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Duke of York Liveaboard

Duke of York Liveaboard
Duke of York Liveaboard
Duke of York Liveaboard
Duke of York Liveaboard
Duke of York Liveaboard
Duke of York Liveaboard
Duke of York Liveaboard
Duke of York Liveaboard
Duke of York Liveaboard
Duke of York Liveaboard
Duke of York Liveaboard
Duke of York Liveaboard
Duke of York Liveaboard
Duke of York Liveaboard
Duke of York Liveaboard
Duke of York Liveaboard
Duke of York Liveaboard

Destination: Maldives

Central Atolls & South Atolls (7 Nights) | From $330++/night

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Duke of York Quick Pitch

The M/Y Duke of York was built and launched in the Maldives in 2010. Thanks to high design standards, combining the skills of local naval architects and engineers and quality standards, this yacht is the ideal solution for a fantastic sea adventure in the Maldives that is also a holiday dedicated to wellness and relaxation in a comfortable environment.


Why You'll Like the Duke of York

  • Full board accommodation
  • Free Nitrox
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Re-breather friendly
  • One week with 17 dives included & snorkeling with guide
  • Massage center available


Dive Overview

Maldives with their amazing coral reefs and a wide variety of marine life is one of the best dive destinations in the world. The country is ideally experienced by boat to unveil hideaway islands, local fishermen villages, colored reefs, unspoiled beaches, amazing snorkeling sites and dive sites renowned for manta rays and whale sharks and pelagic. Luxury Yacht Maldives offers you the chance to dive in a NATURAL PARADISE from which you would be otherwise precluded.

[See: Maldives Dive Travel Guide]


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Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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Duke of York Cabin Overview

The Duke of York has 11 air-conditioned and large cabins with ensuite bathrooms. They can accommodate up to 26 guests.

  • 1 double with twin beds with wide glass window overlooking the stern of the second deck
  • 1 double with convertible twin beds (on the second deck)
  • 1 double with twin beds (on the second deck)
  • 4 triples (one double bed and a single one)
  • 3 doubles with twin beds
  • 1 single cabin
  • All cabins feature independently adjustable air conditioning
  • Bathrooms with shower box.
  • There are no bunk beds.

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General Facilities

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Duke of York Boat Features

  • Spacious outdoor dining area
  • Large air-conditioned indoor saloon
  • Sundecks
  • Massage center
  • Onboard boutique offering traditional Maldivian souvenirs, gadgets and T-shirts
  • 3G Wi-Fi connection


Duke of York Dive Facilities

  • Nitrox
  • Rebreather support
  • Diving dhoni
  • Diving equipment available for hire
  • Diving courses


Food & Drinks Aboard Duke of York

  • Meals are served as buffets and menu include dishes from the International, Italian and Maldivian cuisine, mainly prepared with fresh fish.
  • The bar offers a wide choice of soft drinks and spirits. 

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Duke of York Deck Plan

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Duke of York Schedule & Rates

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Prices are in USD, per person and include 12% GST. Green Tax (USD 6 per day) is not included.

[See also: Inclusions & Exclusions]



  • Accommodation in twin shared cabin with en-suite bathroom
  • Meal Plan Full Board, 3 meals per day & afternoon snack
  • Unlimited drinking water, tea & American coffee & fresh fruit (bananas)
  • Airport transfers by Dhoni
  • Diving & night diving - NITROX INCLUDED
  • Diving Dhoni (Diving boat for divers & for all other activities)
  • 1 Free Scuba Try in the lagoon (from 8 years old) for non-divers; equipment included
  • Snorkeling assisted
  • One or two sunset fishing during the week & Trolling fishing during navigation
  • Free use of the kayak
  • Assistance for surfing cruises
  • Excursions, island hopping & to Malè City (only for trips in Central Atolls)
  • GST Tax included at 12%
  • Specialized Staff assistance & 3 Instructors/ Dive Master onboard



  • Beverages alcoholic and non-alcoholic
  • Ayurveda & Wellness treatments
  • Fees for desert & touristic islands when requested.
  • Dinner on the Beach, weather permitting (from Usd 10 to Usd 18 p.p. to be paid on board)
  • Diving & snorkeling courses
  • Rent of diving and snorkeling equipment, to be requested at booking
  • Minimum tips required (Usd 8 p.p./per day), SUGGESTED: Usd 230,00
  • Green Tax Usd 6 p.p. per day ( from 1st of November 2015), to be paid onboard for FOC as well
  • GST Tax adjustment
  • Fuel surcharge: in case the crude oil price exceeds 0.60 Usd per liter
  • Domestic flights to South & North with Island Aviation
  • All that is not specified in the inclusions



For more information on rates and availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation! 

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Dive Information & Itineraries

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CENTRAL ATOLLS (Felidhoo and Mulaku)

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  • A one week cruise with tours to five different atolls eastwards of the archipelago: North and South Male, Felidhoo, Vattaru, Mulaku. A wonderful cruise that you can decide to take in any period of the year, thanks to the many diving points that offer the best sights of grey reef sharks, white fin sharks or manta rays, according to the season. After leaving Hulule we will head southwards, crossing, therefore, South Male, Felidhoo, Vattaru and touching the northern part of Mulaku.
  • You will get the opportunity to relax on wonderful beaches and desert islands, while those who are looking for great emotions will be satisfied by the stops nearby the channels of Alimathà, Fotteyo, Rakeedhoo and Mulaku. On our way back we will visit Guraidhoo with its precious shops of local handicraft and dive the atoll of South Male.
  • It is also possible to visit Male city on the last day.


CENTRAL ATOLLS (South and Ari)

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  • A cruise that will reveal six different atolls (North & South Male, Felidhoo, Vattaru, Mulaku, South Ari), departure and return from/to Hulhule airport island. Heading South straight away, sailing within the Eastern edge channels, among which Emboodhoo Kandu, Cocoa and Guraidhoo Kandu, Devana Kandu, Fotteyo, Rakeedho Corner, Vattaru and Mulaku Kandu. From here we’ll cruise the inner portion of the atoll heading to the Southern edge of Ari Atoll, where we will attempt the famous whale shark watching at Maamigili ocean reef. We will then sail northwards through the atoll, without neglecting beaches, desert islands, sandbanks. After the must-see destinations - the most famous thilas, we head back to North Male. On second to last day, it will be possible to visit the Capital, Male.


CENTRAL ATOLLS (North Ari and Rasdhoo)

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  • A one week cruise that will begin and end at Hulule/ Male airport. Navigation will start westwards, towards the island of Rasfari, which is just perfect for an overnight staying; we will then transit through the atoll of Rasdhoo (whose main island is the chief town of North Ari). Here, you will be given the opportunity to dive in search for hammerhead sharks.
  • Navigation will then continue towards North Ari, not far away, trying to sight the devil rays (manta rays), in some of the most renowned cleaning stations of the Maldivian archipelago. Moreover, there will be many stops on desert islands and in some of the “thilas”, that attract divers from all over the world. On the second last day navigation will continue towards the atoll of South Male, where we will visit Guraidhoo - the most famous fishermen’s island of the Maldives - and dive in the wonderful passes of the region, to sight sharks and big pelagic fish.
  • It is also possible to visit Male city on the last day.



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  • In the high season, arrival at Kadeddhoo (Huvadhoo) airport with domestic flight from Male, then a week-long stay in Suvadiva, the second largest atoll in the world (by surface area). Internal crossing from the west to the east coast of about 3 hours, navigating among the various passes – which are all very close to each other – and enjoying the fascinating seascapes of intact coral and large schools of pelagic fish which abound in this area. As well as diving, snorkeling also offers an exciting experience to get in touch with nature, which will provide thrilling memories from the first to the last day of holiday.
  • Sharks (whitetips, grey reef but also zebras and tigers), barracudas and jacks will commonly accompany our dives; the barbecue on the beach will be an unforgettable experience. As well as passes, the dives will visit reefs and the various ‘thilas’ in all their majestic beauty, both during the day and in night-time dives or snorkeling. Departure from Kadeddhoo on another domestic flight to Male, before boarding the international flight.



  • Arrival at Kaddhoo airport on a domestic flight from Male. Two nights in Laamu Atoll, to visit the best dive sites in the area (Mabaidhoo, Funaidhoo..) and then cross onto Suvadiva atoll –second largest atoll on the planet- to spend the rest of the week around the breathtaking Eastern edge with its incredible channel dives, rich in fish in large quantity and stunning dimensions. Suvadiva atoll is definitely famous for the amount of pelagic fish, it is not rare to encounter sailfish and marlins (which please not only divers, but also fishing fans), green turtles, quite rare in the Northern atolls, and the beauty of the channels themselves, not only on the oceanic drop-offs, but also in the inner walls, where amazing encounters are always possible. The dive truly never ends! Being all dive destinations quite close to one another, sailing time is rather neglectable, and we have daily chances to land on desert islands, sandbanks and beaches. The beach barbecue night is very special as well, a poorly colonized atoll offers incredibly starry skies and being that South we can spot galaxies and stars from both Hemisphere skies.
  • On the last day, a visit to the island of Viligili, where the fish factory creates an amazing dive site, and early morning departure to Male from Kadeddhoo airport.
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EXTREME SOUTH (THE BEST SEVEN Male - Laamu - Huvadhoo)

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  • Departure from the Hulule/Male airport, two-weeks sailing through South Male, Felidhoo, Vattaru, Mulaku, Thaa and Laamu to the atoll of Huvadhoo (Suvadiva), which can only be reached with favorable weather conditions (mid-winter). The destinations included in this trip will satisfy all those who wish to visit remote places far from the more commercial destinations.
  • Fun will be guaranteed for both snorkelers and divers (but fishing enthusiasts too), by the beautiful and extremely diversified landscapes: channels, desert islands, sandbanks, islands inhabited by friendly and spontaneous people, trail bait fishing.. all these elements will give you unforgettable memories.
  • On the last day departure from the national airport of Kadeddhoo to Male.

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Other Information

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Boat Specifications

  • Year built: 2010
  • Hull: Wood
  • Length: 36m
  • Width: 11m
  • Engine: Daewoo 600HP
  • Generators: 2 ISUZU 50 kw cad
  • Speed: 12 knots
  • Desalinator: 3 tons / day
  • Fresh water tank capacity: 7 tons
  • Fuel capacity: 8000L
  • Maximum guests: 20 in DBL cabin (up to 24 in TPL cabins)
  • Number of Cabins: 11
  • Number of crew: 8
  • Diving Dhoni crew: 3
  • Diving guides/instructor: 3 or 4


Practical Information

  • Time Zone: UTC-4
  • Local Currency: MVR (Maldivian Rufiyaa)
  • Language: English & Italian
  • Electricity: 220 V and 100V
  • Payment Onboard: Cash & credit cards (Visa & MasterCard)

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Call us today at +1-310-915-6677 or email us info@bluewaterdivetravel.com

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Reviews (2)


The Duke of York is an amazing dive yacht! The upper deck cabins are spacious with beautiful views through their expansive windows. The entire boat is roomy with plenty of public areas to get a little alone time, even separate and apart from the cabin. The dive boat is not your traditional Zodiac/Panga, but is instead a large Dhoni that mirrors day boats in other diving destinations--it's two decks with a roof over the dive area, which is nice in the hot, Maldivian sun.

The food on board is delicious, and there is a lot of variety. The staff is friendly and eager to assist. Best part of this boat, though, is the on-board masseuse, who worked hard during the trip I recently took (although I understand she doesn't come on every trip, so if this is an important amenity for you, check before booking). Overall, this is a luxury boat at a very reasonable price. It has ruined me for less nice liveaboards!

Visited on 09/2019 - Submitted on 09/12/2019

Duke of York was beautiful! The boat had everything we needed and best of all, the entire crew treated us with such kindness. They constantly made sure we are happy and that we feel great after each dive (constantly FEEDING our bellies).

My trip consisted of 6 days of diving ~ average 3 a day. The crew gave us these amazing towels after our dives which honestly was one of the things I looked forward to after each dive. Smells like you just got out of a spa. We were never left hungry either.

All the dive guides were very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions I had. Shared so many great info and videos/photos. Everything felt very "open arms" which really felt like they were part of our group.

The room keeps were amazing, the room was never messy and trash...never seen them. The floors were constantly cleaned. The boat looked brand new every day. The kitchen staff by far worked the hardest in my opinion. While we enjoyed our option of AC or hot sun, the kitchen crew were always in the kitchen prepping our next meal and cleaning after us. The kitchen was like a sauna but that did not stop them from making delicious meals.

The dingy (not sure if I spelled it right) crew also was on top of it. Our tanks were always prepared, always helping us with our gear. Danced with us during some of the longer journeys. Honestly, I cannot say how much I appreciate the Duke of York crew for making my first liveaboard the best trip ever.

Visited on 09/2019 - Submitted on 09/13/2019


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