With a cozy atmosphere, the Moonima is a 30-meter or 98-feet vessel that traverses the wonderful Maldivian archipelago. Having undergone a full renovation in 2015, it continues to bring its guests to territories comprised mostly of atolls, where a large variety of marine life exists in an underwater paradise. Plenty of marine animals live in its coral reefs which are formed by at least 187 known species of corals. Diving from this vessel, guests can immerse themselves in waters with around 2000 different species of marine animals, with variations dependent on the atoll being explored.
Our Overall Review
Reasons to buy:
Several divers reported that the night dives was richly rewarding.
Many people were happy with the pristine condition of the cabins and the overall look of the liveaboard.
The crew on the boat are helpful and they add value to your stay on the Moonima.
The food is better than most 5-star restaurants.
Reasons NOT to buy:
- Some divers said that there were to many diving at once up to 100 people at a time.
- The boat can be crowded from time to time taking away from your privacy.
Where to book:
Where to book:
Diving on the Moonima in the Maldives
A budget type liveaboard, Moonima offers features comparable to luxury liveaboards when it comes to the top-notch services, amenities, and cruise experiences it offers.
Located on the second deck is a panoramic lounge area which also hosts a corner bar. From this spot, guests can enjoy their favorite drinks and some international brands of liquors. For enjoying the sun and tanning, two sun decks are available with plenty of sunbeds for relaxing.
The main deck serves as an entertainment hub where movies, music, books, and board games match the relaxing air-conditioned atmosphere with cozy arrangements of chairs, tables, and comfortable sofas. Guests can enjoy these amenities while socializing with the other passengers on board.
Sailing since 2003, the vessel cruises the Maldives with an average of 11 to 12 knots and has since then satisfied guests who have set their feet on Maldivian waters and the underwater kingdom within.
With eight cabins, Moonima is capable of accommodating 16 guests maximum. All cabins have individual air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and large windows to view the sceneries outside.
Five of the eight cabins are equipped with double and single beds. Guests can prefer to book the entire cabin or have it shared with another guest. Standard cabins with double beds are located both on the lower and upper decks of the vessel.
Food & Beverage
Cruises are more memorable and cherished when good food is served. The vessel’s kitchen crew, headed by its onboard chef makes sure that only the most satisfying meals and snacks are served to the guests.
The menu includes a mix of international dishes from Western, Maldivian, Indian, and Sri Lankan cuisines. The full meals are served buffet style. Snacks are served after each dive. Choices of desserts and fresh fruits typically make up the snack servings.
Guests with special dietary requirements are advised to give advanced notices prior to the booking. Typical diet restrictions include those of allergic reactions and of inclination to religious practices and beliefs.
Moonima cruises the Maldivian archipelago whole year round but the area is considered best for visiting during the months of November to May. It usually traverses the Central Atolls but there are also explorations of North and South Male as well as the equally-famous Ari and Baa Atolls.
The cruise director plots dive on wonderful spots across the Maldivian atolls ensuring different experiences for each dive. Reef walls, pinnacles, and drop-offs add to the cruise and dive experience. The North and South Male offers explorations of underwater caves and channels. The Ari and Baa Atolls allow guests to swim with whale sharks. Sightings of the white-tipped and black-tipped sharks are also part of the underwater attractions.
Land excursions are also included in the cruise, offering opportunities for beach barbeques and other beach-based activities.