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The Maldives are located in the Indian Ocean and stretch 900 kilometers from north to south. They are made up of over 1,200 tiny, low-lying coral islands surrounded by white sand in 26 atolls. Fasten your seatbelts and swim into the blues for the most awe-inspiring experience of your life time. Marine life may perhaps be nowhere so rich, warm and so fascinating than this tropical destination of the world, the accordingly formed coral reef crowded with school of fish and playful dolphins showing off are not uncommon in the waters of Maldives with a range of underwater creatures passing by is so genial.

The Vessel...

Built in 2002, MV Southern Cross boasts of its classical decor and fine technical engineering. Can accommodate a maximum of 20 pax with a total of 10 spacious cabins. Every cabin has centralized air-conditioning system and en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water shower. MV Southern Cross also offers many facilities like sun deck, Jacuzzi, bar, audio and video facility to their guests. The dining room serves three meals a day, tea and coffee all through the day. With a complete package of fun, adventure, excitement and entertainment, MV Southern Cross makes cruising in Maldives more memorable.

SPECIFICATIONS
Year Built: 2002 Cruise Speed: 12 knots
Hull Type: Wood Navigation: Navman GPS Chart Plotter, JRC Radar
Length: 37.970m Engine: Cummins 425 HP Diesel Engine
Width: 10.610m Water Maker: 02 water maker 250 lph
Depth: 3.900m Generators: 02 Onan gensets 35 KW soundproof
Cubic Meter: 737.040 Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz

The Diving...

Although the Maldives are known the world over for the stunning beaches and azure waters that typify the tropical idyll, its life beneath the water's surface is becoming ever more respected by divers in the know. The Maldives have some excellent coral reefs, but it's the abundance of fish life throughout the country that sets it apart from other dive destinations.

Most diving in the Maldives is drift dives where you allow the current to move you along. Due to the myriad channels and passages between the atolls, the currents sweep and play throughout the island chain so that nutrients are always on the move. This account for the vast numbers of fish enjoying the passing feast and you can expect to see Napoleon wrasse, parrotfish, snappers, barracudas, jacks and sweetlips in every site where the water flows.

In the channels, you can explore the caves, caverns and overhangs where soft corals proliferate, and there is a riot of colorful sponges, invertebrates and gorgonian fans all profiting from the nutrient-rich water. There are also plenty of cleaning stations where cleaning wrasses and shrimps service the larger marine species.

Inside the atoll lagoons you often find pinnacles of rock vaulting up almost to the surface. These are known locally as 'Thilas' and are often bejewelled with sessile life forms. These formations bring water up from the ocean floor against their walls, feeding the sponges and soft corals that cling to its sides as well as creating an environment that supports a plethora of crustaceans and schools of resident fish.

Slightly removed from the reefs, you are likely to spot the pelagic that frequent the Maldives, including manta rays and eagle rays and a variety of sharks including the mighty whale shark. Wherever you look there is likely to be something of interest going on and for many it is in the shallows where the best of the action takes place. Here the clear water, brightly illuminated by the sun's rays and playing host to great numbers of fish, provides an ideal environment both for photographers and divers alike.

Getting There...

The normal route to Maldives is to catch a direct flight to Malé, the capital city of the Maldives. There you will be met and transferred to the MV Southern Cross to immediately start your dream journey on the Indian Ocean.


Climate - The climate of the Maldives is warm year round, determined by the monsoons. However, being on the equator, the monsoons are mild and not as defined as in neighboring countries. Of the two monsoons, the Southwest monsoon from May to October brings some rain and wind. The Northeast monsoon, from November to April, is the dry season with very little wind.
Water Temperature - The water temperature is between 28ºC to 30ºC, a 3mm wetsuit is usually ideal!
Dive Season - The Maldives scuba diving runs all year round, but the recommended months for confirmed liveaboard departures are from November to May.

Maldives More Details

RM4,600.00 per pax

Includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation on-board
  • All meals on-board
  • All boat transfers
  • Total of 16 to 18 dives (2 to 3 dives daily depends on channel crossing)
  • Tanks, weights and weight belt are provided
  • We provides you additional bottles of drinking water
Excludes:
  • Flights to or from Malé and KL, or elsewhere
  • Airport tax
  • Meals in Malé
  • Alcohol and carbonated beverages
  • Equipment rental
  • Tips

Day 1
Flight arrive at Malé Airport
Transfer and aboard the MV Southern Cross
Briefing on-board

Day 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
2 to 3 dives daily
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on-board
Islands and atolls hopping

Day 7
Breakfast on-board
Head back to Malé
Sight seeing, shopping or ect
2000 - Transfer to Malé Airport for departure

Preferred Airline
Malaysia Airlines

KLIA to Malé
Flight No: MH 189
Depart: 2005 hrs
Arrive: 2110 hrs
Duration: 4 hours and 5 minutes

Malé to KLIA
Flight No: MH 188
Depart: 2220 hrs
Arrive: 0750 hrs
(Flight arrives one day later)
Duration: 6 hours and 30 minutes

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Inbound flight will stop in Colombo for 1 hour and 30 minutes

Geography
The Maldives is situated in the South West of Sri Lanka, on the equator. The numerous coral reef islands, 1,190 in total, form an archipelago of 26 natural atolls (groups of neighboring coral islands). These 26 atolls are organized into 19 administrative atolls with the capital island of Malé established as an entity of its own forming the twentieth division. Seen from air, the atolls and the islands form breathtakingly beautiful patterns against the blue depths of the Indian Ocean.

Area
Maldives total land area measures approximately 298 square kilometers making it the smallest country in Asia.

Population
396,300 as of year 2009.

Time Zone
UTC / GMT +5 hours (4 hours slower than local time).

Languages
Dhivehi is the official language, but English is widely spoken.

Religion
The indigenous population is entirely Sunni Muslim, and the group practice of other religions is illegal.

Currency Rufiyaa (Rf)
Notes: 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500
Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 25 and 50 Larees.

Country Dialing Code + 960

Electricity 230/ 240 volts, 50 Hz
British-style plug with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade are being use on-board. (However, we still suggest taking an adaptor for your appliances)

Visa
Free 30 days Visa upon arrival for all visitors

Customs
Importing alcohol, pork or pornography into the Maldives is forbidden and all luggage is X-rayed on arrival. On the way out, note that exporting sand or seashells is also forbidden.

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