Four Seasons Explorer
Maldives, Indian Ocean
At a Glance
The only luxury liveaboard dive boat in The Maldives
For those who fish, the chef is pleased to discuss preparation ideas for your catch of the day
The Maldives is renowned for its abundance of fish life, warm pristine waters and close encounters with pelagics such as manta rays and whale sharks
As the country’s fastest-cruising liveaboard, Four Seasons Explorer gives divers access to a wide variety of secluded hot spots, including exciting channel dives with sharks and rays, vibrant thilas, cleaning stations, wrecks, and coral overhangs
Non divers can indulge in snorkeling, fishing, watersports, island excursions and spa treatments
Combinable with the two Four Seasons islands in the Maldives - Landaa Giraavaru and Kuda Huraa
Not only can you dive from the Explorer, you can also go waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing and kayakingAlice Moseley
To start planning your vacation to Four Seasons Explorer
The Four Seasons Explorer cruises between the Four Seasons properties at Kuda Huraa, a private island paradise of lush tropical gardens and remarkable surf, and Landaa Giraavaru, a pristine hideaway in the Baa Atoll.
Guests can select three-, four- and seven-day island cruises or private, customized charters. Each includes visits to numerous sites, pre-selected for their unique diving, snorkeling, surfing or on-shore recreation potential.
Along the journey, guests can dive in secluded, virgin sites – snorkel or play in turquoise waters teeming with neon-colored sealife; enjoy amazing lunch breaks or dinner celebrations on private, white-sand beaches; relax like Robinson Crusoe in the shade of a coconut palm; or indulge in an on- or off-board massage – daily, if you wish.
There are three cruise options available: the Circuit Cruise is a 7-night stay on-board the boat for which guests are transferred from Male Airport to the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa. The boat cruises for three days to the Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru in the Baa Atoll, and then for four days back to the Four Seasons Kuda Huraa from where guests are taken back to the airport. The Northward Cruise sails for three days to Landaa Giraavaru, from where guests can disembark and stay, or be transferred back to the airport by seaplane. The Southward Cruise is from Landaa Giraavaru to Kuda Huraa.
Choose from 10 spacious State Rooms and the palatial Explorer Suite, all of which are bright and airy and include the luxury and style you expect from Four Seasons Explorer. All cabins are air-conditioned, with an en-suite bathroom that has a bathtub/shower. Curl up on your sofa, select something from the refrigerated private bar or enjoy a movie on the flat screen LCD TV, all in the comfort of your State Room or Explorer Suite. Awake to a new vista each morning, as large windows frame ever-changing views of the azure ocean and sky, emerald-topped islands edged in turquoise waters and brilliant white sand.
This 20 square meter room is furnished with either a king bed or two twin beds, a comfortable couch, a writing desk, a DVD/CD player, an MP3 cable connection, a refrigerated private bar, a telephone and an in-cabin safe.
Enjoy spectacular scenery from the expansive panoramic windows of the elegant Explorer Suite. Showered in sunlight from expansive windows, the suite boasts contemporary teak furnishings and cool, subdued fabrics. Take advantage of a refrigerated private bar, along with a DVD/CD player, MP3 cable connection, telephone and in-cabin safe. Enjoy your ensuite bathroom with a full bathtub, separate shower, WC and vanity. It is connected to a walk-in wardrobe.
Children are welcome on board the Four Seasons Explorer. However, there are no specific facilities available for them.
Facilities onboard the Four Seasons Explorer include:
- Dining room
- Bar and lounge
- Alfresco dining deck with bar
- Sundeck with massage area
- Dive and water sports deck
On-board diving facilities:
- Multilingual dive staff and experienced crew, including a marine biologist (maximum 6:1 guest to dive-guide ratio, with those of similar experience levels grouped together where possible)
- Separate nitrox and air compressor systems
- Diving conducted from a modern 16.7-meter (55-foot) support vessel, Aseykara II, a custom-designed dive dhoni with full safety and navigation equipment
- Full equipment for all on-board guests, including SCUBAPRO BCDs and regulators, Suunto computers and Cressi fins
- Surface marker buoy and Sea Marshall personal locator radio beacon for all divers
- Hot and cold showers on two sea-level platforms
- Dedicated fresh-water rinse tank for camera equipment
- Coffee- and tea-making facilities and post-dive refreshments
- Underwater photography and videography services available (fees apply)
Four Seasons Explorer gives divers access to a wide variety of secluded hot spots, including exciting channel dives with sharks and rays, vibrant thilas, cleaning stations, wrecks, and coral overhangs.
During daily snorkeling excursions, guests can venture out with the marine biologist, take the plunge off the back of the vessel or snorkel off the beach at any of the numerous island stop offs.
Take to the waves with waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, fun tubes and kayaking. Smaller waves between January and March offer optimal conditions for wakeboarding and waterskiing.
Venture out by dhoni for some bottom-line fishing, fish from the back of Four Seasons Explorer each night or indulge in handline fishing off the vessel at sunset. Trawling by tender is available on request.
Savor gourmet Four Seasons cuisine on uninhabited islands, embark on an adventure with our marine biologist, cast yourself away on a secluded sandbank or visit remote villages for cultural experiences and souvenir shopping – even enjoy a game of football or rugby on a sandy beach.
Four Seasons Explorer’s resident spa therapist offers natural therapies inspired by Asia’s ancient healing principles. Retreat to the private treatment area on the upper deck – curtained for privacy yet open to the refreshing sea air – or indulge in a massage at one of the secluded beaches visited during the cruise.
Location & Directions
Maldives, Indian Ocean
Kuda Huraa is the point of embarkation for Four Seasons Explorer three- and seven-night cruises. For four-night cruises, Four Seasons Explorer embarks from Landaa Giraavaru. These sister properties, which share renowned Four Seasons service and attention to detail, offer a unique opportunity to explore the secluded and stunning archipelago of the Maldives. Choose to stay at one or both of the resorts, linked by a multi-day cruise aboard the luxurious Explorer.
When to go
The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.
The Maldives scuba diving season runs all year round. April, May and June are the hottest months of the year and, due to plankton blooming, see manta rays and whale sharks. These months are popular with divers seeking the large pelagics. December to March normally enjoys the best visibility. The Maldive Islands have a wet season between May and August, which reduces visibility and may restrict the number of accessible dive sites due to poorer surface conditions. This is less of a concern for liveaboards that can vary their itineraries to cover only those sites enjoying the best dive conditions.