The world‘s finest diving

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The two identical vessels, Ying & Yang, are the largest of Maldives dive & spa options.  They each accommodate up to 40 guests in 10 cabins & 9 suites & dive the Best of Maldives route.

A word from Dom: “Very popular with divers travelling with a non-diving partner.  The yoga & spa aspect of these cruises is ideal for the non-diver who is looking for a week of pampering while divers will enjoy the classic highlights of Maldivian waters.  Yes, each vessel is like a small cruise ship, so a different experience for the average diver, but exceptionally well managed.”  …. Dominick Macan


ON BOARD SCUBASPA YING & YANG


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THE SCUBASPA EXPERIENCE

Scubaspa Ying & Yang were the dream of a diver and his physiotherapist wife who, together, designed the boats to offer something unique for travelers: a combination of serious spa & yoga alongside opportunities for daily diving.  The boats are especially well-conceived for couples who don’t both dive

The popular top sun deck features immense space for sunbathing but also includes the secluded Thai massage area and the Jacuzzi.  Below that, on the upper deck, you’ll find the outdoor spa and a variety of treatment rooms, plus an aqua-room, a gym (Yang only) and an outdoor bar.  On the main deck, you’ll find the restaurant (with open windows, giving it an al fresco ambiance)  … plus 6 of the suites.  You’ll also access the large swim platform on this deck.  On the lower deck, are located the remaining 10 cabins and one suite,

Three buffet-style meals are offered daily but there’s also an a la carte menu  … ranging from roast rack of lamb to grilled Atlantic salmon and an authentic sushi bar …  all complemented by carefully selected wines and champagnes.  Don’t hesitate to let us know your dietary needs.

Scubaspa offers 3 package options:  exclusively spa …. exclusively diving … or a combination of the two.  You’ll also find fishing rods, paddle boards and kayaks at your disposal … plus beach barbecues; laundry service and Wifi wherever there is connection.   Diving, as will most Maldives liveaboards, is done from a dhoni where all your equipment will be housed.

LAYOUT & SPECS

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DECK PLAN

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MACHINERY – MAIN VESSEL

Engines 2 no CAT C9 Acert, 503 BHP
Generators 3 no CAT C4.4, 86 eKW/107KVA
Electricity 24 hr/day 220V/50Hz
Desalination plant 2 no Aquagiv 260 ltr/hr
Sewage plant 1 no RWO Biopur 6, 12 m3/24hrs
Drinking water 1 no Aqualite 1200 + RO purifying system, 2 ltrs/min
RWO – sophisticated marine water technology to biodegrade all waste produced onboard

SPECIFICATIONS

Length 50 m
Beam 11.2 m
Draft 2.5 m
Displacement 327 t

MACHINERY – DIVE DHONI

Engines CAT 7 275 BHP
Generators 1 no
Electricity 220V/50Hz for tank filling
Dive compressors 2 no Bauer PE 250 TE with Air-Kool system. 300 l/min
Nitrox compressor 1 no CompAir L11

TANK CAPACITIES – MAIN VESSEL

Fuel 19000 ltr
Fresh water 22540 ltr
Grey/black water 11060 ltr

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

State of the art fire detection/alarm systems
Fire hoses fed via a seawater booster pump
Fire extinguishers
Designated escape routes
Emergency escape ladders from both lower and main deck evacuating to foredeck
Emergency lighting to all decks and escape routes
Dive dhoni (evacuation vessel for all guests and staff)
Edge protection around vessel to European height standard
Ample number of life jackets with emergency whistles
Safety ring buoys
Life Raft
Defibrillator
Oxygen
Satellite Phone
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ITINERARIES

Scubaspa Ying and Yang focus on a Best of Maldives itinerary encompassing North and South Ari Atolls, North and South Male, Vaavu Atoll and Rasdhoo, although itineraries change from time to time.  Occasionally, you’ll find a Northern Atolls trip on the schedule.  {slider View itinerary highlights … open|dest|closed}

BEST OF MALDIVES – Scubaspa Ying spends the vast majority of her time around Ari Atoll, Male Atoll, Vaavu and Rasdhoo.  The inclusion of Vavaau and Rasdhoo is a slightly different route from most Best of Maldives trips.  Your itinerary will most likely take you to two to four of the following:

North Male Atoll: one of the finest sites in the Maldives for sighting those majestic mantas. A cleaning station here can be very busy between May and December, with cleaner wrasse anxious to get to work on their oversized friends as they sail in. It’s a bit like a busy barber shop!

South Male Atoll: a challenging thila dive here offers some lovely corals and schools of pelagic fish … plus eagle rays and sharks. Another small wreck features some good macro options.

North Ari Atoll: find caves & overhangs here are home to home to a variety of fish … from dog-toothed tuna, napoleons, trevallies and barracuda to parrotfish, butterflyfish, blue face angelfish, batfish and lionfish. You’ll encounter grey reef sharks and white-tip sharks … while on the top of the reef, countless fusiliers dart around and those lovely, ever-present-in-the-Maldives blue-stripped snappers move in waves. Lovely soft corals and gorgonian fans add color … and there’s a nice little wreck …. a fishing trawler with coral growth and loads of fish and critters to add interest.

South Ari Atoll: popular for its population of whale sharks. In season you’re likely to have the opportunity to snorkel with one or more. But, whale sharks aren’t all there is. You’ll find caves and overhangs, more sharks … plus fusiliers, angelfish, tuna & jacks, large seafans, soft corals and an abundance of other marine life.

Vaavu (Felidhe): there’s a popular channel dive here with nurse sharks as well as black tip and white tip reef sharks. A possible night dive at a jetty offers up loads of nurse sharks & sting rays. Another dive, loved by photographers in particular, is alive with soft corals in lovely hues and includes a nice variety of reef fish.

Rasdhoo Atoll: a popular reef dive which is usually also very sharky if you’re there early in the day … although the hammerheads tend to be around most of the time. Big schools of pelagic fish are commons as well as the ever-present snappers, fusiliers & batfish. 

NORTHERN ATOLLS –  you are likely to dive sites in most or all of the following:

Lhaviyani Atoll:  some rousing currents here, which bring in nutrients and smaller fish for the big guys, who also seem to like the ride. Large groups of grey reef sharks are common … as are giant napoleon wrasses, a giant grouper, big stingrays, turtles, eels, trevally, eagle rays and sometimes a group of mobulas.

Baa Atoll: known even to non-divers, Hanifaru Bay is a UNESCO reserve designed to protect the exceptional marine life that congregates within its remarkable shores. The funnel-like bay and reef have a tidal, current action that traps plankton and other nutrients at certain times. Mantas, whale sharks and other animals arrive for a feeding frenzy unlike any other we know of. At times there can be more than 100 mantas taking part in this huge feast. In the neighborhood are other dives where you’ll find hard & soft corals and a sampling of the other Maldives characters: the turtles, the snappers, the sting rays, the sharks … and even a critter or two.

Raa Atoll: some good diving for advanced divers in fast currents … with the usual Maldives cast of characters: stingrays, eagle rays, groupers, snappers, jacks and sharks. Hard and soft corals make a splash here and there, attracting colorful reef fish and offering the macro photographer nice opportunities to snap some critters. The icing on the cake is a manta cleaning station.

Noonu Atoll: while much of the diving here is less challenging than some of the other atolls there are some good advanced dives, too. And, all levels of divers should have the opportunity for sighting plenty of sharks: grey reef sharks, nurse sharks and white tip reef sharks. There are, of course, the ubiquitous Maldivian stingrays. Keep your eyes peeled for red-tooth triggerfish as they’re often spotted around this atoll along with other reef fish. There’s a nice bit of macro photography to be had here, too. {/sliders}

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TRAVEL & CRUISE LOGISTICS


International flights should be booked to Male.  If you arrive on the day the cruise departs your transfer from the airport to the boat will be included.

Check-in:  Embarkation starts at 14:00 on Saturdays, guests are requested to book their flight tickets accordingly.  Please note Saturdays are solely dedicated to collecting all guests from the airport thus neither sailing nor activities like dive, snorkelling or spa treatments are scheduled or organized.

Check-out: There are two standard airport transfers scheduled for Saturday on 7-night holiday – at 7 AM at 8.45 AM. The dive boat will transfer all guests to Velana International Airport near capital Male’.


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