Emperor Virgo, Maldives



  • Modern yacht with upper deck sea view cabins available.
  • Free nitrox for certified divers.
  • All diving takes place from the separate dhoni giving more space on board.

The Emperor Virgo liveaboard offers year-round diving in the Maldives. Catering to just 18 divers, there is ample space for all guests on board to relax and unwind during their stay. Cabins are spread over 3 decks and have double or twin beds, private en-suite bathrooms, and individually controlled AC. Upper-deck cabins also have large picture windows and amazing sea views.

The main deck of the Emperor Virgo is home to the large indoor salon with an entertainment area and dining room. The upper deck has an outdoor terrace, bar, and an al-fresco dining area to enjoy the delicious cuisine and gorgeous scenery. Meals combine international and local dishes, and a free glass of wine is included with dinner. The sun deck has comfortable loungers and offers a relaxing space to unwind between dives.

All dives from the Emperor Virgo yacht take place from the accompanying dhoni, which gives plenty of room for kitting up, and gear storage and makes getting to and from the dive sites easy. Itineraries on offer are The Best of the Maldives, Sharktastic, South Central Atolls, and the Deep South & Southern Sharks. All offer incredible dives with the chance of encounters with sharks, whale sharks, dolphins, turtles, and more.

To book your Maldives dive liveaboard on the Emperor Virgo, call us or book online today.

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Included: VAT, Environment Tax, Port Fees, Airport Transfer, Local Flights, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Wine with Dinner, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Special Dinner, Diving Package, Nitrox, Land Excursions, Snorkel Gear, Snorkeling Guide, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: Dive Insurance (6 EUR per day).

Optional Extras: Travel Insurance, Gratuities (150 USD), Hotel Transfer, Alcoholic Beverages (5 USD), Alcoholic Drinks at Dinner, Soft drinks (3 USD), Soft Drinks at Meal Times, Nitrox Course (225-275 EUR), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses (75-378 EUR), WiFi internet (30 USD).

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Paid Internet
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Leisure Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Wine Available
  • Full-board Option

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
  • Rebreather Support
  • Tenders for diving
  • Free Nitrox

The crew speaks English, French, and Spanish.

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 2012
  • Length 32 meters
  • Beam 9.1 meters
  • Top speed 12 knots
  • Cruising speed 10 knots
  • Engines 500 HP Caterpillar
  • Max guests 18
  • Number of cabins 9
  • Number of bathrooms 9
  • Tenders 1 Dhoni
  • Water capacity 9.000 liters
  • Freshwater maker 9.500 liter per day

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Crew trained in first aid

Emperor Virgo Reviews

  • 9.1 Superb
  • 48 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 9.2 Superb
  • David S
  • United States United States
Great diving experience, great crew

There were 17 dives in a week, so it is for people who want go for lots of dives. There was a variety of dive sites, they were all different.

Recommended for
The diving, the dive guide and the organization
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Sean C
  • United States United States
Great week of diving

Diving with the mantas and meeting new friends

Recommended for
Spectacular diving, great crew and meeting new friends
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kiley S
  • United States United States
Shark- and Manta-Tastic Week

Had a great week diving with Russ, Jacky and Issey- definitely lived up to the 'Sharkatstic' itinerary...with two great manta dives to boot. Alimatha Jetty and Rangali Madivaru are now in my Top 10 list. The cabin was comfortable, the boat was great, and Chandana and the staff kept us all well fed. Also had a great group of folks to dive with. Would gladly do it again.

Recommended for
Outstanding Staff & Crew, Close-up Mantas, Great Boat
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Alijohn G
  • United States United States
Amazing Diving with safety and care

The highlights of the trip were simply - we got lucky and our dive group was able to come across a whale shark without the hordes of other snorkelers and divers out there. We saw sharks on every dive and dozens / hundreds on some dives. On the manta night dive, mantas hit us! It was all just so amazing. The crew was very kind. The diving was suprisingly difficult given the currents and we had to abandon 2 dive sites due to unwieldy/washer machine currents which is better than risking low air to continue. All in all it was an unforgettable and incredibly experience.

Recommended for
Diving with whale sharks and mantas, large rooms, staff
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Amber W
  • United States United States
Great dive trip!

Such an amazing week! We had a great time with some fantastic diving and a wonderful crew! The boat was super clean and comfortable, and all of the crew went out of their way to make the trip special and enjoyable for everyone! Would absolutely recommend this trip to any divers visiting the Maldives!

Recommended for
Diving, crew and the boat
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Whitney H
  • United States United States
Magical Week in the Maldives

Magical trip aboard the Emperor Virgo. Went as part of our honeymoon and it was more than what we even dreamed it could be. The sea life showed up and showed off - mantas, whale sharks, 40+ nurse sharks, diverse dives and countless octopus, micro life, and fish - the crew did everything possible to help us see the best sea life we have ever seen. So good it almost felt surreal. The boat is older but well maintained and the crew were genuinely some of the nicest people we've ever met. Virgo isn't the biggest boat of the Emperor fleet but I can't imagine going on a different one now. We did our homework before we came and I would encourage any future divers to not hesitate booking. Everyone went above and beyond and it was a trip of a lifetime we will never forget!!

Recommended for
Whalesharks, nighttime encounters with mantas, friendly crew
  • 8.0 Very good
  • stephanie G
  • Australia Australia

Extremely good trip, the boat and crew were really good.

Recommended for
We saw a whaleshark, the people were really nice and the weather was amazing.
  • 6.4 Review score
  • Xin Yu K
  • Singapore Singapore
Great experience diving

I will recommend it to me friends.

Recommended for
Good timing, options provided for what divers will like to see, friendly dive guides and helpful crew members.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Marianne V
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Absolutely amazing

It was the best liveaboard I have ever done , that with amazing manta experience , the Sharks , the diving was superb.. The crew were good and the briefings were superb. Cannot fault anything on this trip . Will want to come back . 😀😀

Recommended for
Mantas , sharks and the good company and good food.
  • 7.6 Good
  • Allan M
  • Canada Canada
very good week of diving

pretty good. the boat could use updating. $20 for internet usage is totally inappropiate for a so called luxury tour The hot tub was taken out therefore the website was wrong. I booked this particular boat because of that,therefore I think a little refund should be offered

Recommended for
manta night dive,friendly crew,shark viewing
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Hans-Jürg B
  • Switzerland Switzerland

Diving with ammenshark

Recommended for
Food, dead Riffs Diving, we waiting 6 Hours for the Transfer !!!!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Francesca C
  • Italy Italy
Amazing experience

Best diving experience ever. The crew, staff and dive masters were great! Everything Was possibile to see we had seen!

Recommended for
Dive, staff, the place
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • David G
  • Australia Australia
A great adventure, superb crew.

Seeing a manta swim past

Recommended for
Seeing Mantas, Whale Shark and schooling fish.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • YIXI P
  • China China
amazing dive trip

sharks trip. We saw many many sharks

Recommended for
food, chef, liveaboard
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Cristina S
  • Spain Spain
Great experiece with the best crew ever

Manta cleaning station with a small group so we can be closer to the mantas without the sensation of being in a mall Sharks everywhere you look up Lovely people looking after you

Recommended for
Nice people, small group and awesome dives sites
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Trond M
  • Norway Norway
Great diving and better food than expected

The boat Virgo is not the most luxury boat you will find in Maldives, but I had a great time on this boat. The cabin at second deck with large windows is great. Very good food, much better than I expected. The dives was great and our diving instructor was very good - but I also know that one of the tree diving instructors on the boat was not so good, heard from the people in his team. I think the trip was good value for the money, and I will probably come back.

Recommended for
Diving, food, cabin
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Johan Christian G
  • Denmark Denmark
Great service

A dive with tons of manta rays and another with nurse sharks.

Recommended for
Mantas, service, quality
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Meike M
  • Germany Germany
Awesome diving experiences with a great crew and a comfortable boat

Manta rays, nurse sharks and many more things to see under water, interesting and exciting excursions, all in all a very good experience!

Recommended for
good food, very friendly and helpful crew, diving experiences
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Marco P
  • Italy Italy
what I was looking for

Lots of sharks, huge Mantas and more; the best diving experience I've ever had

Recommended for
Experienced guides, great food and facility, good itinerary
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Paul B
  • France France
Amazing diving, amazing boat & crew

Everything was top notch. I love the Maldives. We saw 6 species of sharks in one week and countless Mantas. Whale shark and hammerheads were to of my favorite along with the night dives with Mantas and Nurse Sharks. The diving guides are outstanding, thank you Andrea Reeko and Megan. Crew is great and the boat as well with great food the whole week.

Recommended for
Diving, Boat, Staff
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Roger T
  • Singapore Singapore

The crew were great, the food was fantastic, our dive guide Andrea was awesome! Tons of sharks and manta rays.

Recommended for
Crew, Food, Experience
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jacqueline H
  • China China
Wonderful trip

Lost my kindle in boat after left, they helped to find it. Now waiting for the drop off to my friend.

Recommended for
Food is good staff is friendly and dives are great!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Valerie R
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Amazing trip!

We were lucky enough to see 17 Eagle rays swimming in formation, lots of sharks, turtles and rays as well as beatiful corals and so much fish life. The night dive with the Mantas was thrilling - as was the twilight dive with the nurse sharks. We couldn't fault the crew and Dive Guides. The briefings were really good and health and safety was always a priority. It was our first liveaboard and we couldn't have asked for more. The accommodation was excellent and the fantastic cocktails an added bonus. Thanks to Thomas and all the crew for making the week so special!!

Recommended for
The crew, the diving, the food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Junto L
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong
An extremely wonderful liveaboard experience with Virgo

Well, those crew have impressived me, very delicious food, very kind and friendly dive guide, and very wonderful under water world.

Recommended for
Very friendly crew, very funny handsome and experienced dive guide, very nice boat.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Mattias S
  • Sweden Sweden

Grey reefsharks, nightdive with mantas, nursesharks and the mix of people on-board

Recommended for
The diving, the bed, the bar
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Megan K
  • Singapore Singapore
Awesome week in Maldives

Great daily itinerary that was flexible and based on site conditions which allowed us to truly see the best of Maldives - from mantas to stingrays and lots of colourful marine life. The liveaboard itself was extremely cosy and comfortable with delicious meals whipped up for us 3 times a day. The dive crew and guides were great, informative and really friendly. We had a ton of fun with the other guests on board and it really felt like home for a week.

Recommended for
Cosy liveaboard, great company, fun dive guides and crew
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Filip S
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Amazing Trip and Diving with a very friendly crew

- Manta Mania Night Dive - Shark population all around the Maldives - Super friendly dive guides and crew - Lots of space on the boat compared to other regions' liveboards (Thailand, Indonesia) - Very happy to see healthy corals - Accommodated request to dive Fishhead & Maya Thila

Recommended for
Diving, Value for Money, Space on the Boat
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Taiwan Taiwan
Awesome, Manta ray trip

My wife the Ears are very uncomfortable (Tympanic hole)when 12th diving trip! The Dive guides and team contact the hotel doctor immediately, and take her to treatment! Thank the team helps us to to it! And some diving site the current is very strong, the diving guide also show us how to avoid strong currents and safely diving!

Recommended for
We see the manta ray every day! The ew, diving guides, and food is very good! The diving site arrangement is perfect
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Marco Lorenzo Flavio C
  • Italy Italy
Beyond expectations

We saw everything we came to watch: sharks, rays, manta, whale shark...everything perfect, good group and great staff!

Recommended for
Dive sites, professional guides, friendly staff
  • 7.6 Good
  • Sunho C
  • South Korea South Korea
Nice experiences, but the ship had a engine problem.

Watching the some kinds of Shark,Crew, Diving guides was very nice. Especially, my guide Muaz was very friendly and awesome. He tried to show me how Maldive's diving fabulous was. I didn't watch any manta ray though. Our Ship had a engine problem from 3th days to last day so that some spots we were supposed to visit were missed. At the end, they just offered free of beers and drinks for compensation. I've decided i won't choose any Emperor liveaboard again.

Recommended for
Whale shark, Food, Crew Service & Friendliness
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Kris N
  • Luxembourg Luxembourg
Perfect trip with emperor virgo

Amazing trip with emperor virgo. Very helpful and lovely crew. Good organised dives. Completely satisfied.

Recommended for
crew, dives, food,
  • 8.0 Very good
  • paula L
  • Taiwan Taiwan
amazing dives

I enjoyed the whole trip very much! The dive sites are amazing and staffs service is very good. The room's window has no ventilation so air is pretty still in the room but you can leave your door open to get rid to let the air flow. Cleanliness is acceptable but can be further improve as i see the towels and bed linens have some stains probably due to frequent usage.

Recommended for
dives, friendly staffs, weather
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Tomasz S
  • Hungary Hungary
Great trip with very friendly staff

30-40 nurse sharks circling simultaneously above our heads

Recommended for
Staff, food, cleanness
  • 7.6 Good
  • Michael S
  • Germany Germany
Very well guided liveaboard-tour with lot’s of adventures

Seeing and observing manta rays and dozens of nurse sharks

Recommended for
Clear instructions, safety during dives
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Michael B
  • Germany Germany
Great Dives and amazing Food

The Crew and the Guides are very friendly and attentive. They care about you like about their friends and try everything to make the trip to your best week. The dives sites are well chosen and eventhough we had not the best visibility, we saw whaleshark, plenty of Mantas, different sharks and turtles, cuddle fishes and many many fishes :-) And the food is amazing! For the vegan, diabetics individual meals have been provided. Awesome week!

Recommended for
Food, Dives, Guides/Crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Kartikay A
  • India India
Amazing week on the virgo

The boat crew and dive guides made sure we all had a great week. Will definitely recommend this boat, and emperor divers. The good was excellent, including a couple of surprises!

Recommended for
Watching shark TV, marble rays, and watching mantas feeding on plankton
  • 8.4 Very good
  • holger P
  • Germany Germany
Zu schnell vorbei

Haie, Mantas...leider kein Walhai... ein Nachttauchgang mit Jägern und Gejagten

Recommended for
interessante neue Leute, Nachttauchgang, Mantas
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Katrin G
  • Germany Germany
Great time

Dive sites

Recommended for
Guides, dives, food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Benoit A
  • France France
Loved it

Despite mechanical problems (a big but also very rare issue, no one to blame), the crew went above and beyond to accommodate us and make our experience the best it could be. I had an amazing time. The dives were great and we all saw what we came for (yes, including a whale shark). I definitely recommend this trip and would definitely pick this company again.

Recommended for
The dive team and the crew, the wildlife, the scenery
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