The MV Sea Queen, refitted in 2008, is 26 m in length and offers comfortable accommodation during your Maldives Liveaboard Cruise. Together with the high standard of service that people have come to expect of Maldives Scuba Tours Ltd. There are six air-conditioned cabins; all cabins have a lower, full-size double bed and a single berth above. Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water shower and a domestic, flushing WC. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available throughout the day and night.
Sea Queen offers Nitrox and can support Nitrox and rebreather diving. There are three/four ocean dives planned each day from the 14m dive support boat, which carries the two main K14 compressors, and night dives will also be made. Dives are co-ordinated by our fully qualified Dive Instructors and all are preceded by a thorough dive briefing - the guides are there to ensure you enjoy every aspect of your Maldives Liveabaord dive. MV Sea Queen offers a schedule of Maldives Dive Safaris throughout the season, which can be booked by both individuals and groups and combined with island holidays.
The Cruise Directors and Crew:
The Sea Queen is managed by two highly professional Cruise Directors, David and Lisa Allison, who are fully qualified Dive Instructors and have many years of Maldives liveaboard experience behind them. They guide and coordinate the dive planning and ensure that the standards of your holiday are maintained in every way. With two Dive Instructors for just 12 guests, you can be sure of individual attention according to your experience and needs.
David and Lisa are supported by a superb crew led by Captain Hassan. A good crew and experienced dive team are essential for the successful operation of a liveaboard. With many years experience in the Maldives, our team is able to consistently deliver a high standard of service safety and care.
The Saloon and Decks:
On the main deck there is a large saloon which has four separate seating and table areas for comfortable relaxation. The saloon is equipped with a 38" LCD flat screen TV with multi-system home theatre surround sound. For underwater video and photography enthusiasts there are plenty of recharging points and edit playback facilities. We have a DVD library for guests use including a good selection of documentaries. There is a library of marine identification books and a swap library for some light reading!
The MV Sea Queen is fully licensed to sell beer, wine and spirits and all are available through the on-board bar which is in the saloon. Soft drinks, tea and coffee are available at all times during the day and are complementary.
The joy of the Sea Queen is the wonderful open foredeck table. In good weather we are able to enjoy lunch and dinner outside with wonderful views of the archipelago. It is a very sociable experience enjoyed by all.
Our boats are well-known for the excellent quality of food served on board. There is a good variety of both local and European dishes. If guests are vegetarian or have special dietary needs, we will, of course, do our best to cater for them. Breakfast and lunch are normally served buffet style and dinner is generally served seated around the large table on the foredeck.
From the aft deck, steps lead up to the large, partially shaded sun deck above the main saloon where there are comfortable adjustable sun loungers and bed mats. This is a wonderful place to enjoy a sundowner and discuss the day’s diving. On the aft deck there is a large swim platform with ladder giving easy access to the water. There are fresh water showers and camera wash tanks.
Electricity and Water:
There is a 24 hour supply of 220 volt AC electricity on board and an emergency 12 volt DC lighting circuit. Power is supplied by two soundproofed generators. 110V convertors are available. MV Sea Queen is equipped with a water maker with a capacity for producing three tonnes of water per day. There is plenty of hot and cold water for use throughout the day and night and each cabin has a hot water shower.
Safety and Communications:
MV Sea Queen and the dive support vessel carry the locally used CB radio and marine VHF as well as mobile phones. Sea Queen is in constant contact with the offices in Male and the UK. Both Sea Queen and the dive support boat carry lifejackets for all passengers and are equipped with GPS and echo sounders. The Maldivian Government has a strict policy of safety inspection and all our vessels comply fully with their requirements. All our staff are very experienced and fully trained in liveaboard procedures. Sea Queen and her Dive Tender carry emergency oxygen sets and an emergency first aid kit. We insist on divers carrying a safety sausage or a dive flag which we provide and demonstrate during the "check-out" dive. We put a great emphasis on safety and staff training aboard all our vessels. This extends through to our programme of boat maintenance and you will see a consistent schedule of boat maintenance periods throughout our season so that we can ensure these high standards are met. Other Activities and Entertainment during your trip
There's plenty to do on a liveaboard dive trip apart from just diving ! We arrange visits to the local islands for souvenir shopping, where visitors are always made welcome. Sea Queen has a 17ft tender and when possible, we take guests to uninhabited islands and we arrange barbeques and visits to resort islands. In addition fishing gear is available and there are lots of opportunities to snorkel and swim in the beautiful turquoise lagoons. At the end of the trip, there is usually the chance to visit the capital island of Male to see the busy local bazaars and fish market.
Sea Queen underwent a complete refit in 2008 and offers a high standard of comfortable accommodation for twelve guests in six cabins, each with lower double berths and single upper berths. Each cabin has a porthole and all are air conditioned by a centrally controlled system as well as having a large wall mounted cabin fan. All cabins have hanging wardrobe and under-bed storage space, en-suite bathrooms, with hot water shower, domestic flushing WC and washhandbasin. The guest cabins are totally separate from the working sections of the boat and are cleaned each day while guests are diving. Check out our boat plan to see the boat layout.
Dive Support Vessel - "Luna":
To dive safely and to reach the best dive points in and around the narrow channels and shallow reefs, you need a special type of boat adapted to these local conditions. Our Dive Support vessel, "Luna" is 14m (45ft) long and comfortably seats 12 divers each with their own storage bin. Equipment is assembled and remains in place on the dive boat making this really easy comfortable diving. Cylinders are filled by the two onboard K14 compressors and nitrox is available on request.