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Moonima is a recent addition to the budget Maldives liveaboard diving scene. This wooden motor yacht of Maldivian construction of 30 meters has a cruising speed of 12 knots. This means you can have easy access on dive safari holidays to some of the best atolls of the Maldives. Moonima was completely renovated and relaunched in 2015 and is now under new Italian management who operate the excellent Sachika.

Moonima operates in and out of the port of Male’ and runs live-aboard diving cruises mostly around the central atolls but some trips venture a little further south or a little further north. All 8 of the spacious cabins onboard the Moonima has ensuite bathrooms as well as offering individual air conditioned comfort to the guests.

Further facilities onboard this live-aboard include 3 spacious sundecks for topping up your tan, a bar, dining area, and a saloon with DVD/TV entertainment. You can purchase internet access on the Wifi router for your devices. Divers will appreciate the 12 and 15 litre tanks, fresh water showers and camera rinse tank on the accompanying Dive Dhoni. Your equipment and the compressors are kept on the Dhoni, making the diving system on this Maldives live-aboard simple and keeping noise to a minimum. Moonima is not a deluxe option but as a budget but comfortable live-aboard, it is a great value-for-money holiday choice.


  • 3 air compressors COLTRI 16mc/h each
  • NITROX (on extra charge)
  • 23 aluminium diving tanks int/din mono valve 13 lt. each
  • 3 steel diving tanks int/din mono valve 15 lt. each (on extra charge)
  • Weights, weights’ belts and safety sausages
  • 2 medical oxygen tanks, 46 lt.
  • Dive gear rental on board
  • It’s possible to achieve PADI diving courses’ certificates on board

There are 8 cabins on board,

  • 5 double/twin cabins (on accommodation deck) with a double bed + a single bed
  • 2 double cabins (on accommodation deck) with a double bed
  • 1 double cabin (on upper deck) with a double bed

All cabins are furnished with bathroom with shower (soap and shower gel available – hairdryers on request) and independent air-conditioner system. Cabins on lower deck are equipped with portholes, while the cabin on upper deck has large panoramic windows (can’t be opened).

You can enjoy 3 meals on Moonima dive holidays, plus a pre-breakfast before dive 1. Meals consist of a balance of international favorites and local cuisine with Maldivian, Indian and Sri Lankan influences. Following each dive you can expect tasty snacks such as desserts and fresh fruits.

  • The cook caters for international and local cuisine.
  • Main meals include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between.
  • Snacks are available all day and consist of biscuits, toast and fruit.
  • Tea, coffee and drinking water (1 bottle a day) are complimentary.
  • Beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks and juice are available for purchase onboard.
  • Menus are not fixed and meals are served in the dining area or outdoors at the stern.
  • Special diets, including Halal diets, are catered for with prior notice.
  • Each week includes an island BBQ weather permitting
  • Catering begins after guest check-in.

Technical Details

  • Built in year 2003, refurbished in 2015
  • Size – 30m x 10m
  • Top speed – 12 knots
  • Cruising speed – 11 knots
  • Volvo 420 HP engine
  • 2 x 40 KW Onan generators
  • 2 x Bauer and Coltri compressor
  • 12 and 15 litre aluminium and steel scuba tanks, with international valve fittings
  • DIN adaptors available free or charge
  • Electricity 220V – 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity – 4,000 litres
  • Fresh water maker – 1500 litres per day
  • Fuel capacity – 4,000 litres