Whale Sharks and Manta Rays – Maldives Liveaboard on the Fun Azul
Who does not dream about going to the Maldives at least once in their life? We know that we all have. Thinking of the Maldives makes you picture yourself relaxing on an island but if you are more of an adventurer then scuba diving from one of the most luxurious Maldives liveaboard boats will be excellent for you. The MV Fun Azul takes you on an exquisite journey where you can dive across various sites around the Maldives. The boat has an exceptional rating of 10 out of 10 and is one of the best liveaboards you can find out there.
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The boat has an overall ranking of 10 out of 10 stars which is outstanding compared to other available vessels.
A wide selection of deluxe single cabins, deluxe twin cabins, deluxe double cabins, master cabins and suite cabins can be booked. All of them are air-conditioned and have a flat-screen TV as well as a DVD player. Perfect for a relaxing movie night after a long day of diving. The bathrooms are equipped with warm water showers for a steamy and relaxing experience.
A well-known chef from Sri Linka will prepare all your meals which is quite unique among the liveaboards we know about. You can choose from a wide array of cuisines on the Fun Azul, ranging from Western to local Indonesian as well as snacks throughout the day. If you want you can always grab a beer or choose from a nice selection of wines.
Additionally, you will need to buy soft drinks, bottled water and alcoholic beverages separately. You can have a candlelight dinner with your loved ones on a private island which costs only $5-$20 per person. Depending on the weather, you can also get to eat BBQ on a remote beach. Be sure to make specific dietary requests based on religious or medical reasons when you book the Fun Azul.
Boat Features and Services
The leisure deck and the shaded diving deck are perfect to relax between dives. There are facilities for audio & video entertainment if you need something to pass the time. An amazing sundeck offers the chance to bath in the sun when you feel like it but if you don´t you can just chill in the beautiful indoor salon. The salon is air-conditioned if you need a break from the warmth and the sun. The environment is non-diver (snorkeler) friendly in case you do not dive and are just there to enjoy the experience. The paid internet is just 20 USD per person each week.
Scuba Diving On The Fun Azul
Fun Azul was custom built just for scuba diving. That alone says enough about the friendliness of the environment. Nitrox tanks are available for free. All other scuba gear can be rented if you are a first-timer or you simply don´t own any gear. The best way is to rent your gear online before you leave so everything will be ready when you start your journey. Make sure to bring your dive computer to track all of the many dives you do during your journey.
The best place for snorkeling is Hanifaru Bay where you will need to pay an additional 15 USD entry fee. You will definitely meet a wide range of species during you journey such as manta rays, whale sharks and various species of fish and coral.
The crew speaks English so you don´t have to worry about any communication problems onboard. All diving instructors are well trained and will ensure your safety throughout the whole trip.
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The safety features on the boat include radio VHF/DSC/SSB, radar, GPS and Depthsounder for location emergencies. There are fire precautionary measures such as fire extinguishers and fire alarms and of course life vests, oxygen and first aid kits are also available onboard.
The Fun Azul was built in 2009 and was renewed in 2013. It has a length of 35.62m whereas the beams are 10.2m long. The average cruising speed is 12 knots and the engines have 450HP. The maximum number of guests that can be accommodated are 20. The total number of cabins is 10 with 11 bathrooms. There are drawings of the vessel layout available here.
Blue Melody Experiences
My first Liveaboard was an amazing experience. The highlights of the trip were definitely the diving and experiencing the clear warm waters of the Red Sea was quite an experience. We swam with dolphins and got some great footage as well as of turtles and such pretty colors from numerous fish.
Whirlpool on the Fun Azul
Booking And Payment
You can book your dive experience on the Fun Azul easily online. You will receive a 100% best price guarantee. More or less all major payment methods are accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, PayPal.