MV Sheena liveaboard is managed by Werner Lau Diving, a name that guarantees excellent quality dive centres around the world. The authentic Maldivian liveaboard cruiser is 24m (79ft) long and takes a maximum of 14 guests. The Sheena liveaboard operates from Filitheyo Resort in North Nilhande Atoll, and offers the opportunity to discover new routes and diving areas away from the ‘classic’ Maldives trips, both to the north and south.
The MV Sheena liveaboard has a spacious salon as well as several decks offering a choice of shade or exposure to the sun. In total there are 4 shaded decks: in front of the salon, behind the salon at the stern and behind the cabins on the upper deck, all of which are furnished with sun lounges and mats. In addition to the main sun deck, there is also a second sun deck located in front of the wheel house with a comfortable relaxation area.
The freshly prepared meals are usually served al fresco at the large table located at the stern, but can also be enjoyed in the spacious salon. One evening during the trip, a beach BBQ on a remote island is organised – providing a memorable night for all! For special occasions, the crew can always arrange a romantic candlelight dinner for two under the stars on the sun deck.
There is a well-stocked bar offering a wide variety of drinks for guests’ enjoyment in the salon and on the shaded deck. Tea, coffee and water are available, free of charge, all day.
All cabins on the lower deck are suitable for single guests or as twin share, as they are furnished with two single beds. The two Owners cabins located on the upper deck are larger with an area of almost 17sqm, and are furnished with a double bed in each cabin. All 7 cabins have en suite bathrooms featuring all the usual facilities including a basin, toilet with a normal flushing system and a fresh water shower. Towels are provided for all guests free of charge. The boat has a continuous supply of power (220V) with UK power sockets, through free adapters are available.
Some tours start and end in Male, some start and end in Filitheyo and some start in the one place and end in the other; though it’s not an issue as Filitheyo is accessible by a 35-minute seaplane flight from Male.
What to expect
Aboard MV Sheena diving is conducted from a custom-built diving ‘Dhoni’ which has plenty of room for all divers and equipment. Two to three dives are scheduled each day, plus night dives, 1 or 2 times a week. The Dhoni has a freshwater shower and fresh water rinse tank for camera gear. She carries 40x 12L aluminium tanks with DIN & yoke valves, and Nitrox is available free of charge. A full set of quality dive gear is available for hire from the Werner Lau Dive Centre at Filitheyo Resort should you require it. The salon on the main boat has an extra shelf for recharging lights and video equipment.
As is customary in the Maldives most of the dives are drift dives. Dives are generally with the current, with the dhoni there to collect you wherever you surface. The MV Sheena requires each dive guest to demonstrate proof of at least 60 logged dives, and if possible, be in possession of an advanced diving certification from an internationally recognised diving organisation (e.g. CMAS 2*, SSI, PADI or equivalent). The official diving regulations in the Maldives allow a maximum depth limit of 30m, and this rule is obeyed by all Maldivian liveaboards and resorts.
MV Sheena’s schedule consists of 7 and 10 night cruises to the best dive sites around the Meemu, Laamu and Thaa Atolls in the Southern part of the Maldives, and well as the Cemntral Atolls and also a northern tour.
You should know…
Local payments (bar bill, tipping, equipment rental, etc.) aboard the MV Sheena can only be made in USD cash.
Though local SIM-cards with data packages can be purchased at Male airport, for much of the trip aboard the MV Sheena, there will be very little, if any signal.
MV Sheena is a comfortable dive boat and perfect for those who appreciate a warm ambience and lots of space on board! The dive destinations are definitely off the beaten track!
Trip dates & Availability
Transfers by Airtaxi
|Air Taxi transfer from/to Male to/from Filitheyo, each way||AUD||215||EUR|
|Air Taxi transfer from/to Male to/from Koodoo, Gaafu Atoll, each way||AUD||210||EUR|
|Special payment and cancellation terms apply for this operator.|