Carpe Diem , the sister ship of the stunning Carpe Vita, offering you a unique liveaboard holiday with a myriad of activities in the surroundings of the beautiful atolls of the Maldives. Cruising in the Maldives has never been so diverse and fun with all these activities offered on our brand new boat giving you a dream holiday of a lifetime.We offer Scuba diving, salsa dancing, waterskiing and jetskiing, surfing, sunbathing, snorkelling, fishing and swimming in crystal clear azure waters.

MV Carpe Diem is a totally new 35 m long motor safari yacht with a wooden hull, designed and built in the Madives and completed in 2008. Carpe Diem caters to 20 guests in 10 air conditioned cabins (1 Suite,1 Deluxe, 2 High Standard and 6 Standard) - Seize the day! - Prices start at $1,645 per person per week.

Carpe Diem - prices


Prices are per person in Us$ based on double or twin sharing occupancy.

For any trips dates after the 1st Nov 15 there will be a new Green Tax started by the government @ $6 per person per night to add to the below prices.

Cabin 25 Oct 14 - 26 Apr 15
7 Night / 10 Night (Us$)
26 Apr 15 - 25 Oct 15
7 Night / 10 Night (Us$)
25 Oct 15 - 26 Apr 16
7 Night / 10 Night (Us$)
27 Apr 16- 25 Oct 16
7 Night / 10 Night (Us$)
Upper deck suite double (1) 2435 / 3500 2015 / 2875 2485 / 3550 TBA / TBA
Upper deck deluxe double (1) 2330 / 3350 1910 / 2725 2380 / 3400 TBA / TBA
Main deck double (2) 2050 / 2950 1700 / 2425 2100 / 3000 TBA / TBA
Lower deck Stnd twn/dbl (6) 2015 / 2900 1665 / 2370 2065 / 2950 TBA / TBA
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Single suppliment (Oct-Apr +80%) and (May-Sep 50%)(only applicable for a guaranteed single occupancy cabin, if you are happy to share the charge does not apply) Nitrox $100 per week.

If you book 5 full paying guests you will receive the 6th free of charge !

*For trips to Baa and Raa atoll there is a $100 per person fuel surcharge for the week long trip and $150 for the 10 night trip - this is only to Baa atoll and not on the normal route.

What is included in the price:

  • Maldivian GST 12%
  • Accommodation in air conditioned cabins with 70x60cm windows (in Suite, Deluxe and main deck double) or 20x15cm portholes (in Standard), ensuite shower (with hot water) toilet, toiletries, towels and beach towels.
  • Air-conditioning in all enclosed areas.
  • Full board meals, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Fresh snacks.
  • Drinking water
  • Tea and coffee available 24h.
  • DVD library and Books Library.
  • Audio and video entertainment centre.
  • 3 guided dives per day (depending on your arrival time in Male, weather conditions and 24-hours no diving before fly safety rule) including one night dive.
  • Tanks: 11.5 and 13.5 lt Aluminium DIN/INT, weights and weight belts
  • PADI Instructor (English speaking) and Dive Master guide (English speaking) services - Guides to Divers max Ratio 1:8
  • Snorkelling equipment for non-divers.
  • BBQ on a deserted island
  • Island hopping
  • Karaoke singing
  • Airport Transfer, Meet and Assist.
  • Salsa basic workshop upon request.

What is not included:

**From 1st Nov 2015 Green Tax of USD 6 per person per night

  • Scuba Equipment rental (with the exception of Discover Scuba Diving Experience and Open Water Course, in which equipment rental is included in the fee, but limited to its duration).
  • Extra Dives are charged at 25 US$ each, not including equipment rental.
  • Nitrox $100 per week
  • Dive Insurance coverage.
  • Alcoholic, soft drinks and extra bottles of water.
  • Dive equipment
  • All not specified in “what is included”.

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Payments and Deposits

Upon time of reservation more than 60 days prior to the trip departure date a down payment of 30% (non refundable) is required within 7 days to confirm the booking.
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Course prices

Courses Description Price Included
Check dive 1 compulsary dive - for all certified divers coming on board Foc  
Discovery scuba diving 1 dive in a house reef for    
non-certified divers $ 100 Equipment  
Refresher course 1 dive for certified divers that have not dived in a while $ 60  
Scuba diver 3 theory lessons, 5 duves $ 400 Certificate, logbook and equipment
Open water 5 theory lessons, 4 dives $ 550 Logbook, Rdp and certificate
Scuba diver upgrade to Open water 2 theory lessons, 2 dives $ 200 Certificate and equipment
Adventures in diving Theory lessons, 3 dives $ 250 Certification
Advanced course Theory lessons, 5 dives $ 350 Manual, slate and certificate
Peak performance bouyancy Theory lessons, 2 dives $ 150 Certificate
Nitrox / Ean Theory lessons, 2 dives $ 170 Manual and certificate
Digital under water photography Theory lessons, 2 dives $ 300 Camera, Manual, slate and certificate
U / w videography Theory lessons, 3 dives $ 300 Camera, manual and cerificate
Emergency first responder 1 full day theory and practical lessons $ 250 Certificate

Diving equipment is free of charge for Dsd, scuba diver, Scuba diver upgrade and OW course during the course period

Equipment prices

Description Per Dive Per Day Per Week 9 days Per 2 weeks
Complete set Bcd, Regulator, Computer, wetsuit and snorkel set $ 220 $ 300 $ 440    
Regulator $ 5 $ 10 $ 50 $ 70 $ 100
Bcd $ 5 $ 10 $ 50 $ 70 $ 100
Dive lamp $ 8 $ 30 $ 40 $ 60  
Dive computer $ 10 $ 15 $ 50 $ 70 $ 100
Mask $ 4        
Snorkel $ 2        
Fins $ 4        
Wetsuit $ 5 $ 10 $ 40 $ 50 $ 60
Snorkel set (mask, fins, snorkel) $ 10 $ 30 $ 40 $ 60  
Marker bouy $ 1 $ 2 $ 8 $ 10 $ 16
Nirox tank $ 10 $ 20 $ 100 $ 130 $ 200
Extra dive $ 25        
Air tank Foc        
Weight Foc        
Belt Foc        


Description Time Price          
Windsurfing 1 hour $ 30 per hour 2-5 hours $ 25 per hour > 6 hours $ 20 per hour  
O ring ride or Knee board 10 minutes $ 25 15 minutes $ 30      
Jet Ski 10 minutes $ 40 15 minutes $ 75      
Salsa lessons Group lessons Per person 5 lessons $ 120 8 Lessons $ 175 10 Lessons $ 200
Salsa lessons Private Lessons Per person 1 person $ 40 2 person $ 50  

Carpe Diem - schedule


Carpe Diem - cabins

  • Carpe Diem suite

    1 Suite - Upper deck

  • Carpe Diem suite

    1 Suite - Upper deck

  • Carpe Diem's Deluxe Star room

    1 Deluxe cabin - Upper deck

  • Carpe Diems's high standard sea cabin

    1 Deluxe cabin - Upper deck

  • Carpe Diem's standard cabin

    6 Standard cabins - Lower deck

  • Carpe Diem's standard cabin

    6 Standard cabins - Lower deck

Carpe Diem - itinerary


For your flight arrival times ideally you should aim to arrive around noon or before on the day of departure as due to a same day turn around of the boat the guests from the trip before will be departing in the morning at 8am. The rest of the morning the boat will be being cleaned and prepared for boarding from 12pm. You can arrive on the day of departure as late as midnight as normally the boat will not leave the Male area on the first day except for on special trips. Whatever time you arrive on the day of departure you will be met off your flight at the arrivals area by the boat representatives and taken to the boat, about 10 minutes from the airport.

If you would like to arrive the day before it is possible to stay in the airport hotel - which is on the same island as the airport (Hulhule island) or stay on Male for the night where we recommend the Holiday Inn - or the Marble Inn - . Your hotel will then deliver you back to the airport the following day (the day of departure) by noon where you will be met by the boats representatives and taken directly to the ship.

Carpe Diem does not require a min. amount of dives as that does not always tell enough. They do require min. of AOWD certification to be able to join for all the dives offered during a trip. Nitrox certification with the multiple dives per day we offer is highly recommended as well, but can be done on board as well in case you do not have it yet. OW Divers are welcome, but will be asked to do their AOWD during the trip as otherwise the person will be limited to 18 M depth and hence just a few dives. The dive instructor on board is responsible for everyone’s safety and can ask people to sit a certain dive out if he thinks they are not experienced enough for it. On ther special South routings with lots of current, we do require a minimum of 100 dives experience and experience with currents.

Carpe Diem runs 7, 10 and 14 night cruises. The cruises leave every Sunday or in the case of 2 consecutive 10 day trips on Sundays and Wednesdays.

There are 3 guided dives per day (depending on your arrival time in Male, weather conditions and 24-hours no diving before fly safety rule, 1 check dive on day of arrival around 4 pm after finishing paperwork (if you arrive later they you loose this dive, followed by 5 days of 3 dives a day and a maximum of 2 dives on the day before departure - normal total 18) including one night dive. The boat can be boarded any time after 12pm on the day of departure and will not depart until the afternoon so you can arrive anytime before then. Upon arrival you will be met at the arrivals area in the airport by Carpe Diems representative and transported to the boat free of charge.

Check in time will be at noon. In case of early arrival guests will be met by our representatives at the airport and will have the option to wait at the airport or arrangements could be made to use the facilities of the nearby airport hotel for a small extra charge until check-in time for the boat. Check out time will be latest by 8 am on the day of departure.On your return to Male on the 2nd you will depart the boat at 8am.and on your departure you will taken back to the departures at the airport to meet you outgoing plane. This is included in the price.

High season will run from November 1, 2009 till April 30, 2010. Low season lasts from May 1 till November 1, 2009.

Carpe Diem 8 day/7 nights Southern Cruise

This cruise will take you to the most popular dive sites in South Male Atoll and Ari Atoll, weather conditions permitting of course. This route is renowned for spotting big pelagics like Mantas, Sharks and Whale sharks. Famous dive sites included in our itinerary are Kudarah Thila, Manta Point, Maaya Thila and Fish head which are well known for this.

Carpe Diem 15 day/14 nights Cruise

This cruise will take you tothe beautiful dives sites of North and South Male Atoll, North and South Ari Atoll apart from Rasdhoo and Felidhu Atoll. Not only are you likely to see Mantas, Sharks and Whale sharks but there is a good possibility for spotting Hammerhead sharks as well.

Different routings upon request

Although the above mentioned itineraries are our so called classical dive routes followed by most of the safari boats in the Maldives, the Carpe Diem is flexible and will adjust the route depending on the main activity and interest of the group like in case of fishing groups or surf groups. Apart from that the Carpe Diem can take special requests for different itineraries like North Male, Baa and Raa Atoll or South Male and Felidhu Atoll. Even trips to Gaafu Thaalu or Alifu or the equator down south are possible with guests taking a domestic flight to join the boat or leave the boat. Depending on the length of the routings there might be an extra surcharge for the fuel cost.

No matter which trip route you choose all the cruises are spectacular fun and during which, if not a certified diver yet, you could learn how to dive or improve your diving skills by adding more advanced/expert courses at our PADI diving centre on board. When fishing we guarantee you experienced staff, the best fishing spots and opportunities and when simply cruising a unique combination of activities.

Carpe Diem - specs

Sep . 2008
Port of registration/ flag:
Male / Republic of Maldives
Length (m):
Width (m):
Maximum Guests
No. of Cabins:
10 Cabins (1 Suite,1 Deluxe, 2 High Standard , 6 Standard)
No. of Bathrooms:
Nitrox on Board?
Yes Nitrox on Board
Number of crew:
Doosan Daewoo Diesel Engine 650 Hp
Fuel capacity:
7,000 litres
Fresh water capacity:
5,000 litres
Water maker:
16000 litres/day (2 Osmotic Treatment Plants - Wasco Atlantic 400)
525 Nautical Miles
GPS, sounder
VHF Radio, internet, GSM
Oxygen on board:
Yes, 10,500 liters
2x MCH 16 Coltri Sub (530 L/min, 18 CFM)
Nitrox Gen.:
Coltri Sub LP280 Rotary Silent, Nuvair (R) Membrane
220/50 Hz
In any enclosed area of the boat and each cabin individually controlled
Dive gear rental:
Diving School:

Lower deck

6 standard cabins - 2 separate staff cabins - The engine room - Crew compartment

Main deck

Inside is the main bar and lounge area, with a coffee / tea table offering you coffee / tea and drinking water from our osmotic plant 24 hours a day. It also has a wide flat screen TV, DVD/MP3 player, in house sound system, sitting / dance area and a fully equipped bar offering you a wide variety of spirits, wines, liquors, cocktails and beers.

Outside of the bar area there is another sitting area in the shade with comfortable cushions, where you could have your afternoon tea while cruising and taking in the beautiful colours of the Indian Ocean.

The galley and a spacious cold room

Laundry room - A platform at the back of the main deck with two fresh water showers and a jet ski

An activities deck where the dive briefings, part of the dive school courses and other water sports activities briefings will be conducted. Two double bed rooms.

On the Upper deck and bridge area is A C-shape sofa/reading area and our in house library. Two cabins, our beautiful and very spacious Suite room and Deluxe cabin. A studio with internet, a shop and all business centre facilities. Main dining area and bar where you will be served semi buffet meals prepared by our fine dining chef. The dining tables can be folded away after dinner to create a nice bar and dancing area.

From the dining area a staircase ultimately leads you to a 115 sqm sun deck, which is partially shaded and has a sitting area in the middle and some lounge chairs to catch that nice tan.

Carpe Diem - diving


Carpe Diem does not require a min. amount of dives as that does not always tell enough. They do require min. of AOWD certification to be able to join for all the dives offered during a trip. Nitrox certification with the multiple dives per day we offer is highly recommended as well, but can be done on board as well in case you do not have it yet. OW Divers are welcome, but will be asked to do their AOWD during the trip as otherwise the person will be limited to 18 M depth and hence just a few dives. The dive instructor on board is responsible for everyone’s safety and can ask people to sit a certain dive out if he thinks they are not experienced enough for it. On ther special South routings with lots of current, we do require a minimum of 100 dives experience and experience with currents.

For our experienced team working at the fully equipped PADI Dive Centre on board your safety comes first.
We use a 55 foot (18 meters) diving dhoni built by the same company as the Carpe Diem itself with the best facilities, including hot water shower/ toilet, 2 fresh water showers at the back and a fresh water tank for cameras. All the diving equipment will be installed on the dhoni, giving more space to the Carpe Diem itself plus enhanced safety. Additional benefits will be fast and safe transfers to the dive sites and extra comfort for putting on your gear. Nitrox (EANx) breathing mixtures are available and prepared with the best quality equipment available on the market (Nuvair (R) Membranes, Coltrisub and a Bauer Compressors);

Included also is a very experienced PADI Instructor (more than 5000 dives) and Dive Master (more than 2000 dives). Guide/Divers ratio 1:8; First Aid and Oxygen Tank on board;

THE DIVE SITES - Maldives diving photos

Some useful translarions of commonly used Maldivian terminology

  • Atoll: A group of islands surrounded by a common reef formation
  • Etherevari: Sheltered area inside an Atoll
  • Falhu: Lagoon encircled by a reef sometimes with one or more islands inside
  • Faru: Large reef partially exposed at low tide
  • Finolhu: Island with few or no coconut trees
  • Futtaru: Reef where waves break
  • Giri: Small patch of coral a couple of meters below the surface
  • Kandhu: Sea inside Atoll Kandu
  • Kandu Olhi: Channel
  • Maa Kandu: Sea outside Atoll
  • Thila: Coral reef a few meters below the surface

ARI ATOLL - Some of the popular dive sites


Type of dive: Reef dive Description: One of the best dive sites for soft coral and fish life. The marine life here is so abundant, that the divers have named it ‘fish soup’. The thila is in a circular shape and can be covered in a single dive at different depths, if the current is not very strong.


Type of dive: Reef dive / Night dive Description: The thila is about 80mters in diameter. The whole thila can be done at different depths in a single dive. There are manycaves and overhangs around the thila. The large rocks on the north eastern side have large black coral trees growing on them. The site is famous for the sharks and a great barracuda which reside here. The site can be dived at any time of the day, each with different activity going on the reef. The best chance to get close to these creatures is at night time, when they are hunting. You will see sharks, barracudas, rays and eels trying to grab a morsel.


Type of dive: Drift dive Description: The northern tip of Magaa reef extends into Bathalaa Kandu, is home to a number of grey reef sharks and white-tip reef sharks. They can be seen patrolling along the reef looking for food.


Type of dive: Drift dive / Reef dive Description: The thila is known for the abundance of soft coral growth on the thila, particularly the blue/violet colored variety that grows on the ceiling of the caves and overhangs, thus the name ‘blue caves’. In addition a large variety of fish life can be observed here.


Type of dive: Drift dive / Channel dive Description: The reef on the southern side of Rasdhoo drops vertically to the ocean depths. The site is home to a school of Scalloped Hammerhead sharks (sphyrna lewini). In the early hours of the morning they rise from the deep waters off the atoll into the shallower depths, accessible to divers.

SOUTH MALE ATOLL - some of the more popular dive sites


Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive Description: Since the eastern side of the channel is Open Ocean, large predatory fish can regularly be spotted here. This site is famous for sightings of sharks, schools of eagle rays and the occasional Sail fish and Hammerheads. The best condition to do the dive is when the current is flowing into the Atoll. The dive begins on the outer reef following the current into the atoll. Most of the pelagic species can be observed on the eastern side, where the reef drops off into the deep ocean. At the end of the dive in the channel, along the reef you can find overhangs with plenty of soft coral growth and small fish.


Type of dive: Drift dive / reef dive Description: Located in a channel, the reef is subject to strong currents at times. The ocean currents carry lot of nutrients to the reef, supporting an abundance of sea life. The site is well renowned for the soft coral growth, turtles, diverse fish life and invertebrates found on the reef. At the reef slope you may find sharks and eagle rays.


Type of dive: Drift dive / channel dive. Description: Similar to Guraidhoo Kandu, but more sharks are likely to be spotted here. The currents can be very strong at times. The stronger the current however the better chance of seeing sharks. Under the guidance of an experienced dive guide, the dive can be managed done easily.

PADI Discover Scuba Diving

The PADI Discover Scuba Diving program introduces people to scuba diving in a highly supervised and relaxed manner. It dispels common misconceptions about scuba diving by letting individuals try it out and experience it for themselves. Under the guidance of a PADI professional, new divers learn basic safety concepts, how to put on equipment, swim around in a safe environment and discover a totally new world, the beautiful and peaceful underwater world.

On MV Carpe Diem the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program is conducted at an open water dive site to give you a real life experience of what Scuba Diving is all about. This experience might get you ‘hooked’ for live on diving and on exploring further the wonders of the underwater sea life.

After trying scuba diving, many will choose to pursue certification by enrolling in a PADI Open Water Diver course, for which the new divers will earn credit (they will have had the first Confined Water Dive done).

Important rules for your Scuba Diving experience

Compulsory safety equipment required, dive insurance coverage required, mandatory dive briefings, check dives FOC); Dive Insurance available on board; PADI Dive Centre able to cater for beginners (from PADI Discover Scuba Diving up to several PADI Specialty Courses), as well as for very experienced divers ; Dive gear rental services are available as well as SONY quality underwater video-cameras and cameras.

Nitrox or EANx - Main Info:

Why should I dive with it? What is it? Where does it come from?

Nitrox breathing mixtures have become a must in the current diving industry because they provide the diver extended bottom time, compared to the air ones. There are many others reasons why divers that have tried it do not want to dive with normal air anymore: one reason particularly is the increased muscular power experienced during and after the dive. As for the other reasons we suggest you try it out and experience it yourself.. or feel free to contact us for additional information.

The Nitrox (or EANx) breathing gasses have the very same components as the normal diving air tanks, however the Oxygen (O2) content is increased. Normal air contains 21% of O2 (in volume), while Nitrox gasses have an O2 percentage that varies from 32% up to 40%. Normally the most frequently applied mixture is 32% (or EAN32). The compulsory need for a specific course, available on the Carpe Diem, result from the fact that the higher the O2 percentage in the breathing mixture the more shallow you can dive. Only diving professionals can teach you how to enjoy and make Nitrox a special scuba diving experience.