Liveaboard Review

Azalea Cruise - Review 2022

The Azalea Cruise liveaboard takes divers and no-divers to the best diving sites the Maldives has to offer, which include North Male, South Male, Felidhe Atoll and Ari Atoll. Aboard this unique liveaboard, divers will enjoy the excellent view of the deep, clear waters, where dolphins, pelagics such as barracuda, trevally and tuna, big schools of fusilier, snapper, and sharks all gather along. Our guests can also try a variety of activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, water skiing, yoga fishing, wakeboards, sandbank trips and even a trip to a Maldivian resort. With 8days/7nights of mind-blowing fun, diving or snorkeling aboard the Azalea Cruise make for a trip you will never forget.

Our Overall Review

3.5

Things we like:

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    Many people were happy with the concrete service they had running with pick ups at the airport if you flew in the day before departure.
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    Several divers said that the night dives was the best part of the trip under the night sky.
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    The service of the crew was above average and they deserve every tip that they got.
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    Many people applauded the diving plan as it was well executed with the diving master.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markA few people claimed that the price of the trip was to high for what was offered.
  • check-markSome people were taken back by the fact that they had to pay for soft drinks and nitrox .

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Diving on the Azalea Cruise in the Maldives

The luxury 38m/124 feet Azalea goes on year-round diving tours to the best dive sites in the Maldives and accommodates a maximum of 16 guests. The boat has three main decks and a sun deck.

The Azalea yacht is tastefully decorated and has nine cabins. The nine cabins consist of 6 Superior, 2 Ocean View Jr. and 1 Ocean View-Master of which six cabins are on the lower deck, with the remaining three cabins located on the upper deck.

The boat’s crew is dedicated to ensuring that guests experience the best of the Maldivian hospitality, as the liveaboard offers all sorts of entertainment such as board games, water golf, TV, DVD player, and PlayStation games that keep them occupied all through the 8days/7nights cruise.

Boat features

All cabins in the Azalea Cruise liveaboard are fully air-conditioned, have climate control and en-suite bathrooms and are fitted with modern amenities. The Ocean View Master Suite and the Oceanview Junior suite are fitted with King/Queen size beds along with the best Egyptian linens. Cabins on the upper deck have large picture windows for incredible views.

The boat has an air-conditioned indoor saloon with an entertainment system, bar and large sofas where divers and non-diver can relax. The indoor saloon is directly connected to an outdoor lounge area on the upper deck with loungers where guests can sunbathe. Also, there is a sundeck with loungers and shade with a jacuzzi for guests to enjoy.

The meals are served by the onboard chef in the indoor dining area on the main deck. The meals are served buffet style and are a mix of local and international cuisine. Guests with special dietary requirements are also catered for by the dedicated crew members.

The Azalea Cruise comes with a modern, spacious and comfortable dhoni (diving boat) to ensure that all diving trips are tailored to divers’ specifications. The PADI certified dive team ensures that guests can enjoy the ultimate diving holiday. Nitrox is available onboard as is rental equipment if required.

The boat is equipped with necessary safety equipment such as oxygen tanks, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and life rafts.

Best time to go

While diving is suitable all year long, the best time to go diving aboard the Azalea Cruise liveaboard is between October and May when visibility is improved.

Logistics

Passengers are picked from the Ibrahim Nasir International airport in Male or from their hotels/guest houses by a member of the Azalea staff and transferred to the boat around 2 pm on the departure day. Upon the trip’s completion, guests are transported back to Male by 11 am, from where they make their way back to their hotels or the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport.

Itinerary

The Azalea liveaboard goes on an 8days/7nights trip to North Male, South Male, Felidhe Atoll and Ari Atoll. There is a total of 17 dives including a 1-night dive, depending on weather conditions. Guests are served lunch on the arrival day, briefed on safety procedures by the boat’s guide and shown their cabins before a light dinner. There are no dives on the arrival day. There are about 3-4 dives per day. There are two dives on the day before departure. There are no dives on the departure day. All diving is supervised and led by an experienced dive guide.

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