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Emperor Explorer

The 42-meter (138-foot) Emperor Explorer sleeps 26 guests in 13 staterooms & has been operating since summer 2019. Her itineraries include Central Atolls & Deep South Atolls.

A word from Dom: “The latest addition to the Emperor Fleet, Emperor Explorer, is seriously spacious. Her decks, interior salon & restaurant areas … plus the cabins … are all super roomy by yacht standards. And, of course, she offers all the modern conveniences. ” Dominick Macan

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On Board Emperor Explorer

2 upper deck KING staterooms
king size bed & picture windows
2 upper deck TWIN staterooms
twin beds (side-by-side) & picture windows
2 main deck TWIN / DOUBLE staterooms
double bed, single bed and picture windows
5 lower deck TWIN / DOUBLE staterooms
double bed, single bed & port windows
2 lower deck DOUBLE staterooms
double bed & port windows

All staterooms have ensuite bathrooms with individually controlled air conditioning and fan.

up to 3 dives per day all from the dive dhoni
12 liter alu tanks (DIN & INT valves)
15 liter alu tanks (at extra cost)
scuba gear rental (by advance request)
water temperature: 78 – 82F, 25 – 28C … 3mm wetsuit recommended

accommodation & diving
meals, snacks, coffee, tea & water
glass of wine served with dinner
compressed air, tanks, weights and weight belts
airport transfers & taxes
snorkelling kit for non-divers, shore visits (when possible)

international & domestic airfare
soft drinks & juices
alcohol (except 1 glass of wine with dinner)
scuba rental gear (by advance request)
15 liter tanks & nitrox
environmental tax

Vast Deck Spaces & A Spa Tub

Emperor Explorer is a lovely addition to the Emperor Maldives fleet. She joined in 2019. The top sundeck offers a bit of shade, but mostly sun, and can accommodate most everyone on board with her deck chairs and bean bags. The upper deck stern is devoted to a mostly covered lounging space with comfortable seating. In front of the bridge on this deck you’ll find a semi-circular, cushioned seating area plus sun loungers & a spa tub, which are convenient to the 4 main-deck staterooms.

Moving to the main deck. stern end, you’ll find the alfresco dining area where you’ll often enjoy meals and the exquisite scenery at the same time. Inside is another spacious dining area and lounge with TV, DVD and sound system. The onboard library and board games provide some non-screen entertainment.

Located at the bow end of the main deck are 2 staterooms which can be twin or double while on the lower deck you will find 7 additional staterooms. All staterooms have small windows rather than portholes.

The meals on board are usually buffet style with a variety of local and International dishes to suit everyone. Local food is traditionally a bit spicy, but international options will be available. A complimentary glass of wine is served with dinner. During your cruise the crew will do their best to ensure you visit a local island for a BBQ under the stars. For any special dietary requests please inform us when you book

Travel & Cruise Logistics

Emperor Explorer will operate 7-day and 10-day trips focusing on dive sites further afield. All diving is done from her large dhoni (tender), giving more living space on board and getting you to the best dive spot every time.

All transfers to/from the liveaboard on the check-in day (usually Saturday or Sunday) will be met at Male (Velana) International Airport by a representative, Emperor arranged transfers depart from the airport to the boat at 11:00, 13:00 and 16:00 and are free of charge. If your route does not start in Male and you require a domestic flight on arrival, you will be met by an Emperor Representative where possible and assisted with the check-in formalities for your flight.

Emperor Explorer moors in port on arrival day and overnight, departing early on the morning following the check-in day. The boat moors in port mid-afternoon the day before departure and remains in port overnight until check-out from the boat. Check out is at 07:00 on the last day of the cruise and guests will be in the airport by 07:30. For guests continuing their holiday in the Maldives at a resort, hotel or another liveaboard, your on-going transfers need to be arranged by you from the airport.

Layout & Specs

Deck & cabin layout, the yacht specifications, equipment & safety features
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Type: Wooden hull
Year built: 2019
Length: 42 meters
Beam: 13.2 meters


Engine: 700 Hp Doosan Daewoo
Generators: 2 x 50 KW
Water Makers: 12 Tonnes/24h RO Plant


VHF radio; GPS chart plotter; full complement of navigational equipment


Telephone; Mobile; EPIRB


life jackets; life rafts

Air compressors: Yes
Nitrox diving: Yes
Dive equipment rental: Full range on offer, must be requested before arrival

SMB & dive computer compulsory on every dive, reef hooks are recommended
Safety: Oxygen/Medic First Aid Kit
Dhoni: Large diving dhoni tender fully equipped with compressors, tanks & oxygen kits

Charging stations, air gun, rinse tanks & camera table


Emperor Explorer will concentrate on the central atolls with her 7-day Best of Maldives trips which include (depending on the weather & currents) most of the following atolls: Rasdhoo Atoll, North & South Ari Atolls, Vaavu Atoll, North & South Male Atolls. In February of 2021 she has three Deep South shark itineraries scheduled, which should be incredible trips.

Central Atolls 7 night trip

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