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Ark Nobel - Review 2023

Experience the best of Maldives with Ark Nobel! The luxurious boat was built in 2016 and was designed to provide comfort and convenience to its guests. In its 37 meters (121 feet) by 10 meters (32.8 feet) stretch, Ark Nobel houses 11 spacious cabins that could perfectly accommodate up to 22 guests. It runs with a 650HP Mitsubishi diesel engine and has a cruising speed of 10 knots. Also, it is proud of its large and fully air-conditioned saloon that is equipped with modern entertainment facilities, shaded sun decks, panoramic views in the dining area, large dive deck with platform, library, en-suite facilities, quality service and hospitable crew members. It also offers a laundry service and daily housekeeping to ensure comfort for the guests. The boat’s safety facilities are also up to date and are in line with international standards. Surely, everyone will enjoy their trip to the great itineraries the Maldives has to offer!

Our Overall Review


Things we like:

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    Many people were happy with the crew and the professionalism they showed on the cruise.
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    Some divers commended the diving instructor on the thorough nature of his program and insightfulness.
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    Many divers said that the location of the dives were excellent as it exposed a variety of marine life.
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    The divers commemorated the chef on the feast meals he made daily.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markA few people claimed they were not happy with the noise that came from the engine room.
  • check-markSome divers said they would of preferred a more private one-one session with the instructor.

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Diving on the Ark Nobel in the Maldives

Ark Nobel was built in the year 2016 in the Republic of the Maldives, which was specifically designed to provide comfort and luxurious cruises to its guests, divers or non-divers alike.

The boat is equipped with a spacious and fully air-conditioned indoor saloon that is equipped with modern entertainment facilities such as flat-screen television, DVD player, quality stereo, computers, as well as large and comfortable sofas and chairs. There is also a mini library inside the salon, which would be a delight for every bookworm guest. The location is perfect for tête-à-tête at night or a place to relax in between dives.

For those who prefer the sun, they have two options to choose from – a shaded sun deck is located on the lower deck and an open sun deck is available on the upper deck; both of which are equipped with sun loungers, and comfortable chair and tables. The sun decks are perfect for those who prefer to have a breath of fresh and salty air or for those who want to get some tan. Whether you prefer open areas or like to stay indoors, Ark Nobel has that covered; besides, a free wireless internet connection is available anywhere!

For divers or snorkelers, the dive deck is large enough for the guests to prepare their equipment before dives. A cleaning area dedicated for their diving equipment is also available, as well as hanging area for wet suits. Large storage boxes and charging ports are also available for everyone’s comfort. Of course, freshwater showers are accessible from the dive deck.

For Ark Nobel, safety is never a worry – the boat is equipped with safety facilities that are in accordance with the international standards. There are life rafts, life vests, first aid kits, fire fighting and alarm systems on board, as well as fire extinguishers available in the saloon and in every cabin.

The Cabins

Ark Nobel houses 11 large cabins that are perfect for up to 22 guests. There are standard staterooms and ocean-view suites located on the lower and upper deck; each of the rooms is guaranteed spacious and comfortable. A flat-screen television, a mini-refrigerator, wardrobe, dressing table, air-conditioning unit, and en-suite bathroom facilities are available in every cabin.


Sumptuous meals from international cuisines are served three times a day in buffet style and will surely complete this Maldives diving experience! The dining area is strategically located to allow the guests to enjoy a panoramic view of the Maldives waters while having their meal.

An afternoon snack is served to the guests, perfect to satisfy them after any activity. Light snacks such as cookies and nuts, as well as refreshments such as soda, coffee, tea, water, and juices are available all day for free. For those who would like some alcohol, they may approach the bar for some shots.


Explore the best of Maldives waters with Ark Nobel. Guests may choose from a range of itineraries such as in Maldives Central Atolls to visit several dive sites in Rasdhoo Atoll, Maaya Thilla, and Vaavu Atoll. These places are popular for their rich marine life, and if you are lucky, enjoy the sight of reef sharks, eagle rays, and manta cleaning stations. The Southern Atolls are also recommended to visit for experiencing a marvelous channel diving.

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We were promised that free nitrox tanks for 17 dives in this 8d7n diving trip but in the end NO NITROX TANKS were provided. One of the dive master is not happy with his job and even threw temper on us.
The incident was at the time when we were about to leave for diving and 2 divers were late for just one minute. That particular dive master asked the captain to leave and not to let them board even when the 2 divers were standing there.
Not to mention that the dive master is not given care and responsibility while leading dives.
It’s our first time for Maldives LOB. We went to different countries for diving before. None of use were being treated like this before. I would say our trip was ruined because of that dive master’s attitude.
By the way, the jacuzzi is not functioning as well.
*the other crews and kitchen staffs are friendly and helpful.

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