Carpe Vita is a sleek, 38 metre long motor yacht, purpose-built in 2011 for Maldives liveaboard diving. Cruises of either 7 or 10 nights run right across the best sites of the entire Maldives archipelago.
The emphasis on board Carpe Vita is to dive a lot and relax in style. There are 3 dives per day as standard, with complimentary nitrox. The diving focus is also evident in the availability of various sizes of scuba tanks. All the diving and tank-filling is done on board the accompanying dhoni dive tender.
The stylish nature of a Carpe Vita liveaboard cruise comes in the form of the interior of the boat. Up to 20 guests are accommodated in a range of very spacious, well-appointed en-suite cabins. The cabins are generous in terms of space and comfort - more like hotel rooms than cabins - and feature individual high-definition TV screens and DVD players.
The air conditioned saloon is well-appointed and comes complete with entertainment facilities, movie and book library and games. The sun deck features plenty of comfortable sun beds and a shaded lounge area. When you consider Maldives liveaboards, choose life. Choose the Carpe Vita.
Dive experience: Recommended: 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, 10% service charge (i.e. tips), 16% 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 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 Vita liveaboard usually departs from Male. Airport transfers are provided on the day of check-in, at 14:00 hrs from the airport. Guests arriving late will need to take a taxi to Hulhumale where the boat is docked. Some northern itineraries depart from Dharavandhoo or Maamingili. For more information see our How to Get to the Maldives section. The last dive of the trip will be at around 11:00 hrs on the second last day of the trip. The last night of the cruise the boat is moored in the disembarkation harbour/port. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Domestic flights are needed only for certain southern and northern atolls itineraries. We can organise these for you with the boat operator., or you can buy the tickets online yourself. 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, including use of snorkelling equipment.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a stateroom or pay a 60% supplement of the published price for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: For every 5 paid guests and 1 extra person can join in a Lower deck stateroom free of charge (total 6+ guests). Cannot combine with other special offers.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 16 guests and 4 extra people may join the cruise free of charge in Lower deck staterooms.
The Carpe Vita has a range of liveaboard accommodation with a total of 10 cabins. This includes 6 good sized Lower deck staterooms located which feature side-by-side Queen-size and single beds. There are 2 larger Main deck staterooms on the middle deck, and 2 VIP Upper deck suites which are larger still. The Main deck staterooms and VIP suites feature King size beds that can be split into 2 singles if required.
All the cabins have:
Individual control air-conditioning
Portholes on lower deck, windows on middle and upper decks
Private bathroom with built-in hot water shower cubicle, hand basin, toiletries and towels
HD TV, DVD player and music system
Wardrobe, shelves and mirror
Reading lamps and bedside cabinets
Safety deposit box
Desk and chair
3 square-prong mains outlet 220V - 24 hours per day (adaptors available)
Motorised dhoni dive tender - Enriched air nitrox - Motorised fibreglass dinghy - Camera table and rinse tanks - 80m² air-conditioned saloon on main deck with TV, DVD and music players, and snack/drinks counter - Internet available - Library with movies, magazines, fiction & fish ID books and card/board games - Partially shaded open-air area with dining area and bar - 230m² sun deck with sunbeds and shaded lounge area - Water dispensers
All diving at the Maldives atolls takes place from the spacious 18m long dhoni which is well equipped with air and nitrox compressors, a bathroom with fresh water shower, plenty of dedicated rinse tanks, wetsuit hangers, shelves for personal belongings and a sun deck.
"The boat needs a renovation to put it mildly. The rooms need a complete makeover - dehumidifier within the aircon (everything was humid and kind of moldy, smelly). doors were not closing (bathroom) or couldn't be opened (some drawers), everything was old and worn out.
Room service was very poor. nothing got cleaned. The saddest thing though were the divemasters - i think we didn't seen them smiling once in the whole week, they just did the absolute minimum necessary. and they vanished after the dives into thin air. The most annoying thing was that there was a night dive announced with manta rays, but there was no dive for some reason. the dive guides were not there to ask. There seemed to be quite a tension between the crew and the guides, they didn't get along too well. Also the 1st dive on Day 1 was planned after arrival in the afternoon but that one was cancelled - allegedly the crew hadn't finished the tanks refill yet.- the communication from the guides with the guests was very poor.
To mention something good also - the food was great! The chef did an excellent job. All different kind of tasty meals, a lot of variety and fresh food throughout the trip. Also the dhoni crew was very nice and helpful throughout the whole week.
Dive The World was always reachable, quick information, and reliable." - Name withheld on request, Germany, 7 August 2023 ...
"We loved the Carpe Vita. Best cabin we have had on a dive boat . It had a bath too! Not that we used it. Diving was excellent. Tiger sharks , mantas and whale sharks. Great food too. Would definitely go back." - Susan Davenport, USA, 29 March 2022...
"The staff was very good from the moment we were met at the airport to the time we parted company at the end of our trip. They were very accommodating and added to our experience. The dive dhoni was great and the routines work. The boat itself was very spacious and we were comfortable." - Galen Tate, USA, 31 January 2019...
" Excellent. Everyone was very positive and helpful - nothing was too much trouble - the cook even cooked my partner a cake to celebrate her birthday." - Jeremy Philpott, UK, 30 November 2017...
"Both the staff and the crew were very good. My rental gear (BCD, wet suit, mask, fins and snorkel) was good and well looked after." - Ha Phuong Thanh, Vietnam, 19 September 2014...
"Staff/crew was very good. They took care of the rooms/food/diving and all was excellent. I rented fins and snorkel which were decent quality and in good repair." - Charles Levergood, USA, 12 August 2014 ...
"It is listed as a 5* boat and is exactly that 5 stars! Great service by the dive crew who were low key but very professional and friendly. The boat crew were great and very attentive and treated all passengers with courteous service. Polite attentive and great food and drinks. The other divers on this trip were absolutely great company and fun to dive." - Henry Wild, Switzerland, 6 August 2014 ...
"Wonderful boat, crew and well planned and executed trip. well maintained tanks, and new equipment available to rent/buy. Friendly, helpful, competent and knowledgeable staff." - Amanda Rhynehart, Ireland, 4 August 2014 ...
"Service overall was excellent from start to finish. The boat crew were helpful, food was excellent and the dive guides really went out of their way to make sure we were all well taken care of and their enthusiasm was evident." - Claire Quinn, UK, 18 August 2013 ...
"Service on the whole was very good. The dive staff helped me with an o-ring problem. Dives were conducted on schedule and were varied and generally good quality. Divemasters were experienced and helped me with some skills, like using a reef hook. The rooms were very spacious and clean, food was good & plentiful." - Drew Rose, USA, 10 April 2013 ...
"Excellent liveaboard service. Nice, clean boat, superb food, high safety standards for diving, crew open for individual requests, attention to detail, outstanding friendly and helpful staff. Best part was the perfectly organized diving (briefings, dive sites check out, grouping and entry, highlighting marine life through dive guides). We had an outstanding good time with Carpe Vita." - Thomas Heeger, Philippines, 21 March 2013 ...
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