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Maldives 2011

ABWonderdives VIP dive trip in Sep. 2011.

special Maldives liveaboard dive trip

NEW trip in 2011!!

We Alice and Bjørn, welcome you to our deluxe Liveaboard in the Maldives. A private 14 days VIP trip around in the world best dive destination. This trip will take us from North Male to Rasdhoo Atoll, North- and South Ari Atoll to Felidhoo back via South Male to North Male Atoll.

This trip is for many of us, a welcome back to one of the most beautiful dive destinations in the world.  A place where we Alice and I have spend 6½ years of our diving career. Our idea with this trip is to come back to many of the dive sites we know so well. Spend more time on places where a normal trip only passes by. Explore the South Ari Atoll for longer time than normal. We will take you to some of the absolute high lights, but also to some of our secrete dive spots, we dived in our time on Lily Beach in the Maldives. Together with the excellent crew on the safari boat, we will also try ”new dive land” for all of us.

On the arrival day, we will meet you in the airport and guide you to our hotel in Male. In the evening we will have a come together dinner and information about our coming trip for the next 13 nights 14 days trip.

For booking of 1 pax the price for the trip is 244, – Euro per person per night.
one room = 2 pers.
The  mega suites + 50 Euro p.p. a night.

To get the 2010 price for the trip in 2011 you need to book before 1st of May 2011.

So welcome to our special VIP trip with Alice and Bjørn and ABWonderdive Maldives.

We have booked the Safari-boat for our guest only.



Our liveaboat boat is:

The MV Orion a brand new, luxurious super cruiser eager to chaperon guests to some of the Maldives most alluring dive sites. When on board, guests can enjoy a library, bar, Jacuzzi and top of the line massage services.


Technical Details:
Construction Year: 2009
Length: 130 feet/39m
Width: 39 feet/12m
Cruising Speed: 14 knots
Nautical Equipment: Radar, GPS, Depth Finder
Water Supply: Desalination plant 2 x 800 liters per hour
Power: 2 sound-proof generators
Dhingy: yes
Extra Diving boat (Dhoni): 55 feet/17m

Language spoken on Board:


On board bar

Emergency Equipment:
First aid kit, medical oxygen, fire extinguishers, life vests

Additional Information:
Equipped with satellite phone
Equipped with Internet
Electricity: Type G / 3 Prong plugs, including 220V and 110V

Max. capacity – Guests: 22
Crew: Diving Crew 3 -4, Boat crew 13

In addition to an unforgettable scuba diving experience, the Orion offers their guests a truly handsome holiday. The lower deck possesses 7 rooms, offering 6 rooms with queen size beds and en-suite shower & WC and one junior suite with queen bed, an extra day bed and bathtub. The upper deck possesses 4 rooms, offering 3 rooms with twin beds and en-suite shower & WP and one master suite, which includes bathtub, private 2-person outdoor jacuzzi and private deck.

Number of Rooms: 9
Number of Suites: 2
Air Conditioning: Yes
Exterior Windows: Yes
En-Suite: Yes
Hot Water Shower: Yes
Power supply: Yes
Room service: Yes
Towel Service: Yes

Additional Information:
Bathtubs available in junior and master suites.
Private outdoor Jacuzzi and private deck available in master suite.

Diving is carried out from the purpose built “diving dhoni,” which will not anchor but rather follow the divers from the surface. This is one of the safest and most comfortable ways to dive in the Maldives due to the wind and currents. Each diver will have their own dive station and basket for storing their diving gear, which will always remain on the diving dhoni. The system leaves the main boat free to handle accommodations, meals and social activities in a quiet atmosphere.

Guided Dives: Yes
PADI Instructor: Yes
PADI Courses: Yes
Dives per Day: 2-3
Enos System: No
Dive Dhoni: Yes
Equipment Rental: Yes

Important Information for diving guests:
• C-card or proof of certification is required
• Proof of dive insurance is required
• Dives are guided by an experienced PADI instructor and a dive master
• Diver Training (PADI/SDI/TDI) is available
• Diving equipment is always kept on the diving dhoni
• Dive equipment is available for rental
• All divers must adhere to Maldivian diving regulations: no decompression dives, always stay with your buddy, never dive below 30m if you are a PADI Advanced Open Water (or equivalent) and never dive below 18m if you are a PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent).
• Protection is strongly recommended – A 3mm wetsuit should be comfortable and adequate.
• It is compulsory for all divers to carry the following gear: mask, fins, regulator with pressure gauge & alternate air source, buoyancy compensator (BCD), depth, gauge, dive computer, safety sausage.
• It is recommended that you have your equipment checked/serviced before arrival
• Please remember to carry spare straps, etc. for masks, fins, etc.

Pamper yourself aboard the Maldives’ most luxurious diving boat. Ever wished you could dive in an emerald green sea? Now you can, aboard the MV Orion!

TV / DVD / HiFi in Salon: Yes
Fishing Gear: Yes
Island Visits: Yes
Beach Barbeque: Yes
Male Visit: Yes
Internet: Yes

Prices include:
• 34 Dives p.p.
• Tank (12L) and weights
• Dive Guide
• Full Board (3 meals per day)
• Full Accommodation
• Coffee and Tea 24 hrs
• Drinking water
• Fishing – Local style fishing gear, including hook, fishing line, weight and bait.
• Visit deserted islands for BBQ dinner (Some islands will charge a USD5.00 entry fee).
• Snorkeling
• All Maldivian Taxes
• Free Guided Tour of Male (Capital of Maldives)
• Airport Transfers
• Jacuzzi
• Nitrox for Nitrox certified divers.
The menu on board is varied and plentiful, with American, European, Asian and local fusion feasts being served in the dining area. Guests can look forward to sumptuous barbecues and fresh, homemade desserts. A buffet of fresh fruits and salads, hot entrees, hot soup, and juices are available during meals.
Meals: Lunches are buffet-style while dinners are a la carte creations, including seafood, beef or chicken. Vegetarian meals can be prepared upon request. Please advise of any special dietary requirements.

Full Board
Free Refreshments

Tea, coffee, and water are complimentary.
The bar is open throughout the week. However, please observe the Orion’s strict policy on alcohol – “Alcohol and diving never mix!” Once you consume any alcohol, your diving ceases for that day.
It should be noted that the importation of alcohol is forbidden in the Maldives. Tourist operators are able to purchase by special government license. MV Orion has a fully stocked bar with a good, selection of beer, wine, whiskey, scotch, rum, gin and vodka.


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