M/V Orion in the Maldives

M/V Orion - Sailing the Maldives Archipelago

Introducing M/V Orion -- The 112-foot M/V Orion is a new luxury live-aboard dive vessel in the Maldives. There are 11 guest cabins, each with double/twin beds, a mini-bar, Plasma TV, and an electronic combination safe. All cabins have a beautifully tiled bathroom with suite toilet and shower facilities. Four of the cabins enjoying the added luxury of bathtubs. At the fore of the Upper Deck is a magnificent Executive Suite, which comes with its own private open air Jacuzzi and lounge area.

M/V Orion sailing the Maldives

The Maldives -- With 26 atolls consisting of outer and inner reefs, the Maldives provides great diversity of diving and marine life. Amazing channel dives draw animals from the deep. Mountainous pinnacles (thila) rise from 35m and taper to 8m, which make them ideal for those slower, more relaxing dives. The average water temperature is 27C (80F) and current can be strong at about 1.5 knots, which is ideal for shark and manta ray encounters. Fasten your seatbelts and glide into the blue for the most awe-inspiring experience of your life. Cruising on MV Orion is the ideal way to discover the magic that surrounds The Maldives.

M/V Orion, Maldives
Season Standard Cabin Upper Deck Mini-Suite Junior Suite Executive Suite
High Season $350 per night $385 per night $420 per night $455 per night
Low Season $288 per night $316 per night $345 per night $374 per night
All rates are per person on a twin-share basis in US dollars and subject to change without prior notice.

Single Occupancy: Single passengers who prefer not to share with a same-gender passenger, may pay an 80% supplement to guarantee a single cabin.

Seven night packages onboard Orion: The seven night program boards on Monday, and disembarks the following Monday. Packages include three meals per day plus afternoon snacks; unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee; 17 dives per week in total (2-3 dives per day but no diving on the first day of the trip); tanks, weights, and Nitrox fills; dive guide services; airport transfers; bed tax and GST 6% government tax on accommodation; one BBQ night on an uninhabited island (if the weather and route conditions allow); Male city tour with local guide (upon request).

Price does not include: Dive gear; alcohol and soda; spa treatments; GST 6% government tax on extras; items of a personal nature and any other services not listed here.

High Season rates apply: August 2012, October 2012-April 2013, and May 1-10 2013.

Low Season rates apply: September 2012, May 11-31 2013.

Dry Dock: During June and July M/V Orion is in dry dock for routine maintenance.

Maldives Seasonality -- Due to their location in the Indian Ocean, the Maldives enjoy a seasonality quite different from Pacific destinations such as Fiji, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Most of the islands are just north of the Equator, and there is little topside temperature change over the course of the year. The water temperature is warmest February through March, and cooler June through September. It is the twice-annual monsoon (windy) period that has the greatest effect upon diving conditions. June and July are to be avoided as the worst of the rainy season. As a general rule, the best time for diving runs from late January through early May and again August through early November. However, these "rules" are open to plenty of exceptions.

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