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Yasawa Princess dive boat

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Yasawa Princess dive boat

I'm just back from two weeks cruising around the Maldives on the Yasawa Princess. I'm not a diver but was taken to two different snorkeling sites every day. If anyone is considering spending their hols at sea instead of landbound, then I'm happy to answer questions.

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we are looking at doing a week on board boat and then a week on an island sometime next march or april. Did you find the sea got rough or was it calm. Did you notice the sea movement during the night or feel sea sick. We are not divers but enjoy snorkeling just feel that 2 weeks on an island could be boring but one week crusing sounds quite nice as long as you get to enjoy the other islands you visit. We would be interested in anything useful you may have to tell us.Thank you.

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Have you written a review on the Yasawa Princess? If not, can you do so as there is a shortage of posted information on here for liveaboards. To post a review, go to the appropriate section. It won't find the Yasawa Princess as a hotel so create it as one but explain in your review that it is actually a vessel..........

Belfast
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Hi Lyn

That sounds a brilliant idea but choose your island carefully as not all have good reefs. We were taken to various places in North Male Atoll & South Male Atoll but only went ashore on 6 islands(1 resort island- Eriyadu, 3 local inhabitant islands- be prepared to be taken to shops, 1 picnic island & 1 research/aquarium island) during the two weeks we were on the boat. The itinery is changing soon so I can't comment on which islands will be visited. The advertised itinery wasn't followed due to us being the only passengers & not wanting to visit dive sites. The Captain anchored close to snorkeling sites & we visited mainly sandbank reefs some with lovely coral gardens. We must have snorkelled for about 4 hours a day. The first week, the weather was a bit unsettled with some heavy rain and choppy seas-but this didn't stop us. The second week the weather was much better. You cannot guarantee what the weather in the Maldives will be like as it can be pouring down in one spot but gorgeous sunshine close by. We didn't notice the boat moving up & down much but then we don't suffer from seasickness even when very rough. If anything I think the slight rocking of the boat lulled us to sleep.

It was a pity that no-one else booked the same time as us- we would have liked some company in the evening- but the crew went out of their way to ensure we had a good time & I would recommend this boat for anyone looking an enjoyable time.

If you want to know more -just ask

Les

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Hi Rex diver

I have already tried to post a review but it wasn't accepted due to Tripadvisor not reviewing cruises yet. I got a response that they would keep my review until such time as they did then they would post it. I had tried to post on Cruisecritic, but they only deal with the large lines. I've copied my review onto this post so maybe it will be of use to someone.

This was my partner's and mine third time to the Maldives, previously staying at Club Faru both times, but we had wanted to cruise around this beautiful area for some while. We saw an advert on Teletext for this boat at a very reasonable price (had to organise our own flights, easily done via Thomsonfly website. Would have preferred First Choice but flight dates didn't tie in). Turned out that we were the only passengers for the whole two weeks. Luckily, we don't mind our own company but someone else to share each day's experiences with would have been nice. However, because it was just us, the itinerey was adjusted to meet our wants. The Yasawa is really a dive boat, but we are snorkelers, not divers, so each stop was at places with good snorkeling. Most days we went out twice each day via a small boat; a member of staff accompanied us in the water whilst another kept the boat within hailing distance. Saw loads of sharks, turtles, beautiful fish and corals. We even swam with 9 Manta rays, which performed somersaults around us for 20 mins- never to be forgotten! Several afternoons we just had time to have a quick shower before heading off in the small boat for a spot of night fishing, the spoils of which were then dished up the next day.

The food was lovely and plentiful. It is usually served buffet style but as it was just the two of us, we had waiter-service with the chef preparing what we wanted, but always way too much for us to finish it all, no matter how hard we tried! I had mentioned that we were celebrating 25 years of co-habiting and the next day a surprise feast was prepared for us, complete with cocktails and a big cake and our beds decorated with flowers.

The ship is not luxurious like a cruise liner, but the cabins are cosy with comfy beds, air-conditioning and towels changed twice daily. Beach towels are provided every day for snorkeling and there are sunloungers on the top deck. There is a small laundry room with free use of washing machines and a tumble dryer . There is a small air-conditioned lounge with comfy settees, a large LCD tv, DVD player & an Applemac computer. They have a few films but we took some of our own. The restaurant has a cd player and I would recommend taking some of your own favourite discs. The drinks were very reasonably priced (cocktails for $4) and bottled water freely available, but I think that some travel agents are now offering AI.

The staff were all very friendly and couldn't do enough for us. On our last full day, my partner burst his eardrum. Luckily we were moored close to Male, so the captain organised an appointment with an ENT doctor and we were escorted by a staff member the whole time. Also, a few times I washed some clothes and put them in the dryer. When I went back to remove them, the room boy had already taken the dried clothes to our cabin, neatly folded, all without my asking. Can't get better service than that!

We both really enjoyed our time on the Yasawa and would love to do it again if the price was right.

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Thank you les all that sounds very interesting as does the report under your reply. My husband would love to see some of the fish mentioned. We cant get a quote yet as they say its to early so we will just have to keep trying the offers that we have seen mention Velidhu or Hakuraa Huraa islands as your 7 night add on. Do you know either of them or even meeru?

look forward to hearing from you

lyn

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Sorry Lyn but I don't have any knowledge of islands you mentioned but they do get good reviews on Tripadvisor. Have only stayed on Club Faru, twice, & really enjoyed it. Whatever you choose should be fine- after all, a holiday is what you make it. My partner dug his heels in for years refusing to go to the Maldives, but once I managed to get him there he now wants to go every year. A lot of island reviews are mentioning mossies at this time of year. There was no problem with them on the boat. We didn't experience any either when we stayed on Faru but that was later in the year i.e. Sept/Oct & Oct/Nov.

Les

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Thank you for the review! It's very useful.

Brisk

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We are considering booking this boat for 2 weeks. I am concerned that the sea may get too rough as I do suffer from sea sickness and being a small boat it wont have stabilisers like a cruise ship? Was the food OK? Like you we are not divers only snorkellers. Was 2 weeks too much, enough to do on board? Do they have board games, any entertainment?

Belfast
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Hi

No the boat doesn't have stabilisers & it was a bit rough some days but we didn't notice it whilst anchored up on the Yasawa but you are taken snorkelling in a small motorboat(or a dhoni if a lot of people)& you may feel it then. The captain does try to avoid bad sea conditions & this means that sometimes the itinery has to change. If you go when the weather is more settled you shouldn't have a problem unless the slightest movement sets you off. (The wrist-pressure bands are supposed to be very effective).

Food is good. Breakfast consisted of 3 cereals, toast & jam etc, fresh fruit, choice of eggs & alternated between sausages & beans or bacon(yes the real stuff)& beans. Tea & coffee were available all day-just help yourself. Lunch was whatever we asked for, as we were the only passengers, but if more than 2 onboard , you may find it's a multi-choice buffet. Same goes for dinner. We had a lot of soups, fish (some we had caught ourselves), chicken, pork chops, pizza, fresh veg & fruit. The chef does a lovely prawn curry!

Even if there are divers on board, you will be able to snorkel every day, as the boat anchors close to shallow reefs & the divers go off to the dive sites by dhoni.

As for entertainment, it's what you make it. The boat has Scrabble & Cluedo & cards. They also have a few DVDs to watch but you can also take your own. You can also go night fishing before the evening meal-great fun! There's a beach barbecue once a week and you are encouraged to dance, but I would suggest you take some of your own CDs unless you love reggae!

We spent 2 weeks being the only passengers & we still had a great time- could have spent another week easily. By the time we'd snorkelled twice a day, ate loads of food (the chef was definately cooking for 4 not 2), done a bit of fishing & had a few cocktails, we were knackered by ten pm- but I'm sure we could have stayed up a little longer if we'd had company!

Hope this helps

Lesley

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RosiB and anyone else that might be interested .... Travel Collection are doing a deal on this boat during May and June. If you upgrade to a Category A cabin for your first week then you get your second week free. Has to be booked by 25th April.

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