20% off 7 nights trips for 23-30Jun18, 30Jun-7Jul18 and 9-16Aug18 and 23-30Sep18 now $3,160 down from $3,950 also 20% off 10 night trips 10-20Jun18, 18-28Jul18, 20-30Aug18, 31Aug-10Sep18 and 1-11Oct18 now $4,328 down from $5,410. Specials are only valid if booked before April 30th 2018 and confirmed by May 15th 2018
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Iruvai was built in Guraidhoo shipyard in the Maldives in 2008 by Maldivian craftsmanship.
The hull is made up of hard wood grown in the Maldives that are salt water resistant and coated with fiberglass protection layer for smooth cruising and maximum safety. The interior is decorated with art pieces made up of hibiscus wood and Ironwood that are wildly grown in the Maldives.
Iruvai caters to 16 divers in 8 well appointed cabins including 1 Master double with bathtub on the lower deck, 3 double bed only cabins on the upper deck, 2 twin bed cabins on the lower deck and 2 twin or double (1 single bed and one double bed) cabins on the lower deck. All cabins are located on the lower deck and have centralised marine air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms with shower and wash basin and a luggage and storage area.
On the main deck is the restaurant and lounge area serving buffet style continental cuisine and deserts and tea and coffee facilities and a bar.
Iruvai is available for full charters and on occassion individual bookings for fantastic Maldives liveaboards
Prices are per person and in USD based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.
Single cabin, non sharing cabin +50 %
The price Includes:
Accommodation in spacious suites with ensuite bathrooms and hot & cold showers
Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Fresh snacks mid morning and min-afternoon.
Drinking water one 1 bottle (1.5litre) per person per day.
Return airport transfer.
Up to 17dives per week (for certified divers).
Local fishing experience (hand line fishing).
The price does not include:
*From Nov 2015 Green Tax of USD 6 per person per night
Alcoholic drinks, extra bottled water and soft drinks.
Extra packages for special occasions (birthday, anniversary, Christmas and New Years Eve celebration etc.)
Goods and Service Tax of 8 percent. This may be increased up to 12% from January 2014 by the Maldivian Government. It has not been finalised yet)
Island entry fees if required to enter local and picnic islands.
Terms and conditions:
30% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
70 % is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Balance due 90 days before your trip departure date - non-refundable.
Individual booking made less than 90 days before the departured ate are payable in full at the time of booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
90 days before departure - non-refundable
Master Suite Total area 16.72 square meters - located on the lower deck with a spacious bedroom with king size bed, dressing area with spacious storage and luxury bathroom with water feature, double wash basins, large bathtub and separate shower.
Cabins 2 and 3, Total area 10.22 square meter, are located on the lower deck with a spacious bedroom with twin beds, ensuite bathroom with water feature and separate shower
Cabins 4 and 5, Total area 10.22 square meter, are located on the lower deck with a spacious bedroom with 1 Queen size bed and 1 single bed and ensuite bathroom with water feature and separate shower
Cabins 6,7 and 8, Total area 9.27 square meter, are located on the upper deck with a spacious bedroom with Queen size bed and ensuite bathroom with water feature and separate shower
C North Male’ and Baa Atoll - US$ 200 per day (not included in charter price)
D Gaafu Dhaalu and Fuvamulah Atoll (South) - US$ 250 per day (not included in charter price)
Specific routes can be arranged upon request
For your flight arrival times ideally you should aim to arrive around midday on the day of departure as due to a same day turn around of the boat the guests from the trip before will be departing in the morning. The rest of the morning the boat will be being cleaned and prepared for your arrival around lunchtime. You can arrive on the day of departure as late as 10pm as the boat will not leave the Male area on the first day. Whatever time you arrive on the day of departure you will be met off your flight at the arrivals area by our boat representatives and taken to the boat, about 10 minutes from the airport.
If you would like to arrive the day before it is possible to stay in the airport hotel - //www.hih.com.mv/ which is on the same island as the airport (Hulhule island) or stay on Male for the night where we recommend the Holiday Inn - //www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/male/mleam/hoteldetail or the Marble Inn - //www.marble.mv/ . Your hotel will then deliver you back to the airport the following day (the day of departure) where you will be met by the boats representatives and taken directly to the ship
Hull & Exterior - 100ft wooden hull with an inner core of hard wood and fiberglass protection coat
Length - 29.5 meters
Beam- 8.5 meters
Draft - 2.5 meters
Engine - Yanma Diesel Engine 500HP
Air-Conditioning - To all interior areas with individual controllers
Cruising Speed - 12 knots
Safety Equipment - Fire extinguishers, life jackets and life buoy is available across the boat
No. of Passengers - 16
Accommodation - 8 Guest Rooms
No. of Crew - 12
No. of Tenders - 1 Dive Dhoni (53ft) and 1 Fibreglass Dinghy
Leisure Activities (activities free of charge)
Snorkeling in North and South reefs of Male’
Board games, DVD, CD library
BBQ on a picnic island
Visit to local and uninhabited islands
PADI Dive Courses
Sun deck with sun loungers
Indoor/outdoor dining and lounge area
On the final evening Iruvai will return to port to provision and refuel for the following charter.
Check out and departure
Checkout time is between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. on the final day (Normally Monday). The crew will transport you to the Airport to check bags into storage. After which you will take a ferry to Male for a city tour. If you are travelling later in the day you may consider a day room pass at a local hotel such as the Hulhule Island Hotel which is the closest to the airport. Normal day passes are for 12 hours and include use of the swimming pool, shower, towels, luggage storage etc., depending on which hotel you choose.
Some useful translations of commonly used Maldivian terminology…
Atoll: A group of islands surrounded by a common reef formation
therevari: Sheltered area inside an Atoll
Falhu: Lagoon encircled by a reef sometimes with one or more islands inside
Faru: Large reef partially exposed at low tide
Finolhu: Island with few or no coconut trees
Futtaru: Reef where waves break
Giri: Small patch of coral a couple of meters below the surface
Kandhu: Sea inside Atoll Kandu
Kandu Olhi: Channel
Maa Kandu: Sea outside Atoll
Thila: Coral reef a few meters below the surface
Ari Atoll - Some of the popular dive sites
Type of dive: Reef dive Description: One of the best dive sites for soft coral and fish life.
The marine life here is so abundant, that the divers have named it ‘fish soup’. The thila is in a circular shape and can be covered in a single dive at different depths, if the current is not very strong.
Type of dive: Reef dive / Night dive Description: The thila is about 80mters in diameter.
The whole thila can be done at different depths in a single dive. There are manycaves and overhangs around the thila. The large rocks on the north eastern side have large black coral trees growing on them. The site is famous for the sharks and a great barracuda which reside here. The site can be dived at any time of the day, each with different activity going on the reef. The best chance to get close to these creatures is at night time, when they are hunting. You will see sharks, barracudas, rays and eels trying to grab a morsel.
Bathala Maaga Kanthila
Type of dive: Drift dive Description: The northern tip of Magaa reef extends into Bathalaa Kandu and is home to a number of grey reef sharks and white-tip reef sharks. They can be seen patrolling along the reef looking for food.
Maalhos Thila (Blue Curves)
Type of dive: Drift dive / Reef dive Description: The thila is known for the abundance of soft coral growth on the thila, particularly the blue/violet colored variety that grows on the ceiling of the caves and overhangs, thus the name ‘blue caves’. In addition a large variety of fish life can be observed here.
Type of dive: Drift dive / Channel dive Description: The reef on the southern side of Rasdhoo drops vertically to the ocean depths. The site is home to a school of Scalloped Hammerhead sharks (sphyrna lewini). In the early hours of the morning they rise from the deep waters off the atoll into the shallower depths, accessible to divers.
South Male Atoll - some of the more popular dive sites
Guraidhoo Kandu South
Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive Description: Since the eastern side of the channel is Open Ocean, large predatory fish can regularly be spotted here. This site is famous for sightings of sharks, schools of eagle rays and the occasional Sail fish and Hammerheads. The best condition to do the dive is when the current is flowing into the Atoll. The dive begins on the outer reef following the current into the atoll. Most of the pelagic species can be observed on the eastern side, where the reef drops off into the deep ocean.
At the end of the dive in the channel, along the reef you can find overhangs with plenty of soft coral growth and small fish.
Type of dive: Drift dive / reef dive Description: Located in a channel, the reef is subject to strong currents at times. The ocean currents carry lot of nutrients to the reef, supporting an abundance of sea life.
The site is well renowned for the soft coral growth, turtles, diverse fish life and invertebrates found on the reef. At the reef slope you may find sharks and eagle rays.
Embudu Kandu (Express)
Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive. Description: Similar to Guraidhoo Kandu, but more sharks are likely to be spotted here.
The currents can be very strong at times. The stronger the current however the better chance of seeing sharks. Under the guidance of an experienced dive guide, the dive can be managed done easily.
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