Welcome to: My Scubaspa Ying and Yang Reviews – A Floating Spa Resort
When we take a far away vacation to do some diving, we like to share our fun with family or friends and make wonderful memories.
I’m really pleased to see you have taken the time to do your own research before booking a liveaboard vacation that may seem fun or look like a good budget deal.
This is the way to avoid ruining your vacation and learn more about the lifestyle on liveaboards like the Scubaspa Ying and Yang.
Will your non-diving family or friends be entertained enough on these liveaboards? What if they want to learn to dive?
Find out here what they offer for activities, who they provide services to, and what the pros and cons are. I also have a very interesting video for you to watch.
Product Name: Scubaspa Ying and Scubaspa Yang Liveaboard Reviews
Price: $1645 to $2559 USD per person depending on the number of nights stay.
Best Suited For: Certified scuba divers of all levels and non-divers.
Best Time To Go: Diving is good year round BUT November to March is BEST
Overall Rank: 98 out of 100
What is the Scubaspa Ying and Yang Liveaboards?
Built from a passionate diver and his bride’s dream while honeymooning in the Maldives, the Scubaspa Ying Liveaboard was launched in 2013 with full luxury spa treatments. The Scubaspa Yang followed suit in 2014. They are sisters, built identically and are owned and operated by a Maldivian liveaboard company in Male, Maldives. The only difference between the two liveaboards is, the Yang has a mini gym.
What’s impressive with the two liveaboards, is they have won several awards. The South Asian Travel recognizes them as ‘Leading Vessels’. They are also the only Maldivian vessels with the 5 Star Dive Resort award from PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors).
With a fairly large crew of 30, they promise you ‘outstanding service’. For this, they have a professional dive crew, 6 spa therapists, 4 experienced and creative chefs, a yoga master and a very helpful manager to look after their services to keep you happy.
Who is the Scubaspa Ying and Yang Liveaboards for?
So who is the Scubaspa Ying and Yang Liveaboards really for?
- Passionate divers
- Families, young and old
- Mobility impaired
- People interested in learning how to dive (LINK)
- Groups (Maldivian weddings)
The Scubaspa Ying and Yang are quite different from other liveaboards in the Maldives because they have the bells and whistles of the extravagance of a floating resort. There are activities for everyone.
Thinking of getting married in the Maldives? Divers have had their marriage ceremony underwater, on the deck and on an unspoiled sandy beach surrounded by their loved ones. There are packages you can choose from.
You, the passionate diver will get your world-class unforgettable diving.
The non-divers are pampered with luxurious spa treatments, snorkeling, restaurant dining garnished with fine wine and many other activities like:
- Morning yoga
- Long walks along crystal white beaches and the best of Malaysian dining
- Sitting in a jacuzzi
- Deck bathing
- Watching a movie in your outdoor cinema
- Exercising in your mini-gym (Yang Liveaboard only)
What are the features of the Scubaspa Ying and Yang?
The liveaboards guarantee you will have a “memorable” trip. This means having good nights of sleep, great food, breath-taking dives, and safety.
Both liveaboards measure a stunning 50m (164 feet) in length and 11m (36 feet) wide with 4 large impressive decks. They are the largest 2 liveaboards cruising in the Maldives.
Even though the maximum number of guests is 40, it is spacious for your quiet moments. You can enjoy your sunset cocktails privately while dining under the stars with your significant other(s).
Other features of the Scubaspa Ying and Yang Liveaboards are:
- 19 Cabins
- 2 Large sundecks
- 3 Generators
- 2 Engines
- Dhoni (dive boat designed for divers)
- Water supply comes from Desalination plant Biopur
Both the Scubaspa Ying and Yang Liveaboards have roomy grandiose cabins and suites to suit your needs and budget. You can get your choice of king, queen or combinations of twin beds on their Main and Lower Deck.
Their premier 10 cabins and 9 suites can accommodate up to 40 guests. Each room has air-conditioning, mini-fridge, mini-safe, and their own en-suite generously large bathrooms with a shower.
The Dolphin Suite is impressively roomy with a queen bed and a large port window so you can get a great view of the ocean.
Unlike other liveaboards, there is also lots of storage space in the cabins of the Ying and the Yang liveaboards so you can easily see where you placed your belongings. Housekeeping service is daily as well.
Do you have a friend or family member who is mobility impaired and wants to be included on this vacation? The liveaboards have a suite for special people.
Food and Drinks
There are 3 meals usually buffet style served each day.
Soft drink, water, juices, tea and fresh ‘real’ coffee for breakfast including espressos and lattes are always complimentary, however, any other time during the day, you will have to pay if you want it.
The buffets are local and international cuisine. Also, if you are a vegetarian, no worries, there will be plenty of fresh and delicious food for you.
The food is different every night.
Your only complaint on the Scubaspa Ying and Yang Liveaboards will be you eat too much!
If you have any allergies to certain types of food, let your chef know.
Other amenities for food and drinks:
- 2 Bars (reasonably priced)
Enjoy watching the video…
Divers always get the best of both worlds with the Scubaspa Ying and Yang Liveaboards. Not only can you enjoy the spa treatments and other fun activities of the non-divers from these floating resorts, you can go spend time underwater.
Diving from the Scubaspa Ying and Yang Liveaboards is done from specially designed Dhoni dive boats. In fact, the Dhoni is a real separate dive boat accompanying each of the two liveaboards.
Each Dhoni is about 19m long (62 feet long). These are big boats, roomy enough to hold air compressors, your free nitrox, all your scuba gear including rentals, seating area, multiple points of entry into the water and even an ensuite washroom. It is not crowded because most of the divers’ partners are non-divers who are on the liveaboard doing what they want to do.
After you receive your pre-dive orientation on board, you are guided by your PADI trained Dive Masters and Instructors who know the best places to see whale sharks and manta rays. (image)
The great thing about the two liveaboards is how the dive crew caters to guests who want to learn to dive and who are the novice and advanced divers. You need to keep in mind that the dives are drift diving. You are divided into groups on the dhoni depending on your dive skills giving you enjoyment and experience of great diving.
The guests who are learning to dive or are certified divers who want to improve their skills with advanced PADI courses are with their PADI professional dive instructors.
NOTE: You will want to bring the following:
- Underwater camera
- Dive Certification ID
- Dive Log Book
- Medical Certification
- Dive Torch (can rent)
- Reef Hook (can rent)
- Dive Computer
The Itineraries of The Scubaspa Ying and Yang?
There are 2 itineraries for the liveaboards (“The Best of Maldives) that go to the North Male Atoll to the South Male Atoll. You can choose the following:
- The number of nights you want to stay
- The spa package
- Dives and spa package
- Dive package
- Honeymoon packages
- Extra service options
The best way to find what best suits your needs are to do some investigation before you book. There is just one mandatory fee, the Green Fee and needs to be paid in advance.
Of course, safety must be the number 1 priority!
Once you board the liveaboards, you are given a safety talk on the location of all the safety features such as:
- Fire extinguishers and alarm
- First aid kits
- Emergency oxygen kit
- AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)
- Life rafts
- Life jackets
- Emergency radio beacon
The PROS and CONS
- You will get your money’s worth and more.
- Lots of activity to keep you, your family and friends entertained.
- Service is with a smile.
- Internet – WIFI (2GB per cabin ).
- Rental equipment $
- Dive courses $
- 15-liter tank $
- FREE nitrox.
- FREE dive insurance if your booking is greater than $1000 USD per person.
- Island BBQs and walks along the crystal sandy beaches.
- Scuba Package will give you 15 – 17 dives.
- Scuba and Spa Package will give you 6 dives and 4 spa treatments.
- Spa Package will give you 8 spa treatments.
- Dive tour guides.Yoga.
- Your coffee, tea, and juices are only complimentary (free) during breakfast.
- Prices on extra services do not include tax so your final bill will be more than you expect.
- Bar drinks can be pricey.
How to Book the Scubaspa Ying and the Yang?
Booking either one of the two liveaboards is quick and easy with PADI Travel. If you’re a PADI diver like I am, then you already know that PADI is the #1 dive training organization in the world.
PADI also owns PADI Travel and they are the #1 recommended online travel agency. Their travel agents are professionally trained and are divers themselves so they understand your needs. They can help answer your questions, plan and assist in your booking of liveaboards, dive resorts, and dive courses.
For support, they have 24/7 Live Chat and accessible by email and phone.
There are only 4 easy steps to book:
Step 1: Go to PADI Travel’s website.
Step 2: Choose your desired itinerary.
Step 3: Select your cabin.
Step 4: Fill out the simple form.
How to Cancel or Change Your Booking
PADI Travel, unlike booking directly with most liveaboards who only give 24 hours to cancel or change your booking, will give you 48 hours. This is an extra 24 hours. This gives you plenty of time to book your flight.
Despite the cons, the Scubaspa Ying and Yang Liveaboards are the only luxurious floating diving resorts in the Maldives. I think their awards also speak for themselves.
In my opinion, you are definitely getting the value for your money and much more. 1st class diving on the roomy Dhoni, all the liveaboard activities, and special spa treatments are at your feet for you and your family and friends to enjoy.
I hope I have given you useful information on my review of The Ying and Yang Liveaboards.
If you have any stories you would like to share your experiences on either of the two liveaboards or if you have any questions or comments, I really would like to hear from you.
Thanks for reading!