The Maldives

Exotic Maldives… Pearls of the Indian Ocean

Paradise on earth is partial without its underwater realm, which makes the Maldives one of the most appealing dive destinations in the world. The Maldives is warm and fascinating, and provides rich marine life with coral reefs teaming with activity, visited by schools of fish and playful dolphins.

If you are looking for a place to contemplate life, relax and get intoxicated by a pleasant lethargy, the Maldives is the place for you. Warming sun, cool clement evenings, unhindered picturesque sunset and moonlight starry nights…What more can you ask for?

On a typical trip, the Orion anchors at night and cruises only for a few hours during the day, but this is enough to discover real cast-away desert islands, unblemished inhabited islands and remarkable dive spots.

Passengers are usually a good international mix of young and old, divers and non-divers, and a house-party atmosphere swiftly develops. This is helped by the lack of formality in dress code that preaches nothing more than shorts by day and casual outfits at night.

Meals on board ORION are buffets with breakfast cooked to order, lunch and dinner with soup, salad, fruits and a choice of main courses, catered special dishes can also be arranged on request.

If you seek more than basic comfort, guaranteed good food and companions, cruising around the islands of the Maldives is the perfect idea for a holiday.

Trip Schedule & Pricing

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Reservations and bookings for the Maldives trips can be made online by emailing us at: info@sdsharkdiving.com. You can also phone our office at 619-299-8560 – 7 days a week- 9am-5pm Pacific Time Zone (Pacific Daylight Time during the summer)

Note: occasionally we are offshore out of cell phone range and may be unavailable, but there is a voice mail feature on our phone line. Please leave your message and we will return your call when we return to shore.

Deposit: For the Maldives trip a $1000 deposit per person will hold your spot aboard the Orion. The balance would be due 60 days prior to your departure date. We can arrange a payment schedule for you if you prefer.

Payment: We prefer a personal check , Cashier’s Check, or Money Order made out to San Diego Shark Diving and mailed to our office:

San Diego Shark Diving Expeditions, Inc.
6747 Friars Rd Ste 112
San Diego, CA 92108 USA

Payment can also be made using a credit card (Visa, Master card, American Express, or Discover Card). Many of our foreign white shark divers also like to make their payment via bank wire transfer. Please email or call us for the wire transfer details. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect against unforeseen situations.

If you cancel more than 90 days prior to your departure date, your deposit and any additional money you may have paid toward the balance of the trip price will be refunded, minus a $200 cancellation fee.

If you cancel 90 days or less prior to your departure date, your deposit and any additional money you may have paid toward the balance of the trip price will be refunded, minus a $300 cancellation fee, provided another person can be found to purchase your spot on that Maldives trip. If another diver cannot be found in time to purchase your spot on the trip, no refund of your deposit, nor of any money paid toward the balance of the Maldives trip price will be issued.

Itinerary

Overview:

Day 1: Meeting & Greeting in the airport upon guests’ arrival. Our rep wears MV Orion T-Shirt and has MV Orion sign so you can easily recognize them. Transfer to the boat at 13:00. If your flights time do not match with our transfer time, please, contact us to see what other transfer time we can arrange for you. If you need to take a domestic flight to join the boat, our rep will meet you and show you the way to the domestic terminal. The meeting point is near the Help Desk. You can call us from there, local phone will be provided for you.

Introductions and briefings, equipment preparation and set up. No diving

Day 2 through day 6: Two to four dives per day.

Typical Trip Schedule:

6:00 am: Wake up call
6:30 am: Briefing, coffee&tea and toasts, 1st Dive
8:30 am – 09:00 am: Breakfast
11:00 am: 2nd Briefing and Dive
1:00 pm: Lunch
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm: 3rd Briefing and Dive
5:00 pm: Afternoon tea and snacks (normally a cake)
7:00 pm: Dinner

Day 7: Two dives, Male City tour upon request and depending on the route and weather conditions

Day 8: Check out, transfer to airport @ 7:00am & 9:00am hrs No diving

Boat Accommodations

There are 11 guest rooms, each finished with the ambiance of a Maldivian Luxury Resort. Every room comprises of double/twin beds, a mini-bar, plasma TV, electronic combination safe, as well as beautifully tiled bathrooms. All of the rooms have en suite toilet and shower facilities.

One room on each deck is reserved for dive guides.

Mobile internet provided by local Mobile Operator can be arranged individually upon the request. Dongles (pen drive modems) can be rented onboard for a small fee (USD10 per week). Each dongle has a data SIM card. In case of dongle or a SIM card loss, USD 100 or/and USD 20 accordingly will be added to the guest’s bar bill. To top up, please, ask the barmen or one of the dive guides to assist. The value of the top up will be added to individuals bar bill.

Not Included:

  • International air fare
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir purchases
  • Specialty beverages
  • Wi-Fi

Included:

  • All onboard meals, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, weights, tanks, 3 dives per day except during transits
  • Nitrox
  • All taxes and fees
  • RT transfers from airport to vessel

The 130 ft MV Orion, built in 2009 will be your base during the trip. It is 130 feet in length and is powered by a 600 HP Volvo engine.

  • Accommodations: 5 Queen Double, 3 Twin Cabins, 2 Single cabins,1 Junior Suite, and 1 Executive Suite. each with en-suite shower & head, air conditioning. All living quarters are equipped with the latest technologies offering you the amenities of a TV, DVD player, a private bar, an electronic safe and telephone. Executive suite has private deck area with 2 person Jacuzzi
  • Executive Suite has a separate bathtub
  • Masseuse for some relaxing therapy
  • Salon : Dinning is buffet style, lounge with sofas, full service bar, Plasma TV and DVD, Library, and table games
  • 24 hour Concierge service
  • Large upper deck public jacuzzi
  • Chef serving Asian, local, and international cuisine
  • Extensive wine selection
  • Electricity: 220 Volts Type G 3-prong outlets
  • Crew-16

Maldives Information

Shining gems that scatter around the equator surrounded by turquoise blue sea, are the islands for dreamers, romantics and sun-basking beach devotees. The Maldives have become synonymous with tranquility, an easy life, peaceful surroundings, snorkeling in turquoise lagoons and diving to explore breathtaking reefs. It epitomizes beauty beyond one’s imagination – a paradise. A group of seductive islands ringed by magnificent beaches topped with sand like those in an hour glass, translucent warm water homed to brilliant variety of colorful fish amidst the tropical castaway qualities of tall swaying coconut palms and sunset horizon.

The Maldives forms an archipelago of 26 natural atolls comprising 198 inhabited and 991 uninhabited islands stretching over 820 kilometers north to south and 120 kilometers east to west. The islands are small and low-lying with neither rivers nor mountains. That being said, its plain geographical features appear like bubbles on the ocean horizon. Each island perpetually covered with fine pristine white sand. Each with a shallow lagoon, a harem for another mystical life beneath the water surface, surrounded by reefs of coral that danced under the warmth of the sun’s embrace, and glowing with perfection as it plunges into an infinite abyss. Even for poor swimmers, the lure of the calm waters becomes irresistible to behold.

The island resorts do not offer the artificial razzle-dazzle of Mediterranean beach strips. The theme is holiday, pure and simple. For the visitor, everything is easy and stress-free. Even if you do not want to laze in the tropical sun on a white beach, snorkel in clear blue lagoons, dive to discover fascinating reefs, go big-game fishing, wake-boarding, surfing or windsurfing, be marooned on a real desert island surrounded by candle-light or sip exotic cocktails before an epicure of quality dinner.

Dive Gear Rentals

You can leave your scuba gear at home and avoid the airport hassles and excess baggage fees by renting your scuba gear on board the Orion. We carry everything you need to enjoy your scuba holiday and we’ll rinse it all down at the end of the trip. Truly a hassle-free scuba experience!
Should you wish to hire any diving equipment please ensure you book within 30 days of your charter, giving your size, i.e., foot size; body size – S; M: L; XL; XXL; either through your agent or directly with the company. This is to ensure correct sizing and availability.
(USD per day), price does not include GST 8%.

  • Full Set (regulator, octopus, BCD, wetsuit, mask, fins, SMB) – $45
  • Full Set including computer  – $50
  • Regulator with octopus  – $20
  • Computer – $15
  • BCD  – $15
  • Wetsuit 1.5mm – $10
  • Mask  – $15
  • Fins – $15
  • Torch  – $15
  • 15 lt. tank – $15
*NOTE: All divers must carry Surface Marker Buoy (SMB), and dive computer on every dive.

FAQs

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