Liveaboard Review

Emperor Leo is a luxury yacht in the Maldives. It has a selection of cabins, each equipped with en-suite bathrooms as well as individually controlled AC units and fans. There are 8 cabins in the lower deck with either twin or double beds, 3 cabins in the upper deck, and one executive suite. Emperor Leo offers a large, lavish dining room equipped with a bar and television for meals and relaxation. On the deck, guests can unwind in the jacuzzi, relax on the deck chairs or enjoy drinks at the main bar. The great advantage of Emperor Leo is that all the diving takes place from a large tender dhoni, giving much greater space on the liveaboard.

Our Overall Review


Things we like:

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    Many people noted that the night dives attracted big mantas that were drawn to the light of the boat.
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    Some people said the crew were welcoming and always ready to help with any task or question.
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    Divers said each location had something different to offer and the diving master knew where to go for the best experience.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markSome people said the price of the liveaboard was to expensive.
  • check-markMany people noted that 17 dives in one week was exhausting and they did not have any time to unwind.

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Diving on the Emperor Leo in the Maldives

The beautiful liveaboard Emperor Leo was built in 2008 and is 35m (114.8 feet) long and 9.5m (31 feet) wide. Set to explore the grand underwater world of the Maldivian islands, it provides plenty of activities like guided dives, rebreather diving, and wreck diving. Its itineraries were arranged so dive sites can be visited at the perfect time of year.

In February and March, Emperor Leo moves to the Southern Atolls for magnificent channel diving, and the rest of the year is located around the Central Atolls for the ‘Best of the Maldives’. Divers have the chance of getting up close with manta rays, sharks, turtles, and whale sharks.

Emperor Leo Interior and Features

The love for details the owner instilled in this vessel hasn’t stopped with the design and itineraries, but also extends to the smallest details in the selection of dive spots, services, and food menu on aboard. Emperor Leo is outfitted with AC units, where each cabin has its own climate control. The liveaboard has 3 types of cabins: a twin and double cabin combinations on the lower and upper deck, and one executive suite also located on the upper deck. Cabins have private bathrooms and hairdryers. Bath towels, as well as sun deck & dive towels are provided for each guest. Emperor Leo can accommodate 24 guests in its 12 cabins. The ambiance and intimacy of the vessel are complete through its stylish, contrasting wood decor.

There is also a modern spacious saloon with a bar. It has cozy couches where guests can relax and prepare themselves for the next dive adventure. In between, guests can also unwind in the jacuzzi on the upper deck or on the sun deck, ideal for enjoying some breathtaking sunsets.

Emperor Leo Dive Deck

The great advantage of Emperor Leo is that all the diving takes place from a large tender dhoni, which provides much greater space on the liveaboard. It has enough space for all divers on board to prepare for diving or maintain their equipment. There are many boxes to store the gear and certified divers can fill their nitrox on board as well.

While each guest is provided with superior service, the experienced crew make sure guests have a hassle-free scuba diving.

Emperor Leo Cuisine

Part of the overall experience is also the great food. The meals on Emperor Leoare designed specifically by divers, as they know the right food will provide a great energy boost for subsequent dives. The varied menus created for fueling the action-packed dives cover Western food with vegetarian options served in a buffet. Beer, wine, spirits, and cocktails are always available at an extra charge on board. Guests can also ask for special dietary requests, though they have to be requested when booking the overall trip.

Safety on Board

Emperor Leo has all the necessary equipment to ensure guests are safe during the safari. For cases of emergency, the liveaboard is equipped with first aid kits, live vests, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, etc.

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