Emperor Explorer
February 5 - 17, 2021

Have you ever imagined what it might be like to dive with giants? This adventure to the island nation of the Maldives all but promises an experience where mantas soar overhead and huge whale sharks appear out of nowhere!

Trip Leader: Cathy Christopher

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The small, island nation of the Maldives is arguably one of the best big animal dive destinations in the world. With over 1,100 exquisite coral islands nestled in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives deliver close encounters with graceful manta rays, huge whale sharks, and enormous schools of reef fish. It is not uncommon to have a train of mantas lined up in a current-swept channel, waiting their turn to be cleaned by small reef fish while you hover nearby!

This time of year is also prime season for whale shark encounters. There is nothing like seeing a 35ft whale shark appear out of nowhere as it cruises at snorkel depth. We have had up to 10 whale shark sightings on past Maldives charters during January and February in the past.

Aside from amazing diving, the Maldives are one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Idyllic white, sandy beaches line countless islands; you can’t help but fall in love with the views as one is more striking than the next.

Our trip also includes the SSI Manta Ecology course to better prepare our divers for this epic adventure. If you are looking for an exciting, thrilling and exotic dive vacation, the Maldives delivers every time!

Trip Inclusions:

  • 10 nights/11 days aboard Emperor Explorer
  • One way flight Huvadhoo - Male
  • Up to 4 dives/day
  • 3 meals daily
  • Nitrox for certified divers
  • SSI Manta Ecology course
  • Same day as boarding airport transfers
  • Wine with dinner
  • Fuel surcharge $150 USD
  • Government green tax & GST tax
  • Room tax & service charge
  • Ocean First trip leader

Not included:

  • Roundtrip airfare Denver - Male
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Alcoholic drinks other than a glass of wine with dinner
  • Crew gratuities
  • Baggage fees
  • Any unforeseen cost at the time of booking
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)

Trip Cost:

  • $5,075 double occupancy, lower deck
  • $5,375 double occupancy, upper deck stateroom (4 spaces)
  • $5,475 double occupancy, upper deck suite (2 spaces, couples only)

Payment Schedule:

  • Nonrefundable deposit required to reserve: $1,000
  • $1,500 due May 15, 2020
  • Final payment due October 15, 2020
  • Passport must be valid for 3 months after departure date

Cancellation Policy:

  • Changes made to the reservation may result in additional fees
  • Cancellation 180 days or more: refund given based on reselling the space
  • 179-120 days: original deposit is forfeited as well as any vendor fees
  • 119 days or less or a no-show: no refunds given

We strongly recommend securing trip cancellation insurance to protect your investment in the unlikely event you need to cancel your trip. Our preferred provider is DAN Trip Insurance.


Standard Recommended Accessories:

  • GoBe S500 LED light
  • Safety sausage w/ whistle (SMB)
  • Squeeze Lock knife
  • Reefsaver

Trip Specific Recommendations: 

  • Hood and/or hooded vest
  • Reef hook
  • Primary dive light
  • Fish ID certification
  • Shark ecology certification
  • Marine ecology certification
  • Waves, Tides, Currents certification
  • Nitrox certification