Liveaboard Review

The luxury Scubaspa Ying is the ideal choice for divers, non-divers, and snorkelers as the liveaboard guarantees a memorable trip. The liveaboard which measures a stunning 50m (164 feet) in length and 11m (36 feet) wide with four large impressive decks and is designed to accommodate as much as 40 guests in luxurious cabins and suites. With ten cabins and nine suites, tastefully decorated and all with sea view or opening port lights, guests can choose from a queen, king or twin bed combinations.
With years of liveaboard experience in pleasing scuba divers and spa visitors alike, Scubaspa Ying guarantees a fun-filled trip for divers and non-divers.

Our Overall Review


Things we like:

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    Many people were happy with the chatty nature of the crew and the professional way they conducted themselves.
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    Many divers said that the highlight for them was seeing the nurse sharks, manta rays and array of colorful fish.
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    Several divers commended the knowledge shown by the instructors and director on marine life and the various locations we went to dive.
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    Many divers noted that is an experience that they would repeat.
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    Some people said the night dives took them on a whole other sensational journey but was eased by the instructors and their guidance.
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    The food was delicious and after each activity the chef had snacks prepared that was tasteful after a nice adventure.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markSome people noted that lower deck occupants was exposed to noise from the engine room and generator.
  • check-markSome people were taken back with the number of people on board, the liveaboard was only half full.

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Diving on the Scubaspa Ying in the Maldives

A unique liveaboard which expertly combines luxury diving and spa treatments, the 50 meters/ 164 feet Scubaspa Ying is the nadir of luxury liveaboards. The Scubaspa Ying is a sister ship to the Scubaspa Yang and has 29 staff members on board which includes a team of 24-hour spa therapists. This unique liveaboard has an assortment of suites and cabins suited to meet and even exceed the expectations of potential guests as the cabins are beautiful, large, and stylish. The finest foods and wines are provided by the liveaboard’s restaurant.

Diving cruises to the central atolls in the Maldives are scheduled by the Scubaspa Ying at intervals all year-round. The Scubaspa Ying can take as much as 26 divers, with each diver getting personalized attention from members of the diving crew during dive excursions. Scuba divers will enjoy spectacular diving on the best atolls in the Maldives. The Scubaspa Ying also comes with a fully-equipped dive boat which serves as a floating dive center.

The Scubaspa Ying is also a perfect fit for couples or partners in need of some getaway, holiday or fun whether they are divers or not. Your travel partner can spend the day in one of the many spa facilities, spend time in one of the daily snorkeling sessions or go to a yoga class while you enjoy the green water of the Maldives. You both could meet later in a day and have a romantic, sunset dinner.

If you dream of getting married on a boat, the Scubaspa Ying can make this dream a reality as the team of workers could make adequate preparations for you in little or no time. All you need to do is invite your guests. Honeymoon on the Scubaspa Ying is like heaven on earth as the beautiful surroundings, special spa packages, exquisite food, and drinks would make you fall in love again and again.

While this luxury liveaboard is a wonderful choice for divers, it is also a perfect fit for non-divers as they can choose a Spa Package of their choice from 8 different spa treatments. There are a variety of activities while onboard the boat. All package includes snorkeling the blue waters of Maldives, morning yoga, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, and BBQ on a sandy island. If you desire a liveaboard holiday whether you are a spa lover or scuba diver or both, the Scubaspa Ying is the standout choice.

Certified divers are advised to bring their dive computer, dive torch and reef hook, and their diving license and logbook before coming aboard the Scubaspa Ying.

Other features

• Scuba package which comprises 15-17 dives
• Eight spa sessions in the spa package
• Six dives per scuba session and four spa session for each package respectively
• Invigorating couple massage
• Sea salt scrub for revitalization
• Moisturizing and conditioning body wrap
• Romantic candlelit flower bath
• Bed decoration

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We had our first stay aboard the ScubaSpa Yang in January, 2021. The entire experience was amazing! When you book your trip, you are assigned a customer service agent. Our agent, Iza, was truly a God-send. We booked our trip just before everything closed down due to COVID-19 and traveled as the pandemic continued. Iza answered every question we sent (there were A LOT) and did so inside of 24-hours. Her responses were always informative and reassuring. ScubaSpa even arranged for us to take a PCR test on the boat so that we could transition to a resort after our week on ScubaSpa.
Our transfer from the airport to the ship was easy and smooth. We were picked up early by the ScubaSpa staff member and transported to the ship via the dive boat we would use the rest of the trip. Our bags were delivered to our room while we enjoyed a tasty welcome drink. We were given a tour of the ship and appreciated the cleanliness as well as the number of places where we could relax and catch some sun on the boat. There are several sun decks as well as covered areas so you can get as much or as little sun as wanted between dives (or spa treatments).
The crew were fantastic. All were kind, friendly, and conscientious. Our dive guide, Shappe, was knowledgeable and observant. The food was absolutely delicious. Normally, all meals are served buffet-style, but there were only 5 divers on our boat, so lunch and dinner were 4-course (appetizer, soup, main, dessert) meals. Every plate was outstanding. In fact, after our week on ScubaSpa, we transferred to a 5-star resort, where we were underwhelmed by our meals because the ScubaSpa experience was so outstanding.
The diving was a lot of fun! White tip, Black tip, and Silver tip sharks gallor, turtles, manta rays, stingrays and whale sharks! For those who love finding the itty-bitty creatures, there is plenty for you to discover as well! The dive boat is really well organized with secure bins for your gear, hangers for your accessories, and a warm spray after each dive. Although the culinary team keeps you full, there are snacks and dry towels after each dive. The breeze on the main boat is strong enough that you can hang your swim suit between dives and it is dry before you have to put it on again.
This was supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. By day two, we were already plotting how to come back to the Maldives and dive with ScubaSpa. If you’re considering a dive trip with ScubaSpa, do it! There’s a reason that they have such a high rating — they are the best in the business!!

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