Koimala Maldives

With a capacity of 10 passengers, the Koimala is the ideal boat for a private cruise.

Dive in small group

2 French guides for a maximum of 10 divers

Our routes

Central Atolls for cruises from 7 to 14 nights

Why to book with us?

Book online (cancellation free of charge 72 hours) or choose our "Time to Think" option

The Koimala Maldives is a traditional wooden boat.

The boat accommodates 10 divers in 5 double cabins.

Discover the Maldives in a small group for an intimate cruise.

The huge advantage of cruising on a boat that only takes ten divers is that by diving in a small group you have a much better chance of seeing marine life than if you were on a boat with 20 divers.


The dives on board Koimala Maldives are supervised by two French professional instructors among the team of 4 instructors who have a minimum of 7 seasons of diving cruises in the Maldives.
Rebecca (8th season), Sébastien (11th season), Charlotte (7th season) and Jean-Charles (9th season).

Recommended level: CMAS **, Level 2 FFESSM, Advanced PADI / NAUI / SSI or equivalent with more than 30 dives.
Experience in drift diving is highly recommended.

Level 1, CMAS* or Open Water divers with a minimum of 40 dives are welcome on board Koimala Maldives. They will dive with a dedicated instructor so as not to penalise the rest of the group. Open Water divers are advised to take the PADI Advanced course during the cruise.

Number of dives: 3 dives per day except for the days of arrival, departure and long crossings. 1 night dive per week. 15 dives during a cruise of 7 nights . 18 h minimum surface interval before the aircraft.

PADI Diving Courses: Nitrox and Advanced Open Water Training

The Koimala Maldives is accompanied by a fully equipped dive boat with 2 compressors, GPS, telephone, medical oxygen, storage for individual equipment, toilet and fresh water.

Type of cylinder and fittings: 12 litre aluminium, DIN/clamp fitting (no double fittings).

Nitrox and equipment hire extra.

Oxygen therapy equipment: 1 x 50 litre bottle with demand regulator, 1 x bottle with BAVU.

2 annexes: dinghy and dive boat. First aid kit.
Communication: VHF, GSM phone, CB radio.

Koimala Maldives - Maldives Diving Cruise

Sanitary evacuation

Evacuation by fast boat or seaplane to Male or to hyperbaric centres. Minimum evacuation time: Between 1 hour and 10 hours depending on location. Evacuation difficult after sunset (6pm). Hyperbaric centres: Bandos (North Male) and Kuramathi (North Ari).

Diving Insurance

Personal insurance for scuba diving is mandatory.

If you don't have insurance, we recommend the DAN dive insurance specially designed for the Maldives at the price of 17 € for 7 days and 25 € for 14 days.

DAN Maldives Diving Insurance

DAN Short Term Insurance Policy

Koimala Maldives - Maldives Diving Cruise
Koimala Maldives - Maldives Diving Cruise


The Koimala is a 22 m long and 7 m wide wooden boat built in 1994 and completely renovated in 2015.

All cabins are air conditioned and well equipped with a fan, storage, shelves, a 220 V socket with adaptor and a private bathroom. 2 cabins with a double bed and a single bunk bed. 3 cabins with 2 single bunk beds.

Sheltered outdoor dining area at the rear of the boat. Bar with spirits, wine, beer and soft drinks. Indoor lounge with library, hi-fi, TV, DVD.

Forward deck with a shaded lounge area. Sundeck on the upper deck (fitted roof) with mattresses.

Cruising speed: 12 knots.

Fresh water made by a water maker (fresh water at will).

220 V electricity 24 hours a day. Electricity socket equipped with French standard adapter.

Air conditioning and fan.

Equipment: TV/DVD, audio CD, telephone, fishing equipment.

Navigation and communication: CB radio, mobile phone, GPS, marine VHF.

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All meals are provided on board Koimala Maldives and prepared with care by the 2 cooks.

Continental breakfast (coffee/tea/chocolate, fruit juice, toast, butter, jam, honey, fresh fruit, cheese with omelettes, pancakes or a local speciality depending on the day).

The menu often includes fresh fish from the day's catch, accompanied by rice, pasta, fresh vegetables and local fruit. A snack is served daily at tea time.

A water fountain is available in the saloon (hot and cold water) and tea and coffee are available.

Meals are served in the outdoor dining room at the back of the boat.

Maldives Diving Cruise on board the Koimala

Maldives Diving Cruise on board the Koimala



Maldives Diving Cruise on board the Koimala

A wonderful cruise

I have already done a cruise 5 years ago but this one was wonderful. The dives are very diversified, the guides Charlotte and Jean Charles are very nice, as well as the whole crew of Koimala, and a great cook.

Best parts:The dives were diverse and above all beautiful
Worst parts:Only 15 dives
12 January 2020

A perfect cruise

A perfect cruise, great dives in a beautiful environment. A friendly and smiling crew. A very nice and always professional dive supervisor. The intimacy (10 divers) is very appreciated.

Best parts:Great dives, a resourceful cook and ideas, a small group (only 10 divers)
Worst parts:A little bit small but for the time we spend there....
5 to 12 January

Everything has been wonderful!

Everything was wonderful! From the food to the sea bed, a treat for all the senses! So thank you to the crew, of a topissime delicacy and kindness and thank you to our diving supervisors (Charlotte and Jc) that we followed with our eyes closed... for my part, 2nd trip, same dates, same boat (the Koimala) we never stop being surprised!!!

Best parts:Everything!!! Difficult to do better
Worst parts:Hello whale shark? Apparently on non stop messaging
March 2019

Cruise at its best!

Top notch cruise! Nothing to complain about, no negative points really!

Best parts:the diving supervisors (JC and Charlotte), the crew, the boat (Koimala), the kitchen
Worst parts:the almost non-stop noise of the generator (mainly annoying the first night)
March 2019

It was really perfect, our monitor,

It was wonderful. We saw everything: sharks (lots of them!), mantas on the 15m stations (for 60 minutes), schools of jacks, tuna and lots of soft corals in foteyo and in the south (I love it!). I came alone and the atmosphere on board was very friendly on Koimala. Thanks to the 2 guides for the choice of the dives and for the animations. The crew is very nice and very attentive. really perfect. The boat is good and many thanks to the cooks and the barman for the marguaritas. I'll be back as soon as I can....

February 2019

Perfectly organised cruise stay

This is a perfectly organised cruise and is recommended for divers who want to discover the beauty of the Maldives' underwater life.

Best parts:The typical Maldivian boat for 10 divers maximum. The delicious food. The guide instructors were very attentive to our needs and the good choice of dives. The friendliness and kindness of the crew

What to say about this trip

What can I say about this 9 day trip to the Maldives on the Koimala, great, topissime !
Reception at the airport, transfer to the boat
Clear briefing on arrival, luggage left in the cabin.
Lunch and first dive on the day of arrival, cool!
Then all the other perfect dives, the briefings and the organisation of the dives with the guides, always so efficient and professional.
The crew always polite and discreet.
For the underwater fauna, magic : Mantas, rays, sharks, turtles, whale shark.... happiness.
If you make a cruise south of the Maldives, think of me !

November 2018