Princess Handy Liveaboard

Princess Handy Liveaboard

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  • NitroxSurcharge
  • WifiSurcharge
  • Diving EquipmentSurcharge
  • Tech Diving FriendlyNo
  • Fleet nameMacana Maldives
  • Year built2008
  • Length36 m
  • Width10.5 m
  • Capacity22
  • MaterialWood

Princess Handy is a wooden yacht, made on Maldives in 2008. In 2014 she was totally renovated. This comfortable boat was designed for divers. The yacht is a member of Macana divers Maldives

Boat interior 

The boat can accommodate 22 passengers. The total amount of cabins on a board of Princess Handy is 11. 5 rooms located on the upper deck and 6 is on the lower deck. Upper deck staterooms have double beds, as well as 2 cabins on the lower deck. Other 4 cabins suit for triple occupancy. All cabins have private shower and individual air conditioning. 
Princess Handy gives you an opportunity to spend time after diving in comfort. Boats guests can watch a movie in the lounge area or just sit and relax on cozy sofas. There are also a few open air parts with sun loungers, perfect to read a book and enjoy marine sceneries.

Dive deck 

Princess Handy has both a dhonie and a diving tender. There you will find tanks and compressors. Here divers will are comfortable during the preparations for the dive. Tenders will get you to the most interesting dive sites. 

Safety 

Princess Handy has all needed safety equipment on board: life vests, first aid kit, emergency rafts. Non-diver on board 
Not only divers will be welcomed on a board of Princess Handy. Your family can spend time on a beach under the shade of a palm, enjoying the view of the clear blue water. While you having fun diving they will be relaxing on a soft white sand. If you are in fond of fishing, Princess Handy offer you to try to catch a marlin, sailfish or large tuna. Dhoni has a fishing equipment and you can make your safari more various. Non-divers, also can do snorkeling and get an introductory dive for free.

Itineraries 

Itineraries of Princess Handy is a classical route that includes all the most attractive dive sites of Maldives. Central Atolls will be visited during the trip. Numerous of soft and hard coral are grows along the walls. Gorgonian fans, sponges, and many other corals make underwater scenery of Maldives atolls,breathtaking. Diving here features with lots of big pelagics. One of the main attractions is diving with whale sharks. This giant creature can be often spotted here. Giant mantas will be flying above your head. Maldives are famous for the big amount of this creatures. Colorful coral formations are also home for sSurgeonfish, tunas, small coral fish, and turtles.

When to go 

November to May is a high season for Maldives. Best visibility and comfortable water temperature are more common in this time. December to May is a time of northwest monsoon. Current can be strong in this period. Southwest monsoon begins in June and lasts until November. It can be more cloudy and rainy that can cause rough conditions for diving. 

Safari tour with Princess Handy liveaboard is a good way to spend vacations with your family and friends. Boat offers great diving adventures and good time for divers

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Cabins

Suite Cabin

Suite Cabin

Deck:
Upper Deck
Bedding:
Double bed
Max occupancy:
2
Ensuite bathroom:
Yes
Aircon:
Yes
Number of Cabins:
1
This cabin features large double bed, has private bathroom; air conditioning, hot and cold water
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Double Cabin Ocean View

Double Cabin Ocean View

Deck:
Upper Deck
Bedding:
Double bed
Max occupancy:
2
Ensuite bathroom:
Yes
Aircon:
Yes
Number of Cabins:
4
This cabin is featured by large double bed, has private bathroom; air conditioning, hot and cold water
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Double Cabin

Double Cabin

Deck:
Lower Deck
Bedding:
Double bed
Max occupancy:
2
Ensuite bathroom:
Yes
Aircon:
Yes
Number of Cabins:
2
This cabin type is featured by double bed, private bathroom; air conditioning, hot and cold water
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Double + Twin Bed Cabin

Double + Twin Bed Cabin

Deck:
Lower Deck
Bedding:
Double bed + Twin bed
Max occupancy:
2
Ensuite bathroom:
Yes
Aircon:
Yes
Number of Cabins:
4
This cabin type is featured by one large double bed and one single bed, has private bathroom; air conditioning, hot and cold water
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Amenities

Boat specification

  • Fleet nameMacana Maldives
  • Year built2008
  • Last renovation dateJanuary, 2014
  • Length36 m
  • Width10.5 m
  • Capacity22
  • MaterialWood
  • LanguagesEnglish, Italian
  • Handicapped FriendlyNo
  • Number of cabins11
  • Generator22 KW + 22KW at 220 Volts
  • Compressors2
  • TendersDiving Dhony with compressors in the basement Tender
  • Power plugs onboard220V
  • Freshwater maker600 ltr per hour
  • On-board payment methodsCash

Crew

2 - 3 European staff + 11 local crew

Onboard Facilities

  • Laundry Service
  • Massage
  • Onboard Kayaks
  • Audio & Video Entertainment
  • Air Conditioned Saloon
  • Sun Deck
  • Sun Loungers
  • Open Air Saloon
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Bar
  • Child Friendly
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • SPA
  • Land Excursions
  • Fishing

Cabin Facilities

  • TV in Cabins
  • Air Conditioning
  • En-suite Cabins
  • Wall Fan
  • Lockable Storage
  • Towels
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries

Food & drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Dietary Restrictions
  • Buffet Style
  • Alcoholic Beverages and Spirits
  • A La Carte
  • Hot & Soft Drinks and Cold
  • Snacks All Day

Photography Facilities

  • Camera & Photography Station
  • Separate Rinsing Tanks for U/W Camera
  • Camera Table
  • Special Storage for U/W Camera
  • Charging Stations

Diving and Safety

  • Radar
  • GPS Tracking
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Life Rafts
  • Life Jackets
  • Fire Fighting Equipment
  • Emergency Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Sounder
  • Satellite Phone
  • Bilge Pump Alarm
  • Searchlight
  • EPIRB (emergency position indicating radio beacon)
  • Emergency Flares
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Life Rings

Diving Facilities

  • Warm Water Showers
  • Rebreather Support
  • Compressors
  • Rinse Hosts
  • Tenders for Diving
  • Tech Diving
  • Dive Deck
  • Valve Fittings
  • Personal Storage Space

Reviews about Princess Handy

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Wonderful ExperienceVerified review

The crew and the dive team were very hospitable. My kids did their PADI open water course on board. The vessel has definitely seen better days. The rooms though appear tidy, but would need more cleaning. Be prepared to pay just like anywhere in Maldives and they ONLY accept cash either in EURO/ USD. I find this strange as most reputable companies should have card facilities. Also, the F & B is very much catered to the European palate, but the nice crew made some exceptions for me and my family, which I am grateful. Also my compliments and gratitude to Ornela and Fabio that were such gracious host. Will be back
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9.5

Fantastic live-aboard experience with Macana in MaldivesVerified review

We just returned from our week-long liveaboard trip to Maldives over Christmas. We booked this trip using divebooker.com and were guided through the process of planning for this trip in a very professional, timely manner. Our booking agent Teresa was always helpful and considerate of our special needs. The actual operator of this trip is an Italian company called Macano with one of the owners - Stephano - actually working as the crew-master and diving instructor onboard the 4-level yacht "Princess Handy". The entire crew, consisting of dozen or so staff members, including another dive-instructor Fabio and marine biologist/snorkelling instructor Kiara and her colleague Shafi, were incredible hosts and they made our experience truly amazing. The chef worked tirelessly in the kitchen each day to produce tasty variety of dishes 3 times a day, including a holiday special on Christmas eve and a Thursday-night BBQ on a private island where several boats dock to host BBQ nights for their guests along the same beach. We were also pleased by the fact that there were other families with kids on the trip which made our lives much easier since our 7 year old was able to play and bond with them. Him being constantly occupied and entertained, my spouse and I were able to find time to rest and lounge, which was sorely needed after an intense work year. All in all - we are super pleased with this experience, especially given the time of the year, the amazing Maldivian nature (above and below the water's surface), the warm hospitality and the professional crew and booking agent. Highly recommend it to anyone. Tom
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