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MV Orion

The MV Orion, is a 135 foot (41 metre) wooden hulled motor yacht built in 2009, operating in the Maldives year round. She offers guests stylish accommodations, tasty meals prepared by two onboard chefs served in a comfortable restaurant style setting and a large, well-equipped diving dhoni. The jacuzzi and hot tub on deck provide a resort feel to your liveaboard dive experience.

Most departures are of 7 night duration ex Male with some longer trips beginning or ending in Kadhdhoo or Huvadhoo. Several diving itineraries are offered depending on the season, weather, tide and current conditions.

Best of the Maldives : October to May (min. 50 logged dives recommended)
Diving North and South Male Atoll, Rasdhoo, North and South Ari Atoll.

Manta Madness : August to October (min. 50 logged dives recommended)
Diving North Male Atoll, Baa Atoll / Hanifaru Bay, Rasdhoo and North Ari Atoll

Deep South : February to March (min. 100 logged dives recommended)
Touring the Huvadhoo area

South Central : January to April (min. 100 logged dives recommended)
Touring the Male, Vaavu, Meemu, Thaa and Laamu areas

MV Orion Facts

No. of Guests



12 guest cabins with stylish ensuite bathrooms, each finished with the ambience of a Maldivian resort. The Suites have the added luxury of bathtubs. Lower deck (port holes): 1 x Junior Suite (king bed + single bed), 3 x double cabins, 4 x twin/double cabins (2 single beds or queen bed). Upper deck (windows): 3 x twin/double cabins, Executive Suite with private deck area and open air jacuzzi
All cabins have TV/DVD player, wardrobe, dressing table and mirror, reading lights, luggage storage space.

Air Conditioning



Hotel style reception area, buffet and dining area with bar, library and entertainment system – plasma  TV, DVD, music system and internet access (variable)


Buffets with breakfast cooked to order, lunch and dinner with soup, salad, fruits and a choice of main courses. Local and international flavours. Snacks available in between meals. Catered special dishes can also be arranged on request.


Unlimited drinking water, tea and coffee. Soft drinks and alcohol are at additional cost. A complimentary glass of wine is served with dinner


24-hour, 220v electricity supply with 3-pin UK style sockets

Photographic facilities

Camera table and camera wash bins on the dhoni. Plenty of charging stations on board.


The Main Deck houses the reception counter, bar, diving area, wheelhouse and 2 toilets. The Upper Deck has a poolside bar, large jacuzzi, spa/massage room and toilet. Numerous sun loungers are available on the Sun Deck.


Wifi (charges applicable) is available on board – strength and availability will vary. ICOM and VHF radios, radar, satellite and mobile phones.

Dives per day

17 dives per week in total (average. 2-3 dives per day, no diving on the first day of the trip)

Dive guide

4 dive guides


Available from Discover Scuba to specialty courses up to Master Scuba Diver.

Technical divers

Nitrox is included. DIN adaptors. Rebreather friendly.

Support vessel

A fully equipped 65 foot diving dhoni complete with 2 x Bauer compressors, 44 tanks and oxygen kit plus 1 dinghy.


12 boat crew and 3 dhoni crew

Gear Hire

Available. Surface marker buoy and dive computer required on every dive.

Other activities

1 BBQ night on an uninhabited island if weather and route conditions allow.
Male city tour with local guide (upon request)
Spa treatments (additional cost)

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