Carpe Diem - maldives LiveaboardInquiry
Carpe Diem , the sister ship of the stunning Carpe Vita, offers you a unique liveaboard holiday with a myriad of activities in the surroundings of the beautiful atolls of the Maldives.
Carpe Diem is a 35 m long motor safari yacht with a wooden hull, designed and built in the Madives and completed in 2008 that caters to 20 guests in 10 air conditioned cabins (1 dbl or twin Suite,1 Deluxe, 2 Double and 6 Standard).
All cabins have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes and their own private bathroom with toilet and hot water shower. The electricity voltage on board is of 220V and the plugs are of 3 pins UK type.
The boat is accompanied by a diving dhoni (tender) and a small speedboat (dingy). The Carpe Diem caters for scuba diving trips, surfing trips, fishing trips or tailor made cruises for exclusive groups.
Carpe Diem offers Scuba diving, waterskiing and jetskiing, surfing, sunbathing, snorkelling, fishing and swimming in crystal clear azure waters.
What makes the Carpe Diem further stand out is the service provided by a dedicated crew, some of which have been with the company for a many years. Clients that have come back described it as coming home - Video of Carpe Diem
Carpe Diem - galleryInquiry
Carpe Diem - pricesInquiry
Prices are per person in Us$ based on double or twin sharing occupancy.
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 $100 per week
- Dive Insurance coverage.
- Alcoholic, soft drinks and extra bottles of water.
- Dive equipment
- All not specified in “what is included”.
Terms and conditions:
30% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
70 % is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Balance due 90 days before your trip departure date - non-refundable.
Individual booking made less than 90 days before the departured ate are payable in full at the time of booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
90 days before departure - non-refundable
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|Check dive||1 compulsary dive - for all certified divers coming on board||Foc|
|Discovery scuba diving||1 dive in a house reef for|
|non-certified divers||$ 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
|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|
|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|
|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|
Carpe Diem - scheduleInquiry
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Carpe Diem - cabinsInquiry
1 Suite - Upper deck (double or twin)
1 Suite - Upper deck
1 Deluxe cabin - Upper deck
1 Deluxe cabin - Upper deck
6 Standard cabins - Lower deck
6 Standard cabins - Lower deck
Carpe Diem - itineraryInquiry
For your flight arrival times ideally you should aim to arrive around 12-2pm 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. The rest of the morning the boat will be being cleaned and prepared for your arrival around lunchtime.
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. Check in on the boat is at 2.15pm on the day of arrival but guests will start to gather around 12.15pm at the info/arrivals desk. There will be a second transfer about 4pm. Any transfers outside of these times will be charged.
Check out time will be latest by 8 am on the day of departure but an early departure is available if needed.
On day of arrival - Two transfers will be organized, 1 for check in time and 1 for afternoon international arrivals
On day of departure - One early morning if needed and 1 at check out time.
Any transfer outside the above will be charged at 10 USD p/p and if the dhoni has to go out at night for additional pick up or departure for 2 persons or less it will be 25 USD p/p. For more than 2 people or more it will again be 10 USD p/p.
If you would like to arrive the day before it is possible to stay in the airport hotel which is on the adjacent island (HulhulMale) as the airport (Hulhule island) or stay in another guesthouse on Hulhulemale Island for the night, we don’t recommend booking somewhere in Male as this involves a ferry ride to the next island. If you stay on Hulhulemale island your hotel will then deliver you back to the airport the following day (the day of departure) where you will be met by the boats representatives and taken directly to the ship. Please check with your hotel / guest house if this is a free transfer as some of them charge for this service. Planes do not fly late into the night so you will be able to sleep.
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 - specsInquiry
- 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:
6 standard cabins - 2 separate staff cabins - The engine room - Crew compartment
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 - divingInquiry
Carpe Diem does not require a min. amount of dives as that does not always tell enough. They do require minimum of Advanced open water certification OR an Open water certification (OW) with 100 looged dives to be able to join all the dives offered during a trip. Nitrox certification with the multiple dives per day they offer is also highly recommended as well, but can be done on board as well in case you do not have it yet. If you do not have an Advanced certificate and less than 100 logged dives you can take the Advanced open water course on board also.
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 the special South routings with lots of current, they 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;
Maldives dive sites
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.
Bathala Maaga Kanthila
Type of dive: Drift dive
Description: The northern tip of Magaa reef extends into Bathalaa Kandu and 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.
Maalhos Thila (Blue Curves)
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
Guraidhoo Kandu South
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.
Embudu Kandu (Express)
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.
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.