommended for
Spacious cabin, Friendly crew members, Professional diving guide
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Gabriel O
  • Sweden Sweden
I would go again!

Several dives with multiple manta rays!

Recommended for
Great dive spots, fantastic ship with high comfort, great crew and staff
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Cassandra H
  • Singapore Singapore
Awesome!

The dive guides on Soleil 2 were really fantastic! Their enthusiasm and love for diving is evident, and certainly helps to keep spirits up, even in bad weather/ strong currents. Because of their passion, we surely did look forward to each and every dive. They even searched really hard for the whale shark because it was one of the things we were looking forward to. (and yes, we did find one!) They are also very friendly and made us feel very welcomed. The boat is awesome- very new, clean and spacious. I especially love the diving dhoni. Lots of space for gearing up! It's great value for money, and look forward to diving with Dune again. Thanks Lucile, Yoann and Fathu for this wonderful experience!

Recommended for
Dive guides, Marine Life, Comfortable accomodations
  • 10 Exceptional
  • nazifcengiz E
  • Turkey Turkey
Magnificent

Manta parade

Recommended for
Comfort,dive sitesi,food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Oleg S
  • Russia Russia
The best trip

A lot of interesting creatures for making photos

Recommended for
Interesting sites, comfort, experienced guide
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Rihyeon K
  • South Korea South Korea
Delightful!

All of the crews were kind and helpful during the trip. The diving guides were also professional. I lost my Gopro at the very first day, however, at the next day one of the guides borrowed me his Gopro for the rest of trip! How kind and considerate the guides are! This boat was launched last year, so the cabin and other facilities are really clean and modern. I couldn't find any larger boat than our 3 story brand new boat. They cleaned our room twice a day and the foods are also delicious. If I try to find any cons, some variation of diving site selection might be more desirable.

Recommended for
Friendly and helpful crews, professional guides, brand new cabin and other facilities
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • shaun M
  • South Africa South Africa
Very nice trip with comfortable rooms, big boat and lots of space.

Very good diving. See lots of sharks...

Recommended for
Scenery, diving and room
  • 9.2 Superb
  • JOSE MARIA P
  • Spain Spain
First liveaboard!!! Incredible

I met some marvelous people and I love the dives we had.

Recommended for
People, dives,
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Birgit K
  • Germany Germany
Spacious Ship - Relaxing Trip - International Crowd

Looking into the eye of the Manta at Moofushi, the grey reef sharks of Miyaru Kandu. and the glass fish of Kudhi Maa Wreck. The moment I came on board I felt comfortable and relaxed on the Soleil 2. The diving was partly challenging, but with a good briefing a great experience!

Recommended for
1. The new and spacious layout of the Soleil 2, 2. The choice of dive spots during the Central Atolls Tour, 3. The relaxed and international athmosphere on board
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Nan W
  • China China
An amazing trip!

Those incredible sea creatures

Recommended for
Accommodations beyond expectation, excellent service, professional guide.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • roy L
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great diving Good company Great crew what more could you want

Sharks swimming against a strong current effortlessly. Watching a number of octopus. The canning factory dive.

Recommended for
Sharks Octopus and the ease of transferring to and from then dhoni
  • 8.4 Very good
  • david S
  • France France
outstanding boat and cruise experience; a more exploring dive approach would have been perfect

the cruise worked like a clockwork, with a shinny new boat and its huge relaxation space to disperse so that we did not feel crowded. the diving cruise general organization is very good, with a well aligned day schedule, the donny ready on time. worked without a glitch. rental material is in excellent status and covers all the needs one might have. one low light though is while many dive are done in current, which is the name of the game in Maldives, the channels dives particularly were limited to reaching the entrance of the channel, somewhat, hook there and watch without exploration. once the bottom time is used up, it is essentially unhook and go up. perfect to take picture of sharks but not my expectation at diving

Recommended for
huge living space on the boat; exploring 4 atolls; excellent organization of the diving program
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Júlio K
  • Brazil Brazil
Very good

The boat is very comfortable staff and guids very friendly. The dives were fantastic. Perfect

Recommended for
The boat. Crew The dives
  • 10 Exceptional
  • DANA M
  • Romania Romania
un unforgetable holiday

I have nothing to suggest , because everything was excellent!

Recommended for
we saw a lot of sharks and manta, the staff was very well trained , the boat was excellent
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Julie C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
excellent diving, crew and boat, could cater better for vegetarians

night dive with sharks

Recommended for
great diving - informative local dfive guide fathu knowledge amaszing
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • TAN K
  • Malaysia Malaysia
EXCELLENT!!

GREAT!!VALUE FOR MONEY

Recommended for
VALUE FOR MONEY, CABIN COMFORT & CREW SERVICES
  • 7.2 Good
  • Nathalie F
  • France France
Nice live aboard

Night dive diving with the Nurse sharks.

Recommended for
Spacious