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Horizon III

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The 34-meter (112-foot) Horizon III is a luxurious yacht offering spacious living & plenty of outdoor space.  She takes 24 divers & itineraries include north, central & south atolls.

A word from Dom:  "The northern and southern itineraries are what I find most interesting about Horizon III ... as so many of the Maldives liveaboards concentrate on the Central Atolls.  Diving the northern and southern atolls means fewer divers and, in general, healthier reefs & bigger animals.  Don't hesitate to chat with me about what Horizon offers."   ... Dominick Macan

 

ON BOARD HORIZON III


  • 1a Horizon Iii Stern Opt
  • 2 Horizon Iii Filtered Sun Deck Opt
  • 3 Horizon Iii Jacuzzi Deck Opt
  • 4 Horizon Iii Back Deck Opt
  • 5 Horizon Iii Dining Opt
  • 6 Horizon Iii Lounge Opt
  • 10 Horizon Iii Twin Opt
  • 7 Horizon Iii Double Opt
  • 8 Horizon Iii Twin Side By Side Opt
  • 9 Horizon Iii Standard Twin Opt
  • 12 Horizon Iii Dhoni Opt
  • 13 Diving Dhoni Opt


    • 3 upper deck DOUBLE staterooms
      queen bed, massage shower, bath tub & large picture windows
      9 lower deck DOUBLE / TWIN staterooms
      double bed or 2 twin beds (adjacent) & port windows

      All with private bathroom (upper deck bathrooms include a bath tub), air conditioning, a desk & a spacious storage area.

    • up to 3 dives per day all from the dive dhoni (1 night dive per week)
      12 liter alu tanks (DIN & INT valves)
      15 liter alu tanks (at extra cost)
      scuba gear rental (by advance request)
      nitrox avaiable
      water temperature: 78 - 82F, 25 - 28C  ...  3mm wetsuit recommended

    • accommodation & diving
      meals, snacks, water, tea & instant coffee
      compressed air, tanks, weights & weight belts
      BBQ on an island & local fishing gear
      land excursions within the program
      airport transfers

    • international & domestic airfare
      soft drinks, Nespresso coffee & alcoholic beverages
      nitrox, 15 liter tanks & scuba rental gear (by advance request)
      wifi & massage treatments
      environmental tax


    GOOD LAYOUT.....PLENTY OF LIGHT


    Filled with light, this spacious liveaboard provides common areas, as well as guest cabins, which are airy, bright and welcoming.   And, of course, you'll expect plenty of outdoor living and will find yourself spoiled for choice with five different exterior decks offering options of shade, sun, privacy, tables, loungers with mattresses & armchairs.  The upper deck lounge also sports a Jacuzzi which affords amazing tropical island views.

    On the main deck guests can enjoy the comforts of the salon & dining area,with LCD flat screen TV, DVD player, music system, and a library complete with books and board games. On this deck there is a separate storage area for each guest with a charging station for cameras, lamps and personal items.  At the stern, on this level,you can enjoy alfresco dining.   Meals are served buffet-style either here or in the appealing interior restaurant.  There is also a well-stocked bar offering a variety of soft drinks, cocktails, selected wines, beers & liquors ... plus a handy Nespresso coffee machine.

    Diving is done from the fully equipped dhoni, where all the dive equipment is stored (compressors, tanks etc.).

    Depending on your itinerary and the weather, island visits & BBQs are possible .... plus, there is an on board ayurvedic massage therapist.

    LAYOUT & SPECS

    View the yacht specifications, equipment & safety features  .... open
     

    SPECIFICATIONS

     Cabins: 12
    Length: 34 meters (111 feet)
    Width: 9 meters (29 feet)
    Year Built: 2009
    Year Renovated: 2015
    Rental Equipment:Yes
    Wi-Fi Package: Yes
    Nitrox: Yes

    SAFETY EQUIPMENT

     Fire Alarm
    Fire Extinguisher
    Life Jackets
    Life Rafts
    Emergency Oxygen Kit
    First Aid Kits

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    ITINERARIES

    Horizon III offers Central Atoll trips throughout much of the year but adds a few North Atolls trips to visit Baa Atoll for the manta ray event ... then spends the winter (until mid-April) in the Deep South.

    Highlights of these trips ....... open
    The final itinerary is, of course, always dependent upon weather, sea conditions and where the best animal sightings are at any particular time of year.

    Central Atolls will include some or most  of the following:

    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.

    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.

    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.

    NORTHERN ATOLLS:   (Male – Male) 7 nights ...

    Lhaviyani Atoll: A favorite dive for many divers looking for an adrenaline rush, the Kuredu Express at his atoll is almost always like downhill racing … and sometimes too wild to dive at all. The currents 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.

    DEEP SOUTH:   (Usually Laamu to Huvadhoo or the reverse.  Requires 2 domestic flights .... between Male & Huvadhu and Laamu & Male)

    Laamu Atoll:  the starting / or ending point for these journeys is Laamu, which offers deliciously calm waters, fewer channels than most Maldives atolls and great visibility.  The hard corasl provide some nice macro photo ops and the clear water pleases wide-angle photographers wishing to capture good images of large schools of fish plus sharks, eagle rays and a few mantas.

    Huvadhoo Atoll:  This region of the Maldives is renowned for great visibility, a diversity of marine species and incredible pelagic action …. especially sharks. The topography is what probably hits you first … the channels, the caves, the caverns, the tunnels, the ever present Maldives thilas & some super walls & drop-offs. You’ll find nice corals on shallow reefs with vividly colored reef fish. You’ll get sting rays & eagle rays & the ubiquitous turtles of the Maldives and night dives often offer up a whale shark or two.  But, most divers come for the exhilarating drift dives through the channels with grey reef sharks, nurse sharks, oceanic black tips black tip & white tip reef sharks … plus the tempting possibility of bumping into an occasional hammerhead or tiger shark …. or of sighting silkies, bull sharks and mola mola in the blue.

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    TRAVEL & CRUISE LOGISTICS


    Most of the trips begin and end in Male and the closest airport is Male Intl (MLE). Pickup time at the airport is according to your flights. Give yourself enough time to go through immigration and pick up your luggage. At the exit of the terminal a crew member will meet and escort you to the Horizon III.  If you arrive at the airport early and do not want to wait, you can drop your luggage at the airport and visit Male city or Hulhumale city and get back to the airport around 11 AM. If you stayed at a hotel overnight, ask the concierge to arrange a transfer back to the airport where you'll meet one of our staff.  You will be transferred to the yacht at roughly 11:30AM and the yacht leaves at 12 noon. 

    Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning. Horizon III docks back in Male in the evening on the second to last day and disembarkation is the following morning. Guests will then be transferred to Male airport.

    This schedule is altered for certain trips which include domestic flights according to their itineraries.  Full info for these trips is available upon request.

     


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