Stingray in the Maldives

Special full boat charter rate for 18 persons on these trip 21-28Oct17 only $2,874 per night ($20,118 for a 7 night trip for 18 person, equivalent to $1,118 per person)

Stingray is a solid wooden boat and combines traditional Maldivian boat-building with modern engineering. 9 comfortable cabins (4 with double and 5 with twin beds) are all equipped with air conditioning and en-suite hot-water showers. All cabins offer external portholes.

Nine comfortable, air-conditioned double cabins, each with external portholes are located on the lower deck. All cabins have a private en-suite shower (hot water) and toilet. Four double and five twin bed cabins are available.
As you come down the stairs the first and facing cabin are double rooms. The next two rooms are also double rooms but with the option of accommodating a child, as an elevated bed is provided. The other 5 rooms are all twin rooms. Crew quarters are also located o this deck but are separated from the guest area.

On the Main deck, the alleyways on this deck are quite wide. The saloon, bar and kitchen are located on this deck. From the saloon a stairway leads to the rooms on the first deck. A stairway to the water is provided at the stern for your occasional swim or getting back to the boat from the water.

The third deck or in other words the bridge deck is the upper most deck. A large shaded open space is provided at the after end of this deck and is commonly used for relaxing by the guests. The dive guide's room is located after the wheel house on this deck.

Stingray - prices

Prices are per person and in USD based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.

Cabin type 2017 2018
Cabin name from US$ 1,786 from US$ 1,660

The rates include:
Airport “meet-and-greet”, transfers to and from the airport before noon on arrival and departure days only
Accommodation in air-conditioned cabins, en-suite bathroom (hot water) and towels
Full board meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner served as a buffet
Desalinated water, tea and coffee available 24h
17 dives per week (1 night dive); note: dive restriction applies for flying time
Diving equipment: 12 lit Aluminum DIN/INT, lead belts, escorting diving, boat, instructor and experienced, local dive guide (Padi)
Other additions include: - Sightseeing and shopping in the capital city of Male’ on the last evening - Use of fishing gear— local-style including hook, fishing line, weight and baits - 1 island visit + 1 beach dinner depending on availability and weather conditions
Prices are in United States Dollars calculated per person and night in twin/ Dble share accommodation. Non diver discounts apply
Please contact us for Single occupancy and charter rates
For down south additional surcharges & domestic air transfer costs will apply

Price Package Does Not Includes
Green tax $6 per person per night
Alcohol, soft drinks, juices
With effect from 1st January 2012, GMR is going to implement Airport Development Charge of USD 25 per person from all departing passengers above 2 years of age (if you leave Maldives by sea port this charge will not apply ).
International or domestic flights
Early boarding Fee US$60 per person per night + 12% GST
Additional Dives US$35 per dive per person + 12% GST
Equipment Rental and Nitrox (on availability only)- Price per Equipment Rental Cost – An advance reservation is required for this.
Diving or travel insurance
Crew tips

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

Diving Equipment Rentals (Euro) Per week
Full Set (regulator, octopus, BCD, wetsuit, mask, fins, dive computer) $ 290
Regulator with octopus $ 12
Computer $ 10
BCD $ 12
Wetsuit (shorty 3mm) $ 5
Mask, fins, snorkel $
Torch $ 6

Stingray - schedule

07Oct17
14Oct17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
18 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1428 USD
14Oct17
21Oct17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
18 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1428 USD
21Oct17
28Oct17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
18 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1428 USD
28Oct17
04Nov17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
17 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1428 USD
04Nov17
11Nov17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
8 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1428 USD
11Nov17
18Nov17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
13 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1428 USD
18Nov17
25Nov17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
13 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1428 USD
25Nov17
02Dec17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
18 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1428 USD
02Dec17
09Dec17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1428 USD
09Dec17
16Dec17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
18 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1428 USD
16Dec17
23Dec17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
18 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1428 USD
30Dec17
06Jan18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
6 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1466 USD
06Jan18
13Jan18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1485 USD
13Jan18
20Jan18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
18 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1428 USD
20Jan18
27Jan18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1428 USD
27Jan18
03Feb18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
18 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1428 USD
03Feb18
10Feb18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
16 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1428 USD
10Feb18
17Feb18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
18 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1561 USD
17Feb18
24Feb18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
18 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1561 USD
24Feb18
03Mar18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
11 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1561 USD
03Mar18
10Mar18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives Xtra
11 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1561 USD
10Mar18
20Mar18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
18 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1561 USD
20Mar18
30Mar18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Southern Atolls; Male to Down South
18 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2230 USD
31Mar18
07Apr18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Southern Atolls; Down South to Male
18 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2230 USD
07Apr18
14Apr18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
18 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1561 USD
14Apr18
21Apr18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
18 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1561 USD
21Apr18
28Apr18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
18 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1561 USD
21Apr18
28Apr18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Best of Maldives
18 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1561 USD

Stingray - cabins

    The first deck is where all 9 cabins are located. These 9 comfortable cabins (4 with double and 5 with twin beds - approx 25 sqm each) are all equipped with air conditioning and en-suite hot-water showers.
    All cabins offer external portholes.
    As you come down the stairs the first and facing cabin are double rooms.
    The next two rooms are also double rooms but with the option of accommodating a child, as an elevated bed is provided.
    The other 5 rooms are all twin rooms.
    Crew quarters are also located o this deck but are separated from the guest area.

  • Double cabin

  • Twin cabin

Stingray - itinerary

For your flight times for this trip ideally you should aim to arrive after 10 am 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. Guests taking the 11:00am transfer from the airport to the boat have to accept that the boat may not be fully cleaned or ready for boarding until 13:00pm. A light sandwich style snack will be provided for lunch. There are no changes to departure transfers.
If you would like to arrive the day before it is possible to stay on the airport atoll (HulhuMale – NOT Male), there are a mixture of hotels and guest houses to choose from so please check booking.com and search for Hulhumale. Your hotel / guest house will then deliver you back to the airport the following day (the day of departure) where you will be met by the boats representatives at airport arrivals and taken directly to the ship which is anchored offshore near the airport, you will journey over on the dhoni (the boats 15m dive boat) to join the main ship. Please check with your hotel to see if there is any charge for this transfer as some offer it for free and some charge for this service. This is the only meeting point for the boat pick up, it is not possible to pick guests up at their respective hotels if you arrive early due to the distances involved between atolls and the time involved.

The checkout time is at 10 am on the last day of the cruise.
Guests will be in the airport by 10:30 am accordingly.

1 week itinerary: Best of Maldives.
Atolls visited: North Male, South Male, Felidhu, South Ari & North Ari Atoll

1 week itinerary: Best of Maldives Xtra
Atolls visited: North Male, South Male, Meemu, Thaa, Felidhoo

1 week itinerary: Hanifaru Cruise
Atolls visited: North Male and Baa Atoll

1 week itinerary: North Fiesta
Atolls visited: North Male Baa, Raa, Noonu, Lhaviyani Atoll

2 week itinerary: 7 Atolls.
Atolls visited: South Male Atoll, Vaavu, Meemu Atoll and South Ari Atoll, North Ari and North Male

2 week itinerary: Down South
Atolls visited: South Male, Vaavu, Meemu, Thaa, Laamu, Gaafu Alif, Foamulah, Gaafu Alif, South Ari, North Ari

9 night itinerary: 9 Atolls 10 Days special
Atolls visited: North Male, South Male, South Ari, Vaavu, North Ari, Baa, Raa, Noonu, Lhaviyani

10 night itinerary: Best of Southern Atolls; Male to Down South
Atolls visited: North Male, South Male, Vaavu, North Ari, Meemu, Thaa, Laamu, Gaafu Alif. Foamulah, Addu Atoll

10 night itinerary: Best of Southern Atolls; Down South to Male
Atolls visited: Addu Atoll, Foamulah, Gaafu Alif, Laamu, Thaa, Meemu, Vaavu, South Male

2 week itinerary: Up North
Atolls visited: North Male, South Male, Felidhu, South Ari, North Ari, Baa, Raa, Noonu, Lhaviyani.

Stingray - specs

Year Built : 2001
Length overall : 31m
Beam : 09m
Draft : 02m
Main Engine : 278 HP Yanmar diesel – Japan.
Cruising Speed : 10 knots (max 12 knots)
Power Supply : 24hrs 220volt / 50Hz A/C 2 ONAN sound proof generators (Combined 40 KW)
Water Supply : Aqua Tec Desalination Plant 125ltrs /hr, storage tank 4000 liters. Hot water system available.
Nav. Aids : Radio set. VHF, GPS and Magnetic Compass
Safety : Oxygen, Fire extinguishers, Life Jackets.
Decks : 75sq M sun deck, deck chairs and mats are available free. Quarter deck partly roofed over with seats, stairs and platform with ladder for easy access into the water and sweet water shower facilities
Salon : 75 sq M with TV/VCR/DVD and Hi -Fi System
Cabins : 9 comfortable, air-conditioned double cabins (approx 25 sq M) each with port holes. All cabins have bathrooms with shower and toilet
Kitchens : Full board 3 meals, a balanced mixture of local and European cuisine. Coffee and tea 24 hrs available free. After diving, fresh coconut or biscuits are served Bar : Our bar facility in the Salon offers a choice of fresh fruit juice soft drinks , cocktails, liquors, wine and draft beer
Crew : 7+ a Dive guide (PADI certified, English speaking)

Stingray - diving

## 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).

Stingray - faqs