The majestic Monsoon is a 36 metre long steel hull motor yacht bringing a luxury purpose built diving liveaboard to the remote Northern Atolls of the Maldives. She was built in Alexandria, Egypt and sailed across the Indian Ocean to the Maldives which she now calls home, making her the first truly international vessel to operate in this region.
The boat takes up to 22 guests and there has been no comprise when it comes to providing passenger comfort. All cabins have en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning with individual controls. Lighting and music are controlled from the bedside. Each cabin has a TV monitor with DVD, safety deposit box and mini refrigerator for your after sun! The vast dive deck covers the aft third of the main deck and has ample space to cater for every divers needs, be it scuba or technical, open circuit or re-breather, photo or video. Technical Diving is offered onboard Monsoon and she has a Haskel pump to deliver custom nitrox blends to technical divers. Monsoon is also one of the few Maldivian liveaboards to use ribs for total dive flexibility.
The boat has three decks; all the cabins are located on the lower deck, the main deck is home to the dining area and the dive area, and the upper deck has a saloon and bar offering a comfortable relaxation area with stereo, CD/DVD player and a plasma screen for viewing the days images and video footage or taking in a movie. Outside the saloon is the lovely sun lounge area, which can also be used for a moonlit cocktail! The bar has a good selection of wine, beer, spirits and cocktails. Delicious Maldivian and European cuisine is offered, with individual requirements catered for.
Monsoon cruises out northwest from Lhaviyani Atoll and takes in the splendor of the infrequently visited and peaceful Raa, Baa and Noonu Atolls. These regions offer everything from the smallest macro subject to the largest plankton eaters and delivers a little bit of everything from channels, pinnacles, tilas, drifts, Manta Rays and reef sharks. Monsoon does not stick to a fixed itinerary but offers the best diving depending on which season you visit. During July to November the boat stops at the world famous Hanivaru dive site located in the Baa atoll, where up to 100 Manta Rays and sometimes Whale Sharks congregate in a mass feeding frenzy to feast on dense plankton. Being filter feeders they thrive on this plankton and in turn provide a truly show stopping acrobatic display to delight any diver.
Monsoon operates out of Kuredu Island for a 7 nights itinerary, departing on a Monday and returning back to Kuredu on the Saturday evening. Your final night will be spent on the vessel but you can enjoy all the facilities Kuredu Resort offers should you wish. Why not extend your stay with a few more nights at this idyllic island to make a perfect holiday combination.
Price: $2056 for 7 nights. Includes: 7 nights on a twin/share basis; full board with soft drinks and bottled water; airport transfers in Kuredu; up to 3 dives a day. Seaplane transfers from Male/Kuredu/Male are not included and cost $375.