Orion Liveaboard

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MV Orion liveaboard trips are scheduled for 7-nights from August to May. Itineraries are not fixed, but determined by seasonal conditions and weather patterns and, of course, where the best marine life is sighted.

MV Orion carries up to 24 divers in 12 spacious cabins. This impressive 39m Maldives liveaboard cruises to the remote atolls offering some of the best diving in the Maldives.

Dive Facilities

All diving is conducted from a separate 14m dive tender, known as a dhoni. You will set your gear up once and then it will remain on the tender for the duration of your dive trip. The dhoni houses is own compressors so that tanks can be filled at their stations. NITROX is available. The dhoni also carries medical supplies, oxygen kits as well as 30 scuba tanks.

General Facilities

MV Orion boasts tasteful interior design. The main deck features a large dining room and well-stocked bar, perfect for dive briefings! Meals are served here, open buffet style at a dedicated buffet counter. Large windows provide impressive views out across the ocean. Large flat screen TV and DVD entertainment system. Small library of marine-life and general interest books for guests to read.  To the front of the dining area is the wheelhouse. Here you will find the captain at the helm, eager to share his knowledge of the seas with all that enter.

The upper deck you will find a hot tub and seating area.

The top deck features an open sun-deck. The perfect place to relax and watch the sun set over the palm fringed islands of the Maldives. Numerous sun loungers and mattresses are available making this the preferred location to read a book, your Kindle, or socialise with fellow divers.

The lower deck is reserved for guest accommodation.

Mobile internet (WiFi) is available on board.

Menu

Meals on board ORION are served open-buffet style and consist of local and international dishes. Breakfast is cooked to order and lunch and dinner will be a selection of soup, salad, fruits and a choice of main courses. Currently there is Indonesian and Sri Lankan chefs onboard.

Special dishes can also be arranged on request.

Cabins

The Orion welcomes its guests aboard and offers the choice of 12 private staterooms. All rooms have private bathroom facilities, air-conditioning and a flat screen TV. The rooms also come equipped with a safe and mini bar. The rooms are spread over the vessel’s lower and upper decks.

4 Twin Staterooms (Lower Deck):

The twin rooms have either a double bed or 2 singles and a porthole.

3 Double Staterooms (Lower Deck):

The double rooms on the lower deck have a comfortable double bed and a porthole.

1 Junior Suite (Lower Deck):

The lower deck suite features a king size bed, a day bed, a porthole and a tub in the bathroom for relaxed bathing.

3 Mini Suites (Upper Deck):

The mini suites are located on the upper deck and feature windows with great views and either a double bed or 2 singles.

Executive Suite (Upper Deck):

Also on the upper deck is the luxurious executive suite onboard the Orion. This room has a king size bed as well as a day bed for extra relaxation. The en-suite bathroom has a tub and there is an outdoor Jacuzzi.

Charlie, United States September 18, 2017

The itinerary we travelled on was called the Best of Maldives and it definitely did not disappoint.

The diving was sensational – we saw so many different marine creatures, some of which I’d never seen before aside from in pictures so that was a real treat! I especially enjoyed the whale shark and turtle encounters.

The dhoni we dived from was well-equipped and the entire process was very smooth and safe.

Recommended for: Experienced, professional crew and fantastic marine life

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Lukas, United Kingdom September 18, 2017

I was so impressed with the wide variety of underwater life we saw. Our dive logbooks were filled with encounters with manta rays, whale sharks, turtles and guitar fish, so it was really a special trip.

Although the boat is starting to wear slightly, the crew more than made up for it, and the chef on board was superb. Each meal was different and tasty and there was always plenty of food to enjoy.

Thanks again to all the crew members, you guys made the trip awesome!

Recommended for: Overall service was brilliant and great diving

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