Carpe Vita Maldives

4-11Dec16 and 11-18Dec16 Free Nitrox and domestic flight
$400 off per person for the 18-28Dec16 and 28Dec16-8Jan17 trips and
$300 off per person for 27Nov16-4Dec16 and 8-15Jan17 trips

Carpe Vita Explorer, the new upgraded sistership of Carpe Diem and the newest addition to the Explorer Ventures Fleet.

Carpe Vita is a completely newly built vessel and will be accompanied by a specially designed new 61 foot diving dhoni (diving tender) to meet the needs and comfort of the divers today. Carpe Vita Explorer will be a more luxurious version of the Carpe Diem, Carpe Vita cabinmainly focussing on the dive industry by offering itineraries with standard up to 4 dives a day and 2 fre glasses of wine or beer each day along with free soft drinks. Carpe Vita has 10 guest cabins divided in 3 categories over 3 decks and can cater for a maximum of 20 divers.

Carpe Vita's itineraries are designed to take advantage of the changing conditions and to take divers to the best diving areas for the different seasons. The visibility is usually at its peak in December/January. Mantas can be seen throughout the year with the best feeding-station encounters typically during the May-November time frame. Whale sharks are also seen most every month of the year, with the highest concentration seen in the monsoon transition months of April-May and October-November. The water temperatures remain a toasty 80-85º throughout the year. Most divers are comfortable with a 3mm wetsuit - Video of Carpe Vita

From 2013 onwards, the Carpe Vita will be doing special routings to the South and back to be able to get away from the crowd and offer clients, particularly repeat clients something different from the standard Ari Atoll routing. These routings will take place during peak high season (February/March) when the currents are at its strongest and visibility at its best to see the abundance of shark life the Maldives has to offer. Because these routings involve a lot of traveling, the fuel surcharge will be higher than on the normal routings, only 3 dives a day will be offered instead of the usual 4 on the Vita and there will be a need for a domestic flight, either to join the boat or to return after finishing the trip.

There will be 3 different itineraries in total which are briefly described in seperate chapters when clicked on the links below.

Carpe Vita - prices

Inquiry

For any trips dates after the 1st Nov 15 there will be a new Green Tax started by the government @ $6 per person per night to add to the retail price.
Prices are available on the schedule here.
Prices are per person in Us$ based on double or twin sharing occupancy.

Single cabin, non sharing cabin +80% Non divers receive a 10% discount from the above prices If you book 5 full paying guests you will receive the 6th free of charge! Nitrox $150 per week and $200 for 10 days For trips to Baa and Raa atoll $100 per person fuel surcharge.

What is included in the price:

  • Maldivian GST 8% (to 1Nov14) - 12% (from 1Nov14) Accommodation in air conditioned cabins, ensuite shower (with hot water) toilet, toiletries, towels and beach towels.
  • 4 guided dives per day (depending on your arrival time in Male, weather conditions and 24-hours no diving before fly safety rule) including night dives.
  • 4 dives a day
  • Air-conditioning in all enclosed areas.Carpe Vita dining
  • Full board meals, Pre Breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Inter Dive Fresh snacks.
  • Drinking water.
  • Two (2) Glasses of Wine or Beer at dinner time.
  • Tea and coffee available 24h.
  • Soft Drinks
  • DVD library and Books Library.
  • Audio and video entertainment centre.
  • Tanks: 12 ltr 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.Carpe Vita dining
  • BBQ on a deserted island
  • Island hopping
  • Airport Transfer (Male’ - Boat - Male’), Meet and Assist

What is not included:

From 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 $150 per week and $200 for 10 days
  • Dive Insurance coverage.
  • Bed tax ( US$ 8 / person per night)Carpe Vita + Fuel surcharge
  • Extra alcoholic drinks.
  • Special occasion extra packages (birthday, anniversary, Christmas and New Years Eve celebration etc.)

Don’t forget to check our page for last minute Cheap Maldives liveaboard trips

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. Final payment (non-refundable) is due 60 days from the Carpe Vitadeparture date Cancellation policy More than 60 days before departure - loss of deposit Less than 60 days before departure - No refund Carpe Diem Maldives Pvt. Ltd. does not offer refunds in the event of personal injury, airplane delay, mechanical breakdowns, weather, sickness, strikes, war, criminal acts, quarantine, acts of god, if another guest requires immediate evacuation and the vessel must return to port or any other event beyond its actual control. Guests are strongly advised to have valid dive medical, travel and cancellation insurances.

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 fornon-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

Equipment Prices

Description Per Dive Per Week 10 days
Complete set Bcd, Regulator, Computer, wetsuit and snorkel set $ 250 $ 330  
Regulator $ 5 $ 60 $ 90
Bcd $ 5 $ 60 $ 90
Dive lamp $ 8 $ 30 $ 40
Dive computer $ 10 $ 75 $ 100
Wetsuit $ 5 $ 40 $ 50
Snorkel set      
(mask, fins, snorkel) $ 30 $ 40  
Marker bouy $ 1 $ 8 $ 10
Nitrox tank (12 Litre) $ 10 $ 150 $ 200
Extra dive $ 25    
15 Litre Air tank (large tank) $ 100 $150  
15 Litre Nitrox tank (large tank) $15 $ 200 $250
Belt and weights Foc    

Activities

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 Vita - schedule

Inquiry
29Sep16
09Oct16
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male - Male
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3370 USD
09Oct16
16Oct16
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male - Male
2 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2320 USD
16Oct16
23Oct16
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male - Male
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2320 USD
23Oct16
30Oct16
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male - Male
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2320 USD
30Oct16
09Nov16
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male - Male
8 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3370 USD
10Nov16
20Nov16
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male - Male
8 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3935 USD
20Nov16
27Nov16
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male - Male
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2740 USD
27Nov16
04Dec16
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male - Male
9 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2740 USD
04Dec16
11Dec16
Embark: Male
Disembark: Dharavandhoo Free Domestic Flight Free Nitrox
Male - Dharavandhoo Free Domestic Flight Free Nitrox
8 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2740 USD
11Dec16
18Dec16
Embark: Dharavandhoo
Disembark: Male Free Domestic Flight Free Nitrox
Dharavandhoo - Male Free Domestic Flight Free Nitrox
15 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2740 USD
18Dec16
28Dec16
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male All year round discount of $400 p/p
Male - Male All year round discount of $400 p/p
15 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3935 USD
28Dec16
08Jan17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male Fuel Surcharge $100 p/p
Male - Male Fuel Surcharge $100 p/p
11 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4329 USD
08Jan17
15Jan17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Maamingili
Male - Maamingili
17 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2740 USD
15Jan17
22Jan17
Embark: Maamingili
Disembark: Male
Maamingili - Male
3 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2740 USD
22Jan17
29Jan17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Laamu Domestic flight MLE back to Laamu required end of the trip Possible whale shark back of the boat one night
Male - Laamu Domestic flight MLE back to Laamu required end of the trip Possible whale shark back of the boat one night
14 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2740 USD
29Jan17
05Feb17
Embark: Laamu
Disembark: Male Domestic flight from Male to Laamu required
Laamu - Male Domestic flight from Male to Laamu required
12 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2740 USD
05Feb17
15Feb17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male - Male
12 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3935 USD
16Feb17
26Feb17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male - Male
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3935 USD
26Feb17
05Mar17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male - Male
7 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2740 USD
05Mar17
15Mar17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male - Male
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3935 USD
15Mar17
26Mar17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Gan Domestic Flight Fuel Surcharge Only 3 dives a day
Male - Gan Domestic Flight Fuel Surcharge Only 3 dives a day
2 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4329 USD
26Mar17
05Apr17
Embark: Gan
Disembark: Male Domestic Flight at around 220 USD p/p one way but rates not yet confirmed. Only 3 dives a day!
Gan - Male Domestic Flight at around 220 USD p/p one way but rates not yet confirmed. Only 3 dives a day!
9 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3935 USD
09Apr17
16Apr17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male - Male
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2740 USD
16Apr17
26Apr17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male - Male
17 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3935 USD
28Apr17
06May17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male - Male
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from tba USD
06May17
14May17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male - Male
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from tba USD
14May17
21May17
Embark: Male Male Rates include All year round discount of 300 USD p/p + free Nitrox.
Disembark:
Male Male Rates include All year round discount of 300 USD p/p + free Nitrox.
18 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2020 USD
02Jul17
09Jul17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Dharavandhoo Domestic flight Baa/Male required
Male -Dharavandhoo Domestic flight Baa/Male required
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2320 USD
09Jul17
16Jul17
Embark: Dharavandhoo
Disembark: Male Domestic flight Male/Baa required
Dharavandhoo -Male Domestic flight Male/Baa required
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2320 USD
16Jul17
23Jul17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male -Male
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2320 USD
23Jul17
30Jul17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Maamingili Domestic flight South Ari/Male required
Male -Maamingili Domestic flight South Ari/Male required
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2320 USD
30Jul17
06Aug17
Embark: Maamingili Male Domestic flight Male/South Ari required
Disembark:
Maamingili Male Domestic flight Male/South Ari required
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2320 USD
06Aug17
16Aug17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male -Male
13 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3370 USD
20Aug17
27Aug17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male -Male
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2320 USD
27Aug17
03Sep17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Dharavandhoo Domestic flight Baa/Male required
Male -Dharavandhoo Domestic flight Baa/Male required
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2320 USD
03Sep17
10Sep17
Embark: Dharavandhoo
Disembark: Male Domestic flight Male/Baa required
Dharavandhoo -Male Domestic flight Male/Baa required
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2320 USD
10Sep17
17Sep17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male -Male
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2320 USD
17Sep17
27Sep17
Embark: Male Male
Disembark:
Male Male
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3370 USD
01Oct17
08Oct17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male -Male
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2320 USD
08Oct17
15Oct17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Dharavandhoo Domestic flight Baa/Male required
Male -Dharavandhoo Domestic flight Baa/Male required
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2320 USD
15Oct17
22Oct17
Embark: Dharavandhoo
Disembark: Male Domestic flight Male/Baa required
Dharavandhoo -Male Domestic flight Male/Baa required
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2320 USD
22Oct17
29Oct17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male -Male
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2320 USD
29Oct17
05Nov17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male -Male
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2320 USD
05Nov17
12Nov17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male Fuel surcharge
Male -Male Fuel surcharge
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2740 USD
12Nov17
19Nov17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male -Male
8 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2740 USD
19Nov17
26Nov17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male Fuel surcharge of 100 USD p/p
Male -Male Fuel surcharge of 100 USD p/p
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2740 USD
26Nov17
03Dec17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male -Male
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2740 USD
03Dec17
10Dec17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male -Male
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2740 USD
10Dec17
17Dec17
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male -Male
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2740 USD
17Dec17
27Dec17
Embark: Male Male
Disembark:
Male Male
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3935 USD
28Dec17
07Jan18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male -Male
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3935 USD
11Jan18
21Jan18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male -Male
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3935 USD
21Jan18
31Jan18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Gan Domestic Flight Fuel Surcharge
Male -Gan Domestic Flight Fuel Surcharge
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3935 USD
31Jan18
11Feb18
Embark: Gan
Disembark: Male Domestic Flight Fuel Surcharge
Gan -Male Domestic Flight Fuel Surcharge
8 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 4329 USD
11Feb18
21Feb18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male EV 14723
Male -Male EV 14723
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3935 USD
22Feb18
04Mar18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male -Male
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3935 USD
04Mar18
11Mar18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male -Male
20 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2740 USD
11Mar18
18Mar18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Laamu Domestic ticket Laamu/Male required
Male -Laamu Domestic ticket Laamu/Male required
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2740 USD
18Mar18
25Mar18
Embark: Laamu
Disembark: Male Domestic ticket Male/Laamu required
Laamu- Male Domestic ticket Male/Laamu required
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2740 USD
25Mar18
04Apr18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male -Male
0 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from tba USD
04Nov18
14Nov18
Embark: Male
Disembark: Male
Male -Male
12 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from tba USD

Carpe Vita - cabins

Inquiry

Carpe Vita has 10 comfortable cabins of different standards divided over 3 decks. The different cabin types are suite (2), superior (2) and standard (6). All cabins have individually controlled AC, safety deposit boxes and TV screens with DVD players and their own private bathrooms. The electricity voltage on board is of 220V and the plugs are of 3 pins US type. All the cabins have a name of a sea life creature instead of a number.

Suite

The very spacious suite cabins, Nos. 1 and 2. The cabins have king size (California) beds which can be separated in two super single beds (39 inches), a wide flat screen TV plus DVD/HD player, desk/chair/dresser, two hanging closets, windows throughout the side of the cabin, bathroom with dual sink, bath tub and separate shower cubicle.

Superior

The Carpe Vita has two superior cabins, nos. 3 and 4 located on the main deck with king size beds which can be separated in two super single beds and desk/chair/dresser, hanging closet, large windows, private ensuite bathroom and shower cubicle.

Standard

A total of 6 standard cabins, nos. 5 - 10 are located on the cabin deck below the main deck. All cabins have one queen size bed and and super single bed, desk/chair, dresser, private ensuite bathrooms with showers. All standard cabins have portholes.

Carpe Vita - itinerary

Inquiry

For your flight arrival times ideally you should aim toCarpe Vita saloon arrive around 3pm 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 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.

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 3pm on the day of arrival. Check out time will be latest by 9 am on the day of departure.

If you would like to arrive the day before it is possible to stay in the airport hotel - http://www.hih.com.mv/ which is on the same island as the airport (Hulhule island) or stay on Male for the night where we recommend the Holiday Inn - http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/male/mleam/hoteldetail Carpe Vita outside seating at the frontor the Marble Inn - http://www.marble.mv/ . 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 Vita 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.

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 4 dives a day and a maximum of 3 dives on the day before departure - normal total 24 over 7 nights).Carpe Vita sundeck.

Days aboard Carpe Vita Explorer generally involve a cold breakfast from 6:00am followed by a first morning dive, Full breakfast, second morning dive, lunch around 12:00 pm, two afternoon dives and dinner at 6:30 or 7:00 pm. On the dayor days when night dives are offered, dinner is typically around 8:00 pm.

The Carpe Vita Explorer offers 10 night and 7 night itineraries which change depending on the season. Each offering a unique dive itinerary based on the seasons, current and pelagic migration patterns. Please note also that these itineraries are examples only, and will change depending on weather and logistics at the Captain’s discretion.

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

The boat can be boarded any time after 3 pm 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 Vita’s representative Carpe Vitaand 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 9 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 till April 30. Low season lasts from May 1 till November 1

Carpe Vita 7 nights cruise

This cruise will take you to the most popular dive sites in South Carpe Vita sundeck and jacuzziMale 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 Vita 10 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 tosee 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 Vita is flexible and will adjust the route depending on the Carpe Vita Al fresco divingmain activity and interest of the group like in case of fishing groups or surf groups. Apart from that the Carpe Vita 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.

The MV Carpe Vita is brand new luxury 38 m long motor safari yacht with a wooden hull, designed and built by an experienced Maldivian boat builder which will be completed in January 2011. It has 3 decks plus a sundeck.

The lower deck has 6 standard cabins 2 separate staff cabins. The engine room. Crew compartment. On the main deck you will find AC acclimatised lounge/restaurant area, with a coffee / tea /buffet table offering you coffee/tea throughout the day. It also has a wide flat screen TV, DVD/MP3 player, in house sound system, library and comfortable sitting area with plug points for laptop use.

Outside in front of the lounge 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 Linen storage room Dive rental storage area Business centre with internet and all business centre facilities. Camera table Camera recharging table Seperate toilet A platform at the back of the main deck with two fresh water showers Two comfortable superior rooms

From the outside as well as from the inside a staircase will lead you to the upper deck and bridge area with the bridge area with sofa seating area to accompany the captain while driving the boat Outside shaded sitting area in front of the bridge with fabulous view Our beautiful and very spacious two Suite rooms.

Main open air dining area and bar where you will be served semi buffet meals prepared by our fine dining chef while enjoying our fine selection of (non) alcoholic beverages.

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

Carpe Vita - specs

Inquiry
Built
03/07/1905
Port of Registration
Male' / Republic of Maldives
Length (m)
38.2M
Width (m)
10.36M
Maximum Guests
20 Guests
No. of Cabins
10 (2 Suite, 2 Deluxe, 6 Standard)
No. of Bathrooms
13 bathrooms
Air-Condition
In any enclosed area of the Boat and in each Cabin
No.of Crew
10 + 3 on the diving dhoni
Engine
Doosan Daewood Marine Diesel (Model No: V1 80219)
Fuel Tank Capacity
2 x Tanks of 6,000 liters per Tank (Total 12 tons)
Navigation
GPS, Sounder
Communication
VHF Radio, Internet, GSM
Generators
2 x Zenith Isuzu 52KW Marine-Gen set
1 x Zenith Isuzu 16KW Marine-Gen set
Electric Voltage
220 / 50 Hz, 24 hrs / day
Fresh Water capacity
10,000 Liters (10 Tons)
Water Maker
1 x WASCO Desalinator 400 Liters / hr. 10 tons / day
1 x WASCO Desalinator 600 Liters / hr. 15 tons / day
Laudry Service
YES
Diving Dhoni
YES
Nitrox on Board ?
YES
HP Compressors
2 x Bauer 320l HP compressors
Nitrox Gen
Nitox custom made water cooled membrane system
FA Oxygen on board
YES, 10,500 Liters
Dive Gear Rental
YES - Scubapro brand

Carpe Vita - diving

Inquiry

Carpe Vita does not require a min. amount of dives as that does not always tell enough. They do require min. of AOWD certification Carpe Vita 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 the 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 Vita 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 Vita 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 isCarpe Vita snack bar.

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;

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.

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

KUDARAH THILA

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.

MAAYA THILA

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, 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.

RASDHOO MADIVARU

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.

KANDOOMA THILA

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.

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 FOR ANY DIVER ON BOARD Carpe Vita

Every guest wanting to dive on board of the Carpe Vita has to declare his/her physical ability to support diving exercise and physical stress. Once on board, the student has to fill in the PADI Medical Statement Form without any areas being marked as a YES. If there are questions answered with YES, feel free to consult your physician or Carpe Vita Staff or both for any clarification you may need. Just note that if there still is a question answered with YES you need to have the form compiled and signed by a Physician, who will declare “I find no medical conditions that I consider incompatible with diving”. Diving will not be possible without the form properly signed. A visit to a local physician (at the student expenses) cannot be guaranteed during the cruise trip.

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 provideNitrox on Carpe Vita 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 (e-mail link to info@mvcarpediem.com).

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 Vita, 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.