M/Y Moonima is a Maldivian made motor yacht (30m x 10m), one of the best “classic” superior class in the market, and with its 8 cabins comfortably accommodates 16 and more guests (using the possibility to accommodate 3 pax in some double/twin rooms).
The yacht has been completely renovated in summer 2015, with the highest standards in safety and service, offering cozy and pleasant atmosphere with its spacious cabins, lounge areas and open spaces, under the direct management of Top Class Cruising (an Italian cruise manager will be onboard) that also runs Sachika.
They run 2 full itineraries, one for diving and one for non-divers (snorkelling, island visits etc) plus a beach barbeque by moonlight.

There are 8 standard cabins located on the lower deck, 5 of the cabins have double beds plus a single bed and can accommodate 2 guests and maximum 3 guests if required. The 2 other standard cabins have only double bed. Each cabin on the lower deck is equipped with portholes. On the upper deck there is 1 double cabin with a great view as it is equipped with large panoramic windows.

Moonima - prices

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Full pricing is available on the schedule here.
Prices are in US dollars for one week based on 2 persons sharing a cabin. For any trips dates after the 1st Nov 15 there will be a new Green Tax started by the government @ $6 per person per night that is already added to the prices above.

  • For a single cabin, non sharing, please add 60%, if you are a single diver and happy to share with another diver of the same sex the price is as stated originally.
  • Triple share in the Junior suite or standard cabins is -10% on the above rates for the third person.
  • Triple share with teenager under 18 is -20% for the teenager
  • Triple share with child under 12 is -50% for the child
  • Non divers are charged the same price but non-diver guests can enjoy for free one of these special packages:

“Discover Scuba Diving”: you will live the adventure of “breathing underwater” and exploring the wonderful house reef with our instructor for 20-30 minutes at 5-10 m. depth - diving equipment included

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“Spa treatment”: you will enjoy one 15-20 minutes massage treatment of your choice between head, back, face or feet, made by our professional Indian therapist in the relaxing atmosphere of our small spa room.

THE PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 3 scuba dives per day, included 1 night dive once a week (17 dives)
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (in buffet style)
  • Mineral water, American coffee tea 24 hours self service in the restaurant (rooms minibar’s water and every * extra bottle of water are paid at prices stated in the price list)
  • Transport to and from the airport
  • Maldivian GST 12%
  • Maldivian green tax $6 per person per night
  • Fishing
  • Trips to the local islands and to the desert islands
  • Trip to Male
  • 1 barbeque dinner on the beach
  • Accompanied daily snorkeling
  • Diving dhoni (with aluminum oxigen tanks 12 lt. and weights)
  • Dinghi (10 seats) with engine 50 hp

THE PRICE DOESN’T INCLUDE:

  • Flight ticket
  • Nitrox $70 per week
  • Drinks (apart from Mineral water, American coffee tea)
  • Massages
  • Diving courses
  • Diving equipment’s rent ($25 a day)
  • Extra diving beyond the 3 dives a day
  • Banana riding - Seascooter
  • Wi-Fi internet access (guest’s own laptop or mobile phone required)
  • Dinner with lobster (to be booked at least 1 week prior the beginning of the cruise)
  • Tips (we suggest 10 US$ per guest per day)
  • Transport from and to the airport in speed boat or air taxi in date out of the calendar beginning/end of the cruise
  • Everything not described in “The price includes”

Dive equipment rental charges

Items Rent per day Rent per week Loss or damage
Full set (Bcd,Reg,fins,mask, snorkel,wetsuit) 35 170  
Computer - (mandatory to have) 10 50 450
Torch / Lamp 10 50 400
Jackets (BCD) 10 50 400
Regulator 10 50 130
Fins / Mask / Snorkel 5 25 100
Shortie wetsuit (3mm) 10 40 180

Insurance is required for all divers..

PADI Dive course price list

PADI on-board diving course prices USD $
Discover scuba diving 75
Scuba diver 300*
Open water diver 450*
Advanced open water 270*
Rescue diver 500*
Speciality 100**
Bubble maker 150

Terms and conditions:

Individual bookings:
Booking deposit:
30% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
70 % is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Balance due 90 days before your trip departure date - non-refundable.
Individual booking made less than 90 days before the departured ate are payable in full at the time of booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.

Group charter:

Booking deposit:
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
Second deposit:
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
Balance due
90 days before departure - non-refundable

Moonima - schedule

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Moonima - cabins

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There are 8 standard cabins located on the lower deck, 5 of the cabins have double beds plus a single bed and can accommodate 2 guests and maximum 3 guests if required. The 2 other standard cabins have only double bed. Each cabin on the lower deck is equipped with portholes. On the upper deck there is 1 double cabin with a great view as it is equipped with large panoramic windows.

  • Double lower deck cabin

  • Double upper deck cabin

  • Double or twin lower deck cabin

  • Cabin bathroom

Moonima - itinerary

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For your flight arrival times ideally you should aim to arrive around midday on the day of departure as due to a same day turn around of the boat the guests from the trip before will be departing in the morning. The rest of the morning the boat will be being cleaned and prepared for your arrival around lunchtime. You can arrive on the day of departure as late as 10pm as the boat will not leave the Male area on the first day. Whatever time you arrive on the day of departure you will be met off your flight at the arrivals area by our boat representatives and taken to the boat, about 10 minutes from the airport.

If you would like to arrive the day before it is possible to stay in the airport hotel - http://www.hih.com.mv/ which is on the same island as the airport (Hulhule island) or stay on Male for the night where we recommend the Holiday Inn - http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/male/mleam/hoteldetail or the Marble Inn - http://www.marble.mv/ . Your hotel will then deliver you back to the airport the following day (the day of departure) where you will be met by the boats representatives and taken directly to the ship Trip itinerary

Specific itineraries depend on the time of year and the prevailing currents at that time of the year. diving in the Maldives is year round.

Moonima’s safaris are from Saturday to Saturday and the first day of each cruise is spent doing a tour of Male, a check dive and orientating yourself to the boat.

1 week: - 6 days of diving.

  • Male North, Rasdhoo, Ari North, Ari South, Male South
  • Male North, Male South, Felidhoo
  • Male North, Ari North, Ari South, Felidhoo, Male South

10 days:

  • Male North, Rasdhoo, Ari North, Ari South, Felidhoo, Male South
  • Male North, Male South, Felidhoo, Mulaku
  • Male North, Lhaviyani, Baa

2 weeks:

  • Male North, Rasdhoo, Ari North, Ari South, Faafu, Dhaalu, Mulaku, Felidhoo, Male South
  • Male North, Lhaviyani, Noonu, Raa, Baa

Moonima - specs

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Moonima - diving

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## THE DIVE SITES - Maldives diving photos

Some useful translarions of commonly used Maldivian terminology

  • Atoll: A group of islands surrounded by a common reef formation
  • Etherevari: Sheltered area inside an Atoll
  • Falhu: Lagoon encircled by a reef sometimes with one or more islands inside
  • Faru: Large reef partially exposed at low tide
  • Finolhu: Island with few or no coconut trees
  • Futtaru: Reef where waves break
  • Giri: Small patch of coral a couple of meters below the surface
  • Kandhu: Sea inside Atoll Kandu
  • Kandu Olhi: Channel
  • Maa Kandu: Sea outside Atoll
  • Thila: Coral reef a few meters below the surface

ARI ATOLL - Some of the popular dive sites

KUDARAH THILA

Type of dive: Reef dive Description: One of the best dive sites for soft coral and fish life. The marine life here is so abundant, that the divers have named it ‘fish soup’. The thila is in a circular shape and can be covered in a single dive at different depths, if the current is not very strong.

MAAYA THILA

Type of dive: Reef dive / Night dive Description: The thila is about 80mters in diameter. The whole thila can be done at different depths in a single dive. There are manycaves and overhangs around the thila. The large rocks on the north eastern side have large black coral trees growing on them. The site is famous for the sharks and a great barracuda which reside here. The site can be dived at any time of the day, each with different activity going on the reef. The best chance to get close to these creatures is at night time, when they are hunting. You will see sharks, barracudas, rays and eels trying to grab a morsel.

BATHALA MAAGA KANTHILA

Type of dive: Drift dive Description: The northern tip of Magaa reef extends into Bathalaa Kandu, is home to a number of grey reef sharks and white-tip reef sharks. They can be seen patrolling along the reef looking for food.

MAALHOS THILA (BLUE CURVES)

Type of dive: Drift dive / Reef dive Description: The thila is known for the abundance of soft coral growth on the thila, particularly the blue/violet colored variety that grows on the ceiling of the caves and overhangs, thus the name ‘blue caves’. In addition a large variety of fish life can be observed here.

RASDHOO MADIVARU

Type of dive: Drift dive / Channel dive Description: The reef on the southern side of Rasdhoo drops vertically to the ocean depths. The site is home to a school of Scalloped Hammerhead sharks (sphyrna lewini). In the early hours of the morning they rise from the deep waters off the atoll into the shallower depths, accessible to divers.

SOUTH MALE ATOLL - some of the more popular dive sites

GURAIDHOO KANDU SOUTH

Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive Description: Since the eastern side of the channel is Open Ocean, large predatory fish can regularly be spotted here. This site is famous for sightings of sharks, schools of eagle rays and the occasional Sail fish and Hammerheads. The best condition to do the dive is when the current is flowing into the Atoll. The dive begins on the outer reef following the current into the atoll. Most of the pelagic species can be observed on the eastern side, where the reef drops off into the deep ocean. At the end of the dive in the channel, along the reef you can find overhangs with plenty of soft coral growth and small fish.

KANDOOMA THILA

Type of dive: Drift dive / reef dive Description: Located in a channel, the reef is subject to strong currents at times. The ocean currents carry lot of nutrients to the reef, supporting an abundance of sea life. The site is well renowned for the soft coral growth, turtles, diverse fish life and invertebrates found on the reef. At the reef slope you may find sharks and eagle rays.

EMBUDU KANDU (EXPRESS)

Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive. Description: Similar to Guraidhoo Kandu, but more sharks are likely to be spotted here. The currents can be very strong at times. The stronger the current however the better chance of seeing sharks. Under the guidance of an experienced dive guide, the dive can be managed done easily.

PADI Discover Scuba Diving

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program introduces people to scuba diving in a highly supervised and relaxed manner. It dispels common misconceptions about scuba diving by letting individuals try it out and experience it for themselves. Under the guidance of a PADI professional, new divers learn basic safety concepts, how to put on equipment, swim around in a safe environment and discover a totally new world, the beautiful and peaceful underwater world.

On MV Carpe Diem the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program is conducted at an open water dive site to give you a real life experience of what Scuba Diving is all about. This experience might get you ‘hooked’ for live on diving and on exploring further the wonders of the underwater sea life.

After trying scuba diving, many will choose to pursue certification by enrolling in a PADI Open Water Diver course, for which the new divers will earn credit (they will have had the first Confined Water Dive done).