Meaning "seize the day" in Latin, Carpe Diem is a spacious 35 metresteel hull luxury Maldives Islands liveaboard with great facilities. It operates 7 night diving trips regularly and occasional 10 night cruises.
Up to 20 guests can be accommodated in en-suite cabins ranging from Suite to Standard in a broad range of prices with several featuring personal TV and DVD players. There is a lounge with TV, DVD and music system and a bar for those 'apres dive' sundowners. Cruise guests mostly prefer to dine in the open air dining area on the upper deck, eating indoors in the dedicated dining room only in inclement weather.
Big windows are a feature of the Carpe Diem boat so there is always plenty of natural light, especially in the saloon and in the upper and main deck cabins. There are also plenty of shaded outdoor areas for those who prefer the sea breezes but not the exposure to the sun. The sun deck itself is huge and, with shade and seating, is a social area doubling up as a salsa dancefloor at times. Diving takes place from the dhoni which has 3 points of entry and egress, helping the dive groups to avoid landing on top of each other. Enriched air certified divers will appreciate complimentary nitrox.
With a less intensive 3 dives per day itinerary, MV Carpe Diem is a sleek and attractive boat which promises more relaxing liveaboard trips around some of the Maldives best dive sites in comfort. If this is your style then maybe you should seize the day and make your dream diving cruise happen!
Notes: Additional COVID rules from 22 January 2022 until further notice:
1) Clients are recommended to have insurance to cover hotel expenses if they are placed under quarantine in a government-appointed facility should they test positive or in case they have been identified as a direct contact and need to quarantine.
2) On Deep South cruises, due to a lack of adequate facilities that are able to provide test results in time for those who need a COVID test result in order to return home, tests will be arranged in Male after their return by domestic flight. Tests are available with results within 2 or 6 hours, which in most cases should be sufficient time before the night flights home.
Dive experience: Recommended (not mandatory): Far South trips participants should be Advanced Open Water Diver certified with at least 100 logged dives. For all other trips guests should be at least Advanced Diver certified, or Open Water Diver certified with a minimum of 100 logged dives and experience with current dives. Divers with less experience will be able to join trips but may have to sit out some dives if dive certifications are not sufficient for the planned dives, unless they take the Advanced Open Water Diver course onboard.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, return transfers to the boat from Male Airport at scheduled times, dives (as detailed in the trips above), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (7 divers per guide), reef hook, SMB, tanks (11.5 and 13.5 litre), weights and weight belt, 12% GST on cruise price.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (incl. dive computer US$ 225 for 7 nights), dive insurance, Green tax (US$ 6 per person per night). Hanifaru Bay (park fee of US$ 20 per person, if applicable). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash: USD or EUR, or credit card).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, torch (US$ 30 per week), airport transfers outside of scheduled times. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MV Carpe Diem's Maldives liveaboard cruises usually depart from Male. Airport transfers are provided at check-in time (12:30 pm) on day 1, but the boat only departs from the harbour on the second morning of the cruise. Guests arriving after the transfer time will need to take a taxi to Hulhumale where the boat is docked. For more information see our How to Get to the Maldives section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 11 am on the second last day of the trip. On the last night of the trip the boat is moored in the Male harbour. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Domestic flights are needed only for Southern and Northern atolls itineraries. You can buy the tickets online yourself or through us. If you buy a flight through us, please be aware that you should collect the ticket(s) upon arrival if on the same day as embarkation, or on the boat if the ticket is for departing at the end of the trip. We will need full passport details and international flight details in a timely manner in order to reserve flights. Only a passport is required to check in.
Non-diver rate: 10% off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a 60% supplement of the published price for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 5 guests and 1 guest can join in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 6+ guests). Cannot combine with other special offers.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 16 guests and 4 additional persons can join the cruise in Standard cabins free of charge.
The Carpe Diem offers you 4 different cabin types across 3 decks. The Suite cabin with its king sized bed is located on the upper deck, together with the Deluxe cabin. The main deck includes 2 Double cabins, which feature a queen bed, as does the Deluxe cabin. These 4 cabins have multiple windows offering splendid sea views as well as flat screen TVs and DVD / MP3 players. 6 Standard cabins are on the lower deck. 2 Standard cabins have a single bed and a single bunk bed, they are smaller than the 4 spacious Standard cabins with their queen bed and single bunk bed. The rooms on the lower deck all have portholes. All cabins have en-suite (private) bathroom facilities.
The Suite, Deluxe and Double cabins have their own TV, DVD player and music systems. The Suite also has a fridge.
All the cabins have:
Individual control air-conditioning
Bathroom with toilet and built-in hot water shower cubicle
Hand basin, toiletries and towels
Windows or portholes
TV, DVD player and music system (excludes Standard cabins)
Enriched air nitrox - Motorised dive dinghy - Yamaha Wave Runner 700 Jetski - Dive platform and kit up area - 54m² saloon with bar, TV, video player, music system, computer, CD burner and internet - Movie library, books and magazines, fish ID books and card games - 62m² air conditioned restaurant with bar - Outdoor dining area - 140m² Sundeck and shaded areas with sun chairs
Diving during the cruise is conducted from the dhoni tender. The dhoni is equipped with a toilet and shower as well as ladders, rinse tanks and camera table.
On board the Carpe Diem liveaboard you can expect a wide menu consisting of dishes from a range of cuisines including Maldivian, Thai, Chinese and Italian, as well as international fare and the occasional BBQ. There are always plenty of fresh ingredients used including fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood.
Air-conditioned restaurant and open-air dining areas.
3 main dishes per sitting, buffet with waitress service.
Coffee, tea and drinking water and fruit are provided free of charge.
Soft drinks, fruit juices, milk shakes, mineral water and beer are available for purchase and there is a large cocktail and wine list.
The dining service begins with afternoon snacks and evening dinner on the first evening of the cruise.
Special dietary requirements can be catered for with advanced notice.
"This was a wonderful end to end experience in Maldives! They met us at the airport, we had local DMs, and the food was fantastic! Great diving and service!
Our Dive The World representative was very responsive and answered all of our questions. The charter we booked ended up not having enough reservations to go, but the operator was able to put us on another boat. If it was a smaller operator with only one boat we may have been out of luck, but we were comfortable knowing Dive the World was on our side and helped sort out our logistical changes." - Lindsey Freson, United States, 1 January 2023...
"Helpfull staff, great accomodation in the Suite , good food too. Our diveguide (yusein) was wonderfull... No negatives to report. Best part is their total organisation as such,,starting from the airport arrival in Male!" - Hans Six, Belgium, 13 October 2015 ...
"Staff and facilities were excellent. Good and safe diving, good food, lots of vegetables and fruits. Good desserts." - Victoria Thwaite, UK, 12 January 2015 ...
"I had the most wonderful dive trip on Carpe Diem in Maldives! I really wish I could have stayed another week and I'll be sure return sometime in the future. I think this sentiment was shared by all the guests on board. :) The operator was spot on! The staff was super friendly, exceeded all expectations and service was above and beyond anything anyone could demand. I would recommend this operator to anyone going to Maldives for a liveaboard trip." - Tanja Blomqvist, Finland, 6 January 2014 ...
"Excellent liveaboard boat. Nice rooms. Adequate food. Good equipment and dive guides. The service was very good. Staff on boat made all efforts to make our stay enjoyable and diving safe and nice." - Parag Joshi, India, 6 February 2011 ...
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